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Benzino & Althea Eaton

Getting Marriage Counseling ...

And it Pays TOP Dollar

5/24/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Althea Eaton and Benzino's non-stop drama cost them their "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" gigs -- but it also helped them score $200k to appear on "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars."

Sources close to the show tell TMZ that the powder keg lovebirds will work through their issues and see if they are truly ready for marriage in Season 4 -- and they'll rake in a sweet payday while they do it.

No doubt they make for good TV ... Benzino and Althea got tossed off 'LHHA' last year after allegedly instigating the now infamous all out brawl with Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez

Word of advice: the boot camp counselors should probably keep boxing gloves handy.

Bobby Flay

Low Divorce Blow Over Breasts

5/23/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobby Flay has taken an incredibly cheap shot at his estranged wife, telling the judge in their divorce case that any medical problems she has are the result of vanity ... specifically a boob job.

We're told as part of her argument to invalidate their prenup, Stephanie March says she's been plagued by well-publicized medical problems, including a burst appendix and 3 deep infections. As a result, she says she's unable to work as an actress and the prenup would create an undo financial hardship.

Bobby has responded to Stephanie's argument, but he got surprisingly detailed, saying the infections were the result of breast enhancement surgery. It's pretty clear the point he's making is that Stephanie's problems are her own doing ... choosing to go under the knife for the sake of vanity.

Stephanie also took a shot at Bobby, saying revelations of his alleged infidelity have compromised her health and mental state.

As TMZ reported, the prenup provides a relatively meager $5k a month in support. Stephanie claims she was a key reason Bobby was able to build his empire.

50 Cent Sues Rick Ross

Baby Mama's Sex Tape

Released by YOU, Not Me

5/22/2015 10:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rick Ross was responsible for blasting the sex tape of his baby mama out to the world ... so claims 50 Cent who is now taking aim at Ross in court. 

50 has filed a lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he's trying to deflect blame from himself for the video which now has millions of views. Lastonia Leviston has sued 50 claiming she was so distraught after 50 posted the video she contemplated suicide. 

But now 50 says Ross is actually the one who created the problem because he or one of his lackeys was first to post it ... 50 just linked to it. 50 points to an interview Ross did with a radio station the day before the video was posted in which he said he was going to put the sex tape online. 

50 says in his legal docs if he loses his lawsuit to Leviston, Ross should cover most of the judgment because he's really the guilty party. 

Leviston claims in her lawsuit the guy in her sex tape gave the video to 50 -- who was more than eager to blast it out because it would embarrass his rival, Rick Ross. 

Wiz Khalifa

Amber Rose Is Trying To Crash My Vegas Party

5/22/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Wiz Khalifa just wanted to get turnt up in Vegas for this Memorial Day weekend but there's a big wrinkle ... baby mama Amber Rose.

We’re told Wiz just found out his estranged wife has booked a suite at the Palms Casino Resort, the same place he's staying. He's contacted the hotel and insisted that he's not on her floor. Wiz has made it clear ... he does not want Amber in his line of sight during the long weekend.

It's gonna be complicated, because Amber's hosting a pool party the same day Wiz debuts at club Rain as DJ Daddy Kat.  

Here's what's apparent ... bad blood in Vegas won't stay in Vegas. 

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Rapper Lil B

James Harden Needs to Stop Doing My Dance

... OR ELSE!!!

5/21/2015 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-lil-b-james-harden-tmz-01The biggest obstacle standing between James Harden and an NBA championship is not Steph Curry ... it's Lil B, who is threatening to put a curse on The Beard ... unless he cops to his demands.

Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking his "cooking dance" when he celebrates draining a big shot. Harden has been doing it all season, but Lil B says he's watching the Western Conference Finals -- and if Harden does it again ... it's gonna be curses.  

Lil B tells TMZ Sports, "If Harden doesn't tell what he is doing, which is the Lil B cooking dance, he will be cursed. He needs to stop stealing Lil B swag without showing love."

Lil B is a reasonable man -- he's giving Harden until Game 3 to give him credit, but after that he says the curse goes into effect.

Not a believer? Remember, Lil B cursed Kevin Durant earlier this year, and uhh ...he's somewhere chillin' on a couch right now.

Stir at your own risk, Harden.

Tito Ortiz & Rampage Jackson

Admit Defeat

in Trash Talking Lawsuit

5/21/2015 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson have tapped out ... settling a lawsuit with a former trainer over some remarks Tito made a few years back ... and we're told the trainer got a little cash for his troubles.

As TMZ Sports first reported, Juanito Ibarra sued Ortiz back in 2009 after Ortiz and Rampage gave interviews saying Ibarra was a "thief." 

The lawsuit dragged on for years ... until now. The sides have come to a settlement, which we're told calls for Ibarra to get some money from the deal. 

In announcing the settlement, Ortiz said in a statement, "Juanito didn’t steal from or take advantage of Rampage and he didn’t mismanage Rampage’s money it was all accounted for. I regret the effect my words had on Juanito’s life. Juanito is a trainer and manager of superior skills and the fact is, he helped to make Rampage a champion. Anyone would be blessed to be taught by Juanito." 

Through his attorney, Samuel Smith, Ibarra released a statement as well, saying, "I'm glad our differences have been resolved. I wish Rampage and Tito the best."

Diddy and Drake

We Decided to Become Partners

And We're Gonna Make a Killing

5/20/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Now we know why Diddy and Drake declared a truce ... they decided peace can be highly profitable for both of them.

We found out the former enemies met at 1:00 AM Monday at Mel's Drive-In in West Hollywood ... just the 2 of them, and of course their bodyguards.

We're told the chat was all about creating a joint venture with both of their names. They kicked around everything from clothing, to jewelry to cigars. They did not zero in on a product line but agreed that it would be mutually beneficial for them to partner.

