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Suge Knight Shooting

Cops Identify Trigger Man

Still Can't Bust Him

10/12/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

101014_suge_knight_shooting_launch_v2Suge Knight is one step closer to getting justice -- cops now believe they know who shot him 6 times on the Sunset strip ... but they still face a major hurdle to closing the case.

Law enforcement sources tell us they've reviewed security cameras and spoken to multiple witnesses of the August shooting at 1Oak, and while they're confident they've identified the suspect responsible for shooting Suge and 2 others -- they still don't have enough evidence to arrest the suspect.

As we told you .... it's been hard for investigators to get witnesses to open up -- par for the course after a Suge-involved shooting -- and that includes Suge.

We're told L.A. County Sheriff's investigators are still looking for that golden witness to come forward so they can make the arrest.

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MTV VMAs

Stagehand Sues

The Award for Best Fall Goes to...

9/5/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0904-mtv-vmas-stage-and-logo-getty-01You couldn't blame a stagehand from the MTV Video Music Awards for having stage fright -- the guy took a painful fall off a red carpet platform ... according to the lawsuit he just filed.

Barry Glenn Bass says he was part of a work crew on the 2012 award show at Staples Center ... when a stage collapsed, causing him to plunge six feet. In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, he says the stage had not been properly supported.

Bass claims he was hurt badly enough that he was unable to work and got saddled with medical bills. The suit doesn't specify his injuries.

He's suing MTV's parent company, Viacom ... and AEG, which owns the venue -- saying they were responsible for the "unsafe" conditions that caused his tumble.

We reached out to MTV and Viacom … So far, no word back.

Suge Knight

I Don't Care Who Shot Me

9/2/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

090214_suge_knight_tmzlive_launchSuge Knight says it doesn't really matter who fired six shots into his body during a pre-VMA party -- because he's not concerned with getting revenge ... or at least that's what he wants you to believe.

Suge called in to TMZ Live Tuesday to talk about his recovery since the the shooting last month, and gushed about everything from his treatment at Cedars-Sinai ... to his new outlook on life after surviving.

As for who shot him -- Suge hints he might have seen the suspect, but quickly states it doesn't really matter because he's focused on other things now.

As TMZ first reported ... Suge dodged conversations with investigators while he was in the hospital. Now that he's recovering at home ... it doesn't sound like Suge's changed that stance.

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6 Bullet Holes & Huge Surgery Scar

The First Photos

9/2/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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suge-knight-bullet-wounds-gallery-launch-template-NEW-01Suge Knight's torso looks like a piece of Swiss cheese -- riddled with 5 bullet holes, plus another in his arm -- and these photos of the damage make you wonder how in the world he survived.

In the pics, obtained by TMZ, some of Suge's wounds are still packed with gauze ... after the shooting nine days ago at a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown.

You can also see the massive scar down the middle of his gut-- sources tell us doctors had to slice his torso open to make sure the bullets did not hit any major organs. Amazingly, they did not.

One crazy detail -- the bullet hole in Suge's arm is inches away from his ink honoring Tupac. One cool detail -- docs stapled him up so well, his tatt of a vintage whip almost looks untouched.

Thug life.

Kim Kardashian

Keep Rita Ora Away From Me!

9/1/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian Rita Ora VMAsKim Kardashian gave Rita Ora the cold shoulder at the VMAs last Sunday -- refusing to sit near her -- and sources close to the family say it's because Kim blames her for screwing with Rob Kardashian's head.

We're told Kim arrived at the awards show and discovered her seat was just a couple away from Ora's. Not wanting any drama ... she asked producers to find her a different seat. We're told she wasn't a diva, she just didn't want to have to be social with Rita.

0829-rita-ora-chair-TWITTER-01Sources close to the Kardashians tell us the family still blames Ora for some of Rob's issues ... since his ugly breakup with her in 2012.  

VMA producers had to scramble, but ultimately they found a seat for Kim ... with Kendall and Kylie.

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Suge Knight

Released From Hospital ...

Nursing Wounds at Home

8/27/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Suge Knight left an L.A. hospital early Wednesday ... just 3 days after taking SIX gunshots to the gut at a pre-VMA party -- and he's healing amazingly well.

Suge's rep tells TMZ ... the music mogul left Cedars-Sinai around 6 AM, and doctors say he won't need any rehab -- just a few follow up visits.

As we previously reported ... Suge got blasted Saturday night at 1Oak nightclub at a Chris Brown hosted event -- but he's refusing to cooperate with the police investigation.

We're told Suge is already back on a regular diet, and if he keeps his bandages clean ... he'll be good to go.

Only Suge makes getting shot look like it's no big deal.

Suge's College FB Coach

He Wasn't Gangsta At UNLV

8/27/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826_Wayne-Nunnely_suge-knight-getty-tmzSuge Knight hasn't always been the hardest man in the world -- we didn't say that by the way -- his college football coach Wayne Nunnely did ... telling TMZ Sports Knight was the total "opposite" of a thug at UNLV.

