Naya Rivera Heartbreaking Surveillance Video Presumed Dead in Drowning

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6:37 PM PT -- The Ventura County Sheriff just released security camera footage from the boat launch where Naya and her son rented a pontoon boat on the lake.

In the video, you see Naya pull up in her G-Wagon, and she gets out with a bunch of gear and walks with her son over to the boat launch. The two of them get in the pontoon and head off into the lake.

11:12 AM PT -- More than 80 people are currently involved in the search, which is utilizing helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles and ground personnel to try to locate Naya ... according to the Ventura County Sheriff.

Specialized dive teams from surrounding counties are also en route to help.

8:32 AM PT -- Authorities have just made it clear -- Naya is presumed dead and the search has now shifted from a rescue to a recovery mission. She went missing in water with only 5 to 9 inches of visibility, and authorities say the lake is filled with trees and debris on the bottom. Law enforcement says it typically takes 7 to 10 days for a body to rise to the surface.

5:29 AM PT -- Authorities are now saying they're treating the case as a possible drowning and they suspended the search overnight. The search continues at first light, but the Ventura County Sheriff says they now believe Naya may have lost her life in the lake.

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Naya Rivera is missing on a Southern California lake after her toddler son was found alive, but alone on a boat ... TMZ has confirmed.

Ventura County Sheriff's deputies found the 4-year-old boy on the boat -- presumably rented by Naya -- shortly before 5 PM on Lake Piru, but Naya was not there. Law enforcement sources tell us her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, told deputies his mom had jumped in the water ... but didn't come back up.

Divers immediately started searching the lake, but so far there's no sign of the "Glee" star. The search was suspended due to nightfall, but it's expected to resume Thursday, shortly after sunrise.

We're told Rivera's life jacket was still in the boat and Josey was asleep when the boat was first found. Josey is okay and is now with family members. Naya and the boy's father, Ryan Dorsey, divorced in 2018 and share custody of Josey.

On Tuesday Naya tweeted a pic of her kissing Josey with the caption, "just the two of us."

FOX11 in L.A. says Naya's G-Wagon was found in the parking lot near the boat rental company.

Originally Published -- 7/7 10:08 PM PT

Naya Rivera Angry Locals Demand Protection for Swimmers After Presumed Drowning

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Naya Rivera's presumed death has angered locals who know the hidden perils of Lake Piru, and now they're demanding more protection for swimmers whose lives are at risk.

More than TWELVE THOUSAND PEOPLE and counting have signed a petition ... demanding more effective warnings for swimmers who are clueless that the waters below are perilous.

The locals have reason for concern ... Naya would mark the 9th drowning death at Lake Piru since 1994.

As we reported ... when Naya jumped in the water, the visibility was 5 to 9 inches. Piru is not a natural lake, and its bottom is covered by trees and other debris, in which a swimmer can easily get entangled. The lake also has strong currents, making swimming difficult.

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The petition reads, " ... people have been asking for years for the city to put up warning signs for swimmers. Locals of Ventura County don’t go to Lake Piru for this reason! Tourists have no idea what they’re getting into. Lake Piru needs signs. We’re tired of waiting. We need justice for all those who got lost at Lake Piru. Put up the signs."

There are some marked swimming areas for those who jump in from the shore, but people on boats don't seem to get the proper warnings. It's perilous because just about anyone on a boat in the middle of a hot summer day is going to want to jump in the water to cool off.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... they don't know where Naya and her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, were when they both jumped in the water. Josey got back in the boat and fell asleep. When authorities arrived, he told them Naya never returned.

Lake Piru does not have many lifeguards, and swimmers "are engaging in a hazardous recreational activity and do so at their own risk" ... according to its policy. Locals want to make it less risky ... thus the petition.

Flavor Flav I Had to Get Steve Mnuchin Pic ... His Wife Knew Me!!!

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Flavor Flav says it was a chance encounter at a swanky hotel that led to him snapping a photo with Steve Mnuchin -- nothing strange about it ... in his eyes, anyway.

The Public Enemy rapper's surprising pic with President Trump's Treasury Secretary left Twitter fans flummoxed Thursday after he posted it with the caption, "F**k politics - but I'm always happy to talk to anyone about the importance of knowing when your time is up."

Turns out, Flav actually met Mnuchin "a little while back" -- he doesn't say exactly when -- at the Hotel Bel-Air when he was having lunch. He tells us Steve and his wife, Louise Linton, called him over to say hi ... apparently, she's a fan.

