NFL Star Trent Williams Pit Bull Kills Neighbor's Dog ... He Claims Self-Defense

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6:49 AM PT -- TMZ Sports spoke with a person from Trent's camp who tells us the NFL star is ADAMANT the neighbor's dog attacked one of his dogs first -- and his dogs only acted in self-defense.

Williams says the neighbor's dog was attacking his daughter's tiny Basenji dog -- a smaller, more fragile dog. At that point, a larger pit bull mastiff came over to assist the Basenji and in the process got a hold of Sandy -- killing her.

We're told as a result of the initial attack, Trent's daughter's dog is hospitalized with serious injuries.

The point Williams is trying to make ... is that his pit bulls weren't running rampant in the neighborhood, attacking random pets, but rather, this was the result of an unfortunate animal altercation.

The person we spoke with tells us Williams is NOT breeding dogs for fighting.

A pit bull owned by NFL star Trent Williams killed a neighbor's 3-year-old black lab -- and while the neighbor is PISSED -- Williams says it's no big deal.

Linda Flowers says her beloved dog, Sandy, was attacked and dragged through a fence by one of 9 pitbulls at Williams' Missouri City, TX home, ripping its body to shreds in the process.

Flowers tells TMZ Sports ... Sandy was docile and friendly and is clearly the victim in the situation. She believes Williams is running a dangerous pit bull mastiff kennel out of his backyard in a residential community with families and children.

Williams, however, told FOX 5 in D.C. he doesn't understand why the mauling is such a big deal ... saying it's "dogs doing what dogs do."

Williams claims his dogs did nothing wrong -- and it was Sandy who broke into his yard and attacked his dogs first.

We've learned Missouri City PD responded to the scene -- but kicked the case over to animal control, which is currently investigating.

No arrests have been made and no charges filed at this time.

31-year old Williams is a star for the Redskins -- the #4 overall pick in 2010 is a 7-time Pro Bowler and signed a 5-year, $66 million contract in 2015.

Originally published -- 6:45 AM PT

Peloton 'Wife' Monica Ruiz I Feel Really Lucky ... Everyone's Been Nice, Jokes are Hilare!!!

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The "wife" in the derided Peloton ad is taking the mockery in stride, and unlike the "husband" in the spot ... she says everyone's been cool to her about it, and she considers all the hubbub to be a positive thing.

The actress, Monica Ruiz, was out walking her dog Sunday when she was asked about all the backlash to the commercial ... and she pretty much laughed it off like it's no big deal.

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Monica says everyone's been really nice to her since the ad started getting roasted online -- along with being labeled sexist -- and contrary to popular belief ... she feels really lucky to have been part of it.

She also says she saw the jabs "Saturday Night Live" took at the ad over the weekend ... and she thought it was all hilarious.

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It's interesting, because the actor who plays the Peloton hubby, Sean Hunter, seems to be having the opposite experience of Monica's. He said he doesn't find the situation -- or the 'SNL' jokes --- to be all that humorous, because he's getting flooded with hate mail while the world laughs.

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Of course, Sean wasn't recruited to be in an ad for Ryan Reynold's Aviation Gin to help make light of the controversy like Monica was ... so he kinda got the shaft there.

It doesn't seem to be sour grapes, though ... because Hunter told us he's proud of Monica for making the most of the situation. She's clearly leaning into all the buzz.

Brother Nature Confronts Attackers Pre-Beatdown ... In New Surveillance Vid

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Brother Nature sure seemed ready to fight -- at least that's how the moments leading up to his dual-threat beatdown appear to have unfolded on surveillance footage.

TMZ got a hold of surveillance video taken at the Miami-based sandwich shop where BN was later pummeled twice over ... once in the parking lot, and again inside the restaurant. In this new footage, you can see Brother Nature initially confronting his two attackers.

As we reported ... Brother Nature was allegedly upset that he couldn't be served at his table, and tried griping about it to the shop's staff. We're told he then got in the face of one of his attackers -- who was supposedly filming him -- and you can see that interaction here.

Brother Nature is asked to leave by someone who works there, but not before some words are exchanged between him and these 2 guys who were also more than willing to brawl.

