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Bruce Jenner

Faces Wrongful Death Suit

By Victim's Stepchildren

4/2/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The stepchildren of the woman who was killed in the Bruce Jenner car crash are gearing up for a wrongful death lawsuit, TMZ has learned, and what's especially interesting is that we're told they had virtually no relationship with their stepmom.

Kim Howe was driving her Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway on February 7th when Bruce slammed into her, sending her car careening into the lane of oncoming traffic where a Hummer demolished her car.

Howe has no direct relatives. Her husband died in 2003, and it appears her parents are deceased as well as other immediate blood relatives.

Kim does have 2 grown stepkids, neither of whom live in California. We spoke with people who were extremely close to Kim who tell us she had "virtually no relationship" with either stepchild.

Nonetheless, were told both stepchildren have lawyered up, because they're the only remaining people who have a legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In California, stepchildren have legal standing to sue, even if they were estranged from the stepparent.

Sources tell us, the lawyer for one of the stepchildren has already asked his client to find as many pictures and other evidence showing some relationship between himself and Kim ... presumably to help establish damages in the lawsuit.

One thing we know ... the stepchildren will not inherit Kim's property. We're told she has a trust with millions in assets that are earmarked for charity. And there's a will with a modest amount -- $55k -- that also benefits various animal charities, including, PETA, Lange Foundation, PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society), Doris Day Animal League and The Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee.

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Lil Wayne Assault Victim ...

I'm Not a Lawyer

But I Play One at Concerts

4/2/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who got sucker punched by one of Lil Wayne's bodyguards last week has a future in law ... because after getting decked he almost immediately laid the groundwork for a lawsuit.

TMZ obtained the 911 call which he made 10 minutes after the brutal assault. We broke the story, the victim went to Wayne's Fort Lauderdale concert last month, which started more than 3 1/2 hours late. He was angry and held up a phone banner that read "F*** Weezy." Wayne pointed the guy out to his hired muscle, who went down and sucker punched the guy ... twice.

The victim is very persistent with the 911 dispatcher, explaining he needed to memorialize what happened immediately, for solid legal reasons.

We smell a lawsuit, and the bodyguard's gonna have company.

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'Teen Mom' Mackenzie McKee

Rattled By Crash ...

But Rollin' With New Shake Deal

4/2/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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Ex "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant" star Mackenzie McKee got a case of the shakes -- the good kind that'll help her cover expensive repairs on the SUV she drove into a ditch. 

A source close to the situation says McKee is one of the best promoters for 310 Shakes -- and when the company got wind of her accident ... it stepped up with $10,500 she needed to help fix her ride.

TMZ broke the story ... Mackenzie said her diabetes caused her to zone out and drive her new and uninsured Kia off the road.

We're told the cash came without strings ... 310 just told her to keep up the good work -- a reference to her promoting skills. Not so much her driving.

'Empire' Co-Creator

Not Quite Livin' Like Lucious ...

Snags Modest Crash Pad

4/2/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Empire Creator New Home"Empire" co-creator Danny Strong is banking on his show going the distance -- he just scored a sweet new WeHo condo to keep him closer to his J-O-B.

Our sources say Danny is only in town part-time when he's churning out the hit FOX drama -- and needed something a little cozier than a hotel ... so he scooped up the modest new crib.

The docs show Danny only dropped $660k on the 1-bed/1-bath pad. Sure, it's only 1177 sq. ft., but it's his 1177 sq. ft.! Plus, it's a stone's throw from the action at Chateau Marmont and the Sunset Strip.

Not-So-Fun Fact: Danny's condo is in the same building where Ashley Greene's unit got torched by a candle 2 years ago. Always get insurance.

Guess Who This

CRUISING CRYBABY

TURNED INTO!

4/2/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0401_cruising_kid_launchBefore this sad little stud was known in Hollywood for driving in TV shows and now movies he was just another bummed little boy in a toy car growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Can you guess who he is?!

Jeremy Renner

Strikes Settlement Deal

With Estranged Wife

4/1/2015 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jeremy Renner was finally able to put an end to the weirdest custody/support battle in recent memory ... his estranged wife has agreed to a settlement, which Jeremy was willing to do all along.

The settlement includes both custody and child support involving their 2-year-old daughter Ava.  

Under the terms of the settlement ... Jeremy will share 50/50 custody with Sonni Pacheco. She'll get $13k a month for child support. She gets no spousal support -- the marriage lasted only 10 months and there was a prenup.  

Sonni's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said in court Wednesday there could be more issues, but Jeremy's lawyer, Laura Wasser, rolled her eyes to the judge and said the case was fully resolved.

Sonni filed for divorce in December 2014. The two have been fighting over custody of Ava -- Pacheco wants primary custody while Jeremy wants a 50/50 split. What's weird is that Jeremy's had 50% custody since they split, and she was fine with that.

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Indiana Pizza Place

Forced to Close Doors

After Refusing to Cater Gay Wedding

4/1/2015 1:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0401-memories-pizza-closed-FACEBOOK-01Memories Pizza -- the first Indiana business to declare it would refuse LGBT business -- got blasted on the Internet and by phone, but the owner says there's been a huge misunderstanding ... sorta.

