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Nickelback Canadian Cops Busted By Band ... Our Music Is No Joke

12/2/2016 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-nickleback-dui-tmz BNickelback isn't laughing about Canadian cops joking they'll torture drunk drivers by playing the band's music in patrol cars -- in fact, Nickelback got pissed and shut down the prank.

A spokesperson for Kensington Police tells TMZ a Nickelback rep demanded they take down the Facebook post that went viral this week. The post warned holiday season DUI offenders they'd get hit with fines, criminal charges, driving suspension and "the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail."

Funny. To everyone but Nickelback. Cops say the rep was polite, but made it clear Chad Kroeger and co. didn't like being the butt of the joke. Apparently, they're not used to it yet.

Kensington cops say they never meant to embarrass the band, they were just looking for an effective way to get the anti-DUI message to the public. Mission accomplished.

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Nico Rosberg PEACE, I'M OUT Retires After 1st Formula 1 Championship

12/2/2016 7:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-nico-rosberg-INSTAGRAM-01There will be no repeat victory for Formula One champ Nico Rosberg ... the reigning champ just announced his retirement ... days after winning his very first F1 championship.

The 31-year-old -- who had been bested by his rival Lewis Hamilton for years -- made the announcement moments ago on Facebook.

"Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right."

So, what's next for the racing legend?

"Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way."

"After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me ..."

Mic drop. 

Donald Trump Secret Service Investigates Death Threat to Prez-Elect

11/29/2016 10:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-donald-trump-tmzSecret Service agents felt Donald Trump's life was threatened earlier this month, and paid a visit to the messenger ... who says it was just a joke.

Law enforcement sources confirm to TMZ ... Trump's Secret Service team and Sheriff's deputies in Greene County, Ohio checked in with a guy Monday who posted a screen shot of a text message on Nov. 14 ... which read, "kill Trump."

We're told the meeting went like this. Agents asked the man -- who ID'd himself as Micah -- if he was serious about the threat. He responded, "Not unless he starts going door-to-door rounding up people like he says."

Micah tells us the agents seemed satisfied he wasn't serious and they left.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner Mother Injured By Stray Bullet

10/10/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1010-rupaul-bob-the-drag-queen-and-mother-LOGO-01The mother of "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 8 winner was injured when a stray bullet pierced her windshield and bloodied her face as she waited in her car in Atlanta.

Bob The Drag Queen confirmed his mom, Martha Anna Caldwell, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, saying, "It's a miracle that she's not only alive, but able to go home after a few stitches."

Cops tell us the shooting happened Sunday night when a gunman hopped out of a car and started shooting at another man. Caldwell sat in her car about a block away when one of the rounds struck the windshield ... causing glass and projectile fragments to strike her face.

Bob's pissed about the shooting and railed on what he calls Georgia's "lax gun laws." He pleaded, "This could have been you, or worse this could have been your mother."

Brad Pitt Death Hoax Story Could Kill Your Computer

9/27/2016 2:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0927_brad_pitt_fake_storyBrad Pitt is alive and well, and if you click on a story claiming otherwise ... it could expose your phone, computer or other device to hackers.

Facebook is warning users not to click on what appears to be a FOX News report about Brad's death. If you do fall for it, and enter the requested info ... the bad guys can get your passwords and control of your account.

The malware is evil genius -- the hackers clearly preying on the public's interest in all things Brad and Angelina Jolie.

If you've already fallen for it (pretty embarrassing, eh?) ... FB suggests changing your password immediately and running its malware software scanner.

NFL's DeAngelo Williams Damn Right I Stiffed Waitress ... 'Service Was Horrible' (UPDATE)

9/12/2016 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar7:52 AM PT -- More bad news for the server ... 

TMZ Sports spoke with Jimmy Marcos -- co-owner of Ledo Restaurant in Maryland -- who tells us DeAngelo's server will be TERMINATED over her handling of the tip situation. 

Long story short ... we're told the restaurant policy is "the customer is always right" and tipping is a reflection of the service -- not mandatory. 

"We were in the wrong," Marcos says.

He also has a message for Williams -- "I want to offer anything I can do. I'll be sure to apologize in person next time he visits and pick up his next meal."update-grey-gray-barPittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is blasting restaurant workers who called him out on social media for not tipping ... saying point-blank -- THEY SUCKED AT THEIR JOBS. 

It all started when the bartender at the restaurant went to Facebook and wrote:

"Just now at work I had Deangelo Williams come in and I waited on while tending bar. His check was $128.25. He left me $129 with no tip but .75 cents. So there you go Stealers fans, your running back is cheap as s**t!!! Smh."

Williams found out about the social media shaming and lashed back -- claiming the service was so terrible, a 75 cent tip was TOO GENEROUS. 

"I tried to leave exact change but couldn't," Williams said ... "I waited on my food for over 1.5 hours."

(For the record, the waitress claims he was only there for 45 mins). 

So, what was allegedly so bad?

For starters, "She never asked for refills," Williams says.

But what really pissed him off -- "I ordered chicken and shrimp in my pasta they put it on my salad."

When he pointed out the mistake, "They took it back and removed it from salad and put It in my pasta leaving a shrimp tail in the salad."

Williams says "terrible service" means terrible tip. 

"I use to wait tables and use to be a bag boy so I know what I'm doing here."

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LMFAO's Sky Blu Redfoo Screwed Me On Royalties Kept Shufflin' Without Me

9/12/2016 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0912-sky-blu-redfoo-lmfao-tmz-03One half of LMFAO is sounding off at the other claiming despite family ties he's been left in the dust.

Sky Blu posted a scathing letter on Facebook about Redfoo, who's also his uncle, calling him out for ditching him after he suffered a debilitating back injury.

