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Mark Cuban I'll Take On Trump as a Republican If I Run for Prez in 2020

10/22/2017 6:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Cuban will challenge Donald Trump in the primaries ... IF he decides to run for President in 2020.

Cuban was profiled on the Fox News Channel show "OBJECTified" Sunday night, and he declared which party he'd choose if he were to run ... he says it'd be Republican.

The Mavericks owner says he's still deciding whether he'll throw his hat in the ring, and that a lot depends on whether his wife is down with the run.

Cuban had supported Trump early on in the last race but soured on him -- Cuban felt he wasn't serious about understanding important issues. He became a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton in the general.

"OBJECTified" re-airs Sunday night at 11 PM ET, 8 PM PT.

'Y&TR' Star Kristoff St. John Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Himself

10/22/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:56 AM PT --  A rep for Mia St. John tells TMZ, Mia -- Kristoff's ex-wife -- is NOT the one who called police or got the photos of him holding a gun to his head.'Young and The Restless' star Kristoff St. John was hospitalized and placed under psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to kill himself with a gun.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ...  an ex of Kristoff's called cops Thursday evening and told them Kristoff had been sending her photos showing the soap star holding a gun to his head. 

When cops arrived, they confiscated 2 guns and placed Kristoff under a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation. Sources close to Kristoff tell us the 2-year anniversary of his son Julian's suicide is fast approaching -- November 23 -- and that had him very, very upset.

Kristoff's ex set up the "El Saber es Poder" ("Knowledge is Power") Foundation to battle mental illness following Julian's death. 

Beyonce & Jay-Z Our New Pad's a Money Pit!!!

10/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Beyonce and Jay-Z aren't done dropping cash on their insane new L.A. estate ... the price tag is inching into the $100 million territory..

The Carters have taken out 2 permits in the past month for work on their recently purchased Bel-Air property -- one to install a backup generator and make a $30k alteration to the pad, and another to add a living area under the pools for around $750k.

Bey and Jay closed escrow on the mansion in August for $88 MILLION -- a dream come true for one new neighbor. But apparently $88 mil only gets you so much.

As we reported ... the couple also went bicoastal last month by gobbling up a baller house in the Hamptons for a cool $26 million.

Good to have choices. 

Hines Ward Roethlisberger's Not Retiring Soon ... 'Plenty Left in the Tank'

10/22/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hines Ward is calling BS on all that Ben Roethlisberger retirement talk ... saying his old QB still has "plenty left in the tank" -- enough to win a Super Bowl. 

Big Ben admitted he contemplated hangin' 'em up after the 2016 season -- but decided to come back. Then there was the "maybe I don't have it anymore" comment earlier this month. 

But Ward ain't buyin' any of that retirement garbage -- telling TMZ Sports #7 is still a championship-caliber player, period. 

Speaking of QB's ... we also asked Ward about Colin Kaepernick ... and he names a list of teams that could use his skills right now.

'Sammy the Bull' Tatted and Hungry After Prison Stint ... Right Back to Old Habits

10/22/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Notorious Mafia hitman-turned-rat, "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, has a gnarly new look after 17 years up the river -- but he's got the same taste in Italian food.

Gravano resurfaced at Uncle Sal's restaurant in Scottsdale on October 9 -- a few weeks after his release from prison -- to pick up a takeout order. We're told he popped in with his son and stayed for about 15 minutes.

Despite his new sleeve of tattoos and shaved head, we're told patrons recognized the former mobster. Makes sense ... Sammy's fam used to own the restaurant. His wife kept running it for a few years after he was busted for running an ecstasy ring. 

If Uncle Sal's sounds familiar, it's the same spot where Harvey Weinstein had dinner the night before beginning rehab. 'The Bull' was there a couple days earlier.

Gucci Mane & Keyshia $120k Wedding Gift Keeps Their Love on Lock!

