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Justin Bieber

I'm Not Banging Hailey Or Kendall

... We're Just Friends

1/23/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber Kendall Jenner Hailey Baldwin FriendsJustin Bieber is not shtupping the young women everyone thinks he's shtupping.

Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner have been hanging with Biebs for a while now, and on the surface it looked like the chumminess was more than friendship. Turns out that's all it is.

As we reported, Bieber has been changing things up ... he hasn't been in trouble for months, he's not hanging with his old crowd and he's spending a lot of time on self-improvement.  

Our Bieber sources say J.B. likes hanging with Hailey and Kendall because they're relatively drama free and positive. They go to church, restaurants, concerts and clubs, but it's not romantic.

The trio went to the Clippers game Thursday night, along with 3 Vine stars -- King BachCurtis Lepore and Nash Grier.

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The trio went to see Bieber's pastor Judah Smith speak on Wednesday night and they hit up a comedy club afterward.

We're told Bieber's not with Selena either -- they see each other, but they're not a couple. Fact is ... he's single, and pretty happy.

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Bill Belichick

I Didn't Deflate the Footballs

'No Explanation for What Happened'

1/22/2015 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012215_bill_blilichick_launchNew England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says he "had no knowledge" of the deflate-gate scandal until Monday morning ... and has "no explanation" for why the team's balls were under-inflated.  

Belichick says the team has complied with the NFL investigation into the AFC Championship game -- in which the Pats were using under-inflated balls, which some say are easier to throw and catch. 

Bill told the media, "I have no explanation for what happened."

Belichick explained that giving his team an advantage by tampering with the footballs has "never been a priority for me."

In fact, Bill says ... for years he has made his team practice with crappy footballs -- "the balls we practice with are as bad as they can be" -- and has never even thought about deflating the footballs to make it easier for his team.

"I've told you all I know about the subject from my perspective ... I don't have an explanation."

He added, "I've told you everything I know."

Colts Linebacker

BALLS MADE NO DIFFERENCE

... 'Pats Whooped Our Ass'

1/21/2015 10:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Under-inflated footballs had NOTHING to do with the outcome of the Pats vs. Colts game ... so says Indy linebacker Erik Walden who tells TMZ Sports they got outplayed ... period. 

"I don't think it made any difference," Walden says of the flatter pigskins ... "They whooped us.  We got our asses whooped."

"It doesn't matter what was wrong with the balls ... they beat us by such a large margin."

Walden also says he doesn't think it's worth the NFL's time to punish the Pats -- saying, "You just got to give them credit for how they played."

"Hats off to [The Patriots]. They were the better team."

But when it comes to the Super Bowl, Walden joked ... "Just know I'm rooting for Seattle."

Rodney Peete

Deflate-Gate Is Stupid

Balls Didn't Make Colts Lose

1/21/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012115_rodney_peete_launchDeflated balls or not ... the New England Patriots kicked Indy's ass this weekend -- and the amount of air in the pigskin had NOTHING to do with it ... so says ex-NFL QB Rodney Peete

Peete -- who played in the NFL for 16 years -- says the whole "Deflate-Gate" scandal is being blown way out of proportion ... because despite the pressure in the footballs, "you still gotta play the game."

Rodney also says slightly deflated balls don't give a QB an advantage -- "You still gotta make the throws." 

The NFL is not commenting on the investigation into the Pats -- but multiple reports say the league found 11 of the 12 balls were under-inflated by 2 pounds-per-square inch.

Lindsey Vonn

TIGER DIDN'T LIE

About Missing Tooth Story

1/20/2015 5:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-lindsey-vonn-tmz-01Another bizarre twist in the Tiger Woods missing tooth mystery -- his GF Lindsey Vonn is backing his "camera smacked me in the mouth" story ... despite eye witnesses who claim it's all BS. 

Vonn just went to Facebook to back up Tiger's story about why he was pictured without a front tooth at the World Cup skiing event in Italy this weekend -- saying:

"I feel terrible that his tooth got knocked out though. When he was in the finish area a camera man accidentally knocked into him and took out his front tooth. He was still in great spirits though and didn’t complain once or ask for any special assistance or security."

Problem is ... event officials have gone on the record and said no such accident ever occurred and if it had, there would have been witnesses or video of the incident. 

One official told TMZ Sports that Tiger never even showed signs of pain ... signs that you'd expect someone to have after losing a tooth. 

But Lindsey came up with an explanation when talking to USA Today -- saying, "This pain is really nothing when he has had as many injuries as he's had. It's not a big deal. He was in good spirits."

You buyin' it?

Stephen Belafonte

Taken to ER

... By Mel B

1/20/2015 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Stephen Belafonte has done what Mel B did last month ... landed in the hospital ... TMZ has learned.

Stephen showed up at the Cedars-Sinai ER Tuesday AM ... complaining of back pain. We're told he says he doesn't know how he hurt it ... but it's gotten bad enough that he needs medical help.

Mel B took him to the hospital and is by his side.

You'll recall she was laid up in the hospital in December for an undisclosed medical problem.

Tiger Woods

Race Organizers Call BS

Photog Didn't Knock Tooth Out [Update]

1/20/2015 9:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar10:20 AM PT -- We also spoke with Nicola Colli ... who tells us Tiger "never seemed like he was in pain."

"We aren't mad at Tiger or his reps," Colli told an Italian-speaking member of our team ... "It's just funny and strange that he would claim something went wrong when everything seemed perfectly OK."

