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Brownstone Singer

Dies After Fall

3/1/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0301-charmayne-maxwell-INSTAGRAM-01Charmayne Maxwell -- part of the 90s R&B group Brownstone -- died after a mysterious fall ... according to reports.

Charmayne was attending a soccer game in Denmark on Saturday when she fell ... according to a Danish media outlet ... which described her death as an "accident." She was married to Danish music producer Carsten Soulshock.

No further details at this point about the fall and exactly how she died -- but Charmayne's friends have been reacting on social media. Fellow Brownstone member Teisha Brown said, "I just need to be by you 1 more time on stage MAX!"

The group -- which was on Michael Jackson's MJJ Music label -- had its biggest hit with 1995's "If You Love Me." They earned a Billboard Music Award and a Grammy nomination for the song.

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Justin Bieber

Poppin' Bottles For 21st Birthday

3/1/2015 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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030115_justin_bieber_launchJustin Bieber rang in his 21st birthday doing something common -- drinking champagne -- and something very few people can do ... popping that champagne ON A PRIVATE ISLAND! 

Sources close to Justin tell us he rented a Caribbean isle near Grenada for the "I'm finally legal" bash ... and based on this video, he had a great time celebrating with friends.

Bieber posted a pic on Shots of party ... and it looks like he's getting close again with model Yovanna Ventura -- who he was rumored to be hooking up with in the past.

Wonder if she came with a ribbon?

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Dakota Johnson

BLASTED For SNL ISIS Skit

3/1/2015 7:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dakota Johnson has joined ISIS ... well, at least a character she played on "Saturday Night Live"  -- and the Internet went CRAZY!

Check out the video ....Dakota's dropped off at the airport by her dad -- played by Taran Killam -- but instead of joining the army like the Toyota commercial ... she joins the infamously savage org.

Social media users blew up with anger ... with responses like:

- "I think it's safe to say I will never watch SNL or any of Dakota Johnson's movies ever again"

- "Dear #SNL, jokes about Isis are not funny. See how much you laugh when you have to see your loved one(s) being slaughtered. No respect."

 

- "Actually offended by the ISIS sketch... Is that seriously all you could come up with? @nbcsnl #SNL"

So we gotta ask ...

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9:20 AM PST -- Taran Killam just defended the skit on Twitter saying, "Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name."

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Lupita Nyong'o

Thief Threw Oscar Dress Off the Balcony

3/1/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops are flustered as to how the Lupita Nyong'o Oscar dress escaped detection when it was taken from her hotel room, but now we know ... it was thrown off her balcony. 

TMZ broke the story ... the surveillance video was unhelpful. The cameras weren't trained on Lupita's door and none of the cameras on the floor showed anything suspicious.

The guy who stole the dress -- who called TMZ Friday with a road map to recovery in The London West Hollywood bathroom -- told us he knew where the cameras were placed in the hallway so he was never seen. As for the dress ... he said he threw it over the balcony and someone on the ground picked it up. 

As we reported ... the thief says he took 2 of the pearls off of the dress and down to the Garment District for appraisal, but found they were worthless fakes. That's when the thief took the dress back to the hotel

The thief told us he knew Lupita was in the room where they took the dress and waited for the opportunity to enter ... which they did when they found the door was ajar. 

By the way ... the thief also says he saw Lupita's Oscar gift bag -- valued at $125,000 which he didn't take. Looks like he chose wrong.  

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T.I. & Jeezy

Gunshots and Chaos at NC Party

2/28/2015 5:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022815_ti_shooting_launch_v3Gunshots rang out during a college event headlined by T.I. and Jeezy -- and the crowd scattered in chaos.

The rappers were playing at a day party in Charlotte when someone in the crowd fired what sounded like 2 shots. Police tell us two people suffered non-life threatening injuries ... and both were hospitalized.

Cops say no one's been arrested. They do not have a suspect yet.

Although a T.I. song was playing when the shots were fired ... we're told it was just a track -- T.I. had already performed and was not on stage. Jeezy and Yo Gotti -- who had also performed -- were in the V.I.P. section at the time of the shooting.

We've spoken to T.I.'s manager ... and he says T.I. wasn't hurt. We're also told Jeezy and Yo Gotti were uninjured.

The show was an event to celebrate the C.I.A.A. basketball tournament.

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Cindy Crawford

Lawsuit Threatened

No One Screws with Her Body!

3/1/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0227_cindy_crawford_photoshoot_twitterCindy Crawford's stock in trade is her body and now her people are out for blood, claiming the person who posted this pic (above) severely altered it to make her look bad.  

The lawyer for Cindy's photographer fired off a letter -- obtained by TMZ -- threatening everyone who posted the pic with a lawsuit if they didn't take it down and apologize. The lawyer says the original pic was stolen and then doctored to make her midsection look haggard.  