Now it's clear why Diddy and Drake got on the phone last month to settle their war that erupted over Drake's song, "0 to 100."

Omarosa Rips 'Real Housewife'

Back Off, Bitch ...

I’m Working This Corner!

5/20/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519-omarosa-pettifleur-berenger-book-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01O.G. 'Apprentice' bitch Omarosa Manigault isn't about to let some ‘Real Housewife' from Down Under rip-off her self-help book -- and now she's taking legal action to block the "bitch."

The ‘Apprentice’ vet served Pettifleur Berenger -- one of the "Real Housewives of Melbourne" -- with a cease-and-desist for her recent self-help book, "Switch the Bitch: My Formula to Being the Champion of Your Life, Not the Victim."

Sound familiar? Omarosa dropped her own motivational tome, "The Bitch Switch: Knowing How To Turn It On and Off" ... back in October of 2008. 

Gotta say ... Omarosa and her lawyer, Bradford M. Cohen, fired off a pretty entertaining letter. They demand a full accounting of Berenger’s book sales … which they say “should not take long” -- since it's an "absolute bore to read."

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Lastly, if Berenger doesn't pull her "literary classic" off shelves immediately ... Omarosa says she will file a lawsuit seeking $150k for each violation of her copyright.

Bitches, please.

Chris Paul & DeAndre

'Beef' Is Total BS

... Says Clippers Teammate

5/19/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519-deandre-jordan-dahntay-jones-chris-paul-TMZ-GETTY-01There is NO rift between Chris Paul & DeAndre Jordan ... despite reports to the contrary, so says Clippers teammate Dahntay Jones who tells TMZ Sports the L.A. superstars are still like "brothers."

"Guys fight and argue on the court, but that's just the emotion of the game," Jones says ... "but people want to blow things out of proportion."

Jones is responding to an explosive report that Jordan could bolt Tinseltown this summer because he can't stand playing with CP3. 

But Jones says he hasn't seen anything between the guys that make him think beef is on the menu. 

"Those guys are brothers, man. They sit with each other on the plane, on the bus. If you don't like a guy you stay away from him."

As far as Jordan's relationship with rest of the team goes -- Jones says, "Everyone here wants DeAndre back. No other center can do what he does for us."

Nicki Minaj

Takes Pricey 'Perv' Jab at Tyga ...

And Her Bottom Line

5/19/2015 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0519-tyga-nicki-minaj-pervert-jersey-TMZ-YOUTUBE-01Nicki Minaj killed two birds with one ridiculously expensive stone -- a $1700 couture jersey with the words "Pervert 17" on it -- which looks like a direct shot at her label mate Tyga

The lacy Givenchy top also came in handy for Nicki's wardrobe in the "Feeling Myself" music video with Beyonce, but considering her bad blood with Tyga ... a lot of people think it's also not-so-subtle commentary about his 17-year-old girlfriend, Kylie Jenner.

Tyga and Nicki have had beef since last year when he said he was pissed he had to work with Nicki and Drake ... just because they're all signed to Young Money.

As for the Givenchy top ... it retails at $1,725!!! We'd say that's a stupid amount of money to spend just for a little revenge, but fact is -- that's just a stupid amount of money to spend on clothing, period.

Luckily, for Nicki .... we're betting her label picked up the tab. 

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Drake & Diddy

Mo' Money, No Mo' Problems ...

Beef Squashed!!

5/18/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515-diddy-drake-tmz-01Drake and Diddy's feud went from 0 to 100 with just one punch -- and it was killed with just one phone call ... TMZ has learned. 

The hip-hop superstars have been beefing since December when Diddy put hands on Drizzy outside LIV Nightclub in Miami because he felt disrespected in a dispute over a track.  

Sources close to both parties say they finally got together in mid-April for a summit, by phone. We're told they chopped it up, and agreed to end the drama ... and the major motivator for peace was green.

They've both scheduled big events this summer -- festival concerts, holiday parties, and award shows -- and realized they were going to cross paths several times. We're told they decided to clear the air since both would rather make money than war.  

There were concerns the squabble might get even more violent when J. Prince stepped in to warn Diddy (and several others) to quit messing with his protege, Drake. But we're told all parties are standing down now.

As they say, time ... and love of money heal all.

Jay Z

Screw Tidal's Critics ...

I'm the Steve Jobs of Music Streaming

5/17/2015 1:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Z ripped into everyone who's bashing his new business ... as only he can -- by uncorking a blistering freestyle in which he compared himself to the founders of Apple and Nike. 

The lyrical attack came during Jay's 'B-Sides' concert last night, which aired on Tidal ... his music streaming service. Critics have accused the rap mogul of charging users more for Tidal -- compared to similar services -- simply because his name is attached to it. 

Jay Z's point? Steve Jobs was rich, and everyone bought iPhones ... and "Phil Knight is worth trillions, you still bought them kicks."

Check it out ... he also accuses Google and YouTube of underpaying artists -- or as he put it, "You know n***as die for equal pay right? You know when I work I ain't your slave, right?"  

No prisoners.

Christina Aguilera

Makes Peace with Mickey

At Disneyland

5/17/2015 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0517-christina-aguilera-disneyland-inf-splash-9Christina Aguilera made another trip to Disneyland Saturday with a pic of Mickey emblazoned on her chest ... the same mouse she called an "a**hole" just months earlier.

The famous singer strolled around with her fiance Matt Rutler and her son Max.  

You may recall, the judge of "The Voice" got into it with Mr. Mouse last December, when she wanted a pic with the rodent who was on his break.  As we reported things got heated and that's when she dropped the "a-hole" characterization of the famous character.

This time all was peaceful ... Christina was escorted by Disneyland staff.  No animals were harmed.

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