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'Surviving R. Kelly' Cops Track Down Shooting Threat ... It's a Chicago Number

12/8/2018 8:54 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The investigation into who threatened to shoot up an NYC screening of "Surviving R. Kelly" -- the documentary about his alleged sexual abuse of women -- has led cops to someone in R. Kelly's hometown.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... NYPD's person of interest is a man with Chicago's 773 area code. We're told cops aren't ready to release the man's name yet, and it's unclear if he has any direct connection to Kelly.

'Surviving' was screened Tuesday night at NeueHouse in NYC, but 20 minutes into it someone made a phone threat. The male caller said someone was in the audience with a gun and would open fire if the screening continued. The venue was immediately evacuated.

R. Kelly's ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, told Variety she thought the singer was connected to the threats. Andrea was at NeueHouse and she and several other accusers were scheduled to hold a Q&A session immediately following the screening.

The docuseries premieres in January on Lifetime.

We reached out R. Kelly and NYPD for comment ... both declined.

Harvey Weinstein Alleged Victim Went to My Screening ... Here's the Email Chain!!!

12/7/2018 1:23 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1:23 PM PT -- The Assistant District Attorney just submitted a letter to the judge in response to Weinstein's new docs, saying, "The defendant filed an addendum to this argument ... describing a communication involving this same witness ... when read in conjunction with the grand jury minutes, this is not exculpatory information."

The letter continues ... "The defendant has a misguided and antiquated view of how a rape victim should react after having been assaulted does not change this reality."Harvey Weinstein says the woman alleging he raped her sure didn't act like it, because she showed up at HIS movie screening just hours after the alleged rape.

Weinstein's legal team fired off a letter informing the judge in his rape case ... they've found an email between Weinstein's assistant and a friend of the alleged victim, and the timing is key ... they say.

The email is an invitation to attend a screening for one of Weinstein's projects. It was sent to an unidentified woman -- her name's been redacted -- and said she could bring 3 guests with her. 

The invitee responded to Weinstein's assistant, "I'm going just with (name redacted)." According to Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, the guest she was bringing is one of the alleged victims.

The alleged rape happened the morning of March 18, 2013 -- and the email exchange happened later that afternoon. Brafman says the friend confirms she and the alleged victim not only attended, but met up with Weinstein at the screening.

Brafman insists this is "strong evidence that she was not raped" -- why would an alleged rape victim "go out of her way to spend time with her 'rapist' merely hours" after the alleged attack?

TMZ broke the story ... the friend is a new witness who claims the alleged victim was "hooking up" with Weinstein for "a very long time" and she never heard the alleged victim say anything bad about Weinstein. 

Originally Published 10:19 AM PT

Cuban Doll To Cardi B & Offset What Threesome?!? Don't Blame Me For Split

12/7/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cuban Doll, the female rapper Offset allegedly tried to rope into a three-way with his supposed mistress, tells us she's definitely not at fault for his breakup with Cardi B

We got Cuban out Thursday night at Topanga Mall ... and she's adamant she NEVER hooked up with Offset, and never even spoken to CB's hubby.

The denials don't end there, because Cuban tells us she had no idea Offset was trying to have sex with her and says she wasn't even aware of his alleged threesome fantasy before it went public.

As we reported ... Cuban was thrust into the middle of Cardi and Offset's split after alleged text messages surfaced appearing to show Offset looking to set up a menage a trois with Cuban and his supposed sidepiece, Summer Bunni.

We broke the story ... Summer tearfully expressed remorse for hooking up with Offset not long before Cardi gave birth, but there's no crying coming from Cuban.

And, get this ... Cuban says Cardi recently reached out to her, and there's no beef between them.

Ray J on Cardi B & Offset 'I Hope They Get Back Together'

12/6/2018 11:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B might not be showing signs of heartbreak from her breakup with Offset, but Ray J seems pretty bummed about it. Really bummed.

We got Ray J at Craig's in WeHo Wednesday night and wanted to get his take on hip-hop's huge news earlier this week after Cardi broke things off with Offset amid allegations he cheated and tried setting up a threesome with a Cardi wannabe

Ray J -- who earlier that evening hit up the Lakers game -- hopes Cardi and Offset get back together because he's adamant they belong together. Our guy also straight-up asks Ray J how bad of a look it is for Offset to try and finagle a threesome WITHOUT Cardi. In short, Ray J says it's no bueno.

Question is ... is the mere attempt grounds to end a marriage? Ray J also weighs in on that. 

Offset & Cardi B Alleged Side Chick Was in Nicki Minaj Music Video

12/6/2018 8:12 AM PST

Cardi B's breakup with Offset over alleged infidelity just got a little more dramatic -- 'cause the girl he's accused of creepin' with was in a Nicki Minaj video.

