David Ortiz on Shooting Breaks Media Silence ... I Almost Died in D.R.

David Ortiz broke his silence with the media since being shot in the Dominican Republic, and he gave an emotional interview ... acknowledging he almost died there.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger spoke with Univision in a sit-down that aired in Spanish on Saturday, answering a number of questions related to the scary incident in his home country this past June -- when he was ambushed and shot in the back at a club.

Big Papi described the initial feeling of the bullet going in, saying he felt a stinging sensation ... adding that in the first five seconds, he felt like he was in a living nightmare. He said the shooting made him disheartened, as he has no problems with anybody.

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Ortiz went on to explain that he never lost consciousness en route to the hospital, but said he experienced something he'd never quite felt before ... trying to survive for his life.

He says he's never had his life threatened before, and that him sitting with his back to the street and no security around should be an implication ... he's not someone who'd ever think he was in danger. Then came the question about who did it ... and why.

Ortiz says he has no idea why anyone might've wanted to kill him, again reiterating that he has no enemies ... and no issues with anybody (especially criminals) that would make him worry.

Big Papi also touches on a rumor that Dominican drug lord Cesar Emilio Peralta might've been the one who ordered the hit, but he again came back with uncertainty ... saying he couldn't think of any reason why that would be the case -- if, in fact, it is.

As we reported ... authorities in the Dominican Republic have made several arrests in connection to the shooting, including the alleged shooter himself. Cops say that Ortiz was not the actual target, and that the hit was a case of mistaken identity.

Ortiz is unclear on that himself, but one thing that clearly hurt him as he was in the hospital ... people apparently suggesting that he deserved what he'd gotten. He tears up as he recounts the recovery process, saying that at one point he was in a coma ... and almost died.

Luckily, Big Papi is getting better each day. He threw out the first pitch at a recent Sox game -- and seems to be doing well following multiple life-saving surgeries.

Still, it's pretty gut-wrenching to hear it all again from the man himself.

Diddy to 2 Chainz Full Moon Meets White Grape Ciroc At FT13th-Themed Birthday

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A SCARY GOOD TIME
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2 Chainz rang in his 42nd birthday on an ominous night -- which was immediately canceled out with better vibes after what Diddy gave him as a gift ... sparkly new booze!!!

The Atlanta-based MC was hosting a birthday bash Saturday night at The Gallery at Ravine in his hometown, which was decked out in the "Friday the 13th" theme ... honoring both the movie and the fact that it actually was FT13 in real life. To make things even creepier, a full moon was out too.

DJ Khaled came  out, as did Jermaine Dupri, Jeezy, Remy Ma, T.I. and Tiny ... and, of course, the Bad Boy honcho himself. Most everyone seemed to stop and pose with 2C.

When Diddy got up to the cameras, he busted out a gold bottle of his best s*** -- White Grape Ciroc, which is apparently the first of its kind to the hit the market. 2 Chainz was honored as the first recipient ... and he seemed fairly stunned by the gesture.

Not even Jason Voorhees stands and stares this long ... must be some good (luck) vodka right there.

Lil Wayne Bails on Blink-182 Show Over Alleged Weed Incident at Hotel

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Lil Wayne says he can't perform with Blink-182 in St. Louis because he was kicked out of his hotel and cops came swarming -- but we've learned there's two sides to this story.

Wayne tweeted out the crappy news Saturday morning, saying he wouldn't be able to do the show later tonight at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre -- where he was set to take the stage with B-182 and Neck Deep -- due to some BS at his the Ritz Carlton.

He said, "Sorry not doing the show tonight in St Lou kuz I was just kik'd out the ritz and 12 got invovle so I gotta slide. Tht y'al f w me out here. Dam slime. It's all luv tho."

While Wayne claims to have been booted from the facility, the Clayton Police Department's interim Police Chief, Mark Smith, tells TMZ that Weezy and his crew were NOT asked to leave ... and that they left voluntarily after a verbal dispute with the hotel staff.

