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Adult Swim Sued Thou Hath Jacked My 'Black Jesus'

3/29/2017 6:58 PM PDT
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0329_black_jesus_cartoon_network"Black Jesus" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim is an impostor of the original black Jesus -- the one created by an author in 1999 (not the Bethlehem one) ... according to a new suit.

New York author Saint Solomon says "Black Jesus" -- the live action comedy on TV -- picks up where his short story titled "Thank You, Jesus" left off. He says the TV character is just like the protagonist in his story -- black, homeless, and named Jesus.

In his lawsuit, Solomon says his story ends with his Jesus being kicked out of the house to go live on the streets, and he believes episode 1 of "Black Jesus" picks up the tale 15 years later.

According to the docs ... there are other similarities, like the fact TV Black Jesus has a friend who is always trying to get rich quick, just like in the short story. And both Black Jesuses dress the same, curse a lot and drink booze.

Can we get an Amen?

Solomon's suing Adult Swim for ripping off his idea ... and wants more than $75 million to make it right.

Le'Veon Bell My Music's As Good as Drake, Rick Ross & Future

3/29/2017 4:49 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Big day for Le'Veon Bell ... whose brand new rap album "Post Interview" cracked the iTunes Top 10 Hip-Hop charts today -- and the NFL star tells us he thinks his rhyme skills are on par with the best in the game.  

The Steelers running back joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs tonight on FS1) and says he's HONORED to be on the same list as guys like Drake, Rick Ross and Future. 

In fact, Bell says he strongly believes he's just as talented as them ... adding, "my music is just as good as those guys." 

No question Bell's poppin' right now ... his single "Shrimp Bayless" has almost 1 million plays on his SoundCloud page. 

And get this ... he's also getting ready to drop a new single featuring Snoop -- and says it's straight fire. 

Stay tuned for that one. 

'Making History' Star Busted for Pot and Coke

3/29/2017 2:11 PM PDT
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Adam Pally was busted in NYC Tuesday night for smoking marijuana from an E-Cig, and carrying a tiny baggie of cocaine ... TMZ has learned.

The "Making History" and 'Mindy Project' star allegedly took a rip on West 48th Street in Hell's Kitchen ... cops patrolling the 'hood caught a whiff and cited him for misdemeanor drug possession ... according to law enforcement sources.

When officers patted down Adam ... we're told they found the baggie of blow, and hit him with another misdemeanor charge. He was issued a ticket to appear before a judge within 30 days.

We haven't heard back from Adam's reps.

Keshia Knight Pulliam Divorce Ed's GF Asked About Miscarriage Drugs ... Friend Testifies

3/29/2017 1:34 PM PDT
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0329-ed-hartwell-keshia-knight-pulliam-getty-01A friend of Keshia Knight Pulliam's estranged husband says Ed Hartwell's girlfriend made an ominous request about something to "cause a miscarriage" during Keshia's pregnancy.

The friend, Damia Ward-Henley, made the revelation in new court docs filed by Keshia in her divorce case. Damia describes herself as a friend of Ed and Tonya Carroll ... who she says Ed started dating while he was still married to Keshia. According to the docs, Damia says Tonya found out Keshia was pregnant in June 2016, and was very upset because she wanted Ed to leave Keshia.

In the docs, Damia says Tonya told her "she wanted to get something that would cause someone to have a miscarriage." Damia says she shot down the request and told Tonya and Ed to break off their adulterous relationship.

Keshia also filed docs saying she's worried Ed -- an ex-NFL player -- is unfit to care for their 2-month-old daughter because she's seen him take OxyContin. She says Ed testified in a lawsuit with the NFL that he's suffering severe physical and mental problems, and needs to take many drugs to cope.

She wants a court-appointed guardian to evaluate his parental fitness.

Katherine Jackson Flies Back to U.S. for Courtroom Showdown with Nephew

3/29/2017 12:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0328_katherine_jackson_tmzKatherine Jackson hopped a flight from London to L.A. to make sure she's in court for her elder abuse case against Trent Jackson ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the Jacksons tell us Katherine jetted back because the judge has said her lawsuit against Trent -- her nephew and longtime caretaker -- would be thrown out of court if she wasn't present to testify. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

We're told Trent believes Katherine jetted back, ending her nearly 2 month stay with Janet Jackson, because Jermaine Jackson and other siblings are in her ear ... pumping her up to go full bore against Trent in court.

However, sources connected to Trent tell us he's ready and willing to walk away, literally, if that's what Katherine wants -- even though he's done nothing but care for her for years. That's the odd twist.

If he's prepared to wave the white flag, why go to war in court? We're told Trent thinks some of Katherine's children are pushing her to go forward because they believe it will help them gain control of the estate.

Doesn't really make sense, but something's clearly up for Katherine to rush back to L.A. for court.

Michelle Kwan Husband Files for Divorce

3/29/2017 10:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0329-michella-kwan-clay-pell-tmz-03Michelle Kwan's marriage is on ice, because her husband has just filed for divorce.

According to legal docs, Clay Pell cites irreconcilable differences for the breakdown of his marriage to the 36-year-old, 5-time world champion figure skater and 2-time Olympic medalist.  

Clay is mum on spousal support but he does want her to foot the bills from his lawyer.

The couple married in January 2013. 35-year-old Clay was a White House National Security staffer under President Obama. He also ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Rhode Island.

They have no kids so if there's legal beef, it will be over property.

Tomi Lahren I Wanna Keep My Facebook Fans! But TheBlaze Ain't Budging

3/29/2017 10:12 AM PDT
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0329-tomi-lahren-the-blaze-tmzTomi Lahren has millions on the line in her negotiations to exit TheBlaze ... as in Facebook followers.

