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Mario Batali NYPD Investigating 2nd Rape Case ... NOT at Spotted Pig

5/20/2018 10:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mario Batali is under investigation for an alleged rape at another one of his restaurants, one a woman claims happened the year before the alleged Spotted Pig incident ... TMZ has learned.

A Texas woman claims she was raped by Batali on Jan. 29, 2004, and according to our law enforcement sources ... she filed a police report with NYPD in March of this year.

The woman claims she was drinking at the bar at Babbo -- Batali's West Village eatery -- and around 2 AM, she went upstairs to use the bathroom. We're told the next thing she remembers is Batali on top of her, having sex with her ... and she was physically helpless.

Our sources say NYPD has an open investigation into the woman's claim.

As we told you, "60 Minutes" spoke to an employee from Batali's restaurant, Spotted Pig -- who claims Batali might have drugged her and sexually assaulted her in 2005. "60 Minutes" says NYPD is investigating that case as well.

Batali denied the Spotted Pig claim. 

We've reached out to his camp about the alleged Babbo rape. So far, no word back.

Shawn Mendes at Billboard Awards You Can't Take My Youth Away ... Sings w/ MSD Choir Kids

5/20/2018 7:04 PM PDT

Shawn Mendes just honored victims of gun violence with an emotional tribute at the Billboard Music Awards ... and with the help of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Shawn took the stage Sunday to perform his song "Youth," and was joined by singer Khalid ... who's featured on the song. Toward the end of the performance, multiple students from MSD's choir came out as well to help him finish out the tune. 

We broke the story ... Shawn was aiming to send an uplifting message with the Parkland students' cameo -- especially in the wake of another school shooting this week that left 10 people dead. 

As you can see ... the message was well received by those there. A standing ovation ... and not a dry eye in the room. 

Caitlyn Jenner & Sophia Hutchins We're Inseparable ... And We Love It!!!

5/21/2018 6:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Caitlyn Jenner and her rumored 21-year-old girlfriend were all smiles and chatting it up ... not with our photog, but it's clear as daylight they're into each other.

We got Caitlyn and Sophia Hutchins on Sunday leaving Craig's in WeHo, where our guy tried to get some clarity on the nature of their relationship. Watch ... they wait to get inside before we see their lips moving. Rumors are they're an item ... and Sophia dropped a massive hint after this pic of herself lying on a bed with the exact headboard at Caitlyn's Malibu crib.

As we reported ... Sophia captioned the pic, "Home. Sweet. Home." But sources close to the two tell us Jenner and Hutchins are not romantic ... just close friends. As for rumors they're about to tie the knot ... our sources also say that's total BS.

Taylor Swift I'm Jealous of You, Post Malone!!! Gives Props to 'Better Now'

5/21/2018 8:13 AM PDT

Taylor Swift's shaking off critics who compare her to a "drunk turtle" -- and serving up big compliments to Post Malone for one of his hits.

The superstars came face-to-face backstage Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, and she immediately told Post she was a huge fan of his track, "Better Now." One part of it, in particular.  

It looks like this was the first time they met because Post seemed surprised by Taylor's shout-out -- but, still ... cool backstage moment we rarely get to see.

Taylor's bubbly mood shows she's hardly reeling from the harsh, yet hilarious, criticism of her cover of Earth, Wind and Fire's "September."

She performed it during one of her recent concerts, and the co-writer of the track said Taylor sounded like a "a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium."

Can't win 'em all.

Hillary Clinton Don't Have a MosCOW, Donald But, This Hat's for You!!!

5/21/2018 7:07 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton's sticking it to President Trump and this time she's got props. Take that, Carrot Top!

Hillary spoke at Yale's Class Day over the weekend and, as is tradition, all the students were rocking goofy hats ... and she joined in by whipping out one of those furry Russian hats. As she wryly put it, "If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em!" 

The bit went over ... well ... watch. It was definitely a Hill-friendly crowd, but still -- 18 months later, this gag might be the definition of old hat. 

Fun fact: the hat's called a papakha and h/t to the Cossacks, who first made 'em fashionable way back in the 19th century. 

Paris Hilton I'm Ready to Unveil the Truth Meghan's Getup was Awesome!!!

5/21/2018 6:52 AM PDT

Meghan Markle's haute couture Givenchy wedding dress wasn't the showstopper of the Royal Wedding, it was her 16-foot veil, according to Paris Hilton.

We got Paris at LAX over the weekend fresh off the plane from the Cannes Film Festival where she raised a ton of cash for charity and asked her what she thought of the Royal Wedding. Paris, who got engaged to fiance Chris Zylka over New Years, didn't have anything to say about the dress, but the veil was a different story.