Smith says police were called to the Ritz around 10:00 AM CT due to a "disturbance" in the lobby involving several men, some of whom we're told included Wayne's entourage. We're told a responding officer saw a man in LW's security yelling at a clerk behind the desk.

We're told officers spoke to several witnesses -- including staff members -- who told police they'd received several complaints of marijuana smells coming from Weezy's room. Cops say the staff claimed to have called up to Wayne's room, asking him to open his balcony doors to mitigate the smell ... and, allegedly, he got pissed and came down to confront 'em.

Smith tells us the hotel staff did not file a complaint with police, and they found no evidence of a crime that'd been committed. No one was arrested as a result.

Now, sources close to Weezy tell TMZ that the reason he and his team came down to confront the staff had NOTHING to do with weed ... and everything to do with bad protocol.

We're told the front desk kept forwarding calls from an obsessed fan, who apparently knew Wayne was staying there and in which exact room too. Instead of taking them off the scent, our Weezy sources say the staff continued to send the call to his room ... making him irate.

We've reached out to the Ritz Carlton for comment on the fan-forwarding allegation ... so far, no word back.

Whatever the real reason ... it's clear that Wayne's not comfortable in St. Louis. This would mark at least the 3rd show he's completely bailed on for his Blink-182 appearances this summer.

John Legend Don't Get Mad at Felicity for Light Sentence ... Others Should Get Light Sentences Too

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John Legend had an interesting take on Felicity Huffman's 14-day sentence in her college bribery scandal case ... people are angry at the wrong thing.

John just said, "I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of color Y gets a long one. The answer isn't for X to get more; it's for both of them to get less (or even none!!!). We should level down not up."

Okay ... time for a few opinions. First, John's right, especially when you're talking about equivalent crimes. But, in some cases, long sentences are appropriate. They need to be handed down fairly, with equality for all.

Now the bigger issue ... a lot of people think prosecutors won the Felicity case. That's just ridiculous. Prosecutors suffered a blistering loss. When they announced they were filing 50 cases, they talked about how other prospective students were being denied admission because of bribery by rich parents. There was talk of years in prison ... even decades for wrongdoers.

The prosecution got shut down by both the probation dept. and the judge. As the probation dept. said in its sentencing recommendation, there was no "intended loss." Translation ... the law doesn't consider the possibility some other student was denied admission because Felicity had her daughter's SAT test rigged. You may not like that, but that's what the judge said.

The key is "loss," and the judge said there was none, and it undercuts the core of the prosecution's case. Prosecutors drastically lowered their sentencing recommendation to 1 month, and they didn't even get that.

Fact is ... 14 days behind bars is what someone gets for stealing a bottle of wine from a liquor store. Prosecutors in the college admissions scandal spent millions and now say the point is not the amount of time, but the fact the wrongdoers got some time. You will never hear those words uttered privately among prosecutors, because the amount of time DOES matter.

Felicity is paying for what she did, but she's got to be breathing a HUGE sigh of relief. And, guess who else is probably breathing a lot easier today given Felicity's sentence ... Lori Loughlin.

CA State Capitol Building Anti-Vaxxer Hurls 'Menstrual Blood' ... At Senators in Session

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An anti-vaccine protester threw what appeared to be menstrual blood at California lawmakers days after the Governor signed 2 new bills into law that'll kick in next year.

A woman named Rebecca Lee Dalelio was arrested Friday afternoon inside the chambers of the California State Capitol building after cops say she threw something from what they described as a "feminine hygiene device containing what appeared to be blood."

She chucked the red, blood-like liquid down below from the upstairs balcony area ... where she and other anti-vaxxers were watching in silent protest as state senators wrapped up the last day of the legislative year with a vote on some last-minute measures.

The liquid -- which eyewitnesses say came from a menstrual cup -- splashed a few state senators, including Sen. Melissa Hurtado, as well as some documents and desks.

