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'American Idol' Chikezie Eze Estranged Wife Says ... He Beats Me, Keep Him Away From Me!!!

3/18/2018 12:30 AM PDT

Former "American Idol" contestant Chikezie Eze has a history of beating his estranged wife, Linda Iruke ... at least according to her, and now a judge is ordering him to stay away from Linda and their kids.

Linda filed docs, obtained by TMZ, saying she was forced to move to a domestic violence safe house in August "because of all the abuse." She says they've been separated since May 2017.

In the docs, Linda says Chikezie -- who finished 10th in season 7 -- once threatened, "Don't make me turn this car around and beat your ass." She says he also threatened to post nude photos of her on the Internet. 

She claims the last straw came in January when Chikezie allegedly made a verbal threat. She's not specific about what was said, but says based on prior unreported domestic violence, she believes he's capable of carrying out the threat.

Linda requested, and was granted, a restraining order which requires Chikezie to stay at least 100 yards away from Linda, their kids, and her home and work location.

We've reached out to Chikezie ... so far, no word back.

'SIX' Star Kyle Schmid Hit by Burglars

3/18/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Kyle Schmid -- the actor who stars as a Navy SEAL team leader on the show, "SIX" -- got totally JACKED ... not in the way SEALs do, though he's feeling the pain.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kyle's apartment in the L.A. area was burglarized. We're told Kyle came home and noticed the sliding door to his balcony was open ... leading cops to believe that was the point of entry.

Problem was ... the sliding door didn't trigger an alarm ... which allowed the perp to search the home and get away with around $30k worth of jewelry. We're told several other units in the same complex were hit that night. LAPD's now investigating.

As we've reported -- again and again and again -- the L.A. area has seen a rash of burglaries involving tons of celebs.

So far, no one's been nabbed in Kyle's burglary. 

Queen Latifah Good Genes or Good Docs?

3/18/2018 12:10 AM PDT

Queen Latifah's good looks are bringing down the house!

Here's a 23-year-old version of the multi-talented lady backstage before a performance in 1993 (left) and 25 years later ... the "Girls Trip" star - who turns 48 today - at a New York City gala just last month (right).

Time's been good to mama! 

The question is ...

Justin Bieber Soccer Saturday ... Party Afterward?

3/17/2018 2:36 PM PDT

Justin Bieber's gotta be a little tired ... because he was running all over the pitch trying to get in on the action in his soccer game.

We got the Biebs playing some organized futbol at Bluff Creek Fields in Playa Vista Saturday afternoon. It's hard to tell how well he played -- or if his team won or lost -- but he was getting props from his teammates when he went to the sidelines ... so had to be decent.

JB's team -- Churchome F.C. -- is part of an L.A. amateur league. We also got him hanging out of his ride inviting "anyone who wants to come over" afterward ... probably to somewhere awesome.

Btw ... we do know Justin's got some soccer skills, but at this point it seems like hockey's still his best sport.

French Montana Uganda Hospital Up and Running

3/17/2018 3:57 PM PDT

Here's a feel-good story for the day -- French Montana's humanitarian efforts in Uganda have culminated with the opening of a hospital that's equipped to take care of 300,000 people.

We broke the story ... the "Unforgettable" rapper became hip-hop's first Global Citizen Ambassador for his work in Uganda, after he witnessed the country's healthcare hardships while he was there shooting the music video.

French's donation to help provide much-needed resources for pregnant women snowballed when The Weeknd and Diddy matched it, and because of their charity ... the Ugandan community now has a new hospital to do just that.

Great job!

Kanye & Drake Serious Collab Operation Going Down in Wyoming

3/17/2018 12:04 PM PDT

Kanye West and Drake working together on a song for Ye's new album is a big deal ... but it seems like the 2 hip-hop icons are teaming up in Wyoming for a whole lot more.

Sources in Jackson Hole tell TMZ ... both rappers are staying at the Amangani luxury hotel and resort under an alias, and have each brought a huge crew with them. We already knew about Kanye's, but we're told Drake's team includes his engineer, songwriter, and as we reported ... his personal photog/videographer.

We've learned even more big names are there than we originally thought too -- like Lil Uzi Vert -- along with a slew of major producers who work with Kanye and Drake.

There's more -- our sources say the guys brought a ton of audio and recording equipment with them, most likely to set up their own studio at Kanye's crib ... because he's staying at a separate house at the resort away from the main hotel.

We're told famed personal chef Paul Zlatos -- who used to work for Oprah -- is also on hand for the group to keep them well fed.

All in all ... it seems like Drake's hanging with Kanye in the mountains for much more than just an appearance on his new album. And with so many other artists there with them -- Travis Scott, The Dream, NAS and Kid Cudi -- this is shaping up to be well worth the wait.

In other news...

Prince Harry Reportedly Rejects Prenup Ahead Of Marriage To Meghan Markle

You'll NEVER guess how much he's worth!


Kathy Griffin Wins Battle with Neighbor

3/17/2018 1:57 PM PDT

Kathy Griffin has won a major battle in an ongoing war with her neighbor.

A judge just tossed out a request for a restraining order by KB Homes honcho Jeffrey Mezger, who wanted an order prohibiting Kathy from running audio on her security cameras. Griffin had caught Mezger on audio screaming epithets at her in the past.

Griffin also had her restraining order dismissed by the judge a few weeks ago, so presumably it's now between the 2 of them to try and strike a peace treaty. The original dispute was over noise.

Griffin actually scored 2 big victories this week. Her upcoming Carnegie Hall concert sold out in 1 day.

Tomi Lahren Trump's Stormy Daniels Scandal is Nonsense ... Quit Attacking Him!!!

