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Offset's Crew Cops Know Who Assaulted Autograph Hound ... All Because of a Stolen Chain!!!

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The 3 men who beat the crap out of an aggressive Cardi B autograph seeker have been ID'd by cops and TMZ's learned they're now persons of interest.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the guys are in Offset's crew, but when cops called neither the rapper nor his famous -- and very preggo -- fiancée were cooperating. Investigators had their luck quickly turn ... and it had everything to do with Offset's chain getting stolen from his hotel room.

We're told investigators in that case wanted a list of names of authorized people coming in and out of the Migos rapper's room. When they got that list, investigators handed it to cops handling the assault case. Those cops ran background checks on the suspects, checked surveillance and cross-checked the names on social media.

Sources tell us cops struck gold and found images that matched the same gear they were wearing in the assault captured on camera. We're told the 3 men are currently in Georgia. They're not officially suspects  ... at least not yet.

As we first reported ... the autograph seeker has sued Cardi B and Offset alleging their hired muscle is responsible for the attack.

We reached out to an NYPD spokesperson who had no comment.

'Let's Make A Deal' Friend-Zone Couple Wayne Brady, It's Your Fault We're Not Banging Yet Mexico Trip Is Still A Go

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The dude who got epically friend-zoned on "Let's Make A Deal" is blaming it all on the game show's host, Wayne Brady.

We got Steve Heiss and his "gal pal," Jessie Rabideau, out in L.A. Friday where Jessie tried to play off her cringeworthy on-air diss on being starstruck by Brady. For anyone who missed it ... it was brutal. Steve said the two were dating and Jessie denied him HARD, shouting, "I'm single" repeatedly.

Steve says Brady didn't help his cause when he told one of our photogs later Steve should've locked down their relationship status beforehand.

They're still planning on taking the free trip to Mexico that they won on the show, and Jessie even said she'd be down to share a king-size bed with Steve, but just watching Jessie in this video ... girl is sending mixed signals.

Earth to Steve ... maybe it's time to move on.

A.I. Pioneer Mark Palatucci Elon Musk's Fears are Unfounded ... Robots are Chill

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Elon Musk's fears of an artificial intelligence uprising are pretty ludicrous -- at least for the time being ... so says a man who specializes in the industry.

Anki co-founder Mark Palatucci -- who's also head of the A.I. company's Cloud A.I. and Data Science -- tells TMZ ... we are far, far away from robots posing any sort of threat to humanity, and to believe otherwise is to believe in sci-fi.

Mark points out ... robots are just computer programs -- made by humans -- so the idea of them spontaneously having minds of their own is simply fantasy. He tells us ... "A.I. is harder than rocket science -- that's why we've been to the moon but we don't have a robot that can take out the trash."

We do, however, have a robot that can run and jump ...

Regardless, Mark says he agrees with Musk about one thing -- A.I. needs to be regulated to ensure safety ... specifically when it comes to technology like self-driving cars.

He also makes it clear he's an Elon fan despite their differing A.I. opinions ... his car order proves it.

Taylor Swift 'September' Cover was 'Lethargic' ... Says EW&F Co-Writer

5/20/2018 4:26 PM PDT

Taylor Swift's cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's classic hit "September" was about as exciting as a drunk and sedated turtle napping ... so says one of the co-writers of the song.

Allee Willis, who co-wrote "September" with EW&F's Maurice White and Al McKay, shared her thoughts on Taylor's rendition Friday during a show in Detroit. 

Here's what she reportedly said, in part -- it's pretty brutal ... "I didn't really think she did a horrible job. Yes, I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn't kill anybody." OUCHHH!!!!!

The criticism went on ... "She didn't run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history."

Taylor released her acoustic version of "September" last month on Spotify. She caught a lot of backlash for turning the funky song into a country snoozer. The band's very own lead singer, Philip Bailey, praised Taylor's take, but clearly Willis disagreed.

She finished her thoughts with this message to Taylor ... "I'm honored you'd choose to do my song and that it meant enough to you that you wanted to personalize it to the goddamn 28th night of September, that you wanted to cover it with banjo."

Do you remember // That time Taylor Swift pissed off someone who helped write "September?" Hell yes we do.

Teairra Mari's Ex I Didn't Leak Sex Tape ... A Chick Did!!!