"You would think that if somebody hit you – somebody would say something. But [Tiger] told us nothing."update_grey_gray_barTiger Woods may have been lying through his teeth tooth ... because race organizers at a World Cup alpine skiing race in Italy say Tiger's story about being smacked in the face by a photog is BULL. 

After photos started circulating of Tiger sans front tooth ... Woods' agent issued a statement saying the golfer was caught in a photog crush and his tooth was knocked out when he was accidentally smacked in the face by a camera. 

Curiously, there was no video or photos of the alleged accident ... and Tiger's mouth didn't appear bloody or swollen. 

Now ... Nicola Colli, the secretary general of the race organizing committee, told the AP, "I was among those who escorted him from the tent to the snowmobile and there was no such incident."

Colli also says Tiger asked for more security when he arrived -- so police were looking after both him and his GF Lindsey Vonn at all times. 

So how did Tiger really lose the tooth? All signs point to Elin ... 

Busted. Again.

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Cop Singing 'Shake It Off'

Dash Cam Footage is Fake ...

But It's Still Awesome!

1/17/2015 1:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

011715_dashboard_cam_cop_launchThe viral video of a cop singing "Shake It Off " while on patrol is NOT legit dash cam footage ... TMZ has learned -- but if that stops you from watching, then you clearly have no soul.

The video has been blowing up the internet Saturday ... and already racked up over 400K views on YouTube in less than 24 hours -- but the Dover PD tells us the whole thing was produced ... despite the chyron saying otherwise.

We're told the officers wanted to film their Taylor Swift tribute to celebrate the success of the station's Facebook page ... and show a lighter side of law enforcement.

Are you still reading? Stop, and get down to this sick beat.

NFL's Golden Tate

I Didn't Bang Russell Wilson's Wife

1/16/2015 11:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0116-golden-tate-russell-wilson-getty-01Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate says he DID NOT have sexual relations with Russell Wilson's wife ... despite rumors to the contrary ... and he claims the Seahawks QB knows it. 

Of course, Wilson and his wife Ashton split up back in April -- and there were rumblings that it all had to do with an alleged affair involving one of Russell's Seattle Seahawks teammates. 

Golden -- who played with Seattle at the time --signed with Detroit a short time later ... fueling the rumors.  

But now Tate is denying everything in a statement posted on TheCauldron -- writing:

"I did not have an affair with Russell Wilson’s wife, nor did I have anything to do with his divorce."

"That is laughable for anyone who knows us. His ex-wife, Ashton, is still best friends with my girlfriend."

"Russell and I were good friends when I was in Seattle, on and off the field — he knows the rumors about me were unfounded, damaging to my reputation, and an attack on my character."

In fact, Golden's GF posted a pic with Ashton just 4 months ago (pic below). 

As for Russell, the details surrounding the split were kept super quiet. Neither he nor Ashton have talked about why they broke up.  
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Victoria Justice

It's Not My Fault

'Victorious' Got Cancelled

1/15/2015 9:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Victoria Justice Victorious CancelledThe demise of the hit Nickelodeon show "Victorious" has been the subject of lots of rumors and innuendos in the years since it ended ... and Victoria Justice says the rumors are BS.

If you're not a 14-year-old girl ... "Victorious" was a show that aired on Nickelodeon from March 2010 until February 2013 and starred Justice and Ariana Grande ... before she struck it big on her own.

VJ was the star of the show and when it got the ax, the prevailing rumor was that Victoria chose to do a solo tour INSTEAD of a cast tour ... sealing the show's fate.  

So when we asked her about it at LAX Wednesday, she was very open about having nothing to do with the show ending ... and gave an honest assessment of the state of her friendship with Ariana.

Taylor Swift

Shakes Off Harry Styles

During Extremely Icy Encounter

1/15/2015 6:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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011515_taylor_swift_harry_styles_launchBody language refers to various forms of nonverbal communication, where in a person may reveal clues as to some unspoken intention or feeling through their physical behavior. 

Keep that nugget in mind as you watch Taylor Swift react as ex-boyfriend Harry Styles approaches her and her friends in the lobby of the Sunset Marquis in L.A. on Wednesday night.

Normally Taylor lets her words do all her talking, in this case ... she did it all without saying a single one.

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

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Justin Bieber

Special Delivery

Here's My Package!

1/14/2015 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber ShirtlessJustin Bieber seems fed up with the snipers who claim his Calvin Klein ads are Photoshopped where it counts ... so he did what he had to do to make a point.

Biebs posted the photo Wednesday afternoon with the caption, "Photoshop lol" -- but, as we say in the law, res ipsa loquitur ... the thing speaks for itself.

As TMZ first reported, Bieber's legal team threatened to sue a website that claimed to have an un-retouched photo of Biebs' CK ad ... that made him look much, much tinier ... both above and below the Equator. The site quickly pulled it down, but lots of people remained unconvinced.

We gotta ask ... who took the photo?

Bar Refaeli

Leo Should Bang Rihanna ...

And If He Doesn't, I Will!

1/13/2015 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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011315_bar_refeali_launchBar Refaeli is giving her ex-bf Leonardo DiCaprio the green light (not that he needs it) when it comes to hooking up with Rihanna ... because, well ... LOOK AT HER! 

We asked the supermodel about what our sources saw go down at the Playboy Mansion Saturday night -- Leo and RiRi getting very close and even kissing -- and she didn't hold back a bit. 

If you were expecting a jealous ex-gf response, forget it -- in fact, Bar sounds like she might be down for a sesh with Rihanna too. Or maybe that's just our wishful thinking.

Cool chick.

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