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TMZ Live: Kevin Hart in Sex Tape Extortion Plot

9/18/2017 10:45 AM PDT

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Chris Pratt Opens Up About Anna Faris
  • Justin Bieber: Shirtless Sunday!  
  • Celebs Bash Sean Spicer At Emmys 
  • Anthony Scaramucci Co-hosts

Ryan Phillippe Girlfriend Sues Claims He Brutalized and Beat Her

9/18/2017 4:31 PM PDT

5:05 PM PT -- Sources connected with Ryan tell TMZ, Elsie showed up to Ryan's house uninvited and under the influence several days after he broke up with her.  They say she was the one who attacked Ryan and refused to leave his home.  He removed her from the premises and he claims she fell and hurt herself.

Sources close to Ryan say the L.A. City Attorney refused to prosecute after investigating, and they claim she's filed this lawsuit out of revenge. We're told Ryan's side finds it amusing Elsie has sent glamour shots of herself to the media and is out for money and fame.

Ryan Phillippe's girlfriend has just filed a lawsuit against the actor, claiming he abuses cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms and steroids, and has beaten her badly.

Elsie Hewitt claims in the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, on July 4th, she went to pick up things from his house and she realized he was extremely drunk. She says after she tried talking with him he attacked her, grabbed her upper arm so hard it left heavy bruises and violently threw her down the stairs as hard as he could.

She claims he continued his assault and picked her up like a doll and threw her down the stairs again. He then screamed, "Get the f*** out of my house you crazy c**t."

She went to the hospital, cops took a report and she got a protective order.

She suffered chest wall pain, abrasions and severe bruising. 

She wants more than $1 million.

Killer Mike We Don't Need Celebs in Politics But I Might Run in 2025!

9/18/2017 3:31 PM PDT

There's a chance Killer Mike's name might actually wind up on a ballot someday in the near future, but it won't be for the office of President.

The outspoken rapper and activist was in D.C. over the weekend to pay his respects to comedian and civil rights leader Dick Gregory. Mike's never one to hold back when it comes to talking politics, but thinks there should be fewer entertainers running America.

He also explained why he hasn't run yet -- though we think he was kidding.

That said, Mike didn't rule out a post-rap political career completely, and he even has a time frame!

Kevin Hart Deeply Involved in Police Extortion Investigation Talking to Law Enforcement

9/18/2017 3:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart is aggressively helping authorities nab the people who tried extorting him over that sexually charged video ... and TMZ has learned he's speaking with them today to tell them everything he knows.

Sources connected with Hart tell us Kevin is talking to law enforcement by phone today on a call that is expected to last around an hour and a half. Our sources say he's livid at the culprits and wants them caught so bad he's willing to stop everything else he's doing to help.

We're told this will be the second extended conversation he's had with law enforcement.

As for who the culprits are ... no one knows for sure, although everyone involved has their suspicions. We're told the woman in the photo with Kevin that appears at the beginning of the video has told Kevin's people she knew nothing about the video, suggesting she's a victim, too.

But the woman immediately lawyered up. As we first reported, the lawyer contacted Kevin's people and said his client would take a lie detector test, but only if she was paid 6 figures. We're now told that amount is $420k.  

It appears there's more than one person involved in the extortion plot, and as one person familiar with the investigation tells us, "Sometimes they seem incredibly sophisticated, and other times they just seem downright dumb."

Anthony Scaramucci: Gisele Blocked Tom from White House ... Jealousy Over Ivanka?

9/18/2017 1:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Anthony Scaramucci believes it was Gisele who stopped Tom Brady from joining the Patriots on their Super Bowl trip to Donald Trump's White House ... strongly insinuating the supermodel didn't want Tom around Ivanka Trump.

The Mooch -- Trump's former White House communications director -- guest hosted "TMZ Live" Monday -- when we asked straight-up about the alleged rift between the POTUS and the GOAT.

A.S. says he didn't have direct knowledge of the situation -- but strongly suggested Gisele shut Brady down ... saying, "I think she's possessive of him and probably didn't want him there."

Mooch suggests Gisele may have been jealous of Ivanka Trump -- saying he thinks Brady and Ivanka may have dated at one point in the past.

In fact, back in 2004 ... Donald praised Tom as a great guy who would make a "great combination" with Ivanka.

Despite the Moochsinuation, a source connected to the Trump family tells us, "While they have known each other for years, this is not true."

For the record, Tom claimed the reason he missed the White House visit was to spend time with his ailing mother.

'The Walking Dead' Star Emmys Went Easy on Trump

9/18/2017 3:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the guy known for bashing everything on "The Walking Dead" ... thinks Emmy-night celebs did something very un-Negan -- easing up on President Trump bashing.

We got JDM flying out of LAX Monday and he said the Trump attacks were toned down this year, but not because Hollywood, in general, approves of POTUS. Keep in mind ... there were still plenty of jabs at 45 and his administration-- just ask Sean Spicer. But still less than last year's slugfest on then-candidate Trump

Whatever the reason, Jeffrey's just happy folks are getting away from politics at award shows.

He also got a big laugh out of our on-the-nose name suggestion for the kid he and Hilarie Burton are expecting. 

Dick Gregory's Son Emmys Snub 'Highly Disrespectful' ... We Never Got a Phone Call

9/18/2017 2:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dick Gregory's family didn't hear a peep from anyone involved with the Emmys regarding honoring the iconic comedian, and they absolutely consider it a slap in the face.

