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NBA's Jeff Withey Calls BS On Dom. Violence Allegations ... 'Patently False'

4/20/2017 4:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey says he NEVER got physical with his Playboy Playmate ex-fiancee, Kennedy Summers ... claiming she made the whole thing up to damage his reputation. 

As we previously reported, Summers -- the 2014 Playmate of the Year -- filed a police report earlier this week accusing Withey of domestic violence in an alleged 2016 incident.

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Wiz Khalifa Spark My Kush While You Can!!

4/20/2017 4:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wiz Khalifa's got perfect timing -- his Khalifa Kush is back just in time to salute his favorite holiday.

The rapper's indica-dominant hybrid strain is available only at RiverRock Cannabis in Denver, CO ... and the joint's director of operations, Rich Miller, tells us the store stocked up with 6 pounds of the rapper's popular kush.

A bunch of stoners lined up when the store opened Thursday morning to get their weed. It's expected to sell out FAST ... not just because it's 4/20 but because Wiz is scheduled for a concert at nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre this weekend.

Getting Wiz kinda high will cost ya -- about $55 for an 1/8th, but you get a $10 discount if you're buying it for medicinal purposes.

Happy 4/20!!

Cuba Gooding Sr. Dead at 72 ... Possible Overdose

4/20/2017 3:57 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cuba Gooding Sr., a popular soul singer and father to the Oscar winner, was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Cuba Gooding Jr.'s dad was slumped over in his silver Jaguar, parked on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, CA. We're told the fire department responded to the scene at 12:58 PM PT and attempted CPR, but could not resuscitate him.

We're told police found empty booze containers in the car, and suspect he died from an overdose.

Cuba Sr. was the lead singer of the '70s soul group The Main Ingredient, which had a huge hit in 1972 with "Everybody Plays the Fool."

He and his wife, Shirley, had 4 children together -- including actors Cuba and Omar. They split up in 1974, but remarried in 1995.

Cuba was 72.

#RIP

Stephen Belafonte My Kids Miss Me Badly Thanks to Mel B

4/20/2017 3:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mel B has alienated Stephen Belafonte's daughter and stepdaughter from him ... and now he wants a judge to make things right ... so says Belafonte in new legal docs.

When he last saw them he says the 2 kids told him, "Mommy is really mad at you and that's why she won't let us come and see you."

Belafonte claims his 5-year-old daughter, Madison, and 10-year-old stepdaughter, Angel, miss him terribly, yet he hasn't seen them in 3 weeks. He says he's received "a series of heart wrenching text messages from Angel," including "I Love You," "Daddy Where are you" followed by a crying emoji. Belafonte says he couldn't reply to them because of the restraining order.

As for Angel, whose biological father is Eddie Murphy, Belafonte says she hasn't seen Eddie since birth and had no idea Stephen was not her biological dad.

Stephen is asserting his rights under a California law that gives stepparents visitation, claiming he was a highly involved parent since birth. He says he's the only parent who cooks. He also says he plays games with them, cuddles with them and tells them stories.

He included pics of him and the kids.

Stephen -- who is not allowed to see the kids or Mel B under a restraining order she got -- wants to modify the order so he can have equal access to the kids.

Flo Rida I'm No Deadbeat! I'm Paying $5k/Mo.

4/20/2017 2:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Flo Rida is calling BS on the baby mama who claims he's a deadbeat dad, saying he already forks over a generous check every month ... and her lawsuit is nothing but a cash grab.

Sources close to Flo tell TMZ he's been making monthly payments of $5k to Alexis Adams to care for their 7-month-old son, and feels blindsided by her taking him to court. We're told Flo and Alexis both agreed on the amount, but he thinks she's being greedy by asking a judge to force him to pay more.

He says they were never a couple.

Alexis acknowledges she's been getting payments, but feels it isn't nearly enough to support herself and the baby -- considering his ailments, and the high cost of living in NYC. She claims she can't afford child care, so she can't leave the baby and go to work.

Our Alexis sources say she never agreed the $5k was a fair amount, but accepted it because she needed the money.

Aaron Hernandez Death Ruled Suicide By Hanging ... Suicide Notes Found

4/20/2017 1:23 PM PDT
Breaking News

Aaron Hernandez's death has been ruled a suicide by hanging by the medical examiner and officials say they recovered 3 handwritten suicide notes.

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Kristen Wiig Crashes Dodgeball Game Pumps Up Team Wiigs!!

4/20/2017 1:46 PM PDT
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Kristen Wiig's a real team player ... especially when the team is named after her.

The hilarious actress surprised a West Hollywood dodgeball team Wednesday called Team Wiigs -- they dress up as famous Kristen characters for games -- by stopping by to pump 'em up.

We're told Wiig's friend on the opposing team told her about the theme, and they all set up a fun surprise. When the rest of the Wiigs showed up for their match ... BOOM! Real Wiig in the house!!

