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Niki Lauda Stars Attend F1 Legend's Memorial Lewis Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger

5/29/2019 8:21 AM PDT
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Racing fans from all over the world packed St. Stephen's Cathedral in Austria on Wednesday to bid farewell to F1 legend Niki Lauda ... including Lewis Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger

The mourners braved heavy rains to get inside the church, where Lauda's coffin was flanked by flower wreaths. His trademark red crash helmet was placed on top.  

The 70-year-old passed away last week -- nine months after undergoing surgery for a lung transplant. 

Lewis Hamilton has taken Lauda's death particularly hard ... the two were very close. In fact, Lauda was involved when Lewis signed with McClaren ahead of the 2013 racing season. 

Niki's widow, Birgit, and his son, Mathias Lauda -- who's also a pro racecar driver -- also attended the memorial service. 

Other notable names at the service include Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and former drivers Alain Prost, Sir Jackie Stewart and Nico Rosberg.

Niki won the F1 drivers' championship in 1975 and '77 with Ferrari and again in '84 with McLaren ... but he's most famous for crashing and catching fire in 1976 at the German Grand Prix.

Lauda was badly burned in the crash, but he made a miraculous recovery an returned to racing only 6 weeks later.

Lauda's incredible comeback after dodging death instantly made him the stuff of a legend ... and his 1976 rivalry with British driver James Hunt was the plot line of the movie "Rush."


Justin Bieber No Plates, No Problem ... Cut a Break in Traffic Stop

5/28/2019 1:58 PM PDT

Justin Bieber's Canadian side really shone through when a cop pulled him over in his Lamborghini and the traffic stop played out like a prime case of DWB -- driving while Bieber.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Bev Hills PD pulled over Justin Monday night because he didn't have a front license plate and his window tint was too dark.

We're told the cop decided not to write a ticket because Justin was polite, cooperative and respectful ... and agreed to take care of the car's issues right away. A lot of times, for a lot of people -- particularly entertainers -- that's at least a fix-it ticket. Just sayin' ...  

Last time JB got pulled over in Bev Hills he wasn't so lucky -- he got a ticket for using his phone while driving.

Considering his past difficulties with Lambos, it's a pretty pleasant outcome for the Biebs.

So, no ... it was NOT too late to say "sorry" ... at least for BHPD.

Drake Flies Massive New Jet to Bahamas ... After Historic Raptors Win

5/27/2019 12:04 PM PDT

Drake's refueling in the Caribbean before his Raptors take on the Warriors in the NBA Finals -- flying down in his massive new jet ... which is a monster compared to other airliners. 

Champagne Papi's new custom "Air Drake" plane was spotted on a landing zone in the Bahamas Sunday, where all its grandeur and OVO swag were on full display as it sized up what appears to be a much smaller Delta-branded model nearby -- maybe a -700.

Drake didn't settle for a standard G4 -- he opted for a custom 767-300F Boeing plane, which normally seats hundreds of passengers or even cargo loads. The retail price for this type of ride has ranged anywhere from $185M to $220M over the past couple years.

He also gave a tour of the plane as it was being finished up earlier this month, and it's definitely got all the bells and whistles you might expect. 

Can't blame Drizzy for wanting to get away for a few days either -- he was Toronto's biggest cheerleader these past few days ... and could certainly use some rest if he's gonna bring that same energy for Oakland (which we're sure he will).

Rest up, Aubrey ... and be careful where you swing that thing. It could hurt somebody.

George Clooney Expected He'd Die Moments After Motorbike Crash at 70 MPH

5/22/2019 9:59 AM PDT

George Clooney waited for the "switch to turn off" when his head smashed into the windshield of a car during that motorbike accident last year in Italy ... and says he knew instantly he had to quit riding.

George described the horrific accident to The Hollywood Reporter, saying he was doing 70 MPH when he smashed into a Mercedes-Benz sedan. He immediately noticed his helmet had split and assumed he'd suffered a fatal neck injury.

Considering how nasty it looked on video... George is right. Good call to hang up the riding gloves and helmet. He describes it in the vid, starting at 31:35.

As we reported ... George was tossed about 20 feet in the air on the island of Sardinia when his scooter was cut off by the Mercedes.

Pretty miraculously, he was back on set just 4 days later in Sardinia to shoot his Hulu series, "Catch 22." Chauffeur-driven, we're guessing.

Lil Nas X Buys Billy Ray a Maserati ... Gonna Postmates 'Til I Can't No More!!!

5/21/2019 8:43 AM PDT

Lil Nas X is showing the love to his country counterpart on "Old Town Road" ... by delivering him a seriously stylish whip for that ride down Rodeo.

The rapper and Postmates devotee wanted to get Billy Ray Cyrus a gift as a token of appreciation for his support on X's track ... so he utilized the delivery service to make it happen.

Yes, Postmates can even deliver a Maserati sports car.

Lil Nas -- dressed in cowboy boots and a matte black hat -- surprised the country star at his L.A.-area home Monday night, and Billy Ray was stoked. The 2 then hopped in the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible to take it for a spin, and according to Cyrus ... they might still be cruising.

