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Ciara Future's Trash Talk Cost Me $500k

7/22/2016 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0722-future-ciara-tmz-05Ciara got screwed out of half a million bucks thanks to Future's trash talking ... so claims the singer.

Ciara says her baby daddy's barrage of tweets and interviews disparaging her scared away an international cosmetics company she thinks would have paid her $500k ... this according to new legal docs obtained by TMZ.

You'll recall ... Ciara slapped Future with a defamation lawsuit back in February after he blasted her on social media with tweets like, "This bitch got control problems ... I gotta go through lawyers to see baby future ... the f***ery for 15k a month."

Ciara says all that trash talk has undermined her "positive reputation" and sullied her as "controlling, dishonest, malicious, unreasonable, evil, conniving" and bad parent which made the cosmetic co. run for the hills.

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Ted Cruz I'll Be Watching Trump Tonight

7/21/2016 1:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ted Cruz hasn't settled on who's getting his vote, and maybe that's why he told our photog he'll be on a couch in front of a TV watching Donald Trump's acceptance speech.

Our photog got Cruz at the Cleveland airport, beating a hasty retreat after Wednesday night's speech.

We also asked Cruz ... by going back on his word to support the nominee, has he earned the name "Lyin' Ted?"

Scottie Pippen & Shaq The Beef Is Over ... NBA Legends Hug It Out in Vegas

7/21/2016 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0721_shaq_scottie-pippen_instagramOne year -- to the day -- that Shaq and Scottie Pippen were blasting each other in a surprisingly aggressive cyber-fight ... the two have buried the hatchet ... and Pippen posted a pic to prove it.

Remember, the two got into it bad last year -- with Shaq essentially telling Scottie that he rode Michael Jordan's coattails during the Bulls championship run back in the '90s.  

Pippen responded by insulting Shaq's shooting ability -- so Shaq called him a "bum," a woman and the "Mase" to MJ's "Puffy."

But time apparently heals all wounds ... 'cause the two ran into each other in Vegas -- and were all smiles. 

In fact, Pippen posted the pic with a caption that PRAISED O'Neal -- calling him "one of the greatest, most dominant big men of all-time."

Kristen Schaal Leslie Jones Troll Lost Freedom of Speech

7/21/2016 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The guy Leslie Jones blamed for sparking a wave of hatred against her absolutely deserves to be silenced because even the First Amendment has limits ... according to Kristen Schaal.

The 'Last Man on Earth' star came out firmly on Leslie's side in her nasty battle with Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos. While many think Twitter went too far in deleting his account after Leslie was inundated by racist trolling -- Kristen says the guy went "over the top" and deserves what he got.  

Outside the Pantages Theatre in L.A. ... Kristen also tried to encourage Leslie to screw the haters, and get back on Twitter.

Justin Bieber Calls BS on Egging Victims' Ongoing Mental Distress

7/21/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-justin-bieber-TMZ-02Justin Bieber isn't buying his ex-neighbor's claim he and his wife are STILL suffering all kinds of medical issues related to the infamous egging incident, from more than 2 YEARS ago.

Bieber says in new court docs he wants Jeffrey and Suzanne Schwartz to submit to mental evaluations next month to determine if their claims of ongoing emotional distress are legit.  

Jeff and Sue say they have a bunch of issues -- headaches, stomachaches and insomnia ... all due to Bieber's unrelenting bad behavior while he lived next to them in Calabasas ... including the barrage of eggs.

The Schwartzes say their real-life "Neighbors" disaster puts Seth Rogen's flick to shame ... but Justin's legal team is totally skeptical.

The judge hasn't ruled on the doctor request.

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Johnny Depp I Won't Give Amber My Financials Till She Shuts Her Trap

7/20/2016 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0720-johnny-depp-amber-heard-tmz-01Amber Heard leaks like a sieve, at least when it comes to yapping to the media, so claims Johnny Depp, who does not want to give her any of his financial info unless she swears to keep it private.

Johnny just filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, in which he concedes Amber is entitled to know something about his financial situation in order to get her cut in their divorce, but he says she has refused to sign a confidentiality agreement. 

In the docs Johnny's lawyer, disso queen Laura Wasser, claims Amber and her team have been blabbing to the media, suggesting that a TMZ story about details in their settlement negotiations came from Amber's camp.

Johnny also has a problem with the scope of Amber's demands for financial docs. She's asking for records from Johnny's Hollywood Vampire bandmates -- Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum -- which he says is absurd.

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Taylor Swift Calls BS on Kanye He Broke the Law

7/20/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0717-taylor-swift-kanye-west-tmzTaylor Swift is not waving the white flag in her war with Kanye West over the secret audio recording ... our Taylor sources say she may still file a police report because she says Kanye committed a felony.

As we reported, Kanye had Taylor on speaker when he recorded her as they spoke about his song "Famous," and there were clear voices in the room from the camera crew as well as producer Rick Rubin ... as such, they could all overhear the conversation so the law does not prohibit the recording.

But Taylor sources say she had NO IDEA Kanye had her on speaker. Although she could hear other voices she assumed they could not hear her, so she believes Kanye had a legal duty to ask permission to record her, and by not doing so he violated the criminal law.

Taylor is still deciding whether she'll file a police report.

