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Nick Jonas Republicans Threw Millions at Me Too

7/30/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-nick-jonas-gop-TMZ-01Nick Jonas was wanted by the GOP -- much like Justin Bieber -- and the party was also willing to hand Nick millions for a concert, but there was one critical difference.

Our Jonas sources tell us Nick's people got an offer to play a free concert in Cleveland on July 24th. The show was intended to be a thank-you to the people of Cleveland for hosting the RNC.

We're told Nick was offered somewhere in the $2 million neighborhood to play the gig, and a "private donor" would pay him directly.

We broke the story ... Bieber received a $5 million offer to play a similar concert near the RNC, but turned it down for a number of reasons -- including manager Scooter Braun's close ties to Hillary Clinton.

Interestingly, we're told the person working with the GOP told Nick's people the show would be "an All Lives Matter" event. As we reported ... Justin's people were told they could not display "Black Lives Matter" banners if he performed, but "All Lives Matter" signage was okay.

Our Jonas sources say there was no way he could have done the Cleveland show anyway, because he was already scheduled to appear at a Roc Nation event in NYC.

Sorry, GOP ... Jay Z's got way more pull with Nick.

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Glen Rice Jr. Arrest Video 'He Has a Ton of Cash' 'Wondering If He Robbed This Dude'

7/30/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained police video from the moment Glen Rice Jr. was arrested this week -- and cops were so shocked by the amount of cash he had on him, they suspect he robbed somebody. 

We broke the story ... the ex-NBA player is accused of beating up another man in a grocery store parking lot and then running from the scene. 

When cops tracked Rice down -- they searched his backpack and found $2,700 in cash ... along with 6 cell phones. 

In the video, you can hear the cops talking about the money ... saying, "He has got a ton of cash. Tons of cash. I'm wondering if he robbed this dude. Mutual f***ing agreement that went bad."

Rice was initially booked for felony robbery, aggravated battery and marijuana possession -- but cops tell TMZ Sports officials are only moving forward with 2 charges ... aggravated battery and possession with intent to distribute.

Julian Edelman Pregnant Model Wants NFL Star In Baby's Life

7/30/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0728-julian-edelman-ella-rose-GETTY_INSTAGRAM-01The woman who claims she's pregnant with Julian Edelman's baby is telling friends she's on great terms with the NFL star ... and hopes he's a big part of their daughter's life.

We broke the story ... model Ella Rose filed paternity docs claiming the New England Patriots star is the father of her unborn daughter, who's due in November.

Sources close to Rose tell us ... she plans to move from L.A. to Massachusetts before the birth to be closer to some of her good friends ... and also to make things easier for Julian to see the kid.

We're also told Ella's not upset about the fact Julian's dating Adriana Lima -- because they were never an official thing ... just casual friends. 

Sources tell us child support has been discussed -- but as one source close to Rose tells us, "She's being reasonable. Not holding a gun to his head."

D'Angelo Russell Reconciles with GF Put Each Other Back On Instagram

7/30/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-dangelo-russell-niki-withers-instagramD'Angelo Russell is BACK ON with his college athlete girlfriend ... the two have reconciled after breaking up earlier this month, TMZ Sports has learned. 

The Lakers star had been dating USC volleyball star Niki Withers -- but sources close to the couple tell us they broke things off after a recent trip to Asia because they felt they were growing apart. 

But after nearly two weeks ... the two decided to go out for dinner to talk things out and agreed to give it another shot. 

And perhaps the most meaningful sign ... they both reposted pictures of each other back to Instagram after scrubbing all traces right after the breakup.

0729-niki-withers-instagram-01At the end of the day, both Russell and Withers are 20-years-old -- and we're told they want to take things slow and see where things go. 

#GoodLuck

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UFC's Alan Jouban I Can't Wait For Rousey's Return ... She Carries The Sport

7/30/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC fighter Alan Jouban thinks the time is now for Ronda Rousey to return to the Octagon ... saying she dominated the sport like no other female fighter ... and he can't wait for her return.

We got Jouban out in L.A. and asked him what's up with the one-and-done championship runs in the women's bantamweight division since Ronda lost to Holly Holm?

Jouban told our guy the short reigns have less to do with the new fighters ... and more to do with the old one ... saying Rousey was so DOMINANT it made the division look weaker than it really was.

Guy's got a point ... the title has changed hands like three times since Ronda was holding it down ... and now that we know she doesn't have a baby on board ... we're wondering when she'll get another crack at it.

Check out the clip.

Will Smith Makes Surprise Visit to LAPD

7/30/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0726-will-smith-tmz-01Will Smith turned more than a few heads when he made a couple unscheduled stops at LAPD stations last week, but we've learned he meant business when he arrived.

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ, Will showed up last week at 2 stations -- including the Wilshire division -- to do a little homework for his cop role in the upcoming thriller "Bright." While he was there, we're told he personally thanked the boys in blue for their hard work.

Law enforcement sources tell us the visits -- he also hit up LAPD's downtown HQ -- were great for morale ... especially in light of recent tensions.

We're told Big Willie did his research for the role, took a few pics ... then bounced.

#WinWin

Iggy Azalea vs. Uncle Sam She's Too Fancy To Pay Taxes

7/30/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0725_Iggy-Azalea_tmzIggy Azalea can't catch a break this year -- she just got slammed with another tax lien.

According to docs ... Iggy's on the hook for $269,980.20 in federal taxes from 2015.

Back in April the rapper was hit with a $391,056.55 lien for unpaid taxes from 2014. Do the math and that's $661k total for both liens.

Almost makes Nick Young and his baby mama seem like no big deal. Almost.

