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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.

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. 

Ric Flair Drinkin' Beer Just 1 Month After Medical Scare

6/24/2019 8:18 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ric Flair told us he wasn't gonna let his medical scare slow him down ... and he's proving it -- because the WWE legend ordered up a beer this weekend during an outing with his family. 

Sporting a shirt with his own face on it (legendary stuff), the 70-year-old strolled into Hamilton's On Magnolia in Alabama (right near Auburn) flanked by his wife, Wendy Barlow

Inside the restaurant, Flair was all smiles ... toasting his wife with a pint of beer. 

Yeah, sippin' on brew may not be exactly what the doctor recommends just one month after undergoing heart surgery ... but Flair has told us he wants to live life to the fullest while he's still here on earth. 

As we previously reported, Flair had a procedure to change up his pacemaker after a medical emergency in May. 

When we spoke with Ric on the "TMZ Sports" TV show earlier this month, he told us he plans on living another 25 years ... AT LEAST! 

Nipsey Hussle Honored w/ Tribute at BET Awards

6/23/2019 9:39 PM PDT

BET pulled out all the stops for Nipsey Hussle at its annual award show ... and the emotion onstage and in the crowd was palpable. 

In a powerful moment, Hussle's family took the stage to a standing ovation, including the late rapper's girlfriend, Lauren London, and his son, Kross Asghedom, to accept the 2019 Humanitarian Award on his behalf.

"I just want to thank you guys for all of the love and support and the marathon continues again," London said briefly.

"I was so amazed that so much love was out in the world that it uplifted me," said Hussle's grandmother. "God said to Nipsey, 'You've done your job, you've made your mark.' So thank you so much world for loving him, too.' His parents also spoke briefly of their son.

The slain South L.A. MC was presented with a special tribute Sunday night during the BET Awards --where T.I. spoke some kind words about the hip-hop icon, recounting the impact he had on the community as a whole. 

"There will never be another Nipsey Hussle; he was a revolutionary," T.I. said. "He was our blessing and inspired people across the world.

The powerful moment led into a musical tribute to Hussle, with performances by Marsha Ambrosius on "Real Big," YG on "Last Time I Checc'd" and DJ Khaled and John Legend leading everyone in white for an emotional performance of "Higher."

They also played a video tribute to Nipsey's life with words from Snoop Dogg, Ava DuVernay and Los Angeles Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson ... it included footage from the last video Hussle shot before his death.

Nipsey was a driving force in his community ... inspiring people to make South L.A. better by both words and deeds.   

TMZ broke the story ... Nipsey was gunned down in March outside of his Marathon clothing store in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. 

Nipsey left behind two children -- 10-year-old Emani, and 2-year-old Kross, the latter whom he shared with Lauren London. 

He was 33 at the time of his death. 

Cardi B and Offset Drop $100,000 ... On Birthday Bling For Kulture!!!

6/24/2019 1:00 AM PDT

Cardi B and Offset are making sure Kulture is one blinged-out baby ... spending a huge chunk of change on a super lavish present for their daughter's upcoming first birthday party.

Our sources tell us, Kulture is getting some serious bday bling when she turns 1 next month ... and we've got an early look at the extravagant piece of custom jewelry.

Check it out ... when Kulture celebrates her first birthday on July 10, she's gonna get this super sick piece from her parents, featuring characters from her favorite TV show, "Word Party."

We've learned Cardi commissioned celeb jeweler Eliantte for the project ... and the pendant and chain are made of diamonds, white gold and vibrantly colored enamel. Altogether, we're told Cardi dropped about $100,000 to keep Kulture ice cold. 

Kulture's first birthday bash is gonna be one for the ages ... Cardi recently revealed she's pulling out all the stops, and spending a whopping $400k on the festivities!!!

Ah, the perks of being born to a hip-hop power couple.

Gwyneth Paltrow & Hubby Brad We Might Not Live Together But We Sure as Hell Vacay Together!!!

6/24/2019 7:24 AM PDT

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk are bending the rule at home that the couple that [insert cute action verb] together stays together -- but abroad ... they're 2 peas in a pod.

The actor and her TV writer hubby are vacationing in Europe right now, where they were seen taking in the sights in Florence, hand-in-hand and in lockstep -- this, of course, after Gwyneth recently revealed they live together only around half the time.

Brad spends the night at her L.A. home 4 nights out of the week, and crashes at his pad for the other 3 ... which she says keeps things fresh between them.

A bit unorthodox for a married couple, but it's clearly working for GP and BF! They look absolutely in love in Italy ... whether it's strolling the streets or over dinner and wine.

Remember, Gwyneth was the one who coined the whole "conscious uncoupling" thing when she split from Chris Martin ... so the together-but-separate thing's right up her alley, really.

Relationships in 2019 ... get with the times, folks.

Dana White Bieber vs. Tom Cruise 'Biggest UFC Purse Ever'

6/24/2019 7:46 AM PDT
Breaking News

The Justin Bieber vs. Tom Cruise hype train has left the station ... with UFC honcho Dana White saying the celebrity superfight would probably be the biggest Pay-Per-View event in combat sports history!!!

TMZ Sports broke the story ... White said he is seriously interested in putting together the Bieber vs. Cruise fight ... after hearing from two "serious people" with connections to the stars that they'd be down to scrap. 

And, we're also told Bieber's rep, Scooter Braun, spoke with William Morris Endeavor co-owner Ari Emanuel and Dana White on a secret phone call and said Bieber is "100%" down with it. 

So, when White was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood on Sunday night, he told TMZ Sports he thinks there's a real shot this fight goes down. 

"Weirder things have happened, let's put it that way," White said. 

