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Florida Georgia Line Backstage Cop Trouble Police Pull Escort Detail

7/25/2016 11:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0725-florida-georgia-line-gettyFlorida Georgia Line dissed law enforcement working security at their concert ... according to an Iowa Sheriff who says the band banned officers, and then came crawling back for protection.

Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver tells TMZ he was headed backstage Saturday night at the Great Jones County Fair to discuss security protocol with the band when he was stopped by a crew member and told no uniformed officers were allowed backstage, per the band.

Sheriff Graver says he was told the country duo even threatened to pull the plug on the concert if they saw any cops.

Graver says midway through the performance, he was told the band wanted a police escort out of town after the show -- but he told them he wouldn't spend "one tax dollar assisting them" ... after being disrespected.

He says the band's management scrambled for other law enforcement agencies to provide the escort ... but they also told FGL to kick rocks. They ended up leaving on their own.

A similar incident went down with Wisconsin cops last week. We've reached out to the band ... no word back.

They did tweet, saying they have "nothing but love and respect for the police."

Tiger Attack Woman Mauled to Death in China

7/25/2016 10:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

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A woman died trying to save her adult daughter from a tiger attack in a Chinese drive-thru safari park.

Surveillance video shows what went down Saturday at Badaling Wildlife Park in Beijing -- the daughter got out of the car and walked to the other side ... and that's when the tiger pounced and dragged her away. A man and another woman -- the mother -- attempted to rescue the daughter.

All 3 people were off camera when, officials say, another tiger attacked and killed the mother.

Authorities are investigating, but it seems pretty clear from the video where things went south.

The park has been closed and an investigation is underway. 

Lou Holtz I'm NOT A Racist Regrets Immigration Joke

7/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0722-main-lou-holtz-gettyLou Holtz says he regrets making a crack about foreigners at an event during the Republican National Convention ... telling TMZ Sports it was meant to be a joke, nothing more. 

The controversy began when Holtz was talking about immigration and said -- "I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”

We spoke with Coach Lou ... who tells us he's sorry for SOME of what he said.

"I like to joke. I wished I hadn’t said, ‘I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, and cheer for your soccer teams.’ It was said in jest. But I stand by the rest of what I said about coming to America to become us."

Holtz says he strongly believes that immigrants who come to the U.S. should learn English and adapt to American culture -- and for that, he will not apologize. 

"All 4 of my grandparents were immigrants. They all came through Ellis Island. When they wouldn’t want me to know what they were saying, they’d speak Ukrainian. I’d ask them to teach me Ukrainian. They’d say, ‘No, you live in America. You speak English.'"

The coach is also adamant he's NOT a racist or a bigot -- "I challenge you, I defy you to find one person who I’ve ever been racist toward."

When asked if he was bothered by the criticism, he replied -- "It doesn’t bother me. I know who I am. It bothers my wife. She’s very upset."

Drake Forks Out Thousands for Overtime Concert

7/22/2016 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Drake got slapped with a hefty fine for his Dallas concert going way past the allowed time -- 'cause, as they say ... money ain't a thang.

Drake performed at American Airlines Center Thursday night -- he got a late start -- and when the clock struck midnight, he was officially in overtime. TMZ has learned the arena fined him $6,500 for every 15 minutes he played past 12.

Drizzy even told the crowd he was going over, and he didn't care if he had to pay.

He ended up performing until 12:35, so the show's gonna cost Drake an extra $13k.

You're welcome, Big D.

Melania Trump Speechwriter Falls on Sword Trump Rejects Resignation

7/20/2016 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0720_Melania_trump_Meredithprweb-gettyMelania Trump's speechwriter is stepping forward to take the blame for plagiarizing Michelle Obama's 2008 speech.

Meredith McIver says the almost word-for-word lifting happened after Melania gave her passages, over the phone, from Michelle's speech. McIver says she "wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech."

As we first reported on Tuesday's "TMZ Live" ... Melania likes the First Lady and had watched some of her speeches for inspiration prior to her own speech in Cleveland

Indeed, McIver says that's exactly what happened, but the mistake occurred because, "I did not check Mrs. Obama's speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant."

McIver has been a co-author on several of Donald Trump's books. She says she attempted to resign on Tuesday, but Donald told her people make "innocent mistakes" and said she could learn and grow from the experience.

Johnny Manziel Hawaiian Punch QB In Island Altercation

7/20/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-johnny-manziel-tmzJohnny Manziel was involved in a fistfight at a fancy Hawaiian resort the night before his friend's wedding, TMZ Sports has learned ... but the QB insists he wasn't the aggressor.  

Here's what we know ... Manziel was at the Four Seasons Resort on the Big Island on Friday night when he got into it with another wedding guest. 

We're told things had been heated between the guys for a while -- but it all came to a head at the rehearsal dinner.  

Sources connected to Manziel tell us the QB felt like he was being hounded by the other man. We're told Johnny was adamant he was not the instigator. 

But things escalated ... and at one point during the altercation Manziel struck the other guy in the face.

We're told the fight was over almost immediately. We spoke with police who tell us they were NOT called to the hotel that night. We also reached out to Manziel multiple times -- so far, no comment. 

But get this ... the next day, the other guy in the fight got a surprise from room service -- a bottle of champagne and a note that read, "Truly apologize. Should have never done that. Know this won't make it better, but hope it starts the day off alright." 

It was signed by Johnny Manziel.

One more thing ... Johnny posted a photo from the day of the wedding with a bandage on his finger.

