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Rihanna

Anti-Fur Protesters

Manhandled and Booted

4 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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Rihanna had a violent run-in with an old foe -- angry protesters interrupted the singer's perfume launch. 

Rihanna was at a Macy's in Brooklyn on Monday for the release of her new perfume line "RiRi" when the fur-huggers lashed out. You can see from the video -- security quickly steps in to remove the protesters but not before Rihanna took notice. 

This isn't the first time the singer has been criticized for wearing animal products -- she was attacked by PETA in 2012 for wearing snake-skin boots. 

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Jay Z

Always Big Pimpin'

Just Don't Tell The Jury

9/1/2015 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0901-jay-z-tmz-02Jay Z raps about being a "pimp in every sense of the word" -- but in reality, Jigga wants to keep his fat pockets and criminal past under wraps when it comes to his court battle over "Big Pimpin'."

Jay filed docs asking a judge to keep his wealth from the eyes of the jury hearing his illegal sampling lawsuit. He's being sued by a man who claims Jay lifted an Egyptian composition for the 2000 mega-smash hit. In the docs, Jay Z says his bank account and rap sheet have nothing to do with the case.

The plaintiff claims Jay stole the tune, so that makes the rapper's criminal past relevant.

The judge is still deciding what he'll allow in court.

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Taylor Swift:

Concert Brawl!

9/1/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

ON TODAY'S SHOW
  • A Huge Rapper is Charged with Assaulting a Fan
  • Paris Hilton is a Modern Day Mother Teresa
  • Chris Brown's Custody War with His Baby Mama Gets Nasty
  • A Crazy 'Housewives' Brawl Breaks Out

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Taylor Swift

Mics Didn't Hear It & No One Smelt It

... So I Never Dealt It

9/1/2015 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

MTV is saying a noise that sounded like Taylor Swift passing gas on live TV was just a faulty microphone ... but the impeccable timing of the toot makes that hard to believe. 

The sound happened while Swift was introducing her new music video "Wildest Dreams" during the MTV VMAs pre-show. 

So many things happened at the right time to make you believe Taylor squeezed it easy: her crouching at the same time as the toot, the open-mouth reaction and the wince on Karlie Kloss' face who was right behind Taylor.  

MTV claims their mics are so directional there's "absolutely no possibility" of them picking up a fart that loudly.

Still, we have to ask ... 

Ronda Rousey

Hell Yeah I'll Go to Marine Ball

... But There's a Catch!

9/1/2015 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Score one for the Marines!!!!

The ballsy Devil Dog who asked Ronda Rousey to his Marine Corps Ball -- in a video viewed more than 4 million times -- just got some great news ... SHE'S ALL IN!!!

Ronda was out in L.A. with 3 friends when she said she wasn't just impressed with Jarrod Haschert's video ... but she thinks he's cute too.

And now that her upcoming fight has been moved from January to November, her schedule is wide open to attend the ball on December 11th. There's just one catch -- Jarrod might need to round up some single friends, STAT! 

One more thing ... Ronda says she may be interested, but warns she's not a "first date kind of a girl" ... which shouldn't be a problem since Haschert appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" last week, he told us he plans on being a perfect gentleman. 

Oorah!!! 

Justin Bieber

Cruising on the Board

In Bev Hills Ghost Town

9/1/2015 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber didn't have a care in the world as he cruised at high speed on his skateboard, in the middle of an empty Bev Hills street. 

Justin was just like any ol' skate rat as he zoomed past the TMZ Hollywood Tour bus at around 9 PM. 

The Biebs has developed mad skills on the board since we last saw him ... straight lining a steep decline into a parking garage. No worries about speed wobbles ... he's in control. 

Stopping is the hardest part and we don't know how he handled that, but he's definitely still alive.

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Blac Chyna

Suck My Tailpipe, Tyga & Kylie ...

I Got My Own Wheels

9/1/2015 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Blac Chyna is making it clear ... she doesn't need a man to buy her a new car because she just picked up a new whip of her own ... a black Audi R8 Convertible. Starting price ... $130k. 

The big purchase comes on the heels of the Mercedes G Wagon debacle ... where Chyna was forced to turnover her old whip to ex Tyga, who let gf Kylie Jenner drive it before gifting her a brand new Ferrari

Looking good -- in a new whip -- is the best revenge.  

  
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Judge Joe Brown

I Was Living Like a Slave

... Jail Sentence Ends

9/1/2015 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0901-judge-joe-brown-facebookJudge Joe Brown's back on the outside after spending 5 days in what he calls "slave quarters."

