Bethenny Frankel's divorce has dragged on so freakin' long that now she has to fork over $100k just to cover her soon-to-be-ex husband's legal fees -- even though they've yet to agree on terms for a divorce settlement.
According to court docs ... Frankel has to immediately hand over what amounts to an advance payment to Jason Hoppy's attorney. The docs stipulate the $100,000 will be subtracted from whatever financial settlement Jason ends up getting from Bethenny ... presuming they ever hammer out a deal.
Frankel filed divorce docs in Jan. 2013 ... and they've been battling over money and custody issues ever since.
Frankel sold the Skinnygirl brand for about $100 mil, so technically 100K is a drop in the bucket -- but since it's going to her ex's lawyer ... we doubt there's a smiley face on the check.
Master P's Wife
He Owns 31 Properties, 13 Cars, & 45 Companies
... I WANT MY SHARE
39 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Master P's estranged wife wants a $67 million parting gift from her marriage -- claiming she deserves a HUGE chunk of the rapper's empire ... which includes a small city worth of properties, a fleet of expensive cars, and more.
Sonya Miller just filed legal docs in the couple's bitter divorce, estimating the total value of community assets from the marriage at $178,743,300 -- including 31 properties, 13 cars, 45 companies, and other stuff. She wants nearly 40% of everything.
According to the docs, the real estate properties are spread across Cali, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia -- she wants eight of them. She also wants one of their three large chandeliers (valued around $300,000 a pop).
Sonya estimates the value of Master P's businesses -- including No Limit Records -- at $136,101,000 ... and wants $54 million of that. She also wants $10 million of Master P's "Make 'Em Say Ughh!" energy drink company.
Other stuff -- Sonya wants her $28,000 wedding dress ... and ONE of Master P's 13 cars (the Escalade). Master P also owns a black Rolls, a green Bentley, a Porsche, a Jag, another Escalade, and several other ridiculous vehicles.
All told, Sonya is demanding $67,647,800 -- leaving Master P with a measly $111,095,500.
QB Calls Audible ...
I'm Getting Divorced
4/23/2014 2:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is filing for divorce from his wife Ashton ... after 2 years of marriage -- and less than 3 months after earning his first Super Bowl victory.
Wilson just made the announcement, saying ... "I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don't come easy."
Lean Has 'F***ed Up' Rap Culture
I'm Glad It's Going Away
49 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Lean is a great-tasting way to DIE ... this according to former addict Lil Boosie, who tells TMZ he SUPPORTS pulling codeine cough syrup from the market ... because it will save lives.
Boosie tells TMZ he nearly died 3 or 4 times from drinking lean and says it's "f***ed up a lot of rappers and the culture of hip hop." He says users don't realize something that tastes like Kool-Aid can be so addictive.
Boosie was reacting to the story we broke ... that Actavis is ceasing production of its high-end cough syrup because it's being widely abused to make lean, also known as sizzurp.
The rapper -- who tells us he's clean now -- spent 5 years behind bars on drug charges, including time for trying to smuggle codeine syrup into prison.
He adds, "Once you on, it's hard to get off ... it's damn near impossible."
Boosie and Nancy Reagan. Who knew?
I Got Bad Habits
From My Sister's Bone Marrow Transplant
59 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Roberts picked up some unexpected side-effects -- good and bad -- when she got a life-saving bone marrow transplant 2 years ago ... and says it's all her sister's fault.
Robin's sis Sally-Ann donated the bone marrow to help Robin treat a rare blood disorder.
The transplant gave Robin a fresh infusion of stem cells ... but Wednesday in NYC -- she told us she also inherited some of her sister's physical traits.
Watch Robin's explanation -- doesn't sound like she's too upset about the trade-off ... as long as she's not around chocolate.
Wins Over NFL Vets
In Hardcore Training Session
4/24/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Football went to Florida ... and left with the support of a whole bunch of NFL vets ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke to Pittsburgh Steelers superstar cornerback Ike Taylor ... who tells us he worked out with Manziel at Coach Tom Shaw's legendary performance camp at the Wide World of Sports Complex back in March.
Taylor says Manziel showed up to the camp with Jon Gruden to film a project for ESPN -- but when it came time for Johnny to hit the field, dude performed like a champ ... excelling in a variety of passing, timing and accuracy drills. Taylor says there were a bunch of NFL players working out a the camp that day ... and they were all equally impressed.
