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Chris Hardwick I Never Sexually Assaulted Chloe Dykstra

6/15/2018 9:13 PM PDT
Breaking News

Chris Hardwick is firing back at his ex girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra ... denying her allegations he sexually abused her during their relationship.

Hardwick tells TMZ ... "I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post. Our three year relationship was not perfect -- we were ultimately not a good match and argued -- even shouted at each other -- but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her."

He continues, "When we were living together, I found out that Chloe cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, 'build a life' with me and told me that I was 'the one,' but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful.

I'm devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. I was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."

As we reported ... Chloe posted an explosive essay detailing a prior relationship with a man 20 years older than her, who forced to have sex and follow his strict rules. She never named Chris as the ex, but every detail of the story made it clear he's the man to whom she was referring.

Hardwick is already feeling the fallout -- Nerdist, the website he founded and sold to Legendary Entertainment, removed all of his content on Friday, and made it clear he no longer has any affiliation with the company.

He also hosts his own talk show on AMC, as well as "Talking Dead." The channel has yet to comment on the allegations or the fate of Hardwick's shows.

What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!

6/16/2018 9:37 AM PDT

Don't let these two almost identical images of Kevin Jonas burn you up ... keep cool and and see if you can peace together the differences between these two super similar snaps!

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the photographs above!**

Farrah Abraham Arrest Clothing Line Still Has Her Back ... For Now, Anyway

6/16/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Farrah Abraham's dodging one big bullet, financially, after her allegedly drunken arrest because a clothing company is standing by their woman.

Farrah's been a major supporter of the Jessica Rich Collection of women's wear. The company's namesake owner tells TMZ ... the brand will continue to back Abraham despite her barking "Go f*** yourself" to police officers during the arrest early Wednesday morning.

Still, it sounds like Jessica -- who's also worked with Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian -- is putting Farrah on a short leash. She told us, "moving forward I highly suggest any celebrity in any light regardless of any situation should always try to conduct themselves in the best possible light."

TMZ broke the story ... Farrah was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly striking a hotel security guard after she was asked to leave The Beverly Hills Hotel. 

The ex-"Teen Mom" and porn star repeatedly laid into cops before she was hauled away.

Although Jessica's giving her a pass this time around -- Farrah might wanna consider walking the straight and narrow ... or risk losing some cash.

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

6/16/2018 12:45 AM PDT

President Trump was buddy-buddy with Kim Jong-un and faced off in a war of words with Robert De Niro ... but it was Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's engagement that surprised us most. So, we gotta ask ... 

John Mayer Let's Get Down to the Nitty-Gritty ... I'm Going on HQ!!!

6/16/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Mayer's taking his show on the road ... to make a special guest appearance on the popular live trivia game, HQ Trivia.

Sources close to the singer-songwriter tell TMZ ... he'll join host Scott Rogowsky -- aka Host Malone, aka Quiz Khalifa, aka Trap Trebek -- Sunday night to turn the daily game show into a wonderland ... with a prize of $25,000.

We're told John's set to queue up a question or 2 for all the HQties out there ... much like Robert De Niro did recently. Other celebs like The Rock and Jimmy Kimmel have guest hosted as well. We've learned John will also belt out a tune during the show's broadcast.

Make sure to have your phones handy and play with John and Scott Sunday night at 9/8c!!

Jerry Lewis Gunathon!! Massive Personal Arsenal for Sale

6/16/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know ... Jerry Lewis had enough guns in his private collection to arm an entire militia?!

It's true ... and now his entire arsenal -- from pump action shotguns to civil war pistols -- are all hitting the auction block. 

73 firearms in total ... with some of the weapons starting in the 5-figure range at the Julian's Auction event in Vegas on June 22. 

Among the highlights ... multiple 12 gauge riot shotguns, a Beretta semi automatic pistol, a whole bunch of mini-revolvers, a Glock 17 semi automatic and a Ruger Blackhawk revolver .44 mag. 

Some of the guns were gifts from other celebrities and contain inscriptions on the handle. 

Other guns were personalized with Jerry's initials. One handgun featured an artistic rendering of Jerry's signature on the butt. 

Fun Fact: did you know ... Jerry was a quick draw artist and was once known as one of the fastest draws in Hollywood. 

He even gave lessons in quick draw back in the day. 

Who knew?!

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Anthony Bourdain Artist Honors Celeb Chef With Lifelike Mural

6/15/2018 7:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

While the aura of Anthony Bourdain lives on, fans who drive down Wilshire in West L.A. will get an extra reminder of the celebrity chef ... thanks to an awesome new painting by a popular street muralist.

Jonas Never completed his Bourdain mural Friday in Santa Monica, on the side wall of a new restaurant and bar called Gramercy. He tells TMZ ... he was hired by the joint to paint its signage lettering, and asked if he could also do the mural as a tribute.