FYI -- Knight was a defensive end for the Running Rebels in 1985 and '86 -- and Coach Nunnely (the man in charge at the time) tells us the Suge he knew was less gangsta and more good guy.

"Imagine the total opposite of the guy you know now, that was Suge."

Nunnely, who went on to coach in the pros as an assistant with the Saints, Chargers and Broncos says Knight changed his image in a BIG WAY after he left Las Vegas.

"Helluva player, one of the most respectful, hard working guys I ever had. One of our leaders, I don't know what happened when he put his pads down."

Suge, who's refused to work with law enforcement in identifying the individual who shot him SIX times this past weekend, definitely has the support of his former coach in his recovery

"Hopefully he makes it back, I'm praying for him."

Might wanna throw a prayer out there for whoever shot him too. We're just sayin' ...

Suge Knight

I Ain't No Snitch

Not Talking to Cops

8/26/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Suge Knight is NOT talking to cops about the 6 bullets that penetrated his body ... refusing to drop a dime on anyone.

Sources close to Suge tell us ... the wounded mogul is fully conscious, although on several occasions police were turned away on false info -- that he was supposedly sedated.

But during one visit cops were actually allowed to see Suge. A source tells us when they asked about the shooting ... Suge acted disoriented, asking, "I was shot?"

We're also told witness cooperation has been minimal. If no one steps forward it will be tough to identify who pulled the trigger ... even though the gunman is on surveillance video at 1Oak.

Katt Williams

Suge Was Not the Target

In Pre-VMA Shooting

8/26/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Katt Williams says he was with Suge Knight when he was shot at the pre-VMA party ... and the comedian maintains Suge was trying to protect someone else when the bullets started flying. 

Our photog spotted Katt out in Malibu Monday, where he broke down the shooting of his friend Suge, like this: 

-- Suge was not the intended victim and he was merely trying to save someone else ... possibly Chris Brown?
-- Suge's shooting was NOT gang-related because ... has there ever been a gang-related shooting where the other side didn't shoot back?

As for who pulled the trigger, Katt uncorked a rant about "nobody" shooting Suge ... theorizing the shooter might never be caught just like MLK Jr. and Malcolm X's assassins -- which makes zero sense since their killers were tried and convicted. 

That aside, watch the clip ... Katt makes more solid points than not.

Katy Perry

Parading Around with Riff Raff

The Ultimate Dark Horse

8/26/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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No one believed Riff Raff when he told us he was hooking up with Katy Perry -- but when they showed up at the VMAs together … in matching outfits … we started to reconsider.

And then we came to our senses and realized there's NO WAY this could possibly be more than a publicity stunt!!! Right? 
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VMA Party Gunman

Caught on Tape

But No One's Talkin'

8/25/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

082514_vma_shooting_launch_v2The man who shot Suge Knight and 2 others at a pre-VMA party early Sunday is on tape clear as Knight -- problem is ... so far the eyewitnesses are clamming up.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 1Oak has a sophisticated surveillance system that covers almost the entire club, and at least one of the cameras clearly shows the gunman firing the shots. We're told the shooter's facial features are clear enough to make out.

As TMZ first reported ... cops are zeroing in on gang rivalry as a motive. Suge and Chris Brown -- who were inside the club -- make no secret of their Bloods affiliation. The Game -- who was denied entry -- also wears his Bloods affiliation on his sleeve.

We're told none of the witnesses want to be the person who fingers the gunman -- for obvious reasons.

We're told cops still have others to interview -- including Suge, who is currently sedated.

If all else fails, authorities may release the video so someone in the public can come forward -- almost certainly anonymously.

Nicki Minaj

BS No Time to Zip

Wardrobe Malfunction STAGED

8/25/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Nicki Minaj CLAIMS her dress was unzipped during her performance at the VMAs because she didn't have enough time to get ready ... but that's BS -- she pulled the same stunt during rehearsals.

Eyewitnesses who watched Nicki's rehearsal Sunday morning tell TMZ ... she walked on stage wearing the same dress -- unzipped. One eyewitness says it caught her eye because she initially thought Nicki had come out in a robe.

We're told Nicki was wrapping her arms around the dress in a "weird" sort of way ... trying to manipulate it to see how much would be exposed.

And we're told ... the VMAs created a make-shift dressing room right off stage -- draped with black sheets -- so she would have enough time to change.

Whatever, it worked ... everyone's talking about it.

Nicki Minaj

I Missed My Snake

During VMA Performance

8/25/2014 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

082514_nicki_minaj_launchNicki Minaj delivered a killer performance Sunday night at the VMAs, but she says it would have been better if she'd had a live snake on stage with her as planned ... ya know, before it bit someone.

TMZ broke the story ... a 6-foot long Anaconda bit a dancer during Nicki's run-through of "Anaconda."  She had the snake with her at the Forum Sunday, but MTV opted against using it.

When our photog spotted Nicki leaving Republic Records' VMA party at Project nightclub after the show ... she said the bit dancer was actually up on stage with her. She seems upset her snake wasn't there too.

Bet that dancer isn't.

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