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The Weeknd

Viral Music Video Shoot ...

NOT Busted by Cops

8/28/2015 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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That viral vid of LAPD officers brutally shutting down The Weeknd's music video shoot Thursday night in downtown LA is nothing more than a wicked game ... of promotion.

The LAPD tells TMZ ... the video going around on social media is 100% staged.

The clip shows several cops ripping through The Weeknd's set with nightsticks, demanding permits, and shutting down all video recording.

We also know the guy who posted the clip is actually Weeknd's creative director -- and since his new album drops today ... it's a little too perfect.

The beauty behind the madness here -- pure guerrilla marketing. 

Chris Brown

Now Two-Faced

8/25/2015 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Chris Brown got himself a fresh new haircut ... to clear a path for what looks like a Greek goddess. Some people in the office think it's Venus de Milo. Others are wondering who Venus de Milo is.

Chris clowned with his pals and worked on a song while the artist, King Rico, inked him up.

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AshleyMadison.com

Hackers Blow Cover On 32M Cheaters

8/19/2015 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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32 million people are looking for a good alibi today after hackers released the names of registered users to extramarital affairs website AshleyMadison.com

Hackers, who call themselves The Impact Team, posted the names on the dark web, which is only accessible through a specific browser.

The Internet renegades stole the info from the website about a month ago and gave an ultimatum to its owners ... take the website, and its sister site, Established Men, down or they'll blow everyone's cover. 

The Ashley Madison site is still up and running. 

In addition to names, credit card info and account details -- presumably the trail of hookups -- was also leaked. 

Tinder never looked so good. 

'Empire' Star

Tries Cutting Line

Shut Down By Security

8/16/2015 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'Empire' star Bryshere "Yazz" Gray tried pulling the celebrity card big time Saturday night but one security guard just wasn't having it.

We're told Yazz, who plays Hakeem Lyon, was trying to get into Memphis' famous Beale Street ... the only problem? ... He didn't want to stand in line. A witness says there were about 35 people waiting when the actor came out of nowhere and tried going through the street's exit, completely ignoring the line.

Yazz got into it with a security guard before his bodyguard stepped in and took him away.

Luckily for Yazz -- he still left with two hot chicks.

Blac Chyna

Show Me Proof

Tyga Didn't Give Kylie My Hand-Me-Down

8/16/2015 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Blac Chyna got the last laugh in the Mercedes G-Wagon debacle, jumping into her new ride and vaguely casting doubt on what really happened with her vehicular hand-me-down.

Chyna was leaving Playhouse in Hollywood Saturday night, when we asked about our story that Tyga demanded she return the G-Wagon he got her when they were together.  He painted it red and the next thing we knew Kylie Jenner was behind the wheel ... and it sure looked like a re-gift.

Tyga's people insisted he did not give the G-Wagon to Kylie ... she just happened to be driving it to her birthday dinner.

But Chyna now says she wants receipts ... proof.  It unclear what she's really saying, but she looks so good you should watch.

Life On The Line

Man Walks Between Peaks

On A Rope!!!

8/11/2015 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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There is a fine line between being a daredevil and being damn near suicidal and Spencer Seabrooke just walked that line in record breaking fashion. 

On August 2 Spencer broke the world record for the longest solo slackline walk when he went across a gorge almost 1000 feet in the air with no safety line attached. 

Slackline walking is like tightrope walking, but the line is loose and moves around ... because walking across a steady tightrope is too easy, apparently.

Check out the crazy footage that will give you vertigo.  

Ed Sheeran

X Marks the Spot

Of the Worst Tattoo Ever!

8/11/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Don't" is the name of one of Ed Sheeran's most popular songs ... which is what his friends should have told him when he said he was getting a giant lion tattoo on his chest.

Sheeran posted a photo of the new ink and captioned it, "Halfway and ouch."

The other half can't possibly be any worse ... right? 

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Wendy Williams

Model Recovery

After Stage Fall

8/9/2015 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wendy Williams took the name of her concert -- "The Sit Down Tour" -- to heart, when she took a big fall, but recovered like a pro.

