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Terrence Howard

My Ex-Wife Blackmailed Me

With Naked Pics and Videos

4/1/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Terrence Howard is preparing to do battle with ex-wife Michelle ... trying to put a quick end to her spousal support because she allegedly blackmailed him with pics and videos he feared would ruin his career.

Sources familiar with the case tell TMZ ... Terrence will likely make a formal legal claim in April, alleging he gave Michelle a ridiculously rich spousal support deal because she was threatening him with various photos and videos.

We're told one of the pics shows Terrence in the shower, but there are many others.

The "Empire" star and lawyer Brian Kramer claim all Michelle was really entitled to was half-a-year's worth of spousal support, since the marriage lasted 1 year and the standard is to limit such support to half the time of the marriage. She got 5 years worth of support, which he says is evidence of blackmail.

We contacted Michelle's people ... so far no response.

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Wale

THE WWE BLACKBALLED ME

... Begs For 2nd Chance!

4/1/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rap superstar Wale believes he's been "blackballed" by the WWE over an incident last year -- but he's begging the organization for a 2nd chance ... and tells TMZ Sports he's willing to do anything to bury the hatchet. 

Wale believes he's been on Vince McMahon's bad side ever since he got into a fight with another fan at "Monday Night Raw" back in March 2014 ... a fight first reported by TMZ Sports

But Wale -- who's a HUUUUUGE wrestling fanatic -- says the friction between himself and the WWE is killing him ... and he wants to make things right. 

Wale says he has nothing but respect for Vince, Triple H and the rest of the gang -- and says he wants an internship with WWE to learn from the best in the business. 

"I think me and Triple H should talk ... I think we could help each other." 

Stay tuned ... 

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Joni Mitchell

Legendary Singer Hospitalized

3/31/2015 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0331-joni-mitchell-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar3:00 AM PT:  Joni is still in intensive care, but her people say she is "awake and in good spirits."update_grey_gray_barSinger-songwriter Joni Mitchell -- who's synonymous with the Woodstock generation -- was rushed to a hospital after a 911 call from her home Tuesday.

Sources tell us paramedics went to 71-year-old Mitchell's Los Angeles home around 2:30 PM. We're told the 911 call was for an unconscious female, but she was alert on the way to the hospital.

Mitchell was in intensive care late Tuesday. It's unclear what prompted the medical emergency, but it appears to be quite serious.

We've put in several calls to Joni's rep ... but haven't heard back.

Mitchell's best known for her hit, "Big Yellow Taxi" ... which the Counting Crows famously covered in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller

Goodbye, PA ...

Hello, LA!!!

4/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dance Moms Abby Lee Miller Los Angeles"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller is bringing her east coast, in-your-face style to the west coast ... and setting up shop in L.A. ... and we're guessing some thirsty L.A. moms and their daughters will be standing in a long line.

According to our sources, Miller is opening up a branch of her dance studios in Santa Monica, which will be known as ALDC LA (Abby Lee Dance Company Los Angeles). Our sources say Miller is renting an apartment nearby. 

We're told Miller is working in the same studio where "Dancing With The Stars" rehearses while she waits for her new space to be renovated. 

Miller's L.A. victims will appear on her show. We're guessing there will be a fresh look of plastic ... among the moms.

Andrew Getty

J. Paul Getty Grandson Dead from Trauma

Ex-Girlfriend Detained

3/31/2015 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330_Andrew-Getty_FACEBOOKupdate_graphic_red_bar9:45 PM PT -- The L.A. County Coroner says Getty was "not feeling well" over the last couple of months, and had a doctor's appointment scheduled for Wednesday. The Coroner would not elaborate on what, if anything, was bothering Getty.

He added ... prescription meds were found on scene, but it was unclear if Getty had taken any of them.update_grey_gray_barThe grandson of J. Paul Getty was found dead Tuesday and TMZ has learned his ex-girlfriend is currently being detained as a possible witness/suspect. Cops tell us they are handling this as a death "under suspicious circumstances."

We're told he suffered a traumatic injury to the rectal area and paramedics found significant bleeding.

Andrew Getty was found in the bathroom of his L.A. home at around 2 PM. Law enforcement sources tell us the ex-GF called 911 to report cardiac arrest. 

Our sources say Andrew and his ex-girlfriend have a storied history with the LAPD. Cops have been to his residence 31 times, mostly for domestic disturbances. Our sources say they have both frequently been under the influence of drugs during the police visits. 

We're told the drugs cops found in the past were prescriptions.  

As for their relationship, we're told he has a restraining order against her and she has been placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold in the past, after injuring cops when they responded to the house. We're also told she's allegedly broken into Andrew's house on numerous occasions. 

Andrew's dad, Gordon Getty, is one of the richest men in the U.S. Forbes put Gordon's wealth at $2.1 billion ... the family was listed as the 54th richest ... worth an estimated $5 billion.

Lil Wayne

Plus Brand New Caddy ...

Ballin' 16th for 'Hip Hop' Prince

4/1/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Hip-hop superstars Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Rich Homie Quan were the icing on the cake for a 16- year-old kid's $150,000 birthday party -- and the guest of honor arrived by chopper!

