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Snoop Dogg Off the Hook in Cracked Spine Suit

7/26/2017 11:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Snoop Dogg is all about the Cali life ... and a judge agreed -- tossing out a lawsuit against him because the other side sued him in the wrong state.

You'll recall Snoop -- along with Wiz Khalifa and Live Nation -- was sued by 17 concertgoers claiming Snoop and Wiz incited a stampede after imploring fans to "bring your ass down here." The front row railing at the New Jersey concert collapsed as fans fell 10 feet onto a concrete floor.

At least 40 people were hurt ... including a fan who says he suffered a fractured spine. They sued.

Problem is ... Snoop's side argued he lives in Cali -- not Pennsylvania where the suit was filed -- so he has no business being caught up in this legal mess. The judge said fo shizzle -- clearing Snoop from the suit.

Wiz and Live Nation are still fighting the suit.

'American Idol' Charlie Puth Joins Lionel Richie As Judge Front-runners

7/26/2017 10:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"American Idol" is getting closer to assembling a full squad -- the show's zeroing in on finalists to join Katy Perry on the judges' panel.

'Idol' sources tell TMZ ... Lionel Richie's still a favorite to fill one of the 2 remaining seats, and singer Charlie Puth has emerged as a front-runner for the other one. We're told show execs will meet with ABC this week to finalize their choices and make offers.

There could be a country curveball, though ... our sources say Luke Bryan is in the mix because he impressed producers in early discussions. Also, if things don't work out with 2 of those 3 ... we're told Keith Urban is an 'Idol' vet who could slide in as an alternate.

Katy and Ryan are anxiously waiting to see who joins 'em.

Trans Ex-Navy SEAL Prez Trump Is On a Slippery Slope With Transgender Ban!!

7/26/2017 10:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck has 3 letters for President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military ... "WTF!"

Beck, a transgender woman and former SEAL Team Six soldier, told us Trump pinning the ban on money woes is complete BS ... and a lame excuse from the Commander in Chief.

More importantly ... she sees this as a major step backward for the country. In particular, she took Trump's use of the word "disruption" as a strong hint this could be the start of more discrimination in the military.

Bottom line for Beck -- transgender Americans have every right to serve their country. The documentary, "Lady Valor," showed how she served with great honor.

Danny Tartabull Locked Up On Deadbeat Dad Charges

7/26/2017 10:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Danny Tartabull has finally been captured -- more than 5 years after a warrant was issued for the ex-MLB star's arrest on deadbeat dad charges ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Oh, and the reason he was caught? DUMBASSERY. 

Quick backstory: Officials say the former NY Yankees star -- who played in the MLB from '84 to '97 -- owes more than $275k in unpaid child support stemming back to a 2011 deadbeat dad conviction.

He violated his probation in 2012 and was ordered to surrender and serve 180 days in jail but never turned himself in. A warrant was issued. 

54-year-old Tartabull has basically been under the radar ever since ... until July 24, when he called police himself to report that his car had been broken into near his apartment in Agoura, CA.

When cops arrived, they ran Tartabull's name through the system and noticed the active warrant -- and immediately arrested him.

He was taken to a nearby station where he was booked in connection with the deadbeat dad case and has been locked up ever since. 

Tartabull is set to face a judge some time Wednesday. 

Fun Fact: Tartabull was the AL's highest paid player in 1992 after signing a 5 year, $27 million deal.10:32 AM PT -- Tartabull's attorney, Jacob Glucksman, tells TMZ Sports his legal team is working to obtain Danny's release from custody and settle this matter.

Glucksman says Danny has a good relationship with both of his adult children.

Justin Bieber Out-of-Work Tour Crew Not on MY Payroll

7/26/2017 7:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber's refusing to say sorry to the couple hundred people suddenly out of work due to him ending his Purpose tour -- because as he sees it, that's someone else's responsibility.

As Justin was leaving BOA Steakhouse on Sunset Tuesday night -- with his pal, Patrick Schwarzenegger, driving -- he was asked if he had any message for his tour crew. As TMZ first reported ... they're pissed because they never got a heads-up Bieber was pulling the plug and leaving them high and dry.

Bieber was shockingly defiant, and explained the difference -- in his eyes -- between tour crew and his personal staffers.

We think the crew would say karma damn near bit Justin in the ass in this clip. Watch what happened to his Black Amex card.

Britney's Attack Umbrella Hitting Auction Block

7/26/2017 7:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The green umbrella Britney Spears unleashed on a paparazzo after shaving her head in 2007 is hitting the auction block ... and at a decent price, if you've got thousands of dollars laying around. 

Daniel Ramos, the pap whose car Britney clubbed with the thing, says he's ready to part with the piece of pop culture history since he thinks Brit Brit's in a good place. Plus he's making a movie and needs the dough. He has floated the idea of the sale in the past, and now it looks like he's ready to make the move.

He had it on him when we ran into him at LAX Tuesday, and it looked to be in good shape although Ramos wouldn't recommend it being used in the rain. The umbrella is listed online with RR Auction and hits the block August 10th.

As for how much it could fetch, Ramos is thinking in the $50k ballpark, and has a favored spot for it to land.

Justin Bieber 'Spiritual Awakening' Puts Music Career In Jeopardy

7/26/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber's "purpose" in life does not seem to be music anymore -- it's all about his "spiritual awakening" courtesy of the Hillsong Church and its leader, in particular ... sources connected with the church tell TMZ.

Multiple sources familiar with the situation tell us, Justin's decision to abruptly cancel his Purpose Tour is rooted in his relationship with church pastor Carl Lentz. As we reported, we're told Lentz did not advocate canceling the tour. In fact we're told he recommended the opposite.