Markle wore a tiara from Queen Elizabeth with the veil which was decorated with flowers from all 53 countries in the British Commonwealth along the trim. Markle also added the California Poppy, the State flower of California. The veil reportedly took hundreds of hours to make.

It'll be hard to top, even for Paris.

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.

R. Kelly Alleged Sex Slave Victims Families in New Lifetime Documentary

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lifetime's diving deep into R. Kelly's alleged sex cult with a documentary series ... and TMZ's learned the network's getting tons of help from the families directly affected.

Tim Savage -- the father of alleged brainwashed sex slave Joycelyn Savage -- tells TMZ ... 3 families are directly involved with helping Lifetime produce the documentary. Along with the Savages, Tim tells us Michelle Gardner's playing ball, as is Angelo Clary.

And get this ... one of the scenes features Michelle in L.A. looking for her daughter, Dominique. Michelle tells us she recognized her daughter in a video we posted earlier this month interviewing Joycelyn. Dominique's the one wearing the baseball hat and black t-shirt.

We're told Michelle somehow found Dominique and brought her back home with her. As far as Angelo ... he's been trying to find his daughter, Azriel, for some time now. As we reported ... Angelo claims Azriel met Kelly when she was 17 and shortly after meeting Angelo says she moved in with him.

In addition to the doc, Lifetime also has a movie in the works. We've reached out to Lifetime ... so far no word back.

Tom Brady Hit NYC on Sunday with Wife, Kids ... Before Patriots OTAs

5/21/2018 6:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

So, what's Tom Brady doing that's so important that he decided to skip the Patriots first organized team activity (OTAs) on Monday?

Turns out, the 40-year-old QB was hanging out with his wife and kids in New York City on Sunday morning, enjoying some brunch -- that a good enough excuse for you? 

Tom, Gisele and 2 kids were spotted at a fancy restaurant in NYC without a care in the world ... enjoying some quality family time.

Of course, Monday morning is the beginning of the New England Patriots voluntary OTA program in Foxboro ... which Brady has regularly been a part of in the past. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Brady is unlikely to attend OTAs -- but the question remains ... with reported strife in the organization, will Brady report for mandatory mini-camp in June?

For the record, Brady has 8 Super Bowl appearances in his 18 seasons in the league -- so, you really that worried?

In other news...

Prince Harry Pays Tribute To Late Mother Princess Diana In 'A Tearful Speech' At Royal Wedding Reception, Report Says

There were lots of mixed emotions during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding festivities on Saturday

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'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.

Matt Barnes Not Welcome at Derek Fisher's Wedding ... Says Ex-Wife

5/21/2018 4:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Barnes will "absolutely not" be in attendance when his ex-wife, Gloria Govan, marries Derek Fisher ... so says Gloria, who claims the ex-NBA stars are still NOT on great terms. 

Remember, Barnes congratulated Govan and Fisher after they got engaged back in April -- saying he's happy for the couple because his kids have grown to love him. 

But Govan says the relationship between the former Lakers teammates is still not great -- and Matt's presence would be "really awkward."

"[Matt] and Derek aren't cool," Govan said ... "They're cordial. I wouldn't say 'beef' but they don't talk every week."

It's about what you'd expect ... considering Matt and Derek famously fought back when Derek began dating Gloria a few years ago. 

Govan closed with some advice to Matt ... don't waste your time buying a wedding gift either, because "I will throw that gift away." 

In other news...

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Surprising First Dance Song Revealed

With their guests able to let their hair down, the couple chose a more upbeat, albeit still loving, song as their first dance as a married pair

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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.

Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Misconduct: Report

5/20/2018 6:44 PM PDT
Breaking News

Mario Batali is reportedly being investigated by the NYPD for sexual misconduct after a woman came forward on '60 Minutes' to claim he'd sexually assaulted her. 

Anderson Cooper spoke to a handful of women Sunday, one of whom anonymously said Batali had possibly drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005 after waking up at the Spotted Pig with semen on her leg. The woman, who was an employee of his at the time, says she was getting romantic with Batali prior to blacking out the night before.

The woman says she went to the hospital to get a rape kit done, but never filed a police report.

Other women claimed Batali had inappropriately touched them under his employ, and that they'd once seen him sexually assault at least one other woman, who was either unconscious or semi-conscious, at the Spotted Pig. That woman refused to talk to '60 Minutes.'

Batali issued a strong denial to CBS, saying he vehemently denied sexually assaulting the woman who did speak. It's unclear if he was asked about about the alleged second sexual assault, or the alleged inappropriate touching. That said ... he did issue an apology for his behavior last year. 

'60 Minutes' says the NYPD confirmed there was an active criminal investigation into Batali's alleged misconduct. 

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