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Katy Perry Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Mom With 10,000 Backup Singers

12/16/2017 2:37 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry knows how to make her mom feel special on her birthday -- get an entire concert audience to sing to her live on a ridiculously huge phone.

Katy -- or "Feather" as her mother, Mary, calls her -- took some stage time during her show in Tampa Friday night to call up Mom for her 70th birthday ... and it was a hit.

Mary then gave the crowd of 10,000 something to look forward to when they get to her age.

Sadly, Katy's mom's bday turned out to be not so great ... the singer says she called her again Saturday, only to find out she was being evacuated from her home due to the California wildfires.

Katy's family joins the list of celebs who've been affected by the Thomas Fire ... now the third largest in CA's state history.

Beyonce No Destiny's Child Reunion at Coachella

12/16/2017 9:13 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

No doubt Beyoncé has some surprises up her sleeve for Coachella, but Destiny's Child ain't one of 'em ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources directly connected to Beyoncé tell us she is NOT planning to bring Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett up on stage with her next year in the desert. The Beyhive's been getting fans worked up, claiming there are clues all over social media.

We're told Bey's dedicated fans are simply seeing what they want to see -- but the fact is there is NO DC reunion in the works for Coachella.

Say their names all ya want ... it ain't happening.

Gene Simmons Sued for Sexual Assault ... Woman Claims He Grabbed Her Ass

12/15/2017 5:49 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

12/16 7:30 PM PT -- Simmons has responded to the allegations, saying he intends to defend himself. He adds ... "For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way."Gene Simmons is being sued for allegedly groping a woman during the opening of a restaurant last month.

The lawsuit -- filed by a Jane Doe -- claims she interviewed Simmons last month at the opening of a Rock & Brews in San Bernardino. The accuser claims during the interview, Gene reached over, grabbed her hand and forcibly placed it on his knee. She says it made her feel uncomfortable, but continued the interview.

The docs claim Gene grabbed the reporter's hand, commented on how soft it was and creepily suggested she must use lotion ... things got more weird when Simmons reached over and allegedly flicked the interviewer's throat.

The defendant says following that action, she did her best to stop the interview, but Gene tried to keep going. Finally, she claims he touched her ass when everyone posed for a group photo.

We reached out to a rep for Gene ... so far, no word back.

Nelly She Lied ... Now I'll Sue Rape Accuser

12/16/2017 6:44 AM PST

Prosecutors are done with Nelly's alleged rape case, but he isn't -- he's vowing to sue the woman he says falsely accused him.

TMZ broke the story ... prosecutors in Washington State dropped the case this week, saying the accuser wasn't cooperating and therefore they couldn't proceed. Nelly's attorney Scott Rosenblum isn't surprised and tells us, "Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation. He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer. As a result Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation."

Rosenblum says Nelly recognizes real victims of sexual assault need to be heard, and adds that's why they're going after his accuser. "This type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault."

The accuser's attorney said her client only refused to testify because of the public pressure she faced after accusing a huge celeb was too much.

Benji Madden Sues Designer for Half Mil You Jacked Up Our Remodel!!!

12/15/2017 4:02 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Benji Madden hired a remodeling crew to overhaul the house where he and Cameron Diaz live, but after what he call shoddy, overpriced work ... the rock star is suing.

The Good Charlotte member says he made a deal with Ryan Silverman and The Wooden Palate in Spring 2015 to remodel his spare bedroom, kitchen, laundry room, deck and a man cave.

According to the docs ... workers finished the project in October 2016 -- at which point Madden had forked over $478,509 -- but he said the job "was done improperly and would have to be redone" ... especially the man cave.

In the suit, Benji says custom built doors for the wine cellar had to be repaired, along with other defects, to the tune of an extra $78k. All in all, Madden wants more than $500k back in damages and a big refund ... plus his legal fees.

We reached out to Silverman ... no word back yet.

XXXTentacion Sent to Jail!!! Facing 7 NEW Felonies

12/15/2017 7:49 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion was sent straight to jail Friday morning after prosecutors slapped him with 7 new charges, all felonies, in his 2016 domestic violence case.

The new counts include different degrees of witness tampering and witness harassment. Prosecutors believe he coerced the ex-girlfriend he's accused of beating. He was already facing charges of battery against a pregnant woman and false imprisonment.

As we reported ... X filed a document earlier this month allegedly signed by the woman and stating she no longer wanted him to be prosecuted.

At Friday's hearing in Miami-Dade County, the judge said he had violated his bond from his initial arrest ... so he was immediately sent to jail, and is being held without bail.

He'll likely remain behind bars until trial -- and is now facing decades in prison, at minimum, if convicted.

Tupac Murder Weapon Was Found!!! Current Location a Mystery

12/15/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The handgun used to shoot and kill Tupac Shakur turned up in a Compton backyard -- 19 years ago -- but, mysteriously, no one in law enforcement seems to know where it is today.

That bombshell information comes from a police document dug up by producers of the A&E docu-series, "Who Killed Tupac?" According to the document, here's how it unfolded.

A .40 caliber Glock was found by a citizen in his backyard in 1998 ... which he reported to police. Compton PD records show it was booked as found property on May 30, 1998.

In 2000, L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. took over law enforcement of Compton, and 3,800 confiscated firearms -- including that Glock -- were transferred to the LASD. 

Fast forward to 2006, when Deputy T. Brennan -- who'd been working the Notorious B.I.G. murder -- was sifting through records. According to the doc, he recognized the address where the gun was found as the home of the girlfriend of a prominent Crip member ... known to have beef with Pac.

The deputy immediately ordered ballistic testing, and bam -- the results were a match for the firearm used to kill Tupac.