That said, our sources say Bieber's relationship with Lentz has been "intense" and the church leader has increasingly influenced the singer in making life decisions. 

As one source put it, "The church didn't tell Justin to cancel the tour. He made his decision based on spiritual soul-searching and his own view of the path in life he should be taking."

The way it was put to us, Bieber processed the endless conversations he has had with Lentz and used them to make the decision. It's unclear whether canceling the tour is a one-off or whether Bieber is so down the road with the church that he will close the book on his music career.

Justin and Carl had were spotted having a casual chat Tuesday afternoon behind Mastro's in Bev Hills. As one source put it, "he's becoming the Tom Cruise of that church."

Kyrie Irving What's Good for Biebs ... Church Influenced Trade Demand

7/26/2017 7:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cavaliers superstar Kyrie Irving arrived at his reported decision to ask out of Cleveland the same way Justin Bieber chose to end his tour -- through long chats with pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Church sources tell us Kyrie, who's been an active member for a long time, met with Lentz earlier this month about his desires to step out of LeBron James' shadow. We're told Lentz didn't tell Kyrie to "leave Cleveland" -- instead he listened to Kyrie's concerns, and encouraged him to make the decision he felt was best.

There's a reason it sounds so similar to Justin's Purpose tour shocker -- Bieber, Lentz and Irving all hung out together in L.A. just over a week ago. You could say they were on Kyrie's turf ... playing pop-a-shot at Dave & Buster's.

We're told Kyrie and Carl have been close for years, but Justin and the NBA star are more like acquaintances.

NBA fans have been baffled as to why Kyrie would want to leave a team that's been to the NBA Finals 3 years straight. Now we know -- it's God-approved.

Andre Drummond On Trade Rumblings: 'All I Know Is I'm In Detroit Now'

7/26/2017 6:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Andre Drummond is keeping it pretty real when it comes to his future -- telling TMZ Sports when it comes to blockbuster trade rumors, "Anything is possible in this league."

The rumors are heating up that the Detroit Pistons star could be shipped out before the season starts -- and even engaged with a Twitter fan this week who suggested Drummond could be part of a mega trade to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving.

But when we asked about it, he didn't exactly rule it out -- "I play for Detroit now, so we'll keep it at that."

That said, Drummond still has big hopes for the Motor City -- telling us the Pistons picked up a lot of great talents in the off-season including Avery Bradley.

"We got a lot of great pieces to be a great team."

Les Moonves O.J.'s First Interview? We Ain't Paying for Him

7/26/2017 7:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Les Moonves has as much interest in landing the first O.J. Simpson interview as he does in having his tongue nailed to a table -- ZERO.

The CBS honcho was leaving Craig's Tuesday night when we asked if he's gunning for that first sit-down after Simpson's released from prison. He'll be out on parole as early as October 1, and it's anticipated he could get as much as $1 million for the interview.

Les did his best Heisman pose, metaphorically, on the idea of any CBS News operation getting in on the bidding. He's not alone in painting Simpson as a media pariah.

Chester Bennington Home Was Drug-Free At Time of Suicide

7/26/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's death investigation has turned up no obvious signs of drug use ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us investigators found no illegal drugs or prescription drugs while searching the home following Chester's suicide. As we reported ... there was a partially drunk bottle of alcohol in the bedroom where he was found hanging.

The Linkin Park frontman was open about his drug abuse issues -- acid, meth, crack and more. His bandmates were well aware of his demons, and he credited his bandmates for staging an intervention.

It's unclear if Chester had any drugs in his system at the time of death. Toxicology results are pending.

Nate Diaz Courted By Mayweather's TMT for McGregor Fight Walkout

7/26/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of Floyd Mayweather's TMT members tells TMZ Sports ... he's courting Nate Diaz to walk out with Floyd for the McGregor fight -- and says there's a REAL chance it will happen. 

The man with the plan is "Love & Hip Hop" star, Jason Lee -- who's so close with Floyd, he was part of the boxer's entourage during the McGregor news conference in London. 

Lee also happens to be from Stockton, CA -- home of Nate Diaz -- and says he's making a serious run to get Nate to be a special TMT VIP for the fight ... to essentially troll Conor. 

We also asked Lee if Justin Bieber would be in Floyd's corner for the fight -- since he has been in the past -- but it sounds like JB is taking some time away from TMT to focus on Jesus

Venus' Wrongful Death Lawsuit 'Gunned It' to 20 MPH in Intersection ... Says Victim's Attorney

7/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Venus Williams accelerated from 0 to almost 20 MPH in about 4 seconds as she pulled through the intersection where she had a fatal accident ... according to the attorney for the victims' family.

Michael Steinger, who reps the estate of Jerome Barson -- the man who died -- tells TMZ Sports his team obtained the black box data Tuesday from Venus' SUV. He says it shows she was traveling at 19.9 MPH when Jerome and his wife T-boned her.

He also says the numbers show Venus got up to that speed in 4.2 seconds. His take on the data -- Venus probably "looked up, saw the red light and gunned it."

Remember, the surveillance video shows Venus start into the intersection, but stop to allow another vehicle to turn left in front of her. Up to now, we only knew Venus told cops she was doing about 5 MPH as she started into the intersection. The police report also put the Barson's Hyundai at 25 MPH.

If, as Steinger says, Venus was doing 20 MPH after the light had changed, the obvious question becomes -- was she reckless in her attempt to clear the intersection?

As we reported ... the estate disputes Venus' claim at least one person in the Barson's car was not wearing a seat belt ... saying the vehicle data proves it.

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