5/19/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Teairra Mari's ex-boyfriend, Akbar Abdul-Ahad, says she's pointing her finger at the wrong guy when it comes to who leaked her sex tape ... because it's not a guy at all ... it's a woman.

Akbar is being accused of hacking into Teairra's Instagram account and posting the XXX video, from which 50 Cent then grabbed a screenshot and shared with his 18 million followers. Teairra's lawyered up and is suing, claiming it's revenge porn.

But, when we spoke with Akbar he claimed he knows the culprit, a female, but wasn't naming names. He says Teairra's putting on an act because that's what she does by trade, plus he claims they were hanging out as early as last week, days before her lawsuit was filed.

Akbar says he plans to countersue for defamation of character since he was savagely attacked at a press conference.

Racist Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg Serenaded in Spanish By Street Protesters

5/18/2018 5:34 PM PDT
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Aaron Schlossberg -- the Manhattan lawyer who went viral for his anti-Latino rant at a sandwich shop -- hasn't been getting much peace and quiet since then ... even at his own apartment.

A group of protesters gathered on the street outside Schlossberg's building Friday and jeered him with signs, chants of "Si Se Puede" (Yes We Can), and Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina."

We're told the owner of nearby restaurant Jade Sixty is the guy who supplied the crowd with Chinese tacos. Other business owners in the area are joining in too -- including the bar American Whiskey, which is offering free tequila shots and blaring tunes in Spanish all night.

It's been a bad week for Schlossberg since the video of him berating Fresh Kitchen employees for speaking Spanish and threatening to call ICE on them went viral. His law firm's Yelp page got spammed with 1-star reviews, his office lease was terminated ... and now this.

Too bad, hombre.

YouTube Star Nicole Arbour I'm Sorry, Childish Gambino For Appropriating 'This is America'

5/18/2018 6:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

YouTube star Nicole Arbour finally realizes her timing was total crap when she released her version of "This Is America" ... and she's apologizing to Donald Glover -- aka Childish Gambino.

We got Nicole at The Laugh Factory on Thursday in WeHo where our guy straight-up asked her how she's dealing with the allegation she whitewashed Gambino's music video with her "This Is America: Women's Edit" version.

ICYMI ... Nicole posted this video last week, equating the women's struggle with racism and gun violence black America faces. The backlash was swift ... with one person tweeting her, "Yep. This is America alright. Black person creates then it's appropriated."

Another person tweeted, "Nicole Arbour's 'This Is America' parody is proof white people think black pain & oppression is funny. They're constantly joking about things they dont experience because they lack empathy. They laugh at our pain & deny our oppression, while stealin our culture for money. #Evil."

Making matters worse ... Nicole released a statement earlier this week and said it's "not an apology" but rather a clarification. She now apologizes ... straight to Childish Gambino.

Amelia Hamlin Cleavage Me Alone, Haters! I Got Boobs!!!

5/18/2018 6:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Amelia Hamlin, the daughter of 'RHOBH' star Lisa Rinna, caught a ton of flak for her sexy and busty prom dress ... but she says she was just showing off what her mama gave her.

Amelia's only 16 and many thought the dress, which highlighted her cleavage, was too revealing for someone her age. Amelia laughed it off when we asked her about it Thursday night in West Hollywood, and so did her British boyfriend, who defended Amelia with some British charm.

Our photog seized the opportunity and asked about the reportedly $87 million price tag on the weekend's Royal wedding ... and Amelia's bf put that in perspective too. He's a keeper.

Can’t hide the gang

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'Survivor' Contestant Kara Kay Was A Willing Participant ... In Alec's IG Posts

5/18/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The 'Survivor' contestant who broke her NDA by allowing herself to be featured in a photo with her castmate isn't out of the woods yet ... 'cause there's more evidence of wrongdoing.

TMZ has learned that Kara Kay had been filmed in multiple videos taken by fellow 'Survivor' contender Alec Merlino in the days leading up to their now-infamous photo ... as well as in clips after it went up. She's seen hamming it up for the camera in all of them.

The videos make it clear -- Kara knew she was being recorded by Alec for his Instagram stories ... despite their $5 mil NDAs saying they were strictly forbidden from associating on social media. The pair apparently had a  "F*** it" attitude ... just like the caption.

