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Ashanti to Concert Fans Stop Throwing Money 'I'm Not a F****** Stripper!'

11/19/2017 11:41 AM PST

Don't ever mistake Ashanti for a stripper, 'cause she'll stop her show and call you the hell out ... as a group of her fans quickly learned this weekend.

Ashanti and Ja Rule performed Saturday at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, where the singer stopped her part of the show mid-song to blast some concert-goers who were tossing cash at her while she did a choreographed lap dance as part of her routine. 

As you can see ... she quickly shut that down by reminding 'em she's not a "f****** stripper." 

Turns out, the folks making it rain were actually employees of a nearby strip club called Ballarrinas -- and the owner didn't take too kindly to Ashanti's outburst.

In an IG post, the owner -- Dyamin Thomas -- said ... "WAIT Ashanti ain’t that you in your background video throwing money ? And aren’t you giving a lap dance ? Lmfao .. she ain’t say nothing to me but you gonna pick on the small white boy lol my Dj ? Damn."

Meanwhile, Ja seemed more than happy about the extra dough lying around onstage. Not as happy as his DJ, though.

U.S. Navy Yup, That's a Dong in the Sky. Our Bad!!!

11/17/2017 8:30 AM PST

Look, up in the sky! That's definitely not a bird or a plane ... it's a giant freakin' penis.

That's right, the U.S. Navy is taking time out of, y'know ... defending the nation, to issue an apology for one seriously cocky pilot. The giant dong popped up Thursday in the sky over Washington State.

The Maverick-wannabe who pulled the stunt hails from the Whidbey Island naval station ... which prompted his superiors to say, "We find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable."

Get that? IF there was "training value" in it, we'd be seeing twigs and berries all over the sky. 

Aim high!!!

Daz Dillinger Lil Peep Is a Warning ... Rx Pills Are Epidemic in Rap!!!

11/17/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Daz Dillinger says Lil Peep's death should set off alarms -- prescription pill addiction isn't just a problem in hip-hop, it's part of the culture.

We got Tha Dogg Pound legend at LAX Thursday, and he reacted to emo rapper Lil Peep dying of what police suspect is an overdose. Daz says this needs to be the moment when artists quit glorifying pill popping, as Peep often did with Xanax and other meds.

While DD famously rapped back in the day about marijuana, especially on The Chronic, he says the danger is way higher today. 

Strange to hear Daz talk about rappers as role models -- but that's what he thinks it's gonna take to reverse the deadly opiod epidemic among young people.

Gigi Hadid Out of VS Fashion Show in China ... 'Won't Be Able to Make It'

11/16/2017 11:57 AM PST

Gigi Hadid will NOT be walking the runway for Victoria's Secret in China -- despite saying she would this summer -- and folks think it's got something to do with her mocking Asians.

Gigi announced Thursday she "won't be able to make it to China this year," adding she'd be there in spirit with her VS family, and couldn't "wait for next year!"

The model didn't elaborate as to why she was bailing, but people online couldn't help but point to the backlash she caught earlier this year when she imitated a Buddha face online ... which many people called racist and insensitive.

Again, Gigi hasn't explained the reason behind her cancellation ... but either way, it looks like she's walking this one all the way back ... not on the runway, though.

Quick side note ... it appears her sister, Bella, is still planning to appear in Shanghai.

Harvey Weinstein Undercover Drinks Gets 'Starr' Treatment

11/16/2017 11:24 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Weinstein's camp tells us the women came to the meeting to deliver info about an anger management program they're urging him to enter. We're told the trio was waiting to meet with Weinstein's rehab sponsor.Here's Harvey Weinstein -- or maybe a Blues Brother, or a long-lost member of Run DMC -- wining and dining 2 blondes in the desert. 

TMZ obtained the photo, taken last Saturday night at a restaurant in Carefree, AZ ... just outside Phoenix. A witness says Weinstein was at the table waiting for the ladies when they arrived, and he'd pre-ordered 2 glasses of white wine for them. He drank what appeared to be water.