10/22/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gucci Mane's diamond heart has just 1 key ... and luckily his new wife Keyshia Ka'oir is holding it.

The newlyweds got a pretty baller gift from Gucci's best friend -- Pierre "Pee" Thomas, CEO of Quality Control Music -- two 28-carat diamond necklaces, and each has an additional 15-carat diamond pendant attached.

Gucci got the heart pendant, and wifey has the key. The jewelry -- made by Wafi Lalani at Jewelry Unlimited in ATL -- was delivered in an awesome case that plays Gucci's song "Curve." 

Now, that's how ya lock it down.

The Rock Might Not Make My Mount Rushmore ... Says Nick Hogan

10/22/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hulk Hogan's son, Nick, says he's got one tiny problem with Ric Flair's pro wrestling Mount Rushmore -- The Rock

Naitch posted a hilarious photo of his 4 GOATs last weekend -- Rock, The Hulkster, Stone Cold Steve Austin and (of course) himself. WOOOO!

At first, Nick told TMZ Sports he woulda picked the exact same superstars ... but after thinking about it, he couldn't 100% commit to the People's Champ.

Sounded pretty crazy at first ... until you hear his other 2 picks (they were really good). 

Do ya smelllllllllllll ... what Nick Hogan is cookin'??

Billie Jean King Praises Weinstein Accusers ... 'That's Progess'

10/22/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Billie Jean King says society is making progress in the battle against sexism, and she's pointing to the Harvey Weinstein scandal -- and the women speaking out -- as her proof.

King is a trailblazer in every sense of the word, spending her entire career not just winning on the court, but winning in society as an advocate for women's rights (she founded the WTA tour, btw).

When we got her out at LAX and asked if she's been able to see any progress since the days she began her crusade in the early '70s, King said yes, but reminded us the war isn't over.

"Sure, but every generation has to continue to start over and fight for equality and inclusion."

Our guy brought up the scores of women who have made sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein -- and BJK says the scandal just proves things are moving forward.

"That is progressing, when people speak up."

BTW -- We also got some pretty good stuff from King about working with Emma Stone for her new movie "Battle of the Sexes" ... and if Stone has any real talent on the court. 

Rick Pitino FBI's Fall Guy ... Says Ex-Louisville Star

10/22/2017 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former Louisville basketball star Kevin Ware is standing up for Rick Pitino amid his suspected involvement in the NCAA recruiting sting ... saying his ex-coach is being unfairly fingered by the feds.

"What are you doing a full FBI investigation on? ... That don't make a lot of sense to me unless you were already digging, trying to make Rick to be that culprit and take that fall," Ware told TMZ Sports.

Kevin says he didn't notice anything fishy when he was playing for the Cardinals from 2011-2014 ... including any sign of Katina Powell -- the escort whose prostitution scandal rocked the university last year.

Ware told us he's got nothing but respect for the man Pitino is off the court  ... calling him "a very loving and caring person." 

But even Kevin can see Coach P's days in college hoops are done -- which he says is for the best.

Ware also weighed in on Gordon Hayward's gruesome injury since he suffered a brutal leg-break while he was at Louisville ... telling us why the NBA superstar should be A-OK.

Jemele Hill 'I Deserved That Suspension' ... Not Mad at ESPN

10/21/2017 8:16 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jemele Hill is breaking her silence -- telling TMZ Sports she doesn't blame ESPN for hitting her with a 2-week suspension over anti-Jerry Jones tweets saying ... "I put ESPN in a bad spot."

Hill was put in the penalty box for encouraging people upset with Jerry Jones' national anthem policy to boycott his sponsors. ESPN claimed her comment was a violation of the network's social media policy. Several of Hill's coworkers, celebrities, athletes and activists spoke out against ESPN ... and Hill says she appreciates all the support, but believes she was treated fairly by the network.

"I deserved a suspension," Hill told us at LAX ... "I violated the policy. Going forward we'll be in a good, healthy place." 

