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Chris Brown

Takes a Shot

Falling Down Drunk

7/1/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown DrunkChris Brown is now privately admitting he was falling-down drunk after the BET awards Sunday ... but says it's not because he drank to excess -- it's because he can't hold his liquor.

We posted the video first thing Monday morning ... showing an absolutely obliterated CB being carried out of Playhouse in Hollywood. 

Chris is saying ... he hadn't had a drink in 6 months -- mostly because he was either in rehab or jail. Chris says he was goaded at Playhouse into drinking ... by famous folk like Lil Wayne, Tyga and Soulja Boy. They wanted him to celebrate his triumphant return on the BET stage by doing shots.

Chris admits to having the proverbial "several" shots, but that was all she wrote.

Check out the video of Chris at the DJ booth at Playhouse.  He's feelin' good, and standing upright ... kinda.

Ex-Color Me Badd Singer

BET Gig Sounded Awful

7/1/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ex-Color Me Badd lead singer Bryan Abrams was less than impressed by the band's BET Awards gig Sunday night.

Bryan was not-so diplomatic, saying "I'm not trying to hate on them, but I thought it sounded kinda horrible."

As for why Abrams wasn't there ... he says he parted ways with CMB last year to focus on his sobriety ... checking into a treatment center for alcohol related issues. He was there 6 months.

Now he's sober and brutally honest.

Ooooh oooh oooh ooh.

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Chris Brown

Carried Out

of BET Awards After-Party

6/30/2014 5:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown BET Awards After PartyChris Brown's hos ain't loyal, but his bros sure are ... 'cause they straight up carried him out of a Hollywood club and into the waiting ride of Karrueche Tran.

Brown was leaving Playhouse in the wee hours of Monday morning, but not under his own power. Brown's arms were squarely wrapped around the shoulders of two guys ... while a few other people cleared the way.

Tran -- Chris' on-again/off-again girlfriend -- was waiting in a sick orange Lambo ... ready to whisk CB away. No doubt he napped the whole ride.



Brown performed at the BET Awards earlier in the evening -- his first show since getting out of jail.

As TMZ previously reported, Brown emerged from jail earlier this month pledging he would change his partying ways and never go back behind bars. So much for that.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Denied by T.I.'s Wife

on the BET Awards Red Carpet

6/30/2014 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

063014_tiny_floyd_launchFloyd Mayweather Jr. tried to re-connect with rapper T.I.'s wife on the red carpet of the BET Awards, but she was having none of it ... possibly to avoid another Floyd/T.I. brawl.

Tiny was doing an interview on the red carpet Sunday night when Floyd came rolling by with his girl. He tried to get her attention -- calling her name and trying to grab her elbow -- but she ignored him and just hightailed it out of there.

It's amazing that Floyd would do this, since ... as TMZ previously reported ... it was Floyd's relationship with Tiny that set off the Floyd/T.I. fight at Fatburger in Las Vegas last month.

Round 2, anyone?

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BET Awards

Shooting After Show

6/30/2014 3:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

063014_supperclub_launch_v2There was a shooting at a Hollywood nightclub -- filled with famous rappers -- hours after the BET Awards.

The incident occurred at around 2:30 AM PT Monday at Supper Club. Someone fired a shot outside the club. One eyewitness tells TMZ the shooter was aiming at the Game's car ... although that does not appear to be the case. Another witness says the shot was fired in the air.

We're told no one was hit.

A witness says the man in the white T-shirt had a gun in his right hand at the time of the shooting and was running from the area where shots were fired.

A number of rappers were inside the club following the BET awards, including Game, Meek Mill, T-Pain, and Busta Rhymes.

This is the third BET-related incident of violence over the weekend.  There was also a stabbing inside a party hosted by Meek Mill and there was a fatal shooting outside an unauthorized BET party in Hollywood ... one man died and 4 others were injured after a man opened fire.

