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Lupita Nyong'o

Thief Threw Oscar Dress Off the Balcony

3/1/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops are flustered as to how the Lupita Nyong'o Oscar dress escaped detection when it was taken from her hotel room, but now we know ... it was thrown off her balcony. 

TMZ broke the story ... the surveillance video was unhelpful. The cameras weren't trained on Lupita's door and none of the cameras on the floor showed anything suspicious.

The guy who stole the dress -- who called TMZ Friday with a road map to recovery in The London West Hollywood bathroom -- told us he knew where the cameras were placed in the hallway so he was never seen. As for the dress ... he said he threw it over the balcony and someone on the ground picked it up. 

As we reported ... the thief says he took 2 of the pearls off of the dress and down to the Garment District for appraisal, but found they were worthless fakes. That's when the thief took the dress back to the hotel

The thief told us he knew Lupita was in the room where they took the dress and waited for the opportunity to enter ... which they did when they found the door was ajar. 

By the way ... the thief also says he saw Lupita's Oscar gift bag -- valued at $125,000 which he didn't take. Looks like he chose wrong.  

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T.I. & Jeezy

Gunshots and Chaos at NC Party

2/28/2015 5:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022815_ti_shooting_launchGunshots rang out during a college event headlined by T.I. and Jeezy -- and the crowd scattered in chaos.

The rappers were playing at a day party in Charlotte when someone in the crowd fired what sounded like 2 shots. Police tell us two people suffered non-life threatening injuries ... and both were hospitalized.

Cops say no one's been arrested. They do not have a suspect yet.

Although a T.I. song was playing when the shots were fired ... we're told it was just a track -- T.I. had already performed and was not on stage. Jeezy and Yo Gotti -- who had also performed -- were in the V.I.P. section at the time of the shooting.

We've spoken to T.I.'s manager ... and he says T.I. wasn't hurt. We're also told Jeezy and Yo Gotti were uninjured.

The show was an event to celebrate the C.I.A.A. basketball tournament.

Story developing ...

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Cindy Crawford

Lawsuit Threatened

No One Screws with Her Body!

3/1/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0227_cindy_crawford_photoshoot_twitterCindy Crawford's stock in trade is her body and now her people are out for blood, claiming the person who posted this pic (above) severely altered it to make her look bad.  

The lawyer for Cindy's photographer fired off a letter -- obtained by TMZ -- threatening everyone who posted the pic with a lawsuit if they didn't take it down and apologize. The lawyer says the original pic was stolen and then doctored to make her midsection look haggard.  

The lawyer included a statement from the famous photog, who says he took the pic for Marie Claire Mexico and someone stole it from him and Photoshopped it.  

The letter apparently worked ... some media outlets are already complying.

Shortly after the altered pic hit the Internet, Cindy's hubby, Rande Gerber, posted the pic below, showing the real deal.

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Kevin Federline

I'm Makin' Bank Now

As a DJ!!!

3/1/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Federline has gone from living in a $10 million house to DJing in the OC for a grand.

KFed will be spinning at Heat Nightclub March 7th. He's not making Britney money -- $475K a show in Vegas -- but he's getting a thousand bucks and that's a start. 

The good news ... he's still getting child support, although the $20K a month went down significantly after Britney stabilized and took more custody back. 

Here's the thing. Kevin is a happy guy who knows music and has even had a hit -- yes, "Popo Zao" counts. And we hear the club is pretty awesome and the crowd will go crazy if he plays it.

Kevin Federline. He comes tight with every rhyme. And he built a kingdom down the street from Pepperdine. 

Michael Bay

Building Mansion Was Pain, No Gain ...

Construction Worker Sues

3/1/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Building Michael Bay's new mansion transformed a construction worker into an injured mess ... according to a new lawsuit filed by the guy.  

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ ... the worker says Bay didn't warn him about a dangerous hole on the property ... which was covered with plastic back in February 2013. In the suit, he says he tumbled through the opening, and was seriously injured. 

The worker isn't specific about his injuries in the lawsuit, but says he was hospitalized ... and paid out of pocket for his medical expenses. He also says he couldn't work while he was injured. He's suing to get reimbursed for his medical bills ... as well as damages. 

The mansion's been a long, slow, ordeal for the blockbuster director. He bought the property way back in 2009, demolished the home that was there, and eventually started construction on the new crib.

We reached out to Bay and his rep ... but so far, no word back. 

Celebrity Scramble

GUESS WHO!

3/1/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0224_scramble_launchEven though this celebrity wasn't bourne with this face ... you might be able to look past the plumped pic to see the star underneath!

