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The Weeknd Caught Shooting New Music Vid ... In Prep for Coachella

3/22/2018 12:50 AM PDT

The Weeknd whipped a small California town into a frenzy when he shut down streets to shoot a music vid, which turns out ... should be out right before Coachella.

Production sources tell TMZ ... the singer took over tiny Taft, California -- about 120 miles northwest of L.A. -- last week to film the vid for his new single. It looks like it will feature Abel riding on some sort of hoverboard ... which is pretty badass. 

We're guessing the new track will be released next month before The Weeknd takes the stage at Coachella, where he's headlining the Friday night shows. 

The new song will be his first solo joint since he released his "Starboy" album in 2016.

And when he sings it ... the Taft folk can tell their story. 

Robert Trump My Brother's a Godsend for Women, Minorities

3/22/2018 6:24 AM PDT

Donald Trump's brother, Robert, thinks the President is answering the dreams of women and minorities.

We got Robert Trump at LAX early Thursday and our photog posed the question .... why does DJT attack women and minorities? He takes issue but doesn't get specific.

And then there's Stormy Daniels. Robert Trump calls it "nonsense" and says the President is focusing on important work and has no time for silly things. Apparently Robert didn't see that his brother challenged Joe Biden to a fight.

Self-Driving Uber Crash Dash Cam Video Released ... 'Disturbing, Heartbreaking'

3/22/2018 6:30 AM PDT

Video of a self-driving Uber hitting and killing a pedestrian was released this week -- and the footage is shocking.

Arizona authorities released dash cam video of the accident Wednesday night, which shows the moment a self-driving Uber SUV slams into a woman crossing the street with her bike -- with a would-be driver clearly distracted at the wheel.

The "driver" was Rafaela Vasquez, and you can see she's got her head down from the interior angle as the car eventually strikes the victim ... 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. The exterior shot does not show the moment of impact.

Herzberg died from her injuries, and Uber suspended further testing of their self-driving vehicles, while also releasing a statement saying the accident was "disturbing and heartbreaking to watch." They say they're cooperating with authorities in an investigation.

Bobby V Suspect in Georgia Rape Case

3/22/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Bobby V is listed as the suspect in a rape that allegedly happened last weekend, according to cops now investigating ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the R&B singer was named by a woman who filed a police report in Cobb County, GA early Monday, March 19. We're told the alleged rape occurred Sunday. It's unclear where or what the circumstances were. We do know Bobby lives in the area.

Cops say they have an open investigation into the case, so they're keeping details under wraps for now.

Bobby's rep tells us they are pursuing legal action "against what appears to be a weak yet calculated attempt to obtain financial gain through ulterior motives in the matter." The rep did not say the alleged victim requested money directly from Bobby, but called her version of events an apparent false report.

The rep added, "Bobby takes any allegation against women very seriously. However, false allegations damage true victims of sexual abuse." 

You'll recall ... Bobby claimed he was the victim of an extortion plot last year, when a video surfaced online of him allegedly skipping out on a prostitute without paying.

Austin Bomber Mark Conditt Recorded 25-Min 'Confession' Before Killing Self

3/21/2018 6:32 PM PDT

Austin bomber Mark Conditt recorded a 25-minute video on his phone confessing to the crimes before he was killed by his own explosive device ... according to cops.

Austin PD Chief Brian Manley says they've recovered a recording from Conditt that he would classify as a confession. On the video, Manley says the suspected bomber describes the 6 bombs in very specific detail. 

The recording is described as an "outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life," but Manley says it doesn't mention anything about terrorism or anything about hate.

We broke the story ... Conditt had made hateful comments about homosexuality on several blogs in the past, and also railed on abortion.

Police say Conditt is responsible for the string of bombings that left 2 dead.

Tarek El Moussa Sues Realtor You Swindled Me Outta $35k!!!

3/22/2018 12:30 AM PDT

Tarek El Moussa got swindled out of $35k by a crooked realtor who later got his ass arrested for doing the exact same thing to others ... so claims Tarek, who's suing the realtor to get his jack back.

The "Flip or Flop" star is going after Mario Gonzalez and MCR Realty ... claiming, in docs obtained by TMZ, he struck a deal in April 2014 to buy a house in Cypress, CA. Tarek, however, says he grew suspicious after Gonzalez told him to wire a $35k deposit, but reluctantly agreed to wire the cash.

Things went south from there. Tarek says Gonzalez went radio silent for months, so he went to cops. Tarek says he later learned Gonzalez had been arrested. We checked ... and Gonzalez was arrested by the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. in December 2016 for grand theft.

Gonzalez also had his real estate license revoked. Tarek's suing for his $35k plus damages.

In other news...

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's Wedding Invitations Mailed, Details Unveiled

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Mick Foley 100% Supporting Kane For Mayor Even Though He's a Republican

3/22/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Mick Foley says he so believes in his old WWE partner Kane's Mayoral run, that he's willing to stump for the guy personally, even though they're from two different parties.

