David Ortiz broke his silence with the media since being shot in the Dominican Republic, and he gave an emotional interview … acknowledging he almost died there.
The former Boston Red Sox slugger spoke with Univision in a sit-down that aired in Spanish on Saturday, answering a number of questions related to the scary incident in his home country this past June — when he was ambushed and shot in the back at a club.
Big Papi described the initial feeling of the bullet going in, saying he felt a stinging sensation … adding that in the first five seconds, he felt like he was in a living nightmare. He said the shooting made him disheartened, as he has no problems with anybody.
Ortiz went on to explain that he never lost consciousness en route to the hospital, but said he experienced something he’d never quite felt before … trying to survive for his life.
He says he’s never had his life threatened before, and that him sitting with his back to the street and no security around should be an implication … he’s not someone who’d ever think he was in danger. Then came the question about who did it … and why.
Ortiz says he has no idea why anyone might’ve wanted to kill him, again reiterating that he has no enemies … and no issues with anybody (especially criminals) that would make him worry.
Big Papi also touches on a rumor that Dominican drug lord Cesar Emilio Peralta might’ve been the one who ordered the hit, but he again came back with uncertainty … saying he couldn’t think of any reason why that would be the case — if, in fact, it is.
As we reported … authorities in the Dominican Republic have made several arrests in connection to the shooting, including the alleged shooter himself. Cops say that Ortiz was not the actual target, and that the hit was a case of mistaken identity.
Ortiz is unclear on that himself, but one thing that clearly hurt him as he was in the hospital … people apparently suggesting that he deserved what he’d gotten. He tears up as he recounts the recovery process, saying that at one point he was in a coma … and almost died.
Still, it’s pretty gut-wrenching to hear it all again from the man himself.
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Brody and Josie have been going out A LOT in Hollywood, but now they’re taking their relationship from the party scene to a scenic outlook. Nothing quite like Mother Nature.
The last time we saw Brody and Josie hitting the town, he said she was marriage material. Easy to see why Brody is falling for Josie, she’s a total dime and knows how to ride!!!
Brody’s ex is moving on too … Kaitlynn’s pretty much been inseparable from Miley Cyrus since they both split from their men. Miley is going through a divorce with Liam Hemsworth, and he’s the only one among the four who hasn’t found a new love interest.
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Adele is throwing in the towel on her marriage … because the pop singer just filed for divorce.
According to court records, Adele filed to divorce her husband, Simon Konecki, on Thursday after more than 7 years together.
The divorce filing was a long time coming for Adele … as we previously reported, back in April she announced that she had separated from her hubby.
Adele and Simon have one child together … and her reps previously said that she and Simon were “committed to raising their son together lovingly.”
Adele and Simon kept their relationship mostly out of the spotlight since starting to date back in the summer of 2011. She gave birth to their son, Angelo, in October 2012. They tied the knot in a very secret ceremony, and she didn’t confirm the union until 2017.
The last time Adele and Simon were seen in public was earlier this year in January, when they surfaced backstage at an Elton Johnconcert at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Adele and Simon arrived to the show together.
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7:41 PM PT — A rep for Williams tells TMZ … he filed the divorce docs in CA superior court, claiming irreconcilable differences.
Williams commented, “Despite best efforts to work things out or make allowances, and as difficult as it is, sometimes you have to do what’s best for everyone.”
Anson Williams — famous for playing Potsie Weber on “Happy Days” — apparently is no longer happy with his marriage … because he just filed for divorce.
According to court records, Anson filed for divorce from his wife, Jackie Williams, Wednesday after 30 years of marriage. It’s unclear what led to the split.
Anson and Jackie tied the knot back way back in 1988, and they have 5 children together.
It’s the second divorce for Anson … he was previously married to Lorrie Mahaffey for 8 years from 1978 to 1986, before breaking things off.
Anson rose to fame on “Happy Days” playing Potsie, the gullible singer … and for his role he was nominated for the Golden Globe award for best supporting actor.
He later became a big time TV director, working on huge shows like “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” and “Lizzie McGuire.”
Originally Published — 5:29 PM PT
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8:56 PM PT — The Patriots released a statement addressing the suit filed against AB, saying … “We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives.”
“We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault.”
“The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”
5:53 PM PT — Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, has issued a statement adamantly denying the allegations — and claiming she only filed the suit to punish him for refusing to invest $1.6 million in a “business project” back in 2017.
Brown admits there was a “consensual personal relationship” between the two — acknowledging the accuser came to his home on multiple occasions … including a late night visit just 10 days after the alleged 2018 rape. “Any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was entirely consensual.”
Brown also claims in Winter 2018 she hit up Brown to ask for tickets to a Steelers football game — and has continued to post pics with AB on her social media to benefit from the association with him.
Brown says he will “pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”
Antonio Brown is being sued by a woman who claims the New England Patriots star WR sexually assaulted and raped her during 3 separate encounters … this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.
