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Florida State Bar Fight

She Called Me The N-Word

... QB Claims

7/7/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Florida State QB De'Andre Johnson claims the woman he struck in a Tallahasse bar fight called him the N-word before things got violent ... this according to Johnson's rep. 

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Ariana Grande

Tongues New BF ...

And an Innocent Donut!!

7/7/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ariana Grande's new boyfriend got upstaged by her tongue -- which got dangerously close to some powdered donuts ... pissing off the people who busted their asses making 'em.

Ok, first the BF -- Ricky Alvarez, he's one of Ariana's backup dancers, and you can see them engage in some serious mouth-to-mouth PDA in this security cam video ... which wouldn't have come to light if not for the donut incident.

Sources inside Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, CA tell us the couple came in on Saturday, and decided to play truth or dare with the goods -- daring each other to lick powdered jelly donuts on the counter.

Hard to tell if their tongues actually make contact, but our sources in the shop say it was definitely too close for their liking -- especially since Ariana pulled the stunt when no one was looking, and they would've tossed the contaminated donuts if they knew.

Then again ... plenty of people might pay extra for a Grande-licked pastry.

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Chris Tucker

Sued Over Netflix Special ...

Days Before Release

7/7/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Tucker should be celebrating this week ... his Netflix stand-up comedy special comes out Friday -- which would be awesome, except for the fact he's getting sued for it. 

Comedian Terry Hodges is suing Netflix and Tucker, claiming he's done a ton of work for Tucker on this special -- like editing, writing, acting, and producing -- but hasn't been paid in years. That's right ... YEARS. Hodges says he and Chris started working on the material in 2008! 

Hodges says he's racked up $66k in fees, during trips to Philadelphia, L.A., and Atlanta -- and hasn't been regularly paid since 2011. On top of that, he says Tucker promised to make him a co-producer ... which would entitle him to a little back end, but that also fell through.  

Tucker's attorney Marty Singer says, "This lawsuit is absurd and completely without merit. We fully expect this case to be thrown out by the court." 

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Ex 'Love & Hip Hop' Star

Not Just a Rumor ...

I'm Pregnant and Benzino's the Dad!

7/7/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0706-benzino-althea-tmz-01Former "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" stars Althea Eaton and Benzino are expecting their first child together -- and this time they mean it.

Sources close to the fiery couple tell TMZ, Althea’s 5 months deep, and expecting a baby boy in November.

Pregnancy rumblings first surfaced in March, but only because Althea blasted the news out on social media. The confusion started when she and Benzino deleted the pregnancy announcement ... leaving fans to wonder if something went wrong.

They've been mum on the topic ever since.

It's a big step for the couple. Their tumultuous relationship was well documented on 'LHHA' until they were kicked off the show after season 3 for the now infamous reunion show brawl and death threats against co-stars. 

Diaper duty should be fun ... for the hot-tempered duo.

Justin Bieber

Ass Ahoy, Matey!!

Full Moon in Paradise

7/6/2015 8:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0706_justin_bieber_naked_instagramJustin Bieber's fully naked ass hanging out on a boat deck ... or the gorgeous deep blue water of Bora Bora -- what are you really staring at in this pic?

It's okay. We'll give you a moment to think about your answer.

Justin just pulled his own version of "Break the Internet" ... with this nude pic of himself standing on the deck of a boat in the world famous lagoon.

Still thinking? We know. Stupid island pics are a dime a dozen.

Apply sunscreen liberally, Biebs!

Amanda Peterson

'Can't Buy Me Love' Star Dies at 43

7/6/2015 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0706_amanda_peterson_cant-buy-me-loveAmanda Peterson -- star of the flick "Can't Buy Me Love" -- has died at her home in Greeley, Colorado ... TMZ has learned. 

We spoke with Peterson's father who tells us ... the family hadn't heard from 43-year-old Amanda since July 3rd and became concerned. Her body was finally discovered in her home on July 5. 

As for cause of death, Peterson's father tells us they don't know the official cause of death -- but notes, "She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed." 

We're also told Peterson had been dealing with several medical issues over the past 2 years -- including pneumonia, sinusitis and sleep apnea. Peterson's father also says she had been living in a home with mold issues ... but moved out about a year ago. 

Peterson became a superstar playing Cindy Mancini opposite Patrick Dempsey in the 1987 romantic comedy ... but she left the entertainment industry altogether in 1994 and had been living in Colorado for years. 

We're told she went back to school several years ago -- but dropped out around 2010. Recently, we're told she had been trying to make it as a writer.  

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Taylor Swift

More Calvin, Gigi and Swans Than

You Can Handle [TMZ TV]

7/6/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Taylor Swift crushed the rest of America in the 4th of July rager department! T Swizzle was cooking, baking, and (maybe) banging through the holiday with her BF Calvin Harris.

She even had Gigi Hadid in a bikini, and Ed Sheeran in a Redcoat -- cause someone's gotta play the villain. 'Merica!!tmz-on-tv-3

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Kidd Kidd

Bondsman to the Rescue with $105K

... Plus a Hot Dog

7/6/2015 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0706_kid_kid_instagramThe first thing G-Unit rapper Kidd Kidd needed when he got out of Riker's Island on Monday ... was a big juicy dog, and he got his bail bondsman to hook it up.

