" star Ariel Winter
is throwing DISS after DISS at her birth mom ... making it clear, she wants NOTHING to do with her biological life-giver ever again.
As you know, 15-year-old Ariel has been at war with Chrystal Workman
for the past year -- and even got a judge to strip her mother of custody in 2012 after claiming she was subjected to emotional abuse.
Now, Ariel is pouring salt in the wound -- by making public statements in which she makes it clear, her mother is dead to her ... and her older sister Shanelle
has filled the emotional void.
When asked about her family yesterday, Winter told People.com
, "My sister is the most amazing woman I've ever met in my life. If I could be half the woman she is ... she's kind of who I want to be like."
Did you catch the thinly veiled dig at her mom? If not, check out what she Instagrammed
on Mother's Day:
"Happy Mother's Day to my amazing mister, Shanelle Gray. I know everyone is going to ask what a mister is, so I'll explain. It means mom/sister to me."
She continued, "She's my best friend ... She's also the most incredible mother. I am so blessed and lucky to have her."
Translation -- Ariel's over Chrystal ... and from what we're told, she has good reason. How's THAT for a modern family?
couldn't BELIEVE it when he heard his nephew Taj's claims that a family member had molested him as a child -- telling TMZ, "I've never heard that. I've never ever heard that."
As we reported, Taj Jackson
-- one of Tito's sons -- made the announcement on Twitter today, claiming an uncle on his mother's side of the family sexually abused him as a child ... and Michael Jackson counseled him through the trauma.
Taj says he made the announcement in an attempt to discredit Wade Robson
's abuse allegations against MJ, claiming, "That is how I KNOW Wade is lying. Because I AM a survivor."
Taj added, MJ "was a support system for me and my mom" during the abuse ordeal.
Taj believes Wade is making up stories about MJ in order to score a payday from the Jackson estate.
doesn't believe for one minute that her ex-husband, Michael Jackson
, molested Wade Robson
, telling TMZ the latest accuser will not blemish the memory of MJ.
Rowe -- reacting to Robson's appearance on "Today" and the 2 legal claims he's filed in court, tells TMZ:
"I was angered that Wade Robson reversed his sworn testimony from court in 2005, and now claims to be a victim of sexual abuse."
Rowe goes on ... "His publicity-seeking attempt is opportunistic and just oozes falseness."
Robson claims Jackson molested him for 7 years -- between the ages of 7 and 14, although he squarely denied it when he took the stand as Jackson's star witness in the 2005 molestation trial.
Rowe tells us, "It will be quickly forgotten, and will do nothing, nothing to tarnish Michael's extraordinary legacy."
has been like a heat-seeking missile ... squarely aimed at the bank of Ashton Kutcher
... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.
Our sources say Demi -- who ironically is richer than Ashton -- has demanded spousal support from Ashton. It's particularly surprising because we're told Demi recently got around $15 million belatedly from ex-hubby Bruce Willis
in connection with their divorce. If the case doesn't settle it's virtually certain a judge would reject Demi's spousal support claim.
Sources say Demi wants Ashton to help pay for the renovations to her New York apartment ... something he's unwilling to do. BTW ... we're told the apartment (in the ritzy San Remo building) is worth somewhere between $25 mil and $40 mil!
There are other sticking points. We're told Demi is upset because Ashton got involved in an online business and she feels entitled to part of it. Problem is ... he got involved AFTER they split, so it's almost certainly his separate property.
Our sources say Ashton is willing to give Demi something to end the battle ... the question is how much? Demi scored big in her divorce from Bruce Willis -- getting a reported $90 million. Her net worth is estimated at $150 million. Ashton's reportedly $10 million behind her.
In the end, our sources say Demi is backing off a bunch of her demands and the case could settle as early as next month.
Unlike her TV legend late father Aaron Spelling
, Tori Spelling
is not creating any drama ... and shared a kiss with mom Candy Spelling
at a Mother's Day charity luncheon in Beverly Hills this weekend.
While they've had their issue$ in the past, the blonde beauties threw on fabulous amounts of eyeliner, rouge, foundation and lipstick for a little mother-daughter bonding.
Tori and Candy were involved in a bitter feud for a long time, but in the last few years they've really made an effort to mend their relationship.
You can't put a price on family.
's gonna be pissed -- TMZ has learned, Danity Kane
(the band he created and later destroyed) is reuniting ... without his blessing.
Four original members of the group -- Aubrey O'Day
, Shannon Bex
, Dawn Richard
, and Aundrea Fimbres
-- grabbed lunch today in L.A. with a new manager to discuss the reunion ... and sources tell TMZ, it's definitely happening. We're told they plan to record and tour.
We asked the girls if Diddy was involved this time around ... their response -- "Who's that?"
You'll recall, Diddy created the group back in 2005 during "Making the Band 3" and later signed them to Bad Boy Records. In 2009, Diddy fired the entire group (with the exception of Dawn Richard).
