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Pete Buttigieg Defends Colin Kaepernick ... And NFL Kneelers

5/23/2019 11:41 AM PDT
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg is going to bat for Colin Kaepernick ... telling TMZ Sports he supports the QB's right to take a knee during the national anthem -- and he's ripping Trump for going after the protesters.  

"The way I feel about it is the flag that was on my shoulder when I served represented, among other things, our right to free speech," Mayor Pete -- a Navy veteran -- told us in New York.

"You don't have to like it, but one of the reasons we serve was to defend that right, the right of peaceful protest and the idea that we can protest what is wrong with our country."

That's when Pete took a swipe at POTUS -- who has publicly called for the NFL to fire any "son of a bitch" who doesn't stand for the anthem. 

"If the president had served," Pete says ... "Maybe he'd feel a little more strongly about some of those freedoms. And, I get that there's a lot of strong opinions about this, but that's part of why we served."

Colin began his demonstration in 2016 to shine a light on social injustice and police brutality. Several players joined his movement, which began a very polarizing political topic. 

In 2017, Mayor Pete tweeted about the situation ... "I was trained to stand & salute. But freedom -- including to protest injustice -- is the whole point of the anthem, the flag, and the country."

Psalm West Birth Certificate Reveals He Was Greeted by Familiar Face

5/23/2019 9:15 AM PDT
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's latest edition to their fam -- Psalm West -- came into the world just like his older siblings ... according to his birth certificate.

TMZ just got a copy of the doc, and it reveals Dr. Paul Crane did the honors when Kim and Kanye's surrogate gave birth. Psalm arrived at 7:02 PM on May 9 at Cedars-Sinai in L.A. 

Dr. Paul Crane also delivered Psalm's big sisters, North and Chicago, and big bro Saint -- as well as just about every other Kardashian-Jenner kid. 

As we first told you ... the birth was via surrogate, though Kim and Kanye hired a new woman to carry their fourth kid to term. It's not because they were dissatisfied with the surrogate who carried Chicago ... she just happened to be otherwise engaged this time around. 

Psalm is a fitting name ... Kanye's Sunday Service is gaining major traction, and his Coachella performance was one for the books. Psalms are a key part of church services. 

Kim says Psalm already looks like Chicago ... although that may be jumping the gun a bit, because you never know until you know.  

Tom Hanks Meets Andrew Luck ... Do You Get Made Fun Of A Lot?

5/23/2019 10:41 AM PDT
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"How often have you suffered because of your last name?"

That's one of Tom Hanks' first-ever questions to Andrew Luck ... straight-up wondering how much the Indianapolis Colts QB has been made fun of in his life.

Don't worry ... Luck played off the awkward question well -- "It goes both ways!" -- and the two had a pretty fun first encounter Wednesday nonetheless.

Hanks and Luck were together for an event at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis ... when Hanks revealed he's a big Luck fan -- telling the QB, "I love watching you play."

The two talked for a while ... discussing everything from Indianapolis, to social media to dealing with haters.

They even posed for a pic too ... and the caption the Colts wrote for it couldn't have been more perfect -- "Andy and Woody."

Just like "Toy Story" ... get it?!?!

Luann de Lesseps Dodges Jail Time for Mimosas ... But Gets New Probation Terms

5/23/2019 9:50 AM PDT
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Luann de Lesseps felt the cold steel of handcuffs Thursday, but she's NOT going back to jail for violating her probation by downing a couple of mimosas. 

The 'Real Housewives of New York' star went before a Florida judge and during the hearing they put her in cuffs ... but the State's Attorney for Palm Beach County State tells TMZ ... she was not taken to jail ... contrary to several reports. 

As we've reported ... Luann recently told her probation officer she had "2 glasses of mimosas after a performance" in Chicago. That's a major no-no because she's supposed to stay away from booze for a whole year under the plea deal she struck in her drunken arrest case

We're told the court didn't believe she was taking her probation seriously -- so the judge ordered additional probation conditions for Luann. They include keeping a breathalyzer in her car, weekly telephone counseling, monthly in-person meetings with a psychiatrist and taking the prescription drug Antabuse ... which treats alcoholism. 