Stars and Scars

You Be the Judge

2/28/2015 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Lots of dresses in the news. Lupita's got stolen, but then recovered. And who can forget that really ugly dress -- whatever color it is. So we gotta ask ... 

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Bobby Flay

Ex-Manager Claims

She Was Too Girly For His Burger Joint

3/1/2015 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Celebrity chef Bobby Flay's restaurant is no place for "girly" girls  ... according to an ex-manager who says she was routinely humiliated because of her expensive taste in fashion. 

Michelle Edison claims she was the victim of non-stop harassment, intimidation and sex discrimination during her stint at Bobby's Burger Palace in Maryland and was repeatedly shamed for being a bougie woman who was just "too female."

Edison claims in legal docs, her Louis Vuitton bag, makeup, perfume and hairstyle did "not fit the BBP way."

She's filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for moola. 

We called Bobby's rep ... so far no word back. 

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'Fashion Police' Staffers

Giuliana and Kelly ...

Are Ruining Joan Rivers' Legacy

2/28/2015 3:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0228-rancic-osbourne-tmz-01Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne's battle at "Fashion Police" is tearing down everything Joan Rivers built -- at least that's how show staffers feel ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the production tell us producers fear the uproar over the Zendaya joke will cause Giuliana to be more silent on the show -- because she'll be worried about further backlash.

We're told producers are worried the other show hosts will follow suit ... and it will no longer be the sassy show full of sarcastic humor that it used to be. They also wish both women had chilled after the on air apology ... because things would have blown over.

We're told Melissa Rivers is now doing everything in her power behind the scenes to keep her mom's legacy alive.

Stay tuned.

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Lil Boosie

Hospitalized For Dehydration

2/28/2015 4:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0228-lil-boosie-tmz-01Lil Boosie was hospitalized Friday in North Carolina after falling victim to the same thing that continues to plague entertainers on the road ... dehydration. 

Boosie tells TMZ ... he started feeling frail and weak while on his way to a show in Charlotte -- and it got bad enough that he decided to go to a hospital to get checked out. He says doctors told him he was extremely dehydrated ... and hooked him up with intravenous fluids.

His Charlotte gig had to be canceled, but on Saturday morning docs released him and he's currently trying to rush to a concert he has scheduled for tonight in Georgia.

Boosie tells us he's feeling better and ready to continue touring ... with lots of water.

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Ray Rice

'I Understand Why People Commit Suicide'

2/28/2015 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice says he felt so terrible after the public backlash following last year's elevator attack  ... that "I almost felt like at one point that it wasn't worth living."

Rice sat down with the Baltimore Sun ... and says he was emotionally devastated after the video went pubic.

"The big picture of it all, being the person that I am, I really felt horrible. You almost want to punish yourself. I know I'm never going to win the battle of public opinion. Honestly, I almost felt like at one point that it wasn't worth living. I see why people commit suicide."

Rice continued, "It hurt that bad. I was low, real low. It hurt that bad because you worked your whole life to do all the right things and then you're the world's most hated person. It was really tough. My daughter, oh Lord, I grew up without a father, there's no way I could check out on my own family."

"Time does heal everything, but I don't think people are going to forget this. I want people to not forget about the incident, but I want people to see there's a human being on the other side. This is not a monster, a guy who's a repeat offender. I'm not the guy they stereotype me to be. I'm not excusing what I did."

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Lil Wayne

Cops Search for Suspicious Lurker

2/28/2015 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0228-SUB-lil-wayne-twitter-01A fleet of cops cars raced to Lil Wayne's Miami Beach home early Saturday morning ... after police got a call reporting someone lurking in the neighborhood ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement officials tell us Miami Beach PD rushed to Weezy's after the call -- around 3 AM -- saying there was a suspicious looking man on the rapper's block.

We're told Weezy wasn't home at the time, but cops searched his yard for the suspect ... and came up with nothing. No one ticketed, no one arrested. The commotion did alarm a few neighbors though.

We've reached out to Wayne's camp, but no word back yet.

William Shatner

I Can't Attend Spock's Funeral

2/28/2015 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0228-nimoy-shatner-getty-02Captain Kirk says he won't be there when Mr. Spock beams up for the last time ... despite their decades of friendship.

William Shatner says he's in Florida for a Red Cross Ball -- a commitment he had made prior to Leonard Nimoy's death on Friday morning -- and, regretfully ... will have to miss the funeral service on Sunday.

Shatner adds, "I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried." He says he will take time on Sunday to celebrate Nimoy's life ... and encouraged fans everywhere to do the same.

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