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Adrien Broner LOCKED UP IN JAIL 30 Days for Arriving Late to Court

7/19/2016 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0719-adrien-broner-mug-shot-01Adrien Broner is back behind bars in Cincinnati -- after the judge threw the book at the boxer for arriving to court more than 3 HOURS late.

Broner was due in court to deal with allegations he beat up a man outside of a bowling alley back in January. The case was expected to be dismissed today ... had Broner arrived to court on time.  

But when he got there, the judge was PISSED -- and ordered him into custody immediately. The judge then ordered Broner to serve 30 days in jail for contempt of court. 

Broner told the court that he thought someone had put something in his drink on Monday night -- which caused him to be late. 

The judge said Broner appeared to be drunk or hungover. 

He's due back in court on August 17th ... when he gets out of jail. 

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Melania Trump Speech Sound Familiar? Michelle Obama Said it 8 Years Ago

7/19/2016 2:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A chunk of Melania Trump's speech at the RNC was apparently lifted -- almost word for word -- from a Michelle Obama DNC speech.

It's either the political equivalent of copying someone's homework or a remarkable coincidence ... but check out this transcript of First Lady Obama's 2008 speech. Read along as you listen to Mrs. Trump's words in Cleveland. 

"And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: That you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.

And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children -- and all children in this nation -- to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."

Before her speech, Melania told a reporter she'd written the speech herself ... with a little bit of help.

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Khloe vs. Chloe Butthole Feud Over Kanye/Taylor War

7/18/2016 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Khloe Kardashian not only crossed the line, she's dead wrong about who she thinks she's shaming in the Taylor/Kanye feud.

Chloe Mortez jumped to Taylor Swift's defense Sunday night after Kim posted a video of Kanye on the phone with Taylor, giving her the heads up that his song "Famous" would reference her.

Check out the back and forth ... Chloe tells people to "gets their heads out of a hole" and look at what's important in the world. Khloe fired back with a pic of what she believed was Chloe's butthole, asking if this was the hole to which she was referring.

0718-khloe-kardashian-khloe-moretz-twitter-02Here's the problem. According to Chloe ... the pic shows neither Chloe nor her butthole ... it's some random chick Khloe has chosen to shame. Check it out. Chloe is wearing a blue bikini bottom ... the woman in the pic has a red one.

Kanye West Busts Taylor Swift with Secret Recording She Calls 'Famous' a 'Compliment' (Updated Video)

7/17/2016 8:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian just unloaded on Taylor Swift, posting audio of a conversation Kanye West secretly recorded in which he reads some of the lyrics of "Famous" to Taylor -- in particular having sex with her -- and she calls it a "compliment."

As you know Taylor went ballistic after Kanye said he got her approval to record the lyrics in the song. She says she never gave permission and called it "misogynistic."

But the tape says otherwise. Our sources say Taylor has threatened Kanye over releasing the tape, claiming it's illegal. But the Kardashians decided to put it out there.

One thing in Taylor's favor. We've learned at no point in the conversation did Kanye say to Taylor he would refer to her as "bitch." As you know, in the song, he says, "I made that bitch famous."  

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9:30 PM PT -- Taylor is pissed. She says Kim and Kanye are committing "character assassination," because they're making it seem like she lied when -- as we reported -- the truth is Kanye NEVER mentioned the "that bitch" line. 

Taylor posted a scathing message ... "You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called "that bitch" in front of the entire world."

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CM Punk Blasted By UFC Fighter ... You're a Joke!!!

7/18/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

CM Punk doesn't deserve to be in the UFC -- and will likely get his ass beat in his UFC debut because he's not a real fighter ... so says UFC fighter Lorenz Larkin

Larkin has been a pro fighter since 2009 -- and essentially lays out why allowing the former WWE superstar in the Octagon is an INSULT to the sport. 

You gotta watch this clip ... Larkin throws the SHADE OF THE YEAR -- and says he'd be worried for Punk's life if the UFC ever allowed the two to square off. 

"The UFC doesn't have enough insurance for what I'd do to him."

FYI, Punk makes his debut at UFC 203 in September -- we'll see if Larkin's right.

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Dani Mathers Dear Playmates ... Please Forgive Me!

7/15/2016 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0715_dani-mathers_facebookDani Mathers is in full-on damage control mode ... firing off an apology to her fellow Playboy Playmates.

The 2015 Playmate of the Year sent the bunnies an apology for her "thoughtless and mean-spirited" Snapchat post that cost her a radio gig and her LA Fitness gym membership. 

In the email, obtained by TMZ, Dani calls posting a photo of an unwitting woman in a gym sauna a mistake ... apologizing for "the negativity and hate that this has brought forward." She also says there's no excuse for her behavior and she's laying low.

She never explains WHY she's doing a mea culpa to the Playmates, but it's a good bet she's afraid Playboy might yank her title ... so she's throwing herself on the sword.

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Trace Adkins Drunk on a Stage

7/15/2016 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Trace Adkins was 3 sheets during a charity performance which went south, but he's making good by making a big fat donation to a children's hospital.

The country star was performing in Seaside Heights, New Jersey Wednesday for a fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Trace slurred his way through 3 songs -- obviously drunk -- and it got so bad some people in the audience beelined it for the exit.

The singer's had his problems with the bottle ... back in 2014 he got in a fight with a Trace look-alike on a cruise ship. He went to rehab shortly after the ship docked.

As for Wednesday night ... St. Jude's got a windfall. Trace donated his performance fee to the hospital.

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