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Florida Shooting I Reported Cruz to FBI 5 Months Ago ... Whistleblower Speaks Out

2/15/2018 1:41 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nikolas Cruz, the now-confessed Florida school shooter, was on the FBI's radar 5 months ago, thanks to a man who reported a disturbingly violent comment Cruz left on a YouTube video.

We spoke to Ben Bennight, a Mississippi bail bondsman, who says he regularly posts vids related to his job. He says back in September he noticed Cruz commented on one of them, saying ... "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." He says he immediately contacted authorities.

Ben told us all the details about his FBI interview, and added ... he never heard from agents again until after Wednesday's horrifying events. Cruz now admits to killing 17 people during the rampage at his old high school.

The FBI says it never made contact with Cruz after they spoke to Ben. They say the comment was not specific enough to warrant a subpoena for an IP address or other info from YouTube ... which might have led them to Cruz.

As we reported ... Cruz also referenced a mass campus shooting in a YouTube comment 9 months ago.

Jake Paul on Logan Paul I Really Don't Blame YouTube My Brother's Gotta Learn

2/14/2018 6:52 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jake Paul isn't making excuses for his big brother, Logan Paul ... telling us YouTube's got every right to drop the hammer, and says his brand hasn't gone unscathed by Logan's antics.

We got Jake Monday at LAX and asked if he thought Logan was getting a fair shake from the platform, which suspended ads on Logan's channel and shelved upcoming projects.

Jake says he gets where YouTube is coming from with its reaction to Logan's latest controversial video -- in which he uses a taser on dead rats. According to him, the company's just protecting its bottom line. He added, his own brand is taking a hit.

As for possibly helping Logan? Doesn't sound like Jake's jumping to do anything ... on camera, anyway.

Logan Paul Video with a 'Real Albino Woman' Coming to a Vlog Near You

2/14/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul's gone back to the drawing board after more hiccups in the vlogging world -- and now he thinks an albino person's gonna solve his problems ... TMZ has learned.

The troubled YouTube star held a last-minute casting call Tuesday in search of a "Real Albino Woman" to be featured in a music video he was set to shoot the exact same day. 

There's not a whole lot to go off of here, but we do know the project is a "comedy music video" and that he was looking to cast either a black or white albino woman between 21-40 years old. The gig apparently didn't pay too much either -- just $100 for half a day.

Here's the thing ... the project seems destined for more controversy from our POV, at least based on what we can see. Getting skin color involved in a "comedy" video from Logan, of all people, doesn't necessarily seem like a recipe for success.

With the backlash from his taser rat video recently -- not to mention his suicide forest disaster -- his YouTube money and projects have been stalled. Not sure if this will help.

Logan Paul 30 Days in Jail For His Goldilocks Intruder

2/9/2018 11:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The moron Logan Paul placed under citizens arrest for breaking into his house is already doing his time, after striking a plea deal ... TMZ has learned.

The L.A. City Attorney's Office tells TMZ ... the 20-year-old man appeared in court Thursday to enter a no contest plea for aggravated trespass. He got a 30 day jail sentence, 24 months probation and must stay away from Logan's entire block.

TMZ broke the story, the YouTube star took matters into his own hands Tuesday night, arresting the guy for breaking into his San Fernando Valley home. He found the perp sitting in the living room ...  charging his phone.

It's good news for Logan, who, let's be honest ... could use some.

Logan Paul YouTube Projects Shelved After New Troubling Stunts

2/9/2018 8:38 AM PST
Exclusive Details

Logan Paul is in deep you-know-what -- YouTube announced Friday it's suspending ads to his channel, and we've learned several unannounced projects are also coming to a screeching halt.

Our sources at YouTube tell us Logan's suicide forest video weeks ago triggered a stop order on several projects that had yet to be revealed. Industry sources are telling us his "Airplane Mode" film is one of the projects on hold. 

This adds insult to the financial injury Logan was already facing with ads suspended after he posted more disturbing videos ... including tasering 2 dead rats.

YouTube deemed Logan's content as "unsuitable for brands" and is pissed he tried to monetize videos it views as potentially damaging. The decision seemed to be in the works for a while because YouTube cited Logan egging on viewers to do the Tide Pod challenge ... as a reason for pulling ads.

Logan Paul Get That Dead Rat Crap Off YouTube! ... Demands PETA

2/8/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul is teaching millions of his young followers to be cruel to animals with his dead rat taser video -- this according to PETA, which now wants the clip yanked.

Lisa Lange -- PETA's Senior Vice President -- tells TMZ that the video posted this week showing Logan repeatedly firing a taser at a dead rat is repulsive, adding that it's clear he hasn't learned his lesson from the suicide forest debacle.