A video captured a woman screaming, "That's for the dead babies." The Senate session went into recess and concluded in private chambers shortly afterward. The video also shows a woman -- who's presumed to be Dalelio -- being escorted out into the hall by officers, where she continues her rant on dead babies, saying ... "Their blood is on your hands."

The incident starts around the 43:10 mark of the video, when the alleged blood-throwing took place.

The protest follows two California bills that were signed into law Monday by Governor Gavin Newsom, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020 ... and are meant to tighten regulations around doctors who write notes to exempt certain kids from vaccines at school.

If the doctors issue more than 5 exemptions in a year, public health officials can review the passes. Schools that fall below a certain level of vaccination rate are also subject to scrutiny.

As complicated as that sounds, this right here is pretty damn simple ... gross!!!

Felicity Huffman Prison Life's a Mixed Bag ... Work On Your Tan, But Also Make Your Bed

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Felicity Huffman won't be doing hard time when she spends 2 weeks behind bars, but it ain't Hollywood glamour either ... she can do some sunbathing, but only after she makes her bed.

The actress is turning herself in to FCI Dublin Oct. 25, where she will serve her 14 days for her role in the college bribery scandal ... and we've got an inside look at what Felicity's life will be like.

Upon entry, Felicity will be stripped searched and then she'll get a jumpsuit, with 3 pairs of underwear. She'll get a hygiene kit with a comb, deodorant, toothbrush and some crappy toothpaste, plus a roll of toilet paper. She better conserve her squares -- Felicity gets one roll of TP every other week, which in her case means the roll needs to last her entire stay.

Felicity will be required to make her bed by 6:30 AM every weekday morning. On the weekends, she'll have to straighten up her prison cot by 10 AM. No maids, of course.

Most of her time will be spent inside, but Felicity can still catch some rays. Sunbathing is allowed at FCI Dublin, but only on the sun decks from 4 PM Friday until 8:30 PM Sunday. BTW ... inmates get at least 1 hour of recreation time each day.

LEAVING THE SENTENCING
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As we reported ... Felicity was sentenced Friday, in what is clearly a spectacular loss for prosecutors.

Prison food generally sucks -- just ask Bill Cosby -- and Felicity will sit down for lunch from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM every day, but she can't leave the mess hall with anything more than a piece of fruit.

Felicity will mix with the rest of the prison pop ... the inmates have a common area complete with TVs, cards and board games. Fair to guess ... she'll be Mrs. Popular.

Hear that??? It's Lori Loughlin breathing a huge sigh of relief.

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

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Felicity Huffman got the best deal she could this week at the great expense of prosecutors, and Kevin Hart's car crash raises a big issue -- should safety harnesses be required on classic cars? So, we gotta ask ...

Felicity Huffman's Sentence

Lori Loughlin Case

J Lo Wearing Fur

Kevin Hart Car Crash

Antonio Brown Rape Allegations

Tekashi's Snitch Testimony

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Saquon Barkley To Dissed Fan ... Come To A Giants Game, Bro!!!

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Saquon Barkley is jumping in to save the day for a dissed Giants fan ... he just invited the little kid who was roasted by DeMarcus Lawrence to a game in November!!!

11-year-old Kamil Bautista -- a NY fan living in McAllen, Texas -- drove 9 hours with his family to watch the Cowboys play the Giants in Dallas last weekend.

But, after the game when he was searching for autographs from players outside the stadium ... Lawrence blew him off, telling him his Barkley jersey was the wrong team!!!

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TMZ Sports spoke with Kamil's father, Jorge Bautista, who told us the whole situation sucked ... and said Jerry Jones should sit down with Lawrence to explain to him that wasn't right.

IT WAS THE RIGHT SHIRT
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Well, Barkley saw the whole situation ... and guess what??? HE WANTS TO HANG OUT WITH THE KID NOW!!!