As we reported ... Alec is the only one punished for now. Producers are withholding his appearance fee of $10k and disinviting him to the finale taping. 

It looks like punishment for Kara is in the works. True, she wasn't the one who posted the photo, but sources close to the production tell us the various videos she shot are ample evidence she broke confidentiality.

Stay tuned ... 

Tomi Lahren Schlossberg's Racist Rant? Yeah, That Whole Thing's Ridiculous

5/17/2018 6:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tomi Lahren says a New York-based attorney who's gone viral for an incredibly racist rant he unleashed this week is rude ... and ridiculous.

We got the conservative talk show host Wednesday at LAX, where we showed her video of Aaron Schlossberg yelling at a restaurant manager for allowing his employees to speak Spanish to customers -- while also threatening to call ICE on the staff before storming out.

Tomi says no one deserves to be treated like that, whether they're native English speakers or not. She sticks to her guns on policy topics like assimilation and merit-based immigration ... but she says Schlossberg simply went too far here. 

BTW ... this ain't Schlossberg's first rodeo for getting into people's faces and screaming bigoted rhetoric. He's been captured in multiple videos confronting people on the streets of New York over immigration.

Also ... he was reportedly booted from his office space Thursday.

Samantha Markle You Can't Censor Me, Meghan ... I'm an American!!!

5/16/2018 8:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Meghan Markle's half-sister says England's new princess-to-be has no right to tell her when to talk, or what to say -- 'cause this is 'Merica, damnit!!! Yes ... seriously.

We spoke with Samantha Markle a few days ahead of Meghan's wedding with Prince Harry -- amidst a ton of family drama brewing among the Markles -- and she tells us she doesn't care if her sis wants her to refrain from blabbing to the media as much as she has.

Samantha insists she's not bad-mouthing Meghan ... she's just defending herself. And besides, Samantha says whatever censorship laws the U.K. have on the books don't apply to her across the pond ... even if Meg's now a big deal there.

You gotta hear her for yourself -- she's certainly got her opinions of Meghan. 

BTW ... we dared to ask Samantha if she got Meg and Harry a wedding gift.

Danielle Bregoli I Matched a LeAnn Rimes Record ... Now, Who the Hell is She??

5/16/2018 7:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Bregoli is celebrating a huge achievement in the music biz by dropping an inadvertent, but freakin' hilarious, diss on the last person to do it ... LeAnn Rimes.

We got Bhad Bhabie Tuesday in Chicago -- the latest stop on her tour -- and the photog asked how it felt to be the youngest female artist since '97 to score 3 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Her single, "Gucci Flip Flops," just peaked at #80 this week.

She was stoked, and wanted to know who else did it. The photog told her it was LeAnn, and you have to see Bhabie's reaction. Gotta hand it to her, it's hysterical ... IF you're not LeAnn Rimes.

As for her future in music -- Danielle says she's gonna, "Do what I do."

We'd expect nothing less. BTW, if you ARE LeAnn ... shout out to your glory days.

Tekashi69 Wanted by Cops for Alleged Mall Attack

5/16/2018 6:58 AM PDT

Tekashi69's a wanted man for all the wrong reasons -- there's a warrant out for his arrest.

The rapper is wanted in Houston for allegedly choking a 16-year-old kid at the Galleria Mall back on January 6 ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

In docs the alleged victim, Santiago Albarran, claims he ran into Tekashi and started recording him. Albarran then claims Tekashi turned around and began to yell at him to erase the video, and says Tekashi grabbed him by the neck as his bodyguards surrounded him in an intimidating way.

Albarran says he erased the video so he wouldn't get hurt again ... but a video shot by someone else made its way onto social media anyway. The video shows Tekashi and Albarran in a scuffle and Tekashi grabbing his jacket, but hard to make out if he's also grabbing his neck.

Albarran says his family witnessed the incident and he reported it to cops who say they did document seeing scratch marks on Albarran's neck.

This is just the latest in Tekashi's drama-filled life. As we first reported ... someone in his crew was busted for firing a weapon inside the Barclays Center during an Adrien Broner boxing match.

Tekashi also had a run-in with NYPD in February and got clowned for his brawl at LAX. 

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