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James Woods I Have Incredible Respect for AOC ... Even Though I Think She's Dangerous

1/19/2019 7:15 AM PST
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James Woods shocked us big time ... a day after tweeting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the most dangerous person in America, he told us he has mad respect for her.

We got the super conservative actor Friday night in WeHo at Dan Tana's, and we thought he was going to double down on his comments that AOC was so powerful she cannot be ignored ... and, he said, "Ignore her at your peril."

Yet, he told our photog how impressive he thinks she is ... a bartender becoming a leader in Congress has to be admired.

He also thinks AOC has struck a cord with young people, and she could become the Pied Piper of her generation in terms of mobilizing the masses.  

Skrillex Muting R. Kelly ... Easier Said than Done

1/19/2019 7:26 AM PST
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Skrillex had an interesting take on R. Kelly and the movement to mute his music, and he says it's way more complicated than you think.

We got the EDM star Friday in WeHo leaving Equinox gym, and he begins by agreeing that Sony's decision to drop R. Kelly was the right thing to do.

But, when the convo turned to whether Jay-Z should yank his collabs with R. Kelly, he said it's way more nuanced. As he says, a lot of bad things happen in history and you can't just turn away from them and pretend they don't exist.

Skrillex struggles to explain, but in the end, he seems to fall on the side that you can separate music from the musician.

Ariana Grande Mum On Allegedly Ripping Off Nokia for '7 Rings'

1/19/2019 11:51 AM PST
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11:40 AM PT -- Ariana's single, "7 Rings," has apparently broken a streaming numbers record -- the most streamed song on Spotify within the first 24 hours, according to her manager Scooter Braun

She still hasn't directly responded to the accusations of ripping off Princess Nokia and other black artists for her new track, but it seems like people are digging the song regardless. 

Ariana Grande smiled but had nothing to say about claims she ripped off another artist in the creation of her latest song, "7 Rings."

We got Ariana Friday night in L.A. leaving Rockwell Table and Stage, and had nothing to say about Princess Nokia's claim the lyrics to "7 Rings" are way too similar to her song, "Mine," from her mixtape "1992."

Ariana's lyrics -- “My wrists, stop watchin’, my neck is flossin’ / Make big deposits, my gloss is poppin’ / You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it / I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it."

Nokia's lyrics -- “Rock my many styles then go natural for the summer / Hair blowing in the Hummer / Flip the weave, I am stunner / It’s mine, I bought it / It’s mine, I bought it.”

Ariana perks up a little when we congratulate her on Coachella, waving as she drives away in the night.

Originally Published -- 7:36 AM PST 

R. Kelly Bedroom Bust at Studio is Bogus ... Denies it's His Home

1/19/2019 1:00 AM PST
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One of R. Kelly's bedrooms has him in serious trouble with Chicago officials ... but he insists they've got it all twisted, because his controversial studio has never been used as a home.

The Chicago studio, heavily featured in "Surviving R. Kelly," was swarmed this week by Chicago cops and the Cook County Building and Zoning Department -- and they ended up filing a complaint against Kelly.

The officials say there's evidence he's using the place as a residence, and had done renovations without getting permits. 

Sources close to Kelly tell us that he's denying ever living in the studio. Although he admits having a bed in there, he says it was only there for extra long recording sessions -- 14 to 15 hours -- when he was too exhausted to make it home, or if there was a bad winter storm.

We're told he also points to the fact that he has a real residence at Chi-Town's Trump Tower. 

As for the alleged renovations ... our sources say Kelly believes the studio is exactly as it was when he first started renting the space 3-4 years ago. He says the single bedroom area was already there, and he simply added furniture.

Fact is, Kelly's got bigger fish to fry than the building code violation. He and Sony, his longtime record label, just parted ways ... his ex-manager was arrested for making threats against Joycelyn Savage's family ... and he's still plagued by allegations of sexual abuse

Kelly will get a court hearing for the violation, but at worst he'll be fined or evicted. As prosecutor Kim Foxx said ... they're actively looking for witnesses to bring criminal charges against him.

Victor Page Ex-Georgetown Star Violent Incident Caught On Video

1/19/2019 12:50 AM PST
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TMZ Sports has obtained surveillance footage which shows ex-Georgetown basketball star Victor Page attacking a 17-year-old girl during a 2018 incident ... and it's extremely disturbing. 

First off, 43-year-old Page is currently locked up in a Maryland jail over the 2018 incident, and he's facing several serious criminal charges, including 1st and 2nd degree attempted rape. 

We spoke to a rep for the victim's family who told us that they want the video to be out publicly -- and they're hoping Page is punished to the fullest extent of the law. 

Here's the backstory ... 

The victim was at her family's apartment in Camp Springs, Maryland on Dec. 30 when she claims Page tried to rape her inside the home. 

She tried to run ... but as you can see in the video, Page follows her outside and eventually smothers her while she's on the ground for roughly 2 minutes. 

Neighbors noticed the assault, and ran over to help pry Page off the girl. When they finally got him off, the girl ran away. 

