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The Weeknd Cops Investigate Alleged Post-Concert Rape ... Singer Not Involved

9/26/2017 12:50 AM PDT

Two temporary crew members on tour with The Weeknd are under criminal investigation after a woman claims she was raped backstage following the singer's show ... but we're told The Weeknd was out of the building before the alleged crime went down.

Law enforcement sources tell us a woman filed a report with the Ohio State University police station early Wednesday morning, claiming she was raped following The Weeknd's show at the Schottenstein Center. 

Sources with knowledge of the situation tell us the woman was in a backstage area with two crew members. Our sources say it's possible one of the suspects filmed the attack. 

We're told employees hired for the tour can vary from city to city ... the two suspects are not a part of The Weeknd's inner circle.

According to the police report, cops believe everyone was drunk during the alleged rape.  The report says "hands, feet and teeth" were the "weapons" used in the sexual asault.

The Weeknd had left the arena before the alleged rape and is not involved.

The XO Tour Manager and Live Nation Team tell us, "Upon learning of the accusations that two members of our tour staff are facing, we immediately terminated their employment. We are working with the authorities to ensure they have access to any information or assistance they may need." 

We're told the incident is under investigation and no arrests have been made.

Diddy, DJ Khaled Close to Signing On as Judges For New Hip Hop TV Show

9/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy and DJ Khaled are deep in negotiations with Fox for a new talent competition show, "The Four," and this one's different from all the rest.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, neither of them have signed but negotiations are far along.  

We're told there will be 4 judges -- Diddy is the mogul, DJ Khaled is the producer ... there will also be a songwriter, and the 4th judge will be a performer. At least one of the remaining 2 spots will be a woman.

The centerpiece of the show will be contemporary pop with an emphasis on hip hop. It will be an ongoing battle, with new competitors trying to knock out the front-runners. In the end, the winner will get the entire judges panel behind them to launch their career -- a mogul, a producer, a songwriter, and someone to perform onstage with.

No word on when the show will premiere, but it sounds different ... and interesting.

Taylor Swift Obsessed Fan Found Unfit for Stalking Trial

9/26/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's latest obsessed fan won't be facing a jury of his peers anytime soon -- the judge says he's mentally unfit to stand trial.

Mohammed Jaffar had a court hearing Monday in New York, where a judge declared he couldn't be tried on the stalking charge against him in his current state, and would remain in custody -- at a mental health facility -- until he is fit for trial.

We broke the story ... Jaffar showed warning signs of his obsession with Taylor as early as 2014 through tweets that became more brazen and troubling over time.

He was busted earlier this year when cops discovered he'd been camping out on the roof of Taylor's building, and buzzed her doorbell for an hour straight.

Cardi B Threatens NFL Boycott Hire Kaepernick Or I'll Watch Baseball!

9/25/2017 3:50 PM PDT
Breaking News

Cardi B -- who has the #1 song in the country -- says NFL owners need to hire Colin Kaepernick ASAP or she'll boycott NFL Sundays and start watching baseball instead ... on whatever day baseball is on. 

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper told Billboard that people need to stop pressuring the NFL players to boycott because they need to make a living ... the real pressure needs to be on the owners. 

"You can't really be mad at the players," Cardi said ... "These people need their jobs too. Are you gonna pay them? Be mad at these goddamned team owners."

She also trashed Trump -- referring to him as "Carrot Face."

As for Colin, he's in game shape -- at least he looked buffed up and ready to play out in NYC on Monday morning. 

Cardi B I Got Some Shade for Taylor Swift Now That I Snatched #1

9/25/2017 11:21 AM PDT

Taylor Swift just got served a can of whoop ass ... courtesy of Cardi B, whose track "Bodak Yellow" just bumped T-Swizzle from the top of the singles chart.

We got Cardi Monday at Atlantic Records in NYC where she was celebrating her spot on the Billboard Hot 100 throne with champagne and shade ... which she hilariously threw at Taylor during a speech you gotta see. 

Cardi's only the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 without featuring someone else on the song. Lauryn Hill was the last to do it with "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in 1998.

Congrats, Cardi!

Tyga So, Kylie's Preggo? Cool, I'm with Arianny Celeste!!!

9/25/2017 9:26 AM PDT
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Tyga deserves an award for best-timed rebound ever, 'cause he's hooking up with UFC Octagon hottie Arianny Celeste ... fresh off Kylie Jenner's pregnancy news.

Tyga and Arianny were at Universal Studios Saturday night for Halloween Horror Nights. Witnesses tell us they were showing major PDA -- he wrapped his arms around her waist and she was holding onto him walking through the mazes.

We're told they're hanging out but are not exclusive. Maybe he needs a refresher on Arianny's vacay mode pics ... to lock down this relationship.

Perfect way to get over your ex getting knocked up, we're guessing.

Post Malone I'm the Jack Black Of Stage Diving ... Fans Let Him Down Hard!!!

