Sam Hunt My DUI Demonstrates ... 'Poor, Selfish Decision'

Sam Hunt has gone public over his DUI Thursday, saying he made some really bad choices.

The country star just said, "Thursday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend's show in downtown Nashville. It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It won't happen again."

Truth be told, it wasn't Thursday night ... it was Thursday at 6 AM. Hunt was in a bar Wednesday night partying with some folks, but the bars close at 2 AM. Cops saw Sam swerving and driving down the wrong side of the road at 6 AM, pulled him over and noticed he reeked of alcohol.

He was clearly wasted ... police asked for his driver's license, which was in his lap, but instead he gave them a credit card and his passport. He did poorly on the field sobriety test and blew a .173 ... way over the legal limit.

Sam was arrested, booked and released.  He's already been charged with DUI.

Van Jones Meek Mill's Judge Proves ... System's Gotta Change!!!


Van Jones is ripping the judge who sent Meek Mill to prison on a parole violation for another, equally "egregious," decision ... and says it's evidence "bad laws" must be changed!!!

Van joined us Friday on "TMZ Live," to talk about the case of Maurice Hudson ... a Pennsylvania man Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced to 18-36 months in a state prison. His crime? Being too poor to pay $1,941 in court fees.

The CNN host ripped Brinkley, calling her "horrific" and slamming her for abusing a state law allowing her to put Hudson back behind bars ... despite the fact the janitor had kept his nose clean for 10 years, while taking care of his special needs daughters.

You'll recall, Judge Brinkley sent Meek back to prison in 2017 with a harsh sentence of 2-4 years behind bars after she found Meek violated his probation in his 2008 gun conviction. Many folks feel Judge Brinkley had it out for Meek.

Van says Hudson's case is just the tip of the iceberg, but his REFORM Alliance -- founded with Meek, Jay-Z and Sixers owner Michael Rubin -- is working diligently to change bad laws and oust bad judges.

REFORM succeeded Friday in securing Hudson's release from prison, but he had to serve 9 months before getting back his freedom ... and Van told us why prison reform still has a long way to go.

Elon Musk Tesla Truck Unveiling Disaster NOT FAKE ... Elon and Ball Thrower Upset

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2:01 PM PT -- Multiple Tesla-connected sources tell TMZ, the failed demonstration was not fake. A number of people think it was all designed for a viral social media moment, but we've learned that's not the case at all. We're told both Elon and Franz von Holzhausen -- Tesla's chief designer and ball thrower -- were confident going in that the glass would not shatter. They did not do a rehearsal, and after the glass shattered sources say both Elon and Franz were "upset, bewildered and dumbfounded."

Elon Musk has a smashing success on his hands, and we mean that in the worst way possible because his new Tesla Cybertruck -- billed as shatterproof -- shattered moments after he unveiled it.

We'll say this ... if Elon isn't firing a handful of people right now, he's going soft. On Thursday at SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, CA ... he pulled back the curtain on the Cybertruck, and had a staffer throw a metal ball at the driver side windows to prove the near-indestructibility of its "armor glass."

It couldn't have gone worse as both windows shattered. Elon seemed to vamp to find a silver lining, saying ... "It didn't go through. That's a plus side."

It was reminiscent of some of SpaceX's early Falcon 9 rocket disasters. 'Memba this one? Juuuuust a bit outside of the landing pad, and into the drink!

To be fair, the Falcon 9 works like a charm now, so maybe that bodes well for the Cybertruck's future, but calling its introduction an embarrassment is an enormous understatement.

In fact, it went sooooo badly, it smells of a setup. The question -- was Elon in on it, just to make sure the new Cybertruck unveiling went viral? OR, was Elon set up by prankster employees?

If it's the latter, like we said ... someone's looking into unemployment benefits right now.

Originally Published -- 6:44 AM PT

Mohamed Hadid Bel-Air Mansion is 'Clear and Present Danger' ... Judge Says Tear it Down!!!

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Mohamed Hadid is taking a major L on what he hoped would be his $100 million Bel-Air mansion -- cause a judge says he's gotta tear down the whole thing.

The 30,000-square-foot crib, which has been dubbed the "Starship Enterprise" -- it's that big -- is unsafe for a of myriad reasons, according to the judge who ruled this week in L.A. Superior Court. In the judge's words, the mansion is a "clear and present" danger to Mohamed's neighbors.