Sources close to the situation tell us Barkley reached out to the Bautistas this week and invited them to their Nov. 10 game against the Jets in New York.

We're told Barkley is flying them out and will give them a meet-and-greet experience as well as VIP treatment at MetLife Stadium.

Oh, and we're told the kid will almost certainly get some autographs from the team too!!!

Pretty cool move by the Giants superstar ... props to the tailback for making it happen!!!

MTV 'Siesta Key' Pauly Paul Arrested On Probation Violation

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MTV reality star Pauly Paul was arrested Friday ... because he just loved music a little too much.

The "Siesta Key" star was busted for allegedly violating his probation in his weed case by leaving the county where he lives to attend the VMAs.

It appears Pauly went from Sarasota, FL to Newark, NJ August 26 to attend the MTV VMAs.  Doesn't sound like a problem, except he's required to get permission from his probation officer to travel out of state ... and he didn't.

Pauly also went to New York City during the trip, which made things all the worse.

He decided -- belatedly -- to report what he did to his probation officer August 29. That triggered the probation violation and Pauly surrendered Friday. He was released the same day, but faces jail time if the judge is out for blood.

As we reported, Pauly was arrested in June of last year after cops pulled him over and smelled weed. He confessed to having a couple of bags on him, which weighed 27.6 grams, and in Florida anything over 20 grams is a felony.

He pled no contest to the charge and was placed in 18 months probation. Worst case scenario ... he could get up to 5 years in prison for the probation violation, but clearly that won't happen -- but something might.

Kurupt Relapses on Booze ... Alcohol Banned From 'Marriage Boot Camp'

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Kurupt relapsed and got so wasted on alcohol at the 'Marriage Boot Camp' house, he was rushed to the hospital ... and now booze is banned from the reality TV show.

Sources close to production tell TMZ ... Kurupt turned up with the rest of the cast inside the 'MBC' house, and the rapper drank so much he ended up needing medical treatment. We're told Kurupt missed 2 days of filming while he was hospitalized from his boozy night.

Kurupt's bender is having serious repercussions for him and his costars. Our sources say production told cast members there will be no more alcohol in the house for the remainder of this season, and the plan is to ban booze from future seasons.

Before Kurupt's dangerous relapse ... we're told every adult beverage imaginable was available in the 'MBC' house ... but now the home is completely dry.

Ya gotta feel for Kurupt ... the rapper's trying to recover from a drinking problem and stay sober, but he was living in a house stocked with vices.

Guess they don't call it 'Marriage Booze Camp' for a reason.

Offset Fired up About Joining FaZe Clan ... 'FaZe Up Bitch!!!'

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"F**king FaZe up, bitch!!!"

Think Offset is stoked to be part of the FaZe Clan, one of the biggest teams in gaming?!?

HELL YEAH!!!

The Migos rapper, who's a huge gamer, recently became an investor in FaZe Clan -- and when we spotted him out in NYC, he couldn't contain his excitement!!!

"I'm with FaZe Clan -- FaZe Up, bitch!!!"

Offset says gaming is becoming the "biggest s**t in the world" ... and he's right -- predicting it'll be a $30 BILLION industry by 2022.

"Big money," Offset says ... "but the thing is I do it for the kids, for the culture. It's a way to get your mind away from things."

Offset says he believes gaming "is a good thing for mental health" because it can help alleviate stress.

In fact, Offset says he wants to launch a project to help spread his message but warns our TMZ photog ... "Don't steal my idea motherf**ker!"

And, if Offset wasn't cool enough already ... watch him light up some random guy's cigarette as he walks into his building -- smooooooooth.

What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!

Don't let these two almost identical images of Billie Eilish give you the boot! Stand your ground and see if you can come out on top ... Start looking for the sneaky switches that have been made to this tricky pic!

The singer was photographed earlier this week while on stage performing at her concert in Barcelona, Spain. We've made a few changes to the photo above so take a really good look around this photo ... See if you can figure out the differences between these two super similar snaps!