The women appeared captivated by Weinstein's conversation -- but we're told both of them arrived with small portfolios, and it seemed more business-like. They all left together, exiting off the patio instead of walking through the restaurant.

The leather jacket, fedora and shades are, arguably, an upgrade over the wigged out getup he was rocking earlier this month at a different Phoenix-area eatery.

Best of all, we're told he signed his tab with the alias "Nick Starr." You can take the guy outta Hollywood, but ya can't ... 

Sen. Al Franken Facing Calls for Ethics Review Leeann Tweeden Claims Harassment

11/16/2017 9:19 AM PST

10:54 AM PT -- Leeann says she accepts Franken's apology. 

Sen. Al Franken may face an Ethics Committee review in the wake of claims he groped and sexually harassed radio host and former model Leeann Tweeden.

Tweeden released a 2006 photo of Franken -- who was not then elected -- groping, or at least pretending to grope her as she slept during a USO trip they both made. Tweeden says Franken, an 'SNL' vet and comedian at the time, had written a skit for their USO show in the Middle East, which required him to kiss her.

She claims during rehearsals he repeatedly tried to kiss her even though she told him it was not necessary. As she put it, "Relax Al, this isn't SNL ... we don't need to rehearse the kiss." She claims he persisted and eventually put his hand on the back of her head, and jammed his tongue in her mouth.

She says the alleged groping photo was taken on the plane ride home, after the 2-week tour, and as she slept.

Franken released a lengthy statement, apologizing directly to Tweeden. He also said, "I respect women. I don't respect men who don't. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't satisfied with the apology, and says, "As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter."

UFC's Fabricio Werdum Boomerang Attack on Rising Star ... After Alleged Slur

11/16/2017 7:20 AM PST
Breaking News

UFC star Fabricio Werdum attacked another UFC fighter with a boomerang in Australia. 

Seriously -- we're not making this up.

It all went down at the UFC fighters' hotel in Sydney ... when rising welterweight star Colby Covington allegedly called Werdum a "filthy Brazilian" in the lobby.

FYI, Covington hurled a similar insult at a Brazilian crowd after his last fight in Sao Paulo ... and Fabricio's one of the UFC's biggest Brazilian stars.

So, Werdum did what any angry Australian tourist would do -- he took it outside and UNCORKED HIS DAMN BOOMERANG!!!

Later on, Covington recorded himself going on a racist and homophobic rant against the former heavyweight champ ... where he claimed Fabricio also punched him in the face.

"Look at you, f**king f**got," Colby said. "F**k Brazil. F**k Fabricio Werdum ... and they wonder why they get talked to like that -- 'cause they’re a bunch of animals."

But Werdum says he didn't punch Covington ... claiming Colby got physical first by throwing a kick.

The UFC released a statement saying they'll investigate the incident. Covington told MMA Fighting he plans on pressing charges.

'Pulp Fiction' Producer It's Okay to Admire Weinstein's Art Even Though He Sucks!!!

11/16/2017 8:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein's one bad hombre, but the things he's accused of doing shouldn't tarnish the brilliant work his company accomplished ... so says "Pulp Fiction" producer Lawrence Bender.

We got the renowned producer leaving The Highlight Room in Hollywood Wednesday night, and asked him if it's awkward to see his cult classic with the Miramax logo all over it. Remember, Weinstein's former company distributed 'Pulp' and it's one of the films that made the company a Hollywood juggernaut.

As Lawrence sees it -- ya gotta be able to compartmentalize when it comes to Weinstein the man, and Weinstein the producer.

Good luck with that.

Justin Bieber God's Rules of the Road Count to 18 and Then Flip a B****

11/16/2017 6:48 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber must've felt holier than thou hugging it out with his pastor for 18 seconds ... but it didn't last, 'cause he became a sinful L.A. driver soon after.

