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Paris Jackson Everything's Okay ... Time for Some Laughs

3/20/2019 6:47 AM PDT
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Paris Jackson's had a turbulent week, but despite a suicide scare and family strife ... she's still in the mood for comedy.

We got Michael Jackson's daughter outside Largo in L.A. Tuesday night dressed like someone ready to have some fun. She's with her BF, Gabriel Glenn, and doesn't talk much ... other than saying everything's going okay.

As for her headwear -- Paris was on her way into the club to check out Macaulay Culkin's "Bunny Ears" podcast ... with special guest "Weird Al" Yancovic. As you know, Culkin was close with Paris' father and is Paris' Godfather ... hopefully, his show provided some levity for her.

We broke the story ... Paris was hospitalized Saturday after attempting suicide, which we're told was triggered by the fallout from "Leaving Neverland." Those close to her are encouraging her to go to rehab, but our sources say she's refusing.

Paris also took a shot at the idea she reacted so strongly to the HBO documentary on Twitter late Tuesday night, implying it's a made-up story full of lies. 

College Bribery Scandal Felicity, Lori Arrests Show System's Flaws ... Says SAT Prep Expert

3/19/2019 1:53 PM PDT
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Shaan Patel's not shocked or outraged by the recent college admissions scandal, and says the ultimate fallout will be more people -- yes, even the filthy rich -- opting to take a legal route to higher scores.

Shaan's company, Prep Expert, really took off after he appeared on "Shark Tank" and convinced Mark Cuban to invest. On Tuesday's "TMZ Live," he admitted the college entrance process has always been rigged to favor 1 percenters ... hence the $1,000/hr. he's gotten as a tutor! 

He says the difference between the alleged cheating/bribery scandal and courses like his is simple -- results. Make that, LEGAL results -- and he claims to have the numbers to back that up. 

Still, he doesn't dodge the notion that desire to get into name-brand schools -- like Harvard, Yale, USC and Stanford -- can lead to parents making shady deals.

Ya know, like allegedly paying $500,000 to have your daughters designated as recruits for the crew team ... when they don't actually row.

Translation: the whole process is a racket -- has been for a long time -- but there are cheaper, less criminal paths to success.

Miley Cyrus Breaks Down at Janice Freeman's Memorial

3/18/2019 3:39 PM PDT

Miley Cyrus was so overcome with emotion at the memorial service for one of her favorite 'Voice' contestants ... she couldn't fight back the tears.

Miley attended the Celebration of Life for Janice Freeman Monday at Mariners Church in Irvine ... where she poured her heart out and honored the former 'Voice' singer. You see Miley break down but she still manages to get a laugh when she says, "I was never her coach, ever. She was always mine."

Before surrendering the stage to her dad, Billy Ray, who led a rousing rendition of "Amazing Grace" ... Miley had some touching words for Janice, whom Miley was paired up with during season 13 of "The Voice."

Miley said, "I've learned more from her than anyone that I've ever gotten the honor to be in the room with, not just vocally, I should've gotten more lessons than I did, but she taught me everything that I know about love."

She went on to say, "And, to be here, and I had planned on singing a song for her, but just losing her is just too much for me. So ... my dad's gonna take care of this for me. But, I'll always be your sister, I'm here for you, and I'm here for your family, and Janice I'll miss you more than I could ever say."

Miley joined her dad in song.

We broke the story ... Janice died from a blood clot in her lungs. She had been battling a combination of bronchitis and lupus. Janice was 33.

Mama June's BF Geno Allegedly Threatened to Kill Her ... Family Blames Him for Her Arrest

3/18/2019 11:03 AM PDT
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11:01 AM PT -- According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Geno allegedly threatened to kill June during a domestic dispute. Cops say when they arrived on scene, Geno was placed under arrest and admitted to having a needle on him ... June told cops the SUV the two were sitting in belonged to her, and she'd take all blame for whatever was inside.

After a search, cops discovered another needle, a white powdery substance -- which June allegedly said was crack cocaine -- and a pipe. June also had $1,340 in her bra.

