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Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes for Sending Junk Pics And Sexting Woman

11/22/2017 10:39 AM PST
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Texas Congressman Joe Barton sent nudes and illicit text messages to a woman, and he's apologizing for the graphic image first revealed by a Twitter user.

Barton, a Republican, sent the nude photo showing his penis. The Twitter user censored the image, and also revealed a sext that reads, "I want u soo bad. Right now."

Barton now says, "While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women. Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended."

He adds, "I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down."

The Twitter user who posted the naked shot and graphic text claims to also have several videos of Barton masturbating -- and tagged the Twitter accounts of President Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. It's unclear if the tweeter is the woman to whom Barton admits sending the photos -- but the person claims he/she is being "harassed" by Barton.

Representative Barton has served in the House for 32 years. He recently announced a re-election bid, but now tells the Texas Tribune he's reconsidering.

'Fixer Upper' Stars Host Season Premiere Bash One Last Hurrah!!!

11/22/2017 11:08 AM PST
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Chip and Joanna Gaines hosted their last season premiere party with over 100 of their closest friends ... and, yes, that's Chip without his trademark beautiful locks. We'll explain.

The "Fixer Upper" stars had a season 5 premiere party Tuesday night and watched it on the jumbotron at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. It's where the Baylor Bears football team plays and the city where Chip and Joanna's company, Magnolia Market, is based.

About 150 people attended -- from contractors and designers to Magnolia workers to people who work for the super popular HGTV show. As we reported ... the couple announced back in September the 5th season would be their last. We're still trying to recover from the devastating news.

Chip and Joanna thanked everyone for turning the show into a huge success. And for those wondering why Chip's got a new hairdo -- he shaved his head earlier this month for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ... helping raise $230k.

Seriously ... Chip and Joanna. Perfect. 

Kobe's Daughter VIP Treatment from UConn ... Early Recruitment?

11/22/2017 10:20 AM PST
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Kobe Bryant's 11-year-old daughter is already getting treated like royalty by the top women's basketball program in in the world ... begging the question -- is UConn angling for Gianna Bryant

Mamba and Mini-Mamba hit up Pauley Pavilion in Westwood on Tuesday night to watch the Huskies take on UCLA. They sat courtside and they visited the players and head coach Geno Auriemma afterward. 

The catch ... Gianna is a BALLER -- she's been training with her dad and learning all of his signature moves. Kobe has already dubbed her "Mambacita."

After the game, Kobe posted on social media -- "Thank you @uconnwbb for treating our baby girl to a night she will never forget #uconn."

Guessing UConn hopes Gianna remembers in about 6 years ... 

Desiigner Couldn't Hold It ... Urine Trouble Now

11/22/2017 1:00 AM PST
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Desiigner got caught with his pants down while making a surprise pit stop in a residential neighborhood ... and TMZ has the video!

The rapper was spotted in WeHo Tuesday taking a leak on someone's garage door. After relieving himself, he hustled across the street and hopped back into his hot whip.

We're told right before Desiigner's public pee break ... he snapped a few pics with fans on the street and loaded some Fresh Corn Grill to-go bags into the car.

Hopefully he washed his hands before he chowed down.

Kim Zolciak I'm Not Pregnant! But Brielle IS a Brat

11/22/2017 7:49 AM PST
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Kim Zolciak will not be eating for 2 this Thanksgiving -- she's not pregnant, despite her daughter, Brielle, announcing she is expecting baby number 7.

Brielle claimed early Wednesday her mom was preggo, but sources close to Kim tell us it was just a vengeful joke. Brielle was getting back at her mom for accidentally Snapchatting a vid of Brielle flashing her boob earlier in the week.

We're told Kim only found out about Brielle's prank when people started blowing up her phone and congratulating her. Brielle's already deleted the tweet, but not before the rumor was reported on several websites.

Thanksgiving dinner's gonna be fun in casa Biermann.

Meek Mill Think My Lyrics Are Bad ... Look at Bruce Springsteen's!!!

11/22/2017 9:23 AM PST

Meek Mill is tossing The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, under the bus in an effort to get dropped from a wrongful death lawsuit.

Meek filed new docs in the suit brought by the families of 2 men killed last December outside a show he did in Connecticut. As we reported, 4 people were shot ... and the plaintiffs blame Meek and the venue for negligent security -- and also Meek's violent lyrics for inciting the shooting.

In Meek's docs, obtained by TMZ, he says it's ridiculous to blame an artist or an artist's lyrics for random incidents that go down outside their concerts -- and then drags Springsteen into the argument. He theorizes, what if a woman was injured by a drunk driver outside Bruce's show -- "Could she sue Springsteen because his songs contain lyrics like, 'Well, I got some beer and the highway's free'?"

The line is from "Sherry Darling." 

Meek also points out he had no control over the security at the venue, and had nothing to do with the fatal incident. He's asking the judge to drop him from the lawsuit.

That being said -- shout-out to "Sherry Darling" ...

Nick Carter Sex with Melissa Schuman Was Consensual

11/22/2017 7:25 AM PST
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Nick Carter is denying he raped former DREAM singer Melissa Schuman, and claims they only had consensual sex.

Nick says, "I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally.”

Carter added, "This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

As we reported, Melissa claims Nick forced her to have sex in 2002 ... during what she believed would be a "casual hangout" at his Santa Monica apartment.

