Widespread panic in the rap world -- the high-end cough syrup that's become the lean of choice for Justin Bieber, Soulja Boy, and MANY other rap figures has officially been taken off the market ... all because of its reputation as a widely abused drug.
A rep for Actavis -- famous for the highly-refined cough syrup -- tells TMZ, "Given [recent media attention], Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented decision to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product."
As we reported, Bieber loves the stuff ... as does Soulja Boy, who regularly posts pictures of Actavis bottles on his Instagram.
The Actavis rep adds, "This attention has glamorized the unlawful and dangerous use of the product, which is contrary to its approved indication."
Before Actavis pulled the plug on the product, the street value of a pint bottle hovered around $800 -- but sources familiar with the market tell TMZ, rappers are now offering insane sums to buy up whatever's left. We're told one prominent rapper has already offered his dealer up to $100,000 to get whatever he can.
Hilariously, being the dumbass he is, Soulja Boy posted a photo of SIX bottles on Monday referencing the Actavis shortage -- "Soulja got the juice. They say the streets dry. I say you gotta be kiddin me. I serve everybody."
New flash to Soulja -- As far as Actavis is concerned, its game's over.
Prank Terrorizes 5-Year-Old's Birthday
4/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katy Perry left children in tears at a recent birthday party where she dressed up like a clown, attacked some guy with a piñata stick, and staged a scary car accident ... all for a music video -- and TMZ has video from the scene.
The hidden camera gag was shot at Knollwood Country Club outside L.A. earlier this month for Katy's "Birthday" video -- Katy showed a little preview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night ... but her clip didn't include the crazy fallout.
Eye witnesses tell TMZ, Katy pranked a REAL 5-year-old's birthday party ... and most guests had no idea they were getting punk'd. Children were crying. One woman stormed away, visibly upset.
Check out the video ... at one point a little girl says, "Mommy, I want to leave."
We know the feeling, kid.
The New Man Fashion
Depp And I Wear Engagement Rings!
4/23/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen isn't hitched -- yet -- but he's making it clear he's off the market ... proudly sporting what looks like a wedding band ... but Charlie tells us he and Johnny Depp are starting a new trend -- by wearing manly man ENGAGEMENT rings.
Charlie's in Paris with his fiancee -- former adult star Brett Rossi -- and was pretty well lit himself when he stopped to take photos with fans -- ring on finger.
Charlie tells TMZ he's no one's husband yet, saying it's a man's engagement ring from Tiffany symbolizing his eternal love for Brett.
As for Depp, he says the diamond engagement ring on his finger was originally meant for his fiancee, Amber Heard ...but it was too big, so he wears it.
Joakim Noah Sues Le Coq
I WORE YOUR CRAPPY SHOES
And You Screwed Me Out of a Fortune!
4/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA superstar Joakim Noah has sued his former shoe sponsor -- claiming Le Coq Sportif makes TERRIBLE SNEAKERS that may have damaged his feet ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Baby Mama & Son Slapped with Eviction Notice
Pay Up & Get Out!
4/23/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family that stiffs the landlord together, gets evicted together -- just ask Nic Cage's ex-GF and their son Weston ... whose landlord is suing to give 'em the boot, TMZ has learned.
The landlord, John R. Gifford, filed court docs to force Weston and his mom, Christina Fulton, out of their West Hollywood home ... because Gifford claims they stopped paying the $6k/month rent back in December.
Gifford says he served them an eviction notice in January, and gave them 3 days to pay up or get the hell out. Guess which one they chose?
Gifford is suing, not only for eviction ... but for the $12,000 in past-due rent.
We've reached out to Cage and Fulton ... so far, no response.
Guess Who This Smiley
STUD TURNED INTO!
4/23/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before this grinning little guy was a Hollywood hunk he was just another cool kid growing up in Palo Alto, California. Can you guess who he is?
In other news...
Kim Kardashian stepped out in a pair of jeans that were so ripped, she might as well have just worn shorts.
See for yourself!
Good Sex Just Ain't Her Thing
... Says Husband
4/23/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Villa Blanca Waitress Makes Absurd Settlement Offer
4/22/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is one for the books. The woman who was suing Lisa Vanderpump for $5 million alleging sexual harassment at her Villa Blanca restaurant -- among other things, is now willing to settle for $40K if the restaurant acknowledges some ridiculous things.
Karina Bustillos -- who claimed a Villa Blanca manager sexually harassed her in all sorts of ways -- says she'll drop the suit if she gets $40K and the following promises from Villa Blanca:
-- not to serve catfish and claim it's the more expensive tilapia
-- not to serve canned fruits and veggies and call them fresh
-- teach employees not to eat food off customers' plates
-- order kitchen staff to wash their hands frequently
And there's other stuff too, which seems like it's designed to embarrass.
Lisa Vanderpump tells TMZ ... the lawsuit is "frivolous and a clear case of malicious prosecution."
Boxer Kassim Ouma
HIT WITH COKE CHARGES
Stemming From L.A. Fight
4/22/2014 4:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-boxing champ Kassim Ouma has been charged with felony cocaine possession stemming from an incident where he allegedly K,.O.'d a guy who made gay advances toward him ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The L.A. County District Attorney filed the charge against the 35-year-old boxer Tuesday -- stemming from the April 18th incident.
We broke the story ... Ouma told investigators he struck up a convo with a guy he just met in L.A., went back to the guy's home and then got violent when the guy made multiple sexual advances toward him.
Ouma was arrested for battery ... but we're told prosecutors did not file any charges against Ouma for the fight. It's unclear why.
If convicted on the coke charge, Ouma faces up to 3 years behind bars.
We're told Ouma is still in custody and is being held on $10k bail.
Lindsay Lohan Miscarriage
Somehow Things Get Even Worse for LiLo
4/21/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Talks Dirty to Us
About Small Penises
4/22/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Strip Club Lawsuit
Doctor Accused of Trying to Weasel Out On
4/22/2014 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scores -- a famous NYC strip club is going after a customer in court because he allegedly weaseled out of a HUGE tab ... claiming he was drugged by Scores employees.
Scores claims Dr. Zyad Younan ran up a $135,303 bill last year on his American Express card during FOUR visits to the club.
The gentleman's establishment says Dr. Younan was not a gentleman when it came time to pay ... challenging the charges by claiming he was not in his right mind when he racked up the bill.
According to the lawsuit, Dr. Younan told the credit card company he was drugged by club employees. The doctor also claimed he wasn't even there on the dates in question ... although the club claims it has him on video.
Scores is suing for what it is owed, plus interest.
Calls to Dr. Younan were not returned. He's in surgery ... which will probably pay for numerous lap dances.