As for her public statements against Donald Trump ... Hill says she won't take back what she said -- but she regrets putting her show in a bad position. She's moving forward with ESPN, saying ... "I don't feel suppressed. I love ESPN as much as ever. I am okay. I feel good." 

We spoke with Hill about a ton of stuff -- which you can see in the raw video below. 

Jemele says she will return to work on Monday.

Harvey Weinstein Completes 1-Week Outpatient Program Psychologist Says, 'He Took it Seriously'

10/20/2017 5:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

5:43 PM PT -- A Weinstein rep just called to say the plan has now changed. Weinstein will stay in Arizona for another month or so because he doesn't want excessive distractions and wants to continue working with his doctors. The outpatient program which Weinstein entered still ends Saturday.

Harvey Weinstein is leaving Arizona Saturday after completing a one-week program treating various psychological issues, and Weinstein's psychologist tells TMZ the fallen mogul took it seriously.

Weinstein gave his treating psychologist permission to speak with TMZ. The psychologist asked us not to use his name, but he was a key member of the team treating Weinstein.

The psychologist says Weinstin's program lasted 1 week, and involved "intensive therapy" on an outpatient basis. 

The psychologist says he helped Weinstein focus on "dealing with his anger, his attitude toward others, boundary work and the beginnings of work on empathy." He says Weinstein was "invested in the program."

He disputes reports that Weinstein didn't take his sessions seriously and that he ranted that there was a conspiracy to get him. The psychologist says Weinstein "was able to focus on his therapy despite a ton of distractions," adding, "He showed up for all the meetings and was fully engaged."

We're told Weinstein had only one group session at the beginning of his treatment but doctors quickly decided there were confidentiality concerns, so every other session was individual and private.

As for reports that Weinstein was angry, the psychologist says there was anger that manifested itself, but other patients at the facility wouldn't have been privy to it so reports of Weinstein spinning out of control were "just not true."

The psychologist says, "There were things that triggered [Weinstein's] anger and our job was to help him recognize where it was coming from and how to control it. But he was not venting about some conspiracy to get him. It was an appropriate display of anger."

Weinstein will leave Arizona Saturday and begin "significant outpatient therapy" when he returns home.

As for whether he's made progress, the psychologist hedged, saying, "Time will tell."

Bethenny Frankel Ex Jason Hoppy to Cop Plea In Stalking/Harassment Case

10/21/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bethenny Frankel's ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, will cop a plea Monday in his stalking/aggravated harassment case, but Bethenny is still scared ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Jason will get an ACD .. Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. Short story ... he has to stay clear of Bethenny for 6 months and obey all laws. If he harasses her in any way, the D.A. will throw the book at him.

Bethenny has an order of protection against Jason, prohibiting him from contacting her. That order stays in place for the 6 months. After that, it goes away.

If Hoppy lives on the straight and narrow for the 6 months, all charges against him will be dismissed. 

We're told she's super worried about what will happen after 6 months, because she's scared of Hoppy.  Bethenny's really involved in the hurricane relief efforts -- she's spent lots of time in Puerto Rico since the devastating storm -- which has been a positive force in her life and wants Hoppy in her taillights. 

Gucci Mane's Brother 'He Didn't Let Me Go to the Wedding' ... Mom Wasn't Invited Either

10/21/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gucci Mane gave his mother and brother a fierce cold shoulder because they were not invited to his lavish wedding ... so says Gucci's youngest brother.

Nate tells us he has no idea why the rapper left him and their mom, Vicky, off the guest list for $1 million affair at Miami's Four Seasons Hotel.

Nate, who's gotten shout-outs from Guwop on tracks like "Rude," says he's happy for his big brother but sad no fancy invitation was sent his way. Adding insult to injury -- another brother, Duke, was Gucci's best man.

Little bro says the diss sends a clear message, and Keyshia Ka'oir should pay attention.

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