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Jennifer Garner

'Fed Up' With Ben's Gambling, Drinking

7/1/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jennifer Garner reached her breaking point with Ben Affleck's drinking and gambling and that's why she pulled the plug on their marriage ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.

Our sources (not surprisingly) have two views of what happened ... some align with him and some with her.

The Jen sources say Ben's drinking and gambling have escalated over the last few years to the point "she couldn't take it anymore." Ben's sources also say he likes to drink and loves to gamble ... in fact, Ben has rhapsodized about gambling in interviews.

Sources say "partying" had nothing to do with their problems. Ben did not go out and did not womanize ... Jen complained he just drank and gambled too much.

As for our Ben sources, they say it's really just about 2 people who want to live their lives differently. His people say they've been in therapy for more than 2 years -- he even mentioned his marital problems during his 2013 Oscar acceptance speech. They add the couple has been separated for 10 months, so there was no recent "breaking point."

0701-ben-affleck-playing-blackjack-tmz-7Ben's gambling is well-documented. TMZ got photos of the actor last September during a high-stakes blackjack session in Detroit. And TMZ broke the story, Ben was banned from the Hard Rock in Vegas in late April 2014 for counting cards.

The other thing our Ben sources say ... he wins big in gambling.

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G-Unit Rapper Kidd Kidd

Arrested

Cops Hunt Him Down at Concert

7/1/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kidd Kidd was scheduled to perform Tuesday night at the XXL 2015 Freshman Class concert at the Best Buy Theater ... a show that hypes up and coming rappers.

The NYPD has been on the hunt for Kidd Kidd since February, when he allegedly assaulted and strangled a woman in a domestic dispute.  

Kidd Kidd was hauled off and 50 Cent and the rest of the G-Unit crew jumped into action and filled in for him at the show. 

Kidd Kidd has had his problems. In 2011, he was parked outside a house in New Orleans when someone sprayed his car with bullets, hitting him 6 times ... 3 less bullets than his mentor.  

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Ricky Bell

Bobby Brown's Almost At

His Breaking Point

30 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's only so much Bobby Brown can take ... which is why his friend of 40 years, Ricky Bell says there's no way to comfort him over the impending loss of Bobbi Kristina.  

Ricky, one of Bobby's New Edition mates explained it's hard to find the right words when he talks to Bobby, because he's suffered so many tragic losses (4 of them) in the last few years. He added ... his heart goes out to the Brown and Houston families.

On Tuesday, Pat Houston and Tina Brown came together for the first time since Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized back in January ... as the families seem to be putting aside their differences during her final days. 

Sherri Shepherd

Settles Divorce

Rolls Over on Child Support, Sorta

7/1/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_sherri_shepherd_lamar_sally_tmzSherri Shepherd's nasty divorce and custody battle is finally over ... and stunningly, she has agreed to pay child support for the kid she disavowed from birth ... but with a catch.

Our sources say, Sherri and estranged hubby Lamar Sally have struck a settlement agreement in which the ex-'View' co-host will pay $4,100 a month in child support. The monthly obligation increases to $4,600 when the kid turns 13.  

Remember, Sherri fought Lamar tooth and nail in court, claiming he defrauded her into getting a surrogate to carry a baby for the purpose of getting child support.

Now for the catch. According to the settlement agreement, Sherri is allowed to pursue her fraud claim and if the appeals court rules in her favor, her child support obligations will disappear. 

And there's a Sofia Vergara twist ... the couple has embryos in storage and Sherri wants them destroyed. Lamar is undecided. According to the settlement, if Lamar chooses to bring the embryos to term, Sherri will not have to pay child support.

Sherri's not walking away completely empty-handed ... she'll get to hold onto the rights to her show, "Funny Mothers" which is currently in development.

Carlos Slim

Mexican Billionaire Says

'No Gracias' To 'Apprentice'

7/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-carlos-slim-donald-trump-tmz-01Mexican mogul Carlos Slim sits on a telecommunications empire worth billions, making him the perfect replacement for Trump on "The Apprentice," but it’s not gonna happen, TMZ has learned.

Slim’s rep tells TMZ, "No creo que le interese. Esta muy ocupado sobre todo con Las Fundaciones y la labor social."

Rough translation: He’s not interested because his foundations and social work already keep him very busy.

As for Slim's views on Trump, one of Slim's TV companies, Ora TV, followed in the footsteps of Univision and Televisa and cut ties with Trump on a pending project.

Trump … mas remedio tiene un muerto.

Lil Wayne

My 15 Minutes Of Fame

Will Cost Clubs A Fortune

7/1/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_lil_wayne_tmzLil Wayne will perform at your club for $110,000 … for a 15 minute/5 song set.

We got a hold of Weezy’s contract and rider for his upcoming club gigs.

In addition to the loot, he demands an artist section big enough for Wayne's 20-plus entourage, stocked with 10 bottles of Dom Perignon, 5 Cirocs and 3 D’usse bottles at least 10 minutes prior to his arrival.  

And with a history of being shot at, it's no surprise he demands 2 security guards on either end of his booth.

