Calle 13 rapper René Pérez Joglar is leading the charge against conspicuous consumption in the hip hop world -- he just beat his own Maserati to pieces and drove it off a cliff ... all to prove the point that money is killing music.
René pulled off the stunt for his new music video "Adentro" -- and if that wasn't cool enough ... baseball legend Willie Mays actually hands him the bat.
Rene tells us, "I bought the Maserati because I myself fell victim to the stereotypes. I thought that once I had a nice house and a nice car that meant I had made it in the entertainment industry."
He adds, "When I started using the car, it made me feel uncomfortable owning it ... because I realized that the car stood for everything that is wrong with society ... Material goods aren't what makes life worthwhile."
Storms Out of Depo
Over Selena Questions
15 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber lost his cool under oath Thursday, when a lawyer started peppering him with questions about Selena Gomez ... TMZ has learned.
Bieber sat for a 4 1/2 hour deposition in Miami in connection with a lawsuit filed by a photog who claims last June Bieber sent his hired muscle to beat him up.
The contentious lawyer for the bodyguard drilled Bieber on a variety of subjects, but things spun out of control when Selena Gomez was raised.
The lawyer started asking if Selena was present during any incident involving fights with photogs. Bieber's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, felt the lawyer was just trying to get a rise so he objected. But the lawyer persisted and asked again ... Bieber was fuming and Weitzman jumped in and said his client was being harassed.
The photog's lawyer asked about Selena again, and at that point Justin and Weitzman stood up and left, and as Justin was leaving he screamed, "Don't ask me about her, do not ask me about her!"
Five minutes later they returned but things got even hotter. At one point Bieber responded to a question with the word "Yeah." The lawyer said, "Do you mean yes?" To that Bieber responded, "What the f*** is the difference between yeah and yes?!"
A short time later Bieber fired back, "What is this, "60 Minutes?" At another point he responded to a question by saying to the lawyer, "OK Katie Couric, what's your question again?"
And even TMZ got in the act. The lawyer showed Bieber multiple TMZ posts, and the singer accused the lawyer of having an obsession by constantly surfing TMZ for Bieber stories.
And finally ... the lawyer asked Bieber if he has a prescription for Xanax, and Bieber responded, "No."
Skin Specialist to Stars
Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot
30 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
A skin specialist who once got into an epic feud with Nicki Minaj is now in jail ... arrested for allegedly masterminding a MURDER FOR HIRE plot.
Dawn DaLuise owns her own salon -- Skin Refinery -- in West Hollywood. Another esthetician moved into the same building where DaLuise works and we're told she went ballistic at the threat of competition under her own roof.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... DaLuise allegedly hired a hit man to kill her competitor. Sources tell us ... the would-be hit man is a VERY large, former Detroit Lions player.
We're told someone had loose lips and told an acquaintance about the murder-for-hire plot, and that person went to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. and blew the whistle.
DaLuise was arrested Wednesday for solicitation to commit murder and is currently being held on $1 million bail.
DaLuise has a huge celeb clientele, including Christian Slater, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Alicia Silverstone and Christina Ricci. She also claims Jennifer Aniston as a client.
Nicki Minaj was once a client, but that didn't go so well. DaLuise waxed Nicki's eyebrows, and Nicki went crazy, saying, "Look what you did to my damn face! You think this s*** is worth $170?!"
As for the arrest ... DaLuise's rep had no comment.
Sued By Transgender Athlete
You Wont' Let Me Compete With Women!
3/6/2014 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A transgender woman is going to war with CrossFit -- claiming the fitness titans refused to let her compete in the women's division at the upcoming CrossFit Games because she was born with a penis ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 MILLION lawsuit against CF -- claiming she underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman by the State of California.
But when Chloie -- 5'4", 151 lbs -- asked the powers that be about competing in the Games with the ladies, she was shot down hard.
In fact, TMZ Sports obtained a letter from CrossFit to Chloie in which the CF pulled no punches -- "We have simply ruled that based upon [Chloie] being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men's Division."
CF argues ... "The fundamental, ineluctable fact is that a male competitor who has a sex reassignment procedure still has a genetic makeup that confers a physical and physiological advantage over women."
But in the letter, CF gets aggressive -- saying, "Our decision has nothing to do with 'ignorance' or being bigots -- it has to do with a very real understanding of the human genome, of fundamental biology, that you are either intentionally ignoring or missed in high school."
Chloie says CF is full of crap -- claiming the company is violating her civil rights by not letting her compete as a woman ... and she wants at least $2.5 million to make things right.
For its part, CrossFit says transgendered athletes will be "welcomed with open arms in this community, but what we will not waver from is our commitment to ensure the fairness of the competition."
Sued By Prison Inmates
You Poisoned Us With Valley Fever
40 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Arnold Schwarzenegger is still being haunted by his political past ... the ex-Gov. is being sued by inmates who accuse him of sentencing them to a fate worse than prison -- a cruel, disfiguring and crippling disease.
According to the lawsuit filed by 22 current and former inmates ... Schwarzenegger and other officials knowingly kept them in a Central Cali prison where they claim Valley Fever killed 30 inmates, and left many more with horrible symptoms.
