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21 Savage Good Luck to Kodak, But ... The 'Law is the Law'

5/21/2019 7:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

21 Savage is shooting down any theory the so-called "hip-hop cops" are behind a rash of rapper arrests -- himself included -- and instead says ... some rappers just ain't too bright when it comes to the law.

Savage was leaving TAO Monday night in Hollywood and we asked if he had any advice for Kodak Black, who's been in federal custody since his arrest at Rolling Loud more than a week ago. Savage immediately made it clear his situation is NOT the same as Kodak's and, his bigger point -- "The law is the law. You break the law, you gotta deal with the consequences."

You gotta see the clip, because the ATL rapper seemed to dismiss any talk of law enforcement setting up rappers, and instead said ... some people are just stupid, and they gotta own up to it when they are.  

It is true, however ... his and Kodak's cases aren't the same deal.

TMZ broke the story ... the feds say fingerprints, car rental records and ballistics all point to Kodak's involvement in a Florida shooting. Meanwhile, Savage is dealing with a pending immigration issue that could potentially end with his deportation to the UK.

Kodak's looking at hard time in a federal prison. At worst, Savage will be rich and chilling in London.

Just sayin' ...

D.L. Hughley Rips Abortion Bans ... Same States Where They Raped Slaves

5/21/2019 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

D.L. Hughley is noticing a clear correlation between the states passing new laws to virtually ban abortions ... and the states with brutal histories of raping slaves. 

We got the comedian at LAX and asked him if it's fair to compare the plight of women today to that of African-Americans in the Civil Rights movement.

D.L. says the two battles are one and the same, because women are having reproductive rights stripped away in the same states where those in power have always felt they had ownership over other people's bodies. 

As you know ... 9 states have recently passed strict abortion bills -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Utah -- with some even outlawing abortion for rape and incest.

Tons of celebs have already come out against new efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade ... with Leslie Jones going nuclear on 'SNL' and Alyssa Milano calling for a "sex strike."

Check out our clip ... D.L. thinks it's no coincidence the restrictive new laws are largely being passed in former slave states, and he's railing on state governments for essentially preventing women from having a seat at the table. 

Mayor Pete No, I'm Not Getting Rid of Jefferson Memorial ... Now Let's Talk Soldier Care Packages!!!

5/21/2019 6:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has strong feelings about Thomas Jefferson ... but that does NOT include getting rid of the Jefferson Memorial.

We got Mayor Pete out Monday night at Reagan National Airport and asked him if as POTUS he'd do away with the famous presidential memorial dedicated to the third Prez and author of the Declaration of Independence.

ICYMI ... Mayor Pete was asked if it's time to rename the huge annual fundraiser Jefferson-Jackson Dinner because Jefferson owned slaves. Pete said yes, it's the right thing to do but he says that quote got misconstrued everywhere as if EVERYTHING named after Jefferson should be renamed.

Then the fun stuff ... our camera guy, Colin, had a cool moment with hizzoner ... asking the Afghan vet for care package recommendations for his Army son. 

Roseanne I'm Still Trolling On Twitter ... Anonymously

5/21/2019 7:11 AM PDT

Roseanne Barr's plan to stay out of more trouble on Twitter isn't by deactivating her account ... it's by creating secret burner accounts where she can tweet her mind freely.

The former TV star was at LAX Monday night and got to talking about the adjustments she's made to her Twitter game. Mainly, she says instead of posting under her verified account ... she uses anonymous troll accounts she sets up herself.

Roseanne says this gives her the ability to say what she really wants about stuff without having to worry about any backlash ... and she thinks everybody's doing it.

This might be working for her now, but as you know ... she got fired from her show by ABC last year after tweeting a racist insult about Valerie Jarrett, and not anonymously.

She initially blamed Ambien for the tweet, and has since blamed several other factors for her downfall -- anti-Semitism, the fact she's a Trump supporter, Sara Gilbert and even Michelle Obama.

Roseanne clearly thinks she's safeguarding herself from further controversy by utilizing fake troll accounts, but as long as she keeps getting on camera or in front of a microphone as herself ... she's still fully capable of putting her foot in her mouth.

'Game of Thrones' Did Good for the Disabled, But ... Bran the Broken? Really???

5/21/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Game of Thrones" broke down barriers for the disabled community during its 8-year run ... a fact that's earning the show high praise, even though one group says producers made a big flub in the finale.

Felicia Nurmsen -- a top dog at the National Organization on Disability -- tells TMZ ... the hit HBO show gets tons of props for working on behalf of those with disabilities, 'cause it didn't shy away from the subject and served as a pretty accurate mirror to our society, even in a fantasy setting.

Specifically, Nurmsen says she's impressed with the story lines and ultimate fates of 2 of the most prominent characters with disabilities on 'GoT' -- Tyrion Lannister and Bran Stark.

She says even though wheelchair-bound Bran and Tyrion, a little person, were often written off by other characters, they landed in powerful positions in the end by resorting to natural born (or divinely-gained) gifts.

SPOILER ALERT -- if you're not among the 19 mil who watched Sunday night. 