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Fast-forward to the parking lot stomp-out ... which then spilled back into the eatery, where we're told BN stormed back in and allegedly socked somebody. It appears you can see that here in the surveillance video as well ... Brother Nature comes in and rushes the slimmer dude, seemingly trying to hit him, before his buddy scurries over and they team up.

The rest is pretty much history -- Brother Nature got walloped by the two dudes ... and by the time cops showed up, everybody had gone their separate ways.

We've reached out to BN to get his side of the story ... so far, no word back.

Brother Nature Stomped Out!!! Allegedly Picked Fight

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3:37 PM PT -- We just found more about what led up to Brother Nature's ass-whoopin' -- and by most accounts ... it sounds like he might've possibly instigated things.

Multiple eyewitnesses on the scene tell TMZ ... BN was sitting at a table inside the sandwich shop and demanding to be served by a waiter, although the staff had stopped serving at that point. We're told everyone who wanted food had to order at the counter.

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Well, apparently ... Brother Nature wasn't too happy with that, according to the people we spoke with. He allegedly got up and confronted the staff, going on to ramble about his celebrity status ... the "you don't know who I am?" treatment, we're told.

The witnesses say a guy was filming Brother Nature from the counter, which BN didn't like either. Eventually, we're told Brother Nature was asked to leave by the manager ... and once outside, our sources say BN challenged the cameraman to a fight.

It was all downhill from there ... the guy seen on video stepped out and handled BN in the lot, came back inside and tried letting it be. BUT, we're told BN came back inside and wanted more ... allegedly hitting one of the attacker's acquaintances, seemingly for no reason.

That's when we're told the indoor stomp out began, with the attacker and at least one of his friends thrashing BN (again). So, it went ... lot beatdown, then restaurant beatdown. After that, we're told everyone went their separate ways before cops arrived at the scene.

We've tried reaching out to Brother Nature to get his side of things ... so far, no word back.

10:11 AM PT -- Brother Nature just posted a vid where he doesn't say anything about the fight, but he is rocking an ice pack on his face for the pretty obvious fat lip he got.

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Brother Nature -- the IG influencer famous for vids with wild animals -- had someone wild out on him early Saturday morning ... punching, kicking and stomping him into a daze.

The beatdown happened in a Miami sandwich shop shortly before 6 AM, and it was all captured on video. It's still unclear what prompted the attack, but Brother Nature ended up down on his knees while the assailant teed off on his head.

The crazy part is there were several bystanders in the restaurant who refused to intervene -- even after Brother Nature was clearly down and out of it. Finally, one guy -- possibly a restaurant staffer -- stepped in and tried to break it up.

However, the unknown attacker continued dousing BN with water or soda ... and the viciousness continued outside in the parking lot. Video shows the attacker stomping on Brother Nature's head.

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A video, apparently shot moments before the fight, shows Brother Nature -- whose real name is Kelvin Pena -- attempting to order food while at least one other patron is mocking him.

TMZ has confirmed Miami PD got a call around 5:45 AM for a disturbance at the restaurant, and officers responded, but no one was arrested -- everyone involved had already left.

Brother Nature has 2.7 million Instagram followers, and was featured in the Netflix documentary, "Inst@famous."

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Chris Brown Makes Monkey Deal with D.A. ... $35k Fine, Lay Off Monkeys for 6 Months

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2:59 PM PT -- A spokesperson for PETA tells TMZ, "The pet trade tears baby monkeys away from their mothers and sells them to people who can't possibly care for them properly. CA wildlife officials did the right thing in acting on PETA's complaint and seizing this Capuchin from Chris."

They continue, "We hope this penalty will remind people everywhere that monkeys are sensitive wild animals, not "pets," toys, or Instagram props."

Chris Brown is now banned from monkey business -- like, real monkeys -- for the next 6 months ... after making a deal with the D.A. in his illegal pet case.

Chris' attorney was in court Wednesday morning, as the judge placed him into a diversion program for the case of the Capuchin monkey he bought back in 2017.