A rep for Luann tells TMZ ... she looks forward to completing the last couple months of probation and putting this entire situation behind her and moving on with her life.

Mario Batali Charged in Boston ... For Alleged Groping, Kissing

5/23/2019 10:00 AM PDT

Mario Batali allegedly forced himself on a woman in a Boston restaurant -- kissing and groping her without consent -- and now prosecutors are charging him.

The disgraced chef and restaurateur was hit with indecent assault and battery charges for the alleged incident in March 2017. He's expected to be arraigned in a Boston courthouse Friday.

As we've reported ... several women came forward last year and accused Batali of sexual harassment and other misconduct. He's already had three other cases dropped in NYC due to insufficient evidence.

Batali's denied claims of sexual assault, but the series of allegations led to him getting cut from his business group and surrendering all of his restaurants. He was also axed from the show "The Chew."

Along with the new criminal charge, he's facing a sexual assault lawsuit from a woman named Natali Tene who claims Batali kissed and groped her against her will in a Boston bar.

It's unclear if Tene is also the alleged victim in the criminal case -- the name has been redacted in court docs. However, there are reports she is. 

Barack Obama I'm Your QB, Kids ... Ballin' at Youth Academy!!!

5/23/2019 9:04 AM PDT

"Who's the quarterback here?"

Um ... clearly you are, President Obama!!!

Barack delighted a bunch of kids -- especially one little wide receiver -- Wednesday by visiting the Washington Nationals foundation & Youth Baseball Academy in D.C. ... and he didn't hold back from showing off his athleticism.

He was appointed QB in a pickup football game, and uncorked a touchdown pass. Doesn't look like it was a tight spiral, but either way, the kid on the other end made a hell of a catch.

Then, 44 stepped up to the plate and ripped a double in the gap. Probably could have stretched it into a triple ... but he showboated a little running to first.

Obama also delivered a motivational speech to the kids, telling them to work hard and believe in themselves ... and they'll do great things.

He added, "I had a blast with all these extraordinary young people."

Looks like they did too.

Psalm West I'm Joining the Kardashian Empire ... Starting My Own Business

5/23/2019 7:37 AM PDT
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Psalm West is already part of the Kardashian empire, because he's about to fire up his own business ... and he's just 14 days old.

Kim Kardashian filed for trademark protection under her company so Psalm's name can be used for hair accessories, including barrettes, bands, bows, clips, ties, ornaments, pins, scrunchies, chopsticks, twisters and wraps.

The legal docs also include hair extensions and ornamental novelty pins.

And, it goes on ... entertainment services, personal appearances, skin care, probiotic supplements, toy figures and doll accessories, computer software, clothing, baby bottles, furniture, strollers, beverageware, swaddling blankets ... and on and on.

As long as we're talking ... skin moisturizers, lotions, creams, bubble bath, fragrances, body powders, shower gels, body oils, skin serums, nail polish, nail polish remover, nail care preparations ... and on and on.

Okay ... there's more -- puppets, puzzles, toy jewelry, toy cameras, toy food, bath toys, baby gyms, playground balls, electronic action toys, baby bouncers, baby changing tables, baby walkers, pillows, mirrors, cushions, picture frames and playpens.  

We forgot to mention baby carriers, cosmetic bags, toiletry cases, duffle bags, umbrellas, clocks, watches, key chains, calendars, books, photo albums, stationery, stickers, writing utensils and collectible trading cards. 

Now, this is sort of interesting ... it seems every time a Kardashian/Jenner has a baby, they file the trademark protections for their newborns, yet rarely do they actually launch businesses with their names. Two possibilities -- one, that they are blocking others from using their kids' names, and 2 -- that at some point in the future the kids may start businesses and they don't want to be blocked out.