So, the rapper says he went over to their table and exchanged pleasantries, but before Mnuchin left ... Flav was adamant he had to get a picture with the guy.

Flav doesn't specify why he felt this way, but he makes it clear it wasn't about politics. He says his partner, Chuck D, is the political one ... and that's pretty clear in their new track, as well.

SoCal 'Karen' Battery Arrest Mug Shots ... Karma's a Bitch!!!

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Here's a good look at the "Karen" who went on multiple racist tirades in Southern California last month ... mugging for her booking photo.

TMZ's obtained the mug shots for Lena Hernandez, who, as we told you, was charged with criminal battery last week. It's unclear why cops snapped more than one pic of Hernandez, as there's only one charge.

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It took a while after a warrant for her arrest was issued, but Hernandez was eventually located by police in the SoCal beach city of San Pedro and hauled into the station.

Her battery charges are related to an incident that occurred Oct. 11 at a mall in Torrance. Though there is no video of that incident, there is video of 2 separate incidents where the woman hurled racist comments.

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The first featured Hernandez yelling at a young woman who was trying to work out in the park. Another vid surfaced showing her making more racist comments in a parking lot ... believed to be from the same day as the park incident.

Pop Smoke 5 Arrested in Connection With Killing ... 2 Men Booked for Murder

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6:25 AM PT -- Police have revealed the adult suspects are 19-year-old Corey Walker, 18-year-old Keandre D. Rogers, and 21-year-old Jaquan Murphy. Walker and Rogers were booked for murder Thursday morning while Murphy's facing an attempted murder charge. Their bail's set at $1 million each. Info on the 2 juvenile suspects has not been released.

Police say members of an L.A. street gang were involved in Pop's murder, as well as the murder of 18-year-old Kamryn Stone, who was killed in a Rose Bowl parking lot in Pasadena on September 14, 2019. As a result, the LAPD teamed up with Pasadena PD on its investigations.

Pop Smoke's murder investigation just led to a slew of arrests ... TMZ has learned.

Our law enforcement sources tell us the LAPD served multiple search warrants around Los Angeles early Thursday morning, and 5 people were arrested on warrants in connection to the rapper's murder.

Sources tell us 3 adults and 2 juveniles were arrested. It's unclear what the suspects are being charged with, but we're told all 5 will be interviewed by police and then booked.

TMZ broke the story ... Pop Smoke was shot and killed by 4 masked gunmen back in February in what appeared to be a home invasion robbery at a rental pad in the Hollywood Hills.

Originally Published -- 7/9 9:40 AM PT

TikTok Influencers Terrified of Potential Ban ... Looking for 'Real Jobs'

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TikTok influencers are dusting off their resumes because of President Trump -- they're terrified he's about to ban the app, and force them to find J-O-Bs outside social media.

With the Trump Administration considering a ban on the super-popular video creation app -- due to the escalating trade war with China -- TikTok influencers who make a killing on their posts tell us they fear the future.

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Sean, whose magic trick-themed page @seandoesmagic has 13.5 million followers, says the China-based app shutting down would be financially crushing because he makes $15,000 to $20,000 per sponsored post.

Yes, you read that right ... Sean is cleaning up as an influencer, but fears the only thing he'll be cleaning soon is the fry machine!

Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but Sean says he's in talks with McDonald's to do a promotional tour this fall, which would involve live magic gigs -- but he's worried that'll vanish if the app is banned.

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Drage Kamerman's comedy channel @dragekamerman has 2.1 million TikTok followers, and while he has a plan B, it won't offset immediate financial losses.

Drake says he makes $7,000 to $10,000 every few weeks on TikTok, but it took him a year and a half to build his followers and start making that kinda cheddar. If the app goes away, he'll jump to YouTube and Instagram. He just worries his international followers won't find him -- not at first, anyway -- and his sponsor money would go with them.

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Niko Valdes, whose family-centric page @babyfaceniko has 1.5 million followers, tells TMZ ... he's terrified he won't be able to make ends meet and put food on the table for his fam. His channel is all about his wife, his toddler and him -- and TikTok is their primary source of income ... $7k to $10k a month.

Without that cashflow, his wife would have to go back to her therapist gig, and he's not sure what he would do. Niko says he just inked a flurry of endorsement deals on TikTok after 4 fruitless years trying to make dough on YouTube and IG.

Of course, these high-paid influencers would be added to the more than 21 million people currently unemployed in America ... so, worst possible timing.

Sounds like TikTokers, much like Joe Exotic, really need an in with the Prez.

