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Sen. Al Franken Facing Calls for Ethics Review Leeann Tweeden Claims Harassment

11/16/2017 9:19 AM PST

10:54 AM PT -- Leeann says she accepts Franken's apology. 

Sen. Al Franken may face an Ethics Committee review in the wake of claims he groped and sexually harassed radio host and former model Leeann Tweeden.

Tweeden released a 2006 photo of Franken -- who was not then elected -- groping, or at least pretending to grope her as she slept during a USO trip they both made. Tweeden says Franken, an 'SNL' vet and comedian at the time, had written a skit for their USO show in the Middle East, which required him to kiss her.

She claims during rehearsals he repeatedly tried to kiss her even though she told him it was not necessary. As she put it, "Relax Al, this isn't SNL ... we don't need to rehearse the kiss." She claims he persisted and eventually put his hand on the back of her head, and jammed his tongue in her mouth.

She says the alleged groping photo was taken on the plane ride home, after the 2-week tour, and as she slept.

Franken released a lengthy statement, apologizing directly to Tweeden. He also said, "I respect women. I don't respect men who don't. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't satisfied with the apology, and says, "As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter."

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Hot Kisses on Ice

11/16/2017 8:28 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber got an awesome body check from his gf, Selena Gomez, during a hockey time-out when she planted a serious kiss on him.

The reunited couple hooked up Wednesday night in L.A. at Justin's weekly hockey game. We've known they were back on for weeks, but the public kisses are like a sealing of the deal.

Selena went to hockey night a couple weeks ago, but no PDA that time around. We'd say the re-coupling -- which, as we told you was initiated by Bieber months ago -- is going well. Very well.

He shoots! HE SCORES!!!

Lil Peep Dead at 21 Tour Bus Overdose Suspected

11/16/2017 5:13 AM PST
Exclusive Details

New York rapper Lil Peep, whose lyrics were laced with drug references, has died of a suspected overdose on his tour bus ... TMZ has confirmed.

Lil Peep's body was found on the bus Wednesday night outside a club called The Rock in Tucson. He was scheduled to perform there. Law enforcement tells us his manager went to check on him around 8:50 PM and found him dead. We're told there was drug paraphernalia around him, and evidence of a possible overdose, and it was likely he'd taken Xanax.

Peep had posted a photo earlier in the day with what appeared to be prescription pills on his tongue and the caption, "fucc it."

Peep was an up-and-comer whose emo lyrics -- sometimes rapped, sometimes sung -- attracted several celebs in and out of the music biz. He and Bella Thorne had hooked up back in September.

Post Malone immediately reacted to his death on social media. 

DJ Marshmello had toured with Peep, and said they'd just been talking about doing music together.

Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, had just released his debut album, "Come Over When You're Sober (Part One)" in August.

He was just 21.

RIP

NFL's Jarvis Landry Dom. Violence Video Released Shows He Pushed Baby Mama

11/16/2017 7:46 AM PST

TMZ Sports has obtained the video at the center of the Jarvis Landry domestic violence investigation -- which shows the Miami Dolphins WR pushed his baby mama while their 4-month-old child was in the back seat. 

Landry's rep tells TMZ Sports the contact was not a push but rather "incidental contact" during an argument. Nothing more.

The footage was captured by a surveillance camera on April 1 -- showing Landry confronting the woman in the parking lot of his Florida apartment complex.

You can see Landry initially push the woman -- she falls back into her car. Landry then snaps his arm at her and it LOOKS like he was trying to slap her.

The video was blurred by police -- but cops say in the raw version it's clear Landry did NOT slap the woman and was only trying to snatch a cell phone from her.

The woman had initially told police after the incident that Landry battered her. Landry initially told cops he never battered her and claimed she had "hit my body" and got back in the car.

But the video clearly contradicts that.

The woman later changed her story -- telling investigators she was just emotional from having a kid and insisted she "exaggerated" the facts during the initial call with police. 

Officials ultimately believed the contact was an accident and decided NOT to press domestic violence charges against Landry.

'Pulp Fiction' Producer It's Okay to Admire Weinstein's Art Even Though He Sucks!!!

11/16/2017 8:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein's one bad hombre, but the things he's accused of doing shouldn't tarnish the brilliant work his company accomplished ... so says "Pulp Fiction" producer Lawrence Bender.

We got the renowned producer leaving The Highlight Room in Hollywood Wednesday night, and asked him if it's awkward to see his cult classic with the Miramax logo all over it. Remember, Weinstein's former company distributed 'Pulp' and it's one of the films that made the company a Hollywood juggernaut.

As Lawrence sees it -- ya gotta be able to compartmentalize when it comes to Weinstein the man, and Weinstein the producer.

Good luck with that.

Kim Kardashian Perfume Line Grosses $10 MIL in One Day!!!

11/16/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian made $10 million in just ONE DAY of selling perfume worldwide ... and incredibly not even a single customer got a whiff yet. 

Kim's fragrance hit the online world Wednesday morning. Customers got to choose between 3 fragrances -- Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Oud and Crystal Gardenia Citrus. Only 300,000 bottles were produced and they're expected to completely sell out by Thursday night. 

Beyonce could take a lesson from Kim, who made lemonade out of her robbery. She used healing crystals to calm her nerves after the Paris robbery last year, and the crystal is now the cornerstone of her perfume line. 