Geno was ordered by the court to stay away from June after the incident ... an order that was seemingly ignored when the two hit up a casino together Saturday.

Mama June is headed down a rough path, and there's no one else to blame but her boyfriend, Geno Doak ... so say members of her family.

Sources connected to Mama June's brood tell TMZ ... her family is laying guilt over the reality star's recent arrest squarely at Geno's feet, as they feel he's been an awful influence on June since they started dating around 3 years ago.

We're told June's family believes Geno's criminal history speaks for itself, and it's no coincidence she got into trouble while in his company. He does have quite the rap sheet -- Geno's been arrested for burglary, theft and damage to property. He's also done jail time.

TMZ broke the story ... Mama June and Geno were arrested at an Alabama gas station last week after someone called cops to report they were involved in a domestic incident. When police arrived, they say they found drugs and drug paraphernalia on both of them, including traces of crack on Mama June and a needle in Geno's pocket. 

Interestingly enough, Mama June was spotted hanging with Geno at a casino a few days after her arrest ... hitting a slot machine with her BF right by her side. It certainly appears her family's concerns are falling on deaf ears.

That doesn't change how the family feels though. Our sources say Mama June's fam thinks she'll continue putting herself at risk as long as she's with him. Not only that, but they feel that her daughter, Alana (aka Honey Boo Boo, who's only 13) is in an unsafe environment.

Originally Published -- 9:17 AM PT

Naomi Osaka Blasts 'Absurd' Lawsuit Ain't Paying Ex-Coach 20% For Life!

3/18/2019 12:16 PM PDT
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12:16 PM PT -- Osaka has lawyered up with attorney to the stars Alex Spiro and he's attacking Jean's claim as straight-up "absurd."

"While it comes as no surprise that Naomi's meteoric rise as an international icon and inspiration would lead to some false claim, this silly 'contract' that Naomi never saw or signed -- which purports to give away part of herself at the age of 14 -- is particularly absurd," Spiro says. 

"This case has no merit and we will move past it.”

The tennis coach who began working with Naomi Osaka back when she was 13 claims her father signed a contract promising him 20% of her career earnings ... and now he's coming to collect. 

The man behind the lawsuit is Christophe Jean -- who says Naomi's father, Leonard Francois, hired him to work with Naomi and his other daughter, Mari, back in 2011. 

Jean says Francois couldn't pay his rates at the time, so they struck a deal in which Jean agreed to accept 20% of Naomi and Mari's tennis prize money and endorsement deals forever. 

That's not a typo ... Jean says he has a copy of the contract where Francois agrees that the term of the deal is "indefinite." It's included in Jean's suit, filed in state court in Florida. 

Of course, Naomi -- now 21 years old -- has blossomed into a tennis superstar, currently ranked #1 in the world ... and famously beat Serena Williams at the 2018 US Open

According to the official WTA website, she's made more than $10.8 MILLION during her career -- and that's not including endorsement money. 

So, Jean wants his cut -- at least $2 million -- which is why he's suing Naomi, Mari and Leonard. 

The other possible issue ... can a parent promise a cut of a minor child's future adult earnings? And, can a judge enforce such a contract?

It's not exactly cut and dry. We're looking into it. 

Originally Published -- 7:05 AM PT

'Seeking Sister Wife' Stars Couple Busted for Stalking ... After Harassing Her Bro

3/18/2019 9:43 AM PDT
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The stars of "Seeking Sister Wife" are accused of harassing the crap out of a relative, who now says he fears for his life.

Bernie and Paige McGee were arrested on misdemeanor stalking charges Friday in Mississippi after Paige's brother, Patrick Marble, accused the couple of flooding his home, cell and work phone with harassing calls. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Patrick's girlfriend was also targeted by the couple.

In docs, Bernie's also accused of confronting Patrick and harassing him. It's unclear how he harassed him ... but now Patrick and his GF both say they fear for their lives.

