A 6-foot long snake -- believed to be an anaconda -- just bit a dancer during a VMA run-through for Sunday's show ... TMZ has learned.
Nicki Minaj was on stage performing her hit, "Anaconda" when a female dancer was bit by the reptile in front of everyone.
We're told the dancer has just been taken to the hospital where she's being treated.
Anacondas are non-venomous snakes but often transmit bacteria that can lead to serious infections.
The snake was removed from the stage in a container.
It's unclear if the show will 86 the snake for the live telecast.
Too Busy for Court
Cops on the Hunt
8/22/2014 1:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chief Keef should call Columbus Short in jail ... so Short can explain to him if you blow off court you get thrown in the pokey.
Keef was otherwise occupied and didn't show for his DUI hearing in Highland Park, IL ... it's not much of a case -- he admitted to cops he was smoking before taking the wheel.
So now the 19-year-old is a wanted man and when cops catch him he'll have to post $50K bail for the jail bars to open.
Keef has an impressive list of misdeeds for a teen -- failure to pay child support, a Chicago shooting incident and a stint in rehab for marijuana. He's been jailed twice on pot-related offenses.
Scott Weiland Doppelganger
Like Looking in a Mirror
8/22/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
On a purely visual level ... it's understandable how Beverly Hills cops got fooled by the guy claiming to be former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland
Jason Michael Hurley -- the guy who claimed he was Scott after getting busted for stealing razors and meth possession -- is the singer's spitting image.
In fact ... before his arrest he was boasting his attempt to create a cover band called Stone Tempered Pilots.
As we reported ... cops took Hurley at his word that he was Weiland ... and he was so convincing jailers put him in the celeb wing for 3 weeks and never had a doubt he was the famous singer.
MASSIVE Law Enforcement Screw Up
8/22/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Scott Weiland impostor was able to fool 3 BIG law enforcement agencies into believing he was the Stone Temple Pilots front man ... despite the fact he was fingerprinted immediately -- which was a dead giveaway -- and they even had his real name.
It's an unbelievable story and an incredible screw up. Jason Hurley was arrested July 26 on burglary and meth charges. He told Beverly Hills cops he was Scott Weiland and that was good enough for them.
It's breathtaking ... because cops actually fingerprinted Hurley, which should have been enough for them to know it wasn't Weiland, who himself has been fingerprinted before.
And get this ... Hurley's prints came back as HURLEY.
So, the first big screw up ... the press office apparently didn't know about the fingerprint results ... and wrote a press release touting a "celebrity arrest" -- Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.
Get this ... the D.A. charged Hurley almost immediately with 5 crimes. The case is written as People v. Scott Weiland a.k.a. Jason Michael Hurley. So somehow it got to the D.A. that Hurley was the guy, yet everyone kept saying it was Scott Weiland.
So Hurley went to L.A. County Jail -- where he's been sitting for 3 weeks -- and no one put 2 and 2 together.
Cops didn't have a clue they had misidentified a guy who was in custody ... until TMZ posted a story based on the BHPD press release and Scott fired back he was in a recording studio.
Illegally Drives Can-Am on Sidewalk
Almost Nails Disabled Woman
8/22/2014 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber took his Can-Am Spyder into Bev Hills Thursday ... and when traffic got too congested for his taste, he maneuvered it onto the sidewalk where he rode illegally ... almost hitting someone.
Watch the video closely ... you'll see Bieber comes off the sidewalk at an intersection, and comes close to creaming an elderly woman with a walker.
He clearly doesn't care ... because seconds later he's rocking out to music as he waits at a light.
BTW ... Bieber's on probation for the egg throwing incident, which means he's not allowed to violate any laws. Lucky for him ... no cops in sight.
LOOK AT ME!
I'm Lookin' at Chris
8/22/2014 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
8:47 A.M. PDT -- We're told the game was a Roc Nation charity event. Rihanna was scheduled to be there and Chris was supposedly a "surprise appearance."
Rihanna is ridiculous ... and thirsty like Moses wandering the desert.
She showed up in the front row at a charity basketball game Thursday ... eyes trained on ex-BF Chris Brown.
Now that she's with Drake again and not Chris Brown again ... you'd think she wouldn't fuel the fire. But then again, who are we kidding?
It's a special kind of insult to Karrueche ... who's back with Chris after being repeatedly humiliated by whatever continues to transpire between him and Rihanna.
Your move Karrueche.
