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Jussie Smollett New Video Shows Noose Around His Neck

6/24/2019 3:16 PM PDT
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Jussie Smollett still had a noose around his neck more than 40 minutes after his alleged attack -- it's something we already reported, but now, for the first time, we see the video.

Chicago police just released a boatload of evidence, including body cam video of officers responding to the 911 call back in January.

Cops ask Jussie if he wants to take the noose off ... he says he would take it off, but he wanted them to see it before he did.

The actor told the officers he did not want to be recorded and they double checked with him to see if it was okay for them to turn off their body cams.

When cops arrived, Jussie was concerned about his neighbors hearing the fuss and he quickly invited them into his apartment. 

He also mentioned his alleged attackers poured bleach on him.

One of the videos [above] is short, but shows the Osundairo brothers running on the street at 2:04 AM after the alleged attack.


Another video shows the Osundairo brothers in a taxi before arriving at the scene of the alleged attack. They're wearing hoodies and one of them is clearly wearing a ski mask as they get out of the car a few blocks from Jussie's apartment at 1:22 AM. The "attack" happened around 2 AM.

It's interesting ... when they get out of the taxi, you can see them through the front windshield, and they don't appear to be holding anything -- no noose, no bags -- that might be used for the alleged attack on Jussie. 

As you know, Jussie was indicted on 16 felony counts of lying to cops for allegedly staging the attack, but those charges were dropped. A special prosecutor will now review the way the case was handled and it's possible new charges could be filed. 

John Singleton's Mom Ex is On Her Own ... Family Not Griping About BET Tribute

6/25/2019 12:50 AM PDT

John Singleton's family as a whole isn't up in arms about his BET Awards tribute -- despite the mother of one of his kids raising hell that it was lacking.

Singleton's mom, Shelia Ward, tells TMZ ... Tosha Lewis -- mother of John's 25-year-old son, Maasai -- griping BET did John dirty by spending a lot more time honoring rapper Nipsey Hussle is strictly her opinion.

Shelia says Tosha doesn't speak for the family, and the fam doesn't share Lewis' feelings at all. 

If you missed it, Tosha blasted the award show Sunday night for taking time to honor Nipsey and not John, saying about Hussle ... "I guess he's trendy nevermind John was talking and doing the same stuff as Nipsey since the 90s."

When fans pointed out BET did include a tribute to Singleton -- led by Morris Chestnut and "Snowfall" star Damson Idris -- Lewis shot back saying it wasn't enough compared to Nipsey's.

Tosha also claims John's family, unlike Nipsey's, wasn't invited to the show, but we've learned that's, at least, partially false. John's 26-year-old daughter, Justice, did get an invitation.

Shelia's bottom line is simple -- if Tosha has beef with BET or Nipsey's family, that's totally on her ... leave the Singleton family out of it.

As we've reported, there has been no shortage of feuds within John's relatives since he died in April ... including a restraining order filed, a battle over his estate and the hiring of a private investigator over suspicions surrounding his death.

YG Traffic Stop Combative Cop Out of Line ... Will Receive Counseling

6/25/2019 12:40 AM PDT

The Sheriff's deputy who was screaming at bystanders as YG got handcuffed by a swarm of cops crossed the line and will get a talking to ... so say his bosses in the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept.

The deputy in question went off on people on the street who watched as a gaggle of deputies ordered YG out of his Lambo early Sunday morning on the Sunset Strip ... this after they say he was driving recklessly.

As tensions mount -- deputies say YG became belligerent so they cuffed him -- one of the cops gets into it with the crowd, screaming at them to "shut up." It's clear from the video, that the deputy was inciting the crowd and escalating the situation. The Sgt. on scene told the deputy to back off.

Our law enforcement sources tell us, Sheriff's brass believes the deputy was out of line, and he will be counseled on how to deescalate similar situations rather than stoke the coals. 

That said, we're told there will NOT be formal discipline, nor will internal affairs conduct an investigation.