Sky, who now goes by 8ky, is trying to drop his new solo LP but says Redfoo's lawyers fired off a letter saying he gets zero LMFAO royalties ... money he needs to underwrite his album. He says he's also been unsuccessful getting his share of money held up by Rick Ross' lawsuit against the group.

8ky claims Redfoo pushed him out of LMFAO and "just kept shuffling everyday without me," going as far as using their trademark party rock theme on his own solo LP.

8ky also sounded off on their label, Interscope, saying it needs to "stop treating artist like cows and chickens and using them for all they can produce and then just discard them without a care." 

It's kinda history repeating itself. They're both blood related to Berry Gordy, founder of Motown ... a label that had its fair share of royalty fights. 

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SpaceX Explosion Zuckerberg to Musk... You Destroyed My Satellite!!!

9/1/2016 1:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

File this under billionaire bitchfest -- Mark Zuckerberg going off on Elon Musk's company, SpaceX, for the epic failure of a rocket launch.

Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded Thursday morning in Florida during testing. The blast obliterated a Facebook satellite that was on board, and meant to offer connectivity to much of Africa.

Zuck ain't happy and threw some low-key shade Musk's way shortly after the payload went boom.

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Amy Schumer Condemns 'Friend' For Mocking Rape Victims

8/17/2016 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-amy-schmer-kurt-metzger-tmz-getty-01Amy Schumer is appalled her friend and fellow comedian, Kurt Metzger, chose to defend someone accused of rape ... by mocking rape victims.

Amy went public Wednesday, saying she was saddened and disappointed at Metzger's sarcastic and profanity-laced posts ... in which he blamed "internet feminists ... for not constantly urging everyone to go to cops FIRST."

Metzger's pissed about allegations another comedian, Aaron Glaser, raped several women in NYC -- and he claims the alleged victims didn't go to police. He went on to urge feminists to "Pull your heads out of your c**** and your c**** out of your blogs, and try actually helping victims."

The PR nightmare for Amy is Metzger has appeared on her Comedy Central show multiple times. She calls him a "great writer," but denies reports he writes for her show ... despite his IMDB credits.

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Most importantly, Amy added she "couldn't be more against [Metzger's] recent actions."  

We reached out to Comedy Central, so far no word back.

Moses Malone Jr. I Was Attacked for Dissin' James Harden ... Suspects Charged

7/20/2016 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0720_Moses-Malone-Jr_james_harden-gettyThe son of NBA legend Moses Malone told cops the men who attacked and robbed him at gunpoint outside of a Houston strip club were looking to "punish" him for disrespecting James Harden in a Facebook post. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the D.A. has charged 4 men for the June 25th incident -- in which Moses Malone Jr. says he was pulling up to V Live when he was rushed by a group of guys who threatened him over the Facebook post. Malone claims he was beaten down, someone snatched his $50k chain and at least one person in the group flashed a 9mm handgun. 

Malone told cops one of the alleged assailants -- Darian Blount -- is a bouncer at V Live ... and Harden is a "prominent customer at the location."

Malone told cops the men were upset that Moses had gone to Facebook to publicly criticize the cost of Harden's youth basketball camp in the days before the incident. 

0720_james_harden_youth_camp_sub-2According to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ Sports, Malone told cops ... Blount said, "he had disrespected James Harden and that he need to be punished after that."

Blount and the 3 other men have each been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. 

Important to note that James Harden has NOT been charged with a crime or accused of any wrongdoing. 

Prince Harry HIV/AIDS Test Results It Only Takes a Minute

7/14/2016 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0714-prince-harry-getty-01Prince Harry showed the world ... staying sexually safe and responsible is super easy.

Harry took an HIV/AIDS test in front of the cameras, to show the world -- and especially the thousands of people in the UK who have the virus but don't know it -- it's as easy as sitting down and getting results just minutes later.

The test is nothing more than a pin prick. In Harry's case ... he's negative. 

Harry's making HIV/AIDS part of his royal agenda ... something his mom did as well.

Facebook Live Shooting 3 Men Hit While Streaming Video

7/13/2016 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Facebook is square in the middle of a shooting for the 2nd time in a week -- this time the victims are 3 men in Virginia who were chilling in a car when the shots were fired.

The incident went down in Norfolk on Tuesday while the men were listening to music, singing along to Lil Bibby's "Word Around Town" and smoking. They were also on Facebook Live when, without warning, a spray of bullets begins -- more than 20 shots fired.

The video is chilling and the camera remained on throughout the incident. Once the shots stop, you hear what appears to be a bystander telling them to stay awake and hold on for an ambulance.

All 3 were hospitalized and police say one of them has life-threatening injuries. So far no suspects, but police are aware of the FB vid and hope it can reveal any clues.

Exactly a week ago ... when Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer, his girlfriend used FB Live to stream the aftermath.

Public Enemy's Prof. Griff I Don't Know Dallas Cop Killer!

7/9/2016 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0709-sub-griff-johnson-facebook-01Public Enemy's Professor Griff is shutting down rumors he and Dallas shooter Micah Johnson were pals ... saying a photo of the two shaking hands was only a one time thing.

Social media exploded with the image Friday after the pic was uncovered on Johnson's Facebook page. Griff tells TMZ he never knew Johnson personally and was shocked to see his own face pop up following the shooting. 

Griff says he's been bombarded with vociemails and other messages from people threatening to kill him and his family since the pic surfaced.

And get this ... Griff tells us shortly after the image came up, he was contacted by his local cops for an interview. Griff says once he told the cops he only had the one chance encounter with Johnson, they let him off the hook.

As TMZ reported ... Johnson's social media account revealed involvement with several Black Panther organizations and police watchdog groups. It's unclear exactly when and where the pic was taken as Griff says he's done a ton of public appearances. 

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