Kidd’s bondsman, Ira Judelson, tells TMZ he forked over $105,000 --  $5k for the NYC bond and another $100k for a New Orleans warrant ... but that wasn't enough.

Judelson says he threw in another $20 out of his pocket, so Kidd could grab a meal ... a pretzel, a hot dog, and some pasta.

We’re told 50 Cent's label actually came up with with $105k to get Kidd sprung ... after his arrest last week for an alleged domestic assault.

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Bill Cosby

Copped to Using Quaaludes ...

And Sedatives on Women

7/6/2015 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bill Cosby bought Quaaludes and used Benadryl to knock out at least one woman ... something he admitted during a deposition for the sexual assault lawsuit a Temple University employee filed against him.

Cosby gave the shocking testimony in 2005. He eventually settled the case with Andrea Constand for an undisclosed amount of money ... but documents connected to the case were just released today.

During the depo ... Cosby said he had purchased the 'ludes with the intent to give them to women he wanted to have sex with. He also said he had given Constand 3 half-pills of Benadryl.

The AP filed docs asking a court to release the testimony, and Cosby's attorneys tried to have it blocked ... claiming revealing the material would embarrass him.

Of course, Cosby has since been accused of sexual assault by dozens of other women. He has never been criminally charged.

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Jerry Weintraub

'Oceans 11' Mega Producer Dies at 77

7/6/2015 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jerry Weintraub ... the producer behind the "Ocean's 11" remakes, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley died today at the age of 77 ... TMZ has learned.

Weintraub had been in Santa Barbara with family -- and multiple sources tell us he died around 12:45 PM while at a hospital in the area. His reps are saying he suffered cardiac arrest. 

Weintraub's been a giant in music and movies for decades -- producing, promoting, and managing for everyone from Sinatra to Led Zeppelin ... to Bob Dylan, Elvis and John Denver

One of the biggest feathers in his cap was luring Ole Blue Eyes out of retirement. Sinatra actually reached out to Jerry in 1968 ... after seeing the success he had guiding Elvis' career. 

In addition to the 'Ocean's' movies, starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney -- Weintraub produced all the "Karate Kid" flicks and the Chevy Chase classic, "Vegas Vacation." He was also working on the new "Tarzan" movie, due out next year.

Jerry won 3 Emmy awards during his career, dating back to 1975. His most recent was for producing "Behind the Candelabra" with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

0706-weintraub-clooney-getty-01Clooney said, "Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal and I send our love. And to those who didn't know him we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him."

The last time we got Jerry was back in March, and the legendary producer of major sequels ... gave us his take on the "Fast and Furious" franchise. 

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Tom Cruise

Honky Tonk Superstar ...

Parties with Southern Girls

7/6/2015 1:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Cruise went hardcore all-American in a Nashville bar -- 'cause nothing says happy birthday, America ... like partying with cute Southern babes in cowboy hats! 

Cruise hit a rooftop party at Acme Feed & Seed, and even sprung for the $200 cover to party with the common folk and take in the biggest fireworks show in the country.

We're told Cruise rolled through with minimal security and happily posed for pics with tons of fans. As the night went on, Tommy boy was spotted chatting up some chicks, dancing to country music, drinking champagne and even dipped into the taco and slider station.

It's unclear why he was in town, but everyone got a kick out of seeing him ... even the guy who shook his hand in the bathroom. 

Clear violation of guy code, but hey ... it was Tom freakin' Cruise. 

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Jenelle Evans

Sorry I'm Not Sorry

About Explosive Video With My Dog

7/6/2015 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jenelle Evans never thought the Internet would explode over her dog playing with fireworks in a gnarly 4th of July video -- because, as she puts it ... they do it on "America's Funniest Home Videos."

Jenelle tells TMZ that it was all a misunderstanding after letting her dog, Jax, play fetch with a lit firework during her party in Myrtle Beach. On a video she posted of the stunt ... it sounds like she tells Jax to fetch the firework -- and that's what got people pissed. 

Jenelle deleted her post off social media once the backlash started. She tells us she thought the vid was innocent, and adds ...  she saw the same thing on 'AFV.' 

Don't get it twisted though -- she says she's NOT sorry about letting Jax play with explosives, but she's sorry people were offended.

She insists the dog is fine, and she'd pull the same stunt next July.

Jennifer Lopez

Now Casper, Honey ...

Be Careful On Your New Toy

7/6/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0706-casper-jlo-splashJennifer Lopez had to keep a watchful eye on her kids ... sorry ... her boyfriend while he tooled around town on his cool new gadget. 

Casper Smart and JLo were hanging in the Hamptons, and while his dog and Jennifer hoofed it -- Casper was cruising on one of those motorized boards.

At least he carried the shopping bags on the way home.

Despite the adorable Boxer pooch and Casper's toy -- the real star in this pic is still JLo's legs. God bless America, indeed.

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