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R. Kelly FBI Contacted Alleged Victim’s Family … Shortly Before ‘Surviving’

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R. Kelly‘s relationship with Joycelyn Savage — one of his alleged brainwashed sex slaves — has done way more than raise eyebrows with viewers of “Surviving R. Kelly” … we’re told it’s caught the attention of the feds.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … Joycelyn’s dad, Timothy, has been contacted by an FBI special agent regarding the R&B singer at least 5 TIMES in the past year and a half … most recently weeks before Lifetime’s docuseries began airing on January 3.

We’re told Timothy provided the FBI with all the known whereabouts of Kelly and Joycelyn from state to state, starting with where their relationship began, along with text messages or emails.

Our sources say Timothy provided the feds with lots of the same information regarding alleged predatory behavior and physical abuse he gave Lifetime for ‘Surviving.”

The FBI has jurisdiction when an adult brings a minor across state lines for sexual purposes.

It’s unclear if the FBI has launched an official investigation into R. Kelly … but it’s clear the controversy and accusations against him are on the agency’s radar. He’s already under criminal investigation in Georgia.

As we’ve reported … Joycelyn’s family believes Kelly is holding her against her will — something she strongly denies. The 2 were seen shopping together in April 2018, and we caught her out “vacationing” in Beverly Hills back in May without Kelly.

We’ve reached out to the FBI but were told the agency does not confirm or deny investigations.

Chris Pratt, Kat & Jack Family Vibes for Dinner Outing

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger will be starting married life together soon, but they already look like they have the family thing down.

The newly engaged couple hit up the vegetarian restaurant A Votre Sante, Wednesday night in Brentwood, with Chris’s 6-year-old son, Jack — and they all seemed like they were trying to keep it on the DL.

Chris and Katherine wore all-black getups, and he kept his hat pulled down over his face. Kat and Jack went hoodies up, but the kid’s red jacket was hard to miss.

Outings together are nothing new for the trio — they all hit up Disneyland together last month just a few weeks before Chris proposed, and Katherine said yes.

Jack’s mom, Anna Faris, is very much down with the engagement news too … even offering to officiate their wedding. Clearly, they’re all about a modern fam. 

Vernon Davis Gifts Grieving Family S.B. Tickets … After Boy’s Death

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Vernon Davis is helping a family cope with the tragic loss of their son by giving them Super Bowl tickets … telling TMZ Sports he wanted to, “Bring some joy to their spirits.”

The story is super sad … 17-year-old Ryan Howey was a normal football-loving teenager until he was suddenly diagnosed with brain cancer last May.

Howey’s illness was gripping … the poor kid had to go through chemo and radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks just to start treatments — and even needed more rounds of chemo after that.

Howey was huge Redskins fan — and when Davis got word of the boy’s illness last month … the tight end hopped in a car and drove two hours to visit the sick boy.

Tragically … Ryan passed away just days later — so Vernon pondered ways he could help out the family.

His solution?? Give 3 Super Bowl tickets to Ryan’s mom, dad and sister … and fly them out to Atlanta and put them up in a hotel for the big game.

“I Facetimed them … I was explaining to them, ‘Hey, I think it’d be great if you guys can go to the Super Bowl. I have three tickets for you all and I’m putting you up in a hotel and you guys get to see a good game.'”

Davis said, “Tears of joy” flowed from the family … adding, “I don’t feel like no one was really thinking of them in that manner. It was just on my heart, man.”

The game is set to go down Feb. 3 … props to Davis and the Redskins for the heartfelt move.

Kim Zolciak Leads Family Discussion Best ATL Strip Clubs Are …

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Planning on going to Atlanta for the Super Bowl?!

Great — because here’s Kim Zolciak and her family telling TMZ Sports the “can’t-miss” and MUST-MISS strip clubs in the ATL!!!

Kim — along with husband Kroy Biermann and daughter Brielle — know every square inch of the strip club layout in Atlanta and walked us through the best and worst spots in the city.

In case you didn’t know, the former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star used to wait tables at the Cheetah … so she knows her stuff. 

To be honest, seems Kroy needs to brush up on his booty club knowledge — but the real star of this clip is Brielle … who keeps it ALL THE WAY REAL when discussing the most famous jiggle joints in her city. 

Watch. Take notes. Enjoy!

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Steve Buscemi Wife of 30 Years Dies … Funeral Held at Family Home

Steve Buscemi‘s wife died earlier this week, and the funeral was a moving funeral at their NYC home … TMZ has learned.

We’re told Jo Andres died either last Monday or over last weekend. On Monday, friends and family began arriving at their Brooklyn home. It appears the funeral service — at the home — was held last Tuesday and the burial was Wednesday.

We’re told there were around 20 people at the service, including Steve’s co-star from “The Big Lebowski” John Turturro and Aida Turturro from “The Sopranos.” Steve’s brother Michael and Steve’s son Lucian were also there.

FDNY blocked off the street Wednesday as the wicker casket was removed from the home. As you know, Buscemi was a volunteer FDNY firefighter on 911.  

