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Super Bowl 53 Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Human Trafficking

1/15/2019 4:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Federal agencies and Atlanta authorities are on high alert to crack down on human trafficking in the wake of the Super Bowl ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the FBI, ICE, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Fulton County Sheriff and other local authorities will be out in force in the 10 days leading up to the big game ... on the hunt for human traffickers and their victims.

The mission, we're told, is two-fold -- looking for traffickers who are bringing sex workers into ATL and traffickers who are preying on ATL residents. We're told law enforcement believes the majority of the victims who can be recruited are minors, both girls and boys.

We're told law enforcement will be coordinating raids and undercover stings -- along with normal patrols of areas known for sex trafficking -- in order to take down pimps and johns engaging in illegal activity.

Law enforcement will also enlist local media, businesses and schools to put the word out and report any suspicious activity online ... part of the "See Something, Send Something" initiative. We're told authorities will post this sign around the City. 

NFL's Takkarist McKinley Detained By Police ... Mental Evaluation

1/15/2019 5:44 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

5:44 PM PT -- Falcons head coach Dan Quinn released a statement to TMZ saying, "We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier today. Any time a situation occurs that is or could be related to mental health issues we take it very seriously. We will do everything we possibly can to support and assist Takk as our players' mental and physical well-being are always our top priority."

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley was detained by police in L.A. on Tuesday and is undergoing a mental evaluation following an incident at a hotel ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

McKinley was with a friend at a high-end hotel around noon when something happened and the friend became concerned about McKinley's well-being. We're told the friend called police for help. 

We're told cops spoke with McKinley who agreed it was in his best interest to get help -- and he cooperated and left with police. We're told McKinley was NOT arrested or booked for any crime. 

The 23-year-old was selected in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of UCLA and had a solid rookie season for the Falcons -- posting 20 tackles and 6 sacks. 

McKinley famously brought a framed picture of his late grandmother to the stage at the NFL Draft and explained that he had made a promise to her on her deathbed that he would make it to the NFL. 

Story developing ... 

Originally published at 3:34 PM

Amber Rose I Tried Selling Crack and Failed And Lemme Tell You Why

1/15/2019 1:23 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Amber Rose learned fast way back when ... she chose the crack life, but the crack life rejected her.

Amber made the stunning revelation -- something she's never talked about before -- on Van Lathan's 'The Red Pill' podcast after sitting down for a raw convo about overcoming life struggles. Amber straight-up said she tried selling crack to make ends meet when she was a teenager running around South Philly.

It turned out to be a failed effort, and not because she was ever caught. The guys in her neighborhood wouldn't let her deal. Still, that didn't throw a damper on Amber from dipping her toe into the drug world. 

Amber made an interesting point ... she knows she'll be judged harshly by some, but points out the double standard ... people like Jay-Z, Jeezy, Pusha T and 50 Cent often get glorified for their dealings.

John Wetteland Ex-World Series MVP Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse

1/15/2019 1:42 PM PST
Exclusive Details

1:33 PM PT -- TMZ Sports obtained court docs explaining the allegations ... and they're graphic and disturbing. 

The accuser is a male family member who claims Wetteland engaged in oral sex with him on 3 separate occasions between 2004 and 2006 ... while he was a young child. 

Wetteland has been booked for 1st degree felony continuous sex abuse of a child -- and if convicted, he faces up to LIFE in prison. John Wetteland -- the former closer for the New York Yankees -- was arrested in Denton County, Texas on Monday on suspicion of child sex abuse ... official records show. 

Details surrounding the alleged incident are unclear -- but the charge specifies that the alleged victim is under the age of 14. 

The 52-year-old right-hander was booked and posed for a mug shot. He was later released on $25,000 bond. 

We're reaching out to law enforcement to find out more. 

Wetteland was a star back in the day -- he was the MVP of the 1996 World Series, helping his Yankee squad defeat the Atlanta Braves. He posted all 4 saves for the Yanks during that series. 

He was also a 3-time All Star during his 12-year MLB career ... during which he played for the Dodgers, Rangers and Expos. 

During his Yankees career, Mariano Rivera was his set-up guy. 

He later went on to serve as a bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals. 

Story developing ... 

Originally Published -- 9:59 AM PST

Dave Bautista Forget Arnold ... I Wish Chris Pratt Would Be My Son-In-Law!!!

1/15/2019 2:45 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dave Bautista's in no position to become Chris Pratt's father-in-law, but if he keeps gushing over his "Guardians of the Galaxy" costar ... he might get asked to be Chris' best man.

