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ODESZA Firework Explodes into Crowd During Music Festival Set

9/24/2018 9:25 AM PDT
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9:20 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ one of the pyrotechnics fell over when the firework unit malfunctioned, causing a spark to shoot out.

Two people in the crowd suffered minor injuries -- one person hit in the stomach and the other in the eye. They were both treated on scene.

ODESZA's set at Life is Beautiful Music Festival came to a terrifying end when a rogue firework shot off straight into the crowd.

The group was finishing its set Sunday night at the Las Vegas event with a massive firework display when something clearly went wrong, and one of the explosions went off in the crowd. It's unclear how many people were injured from the blast.

One member of the audience wrote of the mishap, "Literally saw someone get hit by an explosive firework RIGHT next to us during the ODESZA set and it was SOO traumatic. Wtf."

ODESZA was among one of the last acts of the weekend for the annual music festival. Other performers included The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Arcade Fire and Florence + The Machine.

We've reached out to a rep for ODESZA ... so far, no word back.

Originally published -- 6:25 AM PT

Jennifer Lopez All Up On the Floor ... For A-List Ladies Night

9/23/2018 11:19 AM PDT
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Everyone tends to fall for Jennifer Lopez -- just ask A-Rod -- but this weekend was different, 'cause she was actually in Vegas falling for us ... and bouncing back gracefully.

J. Lo was performing Saturday at her Vegas residency show when somewhere in the midst of all the action, she took a spill on stage, landing on her famous booty. A very helpful fan in the front row helped her get back up ... and Jenny was right back in the swing of things.

Luckily for her, it wasn't as bad of a fall as we've seen over the past year or so -- namely, Teyana Taylor nosediving into her crowd, or that Vanilla Ice fan falling into oblivion ... or even Bushwick Bill getting taken down by Treach. This was more Kesha-esque.

Even better for J. Lo ... she had a swarm of support after the show from the likes of Jessica Alba, Dua Lipa, Becky G, Sofia Vergara and, of course, Mr. Rodriguez himself ... all of whom went backstage to show some love and pose for a photo-op. 

Two things we've learned here -- it pays to have your ladies nearby after a slight mishap. It also pays to be stage side if Jen ever needs your assistance. Don't wash that hand, bro.

Amanda Stanton from 'Bachelor' Arrested for Domestic Violence

9/11/2018 2:51 PM PDT
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9/13 -- A rep for Amanda tells TMZ that the whole event was a misunderstanding. Amanda had a few drinks and gave Bobby what she thought was a playful shove in front of hotel security, who then called police.

The rep says "Amanda is embarrassed and ashamed this happened and sincerely apologizes to hotel security and the Las Vegas Police Department," and no hard feelings for everyone doing their jobs.

'Bachelor' and "Bachelor in Paradise" fan favorite Amanda Stanton has been arrested for domestic battery after a drunken post-bachelorette party incident with her boyfriend ... TMZ has learned.  

Sources familiar with what went down tell us Stanton was partying with friends at The Encore for a co-ed bachelorette event. We're told Stanton's bf, Bobby Jacobs, was there too ... and everyone was celebrating in a room at the hotel.

Law enforcement tells us security came to the room for a noise complaint, and Bobby was talking to the guard. We're told that's when an apparently boozed up Amanda tried to intervene, and shoved Bobby in the process. 

We're told the shove was hard enough for security to call cops, who arrested Amanda for misdemeanor domestic violence. She was released Monday.

Sources close to Amanda tell us she and Bobby are still together, and they both think someone slipped something -- a drug, presumably -- into her drink.

Stanton was a fave on Ben Higgins' season of "The Bachelor" ... finishing 4th. She went on to appear on season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise" and got engaged to Josh Murray, but things went south quickly.

We reached out to Bobby and Amanda ... so far, no word back.

Paris & Prince Jackson Celebrate King of Pop and Pops' 60th ... With Huge Vegas Bash!!

8/30/2018 7:16 AM PDT

Michael Jackson's posthumous 60th birthday celebration brought 2 of his children front and center onstage.

