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Addison Russell On 'Administrative Leave' After Domestic Violence Allegations

9/21/2018 11:06 AM PDT
Breaking News

Major League Baseball says Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell has been placed on "administrative leave" in the wake of new domestic violence allegations levied by his estranged wife. 

Melisa Russell went into detail in her blog Wednesday -- claiming she was first "physically mistreated" by her husband in the months after their wedding in 2016. 

"I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened," she wrote ... "Why did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me?"

She added, "As time went on abusive behavior happened more often."

Allegations against Addison first went public in June 2017, but this is the first time Melisa has gone into detail about it. 

A rep for MLB says the league launched an investigation into Addison back then -- but Melisa wouldn't cooperate with officials ... so nothing really happened. 

Until today. 

"With the new details revealed in today’s blog post by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy."

"We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible."

For his part, Addison has previously denied committing any sort of domestic violence -- but he has not commented on the new blog post

Addison was an All-Star in 2016 and won a World Series with the Cubs that year. 

LeSean McCoy's Ex Blasts NFL Star You're a Monster

9/21/2018 9:18 AM PDT
Breaking News

1:05 PM PT -- Milton PD responded to the Cordon news conference ... issuing a release addressing some of the claims made by the victim, Ms. Cordon.

In the statement, Milton PD notes that LeSean "has not been cooperative in the investigation" ... despite the fact multiple requests were made to his attorney.

LeSean McCoy's ex-girlfriend has DOUBLED the reward for information leading to the arrest of her attacker to $40,000 ... and once again, pointed the finger at the NFL running back.

Delicia Cordon held a press conference detailing the violent July 9 incident when a masked man broke into her home, pistol whipped her multiple times ... and stole expensive pieces of jewelry. 

Cordon says she believes McCoy orchestrated the attack -- pointing to the fact her assailant was looking for specific items LeSean had gifted her in the past. 

No arrests have been made and McCoy has denied having any involvement -- but Cordon doesn't believe him.

"I live my life in fear. Everyday not knowing if I’m walking past the man who savagely attacked me," she said. 

"LeSean said he’s gonna deal with all this after his season -- I don’t have that option. I have to deal with this every day."

Cordon says McCoy is not cooperating with the investigation and refuses to hand over security footage from the night of the attack. 

She initially offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest -- but says people have donated another $20,000 to the cause ... totaling $40,000.

Anwar Hadid Huge Hickey ... Hooking Up With Kendall???

9/21/2018 9:41 AM PDT

Here's Anwar Hadid just trying to keep his love life on the down-low during Milan Fashion Week and ... JUST KIDDING, LOOK AT THAT HUGE HICKEY ON HIS NECK!!!!

The young model is apparently having a great time in Italy, but the love scar has us wondering who left it there? Anwar has a long hookup history with fellow models ... and guess which famous former flame was also in Milan? Kendall Jenner!

Remember, back in the summer, Anwar and Kendall were sucking face at an after-party.   

He's definitely not trying to hide the evidence of a steamy night with someone -- so, maybe it was Kendall's handiwork ... or maybe he's just letting her know she missed out.

One thing's for sure ... Anwar's gonna need a cold spoon, 'cause that hickey's not going anywhere soon. 

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin Lawyer Up for Prenup ... Before Tying the Knot

9/21/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin will take vows promising to love each other until death, but he's hedging his bets with a prenup ... TMZ has learned.

Sources with direct knowledge tell us, Bieber and Hailey have each lawyered up for the negotiation that is as important as it is awkward.  

There are reports Justin is not asking for a prenup because he and Hailey are both so religious they take the "til death do us part" vow literally -- that's just not true. Justin has been counseled it would be insane not to get a prenup, and he's on board. 

We're told the prenup is about to be negotiated and the couple will not get married until it's signed.

TMZ broke the story ... Justin and Hailey got a marriage license last week but did not tie the knot.

Reports of net worth are almost always wildly inaccurate, but the rough guess for the Biebs is around $250 million. Hailey is reportedly worth a couple of mil.

FYI ... the money they each bring into the marriage is their own and, unless they co-mingle their funds to the point no one can figure out who has what, it stays their separate property throughout the marriage.

'Little Women: Dallas' Star 8 Months Pregnant ... And It's a Boy!!!

9/21/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Emily Fernandez -- aka Right Cheek, half of the rap duo from "Little Women: Dallas" -- is having a baby boy ... and soon!!