Kevin O’Connor tells TMZ he's had to temporarily close his business after he told a reporter he would refuse to cater a gay wedding under Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. O'Connor says he was immediately flooded by threatening phone calls, and social media postings.

O'Connor wants to clear up one thing: He says he would never deny service to gay people in his restaurant. However, due to his religious beliefs, he does not believe in gay marriage ... and that's why he wouldn't service one.

Meanwhile, he says the threats have been serious enough that he's closing his pizza joint ... at least until the dust settles. 

Indiana's controversial law has raised a lot of questions, not the least of which is ... what gay wedding would hire a pizza place to cater?

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Mavado

Insta Can't Prove P. Chow Is Down

With Black People [TMZ TV]

4/1/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Fancy NYC restaurant Philippe Chow finally apologized to Mavado for allegedly treating him like crap last weekend -- and says it's got photo evidence black people love to eat there.

The dancehall reggae star doesn't seem swayed by PC's Instagram feed -- but we checked it out, and it is pretty blacktastic. tmz-on-tv-3

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Rich Homie Quan

I Didn't Beat Anybody ...

I Was Too Busy Getting Drunk

4/1/2015 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rich Homie Quan says he couldn't have beat a Miami security guard senseless, and he has the perfect alibi -- he was getting wasted.

RHQ gave us the ole Shaggy defense ("It wasn't me") at LAX Wednesday afternoon ... and while he's certain he had nothing to do with the attack that left Christian Cajigas a bloody mess outside LIV Nightclub -- he may want to get his story straight.

Watch the clip, and listen closely ... Quan talks about the infamous getaway yacht -- but he seems confused about exactly when and he was on it ... during the night in question.

The devil is in the details, RHQ. 

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Lil Wayne

Puts Bad Luck House

on the Market

4/1/2015 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Miami Beach house listing: nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, 15,000 sq. ft., one swatting, one random prostitute, and one crazy guy who hangs around ominously outside

So maybe Lil Wayne's real estate agent didn't mention every one of those facts when he put Wayne's house up for sale, but it's up nonetheless. 

And can you blame Weezy? Look at that list of crazy stuff that's gone on at that home in just a little over a month. 

The asking price is a cool $18,000,000 ... so maybe Wayne can spring for a fence around his next place.

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Andrew Getty

Serious Medical Condition

Made Worse by Ex-Girlfriend

4/1/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0401-andrew-getty-lanessa-grace-FACEBOOK-01Andrew Getty -- who died Tuesday -- claimed his ex-girlfriend stressed him out to the point where she endangered his life.

Getty obtained a restraining order just 2 weeks ago, claiming he was diagnosed in 2013 with a serious medical condition that was exacerbated by stress, often brought on by confrontations with his ex-GF.  He says the stress would send his blood pressure through the roof, creating a "grave risk" of death.

Getty claimed the girlfriend -- Lanessa DeJonge -- knew of his condition and exploited it. Getty claims in the docs -- obtained  by TMZ -- DeJonge would exploit the information about his condition to extort him, demanding money and property.

As for why he got the restraining order, he claims during a car ride she repeatedly kicked and hit him and tossed everything from the car out the window.

He claimed DeJonge was "deranged," arguing with imaginary people. 

The judge issued the restraining order and she was told to move out of his home and stay 100 yards clear of him. It's interesting, because she went to his house and discovered his body.

As we reported, we're told DeJonge was placed on a 5150 psych hold hours after Getty died.

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Damon Dash Ex

Cops Called in Nasty Custody War

4/1/2015 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330-damon-dash-rachel-roy-TMZ-01Rap mogul Damon Dash's ex-wife had the cops waiting for him at his house because her kid has been AWOL from school ... and she claims there's a more serious issue ... he's an abusive stoner with a history of domestic violence. 

According to court docs ... Dash's ex, fashion designer Rachel Roy, wants his visitation rights taken away because she says he's an unfit father to daughters Ava and Tallulah.

Damon says she's using the kids as pawns and this is some kind of power play on his ex's part, but he's not specific as to what he believes she wants from him.  He posted video showing the LAPD waiting for him last week, saying this is all just harassment on her part. 

Roy makes other claims as well in her docs, saying Dash kidnapped their daughter from a nail salon. He says she's ridiculous because he's her dad and it's not kidnapping.

The two split back in 2009.

One Direction

We're Still Chatting Up Zayn

But Planning for Foursome

4/1/2015 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0401-one-direction-getty-01Four is the magic number for One Direction, because the band has no plans to add a fifth member following the Earth-shattering departure of Zayn Malik.

Sources close to Simon Cowell and the record label tell TMZ ... the band is moving forward with recording their new album sans Malik. As for eventually finding a replacement -- we're told there's "absolutely zero" talk of that.

That being said ... we're told the remaining 1Ders are still talking to Zayn regularly, and the band completely respects his decision to bolt.  

One Direction played its first Zayn-less show in South Africa earlier this week. They tour Europe in June before hitting the U.S. in July.


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