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Meek Mill To Be Released From Prison Free Man Within Hours!

4/24/2018 12:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

1:23 PM PT -- According to the PA Supreme Court's official order, the justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer who served as a "critical witness" in Meek's original gun and drugs case as a crucial point in their decision to order his bail. It also said prosecutors were not opposed to him being released, and sided with them.

Meek Mill will be a free man in 1 hour ... out of prison after a long legal battle.

The Supreme Court of PA made the decision, overruling Judge Genece Brinkley. Judge Brinkley was severely criticized for what some say was a grudge against Meek and keeping him in prison, despite prosecutors asking that his conviction be overturned because of a dirty cop.

Judge Brinkley denied Meek bail last week after prosecutors asked her to toss the conviction, and instead she set a hearing for 60 days later. Many found that outrageous, and that apparently includes justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The justices released Meek with no bail, pending a hearing in about 60 days to possibly dismiss the conviction. One remarkable thing, which is a clear diss to Judge Brinkley ... the justices refused to boot Judge Brinkley from the case, but said she "may opt to remove herself from presiding over this matter."

Meek tells TMZ ... "I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time."

"While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive."

The rapper also hopped on a call with T.I. after his release ... T.I. posted a video of the call, and Meek sounds ecstatic. 

Meek adds, "To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career." 

Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, says, "Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail. Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured."

Derek Fisher Proposes to Gloria Govan ... She Said 'Yes!'

4/24/2018 10:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:48 AM PT -- Matt Barnes has weighed in on the engagement ... saying he's happy for EVERYONE involved!

"I have two beautiful boys from my ex we are both focussing on co-parenting & providing the best atmosphere & childhood for them," Barnes said ... "They love him, so I love it.

"Despite not seeing eye to eye initially w Derek he & I are on the same page & communicate weekly about Isaiah and Carter."

"With that being said congrats on the engagement!"

Good news for Derek Fisher ... the ex-NBA star popped the question to his girlfriend, Gloria Govan -- AND SHE SAID, "YES!"

We've learned ... 43-year-old Fisher got down on one knee during a small shindig at their Los Angeles-area home on April 7, surrounded by their kids and Gloria's nephew. 

Derek had some of Gloria's friends take her out during the day so he could decorate the house while she was gone ... candles, flower petals ... it was romantic!

And yeah ... the ring's pretty big. We got a photo and you can see the diamond is the size of her knuckle!

Derek and Gloria have been dating since 2015. Both were previously married but have since divorced their significant others. 

Of course, Gloria was married to Matt Barnes -- which caused some some legendary drama between Derek and his ex-Lakers teammate. But Barnes recently said the beef is over and the two are now cool. 

No word on when the two plan on officially tying the knot -- it's still early though. 

Congrats!!! 

Damian Lewis First Crack at Playing Rob Ford ... Nailed It!!!

4/24/2018 11:04 AM PDT

"Billions" star Damian Lewis looks totally unrecognizable on set, which is a good thing ... because he's playing Toronto's former crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.

Lewis was spotted in character on the set of "Run This Town" in Toronto on Monday, after spending nearly 7 hours in makeup to transform into the disgraced ex-Mayor ... and the resemblance is uncanny.

The film will focus on Ford's last year of his mayoral term, which was rocked by scandal when he was caught on video smoking crack in 2014 and took a leave to go to rehab.

Those involved with the movie have referred to it as "historical fiction," instead of a Rob Ford biopic ... but it certainly has that biopic look.

As we reported ... Ford died in 2016 after a battle with cancer.

Lewis is known for his Emmy-winning performance as Nicholas Brody on "Homeland" and as cocky hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod on "Billions."

Barry Manilow Sued Zinged for Using Judy Garland To Promote 'Duets' Album

4/24/2018 11:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Barry Manilow's dream duet with Judy Garland might be a showstopper, but one man really just wants it to stop ... according to a new suit.

Darryl Payne claims Barry used a recording of Judy singing her song "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" on a video promoting his 2014 album My Dream Duets ... but didn't obtain the licensing rights for it.

