If you thought Kanye West refusing to perform until a wheelchair-bound concertgoer stood up sounded like an awkward scene ... wait till you watch the cringeworthy video.
As we previously reported ... the whole thing went down at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, Australia Friday night -- and shortly after he stopped rapping, the crowd started booing the person in a wheelchair.
Kanye clearly meant well ... but it's hard to watch the video without feeling bad for Yeezy's fan.
Panthers Star Greg Hardy
Over Domestic Violence Conviction
9/14/2014 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Carolina Panthers have decided to DEACTIVATE superstar defensive end Greg Hardy because of his domestic violence conviction -- a decision that was made by the team this morning and it seems fairly obvious it's all because of the Ray Rice situation.
Back in July, a North Carolina judge found Hardy guilty of attacking his girlfriend and threatening her life during an altercation in May -- but the Panthers and the NFL decided not to punish Hardy while he appealed the decision and pursued a jury trial.
Translation -- THEY SAT ON THEIR HANDS AND DID NOTHING FOR MONTHS.
But now, in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal -- and a public outcry against the NFL for taking too light of a stance against domestic violence -- the Panthers have decided to deactivate Hardy for today's game.
As for the incident, Hardy's ex had claimed he beat the living crap out of her and threatened to kill her during a jealous late-night rage.
The woman had testified that Hardy got angry that night when he heard a Nelly song at a nightclub -- which angered him because the woman had briefly dated the rapper when she was on a break from Hardy.
Story developing ..
Actress Claims LAPD Brutality
Because of White BF
9/14/2014 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An actress from "Django Unchained" claims she was the victim of classic racism and police brutality ... just because she was showing affection to a white man.
Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian were making out in a parked car Thursday outside the CBS studios in the San Fernando Valley. Daniele had just left a meeting at CBS with a director. Brian tells us ... he was told a resident of a nearby apartment saw them making out and called the cops.
Brian tells us LAPD officers came up to them with a suspicious eye. Brian believes it's because cops saw "a tatted rocker white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were HO & a trick."
Brian -- a celebrity chef -- says cops demanded to see their IDs -- he complied but she refused. Brian tells TMZ ... Daniele walked away, only to be confronted by cops a short distance later, cuffed, thrown in the back of the patrol car and taken back to the scene.
She says the cuffs were so tight they tore through her wrists, causing them to bleed.
Cops say they received a 911 call from a concerned citizen saying a male and female were involved in "indecent exposure" inside their vehicle ... with the door open.
Brian says they've retained a lawyer and will file a complaint with the LAPD ... and more.
First Public Outing Since Beating
9/14/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Christy Mack says her recovery is going great ... and she's only a few surgeries away from fixing the damage done to her face -- allegedly by ex-boyfriend/MMA fighter War Machine.
Mack was outside an event for the Face Forward Foundation -- an advocacy group who support victims of domestic abuse -- when she gave us an update on her current condition.
As we previously reported ... War Machine plead NOT guilty to 32 charges -- including two counts of attempted murder.
Mack told police her ex came to her home Aug. 8th ... beat her friend Corey Thomas and then pummeled her --- breaking multiple bones all over her body and rupturing her liver.
For Covering Zeppelin/Baez Classic
9/14/2014 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus already offended boomers across the country with her Beatles cover ... now, she's going a step further with a Led Zeppelin/Joan Baez classic -- and people are pissed.
Cyrus recorded "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" -- re-naming it "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You" -- and posted it on Soundcloud Friday. Judging by the comments ... not well received.
-- "Further proof that Gene Simmons was right - rock is finally dead."
-- "Thank you for destroying my favorite Zeppelin song."
-- "When my dog farts it sounds better than this."
To be fair, some people did say they liked it -- so, we gotta ask ...
'Southland' Star Ben McKenzie
Head Cracked Open
While Filming New 'Gotham' Show
9/14/2014 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Southland" star Ben McKenzie accidentally rammed his head into a concrete pillar ... cracking his forehead open while filming the new show "Gotham" -- and the gash is gruesome.
McKenzie -- who plays a young version of Commissioner James Gordon on the Batman-inspired show -- posted the pics online ... and says the whole thing sadly happened on his birthday.
Ben says he hit up New York Presbyterian hospital shortly after and got stitched up by Dr. Sherman.
Good thing it wasn't Dr. Victor Fries (Batman humor.)
In other news...
Reese Witherspoon shared a photo of her teenage self on the set of her second-ever movie.
