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Jussie Smollett Brother Says He's Telling the Truth ... 'Empire' Star Has Night Terrors

4/20/2019 10:31 AM PDT

Jussie Smollett is the victim of an out of control media and social media storm and the "Empire" star is suffering profound emotional issues from simply telling the truth about the "attack" ... so says his brother.

Jojo Smollett says Jussie is "violently awakening from night terrors, following the assault" ... so he says in an op-ed piece for BET.

Jojo calls claims that Jussie staged the attack "ludicrous," adding he has been insanely successful and didn't need a phony reason to boost his career opportunities or salary.

Jussie's brother says there are plenty of people who support the actor and the problem lies with the "bandwagoning and tyranny of the 'perceived' majority."

Jojo says Jussie didn't even want to contact the police following the incident in Chicago and says it was his choreographer who insisted he do so and it was actually the choreographer who called the cops. 

The message ... "What if Jussie is telling the truth?"

Kim Kardashian, Shawn Holley Honored for Prison Reform Work

4/20/2019 7:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian is mired in her studies to become a lawyer, but she's already the recipient of a big award from a legal org.

We've learned Kim and her lawyer, Shawn Holley, will receive the Women Leadership in Law Award next month for their work in getting Alice Johnson freed. The award is also for their ongoing work in the area of prison reform.

Kim and Shawn will receive the award at a conference in Bev Hills, sponsored by 2 of California's leading legal publications ... The California Lawyer and the Daily Journal. 

One of the officers from the org wrote to them, "You both are truly inspirational, and your work has been life-changing."

As you know, Kim and Shawn worked closely with Jared Kushner for months, before finally meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office to push for Johnson's release. The 2 women are widely credited for gaining Alice's freedom.

Kim is studying to become a lawyer in California ... one of 4 states which allow people to take the bar exam without attending law school. 

Wendy Williams Kevin Wiped from Credits After Getting the Axe

4/19/2019 10:35 AM PDT

Wendy Williams is removing all traces of her estranged husband from her show ... because Kevin Hunter's name has already been scrubbed from the credits. 

There was a noticeable difference in the ending credits on Friday's episode of the 'Wendy Williams Show' ... Kevin's name was missing as an executive producer, and Wendy's stood alone. 

As we reported ... Kevin was not long for his role as an executive producer, and on Thursday the ax officially dropped. When Thursday's episode aired, though, he was still credited as an EP. 

But now, 24 hours later, Kevin's name is nowhere to be found.

It's the latest move by Wendy to keep clearing the decks from Kevin, after he allegedly fathered a child with his mistress ... Wendy's already filed for divorce and moved out of the home they shared in New Jersey, looking for new digs and a fresh start in Manhattan. 

Olivia Jade Who Needs College? Good Times at YouTube Star's Party

4/19/2019 7:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Olivia Jade's plans for higher education might be on hold ... but it doesn't look like she's sweating it.

Lori Loughlin's younger daughter was hanging at the home of YouTube star David Dobrik Thursday night in Studio City, CA ... with a big smile as some kitchen shenanigans were going down.

We're told Olivia was there with some of her fellow internet celebs, having a good ol' time, but being careful ... asking the group to make it a cellphone-free zone.

Clearly, that didn't happen ... another YouTuber, Heath Hussar, took some vids to chronicle the evening.

Olivia can't be too mad ... these are her peeps and this is what they do. You'll recall ... she has nearly 2 million YT subscribers herself, along with 1.4 million Instagram followers, and made it known she was much more interested in being a famous internet personality than a USC student.

The irony, of course, is that Olivia's parents are facing serious charges and jail time for allegedly bribing her way into college ... and now she's immersing herself back in the world she always wanted to be in anyway.

The people there don't seem to have any problems being associated with her, either ... college bribery scandal be damned.

NBA's Langston Galloway (Bed)Rockin' Fred Flintstone Kicks ... For Playoffs!!!

4/19/2019 8:18 AM PDT
Breaking News

Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway is goin' prehistoric with his sneaks on Saturday ... copping a sick pair of Fred Flintstone shoes for his big playoff game!!

TMZ Sports has learned -- the 5-year vet wanted to do something extra special with his Q4 EM-55 kicks for Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks.

