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Offset's Crew Cops Know Who Assaulted Autograph Hound ... All Because of a Stolen Chain!!!

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The 3 men who beat the crap out of an aggressive Cardi B autograph seeker have been ID'd by cops and TMZ's learned they're now persons of interest.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the guys are in Offset's crew, but when cops called neither the rapper nor his famous -- and very preggo -- fiancée were cooperating. Investigators had their luck quickly turn ... and it had everything to do with Offset's chain getting stolen from his hotel room.

We're told investigators in that case wanted a list of names of authorized people coming in and out of the Migos rapper's room. When they got that list, investigators handed it to cops handling the assault case. Those cops ran background checks on the suspects, checked surveillance and cross-checked the names on social media.

Sources tell us cops struck gold and found images that matched the same gear they were wearing in the assault captured on camera. We're told the 3 men are currently in Georgia. They're not officially suspects  ... at least not yet.

As we first reported ... the autograph seeker has sued Cardi B and Offset alleging their hired muscle is responsible for the attack.

We reached out to an NYPD spokesperson who had no comment.

R. Kelly Alleged Sex Slave Victims Families in New Lifetime Documentary

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lifetime's diving deep into R. Kelly's alleged sex cult with a documentary series ... and TMZ's learned the network's getting tons of help from the families directly affected.

Tim Savage -- the father of alleged brainwashed sex slave Joycelyn Savage -- tells TMZ ... 3 families are directly involved with helping Lifetime produce the documentary. Along with the Savages, Tim tells us Michelle Gardner's playing ball, as is Angelo Clary.

And get this ... one of the scenes features Michelle in L.A. looking for her daughter, Dominique. Michelle tells us she recognized her daughter in a video we posted earlier this month interviewing Joycelyn. Dominique's the one wearing the baseball hat and black t-shirt.

We're told Michelle somehow found Dominique and brought her back home with her. As far as Angelo ... he's been trying to find his daughter, Azriel, for some time now. As we reported ... Angelo claims Azriel met Kelly when she was 17 and shortly after meeting Angelo says she moved in with him.

In addition to the doc, Lifetime also has a movie in the works. We've reached out to Lifetime ... so far no word back.

Taylor Swift 'September' Cover was 'Lethargic' ... Says EW&F Co-Writer

5/20/2018 4:26 PM PDT

Taylor Swift's cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's classic hit "September" was about as exciting as a drunk and sedated turtle napping ... so says one of the co-writers of the song.

Allee Willis, who co-wrote "September" with EW&F's Maurice White and Al McKay, shared her thoughts on Taylor's rendition Friday during a show in Detroit. 

Here's what she reportedly said, in part -- it's pretty brutal ... "I didn't really think she did a horrible job. Yes, I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn't kill anybody." OUCHHH!!!!!

The criticism went on ... "She didn't run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history."

Taylor released her acoustic version of "September" last month on Spotify. She caught a lot of backlash for turning the funky song into a country snoozer. The band's very own lead singer, Philip Bailey, praised Taylor's take, but clearly Willis disagreed.

She finished her thoughts with this message to Taylor ... "I'm honored you'd choose to do my song and that it meant enough to you that you wanted to personalize it to the goddamn 28th night of September, that you wanted to cover it with banjo."

Do you remember // That time Taylor Swift pissed off someone who helped write "September?" Hell yes we do.

Katy Perry to Santa Barbara One Round, On Me! ... Crowd Runs to the Bar

5/20/2018 2:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry treated her hometown to free booze at a concert this weekend -- but might've spoken too soon ... 'cause much of the crowd went runnin'.

Katy performed Saturday night at the Santa Barbara Bowl for what she dubbed 'Witness: Coming Home' -- a benefit show to help relief efforts for the wildfires and mudslides in the area earlier this year. All ticket sales were donated, including Katy's cut.

Toward the end of the performance, Katy offered to buy the entire audience "all drinks" on her dime, per eyewitnesses. True to form ... many in the SB crowd immediately hit the bar.

You can hear Katy try to call them back in to catch the rest of the show, but it was too late. Santa Barbara Bowl's general manager, Rick Boller, tells TMZ that her offer amounted to about one free drink per person to anyone who swung by. No word yet on the total tab.