The concern Hadid's neighbors and the city have had for years is that it's on an unstable hillside and wasn't constructed up to safety standards. The judge affirmed that in court, saying, "If this house came down the hill it would take a portion of the neighborhood with it."


A structural engineer told the court the supporting piles under the home were only driven 20 feet into the bedrock, instead of the 30 feet required by regulations. Hadid had hoped to sell the mansion for 9 figures.

Mohamed's neighbors had sued him over the construction and scored a huge victory with the judge's ruling. Demolition for the home will cost an estimated $5 million, and the judge has turned that responsibility over to a receiver named Douglas Wilson.

The judge is ordering Mohamed to pay Wilson a $500k fee, but Mohammed tells us his LLC's financing is strictly for construction, NOT demolition.

As for the judge saying the house is unsafe ... Mohamed says it "has not moved a millimeter! It has never been an imminent danger to the neighbors." He adds there were plenty of city inspectors who observed construction, which started in 2012, and he's pissed no one said anything until years later ... when he'd already spent millions.

Mohamed blames one particular neighbor, who he claims demanded $3.5 mil, or he'd report building code violations to the city. Mohamed sued him for attempted extortion, and tells us that suit is still pending.

BTW, the City of L.A. filed 3 criminal charges against Hadid for building code violations. He pled no contest and got 3 years probation on the condition he either complies with building regulations or tears it down.

Jim Cornette My Fried Chicken Comment Wasn't Racist ... 'It's A Starvation Joke'

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"It's a starvation joke, not a race joke."

That's wrestling announcer Jim Cornette trying to justify the "fried chicken" comment he made during an episode of "NWA Power" earlier this week ... and yeah, yikes.

If you missed it, Cornette tried to describe a wrestler's toughness by saying, "He’s the only man I’ve ever known that can strap a bucket of fried chicken on his back and ride a motor scooter across Ethiopia."

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The comment was immediately hit with outrage, with people calling the remark racist ... and even wrestling legend Mark Henry told us he found the statement to be completely out of line.


But, Cornette went on his podcast, "Jim Cornette Experience," on Friday to try to explain himself ... and said he was surprised people thought he was being racist.

"It's a starvation joke, not a race joke," Cornette said. "Whether it's a good joke or a bad joke, it was a joke that has been told on TBS, USA Network, broadcast television stations across America over a variety of locations for the past 30 years."

Cornette added, "I’m not that sorry, 'cause it was a joke. And, if you don’t like the joke, that’s fine and I’d even apologize for a bad joke. But, this goddamn feedback was above and beyond the offense. And, I didn’t mean it in any racist way, for f**k's sake."

Cornette also addressed the "fried chicken" aspect of the comments ... saying he only used that for the food item in the joke because "A bucket of chicken sounds funnier. It's a funnier visual than a f**king plate of sushi."

Doesn't seem the NWA was laughing either way ... they said Cornette's comments were "both offensive and do not meet the high standards of decency and good faith of the National Wrestling Alliance."

In that same statement, the wrestling league announced Cornette had resigned from the company.

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Eva Marcille's Baby Daddy Kevin McCall's Escalator Fight Video ... Suggests He's the Victim


'RHOA' star Eva Marcille's baby daddy just revealed a key piece of evidence from his latest arrest -- video of his scuffle with a cop down an escalator.

Kevin McCall posted the courthouse surveillance footage on his Instagram, which is of him talking to the officer ... then cuts to a shot of the cop chasing McCall down an escalator in an effort to detain him.

The officer then appears to bodyslam McCall before another cop jumps in to help.


We broke the story ... Kevin says he was injured in the scuffle and plans to sue, and believes he was targeted simply because he's black. According to his latest post, he believes the video supports his theory. He captioned it ... "Hands Up...Don't shoot #thetruthuntold"


McCall's own Instagram Live video from before the altercation shows what led up to the tussle -- the courthouse officer tells him he needs to stop recording video on his phone ... but he refuses, calls him a b*tch and challenges him to fight.

You may recall ... Kevin was in court to challenge Eva for custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Marley Rae. Instead, he ended up in jail and booked on 5 charges -- 4 misdemeanors and one felony count of criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree.