The woman behind the lawsuit, who identifies herself as Britney Taylor, says she was hired by Brown as a personal trainer. Taylor claims the first incident happened in June 2017 during a training session when “Brown exposed himself and kissed [her] without her consent.”
Taylor then describes a second alleged incident … “Later that month, Brown, while positioned behind her, began masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back.”
Taylor claims the first incident occurred at Brown’s home in Pittsburgh and the second incident occurred at Brown’s home in Florida.
According to the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Florida, Taylor claims Brown bragged about the incident to her in “profane and angry text messages.”
Several months later, the accuser claims Brown reached out to her to express contrition and “begged forgiveness.”
Taylor claims Brown begged her to continue training him — and after initial hesitation, she ultimately agreed.
However, the woman claims nearly a year later — on May 20, 2018 “Brown cornered [her] forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her.”
The woman claims she tried to fight back but Brown was “too strong and physically overpowered her.”
In the suit, the woman claims she screamed and cried throughout the entire incident — repeatedly shouting “no” and “stop.”
Brown refused to stop, according to the suit, and penetrated her, the woman claims.
In her suit, Taylor describes herself as a “28-year-old world class gymnast” who competed at “elite levels of international competition.”
In her suit, Taylor claims she met Antonio Brown while they were both student athletes at Central Michigan University where they participated in a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group.
In her suit, Taylor says she wants compensation for “physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering.”
In fact, Taylor claims she was so traumatized from the alleged incidents she “had near-daily panic attacks, frequent suicidal ideations, and insomnia. She has also lost a remarkable amount of weight — 30 pounds in one month — due to stress.”
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She also wants punitive damages — though she does not specify an amount.
Taylor has issued a statement through her attorney saying, “As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision.”
“I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.”
“I will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies; however, at this time, I respectfully request that the media please respect my privacy.”
We’ve reached out to Brown’s camp for comment — so far, no word back.
The lawsuit comes in the wake of a wild couple of weeks for Brown — who was released by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday morning after feuding with the team’s general manager over fines.
Hours after Brown was released, the New England Patriots swooped in and signed Brown to a 1-year contract worth up to $15 million, with a $9 million signing bonus.
Pats head coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday morning he signed Brown in the hopes of having the same success he had when he signed Randy Moss back in the day.
So far, no comment from the Patriots on the lawsuit.
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Diddy and Lori Harvey‘s whirlwind summer romance just wrapped its Mexican leg, and it looks like it was a very successful vacay, and by that we mean … they’re doing a lot of belly rubbing!
The Bad Boy honcho and Steve Harvey‘s daughter arrived at the Cabo San Lucas airport Sunday on their way back stateside. Cabo was just the latest hot getaway for the couple — remember, they were just in Italy along with her dad.
Speaking of which, Steve might take interest in a couple of these pics … at one point, Diddy reached under Lori’s blouse and appeared to rub her stomach. Lori did the same to herself.
So, here’s the rub … the gesture made photogs think they’d just saw a sign Lori is pregnant. Could be as innocent as a convo about a big lunch, or maybe a tummy ache. Still, we reached out to Diddy’s rep. No word back yet.
After Lori and Diddy returned home, she quickly took off on another trip … sans her BF, while he’s hanging at home.
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Queen Latifah says Nicki Minaj will probably come out of her recently-announced “retirement” — but before that, she just needs to live some life first.
We got the iconic femcee Sunday heading into a reception hall in North Bergen, NJ for Treach’s wedding, and right before she made it inside … our photog broke the news to her about Nicki abruptly announcing her retirement from rap this past week.
At first, QT couldn’t believe it — but when we explained why Nicki was doing it — to start a family with her fiance, Kenneth Petty — the Queen was totally down with NM’s decision.
Queen Latifah suggests that Nicki deserves this, as she’s been in the game for a long time now. Then she drops a bit of knowledge on us, saying once you’re a rapper … you’re always a rapper. Short story long, she thinks Nicki will make a comeback … one day.
It’s unclear if Nicki’s serious about her retirement, as we’ve been told by people close to her that her team was blindsided by the news. The retirement also flies in the face of studio time and collabs Nicki’s already got lined up, so the whole thing’s a little hazy right now.
If she is serious though … she’s well within her right to do so — and, apparently, expected back in due time, from one Queen to another.
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Robin Thicke and his fiancee were just involved in a car accident that sent one vehicle flying into the side of the road in Malibu — but it appears everyone’s alright.
Eyewitnesses tell us the singer was riding passenger in an Escalade Saturday along PCH in Malibu near Point Dume and Zuma Beach. We’re told a woman who was driving — which we’ve confirmed was his fiancee and baby mama, April Love Geary — somehow collided with another car full of what we’re told were younger people.
Eyewitnesses say that Robin got out of the SUV and walked over to the other vehicle, which was lying on the side of the highway … nearly tipped on its side. Luckily, this looks a lot worse than it actually was, as nobody seems to have suffered major injuries.