Kane (real name Glenn Jacobs) is running for mayor in Knox County, Tennessee ... and he's getting a big help from his old running buddy, Mick -- who told TMZ Sports why Jacobs is the man for the job.

"One of the wisest, best read, most well-read, compassionate people I've ever met."

Foley says he feels like public service is Glenn's true calling ... which is why Mick is campaigning for Kane at an event in Tennessee -- despite him being a democrat, and the Big Red Machine being a republican.

"He's a republican, and I'm not, and that doesn't really matter. He's an honorable man and a great person, and he wouldn't be doing this if he didn't think he could do a great job for the people of Knox County."

We also talked to the WWE HOF'er about the wrestling bombshell of the week -- Daniel Bryan's return to the squared circle.

A.J. Simon in 'Simon & Simon' 'Memba Him?!

3/22/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Jameson Parker is best known for playing one half of the detective duo Andrew Jackson 'A.J.' Simon -- opposite Gerald McRaney as his on-screen brother, Richard 'Rick' Simon -- on the long running '80s series 'Simon & Simon.' Guess what he looks like now!

TMZ Live Bieber's Close Ties to Mystery Blonde

3/21/2018 10:48 AM PDT

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Queen Latifah Mom Dies After Long Struggle with Heart Condition

3/21/2018 6:16 PM PDT

Queen Latifah's mom has died after a very long battle with a heart condition ... TMZ has learned.

Latifah revealed the sad news Wednesday, saying ... "It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today ... She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over."

The rapper and actress told People in 2015 she would stay at her mom's home in New Jersey to help take care of her when she wasn't working in California.

Owens had reportedly been taking meds and was aided by a defibrillator implanted in her chest to avert a heart attack. She also had to maintain a very healthy diet to live with the condition.

Latifah says she's heartbroken, but knows her mother is now at peace.

Kanye West Nothing's Easy, Yeezy!! Chinese Co. Trying to Take Over His Brand

3/21/2018 5:26 PM PDT

Kanye West might have to strap on his fightin' shoes ... because a company has come out of nowhere to compete for the right to use his Yeezy nickname.

According to new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Kanye's company was outmaneuvered by a Chinese company that swooped in and filed trademark paperwork in an effort to stake its claim to the popular Yeezy brand name.

Kanye's company has owned the name Yeezy for footwear since 2013, but for whatever reason abandoned the trademark for other clothing items besides shoes in 2017. The Chinese company -- listed as Fujian Baby Network Technology Co. -- seized the opportunity by immediately filing trademark paperwork for the term "Yeezy Boost" for its clothing products.

The rapper's company then refiled its application for Yeezy clothing, but the trademark office said not so fast ... because the Chinese company now has dibs.

The good news -- Kanye shouldn't have to worry about this affecting Yeezy sneakers, but if he wants to branch out and start making mittens or even g-strings ... he might be in for a legal battle.

Jacquees Busted on South Beach ... Told Cops, 'Don't Touch Me!'

3/21/2018 5:07 PM PDT

Jacquees got into a confrontation with cops on South Beach -- with a bunch of Spring Breakers watching -- and ended up getting arrested, after allegedly driving without a seat belt ... TMZ has learned.

The singer was driving down the famed Ocean Drive Wednesday -- in a Lambo -- when a Miami Beach officer pulled him over. According to cops, the officer told Jacquees he was getting pulled over for failure to wear his seat belt, and was asked to present his driver's license.

When he refused to show his license, the officer told him to get out of the car -- which he did, but he refused to walk with the officer to the sidewalk. Cops say Jacquees yelled, "Do not touch me."

By this time, a vocal crowd of Spring Break kids gathered and they were clearly pissed about the situation. As a result, the officer called for backup. In the video, you see Jacquees get cuffed, and the arresting officer yanks his arm pretty hard on the way to the cruiser.

He was booked for failure to obey a lawful command, and for the seat belt infraction ... both misdemeanors.

Return to your normal Spring Break activities, kids. 

Braxton Sisters Deal with It, Tamar! Your Ex is Fair Game for TV Trash Talk

3/21/2018 2:56 PM PDT

Tamar Braxton getting all butt hurt over her estranged husband's portrayal on "Braxton Family Values" makes zero sense to her sisters, who say they're gonna keep trashing him ... like family should!

Trina, Towanda and Traci Braxton told us Wednesday, Tamar's stance is hypocritical because she's guilty of airing the dirty laundry of other family members in the past.

We broke the story ... Tamar thinks the show's new season has been edited to vilify her soon-to-be-ex, Vincent Herbert. The sisters didn't exactly deny doing it, but said they just keep it real by sharing their true feelings ... whether cameras are rolling or not.

As for any contact with Vincent, sure sounds like the ladies still have Tamar's back ... as they did in October. Remember, we got them fresh off a plane on the way to comfort her after news of Vincent's alleged infidelity broke.

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