Payne says he's the rightful owner of the Garland clip used in the promo vid, and Manilow never got his OK to use it. On top of that, Barry's accused of using the Garland clip at his live shows on at least 68 occasions at jam-packed venues ... once again, without permission.

Payne wants Manilow to pull the plug on his Judy duet and fork over any profits he's raked in from it. We reached out to Manilow ... so far, no word back.

Kevin Hart Visits Meek Mill In Philly Prison

4/24/2018 10:29 AM PDT
Breaking News

Kevin Hart just joined a growing list of celebrities to visit Meek Mill in prison.

Kevin was spotted entering Chester SCI in Philadelphia with a few members of his team by his side. It's the Philly-born comedian's first time stepping foot into the prison.

Hart's among several celebs, politicians, artists and athletes to visit Meek -- the list includes Rev. Al Sharpton, James Harden, members of the 76ers and Robert Kraft. Nearly all of the meetings have been set up by Michael Rubin, co-owner of the 76ers.

Kevin's spoken out about Meek's situation before ... and we also got Rick Ross in NYC Monday showing his support

Meek's serving a 2 to 4 year sentence for violating his probation from a 2008 drug and weapons conviction ... a sentence many are calling unfair and unjust.

Jon Cryer, Kristin Davis Stars Raising Tons of Cash For Waffle House Hero!

4/24/2018 8:29 AM PDT
Breaking News

The hero who took down the Waffle House shooter is now bringing together Hollywood liberals and famous right wing conservatives -- they've all joined forces to raise money for him! 

Jon Cryer, Kristin Davis and Busy Philipps -- along with conservative author Mike Cernovich -- have each made significant contributions to a GoFundMe page for James Shaw Jr

In fact, Davis tweeted, "I just donated and it feels good! Good to help someone who stood up and did the right thing, thank you James Shaw Jr! And I love everyone who is donating too!"

The fundraising effort was launched by journalist Yashar Ali, who says he was so inspired by Shaw's story ... he wants to raise money for a college fund for Shaw's daughter or to help him take his family on a nice vacation, whichever he chooses! 

So far, Ali has raised more than $50,000 for Shaw!!!

FYI, Shaw is a REAL LIFE superhero -- who singlehandedly charged the Waffle House gunman in Nashville and ripped away his gun, ending the killing spree. 

Other stars who have contributed ... Ike Barinholtz and Natasha Ziff.  

Donald Trump Attempt to Hold Melania's Hand Is Sad ...

4/24/2018 9:31 AM PDT

Donald Trump really wanted to get Melania to hold his hand at a White House event honoring French President Emmanuel Macron ... but man, he had to work for it. 

Trump was standing next to his wife in the Rose Garden when he tried to slickly coax her hand into his ... but what ensued was a painfully long battle of wills.

It's clear Melania was trying to avoid the hand-hold ... but Trump and his pinky finger were persistent ... eventually wearing down her defense until she submitted. 

True love, huh?

David Hogg & Cameron Kasky Prom Pose Pic was Just for Fun ... We're Not Dating

4/24/2018 9:28 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Parkland student leaders David Hogg and Cameron Kasky have nothing but love for one another, but they're not actually going to prom together ... TMZ has learned.

Cameron's tweet Monday of this photo with the caption "Prom 2018" led many to believe the 2 were announcing their prom plans ... but their parents tell us it's not true.

David's mom, Rebecca Boldrick, tells us David has another date for the prom, and the photo with Cameron was taken during a video shoot Monday for U2's RED campaign the high schoolers were working on.

Cameron's dad, Jeff Kasky, tells us ... "Cameron and David love each other very much, as do the 20 or so other kids that are part of their group, but not in a romantic type of way."

We're told Marjory Stoneman Douglas High just has a senior prom -- and Cameron's only a junior -- so while he could go if he gets invited by a senior like David ... they're just friends.

'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson Died of a Stroke Influenza & Heart Disease as Contributing Causes

4/24/2018 8:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Night Court" star Harry Anderson died of a stroke he apparently suffered in the night, which might've been triggered by the flu and a specific type of heart disease. 