The terms prohibit Chris from buying any monkeys until June 6, 2020. He also has to pay $35,000 to the monkey retreat facility where his old monkey is now living. If he sticks with the program, all charges will be dropped after June 6. The judge also left it up to the monkey retreat to decide if Chris can have visitation with his ex-pet.

TMZ broke the story ... CB claimed he didn't own the monkey, Fiji. The L.A. City Attorney had charged him with 2 counts of having a restricted species without a permit.

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Brown was adamant the video showing Royalty playing with the monkey was NOT taken at his L.A. home. He claimed the video was actually shot in Vegas, where the monkey lived with a relative who was the real owner.

As we reported ... Chris took major heat for posting the video of his then-3-year-old daughter playing with the exotic pet. People were freaking out that she was in danger because the monkey's a wild animal. Chris told everyone to take a chill pill.

Important to note ... the judge said after the diversion program, Chris is free to own monkeys again -- but it's gotta be a non-restricted species and the monkey's gotta have its papers.

Lil Bub Final Resting Space ... Owner Wants To Send Me Into Orbit

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Lil Bub's remains will soon be orbiting the Earth in a satellite ... at least, that's what the late celebrity cat's owner envisions for her final resting place.

Lil Bub's caretaker, Mike Bridavsky, tells TMZ ... he's planning to load the feline's cremated remains into a satellite and launch it into orbit so Bub can watch over the planet, and he's working with Purdue University to get his spacey idea off the ground.

As we reported ... Lil Bub died in her sleep earlier this week, leaving behind a lasting legacy which includes raising over $700,000 for animals and pets in need.

Bub's human says he wants to link her satellite to a website so people can track the cat's location over Earth, and he even hopes to install a live feed on the craft so people can see Bub watching over them. Yes, it's hard to let go.

The cat's caretaker also wants to keep Bub's fundraising efforts alive ... by allowing people to sign up to have a designated amount of money withdrawn from their bank accounts every time Lil Bub completes a rotation around the Earth, with the funds benefiting homeless pets and veterinary research.

Lil Bub's owner tells us he realizes this is a wild idea, but he says he's been talking with Purdue about partnering on the project. The university's Small Animal Hospital was Bub's clinic for emergency care, and Purdue has an aerospace program.

FYI, the aerospace program is already involved in commercial satellite programs and with the International Space Station ... so Bub would be piggybacking off of those.

Of course, blasting a cat's remains into orbit ain't gonna be cheap ... and Lil Bub's owner says he's trying to work something out with Purdue for funding, or he's just gonna start a GoFundMe.

As for saying goodbye to Lil Bub back on solid ground ... we're told there are no plans yet for a memorial.

Lil Bub Dead At 8 ... Fresh Outta Lives

The world is a little less bubbly ... because the famous cat with a sparkling personality and super cute looks has sadly taken her last breath.

Internet sensation Lil Bub -- a kitten-size cat with 2.3 million Instagram followers, an album, a book, a stage production and a talk show -- died Sunday, according to her owners, Mike and Stacy Bridavsky, who say Lil Bub "unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep."

Lil Bub had been battling health problems ... including what her humans say was a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Still, they weren't expecting her to die so suddenly and without warning.

LB was a major influencer with people and pets. The cat with an extra toe on each of her paws and osteopetrosis started the first national fund for special needs pets, and was the subject of groundbreaking biological and genetic research, helping raise over $700,000 for animals in need.

Not that she did it for fame, but Lil Bub did rub elbows with human celebs from time to time -- such as Robert DeNiro at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

She even had a famous bloodline ... scientists say she was related to Ernest Hemingway's six-toed cats.

Fun-ish feline fact: The first 2 cat years are roughly equivalent to 25 human years, after which each year equates to 4 human years. So, by our standards, Lil Bub lived to become a middle-aged woman of 49.

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President Trump ISIS-Killing Dog's Medal ... Special Ops Just Made It Up!!!

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President Trump couldn't give Conan, the ISIS-killing dog, a real Medal of Honor ... so U.S. Special Forces just cooked up a new award so DT could present it to the four-legged hero.

We've learned U.S. Special Operations fashioned a one-of-a-kind medal for Conan -- the Belgian Malinois canine credited with helping off ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi earlier this month in a U.S.-led raid -- which 45 gave the pooch during Monday's visit to the White House.