Justin Bieber vs. Tyson Beckford
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
8/22/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyson Beckford trashed Justin Bieber saying he wasn't man enough to bang his ex-girlfriend Shanina Shaik long term ... saying "little boys cant have grown man toys."
So here's a shirtless shot of a 20-year-old Bieber showing off his fresh newly sprouted muscles (left) and a perfectly aged 43-year-old Beckford showing off his fully torqued torso.
The real question is ...
Justin Bieber Is Too Little
To Handle My Ex
8/22/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Little boys can't have grown man toys ... is what Tyson Beckford said about Justin Bieber ... and it's AWESOME!
A somewhat drunk Beckford was leaving 1Oak in West Hollywood ... when our photog asked him about Justin hanging out with his ex-GF Shanina Shaik on a yacht in Ibiza.
Beckford then said things about Shanina, himself and most of all the Biebs that rank among the 10 most awesome celeb comments in 2014.
YOU GOTTA WATCH THIS VIDEO!
We anxiously await Bieber's Instagram response.
BLASTS STEELERS COACH
'Fire That Motherf**ker!'
8/22/2014 5:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Snoop Dogg thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator SUCKS -- and last night he blasted the guy in an epic Instagram rant ... saying, "Fire that motherf**ker!"
FYI -- Snoop's a huge Steelers fan and has been for years ... and clearly he wasn't impressed with the team's pre-season loss to the Eagles last night.
But Snoop isn't one to sit on the sidelines, so he made a video -- begging head coach Mike Tomlin to fire the hell out of O.C. Todd Haley ... saying, " We ain't won a playoff game since we had this motherf**ker, man. S**t."
The man makes a compelling argument.
Freaks Unleashed Broke His Back
8/22/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A guy who took his son to a Korn concert claims unruly fans went nuts during "Freak on a Leash" and a crowd surfer nailed him and broke his back.
A dude named Kenneth Miller wanted to treat his son -- who was celebrating his 17th birthday -- to a Korn concert in Maryland.
Miller felt he had nothing to worry about, because there were signs posted saying "Crowd Surfing Prohibited."
So imagine his surprise when he got nailed. Miller says he felt a snap in his upper back and despite the intense pain he had to flee for his life, crawling on his hands and knees to the entrance.
And get this ... Miller says when he got to the front door he got accusations but no sympathy -- security asked him if he was drunk.
Miller is suing Live Nation and the venue for a million bucks.
Muzzles Nick in Divorce!
8/22/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey has gagged Nick Cannon -- but not in a good way. He's not allowed to say boo about their divorce ... or else.
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... Nick and Mariah's lawyers hashed out a confidentiality agreement as part of their divorce ... and it's completely one-sided.
Nick is barred from saying anything about the split. If he does, there are severe financial penalties. But Mariah has the right under the agreement to announce the split on her terms.
Nick is clearly following orders ... check out the video from NYC Thursday -- he zipped it.
Nick is allowed to say they're now living separately ... which he's already done. But he cannot say anything about the divorce.
As TMZ first reported ... the divorce is a "done deal" ... the property settlement and child custody have already been hashed out.
Massive Cop Screw Up
In Doppelganger Meth Bust
8/21/2014 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scott Weiland is the victim of a series of screw-ups as well as incredible deception. Cops now tell TMZ they were WRONG -- the guy who's been in custody for meth possession and burglary for A MONTH is NOT who they thought it was -- Scott Weiland.
TMZ posted a story late Thursday that Weiland was currently behind bars after allegedly stealing razors from a Bev Hills drug store in late July. The Bev Hills cops said when they searched him, they found meth.
Apparently the guy said he was Scott, and cops believed him.
BHPD gave us a written statement, titled "Celebrity Arrest," which read, "The suspect, former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland (46 years of age), was taken into custody..."
The man has been in L.A. County Jail since July 26, unable to post $95,000 bail.
After we posted the story ... Scott posted a video on Facebook of himself at an L.A. recording studio ... to show he was NOT in jail.
We then called the Sheriff's Dept. back but they were unwavering, telling us they did a "physical check" on the inmate and insisted Scott "was definitely in custody."
Oops. The BHPD got back to us late Thursday night and said they made a BIG mistake ... the inmate is actually a 44-year-old guy named Jason Michael Hurley. They discovered it through belated FBI fingerprint analysis, even though he's been locked up since July 26.
We'll give the cops this ... the guy does have red hair.