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College Bribery Scandal USC Student Threatens Suicide ... Alums Could be Stripped of Degrees

3/22/2019 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The USC admissions scandal has become so intense, one student threatened suicide because her parents used the services of ringleader Rick Singer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the investigation say the girl was grief-stricken because her parents chose Singer to help her gain admission. We're told the university has investigated and determined in this case Singer's services were legit. Our sources say the girl is now receiving counseling.

Our sources say the investigation has broadened significantly and university officials now say they are looking to revoke degrees of alums who gained admission by fraud. We're told university officials believe they have 8 cases where alums used Rick Singer's services in a suspicious manner.

Our sources say in all 8 cases, the students used the Athletic Placement Services ... similar to the way Olivia Jade and Isabella gained admission. We're told there is one case where an alum "self-reported" -- meaning he contacted the university and blew the whistle on himself -- saying he cheated on the ACT test with the help of Singer. The alum played football and received a scholarship, even though we're told he did not meet the academic standards for athletes. We're told the university will not take action against the alum, in part because he self-reported.

Sources tell us ... USC officials are interviewing members of the athletic staff other than those already indicted.

The university is working with other "victim schools" and, so far ... it's not clear which schools had the most abuse in the admissions process.

Our sources say USC officials are currently working with both the U.S. Attorney and FBI.

We're told the university will resolve the fraudulent admissions cases in 2 to 3 weeks.

And finally, USC is retaining an outside auditing agency to design a fraud prevention plan.

As we reported, Lori Loughlin's daughters, Olivia and Isabella, have officially withdrawn from the university, but there's still an investigation that could lead to then being banned from campus forever. 

R. Kelly My Lawyers Need to See the Sex Tapes ... Mounting His Defense

3/22/2019 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly and his legal team are demanding to get their hands and eyes on the alleged sex tapes that prompted the 10 counts of sexual abuse ... and they're hoping to walk out of court Friday with them.

Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg, tells TMZ ... prosecutors will begin handing over discovery materials during a court hearing Friday in Chicago. He says there's no guarantee what they'll get right off the bat -- could be police reports, case material from Kelly's 2008 trial but, obviously, the items they're most anxious to see are the 2 tapes Michael Avenatti turned over to Cook County prosecutors.

Greenberg says he hasn't seen the tapes -- which Avenatti claims show Kelly engaged in various sex acts with a 14-year-old girl -- so he can't really begin to mount a defense strategy. Once he does get them, a couple different things could happen.

He'll immediately order a full forensic analysis of the tapes ... if he and Kelly believe the tape does show the singer. If they don't think it's Kelly, Greenberg says he'll speed things up to trial. 

For now, it's a waiting game since Kelly's team has no idea what prosecutors will hand over.

Kelly might also ask the judge to let him travel to Dubai for work -- he had to surrender his passport when he got arrested. Sources close to the singer tell us he could potentially get a gig there, but doesn't have anything booked yet. 

Greenberg says he's not sure the judge will hear that request Friday, but it's on their "to do" list because -- make no mistake -- Kelly's desperate to make some cash.

'Bill & Ted 3' It'd Be Excellent, Dudes ... If Ya Shot at the Real San Dimas HS!!!

3/22/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bill and Ted are coming back to the big screen, which means they'll be back in San Dimas, and there's one place that would LOVE to have them this time around ... their real-life alma mater.

Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and the rest of the "Bill & Ted 3" crew are more than welcome to film any high school scenes at the real San Dimas High School ... according to the Bonita Unified School District, where SDHS thrives.

Better late than never. KR and AW announced 'B&T 3' was officially a go on Wednesday, which got fans of the cult classic series totally ready to be excellent to each other again.

Count the real San Dimas in on that too.

A BUSD official tells us ... while the district hasn't been contacted by anyone in the production so far, they'd be thrilled to provide a backdrop in the upcoming installment and would accommodate any filming. No one at the school or in the district is actively reaching out to studio heads to make it happen, but staffers are definitely trying to tweet it into reality.

Makes sense that SDHS would wanna be involved -- they were kinda snubbed on the first go-around. Most of the San Dimas High School scenes in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" were shot in Arizona ... nowhere near the real deal in the San Gabriel Valley.

Besides ... the real San Dimas High School has bodacious-ly embraced a classic line from the first film ... and use it on merch they sell, like this sweet T-shirt for $10.

And, if filming at the real school ain't in the stars, BUSD wants Keanu and co. to know they're welcome there any time. FWIW ... the school's 50th anniversary's coming up.

Who knows ... stranger things have been afoot.

Liziane Gutierrez Docs Botched My Botox ... My Face Feels Like It's Gonna Explode!!!

3/22/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Liziane Gutierrez is in the middle of another nightmare beauty procedure ... a procedure that went so bad, it could require major surgery to get it right.

The Brazilian model tells TMZ ... she went for botox and fillers for her face and lips last Tuesday in Brazil, but by that Sunday night, her face started feeling numb. When she woke up, her face blew up ... the pain was so intense, she thought her face was going to explode.