Sources familiar with the negotiations between Tomi and Blaze brass tell us she's adamant about keeping her 4.2 million FB fans, but the company has other ideas.

Fact is ... TheBlaze owns her Facebook page ... and honchos have flexed their muscles by cutting off access to Tomi and her team.

There hasn't been a single post since Tomi and Glenn Beck butted heads over her announcing on "The View" she was pro-choice.

We're told Tomi believes she's more marketable if she brings her Facebook followers to her next gig. As we reported, she has 6 months left on her contract and she's currently negotiating a severance package which includes a payout and a possible time out where she can't work anywhere else.

We're told both sides are talking and they will probably reach some resolution by the end of the week. The Facebook followers may get horse traded as part of the package.

Christina & Tarek El Moussa We Want More 'Flip or Flop' ... Bring On Season 8!

3/29/2017 9:45 AM PDT
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The only place Christina and Tarek El Moussa are going is back to flipping houses for their hit TV show -- at least that's their plan ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the show tell us Christina and Tarek are currently in talks with HGTV for a new season ... and they want to keep the production rolling, despite their divorce.

We're told reports "Flip or Flop" is dead in the water after season 7 just aren't true, and Christina isn't shopping around her own show either. The ratings are holding strong, after all.

Sources also tell us the former couple is excited for the attention the spin-offs will bring to their OG version, and that's why they're actively negotiating. 

Bottom line ... ball's in HGTV's court. So far, the network isn't commenting on season 8.

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Ireland Baldwin Now Serving Hot Cakes

3/29/2017 9:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0329-ireland-baldwin-modeling-bikini-malibu-pgotos-launchIreland Baldwin's butt quickly turned Malibu's beach into a scorcher.

The 21-year-old model showed off her bikini-ready curves during a photo shoot, and we gotta say ... dayummn!

Spring is officially sprung.

Brandon Jennings, John Wall INSULTED & THREATENED ... At Hollywood Club

3/29/2017 7:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

First off, major props to Brandon Jennings and John Wall for NOT snapping and fighting a guy who got right in their faces and talked serious trash last night ... in an incident that was all captured on video.

The scene was crazy ... the Washington Wizards stars were outside of 1 Oak late Tuesday night (hours after beating the Lakers) when they were confronted by a man who was seriously pissed off.

The man called Jennings a "mark ass ho" and bragged about being from Compton -- he clearly wanted to fight. The same man confronted John Wall a short time later.

But the NBA stars kept their cool ... and left the scene without incident.

But get this ... the same guy was later seen dapping up a different Wizards player -- Bradley Beal. Unclear if Beal knew about the prior incidents on the street.

Either way, glad this thing didn't go south ... because it could have easily. We've seen it before.

Fetty Wap No Fear ... Blinged Out After Jewelry Robbery

3/29/2017 6:51 AM PDT
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Fetty Wap's still rolling deep -- in gold chains and dough just days after he was straight-up jacked by one of his rivals ... a robbery that led to a bloody shootout.

Fetty was flanked by a massive entourage Tuesday night in WeHo as he headed for a hosting gig at Bootsy Bellows. Judging by his accessories -- and that stack he empties out of his pockets -- he's showing no fear.

TMZ broke the story ... Fetty was robbed of more than $450k in jewelry and cash Sunday in his hometown of Paterson, NJ after a physical altercation with Raheem Thomas -- aka Fuzz -- that led to a shootout.

Michael Irvin Under Investigation for Sexual Assault He Says She's Lying

3/29/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0328_michael-irvin_tmzMichael Irvin is being investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a Ft. Lauderdale hotel ... something he vigorously denies.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports, a 27-year-old Florida woman filed a police report, claiming she and the NFL Hall of Famer were out at a bar in the early hours of March 21 when they went back to the W hotel, where Michael was staying.

The woman says they were in Michael's room when she began to feel sick. She says the last thing she remembers is fighting him off. She says when she woke up he was about to check out, leaving her behind. She took an Uber home and called 911 at 7:30 AM.

She told cops she feared she was drugged and raped. She was advised to go to a medical lab for a swab and a blood test, which she did.

She says she also texted Michael, asking him if they had sex. She says he responded that he wouldn't do anything to hurt her.

Our sources say Michael, now an analyst at NFL Network, tells a very different story. He says he was out at a bar with a group of people, including the woman, until around 4:30 AM March 21, when he returned to his hotel and she followed. Michael says he had an early flight, was in the room for only 15 minutes and had no sexual contact with the woman. He also says another male was present.

He says the woman -- a cosmetologist -- texted him a day later saying, "Come for a facial when you get back to Ft. Lauderdale."

Irvin's lawyer, Larry Friedman, tells TMZ Sports, "Michael was in Ft. Lauderdale visiting his nieces and nephews at a track meet. He was also visiting his 90-year-old aunt and attending her birthday party. He was blindsided by news of these allegations."  

Friedman adds, "The allegations are completely false. In the few hours since we've learned about them we've already discovered many red flags about this young woman's background and the allegations she made against Michael. Even the complaint that she made specifically says she does not recall the events that took place. She was very drunk that night. Nothing happened and there was no assault."

Police are investigating.

Kris Jenner & Corey Gamble We're Good ... Split Rumors Are BS

3/29/2017 7:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0329-kris-jenner-corey-gamble-tmz-01Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble are still a thing ... despite reports they called it quits.

Several media outlets posted split stories Tuesday, so we did some digging. The word back ... "100% not true." We're told there wasn't even a fight. Our sources say the whole thing was made up.

61-year-old Jenner and 36-year-old Gamble have been dating since November 2014 ... Kris' first relationship after her divorce from Bruce Jenner.

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