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Jimi Hendrix

Excuse Me, While I Sue This Guy

... Over Legendary Guitar

6/1/2015 6:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601_jimi_hendrix_black_widow_gettyOne of Jimi Hendrix's fabled axes was allegedly stolen by a guy who's now trying to cash in by selling the guitar -- but the money men behind Jimi's estate are gunning to shut down the sale.

The battle is over an Acoustic Black Widow guitar ... which went to Jimi's dad when Hendrix died in 1970. Then in 1995 ... pops gave it Experience Hendrix, LLC -- Jimi's licensing and merchandising company. Experience Hendrix believed the guitar was in its possession until June 2014.

That's when, according to a lawsuit filed by Experience Hendrix, Julien's Auctions contacted the company to authenticate a Black Widow that Brian Patterson was attempting to sell as a Hendrix treasure. Hendrix attorneys say Patterson got the guitar from a guy who somehow got it after divorcing Janie Hendrix ... Jimi's sister.

The Hendrix co. says its the rightful owner ... and is demanding Patterson hand over the guitar immediately, and fork over at least $750k in damages.

Or as Jimi might put it -- Hey Brian ... where you goin' with that guitar in your hand?

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Obama to Caitlyn

Way to Go!

6/1/2015 3:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601-barack-obama-caitlyn-jenner-Vanity-fair-getty-02President Obama has weighed in on Caitlyn Jenner's new journey, by heaping praise on her. 

The Prez just tweeted, "It takes courage to share your story," adding, "Your story matters in the fight for LGBT rights."

It's a huge victory for the LGBT community. It's one thing for the President to acknowledge LGBT rights during a State of the Union address ... it's another to voice strong support for the person who has become the most visible transgender person in the world.

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Mum on Caitlyn

We Stand By Bruce

6/1/2015 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


General Mills -- the makers of Wheaties -- had an interesting reaction to the passing of Bruce Jenner and the birth of Caitlyn.

As you know, Bruce's image was an iconic box cover for the cereal in 1977 ... one year after he won gold at the Olympics.

We contacted General Mills Monday and asked about their reaction to the new photos, and they told us, "Bruce Jenner continues to be a respected member of Team Wheaties."

We followed up by asking if they acknowledge the presence of Caitlyn and the response was short and to the point: "We stand by our statement."

We were told General Mills has had its statement locked and loaded for a while.

It's interesting ... the company rolled out the box cover in 2012 for a retro campaign celebrating the achievements of Olympic gold medalists, which also included the images of Muhammad Ali and Mary Lou Retton. We don't know if they will use Bruce's image in the future.


Bruce Jenner

Call Me Caitlyn

First Photo as a Woman

6/1/2015 9:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


It's the biggest reveal of 2015 for sure ... Bruce Jenner as a woman, and the pic is dramatic. 

The name's now Caitlyn. She posed for the cover of Vanity Fair's July issue and it was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz.

It's interesting the name is spelled with a C and not a K ... possibly a break from the Kardashian Klan.

In the Diane Sawyer interview Bruce made it clear he was saying farewell to his male persona. This pic is a full reveal of the transformation. 

Caitlyn just opened a Twitter account, saying, "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."

Check out the video, where Caitlyn models several outfits and seductively poses.

Enrique Iglesias

I Need a Hand ...

From a Surgeon!

6/1/2015 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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That drone accident jacked up Enrique Iglesias' hand so badly he has to get reconstructive surgery.

Enrique's fingers got sliced during Saturday night's concert in Tijuana when he grabbed a drone flying above the stage. Even though the singer was able to finish the show -- bloody and bandaged ... the damage was severe.

His rep told the AP ... Enrique was having surgery in L.A. on Monday to repair his right hand.

His world tour will resume July 3rd in Mexico City, where we're guessing drones will be strictly prohibido.

Caitlyn Jenner

Trashy Lingerie

Big Winner In VF Cover

6/1/2015 11:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601-bruce-jenner-vanity-fair-08If you’re wondering where Caitlyn Jenner picked up that sexy satin corset for her big cover reveal, look no further than West Hollywood’s Trashy Lingerie.

We found out Jenner’s stylist went to the famous lingerie shop three weeks ago looking for a specific type of corset. We’re told the stylist bought 3 corsets for the VF cover shoot – 2 satin ones that lace up the back, and 1 lacy number that was special ordered.

The shop’s plain, satin nude Edy Corset won top honor, along with matching high-waisted panties … in a size large. The cup size? A healthy 36B.


The stylist dropped $1,030 total for all three looks.

A small price for a big change, if you think about it.

Caitlyn Jenner

I Didn't Spell it with a 'K'

For Good Reason

6/1/2015 10:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Caitlyn Jenner did not spell her first name with a "K" because she wants a clean break from the Kardashian moniker ... TMZ has learned.  

Sources closely associated with Bruce tell us Caitlyn wants to make it clear to her family and the world ... she is her own person. That sounds obvious, but we're told it was an extremely meaningful choice for her ... she has never been her own person before, and becoming part of the Kardashian brood would undermine her goal.

