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R. Kelly Accuser Faith Rodgers ... Testifies Before Federal Grand Jury

5/17/2019 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of R. Kelly's alleged victims secretly testified against the singer in front of a federal grand jury that could indict him for tax evasion and sex trafficking. 

Sources close to the case tell TMZ ... Faith Rodgers recently testified for a grand jury convened by U.S. Attorneys in the Southern District of New York, and we're told more witnesses are expected to provide testimony against Kelly soon. 

No way to know what Faith told the panel -- federal grand jury proceedings are notoriously top secret -- but she's previously alleged Kelly gave her an STD and sued him last year for false imprisonment and sexual battery

Faith was also featured in the Lifetime docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" ... and afterward she claimed Kelly posted private photos of her and sent a notarized letter threatening to reveal details of her sex life in retaliation for her talking publicly.

As we've reported, there are 2 Kelly probes currently underway in New York -- one by the Eastern District and another by the Southern District -- which is in addition to another case the feds are building in Illinois

We're told next week witnesses will testifying for a federal grand jury in Illinois, where Kelly is being investigated for tax evasion, obstruction of justice and sex trafficking.  

We reached out to the U.S. Attorney's Office, but it declined to comment. Faith's attorney, Gloria Allred, would not confirm or deny her client testified. 

Kelly's crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, says ... "Mr. Kelly feels like the devil is working overtime in effort to try to destroy his musical legacy for selfish, personal enrichment. We feel everything will line up right on track when it is all said and done."

Johnson added, "Mr. Kelly is not where he wants to be in life at this present moment. However, every indication shows that he is headed in the direction of a positive outcome. He feels that when you are very focused people try to take you down. He’s very confident that in the end he will be proven innocent.’’

Lamar Odom I'm a 'Sex Addict' More Than 2,000 Women

5/15/2019 12:49 PM PDT
Breaking News

Lamar Odom says he's addicted to sex -- and claims he's bedded more than 2,000 women ... including strippers and prostitutes. 

Odom comes clean about his sex life in his soon to be released book, "Darkness to Light" -- where he says, "I have been obsessed with sex for as long as I can remember."

"There were too many strippers to count,” Odom said in an excerpt first provided to People ... "It wasn’t a big deal, but often I would pay them. I never thought less of them."

In the book, Odom also admits he cheated on Khloe Kardashian during their marriage -- and she found out. 

"I was shocked and embarrassed,” Odom told People ... "I wanted to take it back, but you can’t. [I] wanted to hide it. But that sick sin was hard for me to hide ... I had a problem."

Odom and Kardashian were married in 2009 -- and even though they separated in 2013 ... they weren't officially divorced until 2016. 

Odom also says porn addiction was a major issue for him -- and he was so obsessed with X-rated videos, "I ran out of porn to watch! That’s how you know when you are going a little overboard."

The 39-year-old also admitted to People that sex would trigger his drug use because it would allow him to "double up on that good feeling."

Of course, Odom's vices all came to a head at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada in 2015 -- when the ex-NBA star overdosed during a cocaine and booze-fueled binge. 

Odom says he still considers himself an addict -- but recently told TMZ Sports he feels like he's winning the battle

Danny Trejo I'm a Boner Advocate Now!!!

5/15/2019 9:11 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Danny Trejo has a solution for erectile dysfunction -- so get giddy, but first he needs you guys to get honest.

We got "Machete" himself out Tuesday night in Hollywood and just had to ask him about getting in the weak boner game. That's right, Danny's now the face of a new erectile dysfunction wearable product.

Check out the clip ... Danny went all gaga about his new employer, and explains how he got involved. The Taco Man says, guys ... who don't admit their pig whistle loses air every now and then are straight-up LYING!!!

The company's in the early stages of raising money to make the product but liars all over the world can remain discreet and pre-order now. In fact, the company's betting it'll get the backing it needs cause it's already put out a hilarious commercial ... starring their new penis pitch guy, of course.

Trejo's not alone, though ... the ad features some other stars you probably wouldn't guess would appear to push the boner product -- from a model and world class athlete to a 'Housewife.'

Patricia Arquette To Fight Bad Abortion Laws Don't Bang These Types of Guys!!!

5/15/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Patricia Arquette thinks Alyssa Milano's heart is in the right place with her so-called sex strike -- but she thinks it needs to be narrowed a bit to battle harmful abortion laws.

The outspoken actress spoke with us Tuesday at LAX about the newest hot-button issue surrounding a controversial law in Georgia that just passed, and Alyssa's call-to-arms to fight it ... women to withhold sex from men until the Peach State reverses course.

Patricia agrees the Georgia law poses a serious danger to women, but worries the strike might cast too big a net.  

Check it out ... Patricia agrees something's gotta be done to ensure women have autonomy over their bodies

On the blanket solution of a #sexstrike for all though, Patricia doesn't think most women will go for that. Unless, of course, you start to divvy up the potential recipients of said strike into blue or red, and where theses fellas fall in the voter's box.