TBD if the escalator footage helps exonerate him.

'Deadliest Catch' Star Jerod Sechrist Busted Again ... Alleged Theft at IKEA

Jerod Sechrist -- known for his brief and turbulent stint on "Deadliest Catch" -- is in even more hot water now ... he's been arrested for allegedly shoplifting from IKEA.

The 33-year-old was picked up on a warrant for grand theft this week in Tampa and has been booked on a felony charge. According to police docs ... Sechrist loaded up a shopping cart with $1,034 worth of electronics in early October and left the store without paying, then tried to flee on his bicycle while pulling the cart full of goods behind him.

Cops say Sechrist was stopped by security and photographed before he bailed on the stolen items and took off on his bike. The incident was allegedly his fifth time stealing from the IKEA.

According to the docs ... cops worked with security staff at the store to review surveillance footage and match the suspect on camera with Sechrist, then obtained the warrant for his arrest on November 20. He was taken in without incident.

What's more interesting -- according to police -- is Sechrist's alleged theft occurred around the same time he was busted for drugs. We broke that story ... Sechrist was arrested for drug possession -- specifically felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

We're told he was released from jail earlier this month, but alas ... he's back again.

Jerod appeared in 3 "Deadliest Catch" episodes in 2016 and was memorable for having a hard time differentiating between male and female king crabs, which drew the ire of his crewmates.

Diane Lane, Piper Perabo Arrested in D.C. Joining Jane Fonda in Climate Change Protest

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Jane Fonda's seventh straight "Fire Drill Friday" climate change protest has led to more arrests ... and some new big names have been added to the list.

Diane Lane, Piper Perabo, and Amber Valletta joined Jane's force of environmental protesters in Washington D.C. Friday for a demonstration at the Supreme Court building ... and got hauled off in cuffs after refusing police orders to move.


Before they were taken away, Diane and Amber told us it was their first time being arrested ... number 2 for Piper. "The Good Place" actor Manny Jacinto was also on hand but didn't get arrested.

Neither did Fonda -- for the third straight week. As you can see ... she scurries away when she starts feeling the heat from police.


As we reported ... Jane's been arrested 4 times, but last Friday when the cops moved in she moved to higher ground and chanted with her comrades from a balcony in the Capitol.

We're told the folks behind FDF with Fonda are making sure she avoids her 5th arrest because it could result in serious consequences ... and they want her to be able to remain the weekly face of the movement.

The D.C. Attorney General's office declined to charge her for her previous 4 arrests ... but the 5th could be the one that lands her some significant jail time.

Lane, Perabo and Valletta can now wear an arrest badge of honor with Fonda, along with other Hollywood pals who've joined her ... like Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, Rosanna Arquette and Catherine Keener. Ben & Jerry protested too but didn't get arrested.

Damon Dash Rips Black Lawyer as 'Culture Vulture' ... Blows Lid in Depo!!!


Damon Dash has had it up to here with the lawyer who grilled him over a movie deal that went south, and let him know several times with some sharp insults ... all on camera.

The Roc-A-Fella cofounder sat for a 50-minute deposition on Thursday for a lawsuit filed against him over the movie, "Dear Frank." The depo did not go smoothly, because right off the bat ... Dame made it clear he's disgusted with Christopher Brown, the attorney for the plaintiffs.

At one point, Damon lit into Brown, who is black, telling him he'll never be a lawyer again, and adding ... "I'm just giving you rope to hang yourself." Dash was pissed at almost every question Brown asked him, and finally blew up about 12 minutes into the depo.

He yelled, "I'm sick of people from my culture trying to actually rob another man from this culture. I'm disgusted with people like this!! Yeah, I said it, punk!!"

Moments later, Damon added ... "He'll sell his whole culture out for a dollar."

Not only was it heated, but Dash's rant also got downright petty at times. He insisted he be addressed as "Mr. Dash" ... and then went on a jag about Brown's sweater.


Brown wasn't laughing, and according to him, Damon became so unruly the law firm hosting the deposition called cops to kick the mogul out of the office. We're told NYPD never showed up, but Brown says Damon and his team left on their own anyway.

The lawsuit, BTW, was filed by the director of "Dear Frank" and the production company. They allege Dash -- who was originally supposed to direct the film -- tried to market and distribute it under a different name, causing confusion in the marketplace.