9/25/2017 9:06 AM PDT

A Post Malone fan hilariously apologized for not catching the rapper when he pulled off an awesome stage dive -- because the guy was too damn busy recording the dive with his phone.

Post tweeted about the epic fail at his Sunday night show near St. Louis, comparing his dive to Jack Black's in "School of Rock." He was aiming for something closer to the epic one Lil Uzi Vert did earlier this year.

Didn't take long for someone who had been standing in the front row to post a video of Post actually flying over his head with the caption, "My bad."

As another fan points out ... "you can hear them screaming in fear." Thankfully doesn't look like anyone was hurt. Even more miraculously, doesn't look like Post skipped a beat.

Concert for Charlottesville Headliners Perform and Kneel in Defiance of Trump's Words

9/25/2017 7:12 AM PDT

Pharrell Williams, Dave Matthews and Stevie Wonder took a firm stand against President Trump by kneeling during the Charlottesville benefit concert.

Pharrell performed with The Roots at Sunday night's  "A Concert for Charlottesville" ... and made his feelings clear on Trump's "son of a bitch" comment about NFL player protests of the National Anthem.

Matthews, who organized and headlined the show for his hometown, performed with Stevie. When he came onstage, Dave took his hand and they took a knee together. Stevie explained, as he did in NYC on Saturday, why he chose to get down on both knees.

Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande and Coldplay also performed at the event benefiting victims of the violence in Charlottesville. 

AJ McLean Aaron Carter Needs My Help ... I'm Calling Him Today!!!

9/25/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

AJ McLean thinks he's the guy who can take Aaron Carter under his wing and help him get back on the road to recovery ... because he had to do it himself 3 times.

We got the Backstreet Boys singer out at The Commons at Calabasas Friday ... he tells us he's reaching out to Aaron right away because he's worried and hopes to talk some sense into him.

AJ says Aaron's like a little brother and he knows exactly what he's going through ... and he's going to try his best to save him. As for Aaron's real brother, Nick ... AJ suggests he's frustrated with the whole situation because once again -- he knows from experience.

As we've reported ... family members have been worried about Aaron for weeks now, and cops rushed to his house Thursday after getting a call he was under the influence of something.

DJ Mustard Lonzo Ball, Holla At Me ... I Got Beats For You

9/25/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lonzo Ball's rap career just got real 'cause DJ Mustard, one of the greatest rap producers on planet Earth, just told TMZ Sports he's down to work with the Big Baller prince, for a big baller price.

If you don't know who Mustard is (you don't listen to music), he's made beats for peeps like YG, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Big Sean, and Fergie.

He told us he'd be down to add Lonzo -- who just kicked off his rap career -- to that list when we got him out in Beverly Hills (shutting down Balenciaga), as long as the price is right.

Get your checkbook, LaVar.

Drake Buries Longtime Friend, Fif ... After Being Gunned Down

9/24/2017 4:39 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drake helped lay his longtime friend, Anthony "Fif" Soares, to rest this weekend ... this after the guy was brutally gunned down in Toronto.

Drake attended Fif's funeral service Saturday at the Ogden Funeral Home chapel in Scarborough, Ontario ... and later traveled to the Duffin Meadows Cemetery where he served as one of the pallbearers for the casket.

Eyewitnesses tell us Drake did not speak at the procession, and mostly kept to himself. You can tell from the video he's in deep mourning over Soares' death ... who was just killed a couple weeks ago.

As we reported ... Soares was gunned down in his apartment lobby by 2 unidentified men. Police released surveillance video of the murder ... and it graphically shows him being shot.

Police are still investigating the crime ... they had no suspects as of last week.

Liberty Ross Stars Flock to Her 39th Bday Party ... Missy Elliott Does the Rest

9/24/2017 12:46 PM PDT

Liberty Ross turned 39 this weekend -- but by how many celebs came out to celebrate with her ... you woulda thought it was one of the big X-0s.

Tons of Hollywood A-listers flocked to Liberty and her husband Jimmy Iovine's house Saturday night in Holmby Hills, where there was certainly no shortage of star power. At least 150 people showed up, including Oprah, Gayle King, Mona ScottDavid Geffen, Courteney Cox, James Corden, Usher, Diddy and Trey Songz ... just to name a few.

Oh, and Missy Elliott performed too ... playing a lot of her hits to a turnt up crowd.

Talk about putting a little English in Hollywood. 

Kylie Jenner Hits Up Vegas, Undercover After Pregnancy News

9/24/2017 9:06 AM PDT

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner walked with purpose Saturday night ... just a day after TMZ broke the story ... she's pregnant.

Kylie joined Travis in Vegas, where he performed but made no mention of his soon-to-be kid.  She's wearing loose fitting threads, which is probably the way we're gonna see her for the next 5 months.

As we reported, Travis was boasting to his buds a week ago that they're expecting a girl.

If big sister Kim is any indication, Kylie will have no problems bouncing back. And at least for now, she's still being Kylie ... French Montana can attest to that.

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