The $10 mil sales tab didn't happen by accident. Kim launched a social media campaign that would have impressed General MacArthur, and it clearly paid off. We're told in just the first hour sales hit $1 million.

Kim didn't just lend her name to the new fragrances ... she was involved in every aspect of the launch, from developing the scents to creating the packaging.

When the 300,000 bottles are accounted for, she'll have sold $14 mil ... in a day and a half.

Serena Williams Wedding Dress Arrives ... In Mystery Bag!

11/16/2017 6:33 AM PST
Breaking News

The countdown is on for Serena Williams -- her wedding is TONIGHT in New Orleans ... and her wedding dress has arrived just in time!

Photogs captured a bunch of pre-wedding deliveries on Wednesday -- including a woman carrying what appears to be a wedding dress bag.

To be honest, there could be anything in there ... how the hell do we know ... but the self-proclaimed wedding and dress experts in our office are adamant that's a wedding dress bag. So, there you have it.

Besides that ... decorations, gifts and other important things were delivered on Wednesday.

We're told the guest list for the Thursday night wedding is insane -- we're talking a crazy amount of A-Listers.

9:25 AM PT -- Serena's BFF, Caroline Wozniacki, is already in town. The tennis star attended the rehearsal dinner at Meril restaurant in New Orleans with her NBA star fiance, David Lee, on Wednesday night.

Justin Bieber God's Rules of the Road Count to 18 and Then Flip a B****

11/16/2017 6:48 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber must've felt holier than thou hugging it out with his pastor for 18 seconds ... but it didn't last, 'cause he became a sinful L.A. driver soon after.

We got Bieber leaving a church service at the Saban Theatre in Bev Hills Wednesday, where he gave one of his pastors, Judah Smith, a big bro hug on the way out. And by big, we actually mean long as hell ... like 18 seconds long ... ALLIGATOR seconds at that.

Seems like Justin got a lot out of the embrace, but whatever Godliness he felt quickly faded as he drove off ... 'cause the Biebs did a super illegal U-turn getting outta there.

Remember, Justin: WWJD? Walk ... probably.

Jordin Sparks I Got That Pregnancy Glow!

11/16/2017 7:31 AM PST

Jordin Sparks might've been keeping her marriage and pregnancy under wraps but there's no denying it now because she's got that pregnancy glow. 

Jordin stepped out Wednesday in Studio City ... the first time she's been spotted since announcing she'd gotten both hitched and knocked up this summer. Lucky guy and father-to-be is fitness model Dana Isaiah. 

Although Jordin was dressed casual in Yeezys and wore no makeup, she still looked radiant. She's only about 3 months along, so can't really tell there's a pea in the pod, but the smile says it all. 

Congresswoman Katherine Clark We Should Call Out D.C. Sexual Harassers by Name

11/16/2017 6:37 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Congresswoman Katherine Clark wants to go a step further than some other members of Congress ... she wants the names of her colleagues who are sexually harassing people exposed.

We got the Massachusetts Democrat on Capitol Hill Wednesday ... and she wants to take things a step further than Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who said earlier this week there was a Democratic and a Republican currently in Congress ... both of whom are sexual harassers, but she didn't name them.

Clark believes naming them will protect future victims.

We also speak with Clark about the so-called "creep list" ... members of Congress who are preying on staffers and interns.

Tech N9ne Divorce Finalized

11/16/2017 7:37 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rapper Tech N9ne and Lecoya LeJeune can pour out all the Caribou Lou they want ... their 22-year marriage is officially over.

The couple's divorce was finalized earlier this month ... according to court records. The divorce judgment says Tech walks away with his 49% of Strange Music as well as his management company.

Lecoya gets various bank accounts, and Tech will make an asset equalization payment to her of $150k. He'll also pay monthly spousal support of $5,555.55 for 6 years. Nines woulda been way cooler ... although more expensive.

They separated in 2005, but Tech didn't file for divorce until 2015. No child support or custody issues because their 2 kids are now adults.

Donald Trump Hey, UCLA Players ... Shoulda Thanked Chinese President, Too!

11/16/2017 5:50 AM PST
Breaking News

Donald Trump is only HALF satisfied with the UCLA basketball players he helped get out of China -- telling the guys they should've also thanked the President of China during the news conference.

After LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley confessed to shoplifting in Hangzhou and thanked Trump for getting them back to the U.S., POTUS tweeted at the Bruin players.

"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE!"

He added, "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"

As we previously reported, Trump -- along with President Xi and Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma -- were all involved in resolving the international incident.

The players have been suspended indefinitely.

Meek Mill Get Me Out of Solitary Before I Go Crazy!!!

11/16/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill is in solitary for 23 hours a day, 7 days a week -- and he desperately wants to be among the general prison pop.

Meek's attorneys just filed legal docs saying he's a victim of his celebrity. The lawyers say prison officials are worried about Meek interacting with other inmates, so they put him in solitary because it's the only way they can protect him.

Meek's legal team wants the judge to buy into the current thinking ... that solitary insidiously destroys the psyche. They also say it's severely inhibiting Meek's creativity. He's writing and exercising a lot, but it's taking its toll.

We're told Meek believes he'll do fine in G.P. because he's well respected on the streets and has given back a lot since he's become a celeb.  

There are a few rays of hope. Meek will hit the prison commissary for the first time Friday for jailhouse snacks and toiletries, and he'll get his first visitor sometime next week.

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