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'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' Star Explosive Encounter with Cops Before Arrest

3/23/2017 10:49 AM PDT
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1:26 PM PT -- We've now obtained the police report, and in it cops say Erica told the state trooper she had taken 3 shots of Grand Marnier. When asked to perform a field sobriety test Erica refused. According to the report, the trooper ordered her not to drive and instead call a friend to pick her up. Instead, she fled and was ultimately arrested.

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Former "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Erica Dixon was damn near yanked out of her car by cops after she allegedly fled the scene of a traffic stop.

The video starts with a street scene, where Erica had just been pulled over for speeding. She says she accepted the ticket, jumped in her car and started driving, but it's clear cops believe she was still being detained and just started to flee.

You then see a cop car roar up to her car and cops then jump out to confront her.

Erica was enraged, which just ratcheted things up. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to a nearby detention center where she was cited and released.

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'This is Us' Sterling K. Brown We're About to Find Out How Jack Dies

3/23/2017 10:00 AM PDT
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"This is Us" star Sterling K. Brown has some reassurance for fans ... they're about to find out what kills Jack.

The actor who plays Randall was leaving LAX Thursday when our photog begged for some sort of answer. Sterling said way more than Mandy Moore when we got her last week at the same place.

Finally.

Chuck Berry 911 Call 'He's Barely Breathing'

3/23/2017 9:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chuck Berry was barely breathing when he was found unresponsive in his home Saturday and the 911 caller began immediate efforts to save his life ... but it was too late.

In the emergency call -- obtained by TMZ -- a man is heard telling dispatchers right away it's Berry who is down. He explains Berry's lifeless and barely breathing and the dispatcher gives CPR instructions.

The 90-year-old rock legend died shortly after the call. 

As we reported ... cops responded to a cardiac arrest call, but Chuck's cause of death will be listed as natural causes.


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Kristi Yamaguchi To Nancy Kerrigan No Bad Blood Over 'Break a Leg' Tweet

3/23/2017 8:33 AM PDT
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0324-kristin-yamaguchi-nancy-kerrigan-tmzKristi Yamaguchi says she was NOT throwing shade at Nancy Kerrigan when she told her to "break a leg" on "Dancing with the Stars" ... explaining it was just an innocent tweet between friends. 

Social media went crazy over the tweet in which she told her fellow ice skater, "So excited for you! Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg! #DWTS" 

Some people thought Kristi was taking a cheap shot.

But Kristi's rep tells us that couldn't be further from the truth -- they've been friends since they were 15 and she has nothing but love for her.

We also spoke with Nancy's rep who says the two spoke on the phone Wednesday night and laughed about it.

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Nia Long 'Empire' Hair and Makeup Lodged Complaint Nia Threatened Suit

3/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
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0322_taraji-henson-nia-long-and-terrence-howard-tmz-2Nia Long was such a nightmare on the set of "Empire" ... the hair and makeup folks lodged an official complaint against her, and Nia also threatened to sue the show over an improper goodbye ... this according to well-placed production sources.

Multiple people -- cast, crew and production people -- tell TMZ Nia was disrespectful and unprofessional throughout her run on the show.

We broke the story ... Nia and Taraji P. Henson were at war with each other because Taraji was irate over the way Nia treated the staff, and it got so bad producers were trying to figure out how to shoot scenes with the two of them where each actress did their part separately. It was so tense neither would speak to the other.

The various sources are scoffing at Nia's reps, who claim the stories about the actress are made up. Our sources say there were numerous incidents, but 3 are still vivid.

-- Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment ... and that was against Nia. The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful ... at times deciding she didn't like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show -- "from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia."

-- Our sources say Nia was "habitually late." They say Taraji and Terrence Howard would sometimes be waiting on set for 30 minutes and Nia was a no-show. Producers would finally use a stand-in for Nia so Taraji and Terrence could rehearse a scene.

-- It is custom on the set when guest stars finish their last scene for the Assistant Director to call it out ... "This is (name of actor) last scene," followed by a "thank you" and applause. When Nia did her last scene, Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and his lip began swelling. The A.D. was looking for Benadryl when Nia left. It's unclear if the A.D. was distracted or just didn't want to thank Nia, but we're told as Nia walked out she told someone in production she was going to sue the show because the "goodbye" was in her contract. Production sources say it was not in her contract.

We spoke with one actor on the show who said the experience was so unpleasant they would never work with her again.

We reached out to Nia's rep, who said, "We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard."

The rep went on to say, "We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight."

Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Collapses, Dies on Rock Cruise Ship

3/23/2017 8:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0323-boston-band-member-sib-GETTY-01Sib Hashian -- the drummer for the rock group Boston -- died after collapsing onstage Wednesday night ... TMZ has learned.

