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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
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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.
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.

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


Floyd Mayweather Takes GF on $70,000 Pre-BET Awards Shopping Spree

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


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
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
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
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
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.


BET We Don't Want Male Host B. Scott Looking Like a Girl

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


Judge to Omarosa's Mom Nut Up!! Claudia Jordan's No Threat

7/8/2013 4:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

's mom got shut down in court -- a judge slammed the door on her attempt to get a restraining order against ex-"Celebrity Apprentice" star Claudia Jordan ... for now.

Theresa Manigault filed her request for the restraining order last week ... just a few days after she and Claudia got into the most ridiculous, and childish fight ever on the BET Awards red carpet.

TMZ broke the story ... Claudia claimed Omarosa's 65-year-old mother punched her in the arm -- while Omarosa claimed Claudia's the one who shoved her mom.

In her court filing, mama Manigault describes the incident this way: "She started to use profanity at me. As I was walking the carpet, she began to be physically aggressive" ... and used "her shoulder to try to knock me off balance."

Mortal combat, right?

Clearly, the judge didn't see any immediate threat because according to the documents ... Mom's request to keep Claudia 20 yards away was denied.

Omarosa's mother will get a chance to restate her case during a hearing on July 24.

'Celebrity Apprentice' Alum Omarosa's Mom Just Punched Me

7/1/2013 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Celebrity Apprentice' alum Claudia Jordan says Omarosa's mother assaulted her moments ago at the BET Awards ... and claims she has filed a police report, TMZ has learned.

We're told the alleged attack went down at L.A. Live while Claudia was walking the red carpet.

Our sources at the awards show say, Claudia and Omarosa got into a heated verbal exchange -- after Omarosa allegedly called Claudia a "stupid b***h."

The verbal blows didn't stop ... so we're told when Omarosa's mom overheard it ... she walked by and punched Claudia in the arm. We're told event security then rushed in to break the women up and prevented the incident from escalating further.

Claudia then tweeted, "Wow, that awkward moment when you're assaulted on the red carpet."

But Omarosa tells TMZ ... Claudia started it by pushing her 65-year-old mother. And Omarosa says her mom filed her own police report for assault against Claudia. She says, “I am deeply saddened by Claudia Jordan actions at the BET Awards. After all that my family and I been through this year. She should show at least an ounce of decency and respect “

FYI -- Claudia and Omarosa were on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" together ... and have been known to bash each other in the media.

Specifically Omarosa claims Claudia took pics at Michael Clarke Duncan's funeral (Omarosa's former fiance) which pissed her off. Claudia, in turn, ripped Omarosa, saying she was using the funeral as a press opportunity. 

Happy BET Awards everyone.


Gunplay Attack Footage Shows 50's Crew Unleash Beatdown

10/3/2012 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


A video has surfaced showing rapper Gunplay getting his head slammed into a metal barricade outside the BET Awards Sunday night in Atlanta -- and it appears 50 Cent was part of the violent mob.

The clip shows 50 in the parking lot with his crew -- and out of nowhere, a massive brawl breaks out ... with rapper Gunplay on the receiving end of a ferocious attack.

Gunplay weathered the initial onslaught and managed to fight back, even though he was largely outnumbered.

It's hard to see in the shaky footage if 50 threw a punch -- or got involved at all -- but someone can be heard on camera saying, "That was 50 fighting too!" Gunplay called in to TMZ Live Monday, saying 50 Cent was involved in the action ... but was "hiding behind security."

We reached out to 50 for comment, so far no word back -- but G-Unit rapper Mike Knox (who appears in the clip) said in a radio interview this morning, "The only thing I can tell you is [Gunplay] was in the wrong place at the wrong time and he was acting a certain kinda way that he shouldn't have been actin' ... So, he got dealt with ... He got his ass kicked."

The video was first posted on

Gunplay Rapper Says He Wants to KILL 50 Cent

10/1/2012 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
says he absolutely DID NOT fire a gun at the BET Awards ... but claims he DID beat up a member of 50 Cent's entourage ... and says he wants to "kill" everyone in the G-Unit crew. 

Gunplay -- a rapper who's signed to Def Jam -- just called in to TMZ Live to talk about the madness at the BET Awards in Atlanta on Saturday ... where multiple fights broke out behind the scenes.

Gunplay tells us ... he "had to fight off five dudes" who he believes were members of 50 Cent's camp.

Gunplay says things got violent with 50's group because, "I never liked them and always wanted to kick his ass ... and I finally got the opportunity."

The rapper says 50 Cent WAS involved in the action ... but was "hiding behind security." Gunplay says he was trying to "break his f*ckin' neck."

Gunplay says he did manage to beat down one of the guys in 50's entourage -- "kicked one of their fat-asses ... kicked them off in the dirt." Gunplay says cops then rushed in and sprayed him with mase.

Gunplay -- who's friends with Rick Ross -- says his fight had nothing to do with Rick's altercation with Young Jeezy's crew at the BET Awards ... but explains, "We just goin' at it with everybody ... let's go kill 'em all."

Doesn't sound like he was joking ... Gunplay told us, "If you're playin' with me, you're playin' with fire ... might get gunned down, ya never know."

Rick Ross & Young Jeezy BET Awards Brawl Caught on Tape

9/30/2012 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
093012_ross_launchThe BET Awards brawl between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy took an army of guards to break it up and left a trail of destruction backstage -- and TMZ got the intense footage on tape.

In the video, security can be seen stepping in between the various combatants almost immediately, separating everyone before the fight got out of hand.

A shirtless Rick Ross can be seen yelling before being escorted away from the scene. Whoever Ross was yelling at tried to follow after him, but security stepped in before he could get there. 

There was one casualty however -- a random mirror.

According to Atlanta PD, no arrests were made.

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