We got Dave at LAX Tuesday and asked about Pratt's engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger ... he's got nothing but nice things to say ... about Chris.

In fact, along with calling him "the best" ... Bautista tells us he wishes he was in Arnold's shoes and Pratt could be part of his family. He'd even pay big money for it.

As for a wedding gift, sounds like Dave might go the cheap route there ... but for good reason.

Jillian Michaels Let's Go Al, Andy & Vinny I'll Take You Down on Keto All Day!!!

1/15/2019 12:57 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jillian Michaels thinks Al Roker, Andy Cohen and Vinny Guadagnino slamming her from afar for criticizing the keto diet is a punk move if they're not willing to do it face-to-face.

The famed personal trainer and 'Biggest Loser' star was on "TMZ Live" to address the beef with a slew of celebs who attacked her for speaking out against the high-fat, low-carb weight loss craze.

Al blasted Jillian as a bully, and Cohen dubbed her "jackhole" of the day on his show, 'WWHL.'

Jillian says she isn't surprised by their fierce response -- 'cause there's big money behind the diet -- but then she tried to take the high road by politely inviting them to debate the science of keto in person.

She says they've gone radio silent. For now, Jillian's more than willing to throw a few personal jabs right back at the guys.

Super Bowl 53 Gov't Shutdown Won't Affect Security ... Says FBI, Atlanta PD, DHS

1/15/2019 11:21 AM PST
Exclusive Details

NFL fans planning on going to the Super Bowl in Atlanta have no reason to fear -- the security there's going to be as strong as ever ... government shutdown be damned.

According to law enforcement sources ... the FBI had a meeting with city and state officials Tuesday to lock down the final details of the overall security plan for SB 53 -- which will be held February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

We're told the Atlanta PD is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for safety at the event, but -- like at prior Super Bowls -- it will team up with FBI agents and the Department of Homeland Security to make it happen.

FBI Specialist Kevin Rowson tells us the agency's role is twofold -- it coordinates the collection and dissemination of all operational intelligence ... but it also steps up to take over in the case of an act of terrorism or if any crime rises to a federal level.

In the past, the FBI's role in security has included conducting the background checks for ALL of the event day staff who will be credentialed ... including security guards, food vendors, media and volunteers. That can mean as many as 30,000 individuals.

Rowson says ... "Our plans for the Super Bowl security have not changed despite the shutdown."

DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton adds, "The Department takes the security of high risk events like the Super Bowl extremely seriously ... the current lapse in government funding will have no effect on our commitment to assuring a safe and secure event."

ATL PD's Public Affairs Director agrees, telling us ... "We’re confident our federal law enforcement partners will continue to assist us every step of the way and anticipate no impact from the shutdown."

As you'll recall ... security for last year's SB in Minneapolis resembled a militarized zone, with armed police officers and Humvees on the scene.

Seems like this year will be no different ... as long as everyone doesn't call in sick.

Rihanna Sues Her Own Dad For Jacking 'Fenty'

1/15/2019 10:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rihanna is going after her own father in court for using her Fenty brand and his relationship to her to launch a business for himself ... according to new court docs.

In a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Rihanna claims her father, Ronald Fenty, recently started a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment. The problem ... Rihanna has already trademarked "Fenty" to use in a number of biz ventures, including her well-known Fenty Beauty line. She claims he's profiting off the reputation she's created with Fenty.

In the docs, Rihanna says her father and a business partner falsely advertised themselves as her reps to solicit millions of dollars, including trying to book her for 15 shows in Latin America in December 2017 for $15 mil ... all without her authorization. 

Rihanna claims later her dad even unsuccessfully tried to file a trademark for "Fenty" to use with resort boutique hotels.

She says she's sent multiple cease and desist letters to her father, ordering him to stop capitalizing off of her Fenty trademarks, but says he's ignored them and continued to make money off of Fenty Entertainment.

She's asking a judge to place an injunction on her dad using the name Fenty ... and, of course, for damages.

We've reached out to Ronald for comment ... so far, no word back.

Anna Faris to Chris Pratt Now That You're Engaged Don't Forget I'm an Ordained Minister!!

1/15/2019 11:12 AM PST

Anna Faris is such a cool ex-wife ... she offered to officiate Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger's wedding!!

Anna talked a little bit about her ex-hubby on her "Anna Faris is Unqualified" podcast Tuesday and revealed she and Chris were texting the morning after he asked Katherine to marry him (spoiler alert: she said yes!!!). 