The ex-TV judge completed his sentence in Memphis Tuesday morning, and ripped the jail experience. JB told People, "Jail's jail. It's boring, it's dirty, but I survived. I'm breathing free air."

As we reported ... Brown was locked up for contempt of court -- he went off on the judge last year when he was an attorney on a child support case.

Despite the conditions ... Joe says he'd do it all over again to stand up for his client, and blamed the judge for being impatient.

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Janet Jackson

Tears and Tribute to Michael

... For Tour Opener

9/1/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Janet Jackson's emotions started pouring out on the first night of her "Unbreakable" tour ... which she kicked off in Vancouver Monday night. 

Janet got a massive ovation at the very start of the show -- and broke down before launching into her string of hit songs. Her set included "Scream" ... the mega hit she recorded with her brother, Michael.

As for what everyone really came to see -- 49-year-old Janet's still pulling off her signature dance moves.

Oh, and note to Justin Bieber ... this is how you really get choked up onstage. 

  
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Taylor Swift

Sings Over Felony Assault Onstage

... Fan Busted for Brawl

9/1/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Taylor Swift never broke stride as a crazed fan jumped onstage and went toe-to-toe with her security force in a fight so nasty ... bones were broken. 

The intense brawl went down Saturday night at San Diego's Petco Park, and law enforcement sources tell us 26-year-old Christian Ewing snuck into the concert -- repeatedly evading security guards trying to toss him. 

We're told Ewing eventually charged onto the stage just as Taylor was runway strutting during "Style." Check out the video ... 4 security guards immediately pounced on him, but he put up a hell of a fight.

The guards eventually dragged him away -- but one guard broke a rib. Ewing was booked for felony and misdemeanor battery, and obstruction. His bail is set at $35k.

Besides a quick glance ... Taylor was able to shake it off. 

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Kevin Gates

Cops Investigate Fan Kick

Charges Coming Down

9/1/2015 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-kevin-gates-facebook-launchKevin Gates is learning ... brutally kicking a fan is a good way to get the cops crawling up your ass, and he's about to face criminal charges. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... police in Lakeland, FL are working with the State Attorney's Office and expect the rapper to be charged for the incident that went down over the weekend. Gates unleashed the kick on a woman who had tugged at his shorts. 

The woman was struck in the midsection, and went to the hospital. Based on the video alone ... it appears he severely overreacted.

It's unclear what the charge will be against Gates, but it's expected to come down sooner than later.

Gates also got into it with fans during a March show in Michigan ... but was not charged. 

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Porsha Williams

Kicked In The Gut

... By 'RHOA' Co-Star

9/1/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0831-porsha-williams-cyntha-bailey-TMZ-01'Real Housewives of Atlanta' has figured out a way to replace NeNe Leakes ... with a good old fashioned bitch fight. 

We're told Porsha Williams was on a boat in ATL with fellow castmate Cynthia Bailey when things got hot. The 2 women began arguing about nothing and Porsha started calling Cynthia a bitch. Cynthia tried to disengage, walking to the other side of the boat, but in true form Porsha followed.

Porsha got in Cynthia's face, and that's when Cynthia exercised self-defense, kicking Porsha in the stomach. Producers came in before Porsha could react and restrained her.

As for injuries ... Porsha went to the hospital, where she scored pain meds.

And big surprise ... the fight was captured on camera.

Chris Brown

My Baby Mama's Got Terrible Judgment

In Boyfriends

9/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0831-chris-brown-king-ba-TMZ-Instagram-01Chris Brown is chomping at the bit to face his baby mama in custody court ... and the biggest weapon in his arsenal is the woman's boyfriend. 

Chris and Nia Guzman will fight it out in 2 weeks. She wants full custody of 1-year-old Royalty and visitation for Chris, BUT only if it's monitored. She says he's a bad guy who hangs with criminals and smokes weed. Chris wants joint custody. 

But we're told Chris thinks her argument will boomerang right back in her face, because her boyfriend, King Ba -- the guy who lived with her and is even named on Royalty's birth certificate -- is a wanted man ... on the run for felony forgery

We're told Chris is eager to tell the judge Nia has terrible judgment ... hooking up with a con man.

As we first reported, Chris believes Nia's real motivation has nothing to do with custody ... she wants to squeeze more child support out of him. He's currently paying $2,500. She wants $15k.

As for Nia, her rep tells us, she's no longer with King Ba.

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