YG was released after a field sobriety test revealed he was not under the influence, however, he was given a citation for reckless driving. 

Tupac Amerikaz Most Wanted ... Prison I.D. For $ale

6/25/2019 12:30 AM PDT

Tupac Shakur is the most famous person ever incarcerated at Clinton Correctional Facility in New York, but he still needed an I.D. when he was behind bars ... and now it can be yours -- for a few grand.

Pac's first prison I.D. card from his infamous 1995 incarceration is going up for auction through the memorabilia company, Heritage Auctions ... and they're starting the bidding at $2,000.

Tupac served 9 months behind bars after he was convicted on sexual assault charges ... and he was required to carry this laminated I.D. card at all times. Pac started his sentence on Valentine's Day, and 2 weeks later he was issued this prison I.D. -- which includes his signature.

While he was locked up, Tupac wrote a letter to his then-girlfriend and included some super graphic sex scenes ... and the NSFW artwork sold earlier this year at auction for $21,000. 

You won't have to break the bank for his prison I.D. though ... the bidding starts July 1, and Heritage Auctions is expecting this piece of Pac history to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000.

Charles Barkley Conflicted On Reparations ... 'Very Difficult Subject'

6/25/2019 12:20 AM PDT
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Charles Barkley -- who's become extremely political over the years -- says the issue of reparations for slavery is a "serious subject" ... but admits he doesn't see a real clear way to make it happen. 

The issue of reparations for the descendants for people enslaved in America has heated up recently -- just last week, there was a heated hearing about reparations at the House of Representatives. 

The current debate is over a bill -- H.R. 40 -- which calls for a commission to be created with the mission of studying and coming up with proposals to compensate the descendants of slaves. 

There are passionate people on both sides of the argument ... with author/journalist/activist Ta-Nehisi Coates clashing with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during last week's hearing. 

McConnell argued that slavery "happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible."

Coates fired back ... saying the U.S. paid out pensions to the families of Civil War soldiers "well into this century." He also noted the govt. still honors treaties made by people who are long dead.

So, where does Barkley stand on the issue? He's conflicted. 

"It's a very difficult subject," Charles said ... "I don't know how you would do it, that's the problem."

"I don't think there's a right or wrong answer ... 'cause I don't know how you would do that actually. I don't know who would get it and who would not get it."

Barkley also says an apology from the government would be nice ... but that's a separate issue from reparations. 

Guess Who This Turtleneck Tot Turned Into!

6/25/2019 12:01 AM PDT

Before this turtleneck tot was starring in movies and TV shows, hosting game shows and being front and center of his own reality show, he was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. 

Growing up, he stood out on the football field and earned a scholarship to play at Western Michigan University. He was an All-Conference defensive end and got drafted by the Los Angeles Rams.

His NFL career included stops with the Rams, Chargers, Eagles and Redskins. After he hung up his cleats, he moved back to L.A. to try his hand at acting ... and soon he was starring alongside the likes of Ice Cube and Adam Sandler.

Can you guess who he is?

'Bond 25' Movie Set Women's Room Bugged w/ Camera ... Man Arrested for Planting It

6/24/2019 3:08 PM PDT

Someone took the 007 title, "For Your Eyes Only," a little too seriously -- 'cause a guy got arrested on the set of the new James Bond movie for placing a hidden camera in a ladies' room toilet.

49-year-old Peter Hartley was reportedly arrested last week and booked over the weekend by Thames Valley Police in England. He's facing voyeurism charges in connection to a camera that was found in one of the women's restrooms on a Pinewood Studios set.

Specifically, it was found in a bathroom where 'Bond 25' is currently filming. The production that's been plagued with delays and issues ranging from explosions-gone wrong on set to the lead star, Daniel Craig, getting seriously injured and requiring minor ankle surgery. 

Due to all the delays, there was already buzz the still untitled Bond project was cursed -- and that was before the alleged perv's arrest.