Turns out, Summer Bunni -- who Offset allegedly solicited for a threeway with another female rapper -- starred in Tekashi69 and Nicki's "FEFE" music vid. SB posted a clip of herself in the production shooting whipped cream in her mouth.

That's what they call a star turn in show biz.

As we reported ... Summer says she feels terrible about possibly being the reason Cardi and Offset split, and tearfully told us she never meant to be a homewrecker. 

It's unclear if Summer was trying to stick it to Cardi by working with her nemesis. The "FEFE" vid came out in July -- meanwhile, Nicki and Cardi's bad blood boiled over in September. So, this could all be coincidence, but drama-filled coincidence, for sure.

Remember, Nicki also hired 2 strippers Cardi allegedly attacked earlier this year to star in her newest music vid.

Harvey Weinstein Sends Emails to Media ... Cops Are Screwing Me Over!!!

12/5/2018 1:01 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein apparently doesn't need a publicist anymore ... he's handling it on his own and reaching out to the media in an effort to clear his name ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us the disgraced studio mogul fired off several emails Tuesday to his people in the media he once worked with, back when he was a Hollywood mogul.

He did not send one to TMZ, but we've obtained a copy from a source. The reason for the emails is pretty clear -- Weinstein feels his side of the NYC rape case isn't getting enough attention. 

As you can see ... Weinstein's railing against cops and claims their misconduct has tainted the entire criminal case against him.

As we've reported, Weinstein's lawyers have filed motions to have the case dismissed. Weinstein himself repeats that sentiment in the email, making clear reference to the former NYPD lead detective who's been accused of witness tampering.

Tekashi69 State Sex Case Over ... Judge Says He Needs To Answer To Feds

12/5/2018 11:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tekashi69 just had his child sex case in New York closed by a judge, but it's not exactly as big a break as it appears.

We're told a judge revoked the 4-year probation, and gave 6ix9ine credit for time served. Tekashi no longer has to perform 1,000 hours of community service. The judge cited Tekashi's federal racketeering case as a reason for the decision.

Tekashi's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, tells TMZ ...because 6ix9ine is incarcerated on the federal case, they can't enforce the terms of probation nor can they enforce community service.

As we reported ... Tekashi got 4 years probation in his child sex case, which was a HUGE break at the time and exactly what his legal team had requested. At the time, the deal was he would have to keep his nose clean and refrain from associating with any gang members and avoid all gang activity.

Thing is ... trouble seemed to follow Tekashi just about everywhere he went. You'll recall gunfire erupted during the rapper's celebration after his court hearing. His bodyguard got hit. Less than 2 weeks later, he nearly went to blows with Slim 400 during a trip to SoCal.

Shortly after that, gunmen opened fire at the Beverly Hills mansion Tekashi rented for the filming of his music video. But, the huge hammer dropped just days later -- Tekashi was busted in a federal racketeering case alleging Tekashi and his crew conspired to commit a slew of crimes ... including drug deals, armed robberies and shootings.

The Manhattan D.A.'s office had no comment.

Tekashi faces life in prison in that federal indictment.

Jessica Simpson to Natalie Portman Stop Shaming Me For My Virgin Bikini Cover

12/5/2018 2:15 PM PST

2:15 PM PT -- Natalie's responded to Jessica directly, saying ... "I completely agree with you that a woman should be allowed to dress however she likes and behave however she likes and not be judged. I only meant to say I was confused - as a girl coming of age in the public eye around the same time - by the media's mixed messages about how girls and women are supposed to behave."

She adds ... "I didn't mean to shame you and I'm sorry for any hurt my words may have caused. I have nothing but respect for your talent and your voice that you use to encourage and empower women all over the globe."

Jessica Simpson is firing back at Natalie Portman for saying she got mixed messages from one of Jessica's famous magazine covers way back in the day. 

Jessica called out Natalie Wednesday, saying she's "disappointed" Natalie is slut shaming her for posing in a bikini, while also boasting about being a virgin. 

In a recent interview, Natalie told USA Today, "I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl."

Natalie, who plays a pop star in her new movie, "Vox Lux," was talking about real-life pop stars and the virgin/vixen paradigms pushed by the music industry in the late 1990s.  

Jessica thinks Natalie should know better ... telling her, "As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in."

Jessica further scolds Natalie by writing, "being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex.”

The pop star's social media rant included some shade for Natalie -- “I have made it my practice to not shame other women for their choices. I encourage you to do the same."

Originally Published -- 10:54 AM PST

Les Moonves Had Employee 'On Call' for Oral Sex ... CBS Investigators Say

12/4/2018 6:32 PM PST
Breaking News

Les Moonves received oral sex from multiple CBS employees, and even had one at his beck and call for years ... according to a network investigation that could end up costing him $120 million.

CBS hired attorneys who just completed an investigation into more than a dozen sexual misconduct allegations against the former network honcho, and the report says Moonves "received oral sex from at least 4 CBS employees under circumstances that sound transactional and improper." The clear insinuation being he gave the women acting roles or other network jobs in exchange for sex.

