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Snake Gets Booted
Hours Before VMAs
8/24/2014 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj's would be "Anaconda" co-star -- the snake that bit a dancer during Friday's rehearsal -- did not get the chance to strike a second time … and TMZ got the shot of the reptile getting 86'd just hours before the VMAs.
Sources at VMA rehearsals tell us the offending python was at the L.A. Forum today -- just in case Nicki, her team and MTV felt comfortable going forward with the performance as planned.
But we're told the final decision was made to cut the snake a few hours before show time, and handlers loaded the rejected serpent into a container and unceremoniously removed it from the premises.
Sometimes showbiz bites.
By the way, nobody was thinking about the snake once Nicki hit the stage.
Richard Attenborough Dead
'Jurassic Park' Star Dies At 90
8/24/2014 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lord Richard Attenborough -- the English actor who made dinosaurs come to life in "Jurassic Park" -- has died after years of poor health.
Attenborough was one of England's leading actors ... but was also a director and producer. He's probably best known for "Jurassic Park" ... but also starred as Santa Claus in the remake of "Miracle On 34th Street"
His 70-year career also included "The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen ... and he directed "Gandhi" -- which won 8 Oscars.
Attenborough's son told the BBC his father died Sunday at lunchtime -- he'd been living in a nursing home with his wife for the past few years.
Attenborough was 90.
VMA Party Shooting
Hear the Gunshots [VIDEO]
8/24/2014 9:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This video puts you right in the middle of SHOTS FIRED at the VMA pre-party early Sunday morning.
There is clearly a lot of commotion before the shots ring out. We're told a fight had broken out and it's clear from the video people were going at it.
It sounds like there are 4 quick shots ... and then a 5th. But we're told by Suge Knight's family he was shot 6 times. So the number of shots is unclear.
BTW ... you can't see it in the video, but eyewitnesses tell us during the shooting Chris stood there with arms outstretched, trying to look invincible.
Three people were wounded. Law enforcement sources tell us ... they're focusing on gang rivalry as a possible motive for the shooting.
VMA Party Shooting
Cops Focusing on Gang Rivalry as Motive
8/24/2014 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cops are focusing on beef between gang members that triggered the nightclub shooting that landed Suge Knight in an ICU with multiple bullet wounds ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
We're told cops are interested in a common denominator with Chris Brown, Suge and Game -- Bloods affiliation.
Eyewitnesses tell us Brown was throwing up gang signs before the shooting inside 1OAK early Sunday and he was performing with a red bandana -- the Bloods' moniker.
Game -- who got in a fight outside 1OAK before the shooting because they wouldn't let him in -- is a known and proud member of the Bloods. His album is called Blood Money.
As for Suge ... one of the most notorious things about him is his Bloods affiliation.
And we know ... cops are interested in this -- there were several known gang bangers surrounding Chris at the time of the shooting.
This could all be problematic for Brown .... He's still on probation in the Rihanna beating case, and hanging with gang members and throwing gang signs is not going to impress the judge.
SHOT Multiple Times
After VMA Party turns Violent
8/24/2014 2:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:45 AM PT -- Suge is out of surgery … according to family sources. We're told Suge was shot 6 times. He's currently in ICU, but is expected to recover.
Shots rang out at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood at around 1:30 AM Sunday ... and Suge Knight was shot twice and taken to the hospital by ambulance where he was rushed into surgery ... eyewitnesses and Suge's family tell TMZ.
A source close to Suge tells us ... he was shot in the stomach and arm and apparently in other places as well.
Tyson Beckford, Robert Ri'chard and Apple de Ap all tell TMZ ... they were inside the pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown when they heard 4 shots ring out inside the club.
Suge walked out on his own power ... a cop spotted him and walked the rap mogul to the police car where Suge sat. Suge was then put in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.
We do not know the seriousness of Suge's injuries. Multiple sources now tell us Suge was one of 3 people who were shot. At least 1 is in critical condition. Sheriff's deputies had guns drawn as clubgoers exited with their hands in the air right after the shooting.