Anna congratulated the new couple ... saying they're "f***ing" amazing together. Not that she had to remind anyone, but Anna says there's zero bitterness following her divorce with Chris. Matter of fact ... Anna says she reminded Chris she's an ordained minister and also joked about planning the wedding.

She didn't stop there ... Anna also said she'd be down to have Chris and Katherine on the podcast. They've all been chummy for a while ... no one will forget their Halloween outing

As we reported ... Chris posted a photo Monday morning with the caption, "Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I'm thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!"

Anna then left a comment on that post, "I'm so happy for you both!! Congratulations!"

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Mac Miller Mom and Dad Going to Grammys Will Accept Award If He Wins

1/15/2019 10:34 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mac Miller's presence will be felt at the Grammy Awards, and not only through his music ... we've learned the late rapper's family will represent Mac at next month's ceremony.

Sources close to Mac's fam tell TMZ ... his parents will attend the awards show and they plan to accept his Grammy for rap album of the year, if their son wins. 

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As you know ... Mac's album "Swimming" was posthumously nominated for rap album of the year, his first ever Grammy nomination

He's got some stiff competition in Cardi B ("Invasion of Privacy"), Travis Scott ("Astroworld"), Nipsey Hussle ("Victory Lap") and Pusha T ("Daytona"). 

Mac's parents live in Pittsburgh, and his mother has been helping carry on her son's legacy with The Mac Miller Circles Fund, which is already approaching $1 million in donations to help kids in his hometown.

We broke the story ... Mac died from an accidental overdose in September. The toxicology report said it was the result of "mixed drug toxicity" from fentanyl and cocaine.

Mike 'The Situation' Officially Starts Prison Sentence I'll Be Back and Better Than Ever

1/15/2019 9:13 AM PST
Breaking News

9:12 AM PT -- The Sitch is on his way to lockup, and just posted a video to all his fans. He promises to be a better version of himself once he gets out and also makes a few plugs for his social media account. Sorrentino will likely be booked within the hour. 

Time's up for Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino ... the "Jersey Shore" star is surrendering to begin his 8-month prison sentence.

Sorrentino's attorney, Kristen Santillo, tells TMZ ...he will turn himself in Tuesday to start serving his time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York. We suspect he'll have lots of contact -- written, anyway -- with the outside.

Before reporting to prison, Sorrentino urged friends, family and fans to write him while behind bars ... posting the prison mailing address for his 1.3 million Twitter followers.

As we've reported ... Mike was sentenced to 8 months back in October for tax evasion. Mike's brother, Marc, got 2 years behind bars. The sentencing being pushed to October really helped The Situation. 

He was originally supposed to be sentenced in April, but with the extra months of freedom, Mike married Lauren Pesce at a fancy shindig in November. He also got to spend the holidays with friends and fam ... including Thanksgiving.

This Valentine's Day is gonna suck -- no GTL or TLC, we're assuming.

On the upside ... he could run into President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, who will also do his time at Otisville, and he'll be out for Halloween.

Originally Published -- 4:46 AM PST

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Will Smith & Martin Lawrence The 'Bad Boys' are Back in Action ... Still Bad in Their 50s!!!

1/15/2019 9:14 AM PST

Forget the #10YearChallenge -- 'Bad Boys' Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are showing off more than 2 decades later ... in these shots from the third installment of the film franchise.

Will and Martin -- aka Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett -- got the action going Monday in Atlanta, reprising their roles as the cool, wise-cracking Miami cops for the latest sequel, "Bad Boys for Life."

As you know ... the first movie was released in 1995, "Bad Boys II" followed in 2003, and now -- 25 years later -- 'BB4L' is set to hit theaters in January 2020.

Both stars are now in their 50s, but judging by these pics -- including Lawrence with a bloody bandage on his head -- they're still fully capable of cranking it up and getting bad when the director yells action.

This probably goes without saying but, just in case ... 

Kim Zolciak Leads Family Discussion Best ATL Strip Clubs Are ...

1/15/2019 9:48 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Planning on going to Atlanta for the Super Bowl?!

Great -- because here's Kim Zolciak and her family telling TMZ Sports the "can't-miss" and MUST-MISS strip clubs in the ATL!!!

Kim -- along with husband Kroy Biermann and daughter Brielle -- know every square inch of the strip club layout in Atlanta and walked us through the best and worst spots in the city.

In case you didn't know, the former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star used to wait tables at the Cheetah ... so she knows her stuff. 

To be honest, seems Kroy needs to brush up on his booty club knowledge -- but the real star of this clip is Brielle ... who keeps it ALL THE WAY REAL when discussing the most famous jiggle joints in her city. 

Watch. Take notes. Enjoy!

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