According to the report ... first reported by the New York Times ... Moonves destroyed evidence and misled investigators who spoke 4 times. The investigators say they found him "evasive and untruthful at times and to have deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct."

As for the "on call" employee -- the report says multiple CBS employees said they were of the woman and believed she was "protected from discipline or termination."

Moonves admitted getting oral sex in his office from the woman -- a subordinate -- but described it as consensual ... according to the report.

The sexual misconduct includes incidents before and after he joined CBS in 1995. The report calls his 2004 marriage to Julie Chen a "bright line" ... after which the misconduct appears to have stopped. 

What's at stake here is his $120 million severance package. If the CBS Board of Directors reviews the report and believes Moonves violated his employment agreement ... it can pull the plug on that payment. The investigators say CBS has justification to do just that.

His attorney told the NYT, "Moonves denies having any nonconsensual sexual relation" and cooperated with the investigation.

Princess Love & Ray J Ready for Baby #2 ... But Is Ray's Little Buddy Good to Go?

12/5/2018 12:20 AM PST

Ray J and Princess Love seem set for another bun in the oven, but someone's gotta step up -- or we should say GET up -- if it's gonna happen. Sorry Ray ... this is gonna hurt a bit. 

The happy couple sat down with our Raquel Harper for the latest episode of BET's "Raq Rants," and proudly showed off their nearly 7-month-old daughter, Melody. As cute as she is, it sounds like mom and dad are already making plans for baby #2!

There's just one problem ... according to PL, anyway. She says Ray hasn't been able to get up to bat in the bedroom lately. He disputes that, saying he's always ready ... but Princess is sticking to her guns here. You decide who to believe.

Either way ... knock on wood, everything will get up and running soon. Little Melody's looking kinda lonely.

Deontay Wilder's Fiancee We Ain't Superstitious ... We Bang Before AND After Fights!

12/1/2018 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

To hell with your "science" ... Deontay Wilder gets freaky with his fiancee whenever he wants -- even BEFORE huge fights ... so says his girlfriend herself.

Of course ... TONS of fighters abstain from shagging before big bouts -- 'cause they believe using up the testosterone in the bedroom leads to poor performance in the ring.

Hell, 'memba when Mick from the "Rocky" movies famously said, "Women weaken legs"??

Well ... when we got Telli Swift -- Deontay's GF -- out in L.A. ... she said the boxing superstar doesn't buy any of that -- and will bone before the Tyson Fury fight if he wants!!

"Deontay does what Deontay wants to do. If he wants to have sex, I'm gonna give him sex!"

Telli says Deontay's banged her right before plenty of fights ... and, in fact, tells us the longest he's abstained from the sheet shufflin' before a fight was just 3 days.

Unclear how long it'll ultimately be for Wilder before he scraps with Fury tonight ... but we know one thing for sure -- Telli's all in for the post-game sex!!

"It goes down. Basement!"

Harvey Weinstein's Attorneys New Witness Proves ... Alleged Rape Victim Is Lying

11/29/2018 12:15 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein and his defense are trying to turn the tide in his ongoing sex crime case by pointing to a new female witness -- who was a close friend of one of Weinstein's alleged victims -- and use her to paint a picture of a consensual relationship between Weinstein and his accuser.

In new docs -- obtained by TMZ -- the witness claims the alleged victim was "hooking up" with Weinstein for "a very long time" and she never heard the alleged victim say anything bad about Weinstein ... speaking very highly of him. The witness says she personally saw Weinstein and the accuser hanging out socially ... including at events after the alleged rape.

According to the docs, the former friend of the alleged victim says she never heard the woman say anything bad about Weinstein ... but she admits she had a falling out with her friend a few years back after a disagreement.

However, Weinstein claims the witness said that changed last year, when she heard from the alleged victim who told her Weinstein had assaulted her in New York a few years back, and she wanted the witness to give credibility to her claim.

Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, says the witness told detectives she'd been approached by the alleged victim but refused to make up a story to support her friend's allegations. 

Playboy.com Sued Can't You See?!? Your Site's Not Blind Friendly!!!

11/28/2018 4:48 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The blind are leading the blind ... right into a class action lawsuit against Playboy.com for operating a website that can't be enjoyed by the visually impaired.

Donald Nixon just filed the suit, claiming Playboy.com is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, because its websites -- Playboy.com and Playboyshop.com -- are not compatible with his screen-reading software.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Nixon says he's legally blind and visually impaired people like him, "cannot fully and equally use or enjoy the facilities, products, and services." He doesn't spell it out, but we're sure Donald's just there for the articles.

He's suing to force the media outlet to make its websites accessible for the blind ... as well as unspecified damages. We've reached out to Playboy.com ... so far, no word back.

BTW ... we've seen this before. Kylie's website was hit with a very similar suit

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