Valley Fever attacks the body's organs ... victims may suffer skin lesions, limb amputations and brain damage. The disease is spread by spores found in soil -- and the inmates say they were exposed to it.
The inmates are also suing current Gov. Jerry Brown ... claiming he continued Arnold's policy.
They want cash to cover medical care, and pain and suffering -- beyond the typical prison pain and suffering.
FUN FACT: The plaintiffs are incarcerated at ... Pleasant Valley Prison.
NBC Forces Exclusive Deal On Celeb Guests ...
The Peacock Block
58 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
In other news...
We're not sure how or why it started, but Kylie Jenner was caught rolling around on the floor fighting with one of her bigger sisters.
Watch the video!
I Need Retail Therapy
After Years Of Prison
3/6/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Boosie is carrying serious baggage after rotting in the slammer for 5 years.
Boosie -- who was just released after serving his sentence on drug charges -- took his kids to The Esplanade Mall in Kenner, Louisiana Thursday where he dropped wads of cash on new clothes.
Sources tell TMZ, Boosie spent most of his time in the Polo section at Macy's and also bought some new kicks at Footaction USA. He also stopped at some store called Nouveau, hence the bags.
No word on whether he also hit up Cinnabon or Sbarro.
Screwed by the Law
Over Stolen Dog
3/6/2014 3:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
I Didn't Bail on Batkid!!!
Oscars Cut Us Both
3/6/2014 1:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Andrew Garfield is blaming Oscars producers for devastating 5-year-old Batkid -- whose surprise Academy Awards appearance with the "Spider-Man" star was 86d at the last minute -- insisting he's not the one who bailed on the boy.
There are reports Garfield threw a tantrum when producers rejected the script he wrote for the presentation -- and left 5-year-old Miles Scott high and dry -- but reps for the actor tell us, it's not true.
The reps say Garfield DID contribute to the presentation script, but he had nothing to do with the segment getting yanked from the broadcast.
They say Garfield and Scott did the dress rehearsal Saturday without a hitch -- it was a real tearjerker too -- but hours later, Garfield was informed via email that the piece didn't fit with the tone of the show ... and therefore had to be cut.
To make it up to Batkid -- who was understandably bummed -- we're told Garfield accompanied him to Disneyland on Monday ... and even conducted a mini Oscars ceremony in Scott's hotel room (tuxes and all).
Ex-Wrestler Buff Bagwell
Goes Pro in Hooking
3/5/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
MJ's Alleged Son
Positive DNA Match
Or So They Say
3/6/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's a 99.9% chance a 31-year-old man is Michael Jackson's illegitimate son ... at least that's the claim after an alleged DNA test turned up a match.
According to the test results -- obtained by Alki David and his company, FilmOn.com -- Brandon Howard is almost certainly Michael's son. David told TMZ Live he got MJ's dental impression from a Beverly Hills doctor that he got at an auction. The impression is 30 years old but David says its filled with DNA.
Brandon -- who now goes by B Howard and looks and acts very much like Michael -- was not present for the unveiling, but David says he had Howard's DNA and it matched up.
David would not say which lab performed the DNA test, but says it showed a clear match.
Brandon's mom -- Miki Howard -- is a famous gospel singer who Michael knew. She went by the name "Billy" back in 1982. Interestingly ... a year later Michael released "Billie Jean," which included the lyrics, "Billie Jean's not my lover" and "The kid is not my son."
For B Howard's part -- he's distancing himself from the whole spectacle, insisting he had nothing to do with it.
3/6/2014 11:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are calling each other dirty bitches ... in a full-on feud that erupted over that kiss at Miley's L.A. concert last month.
You may recall ... Miley went in for the kiss as Katy sat in the front row. It looked like Miley was going in for some tongue, but Katy pulled away.
Now the feud.
Katy went on Australian TV and explained, "I just walked up to her to give her like a friendly girl kiss, you know, as girls do." Perry then explained how she was stunned when Miley went in for the kill, adding, "God knows where that tongue has been. We don't know. The tongue is so infamous!"
If Katy meant it as a joke, Miley isn't taking it that way, firing back on Twitter, "Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT [tongue] been."
Are we bad for LOVING a good bitch fight?
I Just Bought Bieber's Calabasas Crib
3/6/2014 9:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's Calabasas neighbors can finally breathe a sigh of relief ... because the Biebs is moving out -- after scoring a million dollar profit from the new buyer ... Khloe Kardashian.
We broke the story ... Bieber decided to move out of Calabasas in January after numerous run-ins with neighbors and law enforcement -- where he felt trapped in his own home -- and now he dumped it off on Khloe.
Bieber bought the house in 2012 for just over $6 mil. Real estate sources tell TMZ ... Khloe bought the home for $7.2 million.
As for Khloe ... she sold her Tarzana estate to "Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco for $5.49 mil.
The move makes sense for K.K. -- her sister Kourtney recently purchased the nearby home of Keyshawn Johnson ... who had his fair share of beef with J.B.
We're told Khloe will do some remodeling, because Justin's 19-year-old taste doesn't suit her.
He's all yours Atlanta!