Lange says PETA is also calling on YouTube to take Logan's clip down entirely, explaining ... "This sort of content has no place on YouTube or anywhere else, as it could desensitize young people to cruelty to animals." She adds ... "PETA is calling on the platform to remove it." 

As you'll recall ... Logan's catching a new wave of backlash for his latest stunt. He tases the dead rat, lifts it from the string, and tases it again once it's in the trash. Safe to say, people are pissed.

Ball's in your court, YouTube. Ya know how PETA feels about it.

Logan Paul Fires Taser on Dead Rat

2/7/2018 9:30 AM PST

Logan Paul is dealing in death again -- this time it's a video of himself and a dead rat ... and a taser.

In the video, posted earlier this week on his YouTube channel, Paul and a couple of friends are getting rid of a dead rat they found on an outside deck -- and he decided it would be cool to shoot the carcass with a taser.

He later zaps the rat again after they toss it in a garbage bin.

Paul's still dealing with immense backlash for posting that video of a suicide victim in Japan -- and just last week he claimed to have remorse for that stunt.

So, does this new video jibe with that?

Tyron Woodley Breaks Down Crazy ... Tonya Harding Knockout Video

2/2/2018 4:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tonya Harding K.O.'d the living hell out of another woman during a 2005 boxing match that most people haven't seen ... UNTIL NOW ... and Tyron Woodley is breaking down the video. 

The UFC welterweight champ was VERY impressed with Tonya's pro boxing performance against Brittany Drake ... which included a brutal knockout in the opening seconds of Round 2. 

The fight was promoted by Damon Feldman -- who provided the incredible footage. 

But the question ... with Tonya's raw athletic talent and the workout ethic that was captured in the Oscar nominated movie "I, Tonya" -- does Tyron think Harding could have been a REAL contender with the right team around her??

There's more ... Tyron also breaks down how a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather MMA fight would go ... and gives a strong warning to the guy who socked Flavor Flav in the face. 

Check out the Hollywood Beatdown every week on the TMZ Sports YouTube page

Logan Paul Millions Telling Me to go Kill Myself

2/1/2018 6:51 AM PST

Logan Paul thinks it's ironic people are telling him to kill himself ... one month after posting horrific footage of a suicide victim.

The YouTube star told Michael Strahan on 'GMA' that millions of people are telling him to go die in a fire. Remember ... Logan caught heat after he was forced to apologize twice for posting video of a dead body in a forest in Japan.

Logan was visibly shaken and almost tearful when asked about Google Preferred (the top 5% of most-viewed YouTube content) dropping him ... which he says he doesn't agree with.

Logan Paul You Live, You Learn, You Teach

1/30/2018 9:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul has music on the brain after Sunday night's Grammys, but he's also not trying to hide from the heinous footage he posted of a suicide victim ... and the backlash that followed.

We got the YouTube star at LAX, and it was clear he'd been inspired after watching the music awards show because he was spitting random rap rhymes by Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert into the convo. 

Still, Logan seems focused on learning from his mistakes, and teaching other YouTubers to do better.

Jake Paul on Suicide Video Logan Was Wrong, Made Huge Mistake

1/23/2018 7:53 AM PST

Logan Paul's little brother is now cleaning the remnants of his brother's mess ... both chiding and defending his brother for posting video of a suicide victim.

Fellow YouTube star Jake Paul posted this video Monday and dubbed it "YouTube, Let's Talk About Brother Logan Paul" ... in which Jake says that "what Logan did was very, very, very wrong and he made a huge mistake."

As we reported ... Logan issued multiple apologies for posting video of a dead body he found in Japan. The fallout was almost immediate ... most notably with YouTube cutting his role.

Jake said Logan didn't mean to offend anyone ... and hopes his big bro bounces back.

Logan Paul Yes, Even I Deserve a Second Chance

1/15/2018 4:29 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul says he's learned a lot from the backlash he received, and money he's lost, since posting video of a suicide victim -- and believes he'll bounce back ... eventually.

We got Paul Monday afternoon at LAX and he admitted he's been treated "fairly" -- referring to YouTube yanking him from one of its original series, and cutting off his main revenue stream from his 15 million subscribers.

Still, Paul didn't seem the least bit concerned about money -- he's got a backup plan -- and said, "Everyone deserves second chances, bro."  

Paul's already issued multiple apologies, but he hinted there was another statement coming ... specifically for his remaining fans on YouTube.

Logan Paul Hits the Town In Wake of Suicide Video Scandal

1/14/2018 7:38 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul is not in hiding in the wake of some major blowback over the suicide video that has cost him dearly.

Logan was at Tao Saturday night in Hollywood, with a bunch of friends who shielded him as they left.

The YouTube star was mum as photogs peppered him with questions.

YouTube has partially cut ties with Logan as have several other media platforms since he posted video of him laughing at the body of a man who had committed suicide.

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