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Jay-Z First Time Out in L.A. Since Twins' Birth ... Good Sign for Recovery?

6/19/2017 1:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jay-Z is out and about in L.A. and smiling like the proud new dad he is ... which could mean there's good news where Beyonce and the twins are concerned.

Jay was in West Hollywood Monday morning -- the first time he's been spotted away from the hospital since Bey gave birth a week ago. TMZ broke the story ... the newborn boy and girl have remained in the hospital due to a "minor issue." 

Unclear what Jay-Z was doing, but he was leaving a complex that has a SoulCycle ... and we know he's been known to get his SC on from time to time.

We're told he's been at the hospital with Bey and the twins nearly round the clock, and was seen arriving there early Monday morning.

He didn't have much to say to photogs outside SoulCycle, but we're hoping the smile said it all.


N. Korean Prisoner Otto Warmbier Dead at 22

6/19/2017 1:53 PM PDT
Breaking News

Otto Warmbier -- the U.S. citizen who was just released by North Korea -- died Monday in Cincinnati.

Otto was in a coma when N. Korea set him free last week. He'd been at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center since then. He was surrounded by family when he passed away ... according to a statement from the Warmbiers.

The family said, "Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today."

Otto, a University of Virginia student, had been sentenced to 15 years in prison last year after he allegedly tried to take down a political propaganda sign in Pyongyang. N. Korean officials claim he contracted botulism, and after they gave him a sleeping pill ... he never woke up.

Otto was 22.

President Trump said, "Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency."

'Duck Dynasty' Co-Creators Judge Says ... Let Them Back into the Empire, Or Else

6/19/2017 12:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The co-creators of "Duck Dynasty" are about to get back in business ... and if their business partners dare try to squeeze them out they will have hell to pay.

Scott and Deirdre Gurney, the co-creators of the once wildly popular show, were thrown out of the business by ITV, the British network that co-owned the show.

A judge ruled back in March that ITV had no right to 86 the Gurneys and ordered the network to let them back in. That apparently didn't happen.

Friday, a judge just laid down the law in terms that could not be more clear ... if ITV doesn't let the Gurneys back in, they will be socked with a $12k fine.

The order requires ITV to allow Scott and Deirdre access to company emails, the right to hire/fire staff and access to at least $500k to spend on development.

ITV and the Gurneys are in the midst of a feud stemming from the Gurneys suing ITV for $100 million claiming they were wrongfully terminated. ITV countered that the Gurneys were engaged in fraud.

The Gurneys deny any wrongdoing and claim they were intimidated and extorted.

DeMario Jackson I Didn't Know Corinne Had a BF

6/19/2017 12:01 PM PDT

DeMario Jackson says he wouldn't have hooked up with Corinne Olympios if he knew she had a BF ... this from the guy who got kicked off "The Bachelorette" for having a GF.

DeMario was out Sunday in L.A. when a pap asked if he would have done what he did in the pool with Corinne if he'd known? DeMario says absolutely not.

It's interesting though -- DeMario was booted from Rachel Lindsay's 'Bachelorette' season and got made into a villain after he was caught lying about his then-girlfriend ... who isn't a big fan of his to this day.

DeMario's aware of the irony here ... or at least he seems to be.

Michelle Obama Check Out My Guns!

6/19/2017 11:36 AM PDT

Michelle Obama is continuing to move her body even after leaving the White House, and it looks like these days she could take anyone down in arm wrestling.

The former First Lady posted a series of pics from a boot camp over the weekend in Washington D.C. where she and Barack have been living since leaving the White House.

Michelle says the intense workout session is a tradition she started while in the White House and looks like it's still going strong, especially when it comes to her upper body.

One thing's for sure, Michelle and Barack are looking better than ever since leaving the White House.

The Slants Supreme Court Victory! Offensive Name is Free Speech

6/19/2017 10:29 AM PDT

Asian-American rock group, The Slants, are free and clear to trademark their name after a Supreme Court ruling in their favor.

The Slants had attempted to trademark their controversial name back in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shot them down based on the name being disparaging.

Monday, the Supreme Court said that law violates free speech, and therefore the trademark should be granted. It's a victory for the band, and potentially for the Washington Redskins ... whose trademark request was denied on the same grounds.

The Court's decision opens the door to a slew of arguably offensive language being trademarked.

Carrie Fisher Tests Revealed Cocaine, Other Opiates ... Unclear If They Contributed to Death

6/19/2017 8:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Carrie Fisher had cocaine, morphine, codeine and oxycodone in her system when she was hospitalized after suffering a massive heart attack on board a flight to LAX.

The L.A. County Coroner released its full autopsy, including toxicology, and it revealed the slew of drugs. In addition to the cocaine and opiates found in a urine analysis ... there was also a very little amount of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, and heroin. The dose and time both drugs were taken could not be determined. 

The report says it's unclear how much of a role, if any, the drugs played in her death on Dec. 27. 

