Beyonce's dad -- the onetime millionaire manager of Destiny's Child -- just got a pass from a judge on his child support obligation ... because he grossly overpaid in the past.
As we've reported ... baby mama Alexsandra Wright has dragged Mathew Knowles in and out of court for months ... accusing him of falling behind in support payments for their 3-year-old son.
Knowles had been ordered to pay Wright $12K a month as of Feb. 2013 ... but a few weeks ago, he got a judge to reduce it to $2,485 a month, claiming his income had dwindled.
But sources familiar with the case tell us ... Knowles just scored again, convincing the judge he's been OVER-PAYING all along -- arguing the entire time he should only have been paying $2,485 ... amounting to an overpayment of $110K.
The judge agreed ... giving him credit for the overpayment.
Bottom line Knoles won't have to pay Wright -- who has been getting $300 a month in food stamps -- ANYTHING for the next 3-and-a-half years. Wright vows to continue her fight.
But there's on final twist. Welfare officials typically come after the dad when the mom is on public assistance, so we're told he'll probably end up giving her something, beginning this summer.
Amy Winehouse Foundation Sues
Our Tony Bennett Piano Is Being Held Hostage
4/24/2014 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A signed Tony Bennett piano owned by the Amy Winehouse Foundation -- and worth untold thousands -- is being held hostage by a rogue piano dealer ... this according to a new lawsuit ... and AWF wants it back stat.
AWF filed the lawsuit against NY piano dealer Ronen Segev, claiming it purchased two Steinway grand pianos from Segev in 2013 for $41,500 -- one to be signed by Tony Bennett and one to be signed by Billy Joel.
AWF claims it got the pianos signed for its big charity auction in March last year -- the Billy Joel piano sold without a hitch, but the winning bidder on the Bennett piano failed to make payment ... so Segev took it back.
AWF claims Segev has since refused over and over to deliver the piano to AWF's possession, despite the fact that AWF already paid for the piano in full.
If Segev doesn't return the piano, AWF wants damages equal to its market value ... and who knows how much that could be.
Video Vixen Sues for Defamation
He Got Me Blacklisted
4/24/2014 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
50 Cent has ruined a video vixen's life -- getting her blacklisted in the business by calling her a "thirsty video bitch" in front of millions of people -- or so the woman claims ... and now she wants millions to call it even.
Sally Ferreira filed the defamation suit against Fiddy, claiming he FALSELY accused her last month of spreading rumors she was dating the rapper -- as well as leaking behind-the-scenes photos from his music video shoot.
50 posted the accusations on Instagram and Twitter (where he has a combined 9 million+ followers) including a call to blacklist the model, writing, "WARNING: Do not attempt to work with this thirsty video bitch."
For her part, Ferreira says she NEVER leaked the photos -- and insists she's openly been in a relationship with her fiance for 9 years.
Ferreira claims 50's Internet postings -- which have since been deleted -- not only ruined her blossoming modeling career ... they have subjected her to endless public ridicule and scorn. She says she's suffered extreme emotional distress as a result.
She wants several million in damages.
Ex-Wife Hangs with New GF
4/24/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's shocking enough to see Tiger Woods hanging out with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren again ... but even MORE SHOCKING to see them together with Tiger's GF Lindsey Vonn by his side.
MTV Show Coming Back
... This Time in Alaska!
4/24/2014 9:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Move over, Sarah Palin ... the folks at "Buckwild" are coming back to MTV for season 2 and TMZ has learned they are shooting in the former Alaska governor's backyard.
As TMZ first reported, "Buckwild" was cancelled by MTV last year after the death of one of the cast members, Shain Gandee. Producers of the show maintained at the time they were going forward with season two.
Now sources tell TMZ the show has been shooting for about a month now in Wasilla, Alaska with a whole new cast. Our sources say the concept is the same as before -- lots of hooking up and fights -- but with some insane new stunts.
We're told they've already shot the cast skinny dipping in freezing cold water during an ice fishing trip ... and a crazy snowmobile ride through the mountains, with people being pulled on inner tubes. Our sources say the stunts being shot now may or may not make the final edit.
MTV had no comment.
Throws Chair at Aussie Rapper in EPIC Meltdown
4/24/2014 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Screwing with Xzibit is not recommended -- 'cause the "Pimp My Ride" star chucked a STEEL CHAIR at another rapper's face ... allegedly over a cab ride!
X to the Z was backstage at a concert Wednesday night in Adelaide, Australia when he got into it with a concert promoter/rapper named Mastacraft.
