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Rapper Joe Budden

GF Says He Beat Me Rihanna Style (PHOTOS)

4 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Budden Assault
Rapper Joe Budden allegedly brutally beat his girlfriend the way Chris Brown brutalized  Rihanna  ... by slamming her head into the dashboard of a car.

We're told Budden saw pics of his GF with some men and flipped out.   Sources connected with the woman tell us ... Budden found her at an NYC restaurant, dragged her out to his car and then allegedly choked her and slammed her head into the dash.  

The sources say he then drove them to his New Jersey home where cops say the beating continued.  

TMZ obtained photos of the GF's injuries ... they're pretty graphic.

Cops are currently investigating.

We've reached out to Budden ... so far, no response.

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Nick Cannon

Naked But Not Afraid

Of Mariah

25 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

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Nick Cannon took the first public shot at his estranged wife Mariah Carey ... by putting his soon-to-be single body on display ... for the sake of charity of course.

TMZ broke the story ... the couple's divorce is a "done deal." Nick is clearly telegraphing ... he's taking the split in stride. 

Cannon accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Spice Girl Mel B and upped the ante by completing the task in the BUFF! 

Nick also makes a point of talking about his wiener ... fond memories, Mariah?

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Ryan Seacrest

My Yacht Will Run Laps Around Yours

29 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

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When Ryan Seacrest needs a workout on the open sea, he doesn't settle for a treadmill ... he just takes some laps on his massive lido deck.

We got Ryan and his model girlfriend Shayna Taylor in Saint-Tropez Thursday getting their morning run in ... without ever leaving the confines of their multi-million dollar sea castle.

There will be no Gold's Gym for Ryan, who's making his "American Idol" money work for him in many ways on the French Riviera.

OK, it may not be Bill Gates-level cash ... but Ryan's yacht certainly gives Mr. Microsoft's a run for his money.

The all-black outfits they're sporting seem appropriate for maximum water loss ... but from the looks of it, he hasn't even broken a sweat yet.

Think you two need another lap! It's OK, we'll wait.

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Columbus Short

ARRESTED

8/21/2014 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Columbus Short just got a new set of cuffs .... he was arrested and taken into custody in a Van Nuys courtroom.

Short has been a wanted man since last month when he failed to appear in his criminal domestic violence case. Short chose to go to Barbados instead. The judge issued an arrest warrant and set bail at $40K.

That same judge became enraged earlier this week when Short skipped another hearing ... he was still vacationing in Barbados. The judge upped the bail to $500K.

The former "Scandal" star showed up this AM to face the music and was immediately arrested.

Now get this ... Short had another hearing today in a criminal case involving a bar fight, but he didn't show because he was in custody. So the judge in the bar fight case issued a SECOND arrest warrant and set bail at $250K.

He makes bad decisions.

Kevin Sorbo

I'm Sorry ...

I Was Stupid to Call Ferguson Rioters 'Animals'

8/21/2014 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Sorbo Apologizes
Kevin Sorbo now says he made a bonehead move in the middle of the night by trashing Ferguson protesters.

Sorbo went on TMZ Live to address his Facebook post, claiming the rioters were using the shooting of Michael Brown, "as an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are."

But ... he didn't fully backtrack his comment that Obama was elected by Blacks.

Justin Bieber's Entourage

Accused of Bribing

Canadian Border Officials

8/21/2014 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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 Niagara 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.

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Lolo Jones Has Some Interesting Tan Lines

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50 Cent to Mayweather:

DON'T HATE ME

... Hate Nelly!

8/21/2014 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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50 Cent has a message for Floyd Mayweather -- YOU SHOULD HATE NELLY'S GUTS ... claiming the rapper banged TWO of Floyd's chicks. 

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. 

#Drama.   

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Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

Divorce 'A Done Deal'

Separated for Months

8/21/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon separated back in May -- and are living apart ... and we're told divorce lawyers have been negotiating a property settlement and custody agreement for months and the divorce is "a done deal."

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.

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Miranda Lambert Looks Completely Different Without All That Makeup

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Justin Bieber

Friend Gets Lighter Sentence

Because He Kept Mouth Shut

8/21/2014 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber Khalil DUI

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.

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Kevin Sorbo

Calls Ferguson Protesters

'Animals' and 'Losers'

8/21/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-kevin-sorbo-01Kevin 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."

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12:00 PM PT -- Kevin is now apologizing for his comments.

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Katy Perry Managed To Keep Her Bikini On This Time

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Karrueche To Chris Brown

I'm NOT Having Your Babies

... Yet

8/21/2014 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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.

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Taylor Swift & John Mayer

These Two, Again?

8/21/2014 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Mayer and Taylor Swift SpottedTaylor 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?

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