We got Bieber leaving a church service at the Saban Theatre in Bev Hills Wednesday, where he gave one of his pastors, Judah Smith, a big bro hug on the way out. And by big, we actually mean long as hell ... like 18 seconds long ... ALLIGATOR seconds at that.

Seems like Justin got a lot out of the embrace, but whatever Godliness he felt quickly faded as he drove off ... 'cause the Biebs did a super illegal U-turn getting outta there.

Remember, Justin: WWJD? Walk ... probably.

R. Kelly Fan's Family Your Apology SUCKED ... We're Suing You!!!

11/15/2017 11:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly royally screwed up his apology for making fun of an autistic fan and that's why the family's planning to sue his rude ass.

TMZ broke the story ... Kelly bullied 27-year-old Lenny Felix into singing "I Believe I Can Fly" and then mocked him endlessly after a chance encounter outside a Hollywood nightclub. Kelly's since taken down the video in which he ridicules Lenny and replaced it with an apology video.

But the family's spokesman, Lenny's uncle Scott Lettieri, tells TMZ ... the apology was insulting because Kelly "would not take responsibility for disrespecting and getting a laugh at the expense of a sensitive young man who suffers from autism."

Lettieri went on to say Kelly used "Trumpian rationalization for shaming and bullying a sweet autistic young man ... [and] we feel there is no recourse but to pursue legal action."

We've reached out to Kelly, he had no comment.

76ers' Ben Simmons Hits L.A. Nightclub ... Before Lakers Game

11/15/2017 8:54 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Here's Ben Simmons trying to level the playing field for the Lakers -- hitting a Hollywood nightclub hours before taking the court at Staples ... and TMZ Sports has video.

The 21-year-old 76ers superstar had dined at Catch LA restaurant late Tuesday evening and left around 1:10 AM on Wednesday morning. He ended up at 1 Oak ... one of the top nightclubs in L.A.

Here's the deal ... Philadelphia takes on the Lakers at 7:30 PM on Wednesday -- so, nightclubbing the morning of the game could be a tricky situation.

But Philly's on fire right now ... playing out of their minds (just ask the Clippers) -- and maybe Ben thinks nothing in L.A. can stop him, not even L.A. thots.

This has happened before ... the Milwaukee Bucks partied at an L.A. strip club before playing the Lakers in 2015 ... but L.A was much more terrible back then. Oh, and Milwaukee lost that game.

Good luck, Ben ... 

XXXTentacion Sorry, Migos ... Turns Out You Didn't Jump Me!

11/15/2017 8:46 AM PST

XXXTentacion posted surveillance video of the alleged Migos jumping, and immediately had to apologize to them ... 'cause it turns out it wasn't them who attacked him.

X posted the security footage Tuesday, as well as a pic of the 2 guys who actually appeared to jump him. Neither of the guys are Migos members. 

As we reported, X initially thought one of the attackers was Takeoff, and blasted him on social media. He also posted a pic of Offset's fiancee, Cardi B.

For the record, the 2 alleged assailants were rockin' "Migo Gang" pendants -- but it's unclear if they have any real connection with the rappers.

X said to Takeoff, in an IG comment, ''From the Bottom of my heart I apologize to you, you only caught in the cross fire of your blood line, blessings."

Kodak Black Concert Sacked After Fan Goes Whack!!!

11/15/2017 7:29 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kodak Black's concert came to a screeching halt after a drunken fan scaled a scaffold before trying to run away and getting his ass arrested.

The rapper was performing Tuesday night at College Street Music Hall in Connecticut when about an hour into the show the fan began his ascent. TMZ obtained video of the pandemonium ... showing the fan dancing on a platform while someone in Kodak's crew tries to go after him.

Check it out ... fans got pissed that the concert came to a grinding halt ... you even see someone in Kodak's crew chuck water bottles at the fan.

Law enforcement tells us the fan tried to escape out a back door but cops got to him and arrested him for breach of peace.

He was given a summons and told to scram.

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