Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.
Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK" .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.
But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.
Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement? It's 'The Voice!'" Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.
The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.
Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."
Kevin Hart's Ex-Wife
I Don't Care What He Does
With His Money
8/20/2014 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Hart's ex-wife Torrei has her own life, her own money, her own career ... and she's OVER Kevin Hart ... so she says.
Our photog got the "Atlanta Exes" star at LAX Wednesday ... as she pimped her new line of mixers, she insisted she was not bent out of shape when Kevin and his freshly-minted fiancee came face-to-face with her at Magic City strip club in ATL Monday ... where Kev dropped $40K.
Good Q by our photog -- If Kevin invites her to the wedding, would she go?
Also, check out the 2 people flanking Torrei during the conversation. Pretty funny.
Pisses Off Judge
8/20/2014 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short -- like the Caribbean island where he's hiding -- is a little beach ... so says the judge in his domestic violence case who just annihilated him in court.
Columbus was a no show in court again Wednesday AM -- and the irate judge has clearly lost his patience, upping his arrest warrant from $40K to $500K ... that means when Columbus is eventually arrested he has to post half a mil before he's set free.
Columbus has been a fugitive from justice after blowing off his domestic violence hearing last month in favor of his extended Barbados vacation.
We're told ... the former "Scandal" star is expected to fly back to the U.S. Wednesday to face the music ... and we're told he will be immediately cuffed and jailed.
Judgment day awaits.
Jermaine Jackson to NFL:
GET OVER NIPPLEGATE
Janet Jackson Ban Is 'Crazy'
8/20/2014 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
How does Jermaine Jackson feel about the NFL blacklisting his sister from performing at the Super Bowl halftime show?
Simple -- "That sucks."
Jermaine was out in L.A. when we broke the news to him that the NFL has only ruled out one person from performing at Super Bowl XLIX ... Janet Jackson.
"Who cares about Nipplegate?" Jermaine said ... calling the league "crazy" for holding a grudge ten years after the infamous wardrobe malfunction.
Jermaine cautioned that the league should be careful about pissing off Janet nowadays -- since she's married to a BILLIONAIRE and has become more powerful than ever!
Check out the clip.
I Haven't Gotten an Offer
From Chelsea Show
8/20/2014 11:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chelsea Handler's irreverent sidekick Chuy has NOT been offered a job on Chelsea's upcoming Netflix show ... but even if he does, he's not sure he'll sign on.
Chuy's manager tells TMZ ... Netflix and Chelsea have been radio silent ... and the clock is ticking. The smart money is on Chuy not getting an offer because if they really wanted him they would have made him an offer.
On the other hand ... the show isn't set to debut until 2016, so there's still time.
But Chuy isn't waiting around. His manager tells us ... He will be on the air by the end of this year -- either on his own show or with someone else. The manager says Chuy is in negotiations with both scenarios ... which are comedy-based.
We're told he's also into doing an overseas comedy tour.
We reached out to Netflix ... so far no word back.
Look, Up in the Sky ...
It's the Superman Costume!
8/20/2014 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Banging Drake Again ...
She Really Wants You to Know It
8/20/2014 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna's antics at Tuesday night's Drake/Lil Wayne concert left little doubt ... she and Drake are banging again ... and she really, really wants people to know.
RiRi was front and center during the show and made quite a spectacle while Drake was on stage. You'd have to be blind to not spot her jamming in the crowd next to a few of Wayne's family members. Hasn't she ever heard of keeping things on the DL?
The concert wasn't the end of their night ... with sources telling us Drake and RiRi showed up to after parties at 1Oak and The Attic following the show. The flammable duo were both at a NYC nightclub Monday as well.
Justin and Selena, Chris and Karrueche ... guess reconciling is the new black.
I'M ASHAMED OF MY SON
After Weed Bust in China
8/20/2014 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jackie Chan says he's "VERY ASHAMED" of his son Jaycee -- claiming his 31-year-old son humiliated his family after getting busted for pot in China.
Chan's son was caught in a huge drug crackdown last week -- with cops saying they found about 3.5 ounces of the green stuff in Jaycee's Beijing home.
Now, his famous father has penned a bizarre letter to the public -- blasting his kid ... and essentially saying he FAILED as a father.
"When I first heard the news, I was absolutely enraged" ... Jackie wrote in a letter posted on his official website.
"As a public figure, I feel very ashamed; as his dad, I'm very sad and disappointed. But the person who feels heartbroken the most is his mom."
"I hope our younger generation will learn from Jaycee's mistake and stay far away from drug abuse."
"I would like to take this opportunity and say to Jaycee: you’ve done something wrong and you have to be responsible for the consequences. I’m your dad and I’ll always be with you. We will face the road ahead of us together."
"I should also take some of this responsibility because as his dad, I didn’t teach him well."
"Therefore, on behalf of Jaycee and myself, I extend our deepest apologies to everyone for the negative impact this has caused on society. Thank you."
In other news...
Khloe Kardashian arrived to LAX with a noticeably plumper set of lips!
Are they bigger, or did she take duck face to the extreme?!
Justin Bieber Sued
Allegedly Ordered Photog Attack
Personally Destroyed Camera
8/20/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber can jump off a cliff ... but he can't order his bodyguard to attack anyone trying to photograph him doing it ... so a paparazzo alleges in a new lawsuit against the singer.
Aja Oxman claims Bieber was behind a brutal attack against him in which he was lifted in a choke hold and slammed onto the hood of a car. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Justin "enjoyed the beating."
Bieber was in Kauai last November at Shipwreck Beach and decided to cliff jump. Oxman says he took a photo on a public beach and Bieber sicked his bodyguard on him ... ordering, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."
Oxman says that's when the bodyguard opened a can of whoopass, took his camera and memory card. The bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, was booked for 3rd degree assault and 4th degree criminal property damage.
The suit -- filed by attorney Sark Ohanian -- claims Bieber and his hired muscle destroyed the camera together.
We called Bieber's people. So far, no comment.
Rihanna vs. Selena Gomez
Who'd You Rather?
(Short Shorts Edition)
8/20/2014 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's Rihanna rocking a pair of tiny denim shorts Tuesday in New York City ... and Selena Gomez donning a similar pair in L.A.
The question is ...
Jake T. Austin
Move Over Lindsay ... There's a New Brat in Town
8/19/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ Staff Gets Revenge
During ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
8/20/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Never has the TMZ staff so quickly assembled for an outing ... lining up to douse Harvey over ... and over ... and over.
More than a dozen staffers double-fisted sippy cups filled with the cold stuff for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
When the cups were empty ... the staff wanted more ... staging a coup.
The challenge has been the most successful campaign in memory, raising almost $23 million.
You gotta watch the video and hear who Harvey nominated for his challenge.
I Won't Be Banging JLo
In My New House
8/20/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casper Smart bought a sweet new pad in the San Fernando Valley and he WON'T be banging Jennifer Lopez inside ... these are the 2 things we know.
We found out Smart just closed on a $760,000 ranch-style home in Woodland Hills. He put down 20% -- $152,000. And get this ... it's all Casper's money. JLo didn't give him a penny. He's been renting out a condo he already owned and making money doing choreography for artists like Nicki Minaj.
The 2,039 sq ft house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a pool, fruit trees, and a batting cage.
Now the banging part. We posted pics of Smart and JLo driving together Monday in L.A. and it looked like something was up -- she was trying to hide from the photog -- but we're now told they continue to be friends but the romance is over and out.
Plus ... JLO wouldn't be caught dead in THAT part of the valley.