Now you got something effective -- according to her, anyway.

Anthony Weiner Free Man Again ... I'm Glad This is Behind Me!!!

5/14/2019 6:26 AM PDT

Anthony Weiner is officially a free man, after doing the remainder of his time at a halfway house for prison inmates ... and he's elated.

The disgraced former Congressman walked out of a residential re-entry center in NYC Tuesday morning, where he's been since February after transferring there from a Massachusetts federal prison.

Weiner, who was barely holding back a smile, said it's good to be out, adding ... "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I'm glad this chapter of my life is behind me."

Now that he's free, Weiner will be under supervised released for 3 years and will have to register as a sex offender. He's also on the hook for a $10k fine.

Weiner began serving a 21-month prison sentence in November 2017 after pleading to sexting a 15-year-old girl. He served about 15 months of it before being transferred to the halfway house in February ... receiving a shortened sentence for good behavior.

Robert Kraft Judge Blocks Spa Massage Video ... Tossed from Prostitution Case

5/13/2019 2:42 PM PDT
Breaking News

The Patriots win ... again, and this time it's their owner, Robert Kraft, who gets to spike the football -- the judge says police video of him inside the Orchids of Asia spa can't be used in the case.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, the judge had big problems with the search warrant that was issued, allowing police to plant cameras and secretly record Kraft and others inside the spa. The judge said police didn't minimize their recordings -- meaning they didn't do enough to protect people who were inside the spa getting perfectly legal massages.

The judge also said the police didn't do enough to minimize the impact of recording female customers inside the spa.

Detectives who testified in recent weeks said their only direction while monitoring the cameras was to "look for illegal activity." The judge said that's not nearly specific enough ... they needed to have written guidelines as to when to turn the cameras on and off.

In his ruling, the judge said, "The fact that some totally innocent women and men had their entire lawful time spent in a massage room fully recorded and viewed intermittently by a detective-monitor is unacceptable."

The bottom line for Kraft is ... the video can't be used as evidence in his prostitution case. Also, the traffic stop police made as Kraft left the spa has also been tossed from the case. 

Aside from greatly reducing the chances Kraft can even be prosecuted ... the judge's suppression ruling also means there's almost no way the spa video will ever see the light of day. If it's not legally obtained evidence ... there's no justification for releasing it to the public.

Prez Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Alyssa's #SexStrike is on Point ... Plus a 'No Fear' Take on Surfing with Sharks!!!

5/13/2019 1:43 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Alyssa Milano's protest of Georgia's anti-abortion law is exactly the kinda political pressure that's needed ... according to Presidential candidate and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who's fully in her corner.

Rep. Gabbard was on "TMZ Live" Monday, and rallied behind Alyssa's call for a sex strike in the wake of Georgia's governor signing a bill that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It's now the 6th state to enact such a law.

While Alyssa's sex protest is drawing some backlash, Gabbard told us the actress is shedding light on a critical debate -- something she believes more people like Alyssa should be doing.

We also dug into a couple of the congresswoman's passions -- the environment AND surfing!

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Hailing from the great state of Hawaii, Tulsi's all about catching waves -- has been since she was a toddler -- and doesn't even mind sharing 'em with sharks.

Check out the clip ... the Congresswoman's no fear approach might serve her well on the Presidential campaign trail.

R. Kelly Victims Hotline Abused ... By Sex Braggarts

5/10/2019 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly's ongoing criminal case and assortment of legal issues aren't stopping him from getting action ... at least according to several callers who want it to be known.

Sources close to the case tell TMZ ... the hotline Kim Foxx set up in January for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office -- so alleged Kelly victims could report their claims -- is being exploited by folks who want to report something else -- their sexual experiences with him.

We're told the hotline has gotten dozens of calls from mostly women, who phone in to inform prosecutors they slept with Kelly ... with some bragging about it or detailing multiple trysts.

Our sources say some men called in as well ... to gossip about women they know that allegedly banged Kelly.

We're told the volume of calls coming in from people with R. Kelly sex stories has been staggering to some involved with the case, but at the end of the day ... they are irrelevant.

Obviously, a person can have lots of consensual sex and still be guilty of sexual assault charges. Still, it's just another strange and unexpected aspect of Kelly's ongoing legal drama.

As we reported ... he just avoided another trip to jail by ponying up the back child support he owed his ex-wife Wednesday, and he's getting a do-over in a sexual abuse lawsuit he initially lost by not responding.

Of course, all of this is going down as he waits to stand trial on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving underage girls.

We reached out to the State's Attorney's Office and Kelly's lawyer, Steven Greenberg ... both declined to comment.

Sharon Stone Nothing Basic About Her ... Goes Topless for 'Vogue' Cover

5/9/2019 6:58 AM PDT

Sharon Stone's still got it ... that is, the same appeal that made her a sex symbol 27 years ago in "Basic Instinct."