What's almost unbelievable ... Liziane cheated death last May when she went to Turkey for lipo and the surgery was botched so bad she was put in a coma for 5 days. She barely made it out alive.

As for her recent brush with the Almighty, Liziane tells us a doctor diagnosed her with a bacterial skin infection ... she was pumped full of antibiotics, to no avail, so a doctor's in the process of removing the fillers and botox. 

If the swelling doesn't significantly subside and if she's still in pain, Liziane tells us she's going to need more surgery to completely 86 the "enhancements" from her body.

Cardi B No Charges in Met Gala Attack

3/22/2019 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The security team for Cardi B and Migos is off the hook in an alleged assault on an autograph seeker at last year's Met Gala.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the rappers' security guards won't face any charges, and the assault case has been closed. We're told the alleged victim refused to be interviewed by NYPD detectives. That's despite the fact he was clearly seen on video catching a beatdown.

TMZ broke the story ... Cardi, Offset and Quavo were all leaving a Met Gala party when the melee began. The rappers were accused of ordering their security team to put hands on an overzealous fan.

None of the security guards was ever arrested, and it was only CB and the Migos rappers who were facing potential criminal charges -- but now, everybody's walking away scot-free.

There's still a civil lawsuit, though. The fan, Daniel Szalkiewicz, filed last May claiming he suffered injuries to his face, neck, back and body.

UFC's Tyron Woodley To Conor McGregor 'Quit Being a Bitch, Let's Fight'

3/22/2019 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley is calling out Conor McGregor because he feels it's the only fight that makes sense for BOTH guys ... and he's "dead ass serious."

"I want to fight Conor," Tyron said on "The Hollywood Beatdown."

"I'll fight him in Ireland. I'll fight him in the f*cking back alley of a White Castle ... want to go to Russia? Want to go to the TMZ newsroom?"

"Quit being a bitch ... let's fight."

So, why would Conor take that fight? 

Woodley points out that both guys are coming off losses in world title fights -- and since they're close in weight, it makes sense for them to battle while they wait for their shot to get their belts back

Of course, Conor has said he wants fights with Nate Diaz and Cowboy Cerrone in addition to a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov ... but Tyron says none of those fights are happening any time soon. 

"Looks like we dangling around Conor ... come get this smoke."

Woodley's last fight was 3 weeks ago when he lost the welterweight belt to Kamaru Usman, who seems to be on a collision course to fight Colby Covington next. 

Tyron says it doesn't make sense to refight other contenders he already washed in the welterweight division ... so Conor is the next best thing to a rematch with Usman. 

In fact, Tyron says he's healthy and hungry and ready to fight right now ... as long as Dana White can get Conor to sign a contract

Tyron and Conor have had beef before -- when they got into an altercation behind-the-scenes at the UFC 205 press conference back in 2016. 

Stay tuned ... 

Guess Who This Brace Face Turned Into!

3/22/2019 12:01 AM PDT

Before this grinning girl was a straightened out actress, she was just a wired kid living the good life as Hollywood royalty in Los Angeles, California. Can you guess who she is?

Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Grab Dinner As a Family ... All is Forgiven?

3/21/2019 8:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott appear to be on the path to total reconciliation ... having dinner together with their daughter.

The two hit up Sweet Chick -- owned in part by Nas -- in Los Angeles with Stormi Thursday night ... the first time we've seen the family unit together since Kylie accused Travis of cheating and triggering a blowup fight. The couple didn't say much when they left the restaurant, and piled into the same car.

It appears Travis and Kylie were headed to another destination together, as Travis loaded Stormi into a different vehicle than the one the couple left together in ... seemingly sending his daughter home for bed with a nanny. 

TMZ broke the story ... Kylie allegedly found evidence Travis was unfaithful on his phone after the rapper made a surprise visit home. Travis canceled a show in Buffalo because of the incident.

Sources close to the couple told us, while they never officially split because of the fight, their relationship was strained ... and they'd need time to really figure things out.

As for Kylie and Jordyn ... that might never be the same.

Glad to see Kylie and Travis back on the right track.

Olivia Jade and Isabella Formally Out at USC Could Be Banned from Campus Forever

3/21/2019 7:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lori Loughlin's kids, Olivia and Isabella, have tried beating USC to the punch ... TMZ has learned they are officially out of USC by their own accord, but they're still not out of the woods.

School officials tell TMZ ... Olivia and Isabella have formally dropped out and withdrawn from USC ... this after their mom and dad were indicted for using the U.S. mails for fraudulent purposes. The parents allegedly paid a $500k bribe so the girls could gain admission through the crew team ... they even faked a photo making it appear they were proficient in rowing ... but they were actually on a rowing machine. The photo was so bush league you could see mirrors in the gym in the background.  

Sources tell TMZ school officials were investigating the case when the 2 students pulled the plug. The case, however, is far from over. Our sources say there will still be a misconduct hearing to determine if the girls should be banned from USC and its grounds because they were "disruptive individuals."  