Guess Who This Pretty Princess Turned Into!

Before this mini monarch with a cool crown was living the life as Hollywood royalty she was just another cute kid playing princess dress up with frilly gowns and sparkly tiaras in Houma, Louisiana.

If you're still feeling stumped about who's behind the jeweled kid maybe you should take a look at some of the hit shows that have been graced with her highness including "Pretty Little Liar," "Daytime Divas" and "The Carrie Diaries."

Even though this little lady has a laundry list of accomplishments in the entertainment industry, the one that's most impressive is her degree from Columbia University.

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Can you guess who she is?

Robert Fuller Death Ruled Suicide by L.A. Sheriff's, Medical Examiner

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The L.A. County man who was found hanged on a tree died from suicide ... according to the Medical Examiner and the Sheriff's Department.

Investigators announced their findings Thursday in the Robert Fuller case. His death on June 10 in Palmdale, CA had sparked outrage ... given it came a week after another black man -- 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch -- had been found hanging from a tree in Victorville, from an apparent suicide.

The M.E.'s report confirmed the initial investigation into the 24-year-old man's death. While cops ruled it a suicide ... his family and friends demanded an investigation.

Fuller's death also came at the height of nationwide protests triggered by George Floyd's death.

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Investigators say they found Robert suspended from a tree branch by his neck from a braided rope and a cloth fabric. They also said there were no defensive wounds observed on his body or any signs he attempted to remove the rope from his neck. They say they also observed several prominent linear scars on Fuller's left wrist consistent with suicidal intent.

Commander Chris Marks also mentioned there's a documented history of mental illness and self-harm ... adding Fuller had been admitted to hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada after expressing he wanted to kill himself.

A passerby discovered Fuller hanging from a tree outside Palmdale City Hall at around 3:39 AM. Paramedics were called and Fuller was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fashion Retailer Shein Apologizes for Pimping Swastika Necklace ... Pulls It After Backlash

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The online fashion retail site Shein is apologizing for creating confusion over its attempt to sell a Buddhist swastika necklace, which triggered outrage and led to the retailer removing the item from the site.

A rep for Shein tells TMZ ... the online retailer was NOT selling a Nazi swastika pendant, but rather a Buddhist swastika necklace, "which has symbolized spirituality and good fortune for more than a thousand years." The rep goes on to explain, "The Nazi swastika has a different design; it is pointed clockwise and tilted at an angle. However, because we understand the two symbols can be confused, and one is highly offensive, we have removed the product from our site."

Shein took TONS of backlash on social media after hordes of people pointed out the swastika-like necklace ... selling for a whopping $2.50.

Someone else tweeted, "I probably am (was) the most loyal @shein_official customer around, but now I"ll be taking my business to @zaful_official or really any other company that doesn't have such repulsive disregard for what that swastika represents to the millions of people killed by those who wore it."

A rep for Shein also tells TMZ, "As a multicultural and global brand, we want to apologize profusely to those who are offended, we are sensitive to those issues and want to be very clear that we in no way support or condone racial, cultural and religious prejudice or hostility.

"We are actively working through our internal structure and processes to resolve these issues, including a product review committee to ensure that we respect our diverse community."

Bald Eagle Rescue Man Saves Baby Bird from Drowning ... This is WILD Video!!!

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Talk about loving America ... try saving a bald eagle's life on Independence Day, and the dude who did is Canadian!!! Man, they're nice up there.

Ya gotta see this video from Windermere Lake in British Columbia ... the hero, Brett Bacon, was in the middle of a relaxing family boat ride when he spotted the giant raptor struggling in the water and sprung into action.

Brett pulled the boat right up beside the drowning bird of prey, then leaned over the side of the vessel. Now, even though it's a baby, it's still a bald eagle and they're pretty huge with really sharp talons ... so what Brett pulled off here is pretty courageous.

He plucked the young eagle out of the lake, and it looked super anxious after its near-death experience ... trying to flap its massive wings. Brett calmly hugged the bird, trying to soothe the animal. He says it eventually dried its soaking-wet feathers, and he released the majestic creature back into the wild.

Brett's partner captured the rescue effort on video ... and you can even see his infant son in the boat watching his dad become a viral hero.

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Teen Soccer Player Hit By Lightning Bolt On Field ... Insane Explosion Caught On Video

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A teenage soccer player had to fight for his life after being struck by a lightning bolt on a pitch in Moscow this month ... and the terrifying incident was all caught on video.

