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Nicki Minaj & Blac Chyna Working Together for Music Vid!

7/20/2017 2:16 PM PDT

Blac Chyna might not be on Nicki Minaj's level, but she came close Wednesday night on the set of a new music video.

They were both in Miami to shoot cameos in Yo Gotti's "Rake It Up" vid, and they looked like they were cut from the same cloth -- and by cloth, we mean latex.

If ya don't know ... Chyna got her start in Hollywood stepping in as Nicki's body double on Kanye West's "Monster" video -- so this was kind of a reunion, but now she's getting face time too ... and she got a shout-out in Gotti's lyrics.

The times, they are a changin' ...

Linkin Park Singer Commits Suicide By Hanging

7/20/2017 11:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:32 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide. We're told his family was out of town and he was found upstairs by an employee.

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.

The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris' suicide.

Cornell's wife, Vicky, tweeted out a message following the news of Chester's death, saying, "Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more ... I love you T."

The band has had a string of hits over the years, including "Faint," "In the End" and "Crawling." Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.

The band's album, "Meteora," was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.

Bennington was 41.

RIP

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole

7/20/2017 11:55 AM PDT
Breaking News

O.J. Simpson was just granted parole and he'll be released from prison as early as October.

The NFL Hall of Famer learned his fate Thursday after Nevada's Board of Parole Commissioners deliberated for a half hour and made the determination. The earliest O.J. can be released from Lovelock Correctional Center is October 1.

The panel included the chairman and 3 commissioners. The board brought up O.J.'s 1995 acquittal, but only to say it did NOT factor into their decision.

No one testified against O.J. at the hearing ... and Bruce Fromong, one of the victims in the armed robbery, testified supporting O.J.'s release. O.J. said Bruce has already accepted his apology.

O.J. has served 9 years of a maximum 33-year prison sentence after he was convicted of armed robbery in 2008. You'll recall he was attempting to retrieve some of his memorabilia in Las Vegas but said he had no clue the crew he was rolling with was armed.

The 70-year-old apologized for the role he played in the robbery. He said he offered no excuses during his 9-year stay behind bars and would have no problem with any parole conditions imposed on him.

In 1995, O.J. was acquitted of murder charges in the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in the so-called "Trial of the Century."

Chester Bennington Remembered By Bandmates & Celebs

7/20/2017 12:29 PM PDT

Musicians from all genres and several other celebs were stunned by the sudden, devastating news that Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington had committed suicide, and his own bandmates also tweeted their shock.

TMZ broke the story ... Chester hanged himself Thursday morning at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates. The news of Chester's death comes on what would've been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. Cornell and Bennington were close friends, with Bennington even performing at Cornell's funeral in May.

Bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted an official statement would be coming from Linkin Park soon. 

Bennington is survived by 6 kids. He was 41.

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O.J. Simpson Stern & Emotional ... at Parole Board Hearing

7/20/2017 12:11 PM PDT

O.J. Simpson had no problem getting tough while addressing Nevada's Parole Board Commissioners ... but he was also overcome with emotion.

The NFL Hall of Famer was granted parole by unanimous decision Thursday but not before an intense hearing that also included some chuckles from the board.

The 70-year-old NFL Hall of Famer addressed Nevada's Board of Parole Commissioners via video conference. The earliest he can be released from Lovelock Correctional Center is October 1.

He's served 9 years of his 33 year prison sentence.

He was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman -- and many legal experts feel his 33 year sentence was payback for the controversial murder trial verdict. That event, the board said, did not factor in its decision to grant parole.

Linkin Park Releases New Music Video Morning of Chester's Suicide

7/20/2017 11:35 AM PDT

Linkin Park released a new music video on the same day frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide.

The American rock band released its "Talking To Myself" video at 9:01 AM ... minutes after Chester's body was discovered Thursday at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

The single off the band's "One More Light" album was released a while back but the video just hit the band's Twitter page and YouTube channel.

TMZ broke the story ... Chester hanged himself on the day his good friend, Chris Cornell, would have turned 53. Chester was 41.


O.J. Simpson Old Crib Hits Market for $1.3M!! O.J., Want Your House Back?

7/20/2017 11:23 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

O.J. Simpson's former crib in Miami is waiting for him if he wants it should he walk free in October ... for the right price, of course.

Oscar Ramirez from FB Agents Corp is the listing agent and tells us if the NFL Hall of Famer wants to buy it back, he'd consider an offer. Simpson said during his parole hearing that he'd like to move back to the Sunshine State when he's released from prison.

The 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom pad sold in foreclosure for $513k in 2014 while O.J. was in prison. In a sign of the times ... the house is back on the market and its value increased exponentially -- it's for sale at $1,299,900.

The Juice -- who bought the crib in 2000 -- enjoyed some fine luxury when he lived there. The 1.65 acre lot has a basketball court and separate guest house. It's since been renovated with a new kitchen and remodeled pool and porch.

