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Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Bev Hills Horse Date Urban Cowboys!

3/23/2017 3:56 PM PDT
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0323_the-bachelorette_horseback_tmz_wm-PRIMARY'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay went on a horse date in Beverly Hills of all places.

Rachel was shooting a segment of her show Thursday at Beverly Gardens Park with one of her 25 suitors. It's pretty hilarious ... check out the tudor-style mansions in the background.

It is, after all, the wild wild West in them thar hills ... and just a stone's throw from the Polo Lounge.

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Miguel Brushes Off Sexual Assault Claim ... Not Worth Me Answering!

3/23/2017 1:46 PM PDT
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Miguel isn't batting an eyelash at a woman's claim that he forcefully exposed her breast -- saying it's nothing more than a cry for attention ... and not worth his time.

We got the singer Thursday at LAX, where our camera guy asks what his take is on a University of New Mexico student taking to IG and publicly accusing him of sexual assault.

Watch -- Miguel chalks it up to the times and people's thirst for the spotlight. It's interesting though ... he brushes off the allegation without an outright denial.

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Brett Favre I Know I Can Play At NFL Level But I Don't Wanna Get Hit Anymore!

3/23/2017 11:52 AM PDT
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47-year-old Brett Favre says he KNOWS he still has the arm to compete in the NFL ... but he just doesn't wanna get hit anymore.

The ex-NFL star says he's flattered by ATL Falcons CB Robert Alford -- who strongly feels Favre could make a comeback after their workout in Louisiana this week ... but it ain't happening.

"I could still make the throws," Favre tells TMZ Sports ... "If they promise they won't hit me, I'll play."

There's more ... Favre says he's far more concerned about the longterm effects of concussions and is invested in multiple companies -- including Prevacus and Brock USA -- in the hopes of preventing and treating brain injuries.

Favre says he feels it's his "duty" to try and make the game better and safer for future NFL players and he's touring around with Sqor Sports in hopes of doing just that.

But, when it comes to his own family members playing the game he loves, Brett says he would "strongly discourage" his grandsons from playing football based on the medical information he has today.

"Yeah, you may make a good salary ... but what happens in the end if you have enough concussions? It may be a tragic end."

'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' Star Explosive Encounter with Cops Before Arrest

3/23/2017 10:49 AM PDT
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1:26 PM PT -- We've now obtained the police report, which says Erica told the state trooper -- after being pulled over for speeding -- she had taken 3 shots of Grand Marnier. When asked to perform a field sobriety test Erica refused. According to the report, the trooper ordered her not to drive and call a friend to pick her up. Instead, she fled and was ultimately arrested.

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Former "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Erica Dixon was damn near yanked out of her car by cops after she allegedly fled the scene of a traffic stop.

The video starts with a street scene, where Erica had just been pulled over for speeding. She says she accepted the ticket, jumped in her car and started driving, but it's clear cops believe she was still being detained and just started to flee.

You then see a cop car roar up to her car and cops then jump out to confront her.

Erica was enraged, which just ratcheted things up. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to a nearby detention center where she was cited and released.

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'This is Us' Sterling K. Brown We're About to Find Out How Jack Dies

3/23/2017 10:00 AM PDT
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"This is Us" star Sterling K. Brown has some reassurance for fans ... they're about to find out what kills Jack.

The actor who plays Randall was leaving LAX Thursday when our photog begged for some sort of answer. Sterling said way more than Mandy Moore when we got her last week at the same place.

Finally.

Cal Ripken Rooting for Tim Tebow 'But It's Gonna Be a Hard Road'

3/23/2017 9:48 AM PDT
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Tim Tebow has a legend in his corner ... Cal Ripken Jr. ... who tells TMZ Sports he's pulling for the guy to make the big leagues but says, "It's gonna be a hard road."

Ripken says Tebow has a few things working in his favor while he tries to climb the ranks in the NY Mets farm system ... but ultimately, he needs reps. 

Chuck Berry 911 Call 'He's Barely Breathing'

3/23/2017 9:26 AM PDT
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Chuck Berry was barely breathing when he was found unresponsive in his home Saturday and the 911 caller began immediate efforts to save his life ... but it was too late.

In the emergency call -- obtained by TMZ -- a man is heard telling dispatchers right away it's Berry who is down. He explains Berry's lifeless and barely breathing and the dispatcher gives CPR instructions.

The 90-year-old rock legend died shortly after the call. 

As we reported ... cops responded to a cardiac arrest call, but Chuck's cause of death will be listed as natural causes.


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Nia Long 'Empire' Hair and Makeup Lodged Complaint Nia Threatened Suit

3/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
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0322_taraji-henson-nia-long-and-terrence-howard-tmz-2Nia Long was such a nightmare on the set of "Empire" ... the hair and makeup folks lodged an official complaint against her, and Nia also threatened to sue the show over an improper goodbye ... this according to well-placed production sources.

