A Canadian border official has been fired for allegedly accepting a $10,000 bribe in return for allowing members of Justin Bieber's entourage with criminal records to enter Canada.
Bieber's camp reportedly gave a female officer at the Niagra Falls border thousands of dollars in backstage passes to get members of his posse into the country while he performed.
Canada has a strict policy on not allowing people with certain types of criminal records to enter.
It's unclear when the alleged bribes went down ... but Justin performed 2 shows in Toronto last year.
The accusations surfaced after more of Bieber's friends allegedly showed up at the border looking for the same special treatment -- and the officers on duty blew the whistle.
The Canada Border Services agency reportedly circulated an internal memo reminding officers not to take bribes ... and to rat out anyone who does.
We reached out to Bieber's reps ... so far no word back.
50 Cent to Mayweather:
DON'T HATE ME
... Hate Nelly!
8/21/2014 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
50 just posted a video online -- saying he heard that Floyd talked smack about 3 rappers ... 50, T.I. and Nelly.
Truth is ... Floyd did address certain rappers he's beefing with during an interview with MLive.com -- but didn't mention 50 by name.
He implied that all 3 guys were irrelevant -- saying, "Hip-hop artists, they come and go. They come and go. But I'm still here."
So, 50's response? "Woke up. I look at the computer ... the computer say 'Floyd said f**k T.I., f**k 50, f**k Nelly.'"
"I'm like what he say f**k me for? Nelly f**ked your first baby mama Melissa. Then took your f**ing fiance. [You should] say f**k that n**ga!"
FYI -- Nelly is currently dating Shantel Jackson ... who broke up with Floyd earlier this year.
Unleashes Brutal Attack on Ferguson 'Losers'
8/21/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Friend Gets Lighter Sentence
Because He Kept Mouth Shut
12 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber did NOT get celebrity justice when he copped a plea in his Miami Beach DUI case ... because we've learned his lesser known friend who was also busted for DUI just copped a plea that is a slap on the wrist by comparison.
You may recall ... both Bieber and Khalil were busted for DUI after cops claimed they were drag racing back in January.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Khalil will pled guilty to careless driving and his punishment will be a $500 fine and enrollment in a drug and alcohol program.
Justin, on the other hand, pled guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence. He now has to fork over $50,000 and attend 12 anger management classes ... something Khalil does have to do.
The only real difference between the 2 -- Bieber mouthed off to the cops.
Khalil's lawyer Bradford Cohen tells us, "Khalil got the benefit of being polite and courteous and not acting obnoxious and privileged, and that's why the pleas were not identical."
A $50,000 lesson learned.
Calls Ferguson Protesters
'Animals' and 'Losers'
8/21/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Sorbo unleashed a crazy rant on Facebook about the unrest in Ferguson ... accusing protesters of using the shooting of Michael Brown as "an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are."
The former "Hercules" star, who's a die-hard conservative, said on Facebook, "Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man."
He thinks the rioters are people who failed in life and need to cast blame for their shortcomings.
He wrote, "Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans ( I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well.) that their President the [sic] voted in has only made things worse for them, not better."
Sorbo then proceeded to paste the contents of a recent article from the Jewish World Review entitled, "Media Clueless About the Inner City."
We reached out to Sorbo's rep. So far, no comment.
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Divorce 'A Done Deal'
Separated for Months
8/21/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Mariah and Nick have been living in separate houses in NYC since May. He sees the kids but that's the extent of their contact.
Our sources say ... Nick's appearance on Big Boy's radio show in March was the beginning of the end. Nick played Big Boy's game -- name the 5 celebs you've slept with. Nick named 5, but our sources say the one that made Mariah insane was Kim Kardashian.
We're told Mariah tore into Nick for weeks ... feeling humiliated and the relationship never recovered.
We're told it went from bad to worse when Nick went on Howard Stern and talked about Mariah not giving it up before they got hitched. She went nuclear.
Our sources say Mariah feels Nick has abandoned her by taking every gig that's on the table ... when they don't need the money. She's especially angry because it keeps him away from their kids.
For Nick's part ... we're told he feels Mariah has become impossible because she surrounds herself with "yes men." He says she can't handle it when he dares to disagree with her.
We're also told Nick is incredulous Mariah is bitching about his work ethic ... he says he's generated $75 million since 2011 for the family.