One of Dick's sons, Christian Gregory, tells TMZ the omission Sunday night from the In Memoriam segment was especially disrespectful due to his father's legacy. Christian points out most actors and producers of color wouldn't even be working in TV without Dick's civil rights activism and success in entertainment.

As we reported, Gregory, Charlie Murphy, Harry Dean Stanton and Frank Vincent were all left out of the tribute. Murphy's camp had been contacted for photos, but he was still absent from the broadcast segment.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hasn't offered an explanation, but they've added all of them -- except Vincent -- to the Academy's website memoriam.

Heather Locklear 911 We Got a Celeb Down in the Ditch!

9/18/2017 1:58 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Moments after Heather Locklear drove her Porsche into a ditch ... cops got a 911 call reporting the accident -- and Heather's celebrity status was a hot topic.

TMZ obtained the 911 call and law enforcement communications regarding the Thursday evening accident. One of the deputies who responded to the scene ... called into dispatch and made it clear ... we've got a VIP here.

The deputy said, "It's a celebrity. She's huge" -- and the dispatcher responded, "I'll let [the Sheriff's Office] know, and they'll probably get out there a little quicker."

As we first reported, Heather drove into the ditch in Thousand Oaks, CA and managed to walk away with minor injuries. She didn't hit any other property, and will not be cited for the accident.

Kevin Hart's Wife I Plead the 5th

9/18/2017 1:03 PM PDT

Eniko Parrish isn't shying away from cameras in the wake of Kevin Hart apologizing to her for getting into a bad "situation" -- but she's also not throwing him under the bus.

Eniko, who's in her third trimester, was out running errands Monday in Beverly Hills ... just as we imagine she would on any other day. Photogs fired off a series of questions about Kevin getting extorted -- as TMZ first reported someone demanded 8 figures to keep a sexually explicit video under wraps.

Eniko was also asked if she's even spoken to Kevin yet.

No reply from Mrs. Hart, but for what it's worth ... she was still wearing her ring.

Kevin Hart I'm Smiling Through Extortion Plot ... It's My Job!

9/18/2017 12:19 PM PDT

Kevin Hart isn't missing a beat when it comes to making money ... extortion plot, be damned.

In fact, Kevin was all smiles Monday morning on the set of "Night School," which is currently shooting in Clayton, Georgia. His face didn't show any tension about the fact someone tried to get up to 8 figures from him to keep a video of him allegedly cheating under wraps.

As TMZ first reported, authorities are on the case and closing in on a suspect.

Kevin seems confident. Or he's just a really good actor.

Keyshia Cole Emmy Night Duet Makes Girl's Wish Come True

9/18/2017 12:07 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Keyshia Cole trusted a 12-year-old amateur singer to help her belt out a song at a post-Emmys bash ... and the result was simply awesome.

Keyshia performed her song, "Trust," Sunday night at the Golden Soiree at Viva Hollywood -- and she invited a 12-year-old named Serenity, who happens to be in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

We're told Serenity's a huge fan of Keyshia's and had requested to sing with her -- a wish that was granted by Jimmy Iovine's son, Jamie ... who's close pals with Keyshia.

As you can see, the duo was a hit with the crowd ... and Keyshia even gave a special shout-out to Serenity and Jamie afterward. 

Queen Latifah Canceling St. Louis Concerts Won't Fix Issues There

9/18/2017 11:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If Queen Latifah quit doing concerts everywhere a cop got away with killing a black citizen ... she'd have no place left to perform, according to her.

Ed Sheeran and U2 canceled St. Louis concerts over the weekend amid violent protests of a white police officer's acquittal for shooting and killing a black motorist. Important to note, neither Ed nor U2 was boycotting, it's just that St. Louis PD said it was too busy handling protests to do the usual concert security.

When we got Latifah at LAX Sunday we asked her if she'd perform in St. Louis, but her response makes it clear she thinks the problem goes wayyy beyond that city.

Tesla Ex-Employee Sues Over N-Word, Racial Discrimination

9/18/2017 10:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:30 PM PT -- Tesla says they've investigated DeWitt Lambert's complaint, and the other employees involved told a much different version of events leading up to the recording showing them using the n-word. In fact, Tesla says they now have personal instant messages where Lambert not only uses the n-word ... but says he was seeking revenge on his co-workers.

Bottom line: Tesla says they've suspended Lambert, with pay, while they reopen the investigation.

An African-American man who worked for Tesla claims he was harassed by other employees and called the n-word.

DeWitt Lambert filed a federal lawsuit, claiming he started working for the car company in 2015 and served as a production associate. He says the harassment began almost immediately. It started with hazing type stuff -- putting stickers on his back, putting nuts and screws in his pocket and hiding his tools.

Lambert says things escalated a few months into the job and he got a menacing recording on his phone ..."N****r, we take your ass home, n****r.  Shred you up in pieces, n****r.  Cut you up n****r, send your ass [to] everyone in yo family so everybody can have a piece of you, n****r.  Straight up, n****r.  We get down like that, n****r."

The lawsuit also claims employees humiliated him, sticking a drill gun in his butt while he was bent over. They also routinely made comments about the size of his penis.

Lambert says after he complained, some of the alleged harassers were actually rewarded with a promotion.

He's claiming discrimination, a hostile work environment and wants an unspecified amount in damages.

We reached out to Tesla ... so far no word back.

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