You have to see this!!
Fan Stampede After Fight
9/14/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hundreds of boxing fans were whipped into a frenzy after the Floyd Mayweather fight Saturday night ... and things got so out of hand one guy ended up in the hospital.
Moments after Money scored a unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana ... 2 fights broke in in the lobby -- causing scores of fans to run back inside the arena to avoid the fight.
One man was taken away on a stretcher ... but hotel officials tell the Las Vegas Sun -- he wasn't fighting ... he just got stampeded.
In case you forgot ... a similar incident went down after the Mayweather fight in May -- only that one was worse ... 24 people were hospitalized.
Iggy to Porn Co.
Use My Name and
I'll Screw You!
9/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea's lawyers are throwing the kitchen sink at a major porn company ... now claiming Vivid will get it's dirty corporate ass sued if it dares to market her alleged sex tape ... because the name "Iggy" can only be used by Iggy.
It seems a sex tape exists, even though her lawyers deny it. Initially they said it was a fabrication ... then said if it does exist she may have been a minor. The "sex partner" -- rapper Hefe Wine -- told TMZ Live Friday there is indeed a tape and she knew about it and consented. And he says she was NOT a minor ... he says he met her when she was 18.
Now Iggy's lawyers have fired off a letter to Vivid -- obtained By TMZ -- in which they say the name "Iggy" is gold ... protected by U.S. Trademark.
So maybe Vivid could market the tape this way -- STEAMY SEX TAPE, FEATURING SHMIGGY SHMEZELIA AND HEFE WINE!
Vivid is unimpressed, restating it's desire to market the tape.
BTW ... sources close to Iggy say she feels betrayed by her ex-BF.
In other news...
Khloe Kardashian just broke up with rebound boyfriend French Montana, and it seems she's trying to leave a message for someone with this sleeveless shirt!SEE MORE »
Celeb Nude Leaks
Hacked Model Suing Apple
I Warned Them ... Twice
9/14/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apple is about to get sued by a model who claims her nude pictures are now on public display thanks to the company's crappy security, and she's rounding up others to join her in court.
Joy Corrigan says she was hacked months before Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and others who suffered the same fate.
Joy says she reached out to Apple in early July ... but the company blew her off, saying she was simply a victim of phishing, so she needed to change her password. She followed orders, but days later she was hacked again. Apple gave her the same song and dance.
After the story broke late last month Apple contacted her and again denied any responsibility.
Joy's now lawyered up and plans to round up other victims for a class action lawsuit against Apple.
TMZ has also reached out to Apple, but so far no word back.
Expensive Dog Debuts in L.A.
9/14/2014 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Hilton's expensive pomeranian has touched down in Los Angeles ... and it's already melting hearts.
Paris was leaving LAX when she told us the $13K price tag was worth every penny -- it's hard to disagree when you take one look at the adorable mini pom.
The celebrity DJ also says she already ditched the name Mr. Awesome ... the pooch has a more Hilton-appropriate name now.
No matter how cute the dog is, he's still gonna crap on your floor. Enjoy!
Booze to Blame for Sparking Elevator Punch
9/11/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
My Apt Turned Into Noah's Ark
9/14/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shoddy roof work caused Jennifer Connelly's NYC loft to leak like a sieve during a big rainstorm -- according to a new lawsuit -- but the roofers say Connelly's to blame.
Connelly hired a construction company to make repairs to the roof of a loft apartment building she owns -- a refurbished 1860s warehouse. But according to the suit ... when a big storm hit in Oct. 2010, water from the rain started pouring into the building.
It cost $262K to repair the damage ... money her insurance company shelled out.
The roofing company has fired back by suing Connelly ... saying she let the roof fall into disrepair. The roofers say if a jury orders them to pay the insurance company $262K, they want the judge to order Connelly to pay them back.
9/13/2014 5:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like Justin Bieber is done living the bachelor life ... he actually brought his girlfriend Selena Gomez to Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather fight -- and she's gonna meet his boxing BFF.
Sources close to Bieber tell us the couple hit up the Hard Rock pool party Saturday and Selena was spotted with friends in a picture posted on Shots. Bieber also posted a pic poolside.
We're told Selena and Floyd have surprisingly never met -- Biebs usually rolls to Vegas with his boys -- but he plans to introduce the two after the fight.
Normally Lil Wayne and J.B. walk Floyd to the ring ... but Weezy is on tour -- so right now it's looking like Wiz Khalifa will be taking his place.