Sources close to Emily tell TMZ ... she's 8 months along in her pregnancy, and she's extremely happy and excited. You may recall, Fernandez tragically lost her infant son, JJ, in August 2016 at the age of 3 months ... and had been trying to get pregnant again.

As for the baby daddy ... it's Lontel, Emily's boyfriend from Season 2, and JJ's father as well. The 2 broke up last year over issues with her trying to have another child, and we're told they've had an on-and-off relationship since. She's no longer dating Dallas rapper, Dreadz 448.

We're told Emily and Lontel aren't currently together, but he still plans to be involved in their second son's life.

Our sources say Fernandez used IVF to conceive and choose the gender, but it's unclear if her baby will be a little person or not. That's unknown until birth ... which is quickly approaching.

Cardi B & Offset On This #TBT ... I, Thee Wed

9/20/2018 3:33 PM PDT
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Cardi B just gave us the first-ever look at her wedding day ... or night ... it's kind of hard to tell because it went down inside her bedroom.

TMZ broke the story ... Cardi and Offset got married on a whim the same day he proposed to her ... but there have been no photos of the secret ceremony. Cardi took care of that Thursday by posting a 1-year anniversary pic. Best #TBT of the day?

As we told you, the couple secretly tied the knot September 20, 2017 -- a good month before Offset proposed to Cardi onstage. The fake engagement effectively threw everyone off the scent ... until he started referring to Cardi as his wife in public, specifically at the BET Awards.

Once we did some digging, we found out they got a marriage certificate in Fulton County, GA the same day they got married.

One year later and they have their new baby Kulture, and fresh beef with Nicki Minaj.

Happy anniversary!

Demi Lovato Wilmer Valderrama is Her Rock in Rehab

9/20/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato is still in rehab -- nearly 2 months after her overdose -- and one person has put his life on hold to be a constant presence -- Wilmer Valderrama

TMZ has learned Demi quietly transferred from a rehab center on the East Coast to another facility that is world-renowned for its addiction programs. She's been at that facility for more than a month, and Wilmer has flown there several times during visiting days to be with her.

Several people in a nearby town tell TMZ, they've seen Demi and Wilmer at a local Starbucks several times, and it appeared to people in the shop they were boyfriend/girlfriend.

We don't know if they're back together ... what we do know is that Wilmer put everything on hold when Demi almost died from an opioid OD on July 24 and was a constant presence at the hospital, where she spent nearly 2 weeks.

Demi and Wilmer were together for 6 years and split back in 2016.   

As for rehab, the facility offers intensive, long-term treatment for drugs and alcohol and is very much a group program. In fact, Demi was also seen several times at the Starbucks with other patients from the rehab facility. 

Julie Chen on 'Big Brother' I'm 'Moonves' Forever And the Audience Loves It

9/19/2018 11:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Julie Chen's sign-off last week on 'Big Brother' wasn't a one-time stunt -- 'cause she did it again for Wednesday night's episode, and got major love. 

Sources at Tuesday night's taping tell TMZ ... Julie opened the show by saying ... "Good evening, I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Welcome to 'Big Brother.'" Her words were met with a thunderous show of support from the audience. 

Julie signed off with the Moonves surname during last week's episode -- and now it seems she is taking her husband's name full-time, on the heels of his hasty exit from CBS amid sexual misconduct allegations.

TMZ broke the story ... Julie wants to stay on as the host of 'Big Brother,' and CBS won't ask her to go. Assuming they renew the hit show for another season, she's likely to stay put.

"The Talk" is a different story. Julie announced her exit from that show Tuesday. We're told she left on her own accord ... and wasn't asked to leave.

Jamie Foxx & Katie Holmes Sweatin' it Out in Atlanta

9/18/2018 3:05 PM PDT

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have reached can't-be-apart-for-too-long status as a couple -- she flew out to Atlanta to meet him while he films there.

Jamie and Katie busted a sweat Tuesday during a gym sesh in the ATL where Jamie's shooting "Just Mercy" alongside Michael B. Jordan. Katie's been in town for a few days now ... no doubt subscribing to the mantra "couples that work out together, stay together."

It's interesting ... Jamie and Katie dating, for YEARS now, was the worst kept secret in Hollywood -- even though they kept things on the super DL. Then, last September, they finally packed on the PDA during a beach outing in Malibu.

It's been on, publicly, ever since then ... including Jamie's blowout 50th birthday bash, where she was front and center.

Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin American-Canadian Couple ... In the London Eye

9/18/2018 1:39 PM PDT

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are currently in the eye of the marriage rumor storm, but they're also in the eye of London. 

The soon-to-be-married couple was spotted on a date Tuesday. They got in line for the London Eye ferris wheel -- like everyone else -- and eventually took it all the way to the top. Once they were alone, the Biebs and Hailey locked lips like there's no tomorrow.

After the smooch fest, Justin busted out a guitar and got in his element to serenade Hailey outside Buckingham Palace. She looked doe-eyed and smitten by her guy's romantic gesture.

Justin professed his love for Hailey as he sang in front of the crowd that naturally gathered around them.

It's kinda been their thing lately -- make out in public here, there ... and just about everywhere else

The international trip takes place on the heels of Bieber and Hailey hitting a courthouse in NYC last week to get a marriage license. A lot of people -- including Hailey's uncle, Alec Baldwin -- think they already got hitched, but we're being told that just isn't so.

They may be heading to the altar soon enough though, especially since they now have their marriage license. Sources told us they'd be tying the knot outside the country ... and they're definitely not in the U.S. of A. right now. 

Stay tuned ... 

Bert and Ernie Show Writer Says They're Gay!!! ... Sesame Street Says They're Not

9/18/2018 11:43 AM PDT
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11:40 AM PT -- A spokesperson for Sesame Workshop has countered Saltzman, telling TMZ ... "As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves."

They continue, "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."

Frank Oz -- longtime puppeteer for the show and hands behind some of the beloved characters, including Bert -- also denounced Saltzman, saying, "It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It's fine that he feels they are. They're not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness."

Bert and Ernie are finally out ... a "Sesame Street" writer is confirming the iconic characters are a gay couple. 

Bert and Ernie have been on the show since it started in 1969, and there's always been speculation about the true nature of their relationship. Mark Saltzman, who joined the "Sesame Street" crew in 1984, cleared it all up by telling Queerty he wrote Bert and Ernie as a gay couple.

He says the 'Sesame' duo is a reflection of his own same-sex relationship and not about pushing an agenda. 

Mark says he based Bert and Ernie on his relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman -- Mark was Ernie and Arnold was Bert. 

Of course, Bert and Ernie have shared a basement apartment at 123 Sesame Street for the last 49 years ... although they've always slept in separate beds. Still, their chemistry -- while playfully arguing and bickering -- was always palpable.  

Mark's revelation might be more of a formality -- the fact is, Bert and Ernie are longtime gay icons for many in the LGBT community. 

Originally published -- 9/18/2018 9:14 AM PDT

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin Not Married ... Despite Uncle Alec's Emmy Night Comment

9/18/2018 7:27 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are not married, according to multiple sources directly connected to both, despite what Hailey's uncle, Alec Baldwin, said.

Alec told "Access Hollywood" Monday night, "They just went off and got married. They went ahead and did it without listening to anyone."

Our Justin and Hailey sources say it's just not so ... they have not tied the knot.

As we reported, Justin and Hailey got a marriage license last week at a New York City courthouse, but did not seal the deal.

After reports incorrectly stated the couple tied the knot, Hailey tweeted, "I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I'm not married yet!"

As we reported, they now have 60 days to use the license and take their vows, but as of this post they have not done so.

Logic Officially Divorced ... She Gets the Dogs, He Gets the House

9/18/2018 8:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

9/18 -- According to the divorce judgement -- obtained by TMZ -- the couple is officially kaput November 9. Jessica will keep her 2015 Chrysler and the couple's two dogs. Logic will get their home in Tarzana and will not have to pay spousal support.

The docs also indicate Logic paid Jessica a sum of cash ... but it's unclear how much.

Logic is a single man again, at the ripe old age of 28.

The rapper just got a sign-off from a judge in his divorce case. He was the one who filed, citing "irreconcilable differences" in his marriage to Jessica Andrea. They tied the knot in Oct 2015, when Logic was just 25.

As we reported, Logic became "very distant" from Jessica after the success of his track, "1-800-273-8255," which dropped late last year.

Shortly after the 2 appeared at the Grammys together in January, he dropped the news to her he wanted a divorce. He told her he wanted to be single again ... news that was not received well by her.

We got video of Logic boarding a private jet with another woman shortly after he told Jessica he wanted out.

Our sources say the couple had a prenup, so there weren't many assets to split.

Logic and Jessica had no children.

Originally Published -- 9/17/18 7:12 AM PDT 

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