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The Game Russell Simmons Doesn't Speak for Me! Meek Mill Beef Still On

9/22/2016 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0922_the_game_russell_simmons_tmzThe Game has a clear message for Russell Simmons when it comes to getting involved in his business -- stay in your damn lane!

Game's manager, Wack 100, tells TMZ ... Simmons' claim he arranged a peace treaty between Meek Mill and Game ... is full BS. Wack says Simmons "must have discussed this in yoga classes with Meek," but he has no right to discuss Game's business.

He says Russell did briefly speak to Game, but the rapper basically told the mogul to butt out ... in more colorful language, we're guessing.

Check out the vid we got with Simmons Thursday morning in NYC -- he told us the beef was not only squashed, but he hoped there was a chance Meek and Game would work together in the future.

Game obviously disagrees. Strongly.

'Modern Family' Creator Blistering Email to Ex ... Dear Krista Schmuck

9/21/2016 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921-steve-levitan-getty-tmz-fa-01Steve Levitan's estranged wife is just out for a petty cash grab in their divorce ... at least that's how the "Modern Family" creator put it in a very candid email to her. 

Levitan set the tone right off the bat, starting the email with ... "Krista Schmuck." We should point out ... that's her maiden name, but there's a chance he was going for a double entendre.

In the email -- which was filed in their divorce case -- Steve warns Krista she's going to have to blow millions on her lawyers just to get a dime out of him. He also calls her out for having loose lips -- and says he wishes she handled the split more like Ben Affleck and Jen Garner ... or Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.

Y'know, more conscious uncoupling-ish.

'Modern Family' Creator Steve Levitan Estranged Wife Accuses Him of Threatening WWIII Shut Down by Judge

9/21/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan has a new idea for a functional modern family ... lose the wife who drags him to court for daring to visit his daughter.

Levitan -- who grosses $2.4 million a month -- is in the throes of a super nasty divorce in which his wife has now twice tried, unsuccessfully, to keep him away from the family home.

The latest blowup occurred the day before the Emmys. Steve invited his daughter, Hannah, to come home from college for the weekend so he could take her to the awards ceremony. Hannah was staying at the family home with her mom, Krista, when Steve drove up to take her for a drink.

Steve says he was on a public sidewalk when Hannah came up to hug him. Krista was out of town, but a burly security guard was ready to pounce. The guard got out of a car, walked up to Steve and said, "Can I help you with something." Steve simply responded, "No."

But Steve was pissed, saying in legal docs he felt like he was being treated like a criminal.

Krista ran to court Tuesday, asking a judge for a restraining order ... keeping him a hundred yards from the family home. She made all sorts of allegations, including aggressive courtroom conduct. She said he tried to intimidate her in the courthouse cafeteria by staring her down.

She also says he assaulted her back in May at their son's volleyball awards ceremony by grabbing her by the arms and saying, "Get ready for World War III."

The judge denied her request for a restraining order. This is the second time Krista's been shut down in court for a restraining order.

Money ... it doesn't buy happiness.

The Game My Beef with Meek Mill Is Stupid Next to Tulsa Shooting

9/20/2016 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Game admits it's gonna make him "look bipolar" -- but he has mixed emotions about his second Meek Mill diss track because it came on the heels of the Tulsa cop shooting of Terence Crutcher.

Game was in NYC when he told us it's not a good look to be squaring off with another African-American artist in light of Crutcher's death ... still, he ain't backing down.

Watch the clip, it's kinda bizarre -- one moment he's encouraging peaceful protests on the issue of police brutality ... the next he's talking up the diss track, "Pest Control" ... which features all new violent threats against Meek.

As for squashing the beef -- he says there's still a way.

NFL's Antonio Brown Fires Private Chef ... In Bad Breakup

9/20/2016 9:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Antonio Brown stuck a fork in his private chef -- who was one of his close friends -- and it's clear it was a bad breakup.