No word if they'll hit up Old Town Road.

BTW -- the 'OTR' remix featuring Cyrus has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week, and the new music vid's already approaching 50 million views. The Maserati appears in the vid ... and now it sits in Billy Ray's driveway.

Al Unser Jr. Drunkenly Rolled Down Embankment ... During DUI Arrest

5/20/2019 11:53 AM PDT
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11:47 AM PT -- Unser was so drunk, he couldn't stand up straight and actually fell down an embankment during the arrest ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports

The responding officer says he initially pulled Unser over when he saw the racing legend whiz by him in a black Volkswagen Beetle around 1:12 AM. 

During the stop, the officer says Unser reeked of booze and couldn't keep his balance ... and the entire time Unser insisted he hadn't had anything to drink before getting behind the wheel. 

At one point, the officer says ... "Unser Jr. walked onto the embankment, lost his balance, fell to the ground and rolled down the embankment."

Unser refused breath tests and other field sobriety tests so he was cuffed and taken to the station for a blood draw. 

The officer says Unser was a pain in the ass during the entire ordeal -- "he was consistently verbally hostile" toward the cops involved in the situation. 

No word on the results of the blood draw ... yet. Well, this is bad ... 

Racing legend Al Unser Jr. -- who won the Indy 500 TWICE -- was arrested for drunk driving in Indianapolis early Monday morning, officials say. 

The 57-year-old was pulled over in Hendricks County -- and officers suspected he was drunk. He was hauled to a nearby station where Unser was booked around 3:20 AM. 

Court records show he's facing 3 charges -- improper lane usage, speeding and operating while intoxicated. 

If Unser doesn't seem fazed in his mug shot ... it's because it's the 3RD TIME he's been arrested for drunk driving. 

He was previously popped for drunk driving in 2007 and 2011. 

Obviously, Unser struggles with alcohol abuse. He was also arrested in 2002 after a booze-fueled altercation with his then-girlfriend. 

Unser has spoken publicly about his issues and has tried to get help multiple times. 

Unser retired from racing back in 2007 after a stellar career which includes an Indy 500 win in 1992 and again in 1994. 

Originally Published -- 10:20 AM PT

Stevie J Crashed Into Another Car ... It's Not My Fault!!!

5/18/2019 12:20 AM PDT

Stevie J backed his luxury SUV into another car -- causing a ton of damage -- and allegedly didn't have insurance, but Stevie says insurance doesn't matter ... 'cause he ain't to blame!!!

The accident went down in an LA gym parking lot Last month when the ex "Love and Hip Hop" star got stuck exiting at the ticket machine. We're told he threw his Mercedes in reverse and slammed into the car behind him. 

We've obtained pics from the accident, and as you can see ... the other guy's vehicle sustained major front-end damage, including a bent hood.

The driver says his total damage was around $4,000.

The motorist claims Stevie admitted he fudged up, flashed a California ID, but said he didn't have his insurance card on him. We're told Stevie tried to get his wife, Faith Evans, to bring him the insurance card, but she was too busy. Instead, Stevie provided his insurance company's name.

That sounded well and good, but the other driver tells us after he submitted his claim, the insurance company said Stevie wasn't listed on Faith's policy ... so it rejected the claim. The man says he tried calling and texting Stevie to get answers, but got crickets.

Stevie did respond to us and insisted the other driver actually plowed into his SUV.

There's no police report, only an incident report from parking lot personnel. The man says he didn't go to cops because he initially trusted Stevie -- but says now HIS insurance will be taking legal action. 

Yo Gotti Tour Bus Riddled with Bullets After Nashville Concert

5/15/2019 2:43 PM PDT

Yo Gotti's got great timing because when his tour bus got sprayed with bullets in Nashville ... he easily could have been on board, and killed.

Cops responded to a shots fired call after 11 PM Tuesday night and found the rapper's bus had been shot up outside the hotel where he's staying. Police checked the bus and discovered nobody was on it, and no one had been hit in the hail of gunfire.

Bullet holes peppered the bus, and at least one tire was blown out. It's unclear if the motive was simply to vandalize the bus or worse ... cops are investigating, but no arrests so far.

Gotti had just performed earlier in the night at the Mercy Lounge. It's unclear if he'd ridden the bus back to his hotel room prior to the shooting. A witness tells us he heard rapid gunfire for about 6 seconds and then heard screeching tires as a car sped away.

Last year one person was shot and killed outside a Gotti gig in Kansas City, and in 2017 one of his friends was arrested for allegedly shooting Young Dolph.

Antonio Brown Fined $25 For Driving At Safe Speed ... .00005% Of New Contract

5/14/2019 10:41 AM PDT
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Antonio Brown's bank account is now .00005 percent less than what it was yesterday ... 'cause the NFL superstar was just fined a whopping $25 in court after pleading guilty to "Driving at Safe Speed."

For real.

Here's the deal ... AB was busted back in November after cops say they caught his black Porsche going 100-plus MPH in a 45 just outside of Pittsburgh.