According to reports ... Xzibit's ride from the airport wasn't up to his standards -- and after he got to his hotel, he was forced to hail a cab to the show when the promoter went M.I.A.
Just watch what the explosion once X got to the show and ran into Mastacraft backstage.
The promoter says Xzibit was treated like a king and any claim saying otherwise is BS, but still -- the video is crazy!
Good Morning, Ladies ... Have You Heard?
My Sex Life Sucks
4/24/2014 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Information Dean McDermott could have used before this photo was taken: Guys who are trying to save their marriages, after admitting cheating and telling the world their wives suck in bed ... should NOT be seen chatting up women in public.
Hours after Dean and Tori Spelling aired their dirty bedroom laundry on their reality show ... Dean hit up an L.A. coffee shop -- solo -- and shared a few laughs with a couple of ladies.
Sure, it could be totally innocent, but Dean's gonna have a hard time getting the benefit of the doubt after his couples therapy confession that he cheated ... BECAUSE sex with Tori "wasn't fantastic."
Home brewed coffee can be good too.
Romeo Blasts Mom
Get Your Life Together
If You Want Millions from Master P
4/24/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Romeo has some divorce advice for his mom -- if you want $67 million ... you need to earn it, and it starts with being a good mother.
Romeo opened up last night about his mom and dad ... Sonya Miller and Master P's split -- and her legal demand for a chunk of his empire ... telling us, "Honestly, I love my mom to death, but I mean -- we gotta just work out some things. She gotta be a better parent, y'know."
It sounds like he's referring to Master P's allegations that Sonya is smoking marijuana around their children ... which she's denied.
What's interesting is Sonya's been living WITH Romeo, but watch the clip -- he's backing dad in this divorce.
Double Dipping Tongues
With Dave Navarro
4/24/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Carmen Electra stuck her tongue in a warm, familiar place last night ... Dave Navarro's mouth -- and the exes weren't shy about it.
They were walking into a hard rock award show in downtown L.A. when they took a moist selfie, which Dave tweeted, saying ... "May get lucky with one tonight."
Carmen and Dave divorced in 2007 after 3 and a half years of marriage ... and a reality show.
Who says you can't go back?
Based on how Carmen looks in this video -- we definitely get it, Dave.
I'm Not as Rich as She Thinks
But I'm Still Really Rich!
4/24/2014 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marc Anthony is SCOFFING at his ex-wife for daring to claim he made $60 million over the last 4 years. Marc says she's way off ... he only made a hair over $40 mil.
Marc filed new legal docs in his ongoing custody war with former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, who claims she was forced to live in a crappy San Fernando Valley hovel with their 2 kids while he lives lavishly.
But Marc is putting things in perspective, laying out his finances in the docs -- obtained by TMZ. Marc says over the last 2 years he spends an average of $305K A MONTH.
It all adds up so fast. Marc says he's spent around $400,000 on domestic help over the last 2 years. We're guessing that doesn't include shelling out for JLo while she did "Maid in Manhattan."
And then there's $220k for auto leases, $1 million for a California home and another $700K for 2 New York residences.
Dayanara wants her monthly child support upped from $13K to $113K.
Give a poor guy a break.
Clooney vs. Wynn
Greatest Fight in Vegas History
4/23/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dude Threatens to 'John Lennon' Her ... Allegedly
4/24/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gretchen Bonaduce claims the guy she was dating threatened to kill her in the most ominous way ... by sending her texts telling her, "Enjoy that lunch, you never know, may be your last," and "remember John Lennon."
Gretchen -- who was famously married to Danny Bonaduce and starred in a reality show about their lives -- was having lunch with former "Top Model" Adrianne Curry earlier this month when she got a slew of texts ... she claims from then-boyfriend Kevin Kautzky.
Aside from the "lunch" and "Lennon" texts, he allegedly got even more direct and wrote, "When somebody decided to push your mother out of the window, she probably didn't realize that her prior meal would be her last."
Gretchen rushed to get a restraining order against Kevin ... ordering him to stay 100 yards clear of her and not to communicate.
Bitch Fight With Porsha
Hard to Watch
4/24/2014 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kenya Moore told our photog ... the epic "Real Housewives of Atlanta" brawl between Porsha Williams and herself was "disgusting" to watch on TV.
Kenya was tight-lipped on Porsha's glamorous mug shot -- taken after she was criminally charged with battery, but she did say she'd love to see her nemesis replaced with someone less violent.
It's also interesting how she responds to the $64K question ... whether she'll return to the show next season.
Bitch fights ... they're just awesome.