We also got Dash Friday morning on his way into a Manhattan courthouse. He went OFF again about people "trying to rob" him and claimed he's a target for ungrateful associates.

As he put it, "I do a lot for people and no one wants to kick back, they just want to take credit for it."

He also admitted he might have stayed out a little late the night before court. He was referring to the Canary Club in NYC, where we saw Dame and asked, specifically, about the child support bust.


Damon claims he'd already paid off the $400k debt to ex-wife Rachel Roy and baby mama Cindy Morales -- and says he was in and out of jail in a couple hours ... "Like a real gangsta."

As for why NYPD hauled him in and took his mug shot, if he'd really already paid the debt -- Damon had an explanation for that too. He told us, "I'm a f**king rock star. As long as the motherf**king picture look good, I'm good."

XXXTentaction Final Album On Deck ... Dropping In 2 Weeks!!!

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XXXTentacion fans are about to get something special from the late rapper ... his fourth and final album is set for its long-awaited release.

XXX's posthumous album is dubbed "Bad Vibes Forever" and it's dropping in just two weeks on Dec. 6.

The late rapper's manager, Solomon Sobande, describes 'Bad Vibes' as the love child between 2 of XXX's previous projects, "17" and "?" ... and the new album is the second released since XXXTentacion's death.

XXX's mother, Cleopatra Bernard, is the album's executive producer ... and the project has a healthy number of features, including Blink-182, Tory Lanez and Mavado, plus a country collab with Lil Nas X.

'Bad Vibes Forever' includes some previously released singles in "Royalty" and "Hearteater" ... with the latter's music video featuring an appearance from the ex-girlfriend who accused XXX of physical abuse.


It's been almost a year and a half since XXX was murdered ... as we first reported, XXX was shot dead in June 2018 when 2 men wearing hoodies rolled up on the rapper at a motorcycle dealership in Florida and opened fire. The deadly shooting was captured on video.

As for the new album ... its title track is now streaming on all major platforms.

Princess Love I Don't Wanna Be Married To Ray J!!! Sounds Off After Fight


Princess Love says she's over being married to Ray J ... and she's preparing to be a single mother of two.

Ray J's wife opened up about their recent drama in a lengthy social media rant, saying she doesn't want to be married anymore and strongly suggesting their relationship is hurtling towards a divorce.

As we reported ... Ray J and Princess Love got into a blowout fight in Vegas, and she accused him of leaving her "stranded" after he got his own hotel room to give her some space. Ray J broke his silence and slipped in an apology, but captioned his video, "Love lost this time" with a broken heart emoji.


Now, Princess says she's still alone in Vegas with their daughter, Melody, and she doesn't feel comfortable driving back to Los Angeles because she's 8 1/2 months pregnant. Whenever she makes it home, Princess says she's gotta get her mind right before giving birth, because Ray J could leave her at any moment.

Princess says Ray J often threatens her with divorce when they argue, and she ended her rant with a pretty ominous description, "It's a divorce party, y'all."

Stay tuned ...

Scooter Braun Too Many Death Threats Over Taylor Swift ... Begs Singer to Sit Down and Resolve Conflict

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Scooter Braun says Taylor Swift's attacks on him and the Big Machine Records label have thrown his entire family into extreme peril, and the death threats have become so intense he's going public, pleading with Taylor to sit down with him and resolve their conflict.

Scooter posted his statement in the middle of the night after something clearly happened. He noted there have been numerous death threats directed at his family, but something even more ominous and imminent caused him to break his silence ... "I came home tonight to find my wife had received a phone call threatening the safety of our children .."

He posted one threat, which is chilling ..."Hi, why dont you just die withyour children??? I will buy a gun tmr and them shoot you allin the head."

Scooter then addresses Taylor directly, saying, "I assume this was not your intention but it is important that you understand that your words carry a tremendous amount of weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways."

He goes on to extend an olive branch, asking Taylor to sit down, wherever she wants, and resolve their beef. He says he and Big Machine never tried to block her from singing anything at Sunday's AMAs, but then he said this ... "While I am frustrated with your accusations and respectfully disagree with many of your statements, it is important that I am clear -- no artist should ever feel cornered or bullied.  I have spent my entire career in service of creatives and artists, never the other way around."