You'd think the weapon would be immediately sent to Vegas, where Pac's murder was still unsolved. Instead, a federal prosecutor assigned to the case cited concerns the discovery might alert potential conspirators -- and recommended the gun NOT be turned over to LVPD.

It's not spelled out in the document, but it seems the concern might have been about renewed gang violence if it came out a Crip was tied to Tupac's murder.

Tupac's brother was floored by the information when he met with Benjamin Crump, the civil rights attorney producing the A&E series.  

A&E says it contacted LVPD, and some officers said the gun definitely never got to them, while others said they were unsure. Bottom line ... if anyone knows where it is now, they're not copping to it.

The final episode of "Who Killed Tupac?" airs Tuesday night.

Eminem to Prez Trump Prepare to Get Impeached, Aryan!

12/15/2017 7:00 AM PST

Eminem is ripping into his least favorite muse again, labeling President Trump an Aryan who's about to be booted out of office.

Em's "Like Home" features Alicia Keys on the hook and tons of jabs -- vicious and humorous -- at Trump. For instance ... "All he does is watch FOX News like a parrot and repeats, while he looks like a canary with a beak."

Believe it or not, the song is supposed to be uplifting ... calling for Americans to "band together for Charlottesville and for Heather (Heyer)."

Em also ripped into 45 back in October with a blistering freestyle. We were all expecting Trump to launch a full-scale Twitter war, but it never came.

Take 2?

Cardi B Finally Meets Colin Kaepernick ... After Epic Twerk Sesh

12/15/2017 6:46 AM PST
Breaking News

Cardi B twerked like her life depended on it at HOT 97's Hot for the Holidays concert on Thursday -- and got rewarded for her efforts with a Colin Kaepernick meet-and-greet after the show!

You might've heard ... Cardi's been backing Kaep ever since she blew up with "Bodak Yellow" -- saying she was gonna boycott the NFL if no team signed him back in September. 

Fast-forward a few months ... and the hip-hop star finally got to meet her favorite football player and his GF, Nessa -- a HOT 97 radio host -- backstage at the Prudential Center.

Nessa even congratulated Cardi for "being the sweetest and for poppin' that booty onstage!!!"

You're welcome:

Update: Cardi says she was “happy and shy” meeting Kaep ... and is nominating the QB for POTUS in 2020!! 

Chris Reid #MeToo or #NotMe ... Either Way, Let's Get the Truth!!!

12/15/2017 7:09 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Salma Hayek and Russell Simmons have every right to stand up and fight, but ultimately the truth will set everyone free ... so says Kid from Kid 'n Play.

We got Chris Reid at LAX Thursday and got his opinion on Simmons launching a #NotMe campaign in response to sexual assault allegations. TMZ broke the story ... Russell's lawyers say the music mogul took a lie detector test and passed.

Salma recently detailed years of alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein ... who is at the heart of the #MeToo campaign.

Kid says he's all for BOTH campaigns because he thinks everyone has the same goal -- finding the truth.

DJ Khaled's Son Balling Out ... With (Baby) Bottle Service!

12/15/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

DJ Khaled's famous son is just a 1-year-old, but he's already mastered the art of ordering bottle service ... 'cause yeah ... baby bottles count too!

The mega rapper/producer hit up the grand opening of The Hideaway bar Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale, and brought Asahd along for the turn up. Don't worry it was a family event -- the bar's owned by the bro of Khaled's fiancee, Nicole Tuck.

The kid's getting this VIP thing down! We're told he chilled in the back of Dad's Range Rover on the way to the club -- soaking up cartoons and sipping -- and the whole fam bounced by 11 PM.

Asahd out!

Lil Yachty I'm Cool with Joe Budden Now If He's Cool with Bald Jokes

12/15/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Yachty's doing his best to downplay the beef he and Migos had brewing Joe Budden -- but it's hard to believe him when they just collab'd on a Budden diss track!

We got the "Peek A Boo" rapper at LAX Thursday, and asked if he wants Budden to see the upcoming video for "Ice Tray." He admits they hired a Joe look-alike just to troll him, but says he thinks the real Joe should realize it's all in good fun.

Yachty revealed a behind-the-scenes secret about the video having to do with Budden's bald head --and also slammed the "groupies" who leaked the prank early.

As we reported ... the Budden/Migos beef began during an interview before the BET Awards in June.

For some reason, Yachty thinks it's all cooled down now, despite "Ice Tray" lyrics like ... "If a n***a hatin', call him Joe Budden (p***y!)”

I F A N I G G A H A T I N C A L L E M J O E B U D D E N #ICETRAY T H A G A N G N E W S I N G L E A L E R T 🚨

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Russell Simmons Polygraph Proves I'm Innocent In Alleged Sexual Assault

12/14/2017 2:29 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Russell Simmons hooked himself up to a lie detector, and says the results prove he did NOT sexually assault model Keri Claussen Khalighi.

TMZ obtained this image of Simmons taking the polygraph Wednesday in the L.A. area. Russell's camp says it was administered by a national leader in the field of polygraphing. We're told he was asked a series of questions about the allegations made by Khalighi.

You'll recall, she claims Simmons forced her into performing oral sex on him -- back in 1991 when she was 17 -- while director Brett Ratner sat and watched.

According to Simmons' attorneys, Michael Sterling and E. Carlos Tanner, Simmons passed with flying colors, and plans to repeat the test for allegations made by 4 other women. They say Russell will release all the results once he's completed the tests.

This marks a shift in Simmons' response. He initially apologized for being "insensitive" in some of his relationships -- but Thursday he launched a #NOTME campaign on Instagram. He insists he's not trying to diminish the #METOO movement ... but simply prove his innocence.

Russell and his legal team are inviting any of his accusers, including Khalighi, to also take a polygraph.

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