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Nipsey Hussle Friend Shot During Attack Expected to Be Released from Jail

4/18/2019 12:34 PM PDT
Breaking News

Nipsey Hussle's friend who was shot during the fatal attack is about to get sprung from jail.

As we first reported ... Kerry Lathan -- a 56-year-old man who was shot in the back when Nipsey was killed outside his The Marathon clothing store -- was arrested days after because one of his parole conditions is not associating with known gang members. You'll recall cops said Nipsey was a member of the Rollin 60s Crips.

Lathan was transferred to Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. but a rep with L.A. Superior Court tells us the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation withdrew its petition to revoke his parole.

It's unclear why the Corrections Department is making this move but as you know ... Nipsey's been celebrated as a hero in his community by everyone from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to President Obama. 

In fact, Nipsey was supposed to meet with city officials the day after he was brutally gunned down ... to hold a gang violence summit with LAPD.

Lathan could reportedly be a free man again by Thursday afternoon.

Kodak Black Released After Drugs & Weapons Arrest Hiding Behind a Ton of Cash

4/18/2019 11:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:33 AM PT -- WKBW Buffalo just got video of Kodak leaving jail ... and covering his face with a big stack of cash. He kept quiet before piling into a minivan and driving off. 

10:00 AM PT -- Kodak's show tonight in Connecticut at Foxwoods Resort Casino has been canceled. A rep tells us his show Friday night in Philadelphia will still happen. 

9:12 AM PT -- Kodak has been released on $20,000 cash bond.

5:24 AM PT -- Cops say Kodak and 2 others attempted to enter the U.S. at the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge in a Cadillac Escalade with a temporary California registration. They say Kodak was the driver, and officers discovered weed on him ... after further inspection of the vehicle they also found a Glock 9mm pistol which was undeclared by anyone in the Escalade.

There was also a Porsche traveling with Kodak's team with 3 other individuals. The driver of the Porsche copped to having 2 loaded handguns and a third was found in the trunk ... aaaand more marijuana. A law enforcement source described one of the weapons as an "AK-style handgun with a 30-round magazine. It looks like an AK, but it's a handgun."

Stetson President and Madarrow Smith were both arrested for criminal possession of a weapon ... Jeantony Saintmelus -- who was driving the Porsche -- was booked for criminal possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana.

While Kodak never made it to his show in Boston ... his tour bus did, and angry fans surrounded it after getting word he was a no-show. 

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4/18 3:27 AM PT -- It's now very clear why Kodak Black canceled his show in Boston ... the rapper was arrested on weapons and drugs charges at the U.S. Border. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Kodak and 3 other people were stopped by U.S. Customs Agents Wednesday. We're told Kodak was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon -- a  felony -- and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge.

Multiple sources familiar with the arrest tell us Kodak was traveling with at least two guns ... and stopped when entering the U.S. from Canada.

The rapper is still in custody, being held on a $20,000 cash bond or $40,000 bond.

Kodak Black mysteriously canceled a concert last minute -- pissing off a ton of fans in the process -- and his team tells us his location and the reason for the cancellation is currently unknown.

Kodak was supposed to perform at The House of Blues in Boston Wednesday night but never showed. Fans waited for hours for the rapper before Kodak's team pulled the plug on the gig ... forcing local cops to have to assist in clearing the venue.

Here's where things get weird, we've spoken with several members of Kodak's team -- and everyone is telling us the same thing -- they don't know why the show was canceled and they can't get in touch with Kodak or those traveling with him.

What we know for sure, Kodak performed in Detroit Saturday night ... but at some point between then and Wednesday's show he's allegedly gone off the radar.  

While it's highly unlikely his team just doesn't know where he is, or what happened, that's the story they've been sticking to for the last several hours.

Originally Published -- 4/17 8:32 PM PT 

President Trump Seizing The Moment After Mueller Let's Raise $1 Million For My Campaign!!!

4/18/2019 11:59 AM PDT

President Trump is looking to cash in on the Mueller Report ... because he's asking his supporters to buck up for his re-election campaign and send a HUGE message to his haters. 

Trump's campaign sent an email Thursday to subscribers, hours after the Prez declared victory and total vindication over the Mueller Report, asking them to help raise a million bucks in 24 hours. 

Trump's campaign is taking tons of swipes at the Democrats and "Fake News" media ... asking how many times must he be exonerated before the attacks stop.

We're guessing Trump's campaign staffers didn't read the Mueller Report, because Mueller said he could not exonerate the Prez. 

POTUS declared "Game Over" moments after Attorney General William Barr held a news conference saying Mueller found nothing on Trump ... but his campaign says this is just the beginning of the "attacks and lies" as the 2020 election nears.

One message is absolutely clear ... Trump's campaign wants your money!!!

Pauly D I'm About To Visit Mike In Prison ... Situation Wants Fan Mail!!!

4/18/2019 11:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Pauly D says Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is holding up well behind bars ... and he's about to check up on the Sitch in person for a mini "Jersey Shore" reunion. 

We got Pauly D heading into NBC Studios in NYC, and he gave us a super positive update on his buddy's prison stint. Sounds like Mike's making the most of his situation, all things considered.  

Pauly D knows what's up, he says they communicate all the time -- and you can do the same, because Mike's an avid reader who loves getting fan mail. 

Pauly says the best way for fans to show their support is by busting out a pen and paper and showing some love to Mike in prison.

Of course, there's nothing like a face-to-face meeting, and Pauly says his is going down soon.