It's unclear what connection the guy might have to the production or the studio, if any, but Pinewood is cooperating with the investigation, saying ... "We take this issue very seriously ... We reported the incident to the police and are supporting them with their investigation."

The film has a release date of 2020 at the moment, but at this rate ... there's no telling when it will see the light of day. 

UFC's Jon Jones Hey, TMZ ... Here's How Ya Throw An Elbow!

6/24/2019 3:24 PM PDT

Wanna throw a killer elbow strike like UFC legend Jon Jones?! 

Well, good news, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champ came to our office and gave a live demonstration ... right on a TMZ staffer!

Of course, Jones is gearing up to fight Thiago Santos at UFC 239 on July 6 -- and he stopped by the office to talk with the guys from "TMZ Sports" about how he's planning to end Thiago's 4 fight win streak. 

Jones hit on a ton of topics during the conversation -- here's a cheat sheet. 

On Daniel Cormier ... 

Jones doesn't think Cormier will ever agree to fight him for a 3rd time. 

"I’ve been hearing things about him fighting [Stipe Miocic] then ending his career fighting me down at light heavyweight, and I don’t believe him," Jones says. 

"I don’t think he’s ever going to fight me again."

"I think it’s a lot of pressure for him to get down to the light heavyweight division, and then to get down there, to climb such a mountain and not get to the actual top? It has to be so crushing to come up short against me for a 3rd time, I don’t think he’d put himself through that."

Continue Reading ...

Beth Chapman Placed in Coma Out of Necessity ... Was Yanking Out Tubes

6/24/2019 12:54 PM PDT

Doctors were having a hard time treating Beth Chapman over the weekend -- so much so, they felt putting her in a coma was the only way they could effectively help Beth help herself.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Beth was placed into a medically-induced coma Saturday after medical staffers found it incredibly difficult to treat her when she was transported by ambulance from her Honolulu residence to a nearby hospital. 

We're told Beth was not reacting well when she arrived at the ER ... she was in a lot of pain and required oxygen. Our sources say as doctors tried to treat her, Beth began yanking out the lines doctors were using to give her fluids and medications.

It became so problematic, they put her under a mild sedation. We're told that wasn't enough, though -- she was still agitated, so they moved forward with the medically-induced coma. She's been under for at least 2 full days now. 

Some of Beth's family members, including her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman, are by her side.

As we first told you ... Beth suffered a choking emergency this weekend after she experienced breathing complications from her since-returned throat cancer. She went through something similar back in April, but came out of that at the time okay. 

Beth has been battling again after learning her throat cancer had returned late last year. She'd previously beaten it back in 2017.

DeMar DeRozan On Raps' White House Visit I Wouldn't Go, Either!!!

6/24/2019 1:36 PM PDT

Add DeMar DeRozan to the list of athletes against visiting Donald Trump ... 'cause the NBA superstar says even if he was still on the Raptors, he wouldn't celebrate their title at the White House.

Raps coach Nick Nurse said last week the team is setting up a trip to be honored by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ... but said they're undecided on going to 1600 Penn.

However, over the weekend Raptors star Danny Green told Yahoo Sports he's a "hard no" on visiting Trump. 

Despite playing for the Spurs now, DeRozan is on board if the team decides not to go ... telling TMZ Sports -- "Sh*t, I wouldn't go, either!"

DeRozan joins a growing group of athletes who have spoken out against visiting Trump -- the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, Red Sox manager Alex Cora and players like Mookie Betts, David Price and Jackie Bradley Jr. have all been vocal about not going -- just to name a few.

As for the trip ... Trump said he would "think" about inviting the Raptors -- but only if the team expressed interest in visiting. 

Cuba Gooding Jr. Drop the Charges ... My Accuser Has 'Warped Mental State'

6/24/2019 10:46 AM PDT

Cuba Gooding Jr. says his accuser's own words show she has a "warped mental state" ... and, therefore, the D.A. should drop the charges against him for the alleged groping incident.