The Pittsburgh Steelers superstar was inseparable from Chef Niko ever since he hired him earlier this year ... and they would often post videos of each other on Snapchat. 

In fact, our friends at "For The Win" just published a story about how close the two were. The story also details Niko's battle with drug addiction and how he's conquering it. 

But something went down between Brown and Niko this week ... something bad ... because the NFL star fired the chef and in a new video, Niko makes it clear the relationship is OVER. 

"I thought he was my friend and that's not the case I guess."

Neither Brown nor Niko have revealed what happened behind the scenes. Brown issued a "new chef alert" Monday night to announce Niko has been replaced.

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The Game & Meek Mill No Snitching in Sean Kingston Case

9/20/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0919_game_meek_mill_sean-kingston-LA-County-Sheriff's-badge_tmz_2The Game and Meek Mill are going to war over snitching that never happened, as far as cops are concerned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... detectives investigating Sean Kingston's chain robbery never heard a peep about Game or Meek after the $300k heist went down in an L.A. club.

Game insists cops knocked on his door and spoke to him about the robbery, but our sources are certain no such visit ever happened. We're told the case stalled, and was ultimately closed when Sean refused to return cops' calls.

As for how Game got dragged into this -- our Kingston sources tell us Sean's mom assumed Game was behind the heist simply because he was in the VIP section along with Sean. She called out Game on social media the day after the alleged incident -- "All witness[es] saw your people sucker punch a n**** and robbed him."

As we've reported, Game is convinced Meek lied to Sean's people, telling them Game was behind the chain job.

Sean Kingston NEVER Dimed Out The Game to Cops ... Says Lawyer

9/19/2016 8:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0918-sean-kingston-the-game-TMZ-01The Game is flat out wrong when he calls Sean Kingston a dirty snitch ... this according to Sean's lawyer, who swears her client never spoke to cops.

This whole beef started when Sean got his $300k chain snatched at an L.A. club -- Game insists Sean told cops he was involved, but attorney Michelle Iarusso tells TMZ that's not how it went down.

"At no time did my client bring up The Game during the investigation. In fact, [Sean], to date, has not even spoken to any member of the LAPD regarding this incident." TMZ obtained a copy of the police report ... and Game isn't mentioned.

Iarusso is repping Sean in the lawsuit he filed against the club, but says that case is purely about the club's alleged negligence. 

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Meek Mill Calls Game a Gay Ex-Stripper on Diss Track Laced with Homophobic Slurs

9/19/2016 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

**** WARNING: EXPLICIT LYRICS ****

Meek Mill just dropped his diss track response to The Game, and his theme is clear -- Game is an ex-stripper and a total fraud when it comes to being a Compton gangsta.

The track, "Ooouuu," is a blistering attack -- which also features Beanie Sigel -- on Game's status in Compton and his claim that Nicki Minaj wants to bang him. Lyrics like, "Strippers turned rappers look what we come to ... You a f*****, my lady'll never f*** you" ... are just a taste.

One homophobic slur is dropped repeatedly, along with "trigger finger" threats.

Listen ... there's a ton more, including Game being a fake Blood, and Meek rapping that Game's hometown of Compton doesn't really have his back.

The track comes on the heels of Game saying Meek can't fight and "ain't gonna shoot s***!"

So this beef just got amped way up.

Emmys Johnnie Cochran's Protege Livid at Kimmel's Devil Joke

9/19/2016 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0919-johnnie-cochran-carl-douglas-jimmy-kimmel-TMZ-GETTY-01Jimmy Kimmel's Emmys joke about Johnnie Cochran has enraged a famous lawyer Johnny mentored.

Carl Douglas lashed out at Kimmel, who talked smack on O.J.'s real lawyer after Courtney B. Vance won Best Actor in a Limited Series. Kimmel said, "I have to believe Johnnie Cochran is smiling up at us tonight."