The victim went to authorities and Page was arrested a few days later. He's now behind bars at Prince George's County Detention Center awaiting a hearing on Feb. 1.

He's facing a bunch of charges including 1st and 2nd degree attempted rape, attempted sex abuse of a minor, 2nd degree child abuse and more. 

We've reached out to Page's attorney for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Page has a long, sad history with the law -- he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for 2nd degree assault in 2013, but he was released early.  

Page played with Allen Iverson at Georgetown and was a key part of the '95-'96 Hoyas team that went to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tourney. He led the Big East in scoring in the '96-'97 season. 

Page left Georgetown after his sophomore year and went undrafted. He had a cup of coffee with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but never saw any NBA minutes. 

Fetty Wap Baby Mamas Beefing With Each Other ... Alexis Skyy's Foe Arrested After Allegedly Pulling Knife

1/19/2019 2:35 PM PST
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2:24 PM PT -- Sources close to Lezhae dispute Alexis's account of how things went down. We're told Lezhae did not follow Alexis or her crew to the White Castle lot, they just both coincidentally happened to land there for a late night bite. Our sources say when Lezhae pulled up, Alexis and her crew stormed her car, which prompted Lezhae to hop out with a knife in hand ... 'cause we're told she didn't want to get jumped. We're told Lezhae insists she did not swing the knife at anyone before a fight broke out between the crews, which allegedly included Lezhae getting hit by males in Alexis's crew. Our Lezhae sources insist Alexis was present during the altercation and not at home. Regarding Lezhae's arrest, we're told (and have confirmed through a police report) she was arrested for disorderly conduct/improper behavior for allegedly continuing to yell and threaten the opposing crew when cops eventually showed. She was not arrested for wielding a knife or for getting into a fight.

Fetty Wap has some serious baby mama drama ... because two of his BMs have major beef, and Lezhae Lowder was arrested after allegedly pulling a knife with the intended target ... Alexis Skyy.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Lezhae was arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment after cops in Paterson, NJ responded to a call about a fight in a White Castle parking lot.

Sources close to Alexis tell TMZ ... the 'Love & Hip Hop' star was partying Thursday night at the New Jersey bar where Lezhae works, and Lezhae tried to fight Alexis as soon as she arrived. We're told the 2 women eventually calmed down, but Lezhae threw a bottle at Alexis' car when she was leaving! 

After the drama at the club, we're told Alexis went home and her friends went to a nearby White Castle ... and that's when Lezhae pulled up to the parking lot looking for Alexis -- and allegedly started throwing more bottles!

We're told Alexis' friends piled out of their car and Lezhae allegedly pulled out a knife, asking for Alexis ... from there, things escalated and a fight broke out! Cops were called at 3:20 AM and Lezhae ended up in handcuffs.

Our law enforcement sources would not confirm allegations of bottles being thrown or Lezhae pulling a knife ... and Lezhae has not responded to our requests for comment.

As you know ... Alexis is also beefing with Blac Chyna over Rob Kardashian, and they almost came to blows during a house party! 

Hopefully, Rob knows what he's getting into with Alexis ... if not, he might want to hit up Fetty.

Originally Published -- 12:40 AM PST

Ray J Bday Car Buying Spree Good for Me ... And Charity!!!

1/19/2019 12:30 AM PST
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Remember the insane shopping spree Ray J went on for his 38th birthday? Turns out, he didn't stop with treating himself to a brand new Maybach and Lincoln -- he also splurged on a classic car ... for a good cause.

We broke the story ... the R&B singer dropped $410,000 on whips for himself and his wife, Princess Love, at Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in Scottsdale, AZ on Wednesday.

According to sources close to Ray, he opened up his checkbook again. We're told he and his pal RD Whittington, owner of Luxury Auto Collection, split a $165k tab on a yellow 1967 Chevy Camaro ... and all the cash goes to charity.

We're told the money for the classic ride will be donated to Childhelp, a foundation that helps victims of child abuse.

As for the plan for the whip moving forward ... Ray's manager, David Weintraub, tells us they'll bring the car to 60 Years of Miracles: Drive The Dream Gala in February to continue to raise awareness for Childhelp.

Gotta love it when a birthday plan comes together ... and has an extra happy ending.

Dana White Amanda Nunes Is She-G.O.A.T. ... Better Than Jon Jones?

1/19/2019 12:20 AM PST
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Dana White says it's obvious to him ... Amanda Nunes is the greatest female fighter EVER. 

But, when you add men to the mix -- is she better than Jon Jones

White broke it down for us ... saying Nunes has not only beaten the best of the best, but destroyed Cris Cyborg -- "the most feared fighter out there" -- and made it look easy. 

Don't forget, she also dominated Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko (twice) and Miesha Tate

Dana says Jon's got a pretty solid case too ... beating the hell out of stars like Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Alexander Gustafsson (twice), Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader

Oh, and Dana says he's SUPER impressed by the fact JJ beat Daniel Cormier on two separate occasions because DC is an "unbelievable" fighter too! 

So, who really is the G.O.A.T.? 

The best part of the conversation is the fact that BOTH fighters are still active and in their prime -- so, it's a long way until we'll find out. 