Bran is named King of Westeros and Tyrion becomes his hand.

That said ... Nurmsen can't help but point out the irony that even when a disabled person reaches the highest point -- the Iron Throne -- 'GoT' writers leaned into the narrative that disabled people aren't whole.

Case in point ... Tyrion and co. end up dubbing their new king, "Bran the Broken." You could see that as an attempt to embrace his disability as a good thing, but Nurmsen suggests it's problematic. 

Two steps up, one step back?

Jada Pinkett Smith I Was A Porn Addict ... Before Big Willie

5/20/2019 6:08 PM PDT

Jada Pinkett Smith is coming clean about one of her past addictions ... she says she couldn't stop watching PORN before starting a relationship with Will Smith.

Jada made the stunning revelation in Monday's "Red Table Talk" episode ... opening up about her "unhealthy relationship" with porn and saying she couldn't get enough adult videos when she was single and trying to practice abstinence. 

The 47-year-old actress started talking porn with her daughter, Willow, and mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, at the start of the show as they were all getting ready together backstage ... gotta be an awkward convo for any family. 

Willow asks her momma if her porn fixation came from an emotional place ... and Jada says that's exactly what happened. Jada, who's been married to Will for almost 22 years, says she was feeling an emptiness when she got hooked on porn. 

Monday's talk was about the effects of porn on relationships ... and Jada says she used to watch some hardcore videos she says were "profoundly disturbed."  

Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect Allegedly Got Violent with Neighbor 1-Hour Before Shooting

5/21/2019 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man who allegedly killed Nipsey Hussle went off the rails shortly before the incident, and pistol-whipped a guy over a drug deal gone wrong ... this according to new witness statements submitted to prosecutors.

The L.A. County DA's Office got the account from 2 women who say a male friend told them he was attacked at his apartment by murder suspect Eric Holder ... just an hour before Nipsey's murder.

According to the statements ... Holder lived in the same building as the guy and they sometimes hung out and smoked pot. The guy's story goes like this -- Holder showed up at his place around 2 PM on March 31, and he was pissed. He accused the neighbor of selling him weed that was laced with some other drug.

They went into the hallway to talk, and according to the statements ... Holder was "breathing very heavily and appeared very excited and very agitated." When Holder got more hostile, the neighbor tried to return to his apartment but was allegedly pistol-whipped in the back of the head.

According to the statements ... the neighbor was knocked down, but still conscious and claims he saw the gun on the floor. He describes it as a "big silver gun" and "semi-automatic."

The neighbor got up and safely retreated to his apartment, but says Holder was "shaking and looked very nervous" before leaving.

The women -- repped by attorney Harley D. Breite -- claim their friend admits to selling Holder $10 worth of pot, but it was straight from a dispensary and not laced, to his knowledge.

The neighbor told the women he learned a few days later that Holder was the suspect in Nipsey's murder case, but he was afraid to report his encounter because he knows Holder's a gang member. Plus, he DID sell him marijuana.

We broke the story ... Hussle was shot around 3 PM in L.A. on March 31 and pronounced dead at 3:55 PM at a downtown hospital. Video of the incident shows a man -- believed to be Holder -- shooting Nipsey outside his Marathon clothing store.

Holder was arrested 2 days later and eventually charged with murder. It's unclear if Holder intends to raise the allegedly laced weed as part of his defense.

As we reported, he's been in the market for a new attorney since Christopher Darden quit the case after he and family members received death threats.

Bobby Brown on Chris Rock I'm Over His Lame Whitney Joke ... But No, He Didn't Apologize

5/20/2019 12:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bobby Brown says he and Chris Rock are all good ... after the comedian made what some consider a tasteless joke about Whitney Houston -- but you can tell Bobby's still waiting for 2 magic words. 

He was leaving LAX Monday, when we asked if he was still mad at Chris for using Whitney's image to make a joke about people wasting his time. His punchline was, "Hurry up I got crack to smoke."

Bobby told us Chris hasn't reached out to apologize personally, but added ... "He's still my boy" and made it clear he'd like to make peace with him.

Sounds like a simple "I'm sorry" would go a long way with B Brown.

Rock, btw, was getting flooded with comments from pissed Whit fans ... including Bobby, who wrote, "During this time of women empowerment you choose to use your time to try and humiliate our QUEEN!!!"

Chris eventually deleted the post, and Bobby's at least saying he harbors no ill will.

Unclear if Bobby's gonna hear from Rock on this subject -- dude's been taking shots at Whitney for a minute. Still, Bobby says there's one big ticket item Chris could give him if he's truly interested in making amends. 

If you were thinking something basic like a Rolex, think bigger. As Bobby put it, "I got one of those."

Rob Pelinka Denies Backstabbing Magic Johnson ... 'Simply Not True'

5/20/2019 11:24 AM PDT
Breaking News

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is adamant he did NOT betray Magic Johnson and trash the NBA legend behind his back ... saying allegations are "simply not true."

Pelinka was asked about the situation moments ago while introducing new Lakers head coach Frank Vogel ... just hours after Magic put Pelinka on blast during an ESPN interview. 