It's unclear who really owns the name "Danity Kane" -- but we're told the girls are going to use it regardless. Translation: you can expect a nasty legal battle.
As for why Diddy eventually gave the group the chop -- there have been all kinds of rumors ... but we're told the girls felt Diddy was screwing them big-time in the money department.
We called Diddy's people -- so far ... no response.
's parents have turned their backs on their son -- claiming Kobe was LYING when he accused his mother of stealing more than a million dollars worth of his basketball memorabilia ... and putting it up for auction, TMZ has learned.
Kobe's mom and dad -- Pamela and Joe -- both filed sworn declarations in the legal dispute between Kobe and Goldin Auctions, the auction house planning to sell off the valuable stuff ... insisting Kobe willingly gave his mother the items in question ... and it's her right to sell them.
According to Kobe's dad, Kobe gave his mother the memorabilia over the years, telling her, "Here mom, these are for you." Kobe's mom insists she never took anything from him without permission.
Even Kobe's grandma has filed a declaration in support of Pamela.
Kobe's sister Sharia Washington, on the other hand, filed a declaration claiming their mother has been conspiring to sell Kobe's stuff for years ... telling her the family could profit greatly from Kobe's stardom.
As we reported, Kobe has countersued, claiming his mother stole the memorabilia from his house.
He wants to stop Goldin from selling the items and to have them returned to him. A judge has blocked the auction, but only for now
So we gotta ask ...
didn't mince words when we asked him about the recent molestation allegations made against his brother Michael by choreographer Wade Robson
... saying simply, "He's full of s**t."
JJ points out ... not only did Robson testify under oath that MJ never touched him, but Wade and his mother helped Jermaine write his book a few years back.
As TMZ first reported, Robson filed docs
on May 1 asking a judge to allow him to file a creditor's claim against Jackson's estate ... claiming sexual abuse. A lawyer for the estate calls the claim "outrageous and pathetic."
is making a full-court press to move her twins from Denise Richards
' home to Brooke's brother's home ... because she fears Charlie Sheen
's volcanic temper will put their kids in harm's way.
Sources connected with the custody war tell TMZ ... Brooke's lawyers are going to court today in an effort to remove Bob and Max, the 4-year-old twins, from Denise's home. Brooke wants the kids to stay with her brother while she rehabs at The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage.
Brooke believes Charlie is violent, and by putting the kids in Denise's care, it exposes them to Charlie. Brooke's lawyers are going to custody court today ... to get what they claim are sealed documents outlining a pattern of violence on Charlie's part. They want to take those documents to dependency court, where a judge stripped Brooke of custody.
Our sources say Charlie and Denise both think it's ridiculous to put the kids in the care of Brooke's bro, because he has no real relationship with the twins. What's more, it would mean uprooting the kids from their school, doctors, family, friends, etc.
Fact is ... Denise has bailed Brooke out of these situations multiple times in the past and Charlie has helped out, so it seems weird that suddenly that arrangement is so risky.
ain't happy with Zach Braff
-- and last night, the Hollywood legend told TMZ ... the "Scrubs" actor SCREWED UP BIG TIME when he went to the Internet and said M.F. was a fraud.
The back story is a little complicated -- but we'll boil it down for you ...
Braff has been under fire recently for launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new movie he wants to make. Critics say Braff is abusing Kickstarter -- a crowdfunding website -- because it's intended to help struggling entrepreneurs who generally don't have access to people with deep pockets ... not huge, rich stars like Zach.
So ... Braff hosted an online Q&A session to address the controversy -- and, while trying to explain the importance of being honest with his fans, dragged Freeman into the controversy.
"People can smell bulls**t a mile away ... look at what happened when Morgan Freeman did that AMA on reddit," Braff said.
FYI -- an AMA (or Ask Me Anything) is an online chat session where the person agrees to personally and honestly answer ANYTHING from fans. After Freeman's lackluster AMA session recently, people suspected Freeman's rep was actually answering the questions for him.
"There was huge backlash because it was so clearly a film publicist answering for [Freeman]," Braff said.
Last night, Freeman finally responded to Braff's allegations -- and it's clear, Freeman no likey.
tells TMZ ... he's going back to North Korea on August 1 to reopen the political dialogue with Kim Jong-un ... because Barack Obama
"can't do s**t."
Rodman was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked about his plan to head back to DPRK to visit his tiny, little, missile-obsessed "friend" with the weird haircut.
The Worm told us he'll do everything in his power to sway Jong-un into releasing American Kenneth Bae
-- who was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.
"I'm gonna try and get the guy out," Rodman said ... "It's gonna be difficult."
Then came the Obama attack -- "We got a black president [who] can't even go talk to [Jong-un] ... Obama can't do s**t, I don't know why he won't go talk to him."
A short time later, Rodman continued the anti-Obama talk -- saying, "Obama? F**k him!"
Despite all the political talk, Rodman insists, "I'm not a diplomat."
Sure pal ... just get the guy out and we'll talk.