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John Legend Trump and Lots of Republicans A Bunch of Racists

1/22/2018 7:16 AM PST
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John Legend didn't hold back Sunday, saying Donald Trump's not the only racist in D.C. ... a bunch of Republicans are in his lily white boat.

John was strolling down a street at the Sundance Film Festival and he's praising Democrats for holding the line in the budget war that caused a government shutdown, saying they need to stand up to the man who referred to countries in Africa as well as Haiti as "shithole" countries.

Legend doesn't paint all Republicans with a racist brush, but he says there's a contingent that is squarely behind Trump's appalling comments.

Tank Nothing Wrong with Offset Using Term 'Queer'

1/22/2018 6:48 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tank is solidly behind Migos rapper Offset for using the term "Queer" on a track, saying the word is not always a slur against gay people.

We got Tank Sunday at LAX, and he bristled at the criticism over the track "Boss Life," which features Offset, saying the word is sometimes used in the rap game for people who aren't cool.

Fact is ... if you survey people on the word it's safe to say most would tell you it's a pejorative term against gay people.

That's certainly the way Kanye West felt 13 years ago when he appeared on MTV.

The Notorious B.I.G. Looking Down On His Murder Scene

1/22/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The marketing team behind "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G" found a brilliant spot to promote the series ... right above Biggie's actual murder scene.

B.I.G. was gunned down March 9, 1997 as he left L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum -- on the corner of South Fairfax & Wilshire. Now, a huge billboard right above that intersection shows his face with the tagline "20 Years. Still Unsolved."  

The true crime scripted series also covers Tupac's murder, which happened 6 months before Biggie's. There is no billboard up at the Vegas intersection where 'Pac was killed. Not yet, anyway.

The show premieres February 27.

#HonkforBiggie.

Dolores O'Riordan Mourned by Hundreds In Open Coffin Public Reposal

1/21/2018 12:46 PM PST

Dolores O'Riordan was mourned by hundreds this weekend in her native Ireland during an open coffin public reposal -- where bystanders said goodbye to the Cranberries singer.

Dolores' body was on display Sunday at St. Joseph's Church, where mourners flocked to pay their respects to the Irish rock star. The casket remained open, and some fans reportedly said she looked "at peace" ... according to the Irish Times

Her mother and six siblings were in attendance, and her Cranberries bandmates left a floral tribute beside her coffin which read ... "The song has ended, but the memories linger on."

As we reported ... Dolores died this past week while recording in London. Her rep said she died "suddenly" and cops are treating the death as "unexplained" for now ... no further details have been released. Friends of hers told us she'd been "dreadfully depressed" as of late, and was also suffering from back pain.

Dolores will be laid to rest next to her father Tuesday at Caherelly Cemetery in County Limerick, Ireland. 

RIP

Halsey to Trump Watch My F***ing Speech!!!

1/21/2018 7:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Halsey has a message for Donald Trump ... "Watch my F***ing speech!"

The singer delivered a rousing, emotional, profound poem Saturday at the Women's March in New York City ... a very personal speech about sexual assault.  We got her at LAX Saturday night and she was more than satisfied with the poem and the reaction. 

If you didn't see it, you gotta spend a few minutes and listen ... it's pretty incredible. 

The 23-year-old is incredulous Trump has remained silent in the wake of a torrent of revelations from celebrities and others about sexual abuse.

NY Congressman Diddy Should Buy the Jets

1/21/2018 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Trying to buy the Panthers is great and all, but New York congressman Gregory Meeks is lobbying for Diddy to focus his efforts on a MUCH needier squad -- the Jets!!

"Wish he was looking at a New York team ... maybe he could turn the Jets around," Meeks told TMZ Sports in D.C.

Don't get it twisted -- Meeks thinks it's dope Puff is trying to diversify ownership in pro sports ... saying it's a win "for all America." 

That said, the DNC rep didn't make any bones about where his allegiances lie ... and clearly wants Diddy to make a play for Gang Green.

The NY Giants ... not so much. 

Nick Cannon Accused of Not Paying Film Crew ... The Ball's in Your Court!!!

1/21/2018 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Cannon stiffed members of the crew working on "She Ball" -- his movie about a women's basketball team -- but he's got a month to make it right ... or else ... according to a new legal letter.

Nick and his production company received the letter, obtained by TMZ, from a lawyer representing 8 crew members who allegedly worked on the film as drivers, grips and camera operators ... but never got paid.

According to the letter ... the 8 workers were not given their legally required meals or rest breaks, weren't paid overtime, but most importantly -- never got a check at all.

The letter warns Cannon's got 33 days to square up or further action will be taken. We reached out to Nick ... no word back, so far.

As we've reported ... Cannon's taken some heat for adding Chris Brown to his "She Ball" cast, but he defended the move to us and says his movie's going to be a must-see.