3/17/2018 1:46 PM PDT

Tomi Lahren's completely fed up with what she believes is an attempt to torpedo President Trump with "salacious garbage" stories.

We got the Fox News contributor at LAX Friday night and asked her about the ongoing scandal involving Stormy Daniels and the Prez ... and it set her off. Tomi tells us she's sick and tired of the nonsense ... because Americans have more important stuff to deal with.

Tomi also has a theory on why the media is even covering the "porn garbage" when it should be focusing on all the good things Trump has done ... and gives us a few examples.

As we reported ... Trump's lawyer fired back at Stormy Friday over breaching the infamous "hush" agreement, and wants to go after her for $20 million.

That certainly won't make the story go away ... no matter how Tomi feels.

SI Model Samantha Hoopes Am I Making You Thirsty?

3/17/2018 12:46 PM PDT

Samantha Hoopes got some tanning in at the beach and made sure to stay hydrated ... and we've learned her boyfriend might just have the best damn job in the world.

The Sports Illustrated and Carl's Jr. model hit the sand in Miami Saturday with her tech guru BF Salvatore Palella ... and glistened in her tiny maroon bikini. It looks like she applied plenty of sun tan lotion -- with Sal's help ... and we're not complaining.

Last time we saw Samantha she told us she needed to pack on some lbs. to land the next SI cover ... clearly it was just a joke.

In other news...

Miley Cyrus Being 'Very Secretive' About Wedding

This comes after Liam Hemsworth's family initially took issue with singer's wild ways


Kim Kardashian Chicago West ... Unfiltered

3/17/2018 10:15 AM PDT

Kim Kardashian's finally introduced the world to Chicago West ... WITHOUT any added social media filters.

Kim and Kanye's baby is just a couple days older than 2 months, but this is the first time she's been seen in her natural state -- no mouse ears, dog nose, flower headdress or anything added for effect.

But don't worry about Kim abandoning filters altogether ... she posted a vid of Chicago later with plenty of them.

It's interesting -- Kim chose to use Instagram instead of Snapchat for this reveal. Remember, Kylie possibly cost the companies millions when she posted about not using Snapchat anymore ... but later made it up to them.

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis Busted with Weed, $92k in Cash

3/17/2018 10:42 AM PDT

10:17 AM PT -- Davis has finally spoken out publicly about his weed bust last month, posting a since-deleted video online to refute the claims that he was allegedly selling drugs out of a hotel room in Maryland. He's on a private jet surrounded by Popeye's chicken ... and a bunch of cash that he says is all legit from his NBA days. He also says he'll have his day in court to prove his innocence.Former NBA player Glen "Big Baby" Davis -- known for his role on the 2008 Boston Celtics team that won the championship -- was reportedly arrested last month on 7 counts of drug possession and distribution.

Davis -- who last played in the league with the Clippers in 2015 -- was busted in a Hampton Inn in Aberdeen, MD on February 7 by cops after the hotel owner smelled weed in his room, knocked on the door and was told to "F*** off!" ... according to court records obrained by WMAR Baltimore.

Aberdeen Police Lieutenant William Reiber says Davis had 126 grams of marijuana on him, along with $92,164 in a briefcase and a "ledger that contained language which is consistent with someone involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics."

The ledger reportedly had names of people who owed money along with baggies for packaging the weed ... which was from an L.A. wholesaler Davis told cops he was in business with.

He told cops he was Maryland to visit family. David was indicted weeks later on the drug charges, but his lawyer says he's innocent.

Aaron Hernandez Tortured By Gay Secret

3/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Aaron Hernandez was gay -- according to several people close to him ... and his private struggle with his sexuality caused him great emotional pain that may have turned him violent. 

It's all part of the Oxygen documentary, "Aaron Hernandez Uncovered" -- which features interviews with Aaron's close friends, ex-girlfriends and members of his legal team. 

Aaron's college girlfriend, Alyssa Anderson, says she first learned Aaron had a relationship with a man while they were attending the University of Florida ... but he denied it at the time. It was only years later that Hernandez cryptically acknowledged her suspicions were true. 

George Leontire -- an openly gay member of Hernandez's defense team -- says he spoke with Hernandez at length about his sexuality and Aaron opened up like never before. 

"This man clearly was gay," Leontire said ... "[He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him."

Leontire added, "I think that he also came out of a culture that was so negative about gay people that he exhibited some self-hatred."

Hernandez never spoke publicly about being gay. He was engaged to a woman, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, and they had a daughter together.

Aaron was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013 -- and there are some law enforcement officials who believe Hernandez executed Lloyd because he knew about Hernandez's sexuality.  

Hernandez ultimately killed himself in his prison cell in 2017. 

"Aaron Hernandez Uncovered" airs in 2 parts on Oxygen, Saturday March 17 and Sunday the 18th.

Kardashians Save Watts Empowerment Center ... It's For the Kids

3/17/2018 7:07 AM PDT

The Kardashians have a deep connection to L.A., and it manifested itself in a big way Friday when the fam rescued a 24-hour community center that was about to shut its doors because of a lack of funding.

Kris, Kim, Kourtney and Corey Gamble were on hand Friday as they received "The Key to Our Hearts" for saving the center. It was about to close its doors because of nationwide budget cuts ... Watts was being hit especially hard and needed private funding to survive.

We're told they donated over $100,000 dollars and built an entire new community center equipped with a basketball court, full kitchen, new TV's, and more than 20 new Apple laptops for the learning center. 

Kris wants badly to raise money to build a baseball diamond and grass field so the children will have something fun and meaningful to do. The Community Center has been a safe haven in an area where gangs are strong.

We're told Kris is setting her sights on building a new playground for the kids on a huge piece of property near the Center. 

Kudos to the Kardashians. 

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