We're told Galloway hit up Marcus Rivero -- AKA Soles By Sir -- to whip up a one-of-a-kind pair for the big game ... complete with the orange and black pattern of Fred's iconic outfit.

It's pretty much a do-or-die moment for the Pistons, who are down 0-2 in the series ... so maybe they'll give the squad some extra motivation.

As for Soles By Sir, he's the guy behind Montrezl Harrell's Nipsey Hussle kicks from last week ... and has worked with other athletes like Christian Yelich and Baker Mayfield.

Yabba-Dabba Do!!!

Bella Thorne Kicked Out Of Ex-BF Mod Sun's Home ... While Picking Up Her S***

4/19/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bella Thorne's split from Mod Sun is already getting ugly, she got booted from her ex's house after she snuck in and tried to grab some of her stuff ... and the cops got involved. 

Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ ... Bella waltzed into Mod Sun's Woodland Hills home unannounced Tuesday night, coming in through a back door when he wasn't home. We're told Bella wasn't supposed to be there and Mod Sun's team asked her to leave, but she got angry and refused -- so they called the police.

Our sources say Bella told Mod Sun's people she was just there to pick up some personal items ... and she kept rummaging through the house while being asked to get the hell outta there.

Cops responded, but they didn't arrest Bella ... and we're told she hit the road without further incident. 

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Bella and Mod Sun started dating back in 2017 ... but she announced their split Monday night after they went to Coachella together. 

We're told Bella didn't even grab all her things before she got the heave-ho ... and she still has some belongings at his place.

Might be time for Bella to let professional movers take over -- she's clearly persona non grata.

Jesse McCartney Makes Bold 'GoT' Prediction

4/18/2019 6:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jesse McCartney thinks he knows what's going to happen on "Game of Thrones," and no spoiler here ... it all comes down to Jon Snow.

We got the singer and huge 'GoT' fan at LAX and asked him what he thought about the season 8 premiere. Jesse says it was solid for teeing up the final 5 episodes ... but he was a little let down by a lack of certain characters.

Still, McCartney's stoked for what's to come -- like millions of other HBO viewers -- and just like every other Thronee out there ... he's got a prediction.

It's a pretty interesting one, and Jesse makes it clear what he would do if he were Jon ... even though he's more of a Tyrion in real life.

BTW if Jesse is wrong ... we'll be sure to find him later and tell him, "You know nothing."

Wendy Williams Estranged Husband Leaves Show

4/18/2019 8:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

Wendy Williams no longer has to deal with her estranged husband, at least when it comes to her TV show ... TMZ has learned.

As we told you Tuesday ... Kevin Hunter wasn't going to be one of the show's executive producers much longer, and the ax officially dropped Thursday.

A spokesperson for the show tells us, "Kevin Hunter is no longer an executive producer on 'The Wendy Williams Show.'"

We broke the story ... Wendy and Kevin were in the process of reaching an "accord" where he'd step down as EP. We're told there were no issues with his job duties, but Williams was suffering from distress from his presence on set, due to issues in their relationship.

Hunter, you'll recall, allegedly fathered a child with his mistress, and Wendy filed for divorce last week and announced on her show that she was focused on the future and a "whole new life" with her son.

Prez Trump on Mueller Report Dems Like 'GoT,' Right? Well, 'Game Over!!!'

4/18/2019 9:54 AM PDT
Breaking News

9:54 AM PT -- HBO has responded to Trump's tweet, saying, "Though we can understand the enthusiasm for 'Game of Thrones' now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes."

Jon Snow's got nothing on President Trump ... just ask 45, who's using "Game of Thrones" again to celebrate the release of the Mueller Report and what he considers total vindication.

POTUS was on his Twitter game moments after Attorney General William Barr held a news conference to say Mueller found nothing on Trump. The Prez posted a 'GoT' styled meme, stating, "Game Over." He included a pointed jab, "For the haters and the radical left Democrats."

Trump was ripped by HBO when he did this same thing back in November to bark about imposing sanctions on Iran. The cable network was pissed he ripped their font for his "Sanctions are Coming" meme.

It's a good bet, Trump really doesn't give a crap what HBO thinks this morning (or any morning, for that matter) ... he's in victory lap mode.

Fun Fact: "Game over" is also the calling card of Jigsaw from the "Saw" horror movies ... not that we're making any comparisons.