Manny Pacquiao I Can Beat Floyd Mayweather Now ... Because I'm Healthy

1/19/2019 12:15 AM PST
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Manny Pacquiao says that if he faces off against Floyd Mayweather again things will be "different," because his body is totally healthy, and he feels 20 years younger.

Translation: Manny thinks his shoulder held him back in the first Mayweather fight, and that he'd kick Floyd's ass now.

We talked to Pac Man ahead of his big fight against Adrien Broner on Saturday, and although the Filipino legend was totally focused on AB, we asked him about a possible rematch against Floyd.

Manny was dominated by Floyd in their first fight, but many blamed a shoulder injury for the bad performance ... an injury Manny says is now totally healed.

"I feel like I'm in my late 20s. The way I work hard, the way I move, it's still the same, nothing's changed."

So, the question is, now that Manny's found the fountain of youth, would the result be different if he and Floyd fought again? People think it might happen if he beats Broner.

"Of course, it's different. It's very big difference when you're healthy or not healthy."

Floyd, stop counting money and get in the gym, this guy wants you.

Cody Rhodes UFC Fighters Welcome In New Wrestling Promotion

1/19/2019 12:10 AM PST
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Cody Rhodes is looking to staff up his new All Elite Wrestling organization with some killer new talent -- and tells TMZ Sports he thinks UFC fighters could be a real solid fit. 

Rhodes has teamed up with fellow wrestling superstars the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Tony Khan -- whose family owns the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C. Together, they're launching the next major pro wrestling federation. It's got huge potential. 

The former WWE superstar says now he's on the hunt for talent -- gunning for fresh new wrestlers who can kill it in the ring. 

We brought up the possibility of hiring talent from the UFC -- especially with the pro wrestling success of ex-MMA stars like Ronda Rousey and Matthew Riddle.

Rhodes says the idea makes a lot of sense ... with one real important caveat -- they need to have a real PASSION for pro wrestling.

"That's one of my big knocks ... you can't teach passion."

"So, as long as it's somebody who's passionate about [wrestling] and knows it's kind of a hard gig ... I could imagine that would be a cool little crossover."

Stay tuned!

'90 Day Fiance' Star Larissa Hit With Domestic Violence Charge For Alleged Attack on Hubby

1/18/2019 3:46 PM PST
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"90 Day Fiance" star Larissa Dos Santos Lima has been hit with a domestic violence charge after allegedly attacking her husband last week.

The charge is a misdemeanor and was filed Wednesday in Vegas. The criminal complaint -- obtained by TMZ -- states Larissa, "Did willfully and unlawfully use force or violence against or upon the person of her spouse."

TMZ broke the story ... Larissa was arrested last Friday after she allegedly punched her estranged husband, Colt Johnson, in the face. Colt suffered a bloody lip as a result of the attack. 

Johnson told cops Larissa became enraged -- accusing him of cheating -- after she discovered he had purchased porn. According to the police report -- obtained by TMZ -- Colt said Larissa had downed half a bottle of antidepressants and was suicidal. 

Larissa claimed Colt was the aggressor, scratching her in the face and on her torso ... but after their investigation, cops determined Larissa was the aggressor. 

Killer Mike Kaepernick Protests Aside Super Bowl a Big 'W' for Black People

1/18/2019 2:46 PM PST
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Killer Mike insists all the controversy over black artists playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show masks the most important point -- which is huge financial opportunities for the black community.

We got the Run the Jewels rapper in NYC, where he's promoting his new Netflix series, "Trigger Warning." We asked Mike about the heat his pal Big Boi and Travis Scott have been taking for joining Maroon 5 ... instead of protesting the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick.

Mike's heard about the push for the artists to take a knee during the show, and says more power to 'em if they do it. However, he's not coming down on them if they don't.

As an ATL guy himself, Mike says Super Bowl LIII's biggest impact won't be on the field, or on the halftime show stage -- it'll be in the bank accounts of thousands of people getting work because of the event.

He also clued us in on his plans for Super Bowl Sunday -- and they don't involve football. But, there will very likely be a bowl. 

Soulja Boy I'm Hot S**t RN ... Get Ready for My New Album!!!

1/18/2019 1:25 PM PST
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Soulja Boy loves him some Soulja Boy, and why shouldn't he? He's wanted by multiple record labels, and he's the hottest rapper in the game after having the biggest 2018 comeback ... according to him.

The rapper tells TMZ his old record label, Interscope, desperately wants to sign him back, so he used it as leverage with his current label, eOne, to strike a deal for a new album ... which he says is coming soon. Soulja says it's 12 or 13 tracks ... and it's going to get the year kicked off right.

Soulja's also got a list a mile long to prove he's hip-hop's rising star once again -- including playing a venue he never landed back in the day -- and doubles down on his Tyga bashing.

There's more, though ... because the rapper's still got beef with Drake over allegedly stealing bars from his song in 2006. Oh, and he reminds us he paved the way for Justin Bieber on YouTube.

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Soulja didn't reveal the title of his new album, but based on the end of our chat with him, here's one option -- "Humble."

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