It's also unclear what sparked the McGees to allegedly harass Patrick. But, just last month ... Patrick put his sister on blast ... claiming she attacked a fan who has a child with Down Syndrome.

The McGees were introduced to audiences in season 2 of the TLC show ... which follows the journey of families as they go out in search of polygamous relationships.

DMX Kicks Off Ye's Sunday Service With a Morning Prayer

3/17/2019 3:00 PM PDT

Kanye West's weekly Sunday Service just had a special guest stop by to lift everyone up in God's name -- it was the big dog himself ... Mr. DMX.

X delivered a "morning prayer" Sunday ahead of what has become an outdoor concert of sorts Ye has held every weekend for the past couple months. Check it out ... you can tell the rapper has had some practice delivering the good word. He sounds like a seasoned preacher. 

He touches on a few things here -- accepting Jesus, blessings, opening doors that were once closed, being highly favored by God, shooting down the devil, etc. It clearly resonated with the crowd, 'cause they were cheering him on as he kept going. 

X is definitely the right guy to deliver a sermon like this too. Aside from being openly religious, he's been through A LOT of ups and downs in his life, especially lately with his tax evasion case.

BTW ... when the music kicked in, it had just about everyone singing and dancing, including young North, who was shaking what her mama, Kim K, gave her ... in full diva mode. 

Kanye's church endeavor has certainly taken off since January, when he was holding these weekly choir meetups indoors and with significantly fewer people. 

Good vibes all around ... amen. 

T.I. Resumes Filming 'Family Hustle' Show ... After Death of Sister

3/17/2019 12:04 PM PDT
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T.I. is back on set and ready to move forward with his show in the aftermath of his sister's tragic death.

Sources connected to Tip tell TMZ ... he, Tiny and the rest of his family have resumed filming 'Friends & Family Hustle.' We're told they started production again about two weeks ago, after the funeral for T.I.'s older sister, Precious Harris ... who died last month.

We broke the story ... Precious passed away in late February after an asthma attack led to her slamming into a telephone pole while she was behind the wheel of T.I.'s Dodge Avenger. She died about a week later while in the ICU on life support. She was 66. 

T.I. had halted production of his show as soon as heard Precious was in the accident, not wanting to continue filming without one of their own. It'd been on a hiatus since mid-February, but it's back in full swing now. 

Our sources say T.I. and his fam recently filmed a kickball episode called "Team Family vs. Team Hustle." Looks like the games might've gone down in an indoor arena. It also seems like T.I. didn't choose sides either way ... as he's dressed in a neutral black outfit here.

We're told T.I. and co. have completed about half of this season's 23 episodes. The show airs on VH1 -- it's one of their biggest hits and longest running series.

The Jacksons Perform Songs Featuring Michael During Brazil Concert

3/17/2019 6:55 AM PDT

The Jacksons put on a show Saturday night in Brazil ... this in the wake of "Leaving Neverland" and the move by some to mute Michael Jackson.

Tito, Marlon, Randy and Jackie hit the stage at the Espaco Das Americas in Sao Paulo to a packed audience. Jermaine wasn't there because he's ill.

The group sang some of the staples of The Jackson 5, including "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "Dancing Machine." The songs all featured Michael, who has become more controversial than ever after Wade Robson and James Safechuck told their stories on the HBO documentary.

Tito steadfastly said about the concert, "It will be a tribute to MJ. He is everything and will be represented on the stage."

The concert went down the same day Michael's daughter, Paris, slit her wrists, which law enforcement sources characterized as a suicide attempt. She has been released from the hospital. Family sources tell TMZ Paris was extremely upset over the documentary and the fallout

The Jacksons will perform another concert on Tuesday, but Jermaine will not be there due to his undisclosed illness.

Colton and Cassie Life's a Beach

3/17/2019 7:38 AM PDT

Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph returned to sunny SoCal over the weekend to spend time with Cassie's family.

The brood hit the sand in Huntington Beach ... this after Colton and Cassie's New York City press tour hyping "The Bachelor."