But, finally, there's something of a parting shot ... "Many have told me that a meeting will never happen as this is not about truth or resolution but instead a narrative for you. I am hopeful this is not the case."

Courteney Cox to Paparazzo Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! ... For Saving My Dogs' Lives

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Courteney Cox is filled with gratitude and can't stop thanking the photographer who ran out onto treacherous Pacific Coast Highway and saved her 2 pooches.

Courteney was leaving Giorgio Baldi restaurant Thursday night in Santa Monica and ran into the photog who scooped up her 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels after they bolted from her Malibu mansion onto the PCH.


Mind you ... Courteney profusely thanked the photog Wednesday after he handed off the dogs to her, but the appreciation was in full bloom at Giorgio Baldi. Matter of fact -- watch the video closely -- she definitely hands him something that seems to be a cash reward.

The photog is really gracious ... making it clear he didn't want anything in return for saving her dogs -- not even a photo.

Courteney was curious ... since the photog jumped out of his car who got video of the incident? As we reported, the photog had a dashcam that captured the action. You just never know what's gonna happen ...

French Montana Still in Hospital with Intense Stomach Pain ... Docs Don't Know What's Wrong


10:26 AM PT -- 11/22 -- French remains in the hospital, and sources close tell us his stomach pain remains severe. We're told doctors are continuing to run tests and monitor his heart rate. At this time, our sources say it's unclear what is the cause of his medical issues.

French Montana is hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering scary cardiac issues, intense nausea, and getting an unexpected visit from cops to his home ... TMZ has learned.

French was rushed to a hospital by ambulance Thursday around 1:30 PM ... but it's cops who made the call to get him treatment. According to law enforcement sources ... L.A. County Sheriff's deputies were called to his Calabasas home for a possible robbery.

That turned out to be a false alarm, but the responding deputies determined French was acting abnormal and seemed out of it. Sources connected to the rapper tell us he'd been suffering severe stomach pains, nausea and perhaps most alarmingly ... an elevated heart rate.

We're told French was taken to a San Fernando Valley hospital, and he's awake and alert right now. He's getting treatment that includes IV fluids and is expected to be released later today.

Our sources say French has been traveling a lot over the last couple of weeks -- including trips to the Middle East and Europe. We're told some around him suspect he could have been exposed to contaminated food.

Story developing ...

Originally Published -- 11/21 5:29 PM PT

Jason Derulo Bulging with Pride Over 'Anaconda' Pic


Jason Derulo let the cat out of the bag about what he's packing down below, and he's making it clear there was no Photoshop involved ... he's just blessed.

We got the singer and "Cats" star leaving Hyde Lounge in L.A. in the early morning hours Friday, and asked him about his recent Instagram shot flaunting his chiseled physique and his, um ... well, take a look.

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Jason tells us when he posted the pic -- which he says was taken months ago in Bali -- he didn't expect it to become his most popular. Unclear if he expected it to get flooded with lustful comments and eggplant emojis, but ya gotta think so ... especially when he replied to a fan asking “What animal are you hiding in your pants?” by answering, “Anaconda.”

Anyway, according to Rum Tum Tugger, the photo in his nut huggers is 100 percent real and natural ... and he has his Haitian heritage to thank for his impressive endowment.

His parents should be proud.

Lizzo Feelin' Good as Hell at Disneyland ... Celebrates with sis


Lizzo has many reasons to be happy ... so a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth was in order.

The Record of the Year nominee and her sister had a fun evening out with friends Thursday at Disneyland to celebrate both her sister's birthday ... and Lizzo's 8 Grammy noms.

We're told the group had a blast all over the park hitting up popular rides like Space Mountain, It's a Small World, the Matterhorn Bobsleds ... and even made their way over to Disney California Adventure for Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout!

Even better ... Lizzo and company splurged for a VIP tour guide so they didn't have to wait in any long lines.


At one point the "Truth Hurts" singer took a break to check her phone and enjoy a chocolate-covered frozen banana ... with Minnie Mouse ears on and everything.

And if you're wondering about the woman in the sexy Santa outfit on her sweatshirt ... it seems Lizzo's promoting a raunchy new single called "Christmas Time" by celeb hairstylist, Shelby Swain.

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Great addition to your feel-good holiday playlist ... along with pretty much all of Lizzo's songs, of course.