Kristen brought champagne for a pep talk/toast and huddled with the team for a "Sorry!" chant ... in Gilly voice, of course. Great strategy ... Team Wiigs won its match to end the regular season undefeated.

Ronda Rousey Engaged to Travis Browne ... We're Getting Married!

4/20/2017 12:52 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey is getting married!!!

The UFC superstar just revealed she's engaged to her UFC fighter boyfriend, Travis Browne -- who she's been dating since 2015.

Browne popped the question with a massive diamond ring -- and said he proposed under a waterfall in New Zealand about a week ago because "it felt like the right place to do it."

Ronda says she hopes the wedding will be soon -- but says she also doesn't know what goes into planning a wedding ... so, she's keeping an open mind about the date.

Congrats!!!

We reached out Dana White who says, "I'm very happy for Ronda and I'm looking forward to the wedding!" 

La La Anthony Leans on Pals with Breakup Experience ... During Carmelo Drama

4/20/2017 12:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

La La Anthony's got her own team of all-stars helping her cope this week with her split from Carmelo.

Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, Ciara and Kelly Rowland are among the close friends who've gone "above and beyond" to be there for La La ... sources tell TMZ. Two of those women -- Kim and Ciara -- have gone through very public breakups, so they've been offering La La advice with positive phone calls and support.

La La also had dinner Wednesday night at Del Posto in NYC with Ludacris and his manager, Chaka Zulu ... who considers her a little sister.

We're told La La's main focus is taking care of her son and staying busy with work -- she's shooting for "Power." Her friends, meanwhile, are trying to surround her with positive vibes.

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Lance Bass We Gotta Step Up And Help Gays in Chechnya

4/20/2017 10:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lance Bass is sickened by news of gay concentration camps in Chechnya, and thinks it's time for more U.S. politicians to speak up and put a stop to it.

Lance tackled the brutal topic Thursday morning, telling us the alleged brutality -- the rounding up of gay men in the Russian republic -- is just now starting to get the necessary attention.

He thanked one high profile politician for getting word out, but clearly wants more done -- and quickly. Lance also had a message of solidarity for those scared for their lives right now.

Aaron Hernandez Attorney Says Medical Examiner Holding Brain Hostage

4/20/2017 10:12 AM PDT

11:57 AM PT -- Massachusetts officials say the Medical Examiner WILL release Aaron's brain to Boston University ... but they have not given a specific time frame. 

"The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of Aaron Hernandez’s death, which may require further analysis of his body," the Secretary of Public Safety and Security said. 

"Once that is complete the brain will be released to Boston University. No one is going to stand in the way of the family’s wishes for Boston University to have Aaron Hernandez’s brain."There's a standoff over Aaron Hernandez's brain.

Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, just accused the Worcester Medical Examiner of illegally retaining Aaron's brain after agreeing to release it to the hospital of the family's choice for the purpose of CTE medical research.

Baez says the M.E. actually agreed to send the brain to Boston University CTE unit, which is renowned in the field. The family wants to know if Aaron was affected by CTE and hopes the examination will help other families.

Baez says a doctor in the Medical Examiner's Office went back on the deal and decided they would keep the brain and do the exam, rather than sending it to B.U.

The attorney is threatening a lawsuit if the M.E. continues to withhold the brain.

What's particularly interesting ... Aaron Hernandez's brain is irrelevant to his time in prison, the murder of which he was convicted or anything else involving the justice system.

The brain has everything to do with football -- something in which the prison has no involvement. 

Since the prison says he committed suicide, there's nothing revealing about examining his brain. 

Oprah I WON'T Say Their Names But My Vacay with Obamas Was ...

4/20/2017 8:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Oprah Winfrey loved gabbing with us about her super fab yacht vacay, but took a code of silence when it came to saying 2 names ... Barack and Michelle Obama.

We got O in D.C. Wednesday night, and asked her about her Tahiti trip with, not only the ex-POTUS and FLOTUS, but Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen. She gushed about the yacht itself, she's a frequent floater, and explained how they all ended up there together.

But watch what happens when she runs down the guest list. Interesting, especially because we've all seen pics of the Obamas on deck.

C'mon, O! Who are we gonna tell?

Charlie Murphy Very Funny Friends Celebrate His Life 'Darkness Is Spreading ...'

4/20/2017 8:39 AM PDT

Charlie Murphy was laid to rest in NYC and his memorial service looked like a comedy hall of fame.

Dave Chappelle, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Cedric the Entertainer, Donnell Rawlings and Neal Brennan all gathered to honor Charlie. 

Donnell and Neal worked closely with Charlie on "Chappelle's Show" and there were many callbacks to his hysterical work on the Comedy Central classic.

For instance, Eddie Griffin captioned a pic from the service, "Darkness is spreading ... paying last respects to brother Charlie Murphy."

It's unclear if Eddie Murphy was at this particular service. He didn't appear in social media pics from the event. Charlie died last week after battling leukemia.

#RIP