The footballer, ID'd as 16-year-old Ivan Zaborovsky, was warming up for a workout around the penalty box ... when suddenly, a crack of lightning shot down from the sky and exploded on him.

The clip is insane ... you can see the bolt hit him and release a fireball around him.

Zaborovsky immediately collapsed on the field ... and after trainers, teammates and coaches rushed to his aid -- he was transported to the hospital.

Multiple reports say Zaborovsky went into a coma after the strike and suffered serious burns ... but reports add signs for a recovery have been encouraging.

In fact, the club Zaborovsky plays for says it's been in contact with the boy's father and Zaborovsky's "eyes are reacting, he is answering commands, his return to the team is positive, he will play."

Scary incident ... get well soon!!

As we previously reported, a pro video gamer in the U.S. was struck by lightning while INSIDE her house earlier this month.

Despite some intense pain at first, she's basically recovered -- though her controller was melted in the process.

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50 Cent Goes Ballistic in NJ ... Throws Table, Chair at Familiar Instigator!!!

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50 Cent flew into a rage, throwing a table and chair, after getting into it with a guy he's beefed with in the past.

The incident went down Wednesday night in the patio area at the Edgewater Commons Mall in Edgewater, NJ ... where the rapper was enjoying drinks with a woman sitting on the other end of the table.

We're told at some point a man outside walked up to 50's area and exchanged words before the incident turned violent. You can see in the video Fiddy grabbed a table and launched it in the man's direction. It ended up hitting a Lexus. Fiddy then picked up a chair and tossed it at the man, who at that point had ripped off his shirt looking for a fight. The man ultimately fled, and 50 and his companion also left ... hopping into his white Rolls-Royce.

Law enforcement tells us no arrests were made and they will NOT pursue charges.

As for the man who got in 50's grill ... a source close to the rapper tells us the man was filming and talking smack. Our sources say it's the same guy who got up in 50's face last year outside a movie theater, trying to get the mogul to check out his Instagram.

Kanye West In Midst of Serious Bipolar Episode ... Family Very Concerned

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Kanye West is in the throes of a serious bipolar episode, our Kanye sources say, and those around him are concerned it has impacted his decision-making and some of the things he's said in the last week ... sources close to Kanye tell TMZ.

Our Kanye sources tell us, he suffers a serious bout with his bipolar disorder, usually once a year ... and our sources say Kanye's in the midst of one now.

As you know, Ye announced he's running for president via Twitter over the weekend, and also did a rambling interview with Forbes ... which drew harsh criticism, confusion and concern.

Our sources say his family and those close to him are worried, but they believe things will stabilize as they have in the past. The problem here, we're told -- Kanye's proclamations are causing problems.

Of course, Kanye's apparent bipolar episode hasn't kept him from garnering presidential campaign support from the likes of Elon Musk ... who hung with the rapper just days prior to his announcement.

Others are much more skeptical, and that skepticism likely grew in the wake of Kanye's wide-interview with Forbes ... in which he dumped Trump, slammed Biden, revealed he's running as part of a new party called the "Birthday Party," claimed he had COVID-19, pushed an anti-vaxx narrative and talked a lot about God.

What the interview didn't touch on, weirdly, was Kanye's mental health.

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You'll remember, it was in October 2018 when Kanye came on "TMZ Live" and said he was not taking his bipolar medication. He'd also previously stated he doesn't take his medication because it stifles his creativity.

Black Lives Matter Mural Completed at Trump Tower

President Trump has "Black Lives Matter" all up in his face, metaphorically, as another giant yellow street mural is being completed outside Trump Tower on NYC's Fifth Avenue.

The street mural painting process began early Thursday morning, and a crowd has been gathering to watch. Mayor Bill de Blasio -- a longtime Trump nemesis -- is expected to take part in it at some point, so hard to say this isn't political.

It's unclear if there will also be a BLM protest, but it wouldn't be surprising ... as the project has been harshly opposed by the Prez.

As you may recall ... Trump blasted the plan for the mural last week in a series of tweets in which he said it would be "denigrating" to the luxury avenue and antagonize the NYPD.

He also accused Mayor de Blasio of hating and disrespecting police for supporting the BLM painting, which Trump referred to as a "symbol of hate."

The Mayor responded by saying ... "Here's what you don't understand: Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation. Your 'luxury' came from THEIR labor, for which they have never been justly compensated. We are honoring them. The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism."

Of course, similar "Black Lives Matter" murals have been going up in cities across America in recent weeks, most prominently along 16th Street NW in the nation's capital ... which can be seen from the White House across Lafayette Park.

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