Law enforcement sources tell us no one was transported to a hospital in the two-vehicle collision, and that a report was taken on the scene. Fault will be determined at a later date.
In video of the scene, obtained by TMZ, you see Robin picking up car parts off the road and attempting to direct traffic away from the accident. At one point, you see Robin’s SUV pulling out … and the extent of the damage on it is on full display.
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Based on what Robin posted on IG a little while ago, it doesn’t appear their kids were with them — looks like he and April did a solo lunch date, and they both seem okay.
We’ve reached out to Robin’s team … so far, no word back.
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Chester Bennington‘s widow is moving forward with her life because we’ve learned she’s now engaged … and at the same time she’s honoring her late husband with some pretty noble work in the field of mental health.
Our sources tell us Talinda Bennington got engaged in April to a Los Angeles County firefighter.
We’re told Chester’s relatives are super supportive of Talinda’s new relationship. They think her fiance’s a good guy and they’re especially pleased he’s involved with Chester and Talinda’s kids. The family thinks Talinda’s fiance will help provide stability for the children. We’re told the kids are happy, especially because it makes their mom happy.
TMZ broke the story … Chester took his own life in his Palos Verdes home back in 2017, while Talinda and their children were out of town.
Talinda has now made mental heath her life’s work to honor her late husband. She’s the executive director and co-founder of 320 Changes Direction, a mental health awareness org created in honor of Chester.
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Talinda’s org is a partner with the World Health Organization, and she’s working hard on different projects in advance of next week’s Word Suicide Prevention Day.
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R. Kelly‘s so-called girlfriends will be visiting him frequently now that he’s in his prison’s general population, but their visits will be strictly cordial … NOT conjugal.
The singer’s attorney, Steven Greenberg tells TMZ … Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary plan to go see him soon at the federal prison in Chicago where he’s being held. While Kelly’s gen pop move came with a bunch of new allowances … sex with visitors is not one of ’em.
Still, Greenberg says Joycelyn and Azriel will make the trip to see Kelly on a “regular basis” … just to keep him company. Besides the sex ban, the GFs also can’t bring Kelly food or treats from the outside. We’re told his only consolation is a hug hello and a hug goodbye will be permitted with each woman.
We broke the story … Kelly’s feeling safe and at ease in federal lockup because he doesn’t think he’ll have any issues with his hometown inmates, who he believes still consider him a music legend.
Just in case, though … Greenberg says there are security measures in place to keep Kelly safe.
Kelly was moved to gen pop earlier this week after claiming he was being treated unfairly in solitary. As a result, he’s now allowed more non-attorney visits. Now we know that means more face time with Azriel and Joycelyn.
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Dog the Bounty Hunter is about to be a first-time viewer, just like Joe Q. Public, of his new reality show … and he nearly broke down as he told us why.
We spoke to Duane “Dog” Chapman on “TMZ Live” about Wednesday night’s debut of “Dog’s Most Wanted” and he broke some interesting news. Dog says he has NOT seen the final edit of the of show — which is not his normal process.
Dog said he usually weighs in on edits of the show, but after his wife, Beth Chapman, passed in June … things changed for him.
Dog says it was too difficult to watch footage of Beth, and therefore … he stayed out of how the show was cut. As far as what’s documented though — Dog tells us the show captures Beth’s final days before she passed away in June, including one final ass-kicking moment in the field.
We also asked Dog for an update on the break-in at his Colorado storefront last month, in which crooks made off with some of Beth’s personal belongings. The investigation is ongoing, but he opens up about what local police begged him to do … or NOT do.
As we reported … Dog had a hunch the crime was an inside job based on what a psychic told him, who claimed she’d spoken to Beth from the great beyond.
He admitted it wouldn’t be pretty if he ends up getting a hold of the culprits.
Episode 1 of “Dog’s Most Wanted” airs Wednesday night at 9 PM ET on WGN America.
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Aaron Carter is adding to his home arsenal … hitting up a pawn shop to purchase 2 guns and a bunch of ammunition.
The singer dropped by Rick’s Pawn Shop Tuesday in Lancaster, CA … and we’re told Aaron bought a handgun and a rifle, plus 300 rounds of hollow tip bullets.
Looks like Aaron is dead set on starting his own gun collection after inheriting a massive cache of weapons from his father. Aaron got his gun license less than 2 weeks ago, and he immediately bought a 9mm handgun and 2 assault rifles.
After Tuesday’s purchase, Aaron owns at least 5 firearms — still a long way to go to catch up to the 500 guns he says his pops passed down to him.
We broke the story … Aaron told us last week owning assault weapons is a necessity, because his dad taught him to protect himself and his family by any means necessary. Aaron also said his mental stability is “infinite” — despite loved ones being concerned about his mental health.
Shortly after his latest weapons purchase, Aaron made it clear he’s fully educated on gun safety, and has passed all necessary courses. Point being … now that he has the green light to buy guns, he’s going to take full advantage.
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