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Jermell Charlo Vows to Sue Gym Over Alleged Racial Incident

4/21/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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Boxing champ Jermell Charlo is convinced he was banned from working out at a fancy NYC gym because he's black -- and now he's threatening to sue the hell out of them. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Charlo who's still VERY pissed over what went down at Life Time Athletic Fitness in Manhattan on Thursday night ... when he and his crew were told they would NOT be allowed inside. 

Charlo says they showed up to work out with his brother, boxing star Jermall Charlo -- who was already inside the building -- but the gym staff refused to let the crew purchase a day pass. 

Charlo claims his crew was falsely accused of smelling like weed. He believes the real reason they were turned away is because he's "a black man."

Cops were called to the gym but no arrests were made. 

Jermell says he doesn't want an apology -- he wants revenge in court -- because he wants the whole world to see what happened to him. 

As for the gym, a rep denies Charlo was racially profiled but apologized for the "misunderstanding concerning our guest policy."

NY Gym Apologizes to Jermell Charlo Insists They're Not Racist

4/20/2018 2:30 PM PDT
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Jermell Charlo has gotten an apology from the upscale NY gym he was kicked out of on Thursday night -- but the gym insists he was NOT racially profiled. 

As we previously reported, Charlo -- a world champion boxer -- was turned away from Life Time Athletic in Manhattan. He claims front desk told him that his crew smelled like weed and they wouldn't be allowed inside. Charlo denied the weed allegations and said it all came down to race. 

Now, a rep for Life Time tells TMZ Sports, "Upon our immediate review of the matter, this is not an issue of discrimination, as has been alleged."

"In fact, on both April 18 and 19, Life Time extended guest access to Mr. Jermall Charlo and Mr. Jermell Charlo, along with their group. As this matter escalated, staff felt unsafe given an ensuing verbal altercation."

"To be clear, we apologize for what appears to be a misunderstanding concerning our guest policy. Ultimately, we always welcome all individuals and the opportunity to serve them in a safe and respectful manner."

For his part, Jermell is not buying Life Time's explanation and told us,"I'm a black man and they didn't let me in."

Safaree Samuels Run (from) the Jewels ... Post-Armed Robbery

4/19/2018 7:02 AM PDT
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Safaree Samuels is steering clear of any bling that could possibly get him caught up at gunpoint again -- he'll just stick to some window shopping for now.

We got the 'Love & Hip Hop' star Wednesday leaving the Avianne & Co. jewelry shop in NYC, and asked if he'd picked up any ice. He makes it clear -- his chain game is on hold for now.

Can't blame him ... he was recently robbed at gunpoint in New Jersey, during which the alleged perpetrators jacked upwards of $180k in cash and jewelry. Turns out, the rapper knows one of the dudes arrested for the crime ... from back when he was dating Nicki Minaj.

All things considered ... Safaree might be better served laying low on swag. However, he is still rockin' fur coats -- the one thing the robbers left untouched. He tells us why that might be. 

Stormy Daniels About the Suspect Sketch ... I Might Be Banging That Dude!

4/18/2018 7:00 AM PDT
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There's a good reason Stormy Daniels nailed the description of the man she says threatened her way back in 2011 ... 'cause he looks exactly like the guy sleeping next to her!

Look, we're not saying Stormy's husband, Brendon Miller, IS the guy who warned her to back off Trump -- we're just saying she might have gotten a little confused while talking to the sketch artist. 

Fact is, the suspect sketch IS a dead ringer for Brendon ... the porn actor who married Stormy in 2010, mind you. So, he was on the scene when the alleged threat went down in Las Vegas.

Naturally, Stormy's archenemy, Prez Trump ain't buying anything about the sketch. 

Anyway, looks like Tom Brady's got company if cops ever do a lineup. 

'Spy Kids: Mission Critical' Star I Voice a Black Character But It's All Good, I'm Super Urban!