Wendy was at The Hobby Center in Houston Saturday night when she apparently tried getting off stage but misjudged the stairs.

The full name of the tour "The Sit Down Tour ... Too Real for Standup."  

Wendy brushed it off, and the show continued.

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Tyga

Happy Birthday Kylie ...

Hope You Like the SUV as Much as Blac Chyna!

8/8/2015 1:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar5:55 P.M. PST -- A source close to the Kardashians tells TMZ, Kylie just happened to be driving the G-Wagon to her birthday dinner Friday night, but it's Tyga's SUV and not a birthday present.  The source acknowledges it's the same G-Wagon Blac Chyna was driving.

update_grey_gray_barKylie Jenner got a spiffy red Mercedes G-Wagon from Tyga Friday, presumably for her 18th birthday. It's a used Mercedes, which is not a problem. The problem is who used it before her -- Blac Chyna!

Turns out Tyga bought the 2013 SUV new and gave it to baby mama and then-GF Blac Chyna. We're told Tyga was the registered owner of the whip, which was black.  Blac Chyna had it re-painted white and then re-re painted pink.

Our sources say recently Tyga told Blac Chyna she had to get a new car and return the G-Wagon, which she did.  We're told Tyga had it painted red, picked it up Friday and Friday night Kylie was behind the wheel.

The telltale sign ... the license number Blac Chyna had is the same as Kylie's.

Can't blame a guy for tryin' ... well ... maybe.

Donald Trump

Booted from Republican Event

Over Megyn Kelly Comment

8/8/2015 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0808-trump-kelly-tmz-getty-01Donald Trump is now persona non grata at a big Republican event tonight, for his comments about Megyn Kelly.

Erick Erickson, who organized the RedState Gathering, says, "I just don't want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal."

The day after the big debate Trump gave his take on Megyn Kelly's questioning ... "There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever."

Trump's campaign is unapologetic, firing back, "This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct.  For all of the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you.  Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader.

Dennis Rodman

Reeks of Booze at Car Wash

Cops Called

8/2/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_grey_gray_barFormer NBA star Dennis Rodman was wasted at a carwash Sunday morning in the O.C. ... at least according to several eyewitnesses, and it was bad enough that the cops were called ... TMZ Sports has learned.

It happened at a Costa Mesa car wash ...  several people came in close contact with him -- including employees -- say he smelled of alcohol and was acting weird.  We're told he walked up to a man and put his hand on his shoulder and said, "Hey white guy."  And they say he walked up to several girls, telling them they were hot and they should check out his boat in Newport.

Cops were called because people were concerned he might get behind the wheel after his car got spiffed up.  We're told the cops informed Rodman he could not drive away, and that's when a woman came up and offered to drive him home.  We're told Dennis obliged.

If Rodman was drinking he caught a break.  Even if it's common sense he drove to the car wash, cops can't arrest for misdemeanor DUI unless they see him behind the wheel.

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Rapper Travis Scott

Arrested for Inciting Crowd at Lollapalooza

8/2/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper Travis Scott got taken down by cops one song into his set at Lollapalooza in Chicago Saturday, after urging the huge crowd to rush the stage.

Scott was super hyped as he took the stage in front of 100,000 people, telling everyone to ignore security and climb over the barricades.

Chicago's finest sprung into action and arrested Scott for disorderly conduct.

Jared Fogle

FBI Reportedly Has Texts

Bragging About Sex With 16-Year-Old

8/1/2015 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jared Fogle reportedly paid $100 to have sex with a 16-year-old girl ... an encounter he called "amazing."

The FBI has subpoenaed text messages between Jared and a Subway employee with whom he was having a sexual relationship, according to Business Insider, which broke the story.

According to the report, in 2008 Jared wanted the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist to have sex with other men so he could watch.  He allegedly said he'd pay $500 per encounter.   Business Insider says the woman responded, "Is this the same website you found that 16-year-old girl that you f*****?  I still can't believe you only paid $100 to her."

The report says Jared responded, "It was amazing!!!"

The woman says she went to Subway to complain, but the company did nothing.

Fogle's attorney did not respond to Business Insider. 

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