The night started with tension. An hour-and-a-half before the shots, Game came to the club and he and his buddies got into an altercation with security guards ... there was a full-on fight. Game tried to get in, was denied and left, but his buddies stayed behind. We do not know if they were involved in the altercation.
MTV wanted to make it clear ... it wasn't their party ... it's was Chris Brown's.
Chris Brown & Justin Bieber
Partying Together Before Shooting
8/24/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is batting 1 for 2 ... he hosted a party hours before the 1OAK bullet fest and no one got shot.
Chris, Justin Bieber and other celebs were celebrating VMA weekend at an L.A. mansion. As far as we can see Suge Knight wasn't there.
Likewise ... there's no evidence Justin was at 1OAK when shots were fired later in the evening.
Bieber was too cool for school at the mansion ... sporting a brown fedora and shades. He hung with Chris and his crew for much of the time.
Stripping, Humping, Gyrating
8/24/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyson Beckford is human hot chocolate.
We got hold of this video ... a scene from "Chocolate City" that was filmed at The Savoy in Inglewood, CA -- and it's just ridiculous -- who doesn't want to f*** him?
We could go on and on describing the video, but what's the point? It's Tyson Beckford stripping and grinding. Just watch it. OK?
8/24/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Gerard Butler displayed his vast knowledge of the female anatomy ... by administering a mammogram in a public parking lot.
Butler was in Malibu this week with an unidentified smoke show when he started exploring inside her bikini balloons -- following up with a tush grab.
Take one of these ... and don't call me in the morning.
Blac Chyna To Tyga:
Keep Your Hos Away From Our Son!
8/24/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Blac Chyna has laid down the law with Tyga --- keep your groupies and hos away from our son.
We're told Blac Chyna went nuclear after their breakup ... when Tyga began hosting raunchy pool parties with "skanky women" as their 1-year-old King Cairo looked on.
We're told they promised each other not to expose their kid to unsavory conduct -- and screwing around in swimming pools counts.
But she says there's another -- even more serious problem. She says they promised each other not to introduce King Cairo to their boyfriends and girlfriends, because if another person comes into his life and then just goes away it will traumatize him. She says Tyga's already broken that promise.
Tyga is telling friends ... maybe he's violated their deal, but she's no saint either. He claims she's been spending time with other men.
It's gotten so bad ... they're each threatening to take the other to custody court.
What's The Big Frigin'
8/24/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In other news...
Rapper Iggy Azalea is working with A LOT back there, so imagine what it all looks like ... stuffed into some spandex!!!
War Machine Tipster
PASSES On Reward Money
8/24/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The woman responsible for the capture of War Machine says she's dying of cancer and has decided to pay the $20K reward forward.
Mary Casamento was staying at the same hotel where War Machine was hiding ... a fugitive from the law after allegedly brutally beating former GF Christy Mack.
Mary says she heard commotion and saw a woman run out of his room ... bloodied. She called cops who came and arrested him.
Mary scored a $20K reward -- $10K from Christy's family and an equal amount from "Pawn Stars" star Corey Harrison -- but she's not cashing in, because she already has enough to last her for the rest of her life. She's decided to give the dough to a Santa Clarita, CA battered women's shelter.
Give this woman a reward award.
In Wake of Backstage Shooting
8/23/2014 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wiz Khalifa's concert in Chula Vista, California Saturday night has been cancelled ... following a shooting that broke out in the backstage area of his gig the night before.
A Ticketmaster employee tells us the show was cancelled this afternoon ... but no further details were made available to them at this time -- and the venue hasn't picked up their phone.
As we previously reported ... a man was shot to death backstage at Khalifa's concert near San Jose Friday night. One source tells us the man was shot at least 5 times.
Cops tell us they believe the shooter and victim had no connection to Wiz ... which makes the concert cancellation slightly confusing.
Wiz says, "Due to a situation out of our control, tonight’s UTIOM show is cancelled. This was a senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family."