Brown was cited for reckless driving, and after he failed to show up for his court date in February ... he was found guilty of the charge and was sentenced to pay around $400 in fines and fees.

But, AB appealed the case ... and actually showed up for his new hearing Tuesday (he made a video from inside the courthouse!) -- and ended up pleading guilty to a lesser charge of "Driving at Safe Speed."

No, that's not a typo -- "driving at a safe speed" is an actual violation in Pennsylvania -- defined as driving "a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions."

Brown's punishment for that? A staggering $25 fine plus other court fees. 

Of course, chump change for the wide receiver ... the guy just signed a new $50,125,000 deal with the Raiders.

Yeah, still great to be rich.

Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Ponders Life On $180 Mil Superyacht

5/14/2019 6:49 AM PDT
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How is Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder celebrating after drafting his new franchise quarterback?


The 54-year-old billionaire set sail on his mega-ship, the "Lady S." -- a $180 million yacht with the world's first floating IMAX theater.

(It was originally reported that the yacht is only worth $100 mil, but we're told it's actually valued at $180 mil). 

Snyder was spotted aboard the boat in Portofino, Italy ... where he was sipping on beer and checking out his awesome pool and hot tub.

Oh, and he was still repping Washington all the way down to his toes ... check out the Redskins socks.

There's more on the ship ... he's got a helipad, 4 VIP suites and an incredible dining area, where Synder was already entertaining friends.

Snyder is having one heck of an off-season -- most experts think he got a STEAL by drafting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick.

After he was selected, Haskins warned the league that he's got a HUGE chip on his shoulder and plans to take it out on all the teams that passed on him.

If he makes good on his promise, maybe he'll make it to the yacht!

Good luck!

'Fast N' Loud' Richard Rawlings Divorce is Official ... She Gets a Benz and $$$

5/14/2019 12:40 AM PDT

"Fast N' Loud" star Richard Rawlings is officially a single man ... but it wasn't cheap.

Richard's now ex-wife, Suzanne, will get to keep all of her bank accounts plus the 2019 Mercedes SL 450 roadster ... according to new divorce docs, obtained by TMZ. She owes a little over $80k on the whip but shouldn't have any problem covering her car note.

Richard says he'll fork over $300k to Suzanne ... in 2 payments.

The good news for the reality TV hot rod guru is he gets to keep all of his belongings ... clothing, jewelry, etc. -- and, most importantly, his 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 H Fastback.

As we first reported ... Richard -- the 50-year-old co-star of the uber-popular Discovery show -- filed for divorce back in March. This is their second time going down this road -- Richard and Suzanne first divorced in 2009, after 10 years of marriage. They remarried in 2015, but here we are again.

They don't have any kids -- other than Richard's Mustang -- so that seemed to move divorce proceedings along quickly.

David Eason Faces More Legal Drama ... For 2018 Truck-Towing Stunt

5/13/2019 12:40 AM PDT
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David Eason is quickly learning when it rains it pours ... 'cause in the wake of an animal cruelty investigation and child support case, TMZ's learned there's a looming court date over a stunt he pulled last year.

First, a little backstory ... Jenelle Evans' dangerous spouse got in hot water last December after the ex-"Teen Mom 2" star illegally towed a man's truck. The incident actually went down in June 2018 but, amazingly, cops weren't made aware until Eason uploaded a video of the incident on his YouTube page ... on Jenelle's 27th birthday, no less.

Eason captioned the video, "Learn the right way to deal with a$$holes who think it's cool to block you in a parking space." In the video, you hear Jenelle in the background laughing and egging him on. 

The truck owner ultimately pressed charges, and Eason was charged with tampering with a vehicle and injury to personal property. He's due back in New Hanover County, North Carolina court June 3.

It's just the latest controversy that's practically forced Eason to have his lawyer on speed dial. As we reported ... the Columbus County Sheriff and Animal Control have launched a joint investigation into allegations of animal cruelty against him for shooting their family dog to death.

Eason, of course, also owed back child support to his baby mama, Olivia Leedham. He ultimately paid up but the hits kept coming as Jenelle proved to be collateral damage after she was fired from "Teen Mom 2" ... a spin-off show she'd been on since she was 19. She was first casted on "16 & Pregnant."

Big Boi Here's a Car for Graduating, Son ... Here's Andre & I Again Too

5/12/2019 12:54 PM PDT

Big Boi knows how to give his son -- and his fans -- what they want in one shot ... gifting his boy a new whip for graduation, and linking up with his OutKast counterpart to boot.

BB was celebrating his son, Cross "The Boss" Patton, for crossing the finish line at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA -- where he's leaving with a football scholarship to play at the University of Oregon as a running back in the fall.

To mark the moment, Big Boi handed Cross the keys to a brand spanking new Tesla ... which he was clearly ecstatic to be getting behind the wheel for. 

That wasn't the only surprise though -- Andre 3000 showed up to get in on the festivities as well, even posing for a pic with the graduate and his longtime partner in rhyme.

It might not have been the OutKast reunions fans clamor for time and again -- the two of them don't really reunite professionally as much these days -- but it's still cool to see the ATLiens bonding over life.

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