BTW ... we're told Katy did the concert completely free of charge, too. She forewent her booking fee through promoter GoldenVoice. Atta girl. 

Beyonce Praise Be ... I Own a Church Now!!!

5/20/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Holy lord ... Beyonce now has her very own church!

Queen Bey's the new owner of a stone structured, 7,500 sq. ft house of God in The Big Easy. The New Orleans church -- which is more than 100 years old -- was listed at $850,000 ... but it's unclear if she got a divine discount.

We're told Beyonce's church was built in the early 1900s, but has been out of commission as a place of worship for some time due to its church members passing away.

Looks like it could be revival time though ... and Beyonce shouldn't have any issues finding folks willing to get in formation and join her congregation. Her sister, Solange, lives nearby, too.

Speaking of ... a San Francisco church held the first ever "Beyonce Mass" a few weeks ago and had more than 900 people show up for it.

Imagine what the turnout would be at the actual Church of Bey.

Trippie Redd Talks Trump, Tay and Tekashi ... Before Clash with Security

5/19/2018 3:44 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rapper Trippie Redd makes it clear who he f***s with and who he doesn't, but one thing we don't know yet ... why a bouncer was so pissed at his crew.

We got the 18-year-old rapper leaving Delilah in Weho Friday with his entourage, and he's got takes on meeting with President Trump, foul-mouthed 9-year-old rapper Lil Tay, and Tekashi69 ... and that last take's sure to heat up their beef.

But the real fireworks came as Trippie's ride was trying to drive away, but a bouncer from Delilah got in the street and blocked them from leaving. The rapper got around him pretty quick ... but things got heated with the car the rest of his crew was in.

We're told the bouncer was trying to stop them because there was a fight in the restaurant earlier ... and Trippie's guys were allegedly connected.

Clearly, they didn't want to stick around and talk about it.

Elton John Performs 'Your Song' ... At Royal Wedding Reception

5/19/2018 8:51 AM PDT

Elton John just performed at the reception for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle ... just as we said he would.

We've learned Elton sang "Your Song" to the VIP crowd. On hand -- the Queen and the Queen, aka Oprah. We're told he performed other songs as well.

It's interesting ... Ellie Goulding performed the same song at William and Kate's wedding.

TMZ broke the story Elton would be performing. Makes sense, given he's super close to Prince Harry and was obviously extremely tight with Princess Diana. 

The reception is a luncheon at Windsor Castle, hosted by the Queen. We're told all 600 guests are in attendance.

There will be a second reception hosted by Harry's dad Prince Charles at Frogmore House where the guest list will be whittled down to 200. That bash starts at 7 PM London time and could go into the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Teairra Mari's Ex I Didn't Leak Sex Tape ... A Chick Did!!!

5/19/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Teairra Mari's ex-boyfriend, Akbar Abdul-Ahad, says she's pointing her finger at the wrong guy when it comes to who leaked her sex tape ... because it's not a guy at all ... it's a woman.

Akbar is being accused of hacking into Teairra's Instagram account and posting the XXX video, from which 50 Cent then grabbed a screenshot and shared with his 18 million followers. Teairra's lawyered up and is suing, claiming it's revenge porn.

But, when we spoke with Akbar he claimed he knows the culprit, a female, but wasn't naming names. He says Teairra's putting on an act because that's what she does by trade, plus he claims they were hanging out as early as last week, days before her lawsuit was filed.

Akbar says he plans to countersue for defamation of character since he was savagely attacked at a press conference.

Anderson .Paak Meek Should've Met with Trump ... We Need Prison Reform!!!

5/19/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rapper Anderson .Paak thinks Meek Mill made a mistake backing out of President Trump's prison reform summit, because he believes Meek has power right now to get changes made.

The subject hit close to home for Anderson -- he told us Friday in NYC, his mother was locked up for more than 7 years -- and he strongly believes Meek should've stuck with his gut and attended the White House meeting.

TMZ broke the story ... Meek pulled out after Jay-Z and a couple other people counseled him. Ultimately, Meek decided it wouldn't be the best look for him -- but Anderson says Meek's own prison stint is the best evidence to convince Trump to make some sweeping changes to the system.  

