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Chris Brown Strikes Settlement In Vegas Battery Case

9/19/2017 4:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Liziane Gutierrez, the woman Chris Brown allegedly attacked in his Vegas hotel room for taking a pic of him, made off with some loot after the two settled her lawsuit against him.

We're told a settlement became official today. The question ... how much? Sources familiar with the negotiation tell us, there was some sort of preliminary talk of $70,000, but other sources say the monetary amount agreed upon was substantially less. 

Gutierrez sued Brown in February of last year after she claimed he punched her in the eye and took her phone after she tried to snap his pic during a private party in his Palms Hotel suite.

Police never charged Chris with any crime and Chris had denied any wrongdoing saying Liziane was "too ugly" to attend one of his parties. 

Taylor Swift Music Vid Director Look What Ex-Employee Made Me Do

9/19/2017 6:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's fave director -- who did her latest music video along with her "Bad Blood" vid -- has some bad blood with a former employee who now has to stay 100 yards away and stop harassing him online ... according to new legal docs.

"Look What You Made Me Do" director Joseph Kahn got a temporary restraining order against a man who he claims has been sending him disturbing emails and tagging him on angry posts off and on since 2009. According to the docs, the man briefly worked for Kahn but was let go in 2008 because he found him "unstable and unreliable."

Kahn claims the man began relentlessly harassing him afterward via email by talking to him like a dog, making comments about his penis, insulting his character, and sending "pornographic emails depicting [the man] being sodomized."

Kahn says the emails started up again in September, with a creepy message saying "Now sit and wait for your treat" followed by explanation/apology a couple days later saying ... "I am insanely chemically unbalanced even when sober."

The music vid director asked the judge for the restraining order because he feared for his safety, and the judge agreed.

Joseph won a Grammy in 2015 for "Bad Blood" and also 2003 for Eminem's "Without Me." He's also worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Chris Brown and U2.

'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Songwriter's Family Sues Publisher's a $700k Grinch!!

9/19/2017 4:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The family of the guy who wrote "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" says they've been getting nothing but lumps of coal, when they should've been cashing in big on the holiday classic.

The tune was written by Haven Gillespie way back in the 1930s. Haven's been dead since 1975, but his family says it entrusted Memory Lane Music Group to continue collecting royalties on Gillespie's catalog. He also wrote, "You Go to My Head" and "That Lucky Old Sun" ... but they know the real money maker is 'Santa Claus.'

In a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Gillespie's fam says Memory Lane is supposed to send them checks for 85 percent of all royalties, while the co. keeps 15 percent. The family says it met with Memory Lane's honcho in April, and he copped to having been very naughty for the last 2 years.

They claim he admitted stealing, so ... go ahead and check that twice, Santa.

According to the docs, the thievery cost Gillespie's heirs more than $700k -- and they're suing to get back the cash. 

Liza Minnelli Daylight Come 'n She Wan' Go Home!!!

9/19/2017 3:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Liza Minnelli is putting an end to the rumors she might never sing again, and she's doing it in the most awesome way!

We got Liza Monday night leaving Craig's, and asked straight-up ... if her famous pipes are still in working order? Broadway star Michael Feinstein recently said Liza was considering doing a big show with him, but then the weak vocal stories started swirling.

After this run-in, our advice to Feinstein is ... get on the horn to Liza!

Beetlejuice would love this! Harry, too.

'Black-ish' Star Jenifer Lewis Settles with LA Fitness Over Trainer Ripoff

9/19/2017 2:32 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jenifer Lewis, the grandma on "Black-ish" just lined her pocket with $13,000 courtesy of LA Fitness after suing over a crooked gym employee.

Lewis claimed in a lawsuit she met an LA Fitness front desk manager at the West L.A. club. She says they got chummy, started dating, and 3 months into the relationship he convinced her to loan him money for a movie he was producing.

She says he fleeced her for $50k. She sued the gym because she claims he was a known con man with a record who had served time, but wasn't vetted before he was hired.

Jenifer, who told her story on TMZ Live, dismissed the lawsuit against LA Fitness in return for the cash. 

Ryan Phillippe Ex-Fiancee Filed Harassment Report He Called Me a 'Whore'

9/19/2017 1:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Phillippe's former fiancee went to the LAPD last March to file a harassment report against the actor ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned Paulina Slagter went to the Hollywood division of LAPD on March 26 and filed an "Annoying or Harassing Electronics Communications Harassment Report." She claimed Ryan sent a slew of texts to her after their breakup -- many laced with vulgarities -- accusing her of infidelity and attacking her personally. We're told there were no physical threats but it was "aggressive."

We're told in at least one of the texts he called her a "whore."

The texts were "extremely angry."

Law enforcement sources tell us, Paulina dropped the case shortly after filing it because she didn't want the publicity. The case is closed. 

She did, however, just tweet -- presumably in response to Ryan's latest ex-girlfriend's physical abuse allegations -- "......when there's smoke...."

We reached out to Ryan's rep ... so far, no word back.

Earthquake 7.1 Rocks Mexico ... Buildings Explode, Collapse

9/19/2017 1:31 PM PDT
Breaking News

Central Mexico is trembling after a devastating 7.1 earthquake that's leveled dozens of buildings to nothing but rubble.

