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Nicki Minaj I'm Gonna Sue Jesse Palmer ... I Never Supported My Rapist Brother

12/12/2018 12:41 PM PST

Nicki Minaj is threatening to sic her lawyers on Jesse Palmer for falsely claiming she supported her brother, who was found guilty of raping an 11-year-old. 

The rapper went off on the "Daily Mail TV" host Tuesday for a segment that aired on the show. In talking about Minaj's new relationship with boyfriend Kenneth Petty -- a sex offender-- Palmer said Nicki's fans "are also worried because this isn't the first time Nicki Minaj has defended a sex offender."

Palmer then claimed Nicki has supported her brother, Jelani Maraj, who was found guilty of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter. Here's the thing -- Nicki never had her brother's back ... she was only making a trip to visit him in jail to help support her mother.

Nicki went off on Palmer in a scathing Instagram post ... saying, "You just lied on me on nat'l TV & now you're being sued. You better be able to back up what you just said about me with FACTS."

Maraj has still not been sentenced for the rape. 

As we first reported ... Nicki's talking love and babies with her new bae, Kenneth Petty, a convicted sex offender. Nicki's adamant Kenneth is not the same person he was when he was convicted as a 16-year-old and believes he's changed for the better.

Camille Kostek Defends Gronk's Missed Tackle Give Him Another Chance!!

12/12/2018 11:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rob Gronkowski missed the game-saving tackle in the Dolphins game on Sunday ... but his S.I. model GF tells TMZ Sports it was NOT a mistake havin' him on the field.

We got Camille Kostek out at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony at The Beverly Hilton in L.A. ... when she explained why Bill Belichick should give Gronk more burn on defense.

"I don't play football, I don't make the rules -- I support whatever he does. So if he needs to be put at defense again, I say, 'Go for it, baby!!'"

Of course, Patriots fans were pissed ... and confused about why Gronk -- a 6'7" tight end -- was on defense in the first place for Kenyan Drake's miracle sprint.

But, Camille says her BF ain't one-dimensional -- and she knows her man will get it done if he's in the same spot again in the future.

"I mean, look what he does as a tight end. He doesn't just catch the ball and get in the end zone. He's blocking, he does it all. So, yeah, I think I can see him doing it again!"

As for the couple's future ... we had to ask if wedding bells are coming down the pipe ... and while Camille says not right now ... she definitely didn't say no to the idea down the road!!

Nicki Minaj Talkin' Wedding Bells & Babies ... With New Boyfriend

12/12/2018 1:00 AM PST
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Nicki Minaj's relationship with her new boyfriend is way more serious than we thought -- 'cause we now know she's considering the married and mom life with him.

Sources close to the "Queen" MC tell us Nicki and Kenneth Petty have already had the marriage and baby talk -- this after only a couple months of dating. We're told Nicki is serious about the prospect of marrying Kenneth and having his kids ... because she believes he's that good a man.

As for that whole convicted sex offender thing -- among other crimes -- we're told Nicki couldn't care less.

She certainly isn't shy about showing off her new boo either -- Nicki posted a video of them working out together in the gym. 

As we reported ... Nicki feels Kenneth has changed for the better since he was young -- when he was convicted of first-degree attempted rape as a 16-year-old. He's an old flame from back then, and we're told she's as happy as ever now that they've reconnected all these years later.

Nicki seems to believe Kenneth was falsely convicted ... he was dating the victim at the time and claims the girl's mother had it in for him and made false allegations.

Chris Pratt & Patrick Schwarzenegger Bro (Soon-To-Be In-Law?) Out ... Courtside at Clippers Game

12/12/2018 6:46 AM PST

Chris Pratt is throwing off signs his relationship with Katherine Schwarzenegger is super serious ... so serious, he's already broing down with her brother.

Chris and Patrick Schwarzenegger hit up the Raptors-Clippers game (the Clips got clobbered) Tuesday night at Staples Center.  Katherine was nowhere in sight, which makes the outing even more interesting.

It's not the first sign Chris and Katherine are showing they're in it for the long haul. He and Katherine hang out all the time with his son, Jack. And, Chris has already met papa Schwarzenegger.

Another good sign for Chris and Katherine -- when "Aint' No Mountain High Enough" came on during karaoke time on the jumbotron ... both Chris and Patrick joined in on the fun.

Anyone else hearing wedding bells?  

Nicki Minaj Troubled New BF is Blast From Her Romantic Past

12/11/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nicki Minaj has a long history with her new boyfriend, because she first fell for him when she was a teenager -- and she feels he's changed since his checkered past. 

Sources close to Nicki tell TMZ ... her first relationship with Kenneth Petty happened when she was a 16-year-old living in Queens, and she calls him one of her first loves. As they say, what's old is new again ... she's been showing him off in pics from a romantic getaway for her 36th birthday.  