Chris Brown & Bieber

ONE OF US CAN BALL

... For Real

6/30/2014 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Chris Brown and Justin Bieber both showed up to the BET Celebrity basketball game this weekend -- and one of 'em REALLY IMPRESSED with his hoops skills. 

Of course, Bieber has been practicing his game like a maniac over the past year -- training in gyms all over the country and even at Lil Wayne's basketball court at his private sports compound. 

Meantime, Brown has been putting on weight -- and doesn't look like his old, usual shifty self ... but check out the video ... sometimes, looks can be deceiving.

BET Awards

Stabbing During Pre-Party

Inside Hollywood Nightclub

6/29/2014 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

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-- Lure tells TMZ ... the club is shocked and saddened by the stabbing -- "which did not take place inside our venue." We're told the attack occurred on the street outside the club. Management says it's cooperating with the LAPD in its investigation.
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There was a stabbing last night at a BET Awards pre-party filled with famous rappers ... somebody was seriously injured -- and we got crazy footage as it all was going down.

Law enforcement says a man in his 20s was stabbed inside Lure Nightclub on the dance floor Saturday night after a fight broke out ... and in the video, he's seen laying on the curb waiting for help while a panicked friend yells at cops to hurry the ambulance.

We're told the man was rushed to Cedars-Sinai with two stab wounds in the stomach and he's currently in stable condition.

The party was hosted by rapper Meek Mill ... The GameLil Boosie, Mase and actress Kyla Pratt were also there.

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So far ... it's unclear why the fight that led to the stabbing broke out.

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Floyd Mayweather

Takes GF on $70,000

Pre-BET Awards Shopping Spree

6/29/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0627_floyd_mayweather_bet_awards_jewelry_launchFloyd Mayweather's girlfriend put on a few pounds this week ... of jewelry ... following a ridiculous shopping spree to get her blinged out for the BET Awards this weekend.

Doralie Medina did some major work to Floyd's credit card, dropping $30,000 at Saks Fifth Ave on things like Birkin bags (yes, two), a CÉLINE python (another handbag), some new shoes and a few pieces of jewelry.

But wait, there's more! He then took her to a jewelry store in downtown Los Angeles and dropped ANOTHER $40,000 on jewelry in the diamond district.

Normally we'd be worried someone might try and snatch her new bling, but considering she'll be standing next to the most lethal fighter on Earth ... we think she'll be fine.

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Ex-TV Host B. Scott

Blows Off Sweet Offer from BET

Could Cost Him $150K

6/18/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0417-b-scott-02B. Scott -- the transgender host who went to war with BET -- turned down the network's offer to settle their ongoing lawsuit ... and the gamble could end up costing him 6 figures. 

As TMZ first reported, Scott lost his lawsuit against BET after suing for discrimination. He claimed network execs forced him to change into men's clothes at the BET Awards last year.

Losing the case left Scott on the hook for BET's attorney's fees ... which, according to court docs obtained by TMZ, totaled $279,000! But in a letter to Scott, his former employer offered to let him off easy for a mere $15,000 ... IF he promised to drop any appeals. 

Scott opted to roll the dice -- he rejected the offer, filed an appeal, and now BET is going after him for the fees again ... demanding at least $150K. 

Scott's not backing down, telling us ... "No one will tell me who I should be, how I should present myself, or what I do with my life."

A judge will decide what he does with his money.

B. Scott

Suing BET Has Me Feeling

Like Oprah Winfrey!

4/13/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0108-b-scott-outfit-change-3B. Scott and Oprah Winfrey have something in common -- all their life, they had to fight! -- at least that's what Scott says as part of his lawsuit against BET ... claiming he feels like O's character in "The Color Purple."

As TMZ first reported, B. Scott -- an openly gay transgender person -- is suing BET, claiming the network humiliated him during last year's BET Awards by yanking him off the show because he was wearing women's clothes.