Multiple people -- cast, crew and production people -- tell TMZ Nia was disrespectful and unprofessional throughout her run on the show.

We broke the story ... Nia and Taraji P. Henson were at war with each other because Taraji was irate over the way Nia treated the staff, and it got so bad producers were trying to figure out how to shoot scenes with the two of them where each actress did their part separately. It was so tense neither would speak to the other.

The various sources are scoffing at Nia's reps, who claim the stories about the actress are made up. Our sources say there were numerous incidents, but 3 are still vivid.

-- Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment ... and that was against Nia. The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful ... at times deciding she didn't like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show -- "from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia."

-- Our sources say Nia was "habitually late." They say Taraji and Terrence Howard would sometimes be waiting on set for 30 minutes and Nia was a no-show. Producers would finally use a stand-in for Nia so Taraji and Terrence could rehearse a scene.

-- It is custom on the set when guest stars finish their last scene for the Assistant Director to call it out ... "This is (name of actor) last scene," followed by a "thank you" and applause. When Nia did her last scene, Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and his lip began swelling. The A.D. was looking for Benadryl when Nia left. It's unclear if the A.D. was distracted or just didn't want to thank Nia, but we're told as Nia walked out she told someone in production she was going to sue the show because the "goodbye" was in her contract. Production sources say it was not in her contract.

We spoke with one actor on the show who said the experience was so unpleasant they would never work with her again.

We reached out to Nia's rep, who said, "We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard."

The rep went on to say, "We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight."

Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Collapses, Dies on Rock Cruise Ship

3/23/2017 8:08 AM PDT
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0323-boston-band-member-sib-GETTY-01Sib Hashian -- the drummer for the rock group Boston -- died after collapsing onstage Wednesday night ... TMZ has learned.

Sib's son, Adam, tells us the drummer was on the Legends of Rock Cruise and was midset when he suddenly collapsed. A witness says CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used but to no avail.

The L.O.R. Cruise began on March 18 in Florida and had stops in several places including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. We're told the cruise will continue and other musicians are performing tributes to Sib on the boat Thursday.

The drummer -- who donned an EPIC afro in the early days of his stellar career -- was famously part of Boston's self-titled album, which featured the mega-hit "More Than a Feeling."

Sib's daughter, Lauren, has a daughter with Dwayne Johnson.

He was 67.

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Mel B, Stephen Belafonte Divorce Breakthrough ... Family Therapy

3/23/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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0322-melb-stephen-belafonte-tmz-2Mel B and Stephen Belafonte took an enormous step Wednesday to ratchet down the anger in their divorce ... we've learned the 2 of them along with their kids went for a family therapy session.

Sources connected with Mel B and Stephen tell TMZ, they drove separately to Mulholland Estates to the home of Dr. Charles Sophy, Mel's longtime psychiatrist. They each drove separately and their 3 kids -- ages 5, 9 and 18 -- drove in a third car with the nanny.

Sophy is a leading psychiatrist in Hollywood, treating scores of celebs. He was a big part of the Michael Jackson molestation trial.

We're told this was the first family session and it's a breakthrough because up to this point in the breakup, a family session would have been out of the question. Our sources say both Mel B and Stephen really want to make sure their kids are ok.

'Stranger Things' Stars Keeping Dating Rumors In The Upside Down

3/23/2017 7:22 AM PDT
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"Stranger Things" stars Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton play Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers on the show, and their relationship seems as complicated onscreen as it's off. 

There are rumors the two are dating, and when we caught them together at LAX Wednesday they hinted that mixing work and a relationship is no big deal since everyone's just one big family on set.

Charlie stopped short of a confirmation though, but it's pretty obvious.

Jason Derulo I've Got Your Jacket That Turns into a ... Backpack!

3/23/2017 6:54 AM PDT
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Jason Derulo says he's not gonna make you look stupid in a jacket that turns into a backpack ... that's how good his fashion game is.

0323-jason-derulo-jacket-sub-asset-backpack-02The singer was in the mood to talk up his new fashion line -- LVL XIII -- when he was out in NYC Wednesday ... and he's adamant his apparel -- set to launch at Bloomingdale's -- is the future of luxury clothing.

Jason's putting in work like a true entrepreneur ... check out what else he's got in store.

Dave Matthews Band's Violinist Busking on the Streets of NYC ... Boy, Takes Me Back!

3/23/2017 6:40 AM PDT
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Boyd Tinsley knows the value of simply playing music for human ears ... which is why he busked his way back to the streets for a free pop-up show in NYC.

We got Dave Matthews Band's violinist Wednesday playing with his new band, Crystal Garden, at Washington Square Park, and he told us how playing a free show takes him back to the days when he had to do it.

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