As we told you on Friday, the coroner announced "sleep apnea and other undetermined factors" were the cause of death.

Story developing ...

Bobbi Kristina Headstone Placed on Grave In Family Plot

6/19/2017 10:04 AM PDT

Bobbi Kristina Brown's grave now has her headstone in place ... between her mother and grandfather.

The headstone is inscribed, "Resting Peacefully" and also has a musical note along the border. Bobbi Kristina was laid to rest in a family plot, right next to Whitney Houston.

It appears loved ones have visited the New Jersey cemetery recently -- flowers and an angel-like figurine have been placed on the marker.

Bobbi Kristina's headstone was installed as the investigation into her death continues. As we reported ... authorities in Georgia spoke to Nick Gordon's current girlfriend after he was arrested for assaulting her.

Gordon remains a person of interest in Bobbi Kristina's death.

Gronk Racks Up $100k Tab ... At Casino Turn-Up

6/19/2017 8:50 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

How much does it cost to party with Rob Gronkowski for a night? More than most people make in a year ... 'cause Gronk and Co. racked up a HUGE $100k tab at a casino nightclub over the weekend.

TMZ Sports obtained the itemized receipt for Gronk and his 20-man party crew at Shrine at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut this weekend.

We spoke with a PR rep for the Shrine bar who says the receipt is legit. It's pretty awesome. 

In total, Gronk's gang tore through 160 BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE including:

- 18 bottles of Ace of Spades Rose: $18,000

- 15 bottles of Dom Perignon Rose: $27,000

There's more ... including 16 bottles of Grey Goose for $10,400, 45 orders of Maker's Mark, 24 shots of Jim Beam Fire, 3 bottles of Don Julio 1942. These guys weren't messin' around. 

It's unclear who footed the bill (most likely the casino) ... but it's not like Gronk can't afford it anyway -- dude's gonna make more than $4 mil next year.

It's good to be Gronk.

Twenty One Pilots Goes In On Coachella ... 'We Can't Stand It'

6/19/2017 9:06 AM PDT

Metallica vs. Napster, Slash vs. Axl, Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster ...  and now there's Twenty One Pilots vs Coachella after the rap rock duo blasted the desert festival over the weekend onstage in front of thousands.

The band was headlining Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware Friday night when frontman Tyler Joseph gave Coachella a scathing review: "It's not that we don't like Coachella, it's just that we can't stand it."

It's unclear if Tyler was just pumping up the crowd, but Coachella gets a bad rep for being an overcrowded cash cow where people care more about their outfits than the music onstage. Twenty One Pilots has never played the festival, but interestingly enough, both Coachella and Firefly are produced by promoter Goldenvoice. So, if anything, it seems the diss was aimed at the type of crowd Coachella draws.

We will say this ... the Firefly crowd and Twenty One Pilots set looked lit AF!

Ice Cube I'll Give BIG3 Venue to Conor, Floyd ... If the Price Is Right

6/19/2017 7:46 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ice Cube has a message for Conor and Floyd -- if you want the site, the money's gotta be right. 

The rap icon -- who also runs the BIG3 basketball league -- appeared on "Undisputed" on FS1 Monday morning to address the standoff over the T-Mobile Arena.

As we previously reported, McGregor and Mayweather have been promoting their August 26 fight at the T-Mobile Arena. Problem is, Cube already had the venue booked for the BIG3 championship game. 

But there's a solution -- cash.

Cube says he's absolutely willing to move if the MayMac people "do what they're supposed to do and make us happy."

The good news ... Cube says the two sides are talking. "I think we can get there."

Akon Crowd Surfs, Eats it Hard in Canada!!

6/19/2017 6:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:24 PM PT-- Akon just set the record straight -- saying he fell on purpose to crowd surf and get extra close with his fans -- he also posted a video from an alternate angle to support his claim.

Akon fell for Canada ... and he really struggled to get up.

The singer was in the middle of a performance Sunday night at The Ranch Roadhouse in Edmonton when he decided to do a little crowd surfing.

No big deal ... it's what artists do -- but when Akon hopped up on the shoulders of a couple fans things started going downhill fast. We can laugh now, because he eventually resurfaced ... unscathed. We think.

And his reaction to getting swallowed up by the crowd was the best -- Akon just tried to catch another wave! If at first you don't succeed ... eh?

Still way safer than XXXTentacion's crowd interaction ...

'BIP' Stars Evan Bass, Carly Waddell Tie the Knot in Mexico!!!

6/18/2017 7:24 PM PDT

"Bachelor in Paradise" has a happy ending ... at least for last season, because two of its stars just tied the knot.

Evan Bass and Carly Waddell from 'BIP' season 3 said their "I do's" during a beach wedding near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

ABC will air the wedding despite controversy over 'BIP' and sexual assault allegations made by Corinne Olympios against DeMario Jackson and producers. Warner Bros is investigating.

Bass is begging ABC to hold firm and air the show, claiming his marriage has nothing to do with the current scandal.

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