Scott says in the deposition -- obtained by TMZ -- before the blow-up he hadn't thought of himself as a transgender person, but during his battle with BET he came to realize that's exactly who he is.

He explains, "I feel like Sofia in 'The Color Purple.' 'All my life I had to fight!' Because of my experience with BET, it led me to the realization that I am transgender because of my gender identity and expression, it was specifically because of my gender and not my sexuality that made me a target."

BET just got purpled.

BET, Viacom

Sued Over BET Awards

Shooting

4/7/2014 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A man who got shot at a BET Awards after party claims the club -- as well as Viacom and BET -- made a near fatal mistake with security ... and wants them to pay up for it.

Antwon Black claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ --  he attended a party at Compound Nightclub in Atlanta on October 2, 2011 ... the official BET after party.

Black says the club messed up and allowed one of its frequent patrons past security without checking for weapons -- that patron ended up shooting Black in his left leg.

Black is suing the owners of the club, Viacom and BET for failing to keep the club safe.

That party does have a place in hip-hop history -- Diddy allegedly almost came to blows with someone because they were drinking something other than Diddy's Ciroc vodka. T.I. had to take to the mic to calm Diddy down.

BET had no comment.

Rick Ross & Young Jeezy

We're Done Hatin' On Each Other

Thanks, T.I.

2/8/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rapper T.I. is the Henry Kissinger of hip hop ... because he's done what seemed like the impossible ... brokering a peace treaty between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy ... TMZ has learned.

You'll recall ... the Ross/Jeezy beef goes way back ... and got nuclear at the BET Hip Hop Awards two years ago when the two rappers tangled backstage and shots were fired in the parking lot.

Sources close to both men tell TMZ those days are gone -- as is the bad blood -- all thanks to T.I., who had a kumbaya moment with Jeezy.

T.I. told us he had a heart-to-heart with Jeezy and got him to see he had taken his eye off the ball.  He was focusing on bad blood rather than what was important -- MAKING MONEY.

Jeezy saw the light and Rick ended up seeing things the same way.

Not only did they bury the hatchet, they agreed to work together on a new Ross track.

Follow the money ... and life will be easy Jeezy.

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BET

We Don't Want Male Host B. Scott

Looking Like a Girl

1/9/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ has obtained some pretty explosive internal emails and texts between BET execs, who candidly admit they ordered a transgender host to change his clothes during its big awards pre-show because he looked like a chick.

B. Scott is suing the network, claiming he was ordered to 86 his flowing blue tunic, black pants, hair, makeup and heels because they wanted him to look more like a man, even though they knew he was a transgender person.
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During last year's BET Awards pre-show ... Scott appeared in his garb in the first segment but claims he was then ordered to change his clothes and remove his makeup ... he obliged but was never put back on the air.

BET Music Programming Prez Stephen Hill wrote a pointed email before the show ... "I don't want 'looking like a woman B Scott.'  I want tempered B Scott." 
Network VP Rhonda Cowan offered help, "I can speak to him about being less 'womanly.'"

BET had a potential public relations disaster on its hands ... because B. Scott went ballistic after being told to change clothes.  BET producer Stephanie Hodges wrote an email shortly after the broadcast, confessing, "He got upset and said he was going to blow this s**t up and call GLAAD."

BET has said it "embraces global diversity" and regrets unintentionally offending anyone in the LGBT community.  

But we got an email showing the network was far more cunning.  It's from BET honcho Monique Ware:

"The spin should be he was late for a live show and subsequently replaced and it would have been awkward in a live show to have the person assuming his role removed and him inserted."  It seems she's saying it would be weird for him to come back on the air as a man.

Ware goes on ... "Unless we can make public the reason we didn't want him dressed the way he normally does, I would stay away from suits, suit selections, etc."

In the various email and text exchanges ... BET execs say Scott had been drinking, was unruly, had shown up late, and was wearing garments that were not pre-approved.

We reached out to BET ... so far no word back.

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