Paris and Prince were there Wednesday night to honor and celebrate their late father's birthday at the Michael Jackson Diamond Birthday Celebration at Mandalay Bay in Vegas.

Paris looked stunning in a purple gown while rocking some MJ-themed sneakers. Prince wore a red jacket that looks similar to the one Michael famously wore in the late '90s. Style, man.

Tito and Jackie were also at the star-studded event ... along with Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross, Blake Griffin, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Hudgens and Usher, who was profoundly influenced by MJ's music and dancing. Usher performed ... as did Cirque du Soleil with its "Michael Jackson ONE" number.

Tons of MJ memorabilia was also on display at the event. BTW ... that cube Prince is holding -- it's a humanitarian award they accepted on their father's behalf from the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

When the shindig ended ... it moved over to the DAYLIGHT Beach Club for an after-party.

Janet Jackson kicked off Michael's birthday right Wednesday. As TMZ first reported ... Janet did an homage to MJ's "Remember the Time" music video, and it was awesome.

Steven Tyler Fans Go Crazy As Aerosmith Announces Vegas Residency

8/15/2018 7:32 AM PDT

If you're wondering if people will flock to see Aerosmith in Vegas, look no further than exhibit A on the "Today" show ... where fans literally couldn't keep their hands off the band.

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and co. were making their way onto the NBC morning show set Wednesday to talk about the residency with a sea of people around them begging for high fives and cheering them on. One daring spectator actually crossed the barricade to bum-rush Steven for a selfie.

Gotta say, he handled it like a pro ... sloughing him off with ease and keeping it moving without incident. If this dude thought he could get away with that ... Steven pretty much told him to dream on. He basically said as much on Twitter, anyway.

As for the big news ... Aerosmith is dubbing their Vegas show, Deuces Are Wild, with concerts beginning on April 6, 2019 at the Park Theater at the Park MGM on the strip and scheduled to run through July.

O.J. Simpson Being a Felon Ain't All Bad!!!

8/7/2018 1:00 AM PDT
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O.J. Simpson says there's a silver lining to having a kidnapping felony on your record ... you can still get the royal treatment in Vegas!

Simpson clowned with a guy at a Sin City restaurant ... a place O.J. frequents. Fact is ... he's the local celeb in restaurants and bars off the Strip. Think Norm from "Cheers."

We've been told by multiple people Simpson is NOT treated anything like an ex-con. He's bombarded by tourists and locals who beg for selfies, autographs and high-fives.

Remember ... O.J. served 9 years in prison for kidnapping in a botched robbery attempt where he was trying to recover his old football memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room ... pulling a gun didn't help.  

He's a thing there.  

Gary Payton 50th Birthday Booty Bash

7/24/2018 12:09 PM PDT
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Gary Payton spent his 50th birthday smackin' a whole lotta butt -- and TMZ Sports has the video. 

The NBA Hall of Famer celebrated his half-centennial at a raging nightclub in Vegas -- surrounded by a bunch of hot chicks in thongs and pasties. 

They grinded on Gary. He danced and threw money. At one point, he handed out some spankings. Good times had by all. 

Oh, yeah ... there was cake too, along with the cakes. But, let's be honest, no one gave a crap about that. 

Happy birthday, Glove! 

Charles Manson Blood & Ashes Painting Reunited with His Teeth!!

7/24/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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The Charles Manson painting partially composed of his ashes is alive with paranormal energy ... according to Zak Bagans, who bucked up to snatch the creepy portrait for his haunted museum.

The “Ghost Adventures” star tells TMZ he dropped $2k for the painting that was made with the artist Ryan Almighty's blood. Ryan then used Manson's ashes to fill in Mason's eyes.

The dough, btw, goes to the guy who managed to get some of Manson's ashes when they were spread in a Cali forest.

Zak already owns Manson's chompers. He bought those back in November.

He says he was drawn to the bloody art because it's the kinda thing Manson commonly did ... using pieces of himself, like his hair, in his artwork. That aside, Zak says the piece -- with its haunting, ashy eyes -- will spruce up his infamous haunted museum in Vegas. 

Dana White Happy 16th Bday, Son ... Here's Migos and All of Drai's!!!

