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Nia Long 'Empire' Hair and Makeup Lodged Complaint Nia Threatened Suit

3/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_taraji-henson-nia-long-and-terrence-howard-tmz-2Nia Long was such a nightmare on the set of "Empire" ... the hair and makeup folks lodged an official complaint against her, and Nia also threatened to sue the show over an improper goodbye ... this according to well-placed production sources.

Multiple people -- cast, crew and production people -- tell TMZ Nia was disrespectful and unprofessional throughout her run on the show.

We broke the story ... Nia and Taraji P. Henson were at war with each other because Taraji was irate over the way Nia treated the staff, and it got so bad producers were trying to figure out how to shoot scenes with the two of them where each actress did their part separately. It was so tense neither would speak to the other.

The various sources are scoffing at Nia's reps, who claim the stories about the actress are made up. Our sources say there were numerous incidents, but 3 are still vivid.

-- Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment ... and that was against Nia. The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful ... at times deciding she didn't like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show -- "from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia."

-- Our sources say Nia was "habitually late." They say Taraji and Terrence Howard would sometimes be waiting on set for 30 minutes and Nia was a no-show. Producers would finally use a stand-in for Nia so Taraji and Terrence could rehearse a scene.

-- It is custom on the set when guest stars finish their last scene for the Assistant Director to call it out ... "This is (name of actor) last scene," followed by a "thank you" and applause. When Nia did her last scene, Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and his lip began swelling. The A.D. was looking for Benadryl when Nia left. It's unclear if the A.D. was distracted or just didn't want to thank Nia, but we're told as Nia walked out she told someone in production she was going to sue the show because the "goodbye" was in her contract. Production sources say it was not in her contract.

We spoke with one actor on the show who said the experience was so unpleasant they would never work with her again.

We reached out to Nia's rep, who said, "We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard."

The rep went on to say, "We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight."

Mel B, Stephen Belafonte Divorce Breakthrough ... Family Therapy

3/23/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-melb-stephen-belafonte-tmz-2Mel B and Stephen Belafonte took an enormous step Wednesday to ratchet down the anger in their divorce ... we've learned the 2 of them along with their kids went for a family therapy session.

Sources connected with Mel B and Stephen tell TMZ, they drove separately to Mulholland Estates to the home of Dr. Charles Sophy, Mel's longtime psychiatrist. They each drove separately and their 3 kids -- ages 5, 9 and 18 -- drove in a third car with the nanny.

Sophy is a leading psychiatrist in Hollywood, treating scores of celebs. He was a big part of the Michael Jackson molestation trial.

We're told this was the first family session and it's a breakthrough because up to this point in the breakup, a family session would have been out of the question. Our sources say both Mel B and Stephen really want to make sure their kids are ok.

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Stars Vicious Confrontation During Radio Interview

3/23/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-peter-thomas-matt-jordan-tmz-getty-01'Real Housewives of Atlanta' stars Peter Thomas and Matt Jordan threw everything that wasn't nailed down during a radio interview that looked more like UFC 210.

They dislike each other intensely, so it seems the interview was destined for disaster, and they did not disappoint. Matt threw a water bottle at Peter, then charged him. We're told they locked up and Peter scored a takedown, because station staff broke it up.

It was so bad, cops were called and took an assault report from Peter against Matt.

Here's the bad news. The interview was not live and it looks like the station isn't going to air it. 

Rampage Jackson Hates Having Male Fans I'd Rather Be Like Justin Bieber!!

3/23/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Who wants legions of male fans?

Not Rampage Jackson ... the MMA legend says he'd rather be like Justin Bieber because that guy is SWIMMING in chicks!!

Jackson was keeping it all the way real about the perks of fame ... saying it can be annoying to have dudes asking for selfies and autographs all the time -- instead of hot ladies. 

Rampage says guys like Chris Brown and Justin Bieber have the RIGHT kind of fame.

The good news for Jackson, he has an outlet for his frustrations ... he's fighting King Mo at Bellator 175 on March 31st. 

We reached out to Bieber for comment -- but he was too busy bangin' chicks. 

Becky G Playing A Go Go Gay Power Ranger No Big Deal

3/23/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Becky G doesn't understand all the fuss about playing a gay Power Ranger, but she has a problem with playing the first gay one in 2017.

Becky plays Yellow Ranger Trini who deals with "girlfriend problems" in the new flick.

She was at the Hollywood star ceremony for the show's creator, Haim Saban, Wednesday where she told us her issues with her character had more to do with the timing.

