Lil Wayne has made good on his promise to go after Cash Money ... because he's filed a lawsuit asking a judge to end his contract with Birdman's label.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Wayne says Birdman and company violated the deal by withholding tens of millions of dollars Cash Money owes him for his long-delayed album, "Tha Carter V."
Wayne claims because Cash Money is refusing to pay, he's entitled to walk.
But Lil Wayne wants more than just a declaration of freedom. He's suing for $51 MILLION.
And Wayne wants the judge to declare he's the joint copyright owner of all Young Money recordings ... which includes Drake, Nicki Minaj and several others.
Sources connected to Wayne tell TMZ ... if Birdman antes up then he can release "Tha Carter V," but only if Wayne gets paid. Wayne says he was supposed to get an $8 million advance when he began recording in December, 2013 and another 2M when he completed the album a year later, but so far he's gotten nothing.
I Showed Troubled Youth the Right Path
And I Got Credit!
1/28/2015 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan got credit for 18 hours of community service for doing meet and greets with fans who went to see her London play ... and that's why the prosecutor is furious.
It's pretty stunning ... Community Service Volunteers in London submitted docs to the court in Lindsay's probation case Wednesday ... listing 5 meet and greets following her performances in "Speed-the-Plow." According to the docs, each hang-out lasted 3 HOURS!
But wait ... it gets even more bizarre ... CSV gave 5 lucky probationers a total of 70 hours with Lindsay ... providing them with "work shadowing experience." In other words, young people who needed to be taught a lesson followed Lindsay by way of example. The other thing ... she's not even working right now.
Prosecutor Terry White wants 2 weeks to get to the bottom of it before he makes a recommendation to the judge. Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told the judge Lindsay merely complied with CSV rules.
Courtney Loves Making Money
... And So Do I
1/28/2015 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin O'Leary and Courtney Love definitely made a connection -- not romantically, but financially -- during their marathon dinner date Tuesday night.
Mr. Wonderful came on TMZ Live to reveal their nearly 4-hour meal was all about money and music. Courtney has publishing rights to tons of music -- hers and Kurt Cobain's -- and, of course, Kevin's got tons of money.
Kevin says he's considering investing in her music catalog, but you have to see what really shocked him about Courtney.
Never judge a book, or a Hole lead singer ...
I Got Full Custody of Our Daughter
1/28/2015 12:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ludacris just got what he was after in family court ... the judge just gave him primary physical custody of his 1-year-old daughter.
The decision comes after baby mama Tamika Fuller bitterly testified Luda didn't want the baby when he found out she was pregnant, and even tried to negotiate an abortion by throwing 10K her way.
But sources connected with the rapper tell TMZ ... the judge reviewed the report from an independent expert as well as the testimony and concluded Luda was the more fit parent.
Luda tells TMZ, "I am gratified that the judge found me to be the most fit and proper parent to have primary physical custody of our beautiful daughter."
You Can Watch My 'Journey' on TV
1/28/2015 10:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner is shooting a docuseries about his life changes that will air on television ... TMZ has confirmed.
We're told the footage has been shot over the last few months and chronicles what Kim has described as Bruce's "journey."
We're told the footage is a very personal look from Bruce's vantage point of the process of changing.
Multiple sources say the documentary will include interaction with Bruce's kids and ex-wife Kris and how they are receiving the news.
One source familiar with the production tells us when Bruce talked openly with the family, at one point Kris "lost it."
We're told all of Bruce's kids -- the boys and girls -- have been "extremely supportive."
Our sources say the docuseries will air on E.
Mariah and Nick
Their Kids Liked Me Too Much
1/28/2015 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon may be getting divorced, but they're still attached because they're being sued by a former nanny who claims she was fired because she showed too much affection to their twins.
Simonette DaCosta claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- she was the full-time nanny when the kids were just infants. She fed, bathed and comforted them, but it didn't sit well with Mariah.
DaCosta claims the singer berated her for showing too much affection. Translation, it's pretty clear she's alleging Mariah was jealous because the kids liked their nanny way too much.
DaCosta also claims she was worked too hard ... putting in lots of OT -- sometimes 100 hours a week.