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!!**

Stuart Townsend Arrested for Domestic Violence

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Stuart Townsend's facing a felony charge for allegedly getting physical with his wife and refusing to let her leave during an argument ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the actor's neighbors called 911 complaining of loud screaming coming from his home in Santa Monica, and when cops showed up Townsend and his wife could be heard arguing from outside the house.

We're told the officers separated the two, but Townsend allegedly warned his wife not to say anything. Our sources say she complained of pain in her arms, but didn't need medical care.

Cops continued questioning the couple and learned they had a verbal fight that escalated. We're told Townsend allegedly grabbed his wife by the arms and at some point ... refused to let her leave when she tried.

The actor was arrested and booked for felony domestic violence. He's also facing 2 misdemeanor counts -- false imprisonment and dissuading one from reporting a crime.

He was released after posting $50k bail.

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We got Stuart and his wife out Friday night and they brushed off the incident and walked out of a restaurant hand in hand saying everything's fine.

Townsend's best known for his role as Dorian Gray in the 2003 action flick, "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." Of course, he also dated Charlize Theron for 9 years until they split in 2010.

We reached out to Townsend and his wife. Stuart tells us they did have a loud argument, but claims they had already resolved their issues when police arrived. He adds, they both "look forward to this being resolved speedily and favorably and returning to their quiet lives as spouses and parents."

His wife tells us she asked cops not to arrest him and agrees -- she'd like the matter dropped so they can move on together as a family.

'Hustlers' Babes Guess Who!

These sexy stars are ready to start makin' money moves this weekend with the release of their new film, "Hustlers."

Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, and Constance Wu are just some of the Hollywood hotties that are strippin' down for their roles in this flick.

We're giving you a sneak peek of all the sexiness to come onscreen!!! Take a good look through our gallery of "Hustlers" babes to see sexy shots of all the ladies featured in the film ... Try your best to guess the lovely ladies in these pics!!!

With a hot cast like this, we are already impressed!!!

Brody Jenner Still Going Strong With Josie Canseco ... PDA On Horseback!!!

Brody Jenner is kicking things up a notch with Josie Canseco ... and making out with his new girl on horseback!!!

Brody and Josie hopped on a couple of steeds for a super romantic date ... holding hands and sucking face as they rode their horses through an open field. Talk about couple goals.

Looks like Brody is still going strong with Josie and firmly putting his breakup with Kaitlynn Carter in the rearview.

Brody and Josie have been going out A LOT in Hollywood, but now they're taking their relationship from the party scene to a scenic outlook. Nothing quite like Mother Nature.

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The last time we saw Brody and Josie hitting the town, he said she was marriage material. Easy to see why Brody is falling for Josie, she's a total dime and knows how to ride!!!

Brody's ex is moving on too ... Kaitlynn's pretty much been inseparable from Miley Cyrus since they both split from their men. Miley is going through a divorce with Liam Hemsworth, and he's the only one among the four who hasn't found a new love interest.

Gigi Hadid No Shoes, No Problem ... Walks Runway Barefoot After Wardrobe Malfunction

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Gigi Hadid strutted her stuff down the runway in her bare feet, but she wasn't making a fashion statement ... she was just chugging along after a wardrobe malfunction!!!

The smoking hot model made the best of a potentially disastrous situation during the spring 2020 Marc Jacobs show ... walking the runway with grace and pizzazz totally barefoot after one of her heels broke.

Gigi was the only model without shoes and socks, but she didn't seem flustered at all. Of course,  it helps to have a flawless figure like Gigi. Confidence can really do wonders.

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Gigi wasn't barefoot for the ENTIRE show ... during the first round, she breezed down the runway in high heels, but as her stylist, Katie Grand, explained, one of Gigi's heels broke before her second walkthrough, and the model shrugged it off and went barefoot.

Gotta hand it to Gigi ... she can take anything in stride.

No word if Tyler Cameron is a big fan of feet.