The idea that Cochran went to hell for repping O.J. was too much for Douglas to bear, saying, "That was a terribly offensive joke that Jimmy Kimmel made about my mentor and hero Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr."

It's interesting ... in a ceremony that's all about trashing views that are counter to Hollywood, Kimmel went after Cochran, who actually was a major leader in the black community and made a career fighting police brutality.

Lil Wayne to Birdman I Never Signed Off On Setting Tyga Free

9/19/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0915-lil-wayne-tyga-birdman-tmz-02Lil Wayne has fresh beef with Birdman for letting Tyga -- one of Wayne's artists -- out of his contract without even the slightest discussion.

Sources close to Wayne tell TMZ, the rapper is fuming after Tyga was cut loose, opening the door for him to sign a new deal with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music. Problem is ... he was on Young Money, where Weezy's a founding partner and 49% owner.

Even though Birdman owns a majority stake, we're told Wayne feels his John Hancock was necessary to seal the deal, and had he been consulted ... he would have vetoed it anyway.

See? Kylie's not the only who thinks Tyga is a hot commodity.

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Lil Wayne Birdman Blew $70 Million ... OUR $70 MIL!!

9/18/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0916-lil-wayne-birdman-spending-money-fun-art-02Lil Wayne wants someone to show him the money -- and not in a fun "Jerry Maguire" way -- he wants to know how Birdman tore through $70 mil ... dough he says they were supposed to share.

Lil Wayne says Universal Music Group advanced Birdman $100 million for a distribution deal, but not nearly enough of that money fell into Weezy's pockets ... according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

He's clearly pissed because, on paper anyway, he and Birdman are partners on Cash Money/Young Money. He claims Birdman's admitted spending approximately $70 mil of the advance on royalties, marketing and recording expenses -- but now Wayne wants to see receipts to back that up. 

Translation: Time to open the books, Birdman.

And here's all you need to know about why Wayne's $51 million lawsuit is dragging ass. Birdman's camp says it's already handed over 22,015 pages of docs to Wayne's lawyers!

Team Weezy says none of those pages included details on how the $70 mil was spent. 

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R&B Singer Lyfe Jennings Ex Fears For Her Life Gets Protection For Her And Sons

9/18/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0914_Joy-Bounds-Lyfe-Jennings_tmz-gettyJoy Bounds is terrified R&B singer Lyfe Jennings wants to hurt her and take their boys.

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Lyfe's ex and mother of their two sons claims he's tried brainwashing their boys against her and threatened her with violence.

Lyfe was arrested in 2008 and reportedly sentenced to prison for 3 years for kicking down the door of Joy's residence, firing shots, and leading police on a high-speed chase.

Joy says Lyfe's still very scary, claiming he made veiled threats like "I'm gunna remember this" and telling her she was "not that hard to find."

She says he's continued a campaign of brainwashing the kids, recently taking them to a park and feeding them lies about her.

Lyfe tells us he never threatened Joy or the kids in any way. He claims she's throwing a tantrum because he cussed her out about being a bad mother. He also says he's a good dad ... and everyone knows that.

The judge issued a temporary restraining order, keeping Lyfe 200 yards away from Joy and the 2 boys.

Goose Gossage I Still Kinda Hate Bryce Harper ... But No Lie, Kid Can Play

9/17/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Goose Gossage still really, really, really doesn't like Bryce Harper and thinks he's a "punk" ... but good news, Bryce ... Gossage doesn't hate you as much as he did back in March!

If you remember ... Goosage threw all kinds of shade on Harper a few months back ... calling him a "fool" and claiming Bryce has no respect for the game.

So, when we ran into the Yankees legend out in NYC ... we wanted to know if he's cooled on Harper ... and could maybe one day see a future with the Nats star in pinstripes.

Answer ... maybe? Gossage semi-unloads on Harper, calling him a "punk" ... but has to admit, the kid's got skills on the baseball diamond.

See ... time does heal some wounds ... kinda.

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