Not bad for 15 minutes ... kinda makes you want to quit your day job. 

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Caitlyn Jenner

Check Me out on Broadway!!! (PHOTO)

6/30/2015 5:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0630_caitlyn-jenner_akmgsiCaitlyn Jenner made a very sexy splash on Broadway Tuesday night ... and she's giving Kim a run for her money.

Caitlyn went with transgender actress Candis Cayne to the Broadway show, "An American in Paris." 

It's the first time Caitlyn -- who is 65 -- has been out in public with full-on cleavage and lace. It's pretty apparent ... she's been taking Kim's advice on how to dress and especially how to look good in photographs.

When Caitlyn left the theater, a throng of fans were there to greet her. 

One thing is clear ... Caitlyn ain't wearin' Bruce's baseball caps anymore.

  
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Too Short

I Got Just What the Pot Lady Needs

A New Wheelchair

7/1/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Too Short has come to the rescue of a handicapped marijuana dispensary worker humiliated by cops.

The rapper and some of his fellow tokers bought 54-year-old Marla James a new wheelchair ... she's legally blind and missing a leg.

James was the on-duty manager at Sky High Holistic when the Santa Ana PD raided the dispensary last month over permits.

Hidden cameras caught cops eating the edibles and victimizing James for her slow moving carriage. One cop even joked they should kick the amputee in "the nub."

The footage went viral and Short got the good deed bug after learning James' previous whip was old and held together by duct tape. 

Puff, puff ... give back.

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B2K Singer Lil' Fizz

'MEMBA HIM?!

7/1/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0630_lil_fizz_now_photos_launchLil' Fizz (real name Dreux Frederic) is best known for being the youngest singer in the R&B boy band B2K with their 2002 chart topping song "Bump Bump Bump." Guess what he looks like now!

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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner

No Prenup

No Money Problems

6/30/2015 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_BEN_AFFLECK_JENNIFER_GARNER_TMZBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner did not build a financial wall between them before getting married, because we've learned there is no prenup ... and get this, he's not that much richer than her.

Multiple informed sources tell TMZ, Ben and Jen's business managers are busy figuring out how to divide what we are told is a fortune.  We're told they both have accumulated many millions. Jen made a "massive amount of money" off of "Alias," which went into syndication, as well as a string of movies, including "13 Going on 30" and "Elektra." 

Ben has made a ton of money, but a number of his projects were independent films where the cash wasn't as plentiful.  

Short story ... they're both rich, but it's not like she needs his money.  

It's unlikely she'll get spousal support because of her wealth, but she doesn't need it. The trick is dividing the community property, which we're told is going smoothly so far.

As for the "10 year rule" -- meaning a judge would give her more spousal support due to the length of the marriage -- we're told 2 things:  A) their decision had nothing to do with it  B) she's loaded and doesn't need support. 

  
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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner

Getting Divorced

6/30/2015 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_BEN_AFFLECK_JENNIFER_GARNER_TMZ_2Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their 10 year marriage ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the couple, whose anniversary was yesterday, will file for divorce.

Although they will file for divorce, it won't be done immediately. They are working things out with a mediator and business managers, sources tell TMZ. The divorce will be filed when all of the property and custody issues are resolved. 

We're told the divorce is amicable and Ben and Jen will share joint custody of their 3 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 9.

The couple says, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private family matter. Thank you for understanding."

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NHL's Mike Richards

NHL Notified About Oxycodone Drama

... At Canadian Border

6/30/2015 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-mike-richards-GETTY-01NHL officials have been notified that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation into ex-L.A. Kings player Mike Richards involves the prescription drug oxycodone ... multiple sources tell TMZ Sports

Our sources say Richards was stopped while crossing from the United States into Canada on June 17th ... and we're told he was questioned about oxycodone pills, a powerful painkiller. 

For the record, Richards has NOT been charged with a crime.   

However, he has since been cut from the team for "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract."

We reached out to Richards' agent for comment multiple times but haven't heard back. Canadian officials refused to comment, citing privacy laws.   

But a rep for the NHL Players Association tells us, "We are in the process of reviewing the facts and circumstances of this matter, and will discuss the situation with the player in order to determine the appropriate course of action." 

Donald Trump

Sues Univision

Blames Hillary Clinton

6/30/2015 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-donald-trump-tmz-01Donald Trump just sued Univision for $500 million for pulling the plug on the Miss USA pageant.

TMZ broke the story ... Trump promised he'd go after the network, claiming he has an iron-clad, 5 year deal in which it promised to run the beauty contest.

Trump has also vowed to go after NBC in court for pulling the plug on Miss USA. So far, no lawsuit has been filed on that front.

Trump believes Univision and NBC are trying to suppress his right of free speech. In the lawsuit, he says the reason Univision went after him is because the network is owned by Haim Saban, a key Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser.  

Trump is also suing for defamation, in part because he says on June 25th, Univision Prez of Programming Alberto Ciurana posted a photo on his Instagram account, comparing Trump to Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old responsible for the South Carolina church massacre. 

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