The 61-year-old actress posed topless while floating in a swimming pool for the cover of May's Sex Issue of "Vogue Portugal" ... and appears in a series of racy shots inside the mag too.

The provocative set includes Sharon in fishnets and stiletto heels -- legs spread wide open -- staring defiantly at the camera. The pose pays homage to her iconic 'Basic' scene in which she uncrosses her legs during a police interrogation to reveal she isn't wearing underwear.

There's also a shot of Stone completely topless on a couch -- legs crossed this time -- and another features her in a white dress showing off her legs ... another nod to her "Basic Instinct" attire.

In her 'Vogue' interview, Sharon addresses the idea of being sexy in Hollywood, and insists she's not a sex symbol despite her image and film history. She says she worked hard and used her brain to appear "f***able," though.

Yep, still got it.

And, in case you're unfamiliar with her iconic movie scene ... here you go.

Layzie Bone Layzie, You ARE the Father!!! DNA Does NOT Lie

5/7/2019 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Unless Layzie Bone can prove a DNA test with 99.9999999% accuracy is wrong, he IS the father of another child ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper -- real name Steven Howse -- was involved in a paternity case in Michigan with the baby's mother, Shateira Marketa Childress. She claimed he was the father of her child, Sevyn, and turns out ... she was right.

According to the test report ... DNA samples were collected from the trio in April, and Layzie's been determined to be the biological father with almost 100 percent certainty.

As we told you, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is looking to establish Layzie as the father in order to determine how much he'll have to fork over in child support.

The rapper was involved in another paternity suit in 2013 with a different woman, and he was found to be the father that time as well. Layzie -- who apparently ain't all that lazy -- also has 3 other kids with his wife of many years.

We reached out to him ... so far, no word back.

Soledad O'Brien 'Surviving R Kelly: The Impact' Connects Victims

5/4/2019 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Soledad O'Brien, host of Saturday night's Lifetime follow-up to "Surviving R. Kelly," says this docuseries has been groundbreaking for victims who never had a voice.

We got Soledad Friday at LAX ... on the eve her show, "Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact," which not only follows up with the alleged victims but also the defense strategies of the embattled singer.

She says one of the values of her docuseries and others is that victims who had no previous connection are able to find each other and mobilize.

BTW ... more than 26 million people have seen the original series. Soledad's show airs on Lifetime Saturday at 10 PM ET.

Robert Kraft Ordered to Face Judge In Person ... In Spa Case

5/1/2019 2:24 PM PDT
Breaking News

Robert Kraft has been ordered to appear in court IN PERSON in his prostitution case -- and it's all going down in 3 weeks. 

Kraft has been sending his legal team to Florida over the past few months to battle it out with prosecutors in his place ... in an effort to block officials from releasing the graphic footage from inside the spa. 

Kraft's legal team have been grilling investigators over the past few days -- and Wednesday, they made their closing arguments as to why the video should never see the light of day

As we previously reported, cops say they have graphic surveillance footage from inside the massage room at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida showing the 77-year-old New England Patriots owner receiving sexual acts from two spa employees. 

Kraft has already apologized publicly for his actions -- but he's entered a not guilty plea in his solicitation case and plans to fight the charges. His attorneys have argued the footage was illegally obtained PLUS the release of the video would taint a potential jury pool and ruin his chances for a fair trial. 

On Wednesday, the judge said he would make a decision soon that would impact the fate of the video -- and set a hearing date for May 21 ... ordering Kraft to appear in person. 

Unclear why he wants Kraft to attend since the hearing is only listed a "calendar call" -- which generally just a status update in a case. 

It would be the first time Kraft would appear in court for this case -- something he's clearly been trying to avoid since the information went public back in February. 

Meanwhile, Kraft has been spotted all over the country since the case broke -- most recently, he was seen in Beverly Hills over the weekend. 

R. Kelly Claims Learning Disability Led to Loss in Sexual Abuse Case

4/27/2019 12:26 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly's legal team has another reason for the judge why it believes the singer's L in his recent sexual abuse civil case shouldn't count ... he can't read.

Kelly's attorneys, Zaid Abdallah and Raed Shalabi, filed legal docs claiming even though Kelly was served in the civil case -- in which Heather Williams alleges he sexually abused her when she was 16 -- he was in Cook County Jail at the time for failing to pay child support and should not have been served there.

More significantly, though, according to the docs ... Kelly "suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read," adding ... "in essence he cannot."

Translation -- Kelly had no idea what the legal papers were all about, so he didn't take the appropriate steps after being served to defend himself.

The new legal docs also blast the fact Kelly was served while incarcerated, claiming Williams' lawyers could have easily served Kelly's criminal lawyer or delivered the docs to Trump Towers where he lives. Williams' lawyer has said security at his residence made that impossible, but Kelly's attorney calls BS on that.

As we reported ... Williams won a default judgment against Kelly when he failed to appear for a hearing in the case.

Kelly's legal team is asking the court to vacate the decision ... so he can properly mount his defense this time around.

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