Johnson said he was upset at Pelinka because he found out Rob had been bashing him in and out of NBA circles ... saying Magic's work ethic sucked and he was barely in the Lakers office. 

So, what's Rob's response? He took a cue from Shaggy ... IT WASN'T ME!

"Surprising to hear and disheartening," Pelinka said ... "Simply not true."

Pelinka says he stands with Magic as a colleague and a partner and wants to speak with Magic in person to clear everything up. 

Pelinka says he was surprised to see Magic make the allegations on TV because they have spoken several times since Magic left the Lakers and Rob thought they were on good terms. 

Yeah, not so much ... 

Magic Johnson Blasts Lakers GM Rob Pelinka He Trashed Me Behind My Back!

5/20/2019 7:48 AM PDT
Breaking News

Magic Johnson is calling out Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka -- fingering Pelinka as the backstabber who trashed him inside and outside of NBA circles ... and Magic is pissed. 

Magic went on "First Take" early Monday when he was asked about the drama inside the Lakers organization that pushed him to quit before the end of the 2018-19 season. 

Johnson essentially says he started hearing bad rumors about himself which he was able to trace back to Rob. 

"I started hearing, 'Magic, you're not working hard enough. Magic's not in the office' ... So, people around the Lakers office was telling me Rob was saying things."

Magic added, "And, I didn't like those things being said behind my back."

Johnson said he also started getting calls "from my friends outside of basketball saying those things now were said to them outside of basketball."

Johnson resigned on April 9 -- telling the media before looping in Lakers owner Jeanie Buss ... shocking the basketball world. 

Johnson later told TMZ Sports he's still advising the Lakers in an unofficial capacity -- and will always consider himself a Laker for life. 

'Game of Thrones' H2O No!!! Another Ep, Another Epic Blunder

5/20/2019 6:28 AM PDT

First, it was a disposable coffee cup, then a regenerated hand ... and now a plastic water bottle has "Game of Thrones" fans fuddled over what the hell's going on in Westeros.

The massively popular HBO series came to an end Sunday night, but not before another blunder was called out by observant viewers -- a water bottle behind the left foot of Samwell Tarly at around the 46-minute mark of the finale.

It's hard to tell what brand of H2O Sam was sucking down, but hopefully they recycle in the Seven, err Six, Kingdoms.

Another viewer pointed out that a second bottle was visible on the ground behind Ser Davos, but it's not quite as clear.

The latest 'GoT' gaffe comes a week after a promotional image for episode 5 featured Jaime Lannister with his right hand still intact ... despite getting it chopped off in season 3.

And of course, there was the infamous modern-day coffee cup left sitting on a table next to Daenerys in episode 4 ... which was later scrubbed from the streaming versions to wipe away the mistake.

Clearly, the showrunners didn't learn their lesson.

Robert De Niro Yeah, Al Pacino's Great ... But I Gotta Tell You How Trump Sucks!!!

5/20/2019 7:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Robert De Niro took a good long minute out of his speech honoring his good pal, Al Pacino, to call for the removal and arrest of President Trump -- and his off-script moment drew mixed reviews.

De Niro was singing Pacino's praises Sunday at the American Icon Awards -- where the veteran actor was among 5 people honored ... Quincy Jones and Evander Holyfield were a couple of the others. Right as he was winding down his speech, though ... De Niro took the opportunity to remind everyone that he really, REALLY does not like POTUS.

He said Al, of course, was worthy of the Icon award ... but the only thing Trump should be getting at this point is impeachment and imprisonment. Check out the rant for yourself -- not necessarily as fiery as his "F**k Trump" moment at the Tonys ... but same message.

Anyway, as for how the Bev Hills crowd took his Trump pivot ... there were actually some boos. As Bob went on and on about DT, the audience seemed a little unsettled.

Tough room.

Rams' Sean McVay Todd Gurley's Knee Will Be Good In 2019

5/20/2019 6:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Great news, Rams fans ... your star running back, Todd Gurley, is doing great and should return to form in 2019, this according to head coach Sean McVay

McVay and a bunch of his star players went out to the United Way's HomeWalk 5K to raise money to end homelessness in L.A. ... everyone from Aaron Donald to Johnny Hekker rolled through. 

"It's great, man," McVay said about the event ... "We got a lot of players out here today."

So, what about Gurley? He wasn't at the event ... but everyone there was talking about him -- wondering how he's doing after a bizarre end to the 2018 season. 

Remember, Gurley was killing it last year for most of the season ... then fell off hard in the playoffs and barely contributed in the Super Bowl. There were rumblings that he jacked up his knee bad. 

But, McVay didn't seem worried over the weekend -- telling us Gurley's knee is "doing good" -- he expects him to be fine when the season starts. 

We hope he's right ... but things didn't seem great when we saw Todd limping around L.A. back in April. 

Earlier this month, Gurley was asked about reports that he's suffering from a degenerative knee condition -- but he didn't confirm or deny ... saying, "All I can focus on is how I’m doing right now."

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