7/19/2018 7:30 AM PDT
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Dana White's son, Aidan, got a 16th birthday party with as much star power as one of Dad's UFC fights ... and way more stage diving.

Aidan had the run of Drai's in Las Vegas -- with a daytime pool party and nighttime concert featuring Migos, A$AP Rocky and DJ Carnage. Aidan's the one who hurled his body off the stage during the pool party.

The concert kicked off when the sun went down and, as you'd expect for a Vegas high roller, Drai's pulled out all the stops. Dana's pal, Everlast, also performed a couple songs.

And, the icing on the birthday cake? 

Dana hooked up Aidan with his own customized Land Rover Defender ... y'know the super limited edition model most Hollywood celebs can't get.

Aidan's baller status? Check.

Golden Knights Star Vegas Advice for Raiders ... Trust Me!!!

7/18/2018 4:16 PM PDT
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The Golden Knights have proven ... just because you play in Vegas doesn't mean you'll be consumed by hookers and blow! 

In fact, the Knights did damn well in 2018 (with really no major off-the-ice issues) ... so, when we saw star defenseman Nate Schmidt at the ESPYs, we asked if he had any essential advice for the Raiders. 

Of course, the Silver and Black are moving to Sin City in the near future -- and even team owner Mark Davis knows there's potential for trouble there. 

But Schmidt has some pearls of wisdom ... and says the NFL squad is gonna love playing and living in one of the best cities in the world. 

Charles Oakley Arrested In Vegas Casino Says He Cheated

7/12/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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Charles Oakley is learning the hard way ... if you try to cheat a Vegas casino, you'll end up behind bars. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the ex-NBA star was arrested at the Cosmopolitan on July 8 after allegedly trying to pull a fast one during a gambling session -- and it was all caught on video. 

Officials from the Nevada Gaming Board tell us Oakley "was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known."

Unclear what game he was playing at the time -- but one source with knowledge of the incident says Oak tried to pull back a $100 chip after he realized he was going to lose.

FYI, Oakley reportedly made more than $46 mil during his NBA career. 

Oak was confronted about the incident -- and it was kicked over to a security team which reviewed the casino video footage ... confirming the alleged cheating. 

The 54-year-old was taken into custody at 5:30 PM and booked into Clark County Detention Center. 

Oak's gambling charge is serious business -- "to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment." He faces between 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted. 

A source close to Oakley tells us, "This is an insignificant matter that will be quickly resolved."

Mozzy Arrested in Vegas For Gun Possession

7/9/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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Mozzy broke a few rules of the road, then got busted for having a gun he's not supposed to have ... according to law enforcement.

Las Vegas PD tells TMZ ... the rapper was pulled over Thursday night in a black Maserati without license plates for failing to signal during a lane change. We're told Mozzy didn't have a driver's license and, upon inspection of his vehicle ... cops found a loaded Glock in a black book bag.

That's a problem for Mozzy, because he's an ex-felon. He went to prison after a 2014 conviction for gun possession and possession of a controlled substance.

He's now facing a charge for gun possession by a prohibited person.

The rapper was released after posting $5k bail.

Mandalay Bay Another Mass Shooting Thwarted 3 Years Before Massacre

7/6/2018 10:11 AM PDT

The Las Vegas massacre last October was not the first time a gunman entered the Mandalay Bay hotel with the intent of gunning down visitors ... this according to new legal docs.

Victims of the October shooting have sued Mandalay Bay, claiming the hotel was negligent by not properly thwarting the attack. The hotel has responded by saying it owed no legal duty to the victims, in part because there was no prior warning or incident that would have put it on notice.

According to docs, there was indeed a "nearly identical situation" 3 years before the October rampage. On November 29, 2014, a housekeeper discovered a guest on the 24th floor had brought multiple semi-automatic assault weapons into his room. One of the weapons was a high-powered rifle equipped with a scope, which was positioned so it pointed out of his hotel room onto the Las Vegas Strip.

The docs claim the weapons were positioned to "shoot at a large mass of people." The housekeeper thwarted the effort and the man was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 40 months in prison. 

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