Donald Trump Hawaii Tourism Not Hurt By #BoycottHawaii Hysteria

3/23/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-trump-boycott-hawaii-tmz-gettyDonald Trump supporters who vowed to boycott Hawaii after his travel ban was blocked by a Hawaiian federal judge have had no impact on the state's tourism industry ... at least so far.

We're told there was concern at the Hawaii Tourism Authority that travel to the Aloha state would take a hit after a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the President's travel order -- especially after the hashtag #BoycottHawaii started trending on Twitter.

The concern was allegedly so great the HTA reached out to travel sites like Expedia to see if the threatened boycott was having an impact ... the answer -- so far, no.

We're told despite hundreds of phone calls and emails from folks saying they wouldn't book travel to Hawaii ... there's no evidence of cancellations. The HTA cautions there could be an impact in the following months ... they just don't know.

The HTA actually supports the judge's decision, saying ... "We celebrate diversity and honor culture ... oppose the travel ban and we applaud the ruling of the U.S. District Court to prevent it from being implemented at this time.”

Ashley Graham Bagel Bra is a Pro-Breakfast Message

3/23/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ashley Graham made breakfast more fun for everyone when she used 2 bagels to cover up in a topless video, and it turns out ... that was precisely her mission.

We got the supermodel at LAX and asked her about the bagel bra ... she said she was just enjoying her morning, as we all should. As for what food she'll cleverly pose with next ...

Or maybe she'll just ditch it all and go full frontal.

Harry Potter Yuengling's Brewery Moves to Own Harry Potter's Butterbeer ...For Ice Cream!!!

3/23/2017 12:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_yuengling-ice-cream_harry-potterYuengling's brewery is using Harry Potter's famed butterbeer for its ice cream ... but it took a legal shortcut that could backfire in a huge way.

Yuengling's rolled out its new "butterbeer" flavor this week ... even though it never secured the legal right to market ice cream.

Yuengling's prez, David Yuengling, tells TMZ his company filed docs to trademark butterbeer ice cream 8 months ago, and he's hopeful he'll win approval.

Here's the problem ... J.K. Rowling created the fictional drink in her Harry Potter books, and Warner Bros. secured all the rights and produced the movies. So it's pretty clear ... Warner Bros. will be extremely territorial over one of it's most valuable franchises.

So far Yuengling's application for the right to use the name hasn't been decided ... but if it's rejected the company has a big problem on its hands, and Warner Bros. could go after it for all the loot its made selling the frozen delight.

We've reached out to Warner Bros. for comment ... so far, no word back.

Suzzi in 'Airheads' 'Memba Her?!

3/22/2017 9:00 PM PDT

0322-Nina-Siemaszko-suzzi-airheads-now-photos-launch-2Nina Siemaszko is best known for playing the hot hostage Suzzi -- opposite Adam Sandler as Pip -- in the 1994 metal movie 'Airheads.' Guess what she looks like now!

Katt Williams Sued You're Cheap and You Punched Me!!!

3/22/2017 5:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-kat-williams-tmzKatt Williams was a violent, cheap boss who once held her captive in a hotel room ... so claims a former assistant and she's now suing him.

Yadira Torres says she's the woman the comedian punched back in July 2016 at Sportsmen's Lodge restaurant in Studio City that landed Katt in jail. Yadira says that was the last straw but adds the abuse started long before that.

In docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Yadira says Katt came up short paying her, verbally abused her and once "restrained" her in a hotel room for 3 hours as "punishment." It's unclear what set Katt off.

She also says Katt once left her stranded for 24 hours at an Atlanta airport with no money to catch a flight back home. She's suing for unspecified damages.

We've reached out to Katt, so far no word back.

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3/21/2017 12:48 PM PDT

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Paris Hilton Chris Zylka Is The One!

3/22/2017 1:15 PM PDT

Paris Hilton is shackin' up with her new BF and is ready for a walk down the aisle.

We got Paris and 'Leftovers' star Chris Zylka strolling through LAX Wednesday in a handlock, when she dropped the news ... she's off the market for good.

  

Suge Knight Back in Hospital For Blood Clots

3/22/2017 4:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-suge-knight-tmzSuge Knight is back in the hospital for a condition that has been dogging him  for 2 years ... blood clots.

We're told Suge -- who's facing murder charges for running over someone in 2015 at Tam's Burgers in Compton -- is at USC Medical Center.

Suge has been in solitary confinement and has complained the conditions have compromised his health. He's been in and out of the hospital while his trial drags on.

We're told Suge is in stable condition.

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