Kanye West Private Screening For His Film with Dame Dash

1/20/2018 11:13 AM PST

Kanye West threw a party in honor of Damon Dash's new movie -- in which Kanye's an executive producer -- and a bunch of celebs were there ... but definitely not Jay-Z.

Ye held a private screening for "Honor Up" Friday night in Calabasas and surprised all the guests with some movie merchandise too. We're told Dame was on hand along with Pusha T, Claudia Jordan, Daniel Dneiko, A-Trak, Terrence J and of course, Kim Kardashian.

As you know ... Kanye and Jay haven't spoken in a long time, and Dame and Jay-Z were once biz partners but had a major falling out -- but it looks like it's all good between Kanye and Dash.

"Honor Up" gets released next month.

Tom Petty Lake House Hits Market for $5.5m

1/20/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Petty's oasis for over a decade can be yours ...  at a bargain price.

The late singer's crib in Lake Sherwood -- a ritzy area near the famed Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA -- hit the market for $5.495 million. The 5,300 square foot pad has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms but one of the best features is 125 feet of lake frontage on a private cul-de-sac.

It's built for a rock star -- the walls are 2 feet thick!!! And talk about location, location, location -- the house is 3 minutes from the country club and just 9 miles from the Malibu coast.

Tom bought the crib back in 2007 and put it on the market just a few months before his shocking death back in October. It was initially listed for $5.895 million but was listed just days ago with a discount.

Amy Alcini and Dana Sparks of Compass Real Estate rep the sellers.

Common Kanye Deserves To Name His Kid After Chicago

1/20/2018 12:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West has done so much for Chicago, naming his daughter after the Windy City is both awesome and deserving ... so says Common.

Common seemed both happy and entertained by his Chicago brethren's name choice for his third born when we got him Friday at LAX. 

The name choice had mixed reviews, with one person on Twitter commenting Kanye naming his baby Chicago is the most Kanye thing to do ... but Common says 'Ye deserves the right for good reason.

Tom Petty Died From Massive Accidental Drug OD

1/19/2018 3:51 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Petty's autopsy results are in, and they show the singer died from an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications. 

The L.A. County Coroner says a number of Tom's organs failed due to "mixed drug toxicity."

The autopsy report says when paramedics arrived he was in full cardiac arrest, but CPR revived him -- but on the way to the hospital he lost pulse for 20 minutes. He went into cardiac arrest a second time in the hospital and died 21 hours after being admitted.  

Tom's autopsy report shows the singer was on several pain meds, including Fentanyl patches, oxycodone (Oxycontin), temazepam (Restoril), alprazolam (Xanax), citalopram (Celexa), acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl. The reason doctors prescribed the meds was because of a number of medical problems, including emphysema, knee problems and a fractured hip.

The family says the linchpin to Tom's demise was the fractured hip. He insisted on touring for 53 concert dates with the condition, which worsened over time and caused him to take the meds. On the date he had the heart attack he was told his hip had graduated to a full-on break that made the pain unbearable and may have caused the overuse of meds.

The autopsy says Petty suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis.

As we reported ... Tom's official death certificate left his cause of death as "deferred," leaving it as a mystery until now.

We broke the story ... Tom went into full cardiac arrest before being taken to a hospital in L.A. He eventually died when his family took him off life support.

Fentanyl was also linked to the deaths of Prince and Lil Peep.

Tom was 66. 

Too Short Sued for Multiple Sexual Batteries

1/19/2018 4:43 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Too Short is being accused of sexual battery ... TMZ has learned.

The rap legend is facing a lawsuit ... filed Friday in Los Angeles by a woman named Teana Louis. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Teana says Too Short sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions ... between June and October of 2016.

In the suit, she says the attacks included forced oral sex, vaginal sex and sodomy.

Teana says she and Short met in December 2015, and eventually produced a song together in April 2016. She claims that's when he made the first unwanted advances. She claims the first assault went down in June when they went to a hotel room in Downtown L.A.

According to the docs, Too Short threw her onto the bed, held her down, undressed her and began performing oral sex on her. She claims subsequent incidents happened in hotel rooms or the studio. She claims on one occasion he told her, "I'm just going to put the tip in" ... and, although she said, "No, please no" ... he continued. In the suit, she says he held her down during vaginal sex -- she was left bleeding -- and then "brutally sodomized" her.

She's suing for sexual battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, gender discrimination and false imprisonment.

Katharine McPhee My Hawaii Trip Is Bumpin'

1/19/2018 3:02 PM PST

Katharine McPhee's idle time looks just as good as her 'Idol' time -- in fact it looks hotter, due to her butt-hugging swimwear in Hawaii.

Kat's on vacation and Thursday she was ready to swing into the weekend ... courtesy of some chill time in a hammock. Her bf, David Foster, wasn't around, but she seemed to be in a deep FaceTime convo with someone. Based on the Blue Steel looks she was flashing ... it could've been David.

Looks like Katherine knows how to work her angles. All of them.

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