We're told Nicki understands Kenneth has a troubled past -- he's a registered sex offender convicted of attempted rape -- but she's confident he's matured since his time in NY state prison in the late 1990s. Nicki believes in second chances and has faith he'll be good to her.

As we reported ... Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in April 1995, when he and his victim were both 16. Sources close to Nicki say the full context of the crime is Kenneth was dating the victim -- and her mother filed the charges because she didn't approve of him. 

Our sources say Nicki and Kenneth still have great chemistry, despite all the years between their relationships. We're told she was very stressed out before they got back together, but she's much happier since rekindling their romance.

We're told Kenneth's been treating her like a queen, and even planned the birthday trip. We're told Nicki's friends haven't seen her this happy with anyone in years.

Kendall Jenner Posts Sappy Love Letter ... From Ben Simmons?!

12/11/2018 7:11 AM PST
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Is Ben Simmons secretly the sweetest, sappiest boyfriend ever???

Maybe ... 'cause Kendall Jenner posted a SUPER romantic, handwritten love letter on social media Monday (but blacked out the name of the sender) ... and signs point to the 76ers point guard. 

The letter begins, "Dear Kendall, We may be miles apart but my love for you grows stronger by the minute. My innermost feeling is of pure love for you."

"I will love you until death separates us. Right now this separation is killing me, but in my heart I know that nothing would come close to separating us."

It continues, "We are united into one forever, body and soul and I want you to know that I love you from the deepest part of my heart."

It's signed with, "Love," but Kendall blocked out the author ... which begs the question -- IS IT REALLY FROM BEN?!?!

Seems it could be ... the two have gotten super serious the last few weeks, ice skating, grabbing bites to eat and hanging out after Sixers games.

Plus ... Philly WAS just on a road trip in Toronto and then Detroit ...

So, is Simmons the author?? Here's a look at his handwriting -- you be the judge. 

Courtney Love Judge Grants Restraining Order against Sam Lutfi

12/11/2018 2:00 AM PST
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12/11 2:00 AM PT -- The judge issued the TRO. Courtney's lawyer, Howard King, tells TMZ, "The escalating verbal harassment and threats of Sam Lutfi left no choice to Courtney and her family but to seek protection. The Cobains are grateful for the anti-harassment order issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court against Mr. Lutfi and the powers it provides law enforcement to assure that Mr. Lutfi terminates all contact with the family."  

Courtney Love has broken in a big way with her ex-manager, Sam Lutfi, and she's just filed to get a restraining order because she says he's harassing her and her family unrelentingly.

We've learned Courtney has just filed legal docs saying Lutfi has been demanding money from her for services he says he rendered ... and he is now so pissed off he's incessantly harassing her with emails, texts and phone calls.

Courtney also wants the judge to prohibit Lutfi from harassing her daughter Frances Bean and Courtney's sister.

The judge has yet to rule.

BTW ... both Courtney and Sam are being sued by Frances Bean Cobain's ex-husband, Isaiah Silva, for allegedly orchestrating a break-in at his house and trying to steal Kurt Cobain's famous 'MTV Unplugged' guitar ... which is in Isaiah's possession

Originally Published 12/10 1:36 PM PT

Kodak Black Pops the Question with Ring Pop ... And She Says Yes!!!

12/11/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kodak Black got down on one knee and gave a lucky woman a ring ... though it's unclear if he's engaged. Let us explain.

It went down Sunday night at Santa's Enchanted Forest in Miami. The 21-year-old rapper and the chick, Yung Miami from Miami-based rap duo City Girls, were near a concession stand when, out of nowhere, he kneeled ... presumably to ask her to marry him.

You see the crowd congratulate the couple after he puts what appears to be a purple Ring Pop on her digit. Yeah, a candy ring. Another giveaway it's a fake proposal ... Kodak places the ring on Miami's right hand.

Whatever the case ... you know Kodak's really into her. 

BTW ... check out Kodak's outfit. Pretty shweet.

Offset I Want Cardi Back ... Haters Are Messing it Up

12/10/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Offset is madly in love with Cardi B and plans to pull out all the stops to get her back, but he thinks there's a major hurdle in his way -- the legion of haters trying to take him down.

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ, Offset was desperately trying to save his marriage before Cardi made the announcement they were done. Even she acknowledged they'd been working on it "for a hot minute now."

We're told after the text messages about Cuban Doll surfaced, Offset tried to prove to his wife nothing came of the text exchange ... and he wasn't messing around with anyone. 

Our sources say Offset feels his greatest challenge now is to regain his wife's trust -- which feels impossible to him because haters keep filling Cardi's social media posts with negativity about him.

We're told Cardi reads blogs and comments, and Offset feels like he's up against all of that. 

Sources tell us Offset's made one thing clear to friends -- he only loves Cardi and his daughter -- and will take every chance he can to save his family. Offset even posted a desperate tweet on Sunday saying he missed Cardi.