A U.S. Special Ops spokesperson tells TMZ ... the award has no specific name, and it was created specifically to recognize the dog for his contribution to the al-Baghdadi operation. We're told Special Ops created the award specifically for Trump to present to Conan.

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As you know ... Conan wasn't eligible for the actual Medal of Honor, because those only get dished out to humans.

We're told the White House and the Department of Defense had nothing to do with Conan's unnamed award ... it was purely a Special Ops creation.

OMG Ronny Kanye Collab W/ Dre Is Gonna Be Special ... More Gospel In The Works

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OMG Ronny is hard at work producing Kanye West's collab with Dr. Dre ... and he's dropping tons of hints about the highly-anticipated sequel to "Jesus is King."

We got the hip-hop producer out shopping Tuesday on Rodeo Drive ... and he's hyping up the new project coming from Ye and Dre, telling us new music is, for sure, coming down the pike.

As you know, Kanye teased his collab with Dre earlier this month, but details on "Jesus is King Part II" have been scarce ... but OMG Ronny is leaving some clues as to what fans can expect.

OR, who produced "Everything We Need" on Kanye's most recent album, says Yeezy and Dre's newest venture is going to have a similar gospel feel, and Dre's working on some additional parts of "Jesus is King."

Ronny also tells us what it's like to work with Kanye in Wyoming ... and introduces us to his adorable, and expensive, best friend. It's a dog, not Kanye.

NFL's Ben Watson Defends UGA's Dog Mascot In PETA War ... 'Kick Rocks'

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New England Patriots stud Ben Watson just bodied PETA in the war over Georgia's dog mascot ... straight-up telling the org to "kick rocks" for criticizing the school's use of the sideline pup!

"He IS at home with a loving family," Watson said Tuesday, "Kick rocks @peta."

If you missed it ... PETA started an epic war with UGA this week after footage of the school's dog mascot looking sad during Saturday's rain-soaked game surfaced on social media.

The organization demanded the program retire the mascot ASAP ... saying the British bulldog looked "MISERABLE!" and needs to be moved to a new home.

PETA added, "No dog deserves to be packed up, carted from state to state, and paraded in front of a stadium full of screaming fans."

But, Watson -- who played at Georgia from '01 to '03 -- raced to his alma mater's defense Tuesday ... saying in a tweet Uga X is doing just fine at Georgia and DEFINITELY has a loving home.

Of course, this ain't the first time PETA has gone after Uga ... earlier this year it demanded his removal from the school after he and the University of Texas' Longhorn mascot got into it on the sideline.

For its part, Georgia doesn't seem to be in any hurry to bend the knee to the organization ... with no imminent plans to ditch the mascot anytime soon.

In fact, Uga X is expected to be on the sidelines when Georgia takes on Georgia Tech at GT on Saturday.

Priyanka Chopra Surprises Nick with a New Puppy ... Before 1-Year Anniversary!!!

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Nick Jonas woke up to a face full of paws and licks this morning, 'cause Priyanka Chopra dropped one helluva cute surprise on him ahead of their wedding anniversary.

The actress posted an adorable video Tuesday showing what the couple's morning looked like in NYC after she brought home a German Shepherd pup-aroo ... and then placed it on top of the bed to finish waking her hubby up. Yeah, it's pretty freakin' AWW worthy.

At first, Nick seemed disoriented and confused by what was happening ... but eventually, he realized there was a new member being added to their household.

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Looks like the couple has already named their pet -- he goes by Gino, and yes ... he already has his own Instagram account. So far, Gino's been pretty active .. throwing up 3 posts.

Gino's arrival comes just days before Nick and Priyanka's 1-year wedding anniversary. They had several celebrations, if you'll recall, but the one that made it official happened on Dec. 1.

So, congrats to them ... on the dog, and on marriage. Let's keep it going!!!

Lewis the Koala Dies from Injuries 1 Week After Fire Rescue

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The koala that was saved from massive wildfires in Australia in a dramatic viral video has sadly succumbed to his injuries from the blaze.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital made the decision to put down the marsupial -- named Ellenborough Lewis -- after inspecting his wounds and burns and determining he would not be able to recover.