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Boxer Paulie Malignaggi UFC Getting It Right On Doping BOXING Needs A Clean Up

7/29/2016 5:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The UFC is cracking down on PED usage in a way boxing DESPERATELY needs ... that's according to former boxing World Champ Paulie Malignaggi ... who says it's HIS sport that needs a scrubbing.

We got Paulie -- the former junior welterweight and welterweight champ of the world -- in NY training for his big Showtime PPV fight against Gabriel Bracero on Saturday and asked him about recent drug scandals in combat sports.

A fair share of those have gone down in the UFC ... where high-profile guys, like Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones, have been popped just recently for doping.

Paulie's been a vocal critic of PED use in boxing for a long time ... but given recent history it's still interesting to hear him say that it's HIS sport ... and not the UFC ... that has the real problem.

Check it out.

Bobby Brown My Baby's Got Musical Ambition ... Say Hi to Hendrix!

7/29/2016 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-bobby-brown-tmz-doc-launch-01Bobby Brown must be a HUGE Jimi Hendrix fan.

According to the birth certificate obtained by TMZ ... Bobby's 7th kiddo is Hendrix Estelle Sheba Brown. She was born July 21st at 10:54 AM at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.

Robert Barisford Brown and Alicia Christine Etheredge are listed as the parents.

No word if Bobby's rocking to Hendrix somewhere.

Aldon Smith Checks Into Rehab

7/29/2016 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-aldon-smith-GETTY-01Aldon Smith has entered a treatment center ... multiple sources connected to the NFL star confirm to TMZ Sports.

Unclear exactly what Smith is seeking treatment for -- but the move comes days after the Oakland Raiders star denied being in a video that appeared to show him with a blunt. 

The video surfaced over the weekend -- and while you NEVER see the man's face in the footage -- you can hear a voice that sounds like Smith ... talking about a "fire up session."

At one point in the video, you hear the man's voice say, "They don't know it's me. It's not like I put 'Aldon Smith.'"

Smith has been to rehab before -- completing a stint in 2013 following two DUI arrests. 

'Pokemon' Theme Singer Down for a 'Pokemon Go' Remix But Only If ...

7/29/2016 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who's had kids and many adults singing along to "Pokemon" for years says there absolutely should be a new tune for "Pokemon Go" ... as long as he doesn't get screwed in the deal.

Jason Paige was outside the Rockwell in L.A. Thursday night when he freestyled a possible remixed song for the current craze. He says he's tried "Pokemon Go," and it sounds like he's hooked.

He says there's only one potential downside to the game's popularity, and it's closely tied to his wallet.

BTW ... Jason busted out the old theme song inside Rockwell. It's just like you remember it, but a little more adult contemporary.

Montel Williams Detained for Pot In Germany

7/29/2016 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-Montel-Williams-tmzMontel Williams just got a lesson in German law -- you can't fly with weed, unless you've got a serious medical condition ... which is how he avoided getting arrested.

Montel's rep tells us he was traveling through the Frankfurt airport with his wife early Friday, and got stopped by customs agents. They discovered marijuana in his carry-on which Montel uses to help treat his MS and detained him for questioning.

We're told Montel informed cops the pot was only medication and called his team back in the U.S. to send over proof of his prescription.

Williams' rep says once Montel presented the proof, the German authorities were cool with everything and let him go. He was held for less than an hour. 

Montel's rep, Jon Franks, tells us, "Unfortunately this is the reality faced by medical marijuana patients every day all over the world. Today, Montel reaffirms his commitment to fighting for sensible medical marijuana policies across the world and to fighting the stigma he and so many other seriously ill Americans face every day for simply following the advice of their doctor."

Prost!

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Justin Bieber Sorry, GOP ... I'm Not for Sale

7/29/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0728-justin-bieber-gop-convention-tmz-getty-01Justin Bieber got a $5 million offer to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention, but turned it down after his manager considered quitting and LeBron James urged him to reject it ... sources tell TMZ.

Sources connected with CAA -- the talent agency which reps Bieber and received the offer -- tell us a promoter contacted Justin's people with the offer, saying he would perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held.

We're told the promoter assured Justin's people the event was "not political" and Justin would not be endorsing Trump or any GOP policies. 

According to the contract, the $5 million was bankrolled by GOP donors. The money was to be paid "up front" -- before Justin even arrived. The donors would also cover production expenses.

It represented the biggest single payday ever for Justin. Or, for that matter, just about any other singer, and he seriously considered doing it ... partly because he's Canadian and didn't have a dog in the fight and partly because of the money.

Manager Scooter Braun, a big Hillary Clinton supporter who even held a fundraiser for her at his L.A. home, had big problems with the offer ... as did CAA. Scooter and CAA felt, regardless of the representations, this was "100 percent political."

0728-scooter_braun_hillary_clinton_fundraiser_InstagramWe're told Scooter wasn't heavy-handed at first, and talked to Justin about putting Black Lives Matter banners up in the venue. We're told Braun was told he could not display BLM banners, but the donors would accept banners that read "All Lives Matter." The donors also made it clear ... Justin could say nothing disparaging about Trump or the GOP.

We're told Scooter told Justin it was up to him if he wanted to do the show, but he said he couldn't continue to represent the singer if he did, out of principle. Scooter felt the GOP was using Bieber as its tool.

Our sources say the promoter told Scooter ... LeBron James himself was also going to attend an event in Cleveland, welcoming the GOP without taking a political stand. The sources tell us Justin's people got in touch with LeBron's people, and they were told LeBron would actually not be in Cleveland for the convention and urged Justin not to go as well.

On top of all that, we're told Justin's band, comprised entirely of African-Americans, did not want to do the show.

In the end, Justin turned the offer down.

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