What's more ... we're told Taylor wants them to bring it on ... the call lasted a full hour and Kim was very selective in what she posted. Taylor wants the entire conversation released, because everyone would hear -- Kanye never said he'd call her a "bitch" in the song. We've listened to the tape and the word "bitch" is never mentioned.

We're told she's also upset Kanye made the song sound lighthearted, when in fact it's mean-spirited. Taylor's rep said in a statement ... Kanye never asked Taylor for approval -- which the tape proves -- but she believes he was deceptive. 

On the call ... Kanye promises to send her an advance copy of the song, which he did not do. Our Taylor sources say Kanye knew if she heard it before it was released, she'd pitch a fit.

Tennis Star Eugenie Bouchard Slams Taylor Swift You're Always Playing the Victim!

7/20/2016 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A tennis star with a HUGE backhand directed at Taylor Swift -- says she's sick of the singer always portraying herself as the victim ... just like she's doing in the Kanye West feud. 

The tennis star is 22-year-old Eugenie Bouchard -- who's a huge pop culture fan -- and was asked about the Taylor vs. Kanye situation after she was knocked out of the Citi Open this week. 

You gotta watch the clip (around 6:00) ... Bouchard says she's a huge Taylor fan -- "but I feel like sometimes she portrays herself as the victim a lot and she did this time around." 

Bouchard -- who knows A LOT about the feud -- says she also doesn't care that Kanye didn't specifically ask Taylor for permission to call her a bitch in his song "Famous."

"You approved the thing where Kanye said he'd have sex with you but you didn't hear the time he said bitch? Like, come on."

"Like, it's all the same thing to me ... so I think she just way overreacted and I think she tried to get attention by saying she didn't approve of that."

Kendra Wilkinson Dani Mathers Is a Rotten Apple ... Leave Playboy Out of This!

7/19/2016 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kendra Wilkinson is NOT standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow Playmate alum Dani Mathers -- in fact, she's going off on her for the despicable gym sauna pic.

We caught up with Kendra at LAX and she didn't mince words about the former Playmate of the Year. Check out the vid ... she's clearly pissed at Dani for mocking an unwitting woman.

She's also got beef with anyone trying to drag Playboy into Dani's mess.

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Taylor Swift Mulling Over Crime Report Against Kim and Kanye

7/18/2016 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0718-taylor-swift-kanye-west-kim-kardashian-TMZ-01Taylor Swift is thinking about filing a crime report against Kanye West for illegally recording their phone conversation, and against Kim Kardashian for publicly releasing the audio ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us Taylor is undecided and is trying to think through the consequences of filing a police report.  

TMZ broke the story ... when Taylor's team found out about the recording, her lawyer fired off a letter to Kanye's attorney, threatening legal action and notifying him the recording was a criminal violation ... punishable as a felony.

We're told Kanye made the recording in the L.A. area -- and in California, a party to a phone conversation cannot record it unless all parties agree. Taylor had no idea she was being recorded.

Taylor Swift Nils Sjoberg ... You're Dead to Me

7/18/2016 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Taylor Swift is out of hiding ... she has erased her alter ego Nils Sjoberg from Calvin Harris' hit.

TMZ broke the story ... Swift used the pseudonym for "This is What You Came For" to keep the focus on the song and not her relationship with Harris. But now that they've declared war on each other and the cat's out of the bag, the credit has officially changed.

Swift changed the name on BMI, which protects licenses for songwriters. Swift is now listed as a co-writer, along with Calvin.

It's unclear if the change is a prelude to a bigger, possibly legal fight.

Taylor Swift Threatened Kanye with Criminal Prosecution

7/18/2016 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0718-kanye-taylor-snapchat-tmz-02Taylor Swift threatened Kanye West with criminal prosecution months ago for secretly recording her phone conversation with him ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ has a copy of a letter Taylor's lawyer sent to Kanye's attorney back in February. The lawyer made it clear, under California law, anyone who secretly records a telephone conversation with someone in the state commits a criminal offense ... and it's a felony.

A source with direct knowledge of the conversation told TMZ it was recorded in an L.A.-area studio.

The letter threatens ... "Demand is hereby made that you immediately destroy all such recordings, provide us of assurance that this has been done, and also assurance that these recordings have not been previously disseminated."

Finally, Taylor also has the right to file a lawsuit against Kim and Kanye for violating the law.

Stay tuned.

Khloe vs. Chloe Butthole Feud Over Kanye/Taylor War

7/18/2016 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Khloe Kardashian not only crossed the line, she's dead wrong about who she thinks she's shaming in the Taylor/Kanye feud.

Chloe Mortez jumped to Taylor Swift's defense Sunday night after Kim posted a video of Kanye on the phone with Taylor, giving her the heads up that his song "Famous" would reference her.

Check out the back and forth ... Chloe tells people to "gets their heads out of a hole" and look at what's important in the world. Khloe fired back with a pic of what she believed was Chloe's butthole, asking if this was the hole to which she was referring.

0718-khloe-kardashian-khloe-moretz-twitter-02Here's the problem. According to Chloe ... the pic shows neither Chloe nor her butthole ... it's some random chick Khloe has chosen to shame. Check it out. Chloe is wearing a blue bikini bottom ... the woman in the pic has a red one.

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