The hospital had already been providing Lewis substantial pain relief and had previously warned it was considering putting him to sleep if his injuries were not treatable and were causing suffering.

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After euthanizing the koala, the hospital said its "number one goal is animal welfare, so it was on those grounds that this decision was made."

Lewis shot to internet fame last week in a video showing motorist Toni Doherty running from her car in New South Wales to rescue him as the fires burned all around them. She named the koala after one of her grandkids.

Recent bushfires have tragically claimed the lives of more 350 koalas, according to animal experts, and have raised concerns about Australia's koala population ... which is already considered endangered.

A GoFundMe started by the koala hospital has currently raised over $1.7 million in aid.

Lewis was estimated to be around 14 years old.

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President Trump Honors ISIS-Killing Dog at White House Warns the Press, She Bites!!!

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President Trump might not be giving Conan, the ISIS-killing dog, the Medal of Honor, but he did settle for a pat on the head in front of cameras at the White House.

DT brought out Conan -- the Belgian Malinois canine who's credited with helping take out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi a few weeks ago in a U.S.-led raid -- and introduced her to the press in the Rose Garden ... going on to say he'd given the pooch a medal and plaque.

Of course, she wasn't eligible for the actual Medal of Honor -- those don't get dished out to nonhumans -- but it sounds like 45 wanted to honor Conan properly nonetheless.

He went on to explain Conan has recovered nicely after being injured in the raid, and apparently ... she's already gone on to do other missions for us. Trump also said that she's at peak age, and nowhere near retirement. These dogs go strong for around 6 years.

VP Mike Pence had the honor of petting the pooch through much of the announcement, and Conan certainly appeared to like it. She was calm and collected the entire time.

One last thing ... Trump jokingly warned at least one member of the press that they were lucky Conan was in a good mood that day, suggesting he could sic her on anyone ... as these dogs are obviously trained to attack. He wasn't serious, but still ... ease up, DT.

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.

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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 ...

Courteney Cox Screams for Dogs to Come Back ... Saved from Traffic by Passerby

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Courteney Cox's dogs got loose and darted into traffic, and despite her efforts to save them ... it was a good Samaritan who came to the rescue.

The "Friends" star was desperately trying to chase down her 2 beloved pups on treacherous Pacific Coast Highway Wednesday after they ran off from her nearby Malibu mansion ... and she couldn't keep them from running into a very dangerous situation.

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Fortunately for Courteney, a quick-thinking paparazzo driving by saw the dogs and pulled over, jumped out of his car to stop traffic ... and managed to scoop up both little pooches before they got hurt.

Much of the dramatic scene -- in the L.A. rain, no less -- was captured by the guy's dashcam.

We're told when he returned the dogs to Cox, she thanked him profusely and told him, "You saved my dogs' lives!"

Heroes ... they don't always wear capes.

Ariana Grande Bad Sinus Be Damned ... Cold-ass Weather Ain't Halting Dog Walk

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Ariana Grande says she's having trouble breathing and it's hard to swallow ... so ya gotta imagine going on a stroll with temperatures in the 30s is NOT what the doctor ordered.

The pop sensation and her pit-mix pooch, Myron, went for a walk Monday night in NYC. It's been raining there and temperatures last night dipped pretty low ... especially when the wind chill kicked in.

That didn't stop Ariana ... who was bundled up and, in all honesty, an incredible sight for sore eyes even in a puffy jacket and sweats. Myron, who as you know was Mac Miller's adopted dog, also shined while in the holiday spirit.

Ariana over the weekend had said she's dealing with a bad sinus infection and feared it may lead her to cancel some shows. She updated her fans Sunday on Instagram and said she woke up even worse, which forced her to cancel her show that night in Lexington, Kentucky.

But, maybe -- just MAYBE -- she's suddenly gotten much better. Ariana tweeted early Tuesday morning, "y'all make me so happy tf. love u. see u tonight," which sounds a lot like she's ready to return the stage. She's scheduled to perform Tuesday night in the ATL.