Karrueche To Chris Brown
I'm NOT Having Your Babies
8/21/2014 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Karrueche Tran is madly in love with Chris Brown ... but he's high if he really thinks she's ready to be pregnant with his kid, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Karrueche tell us ... she was flattered by Chris' Instagram for Woman Crush Wednesday -- when he posted a pic of her saying, "Need to have this baby and stop playing!" -- but she's nowhere near ready to be a baby mama.
We're told ... for now Karrueche is career-centric -- she wants to be an actress.
Taylor Swift & John Mayer
These Two, Again?
8/21/2014 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor Swift and John Mayer showed up at the same place Wednesday night ... eating dinner within eyeshot of each other ... and we know what didn't happen.
We got pics of Swift and Mayer leaving Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood in separate cars ... so there's smoke.
But there's no fire. Our Chateau spies say John and Taylor saw each other but didn't exchange a single word.
They famously dated a few years ago and traded breakup songs about their relationship.
So here's our thought. John should have asked her how she's doing with just a touch of insincerity. Perfect, right?
In other news...
Miranda Lambert went totally makeup-free on Instagram and although she looks nothing like her stage-ready self, she is ADORBS!
Robin Williams' Son
Smiling and Mingling With Friends
8/21/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Williams' son Cody put on a brave face ... mingling with friends Tuesday in San Francisco to celebrate his dad's life.
Cody was dressed casually as he arrived at an invitation-only event at Marsha Garces' home ... she's Cody's mom and Robin's second wife. The outside of the house was strewn with candles and bouquets from well-wishers.
The 22-year-old Cody is not seen in the pic with his sister, Zelda, or half-brother, Zac.
No plans have been announced for a public memorial for Robin ... whose cremated remains were scattered in the San Francisco Bay.
Bey's Marriage Is Perfect
Breakup Rumors Are BS!!!
8/21/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce and Jay Z are NOT breaking up ... in fact, their relationship is "perfect' ... so says a woman who would definitely know -- Beyonce's mom.
Tina Knowles was leaving lunch with Kelly Rowland at Via Alloro in Bev Hills -- and in a super-rare moment, actually opened up about rumors that B and J's marriage is on the rocks.
Mama Knowles even had some choice words for people like Akon -- who recently told us the couple's relationship "feels corporate."
And there seems to be evidence to back up Tina's statement -- Bey and Jay have been spotted out together a lot recently ... looking happy at the go-kart track, a restaurant opening, and they even embraced on stage.
So, the question ...
Rescue Kitten Trapped In Car Engine!!
8/21/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cat-astrophe avoided at "Dancing With the Stars" -- when a stowaway kitten that had been stuck inside a car's motor was rescued by two PAs -- who heard the engine purring -- literally.
Production sources tell us ... the PAs heard noises from a random vehicle on the lot. They walked up to the car and heard the meows ... then discovered a kitten trapped under the hood.
Interesting Fact: Cats are known to climb near car engines to stay warm at night.
Back to the story ... The PAs tried luring the critter out with tuna ... when that didn't work, one of them crawled under the car, reached into the engine compartment and snatched the kitty.
The most amazing part ... the heroes believe the stray was inside the engine when the driver took the car from the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood.
The DWTS wardrobe dept. is now caring for the cat ... which they've named Steve ... and he's feel-ine fine.
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Stay Away from My House, Creep
8/21/2014 4:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna has yet another stalker ... and this one lurks with intent.
The singer got a restraining order against a dude who skulked around her Hollywood Hills house last week. Her security saw the guy hanging around for 3 to 4 hours and believed he was casing the joint.
The man was at one of Rihanna's perimeter walls, staring up, and the guard believed he was about to scale it. When the guy noticed the guard he fled. But the cops found him and arrested him on an unconnected vandalism charge.
Here's the twist. Law enforcement tells us they don't think the guy even knew it was Rihanna's house. Her security guards beg to differ.
Now he's ordered stay 100 yards from Rihanna and her home.
Kid From 'Jumanji'
Now Open About HIS Depression
8/21/2014 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Williams is inspiring people even in death ... his young co-star from "Jumanji" has decided it's time for people like him suffering from depression to shed the shame.
Somehow our photog spotted Bradley Pierce -- who played Peter Shepard in the classic 1995 comedy -- Wednesday night in L.A.
Pierce said he's been motivated to talk openly about his battle with depression, which he's dealt with since he was 16.
Pierce also shared a great story about Williams from the set of "Jumanji" about filming the monsoon scene -- the only time he ever got aggressive.