TMZ has obtained Anderson's death certificate, which lists the actor's primary cause of death as cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident, which is a stroke that's caused by the heart pumping unwanted materials into the brain's circulation. 

The contributing causes are listed as influenza -- the flu -- and a heart disease that affects the tissue of the organ by either enlarging it or disrupting its natural motor function.

As we reported ... Anderson was found dead on arrival last week after his wife called 911. She told the operator that his body was cold, and that CPR wouldn't help. She also mentioned he'd suffered a series of strokes earlier this year.

He was 65. 

Trump to Emmanuel Macron We're Great Pals, Huh? Lemme Get That Dandruff, Bro

4/24/2018 8:42 AM PDT
Breaking News

President Trump and Emmanuel Macron are so tight, they have no problem wiping the dirt off each other's shoulder in front of cameras ... or dandruff, for that matter. 

Trump was hosting the French President and his wife, Brigitte, at the White House Tuesday for policy talks between the two countries, and at one point in the Oval Office, Trump got a little handsy with Manny ... flicking off some apparent dandruff that had built up on his jacket.

It's funny for another reason, too. DT was touting the fact that the media was reporting on his and Macron's close relationship ... which for once he said wasn't "fake news."

Hard to imagine Trump's brush-off was anything but a subtle power move. 

Of course, no meeting is complete without Trump's signature handshake ... and it appears 45 has significantly cut down on the shake's length since last year.

Stormy Daniels' New Porno Is Killing It

4/24/2018 6:57 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Banging the President has been VERY good for Stormy Daniels' career ... and the proof is in the porn pudding! 

Stormy just released her first new movie since the Trump scandal broke -- 'Stormy's Secret' -- in which the self-described "MILF goddess" plays a writer looking to "get those creative juices going."

Spoiler: She succeeds. 

The teaser clip, posted on the Brazzers' website, has already racked up more than 150,000 views in the 2 days it's been live ... more views than the previous 2 videos dropped on the site combined, "Christening the Cougar" and "Confessions of a Buttaholic."

Daniels has said she never stopped working in porn -- but had to take a break from on-camera work due to a back injury suffered in a "riding accident."

But, she's back now and vows to knock out even more flicks in 2018 ... including one callled "The Fellate Show."

Heeeeeeeere's Stormy! 

Waffle House Offers to Pay Funeral Expenses Of Shooting Victims

4/24/2018 7:22 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Waffle House has offered to pay for the funerals of the 4 people killed in its restaurant in Tennessee over the weekend ... and will help to cover the medical expenses of those injured.

A rep for the company tells us they've reached out to the families of the victims of the attack to help in any way they can. We're told the restaurant chain has offered to pay for all funeral and medical costs associated with the attack.

Four people were killed and another 4 injured when 29-year-old Travis Reinking entered the restaurant with an AR-15 and opened fire.

WH's director of PR, Pat Warner, says the company's CEO and Senior Management team has personally visited with victims and their families to offer condolences and assistance during the difficult time.

We're told company honchos have developed a personal relationship with James Shaw Jr. -- the man responsible for disarming the gunman -- and have offered assistance to him as well.

Reinking was arrested in a wooded area Monday after more than a day on the run. His motives for carrying out the shooting are still unknown.

Kourtney Kardashian Bombarded For Selfies ... on Capitol Hill!

4/24/2018 8:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kourtney Kardashian was just like any ol' senator or congresswoman walking through the hallways of the Capitol Tuesday in a suit and on a mission to change the law ... until she was bombarded for selfies.

The eldest Kardashian didn't say much on her way to talk about regulating cosmetics and other personal care products, but couldn't resist the opportunity to get one pic in with a fan.

The 39-year-old is there with the Environmental Working Group lobbying for environmentally-friendly cosmetic products.

Gotta say Kourtney looks like she's holding her ground, so perhaps there's a future there in politics for her. Wouldn't be the first time a reality star made it far in politics.

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