Sitch is 3 months into his 8-month sentence for tax evasion, and he's got plenty of good things waiting for him on the outside ... but while he's inside, ya gotta imagine he's getting jacked, and Pauly thinks he's gonna come out rocking abs like you've never seen before!!!

Conor McGregor New Arrest Video From Cell Phone Incident

4/18/2019 11:37 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained police body cam footage showing Conor McGregor being handcuffed and arrested at a private home by Miami Beach PD over the cell phone smashing incident. 

The footage was shot on March 11 ... hours after Conor got into it with Ahmed Abdirzak outside the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami. 

As we previously reported, McGregor went after Abdirzak around 5:21 AM -- snatching the guy's phone and then stomping it multiple times. McGregor eventually left the premises with Abdirzak's phone. 

Abdirzak filed a police report and the Miami Beach PD tracked down McGregor at a private residence nearby -- eventually arresting him just before 10 AM. 

In the footage, McGregor is cooperative and quiet as cops instruct him to place his hands behind his back while they place him in handcuffs and put him into a squad car to be transported to jail. 

McGregor has since been charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor criminal mischief. If convicted on all counts, Conor faces up to 6 years in prison.

Conor has pled not guilty on all charges. A trial is scheduled to begin in May.

Abdirzak initially filed a lawsuit against Conor -- but later struck a settlement with the UFC fighter and dropped his suit.

WWE's Lana Leaked Sex Tape Is NOT Her!

4/18/2019 11:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The leaked sex tape allegedly featuring WWE superstar Lana is NOT her -- sources connected to the wrestler tell TMZ Sports.

Multiple reports surfaced Thursday that Lana's personal Snapchat page was hacked -- with some scumbag leaking a private sex tape from the account in an attempt to publicly embarrass her. 

But fortunately, sources close to Lana tell us she's adamant she's NOT in the video -- and neither is her WWE superstar husband, Rusev

In fact, we're told the Snapchat account that published the video does NOT belong to Lana -- though, it was intentionally created to look like it does. 

There's a female voice in the sex video -- but as one Lana source puts it, "The voice in the clip is clearly not her."

Bottom line -- sorry, perverts ... not this time. 

We're told the WWE is investigating the situation.

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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.

Naomi Osaka Getting Close with YBN Cordae ... Not 'Official' Yet

4/18/2019 10:37 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Naomi Osaka is VERY close to being off the market ... 'cause the #1-ranked women's tennis player in the world is getting REAL close with rapper YBN Cordae!!!

In fact, Cordae made a recent cameo on Naomi's IG -- leading many to think the appearance was their public coming out party. 

But, sources close to the two tell TMZ Sports ... while they're spending a lot of time together lately -- and they like each other -- they're not "officially" an item. At least, not yet. 

As one source put it, "Just give it a week."

21-year-old Osaka has been a BEAST on the pro tennis circuit -- famously beating Serena Williams at the U.S. Open back in 2018. She was also just named in Time's 100 most influential people. 

21-year-old Cordae is a fast-rising star in the rap game -- he's backed by Dr. Dre and recently hung out with Diddy. He's the real deal. 

Cordae is part of the YBN collective -- one of the hottest young groups in music. He is also expected to be named to XXL's Freshman list in 2019.

Just this week, Osaka posted a video with Cordae -- and captioned it, "Can’t take this guy anywhereeeee lol"

Bottom line -- they're not officially official ... but it's only a matter of time.

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

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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. 

Pete Buttigieg If I Become Prez, Call This Band ... To Play My Inauguration

4/18/2019 7:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

We know Mayor Pete Buttigieg likes to rock out, and if he wins the presidency in 2020 ... sounds like he's down to jam for an extended amount of time after he's sworn in.

Buttigieg was leaving NBC's 30 Rock in NYC Thursday morn when we asked who his dream performers would be at his inauguration ... seems he hasn't really thought about it too much. TBH, that IS a looooong ways down the road.

Still, our guy makes a suggestion -- based on what we know about Pete's musical preferences -- and we're thinking it'll get some fans phired up. If the band's interested, Buttigieg is too.

BTW -- Mayor Pete's been blasting some Phish tracks on the campaign trail ... including the deep cut "Tweezer - Reprise" from their 1992 album "A Picture of Nectar." It's a good jam.

Speaking of the campaign, Buttigieg tells us he knows there are some folks out there who would never vote for him, purely because he's gay ... but he's still going to try to win them over.

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Jenny Mollen I Dropped My Son, Fractured His Skull

4/18/2019 7:00 AM PDT

Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen's 5-year-old son, Sid, is recovering from a broken skull, which Jenny admits happened because she dropped him last weekend.

Jenny made the revelation Wednesday, saying ... "On Saturday evening I dropped my son on his head causing him to fracture his skull and landing him in the ICU." She added, Sid is home now and "recovering nicely."

As for why she decided to tell the world ... "My heart goes out to all parents who have or will ever find themselves in this kind of position. You are not alone."

This is kind of Jenny's thing -- she's pretty open about the ups and downs of parenthood. Back in November, she revealed their 1-year-old, Lazlo, was bitten by a dog.

Despite the seriousness of Sid's injury ... Jenny cracked a bit of humor in her post. After thanking all the nurses, doctors, cafeteria staff and janitors at the NYC hospital where he was treated -- as well as Jason -- she said, "Not sure how this post turned into an Oscars acceptance speech." 

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.

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