Never says he saw how the world was affected by Bourdain's suicide and the legacy he left behind, so he felt compelled to find a way to honor him. Gramercy's an L.A. joint that aims for a New York Lower East Side vibe ... so they agreed it was the perfect spot for his art.

We're told Jonas did the mural for free. His murals can be seen all over L.A. -- from Venice to Burbank -- and outside of Floyd's barbershop locations. 

Joel Embiid Message to Ladies: Taste the Process!

6/16/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Is Rihanna missing out by not dating Joel Embiid? He seems to think so. 

The following is a direct quote: 

"I don't want to talk about Rihanna but, you know, I feel like every girl in the world should, you know, taste the process and see what the process is like."

Gotta love a man with confidence. 

Remember, Embiid tried to shoot his shot at Rihanna back in the day, but it didn't quite work out for the young NBA star. 

So, when we saw him out in Bev Hills the other day, we asked him about it -- and he made it clear he's moving on ... to EVERY OTHER WOMAN ON EARTH!

"Every girl in the world is missing out. You know you got to taste the process, you gotta see what the process is like."

Who's hungry?

Lil Scrappy's Car Wreck Injured Friend I Lawyered Up Because ...

6/16/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Scrappy's passenger who suffered horrible injuries in their recent car accident wants to set the record straight -- he's NOT a vengeful friend out for money.

Ca$ino Roulette tells us the reason he hired a lawyer is simply because he needs help navigating Florida laws and his medical insurance coverage. Ca$ino is from South Carolina, and had driven down to FL with Scrappy ... hours before the wreck. 

CR says he's still boys with Scrappy and gives a play-by-play of what happened in the aftermath of the crash. TMZ broke the story ... Scrappy fell asleep at the wheel and broke his foot in 7 places, but Roulette was in the ICU for 3 days, and required 2 major surgeries for a ruptured large intestine.

He makes it clear he's not out to sue Scrappy. In fact, their tight friendship was on full display immediately after the crash -- "busted gut" and all.

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'The Breakfast Club' Star Sued You Played Me for a Lonely Fool & $75k!!

6/16/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The actor who played Carl the Janitor on "The Breakfast Club" allegedly used his acting powers for evil ... persuading an elderly woman to fork over $75k over an 11-year period.

John Kapelos -- who also appeared in "Sixteen Candles," "Weird Science" and several episodes of "Justified" -- is being sued by Michelle Vlahos ... who claims he used "powers of persuasion" to pounce on her loneliness and her craving for male companionship.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Michelle says John "utilized his theatrical instincts" to create a position of trust before convincing her sometime in 2006 to fork over money to pay his bills, clothing, groceries and luxury items.

She says they had an understanding he would repay the cash, but got radio silence after repeated attempts to get him to pay it back.

Vlahos and her attorney, Martin Goldman of Mendelsohn, Goldman & Schwarz ... are suing Kapelos for the borrowed sum, plus damages. 

Hot Dad Bods Guess Who!

6/16/2018 12:01 AM PDT

These flexing fathers are truly something extra to celebrate this weekend. From shredded singers to muscular models, we've whipped up a gallery to showcase that and everything in between. Dive into these snaps of hot dad bods and see if you can guess the proud papa celebrating this weekend!

Rich the Kid's GF Tori Brixx's Brutal Face Injury From Home Invasion Attack

6/15/2018 5:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rich the Kid wasn't the only person who got seriously roughed up during a home invasion robbery Thursday night ... as these photos of his girlfriend's facial injuries clearly show.

Sources close to Tori Brixx tell TMZ ... she was pistol whipped by the robbers who broke into her home demanding cash and jewelry, suffering a deep laceration on her cheek, along with bruising and swelling around her eye. We're told Tori's sister was present, as well, but did not sustain any physical injuries.

Tori was taken to the hospital and required several stitches before being discharged Friday morning. 

We broke the story ... the rapper was allegedly attacked and robbed at gunpoint by several men and hospitalized. The LAPD confirms they're investigating a home invasion robbery, but there are no suspects or arrests at this time.

Congressman Steve King Immigrant Kids Got it Made Detention Centers Like Playgrounds!!!

6/15/2018 2:28 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rep. Steve King doesn't understand the fuss over immigrant children being placed in detention centers -- after separation from their parents -- because he says they're getting great care and having more fun than most American kids.

The Iowa Congressman was in D.C. Friday when he addressed the outcry ... telling us he's visited one of the centers, and found it totally hospitable. He raved about the kids getting exercise, meals, and a warm place to sleep -- not to mention medical treatment that surpasses what they get in their native countries.

Of course, what they they don't have are their parents.

King, a Republican, insinuates the Democrats are spinning this into a controversy, and adds ... the centers were open during Obama's administration and no one complained then.

One side note, relevant to the immigration issue ... King came under fire this week for retweeting British Neo-Nazi Mark Collett's take on immigration. He has not deleted it.

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