She wants back pay and other damages.
Doctor Says She Ain't Lyin'
She Has Chikungunya
1/28/2015 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan wasn't lying when she said she picked up the chikungunya virus while vacationing in Bora Bora ... because her doctor says that's exactly what was ailing her.
Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told us as she left the courthouse, the doctor's notes she submitted to the judge this AM validated what Lindsay claimed.
TMZ broke the story ... LiLo was laid up in the hospital last week and her people claimed she had the virus which is carried by mosquitos.
Pisses Off Prosecutor ...
Greeting Fans Isn't Community Service!!
1/28/2015 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan shook a bunch of fans' hands after her play in London, and thinks that should count toward her 240 hours of community service -- but prosecutors say NOT SO FAST, LiLo.
Lindsay's attorney Shawn Holley showed up in court Wednesday morning to submit proof of Lohan's community service progress ... which showed she managed to pull off 80 hours in just 9 days.
The City Attorney said some of the service looked hinky ... because it included time spent doing meet and greets after her play. Holley pointed out the previous judge in the case had approved the London facility that keeps track of Lindsay's community service.
The City Attorney isn't satisfied with that ... and demanded 2 weeks to investigate exactly what Lindsay did or didn't do to complete the 240 hours.
As for the mysterious chikungunya Lindsay supposedly picked up in Bora Bora ... Holley presented a doctor's note that she had an illness, but we don't know if it's the tropical virus Lindsay claims to have.
As he left court ... the City Attorney told TMZ ... jail time is still on the table if Lindsay's service isn't up to snuff.
Orange is the New Black for Stalker
'Cause She's Goin' to Jail
1/28/2015 10:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Taryn Manning will be stalker-free for the foreseeable future because the woman who's been harassing her for months will be spending some time in the pokey.
Jeanine Heller -- who has now famously been in a bizarre battle royale with her former close friend for months -- was sentenced to 45 days in jail for harassing her by sending a slew of texts to Manning and then uploading a manifesto about the actress and posting it on Reddit.
After she gets out Heller will go to an inpatient psych center where she'll be evaluated and treated for around a week.
She's also been banned from using computers until her next court date at the end of March.
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Dodges Ticket for Banging ...
An Illegal U-Turn
1/28/2015 8:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian's made her share of wrong turns (we're looking at you Kris Humphries), but the latest got her in trouble with cops ... temporarily, anyway.
Kim got pulled over for making an illegal U-turn in Calabasas on Tuesday ... as she was leaving Kourtney's house.
But our Kardashian sources say Kim pulled off a chick special -- meaning she managed to talk her way out of the ticket. We don't know what Kim was wearing when the cop walked up to her SUV -- besides a smile -- but it worked ... for her.
Warning: Results will vary if you try this at home.
Hooks a Shark ...
Date or Deal with Kevin O'Leary?
1/28/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Courtney Love and "Shark Tank" maven Kevin O'Leary enjoyed dinner together Tuesday night in West Hollywood, but the question is ... who was pitching who?
Love and Mr. Wonderful were inside the restaurant for nearly four hours and when they made their exit, the paps were quick to ask if they were dating. O'Leary immediately said no -- he is a married man -- so that just leaves the topic of money.
Does Courtney have a killer business plan? Does Kevin have a plan for Courtney's career?
We'd invest a million dollars for 100% of the answer.
Drake & Nicki Minaj
1/27/2015 9:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ludacris' Baby Mama
He Made Me Play
Let's Make an Pregnancy Deal
1/28/2015 6:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ludacris' baby mama testified in court that it's ridiculously ludicrous he's fighting for full custody of their daughter, because he desperately wanted her to have an abortion to the point he even bribed her.
Tamika Fuller said when Luda found out she was pregnant he cried, but they weren't tears of joy. He said it would ruin his life and he then urged her to terminate the pregnancy.
According to Tamika, Luda initially offered her $10K and a house if she lost the baby.
As TMZ first reported, Fuller believes Luda's quicky marriage to Eudoxie was just a transparent ploy to show the judge he has a more stable home than her.