Our sources say it's not that there's bad blood between Caitlyn and the Kardashians ... it's all about self-identity. 

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Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Martin

Date Night Cover-up …

Thanks Bono!

6/1/2015 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601-jennifer-lawrence-chris-martin-bono-SPLASH-01Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin are still going strong, but if you want to get through to them, you’re going to have to get through Bono first.

The couple hitched a ride with U2's frontman after they went to the band's concert Sunday (Bloody Sunday) night in L.A. They all hopped in the same ride to the after-party at Chateau Marmont -- and Bono felt the need to play white knight ... shielding J-Mart from cameras.

Shhhh!! No one tell Bono he's a little late with the cover-up -- everyone already knows Chris and Jennifer are dating.

It's been kind of a thing for months now.

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Caitlyn Jenner

I Needed to Shock People

With Vanity Fair Cover

6/1/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601-bruce-jenner-vanity-fair-05Caitlyn Jenner did not want the world to see a demure version of herself ... she chose a sexy photo because once the shock wears off, people will be more accepting. 

Sources closely associated with Caitlyn tell TMZ, she gave a lot of thought to her first public image. She felt if she posed in something modest, like a dress, people would not be satisfied and the mystery would prevent her from leading any kind of a normal life. 

We're told Caitlyn chose an extremely sexy, revealing outfit because now that the public's curiosity is satisfied, it will not be a shock when she goes out in normal streetwear.

And our sources say Caitlyn plans to publicly circulate now that her true self is revealed. She was hiding for a long time until this moment, but now the decks are cleared.

In other news...

See Kailyn Lowry's Amazing Body Slimdown!

Check out the progress Kailyn Lowry made after giving birth to her second son!


Prince Jackson

Grandma & Grandpa

Reunite for Graduation Party

6/1/2015 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601_prince_jackson_graduation_party_launchJoe and Katherine Jackson don't get together often, but they put aside their differences to celebrate Michael Jackson's firstborn graduating from high school. 

According to our sources, the family shindig for Prince Jackson went down Saturday afternoon at Joe's house in Encino. We're told it was a small gathering -- about 35 people or so -- with Prince's aunts, uncles and cousins making up most of the crowd.  

The party was catered, but just typical party food ... nothing too fancy ... especially considering how filthy rich the guest of honor is. Uncle Jackie and Grandpa Joe made speeches, along with Prince. 

Prince graduated Saturday from the exclusive Buckley School -- and says he's going to LMU School of Film and Television ... following in the footsteps of other celeb kids Colin Hanks and Scott Eastwood

Bonus fun facts: Carson Daly AND Gilligan (Bob Denver) went to LMU too!

In other news...

The Hottest Women From "Entourage"

The guys are great and all, but let’s face it -- Entourage is nothing without the eye candy.


Kim Kardashian

Doin' the Bump

... Somebody's Showing

6/1/2015 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian's 3 months of pregnancy is starting to show in the usual places -- and they're all on display in NYC.

Kim and Kanye West were out in the rainy city Monday morning and as they bolted in and out of buildings ... it appeared there was a hint of a baby bump starting to show.

More importantly (if you're into this sorta thing) ... there are clear signs the sequel will begin filming soon -- Mom Boobs, Part 2! This time they mean business.

Get your tickets early.

In other news...

Kristin Chenoweth Unrecognizable Without Makeup!

Kristin Chenoweth was spotted at LAX sans the warpaint and looked virtually unrecognizable!


Lil Wayne

Brawls with Ref Over Bad Calls

... In CHARITY Hoops Game

6/1/2015 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lil Wayne got so furious at a referee ... in a charity basketball game ... he charged at the guy, allegedly SPIT on him -- and sparked a bench-clearing fight at a "stop the violence" event!

The brawl went down in St. Louis on Sunday night. Wayne's Young Money team was taking on a team coached by the event promoter, Loose Cannon Slim -- and we're told Coach Weezy thought the ref was blowing a bunch of calls.

In the video, Wayne is running after the ref with his whole crew behind him -- and the ref is wisely retreating into the crowd. Witnesses claim Wayne had already spit on the ref at this point.

TMZ has learned someone called police to report an assault, and although cops responded ... no one was arrested.

Again  ... this was all so a guy named Loose Cannon could promote NON-violence.

Kim Kardashian

I'm Having a

Winter Baby!

6/1/2015 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0601-kim-k-splash-03Kim Kardashian will be giving birth this winter ... because TMZ has learned she is three months pregnant.

According to our sources, Kim conceived some time in March ... which means she should be popping out a little West in December.  

In Sunday night's "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," psychic John Edward told Kim he saw something with the number three, but wasn't sure what it meant. We're told Kim's a believer and thinks it means getting pregnant the third month of the year.

As for the mother-to-be, Kim was seen out Sunday afternoon in New York City.

BTW ... how awesome if they named the kid South West.

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