4/18/2018 7:01 AM PDT
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One of the stars of Netflix's new animated 'Spy Kids' show says it's fine that he's a white dude voicing a black character ... in part because he's lived in motels and raps a lot.

We got Travis Turner Tuesday night at Craig's in WeHo and asked if he was worried about backlash from the African-American community over him playing a black character named PSI in "Spy Kids: Mission Critical," which officially debuts this Friday. 

HELL TO THE NO, DAWG ... is pretty much Travis' response here, as he explains how he grew up "urban" by living in motels -- plus he says he makes music with black artists, including Snoop, apparently ... and even sponsors black kids. So it's all good, according to him. 

Travis goes on to blame social media for so much division when it comes to race ... and then gives us a taste of his rapping and voice from the show. Brace yourselves.

Jared Leto Draws Massive Crowd in Paris Mad Louvres for 30STM

4/17/2018 6:53 AM PDT

Jared Leto is now officially a living, breathing snowball effect -- and don't try questioning it ... just watch how fast he can drum up an army of fans by simply walking.

The Oscar winner and frontman for Thirty Seconds to Mars was minding his own business Monday, heading to the Louvre in Paris with bandmate Tomo Milicevic. A few folks recognized them at first and followed along ... then some more ... and even more.

The spontaneous groupie love didn't go unnoticed. Jared stopped mid-route and put on a little show for everyone -- and they seemed pretty ready to jam. Eventually, Jared and his new posse got to their destination ... but were turned away at the last minute.

Rollin' too deep, Jared. Way. Too. Deep.

Stormy Daniels Cohen's Nothing But 'Trump's Fixer' ... And He's Radioactive

4/16/2018 2:46 PM PDT
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President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, walked away from court Monday with a slight W -- but he couldn't escape Stormy Daniels and her team's wrath afterward.

Stormy and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, blasted Cohen after the New York court hearing over the docs the FBI seized from Cohen's office. Stormy said Cohen has acted like he's "above the law," and Avenatti called him "radioactive."

Avenatti says anyone who interacted with Cohen over the last 20 to 30 years should be worried their secrets might be revealed ... referring to Monday's revelation Sean Hannity was Cohen's secret 3rd client.

As for what happened in court, a judge effectively delayed the feds' case against Cohen, saying they had to provide him copies of everything seized in their raid ... in order to sort out what may be privileged or not.

Casey Anthony Solo Drinkin' at Irish Pub ... Chats Up Local Barflies!

4/16/2018 11:40 AM PDT
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If you've never heard the one about Casey Anthony walking into a bar by herself, buckle up ... 'cause it's a real knee-slapper.

Casey was drinking for one on Sunday at O'Shea's Irish Pub in West Palm Beach, FL right around happy hour time ... and oh, what a happy time she was having with the regulars.

In video obtained by TMZ, you see Casey trying to have a convo with a few dudes there -- we say trying, 'cause it mostly sounded like drunken gibberish ... with an Irish twist. Either way, it's clear Casey enjoyed herself for the hour or so she was there, even solo.

Unclear exactly what she was drinking, but it looks like a light brew to us -- maybe a Stella. 

As we've reported, Casey's been living the good life in the years since she was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, back in 2011 ... mulling over having more kids, babysitting, and hitting up happy hour in the Sunshine State.

Just another day in the life of World's Best Mom. 

Rachel Platten Turns National Anthem Into National Disaster

4/16/2018 10:43 AM PDT
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Hey Fergie, you're off the hook ... 

Pop star Rachel Platten -- the chick who sang "Fight Song" -- botched the National Anthem in a SPECTACULAR way at an NWSL soccer game over the weekend ... and it's hard to watch. 

Platten has performed the song on big stages before -- even singing it at the World Series! 

But when she grabbed the mic in Salt Lake City on Saturday before the Chicago Red Stars took on the Utah Royals ... it was amateur hour. 