Originally Published -- 7:32 AM PT

Wendy Williams Keeping Personal Security On Set ... Until Kevin's Gone

4/18/2019 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wendy Williams is uneasy with the fact her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter, is still working on the set of her show -- so much so, she's decided to keep extra bodyguards on hand 'til he's out.

Sources connected to production tell TMZ ... Wendy has retained 3 full-time security guards to stand watch while she preps for and shoots her daily talk show, on which Kevin is still an executive producer, if only temporarily. We're told the extra muscle is with her day-to-day.

We're told Wendy initially hired a personal security team about a week before she served him with divorce papers because there had been a number of blowups between them leading up to her filing. In at least one instance, our sources say things got so heated, Kevin had to be restrained.

As we first told you ... Wendy's unit was on set when Kevin got served with papers. He didn't lose it at the time, but for obvious reasons ... we're told Wendy feared something could go down. 

While Kevin is still technically working on the show as an EP, our sources tell us he won't be there for long. We're told the parties are trying to come to an "accord" that would allow him to step down.

Kevin -- who just allegedly fathered a baby with another woman -- issued a statement this week saying he takes full responsibility for his recent actions and is entering a time of serious self-reflection. 

Wendy somewhat addressed her real-life drama on her show Monday, but didn't mention Kevin by name. 

Steve-O My Podcast's Got Wheels Baby!!!

4/18/2019 7:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Steve-O is hopping aboard the podcast game ... literally, with a traveling studio.

We got Steve-O out Wednesday at LAX and dude couldn't resist showing off his new toy ... a commercial van equipped with mics, cameras and even a mini-fridge as he looks to get his new podcast up and running.

Check out the clip ... Steve-O's hosting game is on point ... for starters, he helps quench our parched photog's thirst. Steve-O then gives our guy a tour -- he says the mobile setup is his way of rising above all the competition, 'cause there are so many podcasts out there.

He should know ... 'cause he's been a guest on a bunch of 'em, including Joe Rogan's and Mike Tyson's.

Seems with some counseling from his dad, Ted, and a little help from his trusted dog, Wendy ... Steve-O plans to separate himself from the pack. He wants to get some activities in the mix too, and as we know ... hangin' with Steve-O is NEVER boring.

Wayne Brady Plays Bootleg 'Let's Make a Deal' ... Makes Best of Bad Situation

4/18/2019 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wayne Brady is nothing if not a good sport ... which is why we're happy he came out a winner -- as much as possible, anyway -- while playing our photog's janky and impromptu version of Wayne's game show.

The "Let's Make a Deal" host was at LAX Wednesday when our camera guy, Jake, offered a golden opportunity -- a chance to be a contestant on a bootleg airport edition of 'LMAD.' However, the mystery prizes would be coming straight outta Jake's pockets.

You gotta see how the game played out, but here's a teaser -- Wayne got some earbuds, earwax included!! He wisely opted to go for something better. You'll just have to watch to see if he won in the end.

Wayne was quick to point out the prizes are much, much better on his TV show. What can we say -- budget concerns, pal!!!

This is almost as good as the dude who got friend-zoned on 'LMAD.' Almost.

Dog the Bounty Hunter Frantic to Locate His Son During Colorado Schools' Columbine Threat

4/17/2019 5:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Forgive Dog the Bounty Hunter if emergency alerts on his phone make him jumpy -- because the one about a possible Columbine copycat threat threw Beth and him into a panic to find their son.

Dog was on "TMZ Live" Wednesday and revealed his family's harrowing day after the FBI announced a massive manhunt to find Sol Pais -- the woman authorities described as armed and extremely dangerous due to her Columbine obsession, her purchase of a shotgun and "pilgrimage" to Colorado days before the tragedy's 20th anniversary. 

Dog says he got the emergency alert Tuesday about an immediate lockdown at his son, Garry's high school ... while he and Beth were in Hawaii. The fact they couldn't get Garry on the phone created some moments of terror as they jetted back to Denver.

As you know, the crisis was averted ... as Pais was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The whole ordeal reminded Dog of another alert he got while on the islands last year -- that one was about a "ballistic missile inbound." Of course, that turned out to be a false alarm.

The good news is, Dog told us there's a happy ending for Garry and his classmates.

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