The lucky kid was KJ Jr. -- son of "Hip Hop Since 1978" founder Kyambo Joshua -- and since Dad rolls with the likes of Jay Z and Kayne West on the reg ... it makes sense the Atlanta bash went down in a huge hangar.

As if shout-outs from Weezy, Lil Boosie, MonicaYo Gotti and a YG performance wasn't enough -- the kid got a 2015 Cadillac Escalade!

Right now it's a toss up for "Ballingest Party of the Year" -- KJ Jr.'s 16th or Snoop Dogg's 18th for his son -- but KJ flying in on a helicopter is a damn good tie-breaker. 

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'Heroes' Actress Brea Grant

Can't Catch Me Creep ...

Obsessed Fan Put In Check

4/1/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Brea Grant Restraining OrderFormer "Heroes" actress Brea Grant channeled her super sonic character to evade the man who chased her down a street ... and a court has just granted her a restraining order.

According to the docs ... Grant -- who played the speedy Daphne Millbrook -- got a judge to slap a restraining order on the complete stranger she claims tried to barge his way into the home she shares with boyfriend Kevin Pereira and screamed he loved her on the front lawn.

Grant says she even called the cops twice on the guy back in November after he chased her to her car and down a city street.

The man is ordered to stay 100 yards away from both Grant and Pereira

He better learn fast.

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'DWTS' Mark Ballas

No Longer Adores His Penthouse View

4/1/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327_mark_ballas_home_launch"Dancing With the Stars" pro Mark Ballas' latest move is called packing -- he's leaving his primo penthouse overlooking L.A.'s Miracle Mile ... and hoping to make a bundle.

Our real estate sources tell us he's selling his 3-bed, 3-bath, 1410 sq. ft. loft for $800k ... and looking for a place with a way bigger dance floor. Dude needs more space to jitterbug.

Ballas snagged the place 5 years ago for $679k ... so he won't be walking away empty-handed, if his realtor Andrew Gulyas can get his asking price.

As for where Mark's heading -- we're told he's looking all over L.A., but definitely wants a house instead of a condo.

They grow up so fast.

Cha-cha-cha!

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'Afro Puffs' Rapper

THE LADY OF RAGE

'MEMBA HER?!

4/1/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Lady of Rage
shot to stardom when her 1994 rap single "Afro Puffs" topped the charts and was featured on the "Above The Rim" movie soundtrack. Guess what she looks like now!

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Philippe Chow Restaurant

We Love Black People

Including Mavado

3/31/2015 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330-mavado-instagram-6bPhilippe Chow restaurant has finally responded to Reggae star Mavado's claim that he was treated like crap because he's black ... the restaurant's response ... they happily cater to lots of black people all the time.

TMZ broke the story ... Mavado and his family dined at the NYC restaurant last Thursday and were treated like second class citizens ... shuttled to the back of the restaurant, ordered not to take pictures, abused by their waiter and told never to come back, but after he left and they realized he was a star, they begged for forgiveness. 

Now the eatery says, "Philippe Restaurant is proud to have an excellent relationship with all our customers, especially the black community and people of color," adding, "on a weekly basis we have famous and non-famous black people ..."

Here's the best part. Philippe Chow says photos don't lie ... "Don't just listen to us, visit our Instagram and see for yourself."

The restaurant disputes the claims of rudeness, but says if that's the impression that was left with Mavado they apologize.

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UFC 189 Presser

Drunk Irish Guy Takes Mic

... Trash Talks Jose Aldo

3/31/2015 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Two CLASSIC moments at the UFC 189 media event in Ireland moments ago -- when two fans hijacked the mic and started talking SMACK right to Jose Aldo ... and IT'S HILARIOUS!!!

FYI -- Dana White opened up the event for questions from the media (and only the media) about the fight between Ireland's own Conor McGregor and Aldo set for July. 

That's when some drunk dude took the mic and started spouting off at the mouth ... asking Aldo," Do you know the word spank? 'Cause you're gonna get SPANKED!"

It went on for another minute ... funny stuff. 

Then it gets BETTER -- when some little kid followed suit ... and demanded Aldo hand over the belt now, 'cause Conor's gonna beat his face in. 

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TMZ Live

Terrence Howard:

'Empire' is Making My Ex-Wife Rich Too!

3/30/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Brett Ratner & Mariah Carey's Romantic Yacht Weekend
  • French Montana's Boozy Boating Adventure
  • Jamie Foxx Makes a Transphobic Joke about Bruce Jenner
  • Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose Bury the Hatchet

Farrah Abraham

Backdoor Be Damned ...

Little Girls Look Up to Me Now!

3/31/2015 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Farrah Abraham is an example to young women on what NOT to do -- and yet pre-teen girls are flocking to her like she's a modern day Mother Teresa. Apologies to Mother Teresa's spirit.

Abraham and her sparkling resume -- teen mom, stripper, porn star, author, DUI arrestee -- were leaving Planet Hollywood in NYC ... when an alarmingly young fan stopped her for a photo. 

And then we got an even bigger shock as Farrah revealed she's going to become a plastic surgeon! Seriously ... she says.

The phrase, "Do what you know" comes to mind ...

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