"I think it would be the biggest purse ever and I think it would be the biggest Pay-Per-View ever too."

White says the situation is still developing and he hasn't heard anything official from Tom's camp yet -- but he's hopeful he'll have more info in the coming days. 

Until then, White seems excited to make it happen ... though he's keeping it real when asked about the actual combat. 

"I don't think the fight would be as good as the hype."

In other news...

Erika Jayne Bares All In Revealing Instagram Pic From Sexy Photoshoot

Check out the pic that EVERYONE is talking about!


World's Ugliest Dog Scamp the Tramp is Your Champ!!!

6/24/2019 7:31 AM PDT

Nineteen very good boys and girls duked it out to see who could really make the crowd say "Woof" ... and in the end, a mangy mutt was crowned World's Ugliest Dog.

The competition was held Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center, and this year's winner is a former stray pooch who goes by the name Scamp the Tramp ... and he was runner-up last year!

According to his bio ... "no amount of conditioner can calm" Scamp's matted and messy fur. His owner says she rescued him at the "last hour" from an L.A. animal shelter, and it's been a match made in heaven.

Scamp has been a pet therapist at a senior center for 7 years, and also listens to first graders read stories on a weekly basis. Now, he can add celebrity status to his bio too -- he appeared on the "Today" show Monday morn.

In addition to his new title, Scamp took home a trophy and $1,500 ... which will be matched in a donation split between the Humane Society of Sonoma County, Angels Fund, and Compassion Without Borders.

As for the other dogs ... there was a lot of cute and ugly to go around. A 3-year-old Pekingese with a wild tongue aptly named Wild Thang took second place, and a rescue pup named Tostito -- who's missing his lower jaw -- came in third.

Give all these dogs a bone!

Khloe Kardashian Tristan Threatened Suicide to 'Get a Reaction' After Jordyn Woods Scandal

6/24/2019 7:11 AM PDT

Khloe Kardashian claims Tristan Thompson went overboard in showing remorse after he confirmed he cheated on her with Jordyn Woods ... to the point where he threatened to kill himself.

On Sunday's episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Khloe was telling Scott Disick about Tristan's text messages to her after she confronted him about his fling with Woods.

She says she got her questions answered, but then her baby daddy bombarded her with messages of regret and sorrow ... including threatening suicide.

Khloe told Disick ... "He's like, 'I can't stop thinking about you and what a mess I have caused.'" She added, "He's doing this to get a reaction out of me. Oh, so I'm just allowed to say 'I'm going to kill myself' at any time? That's crazy."

Despite her disgust over Tristan's behavior, Khloe apparently asked his friend to check on him to make sure he was okay ... which Disick said "just goes to show that Khloe is an unbelievable person that loves so hard and so much."

Scott added ... "Somehow she just keeps getting the short end of the stick, and it's unfair and it's hurtful and it's really hard to me to sit and watch."

As you know ... Jordan and Tristan's cheating scandal broke in February, and Woods explained her side during a 'Red Table Talk' interview shortly afterward, claiming she wasn't a homewrecker and there was just one kiss.

At first, Khloe didn't buy it and blamed her for breaking up her family, but later backed off and placed the majority of the blame on Thompson. Still, the incident caused a rift between Woods and the family ... and she moved out of Kylie Jenner's guest house. The 2 ex-besties have been on amicable terms since.

Louis C.K. Standing, Roaring Ovation ... At Comedy Festival

6/24/2019 7:01 AM PDT

Louis C.K.'s surprise appearance at a comedy festival sent the crowd into a frenzy ... roaring in approval as he took the stage.

The comedian hit up Skankfest NYC Saturday night in Brooklyn ... where the crowd had ZERO clue he was about to take the mic. Check out the video ... the packed house gave Louis a standing ovation. Some of them literally jumped for joy. You can see a woman going berserk.

We're told Louis opened up his set by quickly addressing the controversy surrounding him ... telling the crowd, "If you ever masturbate in front of someone, ask them first. If they say yes, don't do it!"

Louis had the crowd laughing their asses off for about 20 minutes before calling it a night. Remember, last time he made a surprise appearance, back in September, he also got quite the ovation.

We're told the festival's promoter, Luis J. Gomez, had been working hard to get Louis C.K. to agree to perform. And, with days to spare before the festival officially kicked off, Gomez locked him down. 'SNL' star Michael Che followed Louis' set. Bill Burr also performed.

Louis, of course, is still in the midst of making a comeback since his 2017 confession -- admitting he'd exposed himself to several women and masturbated in front of them or over the phone.

Controversy followed him again in late 2018 after shockingly making jokes about the Parkland massacre. A victim's father and fellow comedian Ron Funches were outraged.

Taylor Swift Benjamin Button Cat Squad Official ... He's Got Papers!!!

6/24/2019 6:44 AM PDT

Taylor Swift's newest pet is on the family payroll now -- so get out there and start working, Benjamin Button!

Swiftees already know Taylor filed docs to trademark her first 2 cats -- Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson -- but she didn't want to leave the new cat out in the cold. That's right, she's now added BB to the squad.

According to the new docs ... Taylor's applied for the trademark, "Meredith, Olivia & Benjamin Swift." The legal move now opens the door for Taylor to cash in on every kind of merch imaginable --  clothing and phone accessories, toys, luggage, home furnishings, key rings, arts and crafts kits, ornaments, glassware, coloring books, magazines, etc ... 

You get the picture ... she can now milk these cats for all they're worth, and then some.

And yes, cats have nipples.

Meredith and Olivia made their merch debuts last year ... so this is old hat for those cats.

Taylor adopted Benjamin earlier this year after they met on the set of her "ME!" music video.

Welcome to the squad, Benny.

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