Team USA Doc Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting Gymnasts

11/22/2017 7:25 AM PST
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Dr. Larry Nassar just pled guilty to multiple counts of sexually assaulting multiple girls while working as a doctor for Team USA gymnastics and Michigan State University. 

Nassar appeared in a Michigan courtroom early Wednesday morning dressed in his jailhouse orange jumpsuit where he entered the plea. 

He now faces 25 to 40 years in prison. 

Nassar was accused of molesting dozens of high profile athletes -- including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney -- while telling the women he was simply performing routine physical exams. 

Aly Raisman was not happy with the proceedings -- tweeting, "Court referring to Larry as DOCTOR Nassar. I AM DISGUSTED. I am very disappointed. He does NOT deserve that. Larry is digusting. Larry is a MONSTER not a doctor."

Too Short Put Your D*** Away, Fellas ... Our Heyday is Over!

11/22/2017 7:39 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Never thought we'd say this, but Too Short kinda sounds like a feminist when he's discussing the flood of sexual harassment allegations. Kinda.

We got Short at Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills where we asked him how guys can avoid becoming the target of sexual misconduct allegations. 

Surprisingly, the Bay Area rap legend -- whose favorite word, as we all know, is "biiiitch" -- says he's got a simple fix: let women take charge. On every front. Especially in the bedroom.

As Short eloquently puts it, "Fall the f*** back" fellas.

Sarah Hyland & BF Kissin' & Chowin' ... A Day Wells Spent!!!

11/22/2017 7:59 AM PST

Sarah Hyland and her bf, Wells Adams, had a busy Tuesday ... a little PDA, a little chit chat, and lots of pizza stuffin.

The "Modern Family" star spent the bulk of her Tuesday all over L.A. with the former 'Bachelor' contestant. They got handsy after a lunch date at Joan's on Third ... then went for a stroll and then shopping in Studio City. But there was more.

Sarah and Wells hit up the Lakers game in the evening and stuffed their faces with pizza. Bonus: the Lakers roared back to beat the Bulls.

All's well that ends ... with Wells.

Donald Trump LaVar Ball Is 'Poor Man's Don King' ... 'Without the Hair'

11/22/2017 5:51 AM PST
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ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!!!

Donald Trump is CONTINUING his war with LaVar Ball -- this time ripping him as the "poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair."

Trump is clearly still pissed over LaVar's CNN interview -- in which Ball refused to thank POTUS for helping get his son LiAngelo Ball and 2 other UCLA teammates out of China after they shoplifted. 

"It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think.."

Trump continued, "LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!"

Trump then switched gears to the NFL -- and suggested the league is considering changing the policy on the national anthem next season. 

"The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!"

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The Weinstein Company Netflix Cuts Ties for Golden Globes After-Party

11/22/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Netflix will be hosting its own after-party for 2018's Golden Globes Awards -- 'cause they've cut ties with longtime partner and co-host The Weinstein Company ... TMZ has learned.

Our Netflix sources tell us Netflix has opted to take TWC off the billing for their famous party after the awards ceremony in January -- and the allegations against its co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, have everything to do with it.

The Netflix-Weinstein after-party is one of the biggest shindigs during the Golden Globes -- they've been hosting it together for the past 3 years, and even held it at The Beverly Hilton in 2017.

TWC has been a prominent partner with the streaming service for a while now, having produced a handful of movies and shows for them -- including "Marco Polo" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend."

As for the upcoming bash ... we're told Netflix hasn't locked down a location yet for their after-party, but sources say they're eyeing the Waldorf Astoria in Bev Hills.

David Cassidy Dead at 67

11/21/2017 6:10 PM PST
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David Cassidy, the 'Partridge Family' heartthrob who sold millions of records and became the fantasy of millions of girls, is dead.

Cassidy died in a Florida hospital after his organs failed

Family sources tell TMZ, David had been on life support since Monday. Doctors advised the family Tuesday the only way David could survive was with a liver transplant, but he was not a candidate because he would never survive surgery. The family decided at around noon to remove life support.

A number of family members were present when David died, including his brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, his children Beau and Katie, along with various nephews and his ex-wife, Sue Cassidy.

We're told death came almost immediately after life support was withdrawn.

TMZ broke the story, David was in need of a kidney transplant but ultimately doctors said it was futile. His liver and other organs shut down and early Sunday his son and ex-wife were summoned to the hospital to say goodbye.

Cassidy was a multi-faceted entertainer ... from singing, to acting to Broadway to Vegas. "The Partridge Family" hit like an earthquake and catapulted him to stardom. The show ran from 1970 - 1974 and produced hits like "I Think I Love You," "Come On Get Happy," and "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted."

David reluctantly auditioned for the role of the guitar-playing Keith Partridge and producers cast him not even knowing if he could carry a tune.

After "The Partridge Family" ran its course, David recorded a number of solo hits, including the remakes of "Cherish," "How Can I Be Sure" and "Rock Me Baby."

He took the starring role on Broadway in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" from 1983 to 1984. 

David was the son of actor Jack Cassidy and Broadway performer Evelyn Ward.  

David guest starred in a number of TV series, including "The F.B.I." "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Ironside," "Bonanza" and "Medical Center."

Cassidy battled alcoholism for most of his adult life.

He's survived by son Beau, daughter Katie -- who stars in "Arrow" -- half-brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, step-mother and co-star Shirley Jones and ex-wife Sue Shifrin-Cassidy.

RIP

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