The company that showed up to do the prep work for the funeral specializes in home funerals and “natural burials” … where the body is not embalmed and typically the final resting place is in a “natural setting.” Everything is biodegradable and one of the purposes is to preserve the environment.

Steve and Jo were married for 30 years. They had a son, Lucian, who’s 29.

We do not know the cause of death.

Jo was 65.

RIP

Tekashi 6ix9ine Makes Zero Effort to Contact Family … Says His Baby Mama

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Tekashi69 is ghosting his kid since getting locked up — making no attempt to reach out to her, according to the child’s mother.

We got Sara Molina, 6ix9ine’s baby mama, out in NYC and she says it’s been radio silence since the feds took the rapper into custody, and he was indicted on racketeering charges. As we first reported, his 3-year-old daughter, Saraiyah, didn’t get any Christmas presents from dear ol’ dad.

That might be understandable — since he’s behind bars — but Tekashi’s GF, Jade, got to unwrap a G-Wagon. She also got a Rolex for her 22nd birthday. Sooo … not a great look for him with the fam.

The fact he was all cozied up with Jade during a recent visit … has also gotta sting for Sara.

You’ll recall, just last October Tekashi seemed to be embracing his role as Saraiyah’s papa. A lot’s changed since then — but still, Sara stopped short of trashing her baby daddy.

In fact, she has some advice for him on how best to use his time in lockup. Hint: It doesn’t involve handsy photo ops with Jade.

Devon Still Goes to Bat for Marvin Lewis ‘He Did a Lot for My Family’

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Devon Still says he’s rooting hard for Marvin Lewis to get another shot to coach in the NFL — telling TMZ Sports he’ll always be grateful to Lewis for helping to save his daughter’s life. 

Remember, it was Lewis who kept Still on the Cincinnati Bengals roster back in 2014 when his daughter Leah was battling cancer … so she could keep the team health insurance coverage. 

The story made national news — and people from all over the country bought Still’s Bengals jersey to show their support for Devon, Leah and the Bengals organization. It was an amazing thing. 

The good news … we got Still out in New York with 8-year-old Leah — who’s been cancer-free for 4 YEARS! It’s an amazing story and Devon tells us he’ll always be grateful for his former coach. 

“He did a lot for me and my family during a time where I really couldn’t do nothing for that organization,” Still says … “So, I definitely want to see him fall on his feet.”

Lewis got the ax in Cinci last month after 16 years with the organization. The 60-year-old has suggested that he wants to continue coaching.

Still has chronicled Leah’s battle in his new book “Still In the Game” — in which he describes how he handled the pain and stress of watching his daughter fight for her life. 

“I basically wanted to share my playbook that I taught my daughter how to beat cancer with, so people can overcome the struggles they’re facing in their life.”

Still retired from the NFL in Dec. 2017 — and now focuses on helping other families going through a similar struggle. 

DeAndre Hopkins Donating NFL Playoff Check to Help Murdered Girl’s Family

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Houston Texans superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins says every penny from his NFL Wild Card round playoff paycheck will go to the family of a 7-year-old girl who was gunned down this weekend on a Texas highway. 

Jazmine Barnes was killed around 7 AM on Sunday morning when a man in a red pickup truck pulled up next to the family car and opened fire for no apparent reason. The family was going on an early morning coffee run at the time of the incident. 

Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, was also struck in the attack — but she survived. Jazmine’s 3 sisters were also in the car during the shooting and suffered cuts from shattered glass. 

A manhunt is now underway in Texas — the suspect has been described as a white man with a beard who appears to be in his 40s. 

Officials say it doesn’t appear the family did anything to provoke the driver. 

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said, “There was nothing to indicate that the family did anything wrong in any way … They were simply just driving along the service road when this happened to them.”

Clearly, the story has resonated with Hopkins — who said, “When I see Jazmine Barnes’ face, I see my own daughter.”

“I’m pledging my playoff check this week to help her family with funeral costs and to support @shaunking @SherriffED_HCSO @SylvesterTurner in bringing this man to justice. On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine.”

Social activist Shaun King has announced a $ 100,000 reward is being offered for info that leads to the arrest of the killer. 

Hopkins and the Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. 

‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Donates $5,000 … To Family of Late TV Anchor Chris Burrous

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“Big Bang Theory” star Kunal Nayyar is making one big gesture … because he’s one of several people who have donated to the family of late TV news anchor and reporter Chris Burrous.

Kunal donated $ 5,000 to Burrous’ family Sunday, the largest donation yet on the GoFundMe account. The page was set up to help Chris’ wife, Mai, and 9-year-old daughter, Isabella, cover funeral costs and other expenses in the wake of the popular KTLA anchor’s shocking death. 

Chris was found unresponsive in a Glendale hotel Dec. 27, and police say his death is being investigated as a possible overdose. 

Kunal is one of 1,330 people who have donated to the GoFundMe, which in 2 days has already raised $ 62,419 toward its $ 75k goal.