Colton and Cassie were joined by her parents and two siblings. During the show, Colton had a chit chat with Cassie's dad and asked if he had permission to marry her, but Papa said no ... because he didn't know Colton well enough. At the time ... Dad didn't exactly have high praise for Colton. He asked Cassie how she could even consider getting engaged to Colton while he was "dating 30 other women." He also thought it was ridiculous they were talking marriage after only 3 dates. 

As you know, they ended up NOT getting engaged, but they're clearly still dating ... or as clear as anything in "The Bachelor" can be.

We did, however, get the couple Saturday and they said coyly they were going to Vegas and you never know what might happen there.   

Paris Jackson Released from Hospital After Attempted Suicide

3/16/2019 3:00 PM PDT
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2:57 PM PT -- Paris just arrived at her L.A. apartment. She was wearing a jacket that said, "Puppies And I'm Fine." 

1:45 PM PT -- Sources close to Paris tell us she was just released from the hospital and she's under the care of her team.

Paris Jackson was hospitalized Saturday after she attempted suicide -- and family sources tell us it's due in large to the fallout from "Leaving Neverland."

Law enforcement sources tell us police and EMS responded to Paris' L.A. home at 7:30 AM. We're told Michael Jackson's only daughter slit her wrists. Our sources say she was transported to a hospital and placed on 5150 hold. She's currently in stable condition.

Sources with knowledge tell us Paris did this in direct response to the allegations made against her father in "Leaving Neverland" -- a documentary in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse MJ of molesting them as children. 

As we reported ... Paris was standing firm behind her dad and maintaining his innocence, even though she hadn't seen the doc yet. We're told the Jackson kids have been in turmoil over the renewed allegations ... and that they feel the doc was one-sided and unfair. 

The fallout from "Leaving Neverland" has been severe. Michael's music and TV appearances have been getting muted since HBO aired the project.

Paris has had a hard time since her dad's death in 2009. She attempted suicide back in 2013 as well, and has been open about her struggles with depression in the past.

Our sources say Paris is currently being closely monitored by a team of doctors. 

Originally Published --12:43 PM PT

R. Kelly I Never Had Sex with Aaliyah's Mom ... Stop Smearing My Name!!!

3/17/2019 1:00 AM PDT
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R. Kelly having sex with Aaliyah's mom -- total BS according to the singer, who says it's a desperate attention grab from one of his accusers.

Lisa Van Allen -- who accused Kelly of abuse in "Surviving R. Kelly" -- said Kelly told her he and Aaliyah's mom, Diane Haughton, had several sexual encounters. Van Allen claims Kelly stayed at Aaliyah's home in Detroit in the '90s and after she'd fall asleep, he'd wander into the living room and perform various sexual acts on the couch with her mom.

Sources close to R. Kelly say he absolutely denies he and Diane had anything but a friendly relationship. We're told Kelly believes the only reason Van Allen made those claims in the Vlad TV interview is to further smear his name and grab headlines for herself. 

Kelly married Aaliyah in 1994 when she was just 15 ... but his attorney, Steve Greenberg, claims Aaliyah lied about her age when they tied the knot. 

As we reported ... Kelly was released from jail last Saturday after finally forking over the $161,633 he owed in child support.

He has been hit with a 10-count indictment after attorney Michael Avenatti turned over 2 new sex tapes ... one which allegedly shows the singer having sex with a 14-year-old.

Kelly will be back in court March 22.  

Sherri Shepherd Lori Loughlin Was Stupid ... All Olivia Wanted to Do Was Party

3/16/2019 7:14 AM PDT
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Sherri Shepherd's hot take on the college cheating scandal is that the days of "white privilege" are over, and the parents who paid to get unqualified kids into college were just plain dumb.

We got Sherri Friday night in WeHo outside The Laugh Factory, and she went off on the difference between black and white parents. She even thinks white parents who got entangled in Operation Varsity Blues may have taken their cue from white sitcoms. She says such a storyline in black sitcoms is nonexistent.

Bottom line ... Sherri says Lori wasted her cash because Olivia wanted nothing to do with USC.

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