He admits it would be tough to go against Jay's advice, but adds ... even though Kanye West infamously plugged Trump, he's still gonna buy his music.

Rapper Jim Jones NY Giants Signed Lineman From My Arena Team!!

5/19/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The NY Giants just plucked an offensive lineman from an American Arena League team owned by rap star Jim Jones ... and Capo could not be more proud to let him go. 

The "We Fly High" rapper is a joint owner of the AAL's Richmond Roughriders -- which have already racked up a 7-1 record this season with a stacked roster, including Greg Hardy

But the NY Giants had their eye on the other side of the ball ... because they just signed 26-year-old offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche -- a 6'6", 320-pounder from UCLA. 

"This is a great feeling," Jones says ... "I'm smiling, man. I'm smiling! Smiling! Smiling!" 

Jones says everyone in the Roughriders organization is pumped for Bunche -- plus, it gives hope for other players trying to get to the NFL. 

In fact, Jones says he hopes the AAL can serve as a real feeder league to the pros -- putting a spotlight on players who deserve a shot at the next level. 

"This shows that it's very much possible. More than possible."

Racist Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg Serenaded in Spanish By Street Protesters

5/18/2018 5:34 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Aaron Schlossberg -- the Manhattan lawyer who went viral for his anti-Latino rant at a sandwich shop -- hasn't been getting much peace and quiet since then ... even at his own apartment.

A group of protesters gathered on the street outside Schlossberg's building Friday and jeered him with signs, chants of "Si Se Puede" (Yes We Can), and Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina."

We're told the owner of nearby restaurant Jade Sixty is the guy who supplied the crowd with Chinese tacos. Other business owners in the area are joining in too -- including the bar American Whiskey, which is offering free tequila shots and blaring tunes in Spanish all night.

It's been a bad week for Schlossberg since the video of him berating Fresh Kitchen employees for speaking Spanish and threatening to call ICE on them went viral. His law firm's Yelp page got spammed with 1-star reviews, his office lease was terminated ... and now this.

Too bad, hombre.

A$AP Bari Arrested in London for Sexual Assault

5/18/2018 2:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A$AP Bari, one of the co-founders of A$AP Mob, has been arrested in London for sexual assault ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, Bari was traveling overseas and made a stop in London Tuesday.  Turns out police knew his itinerary and arrested him at Heathrow Airport.

TMZ broke the story ... a woman sued him last November, claiming he attacked her last July at a London hotel, where some members of the Mob were staying. The lawsuit claims Bari burst into the woman's room and yelled, "You f****d my assistant, now you are going to f*** me."

She says she screamed no, but he pulled the sheets off of her. Bari's friend recorded the video and it got posted and went viral.

She says it didn't stop there ... she fled into a bathroom and he yelled, "I'm going to f*** you, you are going to suck my d***." He did not rape her, but she says he did throw her out naked into the hotel hallway.

What's especially interesting ... we're told Bari knew London cops were investigating the incident because they contacted him to come in for an interview. Nevertheless, he stepped into the danger zone by booking a flight with a London connection.

Our sources say Bari bailed out, but his passport was taken away so he can't leave England.

Bow Wow Give Lil Tay a Pass on Fake Ass Vids ... 9-Yr-Olds Gotta Eat Too!!

5/18/2018 1:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Tay getting busted for frontin' about her cars and her money is simply her take on the infamous Bow Wow Challenge ... according to BW, himself.

We got Bow Wow Friday in Marietta, GA -- where he's shooting a music video -- and got his take on the foul-mouthed 9-year-old rapper who was recently exposed as a social media fraud. Her red sports car really belongs to her realtor mom's ex-boss, and all the fancy cribs are just homes her mom was showing.

Bow Wow says don't knock Tay's hustle 'cause she's just doing her j-o-b ... which is to entertain her 2 million followers. In fact, sounds like he has a project in mind for her.

Lil advice for Lil Tay, this could be an actual paying gig -- unlike talking trash on Danielle Bregoli. Although that's also pretty damn entertaining.

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