Mama June Shows Busted Teeth & Collapses ... In Dramatic Intervention

5/23/2019 1:00 AM PDT
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Mama June needs help -- and her family recognized as much when they confronted her in an intervention, which features MJ in a decrepit state ... busted teeth and all.

June was sat down by a roomful of family members earlier this month in a staged intervention that went down at her sister's home. With the help of Dr. Ish Major, her family pled with her to straighten out her life ... which appears to mostly be falling on deaf ears here.

One of the more heartbreaking moments ... June's youngest daughter, Alana -- aka Honey Boo Boo -- breaks down crying at one point, saying she wants to move back home.

Check it out ... Mama June has become a shell of herself since she got arrested for possession of crack cocaine in March with boyfriend Geno Doak. Her teeth -- which she'd recently gotten fixed up -- are literally falling apart. She also collapses on camera.

We've also obtained a clip -- that will air this week -- of June's daughter, Pumpkin, and her sister discussing June's arrest from earlier this year. 

Rather than stay away from Geno -- like her family has suggested, and a judge ordered -- she's been shacking up with him since the arrest ... and has been hitting the slots on and off a lot as well. BTW ... we're told Geno wasn't present for the intervention.

As we've reported ... HBB has had to move in with her older sister, Pumpkin, while MJ has allegedly moved into a casino. The preview addresses that issue as well, and a suggestion that could affect June's child for years to come ... if her ma doesn't get it together.

"Mama June From Not to Hot: The Road to Intervention" airs Friday at 9 PM on WE tv ... and the finale will hit next week.

Kendall Jenner Single Again? Cannes Do!!!

5/23/2019 6:57 AM PDT

Kendall Jenner's far away from her family and chilling in France, and it might be a sign of a fresh start for the supermodel ... in the dating world.

Kendall was soaking up some sunshine Thursday in Cannes with Kardashian family friend and Kourtney's former fling, Luka Sabbat. It looks super casual, but the timing is interesting ... because Kendall and her NBA star boyfriend, Ben Simmons, have reportedly broken up.

They haven't been seen together much lately, so people were starting to wonder and although there's been no announcement ... splitsville's looking very real. Kendall flew into France Wednesday -- presumably to hit up some Cannes Film Festival premieres, and attend the amfAR Gala later Thursday.

That busy schedule explains why she missed out on Kylie's big skincare launch and roller skating party.

She was the only one of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters not in attendance. From the looks of it ... they all found a way to soldier on without her, though. Roller skates will do that for ya.

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Cardi B Postponed Show's a Win-Win ... I'm Healing and Dealing!!!

5/23/2019 12:50 AM PDT
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Cardi B's cosmetic surgery complications have led to an unintended bonus ... skyrocketing ticket sales!!!

We broke the story ... the rapper had to cancel her headlining gig at the 92Q Spring Bling Festival Friday night in Baltimore so she could properly recover from her recent liposuction and breast augmentation ... at the encouragement of her doctors.

Cardi admittedly had been pushing it to the limit to honor her commitments despite having work done, telling a Memphis crowd on May 5 she should have canceled because "moving too much is going to f*** up my lipo" ... but she rocked it anyway.

Same goes for performing at Rolling Loud and twerking at her Fashion Nova launch party.

She finally had to postpone this time, though ... but TMZ's learned the whole ordeal's been a blessing in disguise. Event organizers quickly announced a September 8 makeup date, and it's generated way more buzz ... and a better bottom line.

Sources close to the event tell us after Cardi made the call to postpone for health reasons, organizers were worried there would be backlash and the rescheduled show wouldn't sell ... but it's done the exact opposite.

We're told within 30 minutes of our story going up, nearly 2,000 tickets sold ... and an additional 2,600 and counting have sold since. Add these totals to the tickets previously purchased -- which will be honored in September -- and it looks like the show will have no problem selling out its 13k capacity venue.

All publicity is good publicity, right???

Mayor Pete Watch Me Flex My Maltese Muscle!!!

5/23/2019 12:40 AM PDT
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg had the most interesting convo Wednesday on the streets of New York City -- problem is ... it was all in Maltese!