The powerful quake struck Tuesday afternoon in the central Mexican state of Puebla, but it was felt nearly 100 miles away in Mexico City. There are reports of at least 104 deaths, and there's also extensive property damage -- some buildings exploded and others totally collapsed moments after the shaking. 

The quake comes on the anniversary of the tragic 8.0 earthquake that killed nearly 10,000 people in 1985. The country was still reeling from an 8.1 earlier this month that killed 61 people.

Kevin Hart & Eniko United We Stand

9/19/2017 12:57 PM PDT

Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko, are presenting a united front ... just days after he publicly apologized to her for the sexually charged video at the center of an alleged extortion plot.

The couple went out for lunch Tuesday in Woodland Hills -- the first time they've been seen together since his video apology on Saturday. No holding hands or PDA of any sort, but still ... they're together, and as we've shown you ... Eniko's still wearing her ring.

Kevin had been in Atlanta on Monday, shooting a movie, but clearly jetted home to be with Eniko in the middle of the crisis. TMZ broke the story ... Kevin's had extended conversations with police as they try to track down the extortionists.

By the way, the restaurant they hit up is called JOEY -- known for rotisserie chicken and hibachi wings ... though we're guessing Kevin just had the crow.

On the way out, Kevin called the meal a "family moment," while Eniko let her left hand do the talking.

Serena Williams on Mom: Taught Me 'Power of a Black Woman' ... Now I'll Teach My Baby

9/19/2017 12:41 PM PDT
Breaking News

New mom Serena Williams just penned a powerful letter to her own mother -- thanking Oracene Price for showing her how to be a strong, black woman in a world filled with ignorance and hate. 

"I'm not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman," Williams wrote.

"Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges -- ones that I enjoy."

In the letter, Serena addresses all the harsh criticism she heard on her way to the top -- including being labeled a man and a steroid user -- and says she never could've overcome it without her mom's guidance. 

"I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said I don't belong in women's sports -- that I belong in men's -- because I look stronger than many other women do."

"It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage)."

"I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don't all look the same."

Serena says she's gonna pass on those life lessons to her newborn daughter, Alexis Olympia ... and asks for her mom's continued help along the way. 

Billy Bush & Wife Split After 20-Year Marriage

9/19/2017 12:20 PM PDT
Breaking News

Billy Bush and his wife of 20 years have called it quits ... TMZ has confirmed.

A rep for Billy tells TMZ ... the former "Today" co-host and Sydney Davis are "separated for the moment to evaluate their life together." The rep goes on to say, "They love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future." The couple has 3 kids.

Billy had a rough 2016 after a video surfaced showing then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump talking to Billy about trying to bang chicks back in 2005. Trump referred to the conversation as "locker room talk."

"Today" suspended Bush over the incident, before ultimately settling with him on his exit for a reported $10 mil.

Mariah Carey Bah, Humbug!! Sued For Stiffing Christmas Choir Singers

9/19/2017 12:01 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mariah Carey went full Scrooge on a bunch of Christmas choir singers -- allegedly skipping out on nearly $70k in payments to the group -- and now they're suing.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Carey hired Broadway Inspirational Voices in 2016 to perform 9 Christmas shows with her at The Beacon Theatre in NYC. BIV claims shortly thereafter Mariah decided to go "another direction with regard to the choir" and left them in the dust.

It's not the first time Mariah's worked with the group ... they claim back in 2014 she hired them for the same gig -- for the same amount of cash -- and it went off without a hitch.

Among the classics they'd perform at the 2016 show, "Jesus, What a Wonderful Child," "Joy to The World," "Carol of the Bells," and "Silent Night."

We've reached out to Mariah's reps ... so far, no word back.

Ryan Phillippe Hires Lawyer to Sue Ex-GF Over Domestic Violence Claims

9/19/2017 11:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Phillippe has hired a high-powered civil litigator to go after the woman claiming he beat her up ... and he's using the "Taylor Swift" model of lawsuits ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with Ryan tell us, Ryan's plan is to file either a defamation or malicious prosecution lawsuit against Elsie Hewitt, who has claimed in her own lawsuit Ryan was under the influence on July 4 and allegedly attacked her and threw her down the stairs.

Ryan has said she made it all up and was actually the aggressor who attacked him after he broke up with her.

Ryan wants an acknowledgement from Hewitt she was lying or, short of that, he wants a judge or jury to make the point. And, ala Taylor Swift, Ryan will donate any money he gets to domestic violence orgs, although he doesn't think she has money to pay.

He plans to file a countersuit for defamation and also a malicious prosecution case if and when her lawsuit is thrown out.

Drake Longtime Friend's Murder Captured on Video

9/19/2017 10:24 AM PDT

The murder of one of Drake's longtime friends was caught on video, and cops just released it.

Anthony Soares was gunned down last week in Toronto by 2 men.

The video shows Soares standing in his apartment lobby when the 2 hooded men run up from a car in a nearby parking lot and begin shooting through the lobby glass. It appears they fired off at least 10 shots.

A few days ago Drake posted, "RIP to one of our family members ... our brother ... I still can't even believe this morning was real. It was a honor to have shared years together and I will always keep your memory alive. Forever Fif" [Fif was his nickname].

Police have no suspects.

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