It started bad ... "Oh say can you see, by the STARS early light."

It got worse ... she had to restart twice and even asked for someone to give her the lyrics. The crowd tried to join in and help her along, but the lyric blowing must have been contagious, because they were messing up too! 

She eventually recovered and finished ... but good lord. 

Meek Mill D.A. Moves to Get Him Outta Jail NOW ... Judge Shuts It Down!!!

4/16/2018 7:53 AM PDT
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Prosecutors in Meek Mill's case want his original drug conviction to be vacated, which would mean immediate freedom for the rapper -- but, once again, the judge is refusing to bend.

Philly's D.A. Office made a rare move Monday morning in court ... asking Judge Genece Brinkley to toss the 2008 conviction because it says prosecutors back then were fully aware Meek's arresting officer, Reginald Graham, was dirty -- but sat on the info.

If the conviction were tossed, that would mean Meek's probation violation would go out the window, too -- and he would be released from the Pennsylvania prison where he's serving 2-4 years. However, Judge Brinkley did not sign off, and, instead, scheduled a hearing on the matter for June. That means Meek has to sit in prison until then ... at least.

Meek's supporters outside the courthouse erupted in joy at news of the D.A.'s request ... thinking he'd be released.

For whatever reason, Judge Brinkley's standing her ground.

The D.A.'s Office tells TMZ ... its position on Meek's conviction "was taken due to serious issues regarding the credibility of the arresting officer in the case, Officer Reginald Graham. These issues, which only recently became public, have implications for dozens of cases where Graham was the arresting officer." Prosecutors reiterated their belief Meek should be released on bail while his appeals are considered.

Meek's son and mother were also at the protest outside the courthouse, spreading the love for Meek and helping rally the supporters.

Viola Davis' Hubby on Break-In Those Prowlers Got Lucky Our House is Locked ... & Loaded?

4/15/2018 3:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Viola Davis' husband says they've made necessary adjustments after their home was almost broken into last month, but it sounds like he was already prepared to defend his family. 

We got Julius Tennon Saturday at LAX, and asked about a recent attempted break-in at his and Viola's home ... during which they were home and fast asleep in their bedroom.

Julius says he was able to scare off the prowlers with his "Lion King" voice, and that he and V got rid of the ladder the dudes used to climb up to their second-floor balcony.

Then he drops an ominous warning for anyone considering to pull something like that again ... DON'T, 'cause he's got something more lethal than his voice. Guns, perhaps? You tell us.

OKC Thunder Suspend Announcer For 'Cotton-Picking' Comment

4/13/2018 11:43 AM PDT
Breaking News

The OKC Thunder commentator who said Russell Westbrook was "out of his cotton-picking mind" is being punished for his terrible choice of words ... the team just announced.

Brian Davis, the play-by-play guy for Fox Sports Oklahoma, has been suspended for Game 1 of the Thunder-Jazz playoff series ... after making the racially insensitive call in OKC's regular-season finale.

Davis maintains he didn't mean to offend anyone -- but says he's cool with the suspension 'cause it was a pretty stupid thing to say.

“It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday’s broadcast. While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation."

"I offer my sincere apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgement, such mistakes come with consequences. This is an appropriate consequence for my actions.”

Sarah Silverman Real Reason Trump's Pissed About 'Golden Showers' ...

4/13/2018 8:03 AM PDT

Sarah Silverman has her own theory on why she thinks President Trump is so worried about the golden showers dossier referenced in James Comey's new book ... and it's got nothing to do with Melania.

We got Sarah leaving Craig's Thursday night in WeHo and straight-up asked her why she thinks 45 was so upset over the so-called Christopher Steele dossier, which claims Trump watched prostitutes urinate on a hotel mattress "as a way of soiling the bed."

Comey wrote in his book claiming Trump ranted to him "if there's even a one percent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's terrible." Silverman thinks Trump was trying to cover up, but not because of Melania. Nyet! 

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