The lawyer included a statement from the famous photog, who says he took the pic for Marie Claire Mexico and someone stole it from him and Photoshopped it.  

The letter apparently worked ... some media outlets are already complying.

Shortly after the altered pic hit the Internet, Cindy's hubby, Rande Gerber, posted the pic below, showing the real deal.

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Stars and Scars

You Be the Judge

2/28/2015 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Lots of dresses in the news. Lupita's got stolen, but then recovered. And who can forget that really ugly dress -- whatever color it is. So we gotta ask ... 

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Jon Gosselin

Spinning For One

During DJ Gig

3/1/2015 7:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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030115_jon_gosselin_launch_djJon Gosselin learned lesson #1 about show biz Saturday ... Everyone's gotta start somewhere.

That somewhere was a New Jersey bowling alley, where Jon made a guest appearance as a DJ.

The good news ... the one person who got up and danced really liked it.

Truth be told ... we spotted 2 others in the background at Brewster's Bar and Grill inside Laurel Lanes, where Jon put on a 5-hour set filled with every type of genre ... the musical equivalent of throwing darts.

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Kevin Federline

I'm Makin' Bank Now

As a DJ!!!

3/1/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Federline has gone from living in a $10 million house to DJing in the OC for a grand.

KFed will be spinning at Heat Nightclub March 7th. He's not making Britney money -- $475K a show in Vegas -- but he's getting a thousand bucks and that's a start. 

The good news ... he's still getting child support, although the $20K a month went down significantly after Britney stabilized and took more custody back. 

Here's the thing. Kevin is a happy guy who knows music and has even had a hit -- yes, "Popo Zao" counts. And we hear the club is pretty awesome and the crowd will go crazy if he plays it.

Kevin Federline. He comes tight with every rhyme. And he built a kingdom down the street from Pepperdine. 

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Michael Bay

Building Mansion Was Pain, No Gain ...

Construction Worker Sues

3/1/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Building Michael Bay's new mansion transformed a construction worker into an injured mess ... according to a new lawsuit filed by the guy.  

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ ... the worker says Bay didn't warn him about a dangerous hole on the property ... which was covered with plastic back in February 2013. In the suit, he says he tumbled through the opening, and was seriously injured. 

The worker isn't specific about his injuries in the lawsuit, but says he was hospitalized ... and paid out of pocket for his medical expenses. He also says he couldn't work while he was injured. He's suing to get reimbursed for his medical bills ... as well as damages. 

The mansion's been a long, slow, ordeal for the blockbuster director. He bought the property way back in 2009, demolished the home that was there, and eventually started construction on the new crib.

We reached out to Bay and his rep ... but so far, no word back. 

In other news...

The Hottest Cat Fight You're Gonna See

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Celebrity Scramble

GUESS WHO!

3/1/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0224_scramble_launchEven though this celebrity wasn't bourne with this face ... you might be able to look past the plumped pic to see the star underneath!

In other news...

Kim Kardashian Turns Heads In Skintight Flesh-Colored Dress

Kim Kardashian left virtually nothing to the imagination when she stepped out earlier this week in a skintight pink leather dress.

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WWE Stars Lana and Rusev

In Russia We Buy House Together

... BEFORE Marriage

3/1/2015 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE Lana Rusev Buy Home TogetherWWE stars Rusev and Lana like to live dangerously -- the NOT married or engaged couple just signed on the dotted line to buy a house together after dating for less than 2 years. 

Wrestling fans know Lana is Rusev's manager in the ring -- but now they're finally confirming rumors they're dating ... and it must be serious since they purchased a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home in Nashville.

It's a pretty sweet deal -- 11.56 acres with a pond, hot tub, basketball court and more in Music City ... all for $644K. We're told they chose Nashville because it's easier for them to travel from the middle of the country. 

Now, the reality check ... we're told Rusev and Lana have been living together for over a year, but putting their names on the title of a house -- BEFORE getting married -- is definitely next level.

So, we gotta ask ...

Bobby Flay

Ex-Manager Claims

She Was Too Girly For His Burger Joint

3/1/2015 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Celebrity chef Bobby Flay's restaurant is no place for "girly" girls  ... according to an ex-manager who says she was routinely humiliated because of her expensive taste in fashion. 

Michelle Edison claims she was the victim of non-stop harassment, intimidation and sex discrimination during her stint at Bobby's Burger Palace in Maryland and was repeatedly shamed for being a bougie woman who was just "too female."

Edison claims in legal docs, her Louis Vuitton bag, makeup, perfume and hairstyle did "not fit the BBP way."

She's filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for moola. 

We called Bobby's rep ... so far no word back. 

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