The presidential candidate ran into a dude who happens to be a president himself -- president of a Maltese club in Astoria, NY.  

The South Bend Mayor speaks the official language of Malta, which is not surprising because it's a derivation of English, Italian and French ... languages in which he's fluent. 

We have our Malta spies, so we know roughly how the conversation went down. The guy asks Pete if his family is from the island of Gozo. Pete says his fam is from Hamrun, where his grandparents lived a few doors down from Anton Buttigieg -- no relation -- and he became Prez of Malta.

Sounds like Buttigieg is like Smith in Malta.

Anyway ... the guy invites Pete to speak to his org, and sweetened the pot by offering him pastizzi from an Astoria restaurant -- it's a Maltese national snack.

This is only a partial clip of the conversation. You can only handle so much Maltese on TMZ.

BTW, in addition to Maltese, Italian and French, hizzoner speaks Norwegian, Spanish, Arabic, Dari and, of course, good ol' English.

Dennis Rodman Accused of Slap Attack ... Cops Investigating

5/23/2019 12:30 AM PDT
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Dennis Rodman allegedly slapped a man at his own birthday party in Florida last week ... and cops say the key witness in the case is DAVID LEE ROTH!!!

... unfortunately, it's just not THAT David Lee Roth

It's all spelled out in the police report obtained by TMZ Sports ... in which the Delray Beach Police Dept. describe an alleged battery on May 17 at the Buddha Sky Bar. 

The alleged victim is 30-year-old Jeff Soulouque -- who says he was hanging at the party when Dennis "unprovokedly turned around and smacked him," right in the face. 

Soulouque claims Rodman immediately began apologizing for the incident and invited him out to dinner the following night in an attempted peace offering. 

But, Soulouque tells TMZ Sports he was really hurt -- and went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a left corneal abrasion. He went to cops the day after the incident and filed a report. 

Cops launched an investigation and called up a witness named David Lee Roth -- who, shockingly, is NOT the Van Halen singer. Still, cops say DLR corroborated Soulouque's story. 

"Roth stated he was about twenty feet away and he saw Rodman turn around and open hand smack Soulouque two times," the report states. 

Cops are now on the hunt for video of the incident and have listed Rodman as an official suspect in an alleged battery. 

As for Rodman, his attorney, Lorne Berkeley, denies his client slapped anyone, telling TMZ Sports ... “I’ve spoken with people who were with Dennis the entire night of the alleged incident at Buddha Sky Bar. No one saw any such incident occur and Dennis was sober the entire night.”

“Currently the matter is in its preliminary stages but we fully expect after a thorough investigation that no such incident will be substantiated. Dennis denies any such incident occurred.”

It's just the latest in a string of bizarre incidents involving the NBA legend -- who is also being investigated in California for his role in an alleged clothing heist at a Newport Beach yoga studio. 

 

Hayden Panettiere's BF Charged w/ Felony Domestic Violence

5/23/2019 10:23 AM PDT
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10:20 AM PT -- Hickerson appeared in court this morning and pled not guilty to the charge. His bail was set at $50k. The judge also issued a protective order that prohibits Hickerson from being 100 yards near Panettiere or contacting her. He'll be back in court next month.Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend is in serious trouble following his arrest for domestic violence ... 'cause TMZ's learned he's now facing a charge that could land him in prison.

The L.A. County District Attorney's Office has charged Hayden's BF, Brian Hickerson, with 1 count of felony domestic violence. If he's convicted, Brian faces up to 4 years in prison.

TMZ broke the story ... Brian was arrested earlier this month after an argument with Hayden allegedly turned physical. As we told you ... the couple had been out drinking before an argument ensued at their pad. Law enforcement sources initially said the injuries were marks and redness, but we're now told the injuries were far more serious. 

Cops arrested Brian almost immediately after the altercation after determining he started the fight. Hayden and Brian have been dating since last summer.

Originally Published -- 12:20 AM PT

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