As for Cardi ... she seems pretty content living the single life. Seems.  

Beyonce 'Crazy in Love' ... Indian Billionaire Style

12/10/2018 6:37 AM PST

Beyonce and Hillary Clinton made the trek to India for a wedding ... and we're guessing Bey pocketed an insane amount of loot.

The shindig was thrown by the father of the bride -- Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in all of India. He owns an oil and gas conglomerate and is worth around $42 billion.

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Beyonce performed a set of some of her hits, including "Crazy in Love," "Naughty Girl" and "Perfect." 

As for why Hillary made the trip ... she and Bill are longtime friends of the Ambani fam, although Bill didn't go.

The bride, Isha Ambani, was a bridesmaid just last week when Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra got hitched.

Beyonce performed at a pre-wedding bash. These events have become cash cows for celebs -- weddings Bar Mitzvahs and such. It's not unheard of for a celeb to rake in a million bucks, and if anyone can command that kind of fee ... it's Beyonce.  

Nicki Minaj Getting Closer with New BF ... A Convicted Sex Offender

12/10/2018 10:04 AM PST

2:30 PM PST -- Nicki just admitted to the allegations, writing, "He was 15, she was 16 ... in a relationship. But go awf, internet. y'all can't run my life. Y'all can't even run y'all own life. Thank you boo."Nicki Minaj's new boo is a registered sex offender with a disturbing rap sheet that includes convictions for manslaughter and attempted rape ... TMZ has learned. 

Kenneth Petty is the 40-year-old she's been hanging with, and posting pics with on Instagram. Court records, obtained by TMZ, show he was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in April 1995. He was 16 at the time, and so was his victim.

Prosecutors said he used a sharp object when he tried to force the girl to have sexual intercourse. Petty served almost 4 years in NY state prison for the crime. 

And, get this ... years after getting out of the pen, Petty was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, and served another 7 years for shooting a man. He was released in 2013. 

She acknowledged their hometown connection by quoting Adele's "Hello" in the caption of their latest pic -- "Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happens? ... it's no secret ... that the both of us ... are running out of time."

They were reportedly friends from Queens.

Cardi B Now I'm Rapping About Divorce ... But This Ain't for Pub, Okurrrr?!!

12/9/2018 11:00 AM PST

12:43 PM PST -- Cardi just took to social media for another one of her video explainers, in which she assured folks that her split with Offset was no publicity stunt. Unclear if she's directly responding to Offset's Twitter plea or talk of her switching up the lyrics to 'Motorsport,' but either way ... she's putting any of those rumors to rest. 

11:00 AM PST -- It's now clear Cardi has her husband's attention. Offset just admitted on Twitter ... he misses her. Reconciliation? Door opened?

Cardi B and Offset's breakup is now fueling her live performances -- she dropped the big "D" into one of her biggest hits with her now estranged husband.

When Cardi took the stage for Chicago's Jingle Bash show she performed "Motorsport" -- the Migos hit featuring her and Nicki Minaj -- but she switched up the lyrics to reflect her split from Offset.

She rapped during the Saturday night set ... “I get up set off. I turn Offset on. I told him the other day, yeah, we gon' get a divorce!”

For those who don't know ... the original line goes, "I get up set off. I turn Offset on. I told him the other day. Man, we should sell that porn."

The crowd definitely took note of Cardi's edit on her verse. The big question: Is Offset paying attention?

Makes sense Cardi added the "divorce" line -- as we reported, she also did the show without her massive 8-carat diamond ring.

We know what you're thinking, and the deal is ... it's Cardi's to keep. Once they tied the knot, Offset lost all rights to the rock.

Sorry, that's just how the carats crumble.

Originally Published 9:22 AM PT

Katie Cassidy Looking Straight as an Arrow ... Before Tying the Knot

12/9/2018 11:05 AM PST
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Katie Cassidy announced she got hitched to her fiance with a joyous shot of her kissing her groom in all white -- but right before that ... she was steeped in VERY serious thought.

The CW's "Arrow" star posted a sweet photo Sunday of her locking lips with now-hubby, Matthew Rodgers, to whom she got engaged last summer. She captioned her pic with, "I can't help falling in love with you... YES! It's official! #MrsRodgers I love you my husband." 

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As picturesque as this scene is here, there appeared to be some last-minute prep right before Katie walked down the aisle. Namely, it was just making sure her dress was all set and her bouquet was in order ... which her bridesmaids had under control.

Unclear who walked Katie down the aisle -- seeing how her father, David Cassidy, died a year ago -- but there was a gentleman nearby to possibly carry out the honors. 

Of course, Katie made it to the altar. From a wide view, the location for her wedding was even more gorgeous than what she revealed on Instagram. The newly married pair tied the knot right on the shore of a beach in Sunset Key, FL.

Sailboats as a backdrop come as an added bonus on the island.

Congrats to the happy couple! 

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