We're told the girls can appear in person at the hearing. If they don't, school officials will proceed without their input.

Our sources say there are a number of other similar cases the University is currently investigating.  The school, we're told, is working with the FBI and U.S. Attorney. 

Vinny & Pauly D Ripped & Ready to Rumble On The Beach in Mexico

3/21/2019 4:45 PM PDT

"Jersey Shore" stars Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino just got some serious G & T in on the beach ... soaking up the sun and looking ripped in the process.

The two reality star BFFs are in Cancun, Mexico doing some preparations for their upcoming dating show. Pauly and Vinny first took a stroll through the sand before tearing up some serious waves on a jet ski ... all while showing off their tatted torsos. 

As for their new show -- it's called "Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny" -- and it recently got the green light from MTV. The show will feature 20 women looking to find love with the reality show bachelors. 

Both men have been super busy lately -- having booked shows around the world -- and Vinny continues to be a major part of the "Jersey Shore" franchise. 

Unclear if the trip to Mexico was for business or strictly pleasure ... but each guy certainly looks ready to play the field. 

Domestic Terrorist Cesar Sayoc Pleads Guilty to 65 Felonies ... for Mailing Pipe Bombs

3/21/2019 3:52 PM PDT
Breaking News

Cesar Sayoc -- the domestic terrorist who pledged allegiance to President Trump and mailed pipe bombs to former President Obama, CNN and others -- is pleading guilty to a whopping 65 felonies.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Sayoc's plea Thursday in a Manhattan federal court. The felonies include mailing 16 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction for mailing the improvised explosive devices in the October domestic terrorist attack.

Sayoc also pled guilty to multiple counts of interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives with intent to kill or injure another and carrying an explosive during the commission of a felony.

Punishment for the WMD charges can be up to life in prison. He'll be sentenced in September.

As we reported ... Sayoc was arrested in Plantation, FL after law enforcement swarmed a van covered in pro-Trump stickers. Sayoc set off panic across the nation after a rash of explosive packages arrived at the homes of prominent Democrats ... first at the home of liberal philanthropist George Soros.

Cops also intercepted packages intended for Bill and Hillary Clinton and then the Obamas.

Sayoc -- who has an extensive criminal history -- was a fixture at Trump rallies. He was also a stripper. As we first reported ... he worked for a Chippendales knockoff company.

Rich the Kid Spins the Wheel of Fortune w/ $450k Chain!!!

3/21/2019 3:13 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rich the Kid still subscribes to the mantra "if ya got it, flaunt it" ... armed robberies be dammed.

The rapper scored this incredible spinning chain after dropping a whopping $425,000!!! Celeb jeweler Eliantte was commissioned to do the one-of-a-kind mastery. The entire piece features 250 carats of all VS diamonds. There's also the glitzy Cuban link chain.

So, why'd RTK drop as much money as your average Joe drops on a modest home? It's to celebrate the release of his new album, "The World is Yours 2," which, BTW, is what's inscribed in the center of the pendant. Rich's sophomore album -- slated to drop at midnight -- features Big Sean, Offset and Lil Pump among others.

Rich's no stranger to showing off his worth. But, as we've also reported ... Rich's also no stranger to getting jacked. This robbery landed him in the hospital and this robbery resulted in a member of his entourage getting pistol whipped.

He's said in the past he doesn't need security ... but Rich might wanna rethink that strategy with this new bling.

Just saying.

'L&HH' Star Tommie Lee Back in Jail ... Showed Up to Court Drunk!!!

3/21/2019 5:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

5:29 PM PT -- Tommie just apologized for showing up to court drunk ... she says she needs help and is seeking treatment. 

Tommie says, "I've been working really hard through my problems considering the challenges that's been set before me since I've been home. I've done all that I can do on my own to shake my habits but I do realize that I need help and I am currently seeking treatment."

Tommie Lee needs some serious help, because she's back in jail for being extremely drunk ... during a court appearance!

The former 'Love & Hip Hop' star showed up to court last week in Cobb County, GA for a hearing in her child abuse criminal case. Law enforcement sources tell us she appeared to be intoxicated -- so much so the judge ordered her to undergo drug and alcohol testing immediately.

Spoiler alert -- the new mug shot was also a dead giveaway -- but she failed. We're told Tommie's BAC was 0.16 ... twice the legal limit, and a violation of her bond. Tommie was arrested on the spot, and no bail's been set yet. 

You'll recall ... Tommie was trying to get approval to move to Cali for work while she was out on bond, but a judge shot her down ... citing her long rap sheet as the reason. She's currently facing multiple charges of child abuse for her October 2018 arrest.

According to prosecutors, Tommie disrupted her daughter's class, slapped her hands and face, dragged her out by her hair and slammed her into a locker. She was indicted earlier this year, and faces up to 54 years in jail if convicted on all 7 charges.

As it stands, she might be behind bars until her trial starts. We've reached out to Tommie's attorney for comment ... so far, no word back.

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