"I like Johnny. He's like a rock star," Taylor says ... "Say what you want, the kid is good. You have to have confidence to play quarterback, and he definetly doesn't lack that."
Ike says he also worked out with Teddy Bridgewater, A.J McCarron and Blake Bortles at Coach Shaw's camp.
So, we had to ask ... which QB he would take with the #1 pick -- and Taylor said Manziel ... without a doubt.
"I know one thing for sure, he's gonna perform ... and he's gonna hate to lose."
Clooney's Biz Partner
George Wasn't Drunk When He Blasted Wynn
4/24/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney's biz partner insists the actor was NOT pounding shots before his nuclear blowout with casino mogul Steve Wynn -- and tells TMZ, "We weren't drunk."
As we reported, Clooney and Wynn (left) locked horns earlier this month at a fancy dinner in Vegas after Wynn called Obama an a-hole. Clooney shot back, calling Wynn the a-hole ... then stormed out.
Wynn claims things exploded because Clooney was slamming tequila -- but Rande Gerber, who was at the dinner -- insists, "No shots were had" ... and it was NOT a heated political debate.
Gerber says, "This wasn't about politics. It was about George standing up for a friend."
FYI, Clooney and Gerber (Cindy Crawford's husband) are partners in a tequila company called Casamigos. They were meeting with Wynn to discuss future business at Wynn's hotels, which already serves the brand.
Funny, we're told Wynn's hotels continue to stock Casamigos ... despite the blowout.
Singer Eric Bloom in
BLUE OYSTER CULT
4/24/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With songs like "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Burnin' For You" -- Eric Bloom gained fame by fronting the '70s rock band Blue Oyster Cult. Guess what he looks like now!
Famous Strip Club
Heart Doc Stiffed Our Dancers
4/24/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
So, a renowned cardiologist walks into a strip club ... and drops $135,000 on lap dances!!!
Yeah, it's not a joke -- Dr. Zyad Younan's getting sued for refusing to pay the AMEX tab he ran up at Scores in NYC.
Just a thought, doc -- maybe leave home without the card a few times ... especially on crazy strip-athon nights.
The 2 Chicks Held Hostage in Ohio Should Lighten Up
4/23/2014 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers is scoffing at the 2 women who were held hostage in a Cleveland, Ohio basement ... telling TMZ they shouldn't complain -- "They got to live rent free for more than a decade."
The women are pissed at Joan's comments on the "Today" show this week ... when she talked about her daughter's guest room, saying "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space."
The women -- Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus -- came out swinging, saying they were shocked and disappointed at the "hurtful" comment.
Joan tells us she WON'T apologize, telling them to lighten up, adding, "One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They're ok. I bet you within 3 years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars."
And Joan says, plenty of comedians have done schtick about tragic events like Hitler's terror and the sinking of the Titanic. Joan says, "The TV the guy gave them must not have had SNL."
The Day the Sizzurp Died
Main Ingredient Yanked
4/23/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stuck in Jail 'Til June ... At Least
4/23/2014 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will rot behind bars until June -- at the very least -- because the singer's latest bid for freedom was just DENIED.
Brown -- who was jailed last month after getting booted from rehab -- was flown to D.C. and promptly jailed as he awaited trial in his assault case.
The trial was supposed to start today ... but it was just postponed until June.
Brown asked the judge in the Rihanna beating case to release him, but the judge just shut him down.
Translation: Brown will soon be flown back to L.A. -- where he'll remain in jail until June ... at the very least. It looks like he'll be flown back to D.C. on Con air ... a trip way worse than economy.
The stakes are high ... if Brown is convicted in D.C. ... the judge in the Rihanna case could violate his probation and sentence Brown to four years in PRISON.
No Big Deal
4/23/2014 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Leave it to Jodie Foster to go and get married and not make a big deal out of it.
Foster and her photographer girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, tied the knot over the weekend ... Jodie's rep confirms to TMZ. The pair had been dating for about a year.
Foster has never addressed her sexual orientation directly ... her speech at last year's Golden Globes -- where she said she did her "coming out 1,000 years ago" -- was really as close as she ever came.
Fact is ... it's pretty clear she's never felt a need or obligation to make a public declaration, and by getting married she's merely living her life and not screaming from the rafters.
Just one note ... remember how hard it was following that Golden Globes speech ... let's hope Foster and Hedison didn't write their own vows.