Sib's son, Adam, tells us the drummer was on the Legends of Rock Cruise and was midset when he suddenly collapsed. A witness says CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used but to no avail.

The L.O.R. Cruise began on March 18 in Florida and had stops in several places including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. We're told the cruise will continue and other musicians are performing tributes to Sib on the boat Thursday.

The drummer -- who donned an EPIC afro in the early days of his stellar career -- was famously part of Boston's self-titled album, which featured the mega-hit "More Than a Feeling."

Sib's daughter, Lauren, has a daughter with Dwayne Johnson.

He was 67.

#RIP

Bow Wow Nonstop Partying For 30th Blows $15k on Strippers

3/23/2017 8:48 AM PDT
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Bow Wow celebrated his big 3-0 two weeks ago but that hasn't stopped his party train from rolling into strip club after strip club with stacks to blow.

Bow Wow's latest stop was Club Onyx in Dallas Wednesday. It was thrown together last minute but Bow Wow still managed to shell out over $15k on the dance floor and even got a FaceTime call from Snoop!

You'd think 9 parties deep into celebrating his birthday he'd be done, but he's got 2 more coming up this weekend.

Bow Wow ... best birthday party thrower ever.

Mel B, Stephen Belafonte Divorce Breakthrough ... Family Therapy

3/23/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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0322-melb-stephen-belafonte-tmz-2Mel B and Stephen Belafonte took an enormous step Wednesday to ratchet down the anger in their divorce ... we've learned the 2 of them along with their kids went for a family therapy session.

Sources connected with Mel B and Stephen tell TMZ, they drove separately to Mulholland Estates to the home of Dr. Charles Sophy, Mel's longtime psychiatrist. They each drove separately and their 3 kids -- ages 5, 9 and 18 -- drove in a third car with the nanny.

Sophy is a leading psychiatrist in Hollywood, treating scores of celebs. He was a big part of the Michael Jackson molestation trial.

We're told this was the first family session and it's a breakthrough because up to this point in the breakup, a family session would have been out of the question. Our sources say both Mel B and Stephen really want to make sure their kids are ok.

Russell Wilson & Ciara: DON'T LOOK AT US (But Really, Look at Us!)

3/23/2017 6:06 AM PDT

Welcome to the Hollywood game ... where stars go out to be seen ... and then act like they can't be bothered. 

Today's episode stars Russell Wilson and Ciara who hit one of the top 3 most paparazzi-packed places in town Wednesday night, Mr Chow ... and it wasn't for the food.

So, what was the endgame? Attention ... without trying to seem to desperate for it.

See ya at Catch.

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Sia Glad to See Ya

3/23/2017 7:06 AM PDT

0323-sia-no-wig-photos-launchSia is showing off these days ... and her face says it all!!

The singer let loose at LAX Wednesday and didn't sport her signature wig that usually covers her face ... and we gotta say, she looks pretty damn amazing.

We like.

'Stranger Things' Stars Keeping Dating Rumors In The Upside Down

3/23/2017 7:22 AM PDT
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"Stranger Things" stars Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton play Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers on the show, and their relationship seems as complicated onscreen as it's off. 

There are rumors the two are dating, and when we caught them together at LAX Wednesday they hinted that mixing work and a relationship is no big deal since everyone's just one big family on set.

Charlie stopped short of a confirmation though, but it's pretty obvious.

In other news...

OMG! Check out Marc Anthony's latest rebound!

She's HALF his age! Is she even old enough to drink?!

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Jason Derulo I've Got Your Jacket That Turns into a ... Backpack!

3/23/2017 6:54 AM PDT
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Jason Derulo says he's not gonna make you look stupid in a jacket that turns into a backpack ... that's how good his fashion game is.

0323-jason-derulo-jacket-sub-asset-backpack-02The singer was in the mood to talk up his new fashion line -- LVL XIII -- when he was out in NYC Wednesday ... and he's adamant his apparel -- set to launch at Bloomingdale's -- is the future of luxury clothing.

Jason's putting in work like a true entrepreneur ... check out what else he's got in store.

Artie Lange 'Heroin Feels Amazing... That's Why You Get Addicted'

3/23/2017 7:24 AM PDT

Artie Lange was brutally honest about his heroin addiction ... as bad as it is, it's irresistible. 

Artie called into the "Len Berman & Todd Schnitt in the Morning" where he told the radio DJs about his struggle with heroin, calling the drug "amazing" ... then warning people to stay clear.

The 'Howard Stern Show' sidekick was arrested at his Hoboken, NJ home earlier this month after cops found heroin and cocaine in his car and on his person.

Artie also talked about Howard's valiant effort to get him off H.

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