Cuba's attorneys, Mark Heller and Peter Toumbekis, filed a motion to dismiss that featured several quotes from the accuser discussing her mental health. Cuba's team says the quotes were taken from a blog -- and Cuba himself says he's seen enough.

He tells TMZ ... "After reading and reviewing the motion to dismiss in the interest of justice, I was deeply surprised that the prosecutors office didn’t evaluate this woman’s history before undertaking to prosecute me in light of her warped mental state as revealed by her blog." 

The blog posts, allegedly from the accuser, include lines like, "I got diagnosed with depression, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD and basically learned that my brain was one big fat mass." Another line reads, "I am quite prideful. I must win." 

And, perhaps the most damning and relative one says, "[I]n a world of extensions and fake boobs, my short haircut paired with my moderate breast size makes me feel invisible. Some people are scared of others and want nothing more than to be invisible. I am not that type of person. I am starting to be seen." 

The Oscar winner's motion to dismiss, filed Friday, also leaned into what his lawyers believe are factual inconsistencies on the part of the accuser -- getting her story mixed up, different time accounts, and a lack of conclusive video evidence, as well as an alleged screwup in the way NYPD investigated the matter. 

For all these reasons, Cuba and co. say the charges should be dropped and he should be fully exonerated, 'cause they feel the evidence just doesn't add up to what she's claiming.

The judge hasn't ruled on the motion to dismiss yet ... a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, and Cuba seems optimistic.

He tells us, "I am now more than ever hopeful and confident that the justice system will rise to the occasion on Wednesday and drop these charges to protect an individual such as myself who has been wrongly accused without the benefit of the police doing their due diligence to ascertain if it was appropriate to drag me through the system based on such unsubstantiated claims."

Kat McPhee & David Foster Making Out in Mykonos ... Before Our Big Day

6/24/2019 10:03 AM PDT

Katharine McPhee and David Foster are looking madly in love -- kissing and hugging on each other like school kids -- and it's great timing, considering they'll be tying the knot any day now.

Katharine and David are living it up on the picturesque Greek island of Mykonos ahead of their nuptials ... and they already look like they're in honeymoon-mode, because they couldn't stop making out while splashing around in the ocean. 

Kat showed off her smoke show bod in a sexy beige bikini ... that clearly got David's attention. Maybe they haven't said "I do" officially yet, but David's face in these pics is kinda screaming it.

We broke the story ... Katharine and David got their marriage license in Bev Hills just last month, meaning it's only a matter of time until the actress/singer and music mogul walk down the aisle. The license is good for 90 days, so ... tick tock.

Still no word on a wedding date, but check out the gallery ... they're totally ready to do the deed.

Marriage, that is.

Mary J. Blige on BET Awards Here's the 411 on Cardi's Big Win ... No More Drama, Please

6/24/2019 6:48 AM PDT

Some folks were upset Cardi B won Album of the Year at the BET Awards -- but not Mary J. Blige ... whose opinion MIGHT just matter more than yours.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was leaving TAO Sunday night in Hollywood after the jam-packed show -- in which Mary herself received a Lifetime Achievement award -- and she told us how she felt about CB getting the big prize over the other nominated artists.

Check it out -- Mary's got nothin' but love for Cardi, whom she thinks "deserved that s***!" ... no questions asked. Some peeps thought Meek Mill, Travis Scott or Ella Mai were more worthy, but Mary wasn't hearing it. It's clear ... Cardi's got her heart.

We also had to congratulate MJB on the big award she walked away with -- for which she did her OWN damn tribute, alongside Lil' Kim and others. It was absolutely epic, and if Cardi deserved AOTY ... Mary absolutely deserved a lifetime achievement. 

Mary opened up to our camera guy about how it felt to be honored ... sounds like it left a bigger impact than some might have thought. 

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