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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.

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.

Cecil the Lion's Son Xanda Killed by Trophy Hunters

7/20/2017 7:24 AM PDT
Breaking News

Another one of Cecil the Lion's sons has died the same way his father did -- shot and killed by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe.

Xanda -- a 6-year-old in his prime and himself the father of several young cubs -- was reportedly killed by professional hunter Richard Cooke ... the same guy who killed Xanda's brother.

Cecil was killed 2 years ago and his death -- at the hands of American dentist Walter Palmer -- sparked international outrage. Xanda was found dead still wearing an electronic collar just outside the Hwange National Park.

The park released a statement saying, "We can't believe that now, 2 years since Cecil was killed, that his oldest Cub #Xanda has met the same fate. When will the Lions of Hwange National Park be left to live out their years as wild born free lions should?"

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Ryan Seacrest Finally Lands New 'Idol' Gig

7/20/2017 8:11 AM PDT

Ryan Seacrest can start practicing his "THIS ... is American Idol" line again ... he's finally inked his deal to return as host after months of intense negotiations.

Ryan confirmed the news Thursday on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" ... saying he was excited to return, and likened it to getting back in a relationship after an abrupt breakup.

TMZ broke the story ... Ryan was aiming for somewhere between $10 and $15 million, but the huge hangup was getting the coveted executive producer credit. Sources involved tell us he did not get the title, and his payday will be closer to $10 mil.

There were also logistical challenges. Ryan -- as first reported by TMZ -- would fly back and forth from NYC to L.A. to shoot 'A.I.' ... but a plan was hashed out so none of his jobs would be affected ... including his radio gig.

Donnell Rawlings If O.J. Gets Out He's an Instant Folk Hero

7/20/2017 7:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Donnell Rawlings pictures O.J. Simpson getting a hero's welcome from black America IF he's released from prison, but there's a whole new set of rules he's gonna have to learn.

The comedian was leaving Gelson's in L.A. when we asked him about O.J.'s parole hearing -- which he all but calls the great escape. Donnell's got some advice for Juice on what to do and who to do it with ... if he wants to stay out of trouble -- and yeah ... there's a Kardashian connection.

The parole hearing's set for 10 AM PT ... and we'll be live streaming when they decide if O.J. will walk free.

Madonna's Ex Peter Shue If She Wants Her Panties Back ... She's Gotta Pay!!!

7/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Madonna's ex-boyfriend says the worn panties she sent him back in the day will hit the auction block despite legal issues, but if she wants them back ... a deal can be arranged.

We got Peter Shue -- who briefly dated the Queen of Pop in 1994 -- out in Harlem and asked him about the controversy over Madonna items going up for auction ... including the panties. His take -- she gave him her worn underwear as a gift, so they're his ... and he can do whatever he wants with them.

Shue seems to think a judge blocking the auction won't hold up, and Madge can place a bid like anyone else to win her panties back. Or she can call him directly ... if she still has his number.

Blac Chyna's Ex-Side Piece Negotiating to Join 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta'

7/20/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The world hasn't seen the last of Ferrari, the guy that came between Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian, because he's negotiating with "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" to join the cast ... if the price is right.

We're told Ferrari is "far along" in hashing out the details. Contracts have been circulated but not signed, and the unresolved issue is money. We're told he feels the show is lowballing him.  

Production sources say producers are into Ferrari's brashness ... specifically that he is unashamed and will go toe-to-toe with anybody. The fact that he owned the naked pics of him and Chyna are a plus ... at least the way the show sees it.

Ferrari's moved on and has already hooked up with someone else, and that relationship will be featured on the show ... assuming, of course, it lasts.

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