Beats a cellblock.

'American Idol' Haley Reinhart Bouncer Charged for Beating Her Friend

7/20/2017 11:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The bouncer seen on video choking "American Idol" alum Haley Reinhart's friend has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies ... TMZ has learned.

Adam Sobanski -- the bearded guy in a purple shirt -- was busted Wednesday and charged with 2 felony counts of aggravated battery ... strangling and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

Authorities say Adam had no legal justification for the choke hold that caused Alan Chislof difficulty breathing. The great bodily harm charge comes from Sobanski allegedly striking Chislof in the face several times with a closed fist.

TMZ broke the story ... Haley and her friends got in the middle of a melee with bouncers at Lamplighter Inn. Chislof suffered a concussion, lacerations to his temple and just above eye, bruising and hematoma.

French Montana I'll Tell You Why Rap Is Better Than Rock ...

7/20/2017 12:41 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

For those wondering, French Montana has the answer for how hip-hop surpassed rock in popularity on the charts -- his new album, "Jungle Rules"!

We got French out in New York where he was mobbed by fans and asked him about the new Nielsen report that hip-hop surpassed rock consumption in America by a little over 2% recently. 

French says he's not surprised since he thinks his own album had a lot to do with the numbers, especially when it comes to a specific audience that's eating it up.

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O.J. Simpson Fellow Inmates Tuning In To See If He Walks Free

7/20/2017 9:16 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson will have the prisoners at Lovelock Correctional Center sitting on the edge of their seats.

Law enforcement officials tell us Simpson's fellow inmates at the Nevada prison will have TV time when the parole hearing begins. While they can watch whatever they want ... we're told prison officials expect Simpson's hearing to be in high demand.

No popcorn or snacks will be served. It's still prison, after all.

One law enforcement source told us, while interest is high in what happens to O.J. -- they do expect some inmates to pass because it's a sunny day. Good time to hit the yard. 

You, on the other hand, can watch it right here ... TMZ will live stream the parole hearing.

Tyga I Warned Rob About Blac Chyna's Game

7/20/2017 7:40 AM PDT

Tyga knew the deal and even threw up smoke signals for Rob Kardashian about hooking up with Blac Chyna ... but thinks Rob was ultimately blinded by love.

Tyga went on "The Breakfast Club" Thursday morning and talked about his breakup with Kylie Jenner, and her brother's relationship with Chyna ... Tyga's baby mama. He says the overlapping relationships did NOT create an awkward situation, but he also knew Rob couldn't handle Chyna -- for a bunch of reasons.

On the biz side ... the rapper says he had to pay a million dollars to end his contract with Cash Money -- but also claims his old label still owes him $12 mil.

O.J. Simpson Driver's License Hits Auction Block Issued During Murder Trial

7/20/2017 6:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Just in time for O.J. Simpson's potential release from prison ... the Juice's old driver's license issued during the heart of his murder trial is hitting the auction block!!

TMZ Sports has learned 2 of O.J.'s old California licenses -- including the one issued to him while incarcerated at the L.A. County Jail in 1995 -- are going up for auction and could fetch BIG bucks.

A rep for SCP Auctions tells us they acquired the licenses from one of O.J.'s old bodyguards who decided to part ways with the unique memorabilia.

An interesting note ... SCP says the address listed for his '95 license -- which was given to him 4 months before he was acquitted of murder -- was the location of O.J. Simpson Enterprises.

The other license going up for auction is dated February 22, 2000.

SCP estimates the '95 license could go for over $5k ... while the '00 could rake in $1,500.

The auction goes live from October 4 thru 21 ... so all you O.J. superfans have time to save up.

R. Kelly Women Aren't Captive He Just Hooks 'Em On the High Life

7/20/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly is guilty of pampering women with so much luxury they become dependent on him and don't want to leave, even though they can ... according to family members of one of the women.

Our sources, related to the woman -- who was 20 when she moved in with Kelly last year -- say she met him backstage during a concert meet and greet. She communicated with the singer for about 6 months before he asked her to live with him ... and she agreed.

However, we're told the woman -- who is not an aspiring singer like Joycelyn Savage -- has been free to leave Kelly's pads in Illinois and Georgia ... and has done so on multiple occasions. We're told she's flown out-of-state, unaccompanied to visit family.

She's never stayed longer than a week and always returned to Kelly, who she describes as "her man."

So, why does she stay? Our sources say the woman has been flown to Beverly Hills for shopping sprees, and Kelly also buys high-priced handbags, lingerie, shoes and spa trips for all of the girlfriends. We're told Kelly openly says he "wants to shower them in luxury."

Not that they think Kelly is totally innocent. One family member believes Kelly has a "calculating, methodical process to groom naive girls" -- and confirmed he takes their smartphones.

The woman has never mentioned any physical abuse ... nor has her family seen evidence of it. While they don't see anything criminal about Kelly's tactics, they feel he uses psychological abuse to make the girls fully reliant on him.

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