The guy who co-founded Skype -- and sold it for $2.6 BILLION -- claims he got the picture when he found out his fiancee allegedly cheated on him, and now he's suing to get the ridiculously expensive ring back.
Janus Friis claims in a new lawsuit, he got engaged to Maria Louise Joensen -- a Danish recording artist who goes by Aura Dione -- back in 2013. As a symbol of his love, he gave her a $471,000 engagement ring, an apartment and cash, but claims there were strings attached to the gifts ... they had to seal the deal.
Friis claims he learned she had "multiple affairs and sexual encounters with other men" and broke off the engagement. So now he wants his stuff back.
If Maria's holding on to the ring, it's pretty obvious why ... Janus describes it as a 950 Platinum band inset with a number of diamonds, including a 1.76 ct round brilliant cut diamond -- D color, internally flawless, excellent symmetry and cut grade.
The ring also has a pair of blue pear shaped diamonds of South African origins with a collective weight of .91 ct.
The LAPD detective who investigated the death of Biggie Smalls died of an apparent heart attack while interviewing an L.A. County Sheriff's captain about Biggie's murder ... TMZ has learned.
Russell Poole was at the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Wednesday interviewing the captain for a book he was writing about the case. Poole believed LAPD officers who worked off duty for Suge Knight had a hand in Biggie's killing ... as retaliation for Tupac's murder.
We're told Poole was interviewing the captain when he clutched his chest, said "I think I'm having a heart attack," and then keeled over.
Law enforcement sources tell us Poole -- who was 58 -- made it known he believed the LAPD wanted him dead. There's no evidence of foul play, and in fact we're told Poole suffered from chronic high blood pressure.
We're told the L.A. County Coroner's Office has conducted an autopsy but did not establish cause of death yet ... they're waiting for toxicology results.
Kris Jenner has a lot of pull in Los Angeles ... but just because she unleashed her wrath on a longtime LA weatherman over social media, doesn't mean she got him fired despite all the rumors.
Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... Kris had nothing to do with Garth Kemp's departure from his 17-year-long position as the KABC weatherman ... he actually left to pursue his dreams of being a voice over actor.
Rumors were flying around like crazy that Garth was forced out by head honchos at his ABC affiliated station because of Kris.
Back in June KJ put him on blast to millions of her Instagram followers ... calling him a bully after he talked smack about Kim and Kanye not having talent. We're told Kris only fired back on IG ... she never called the station and didn't want him to get fired.
Mama bird defending her family is one thing, but forcing a guy to get fired is something completely different.
Joanna's lawyer fired off a letter requesting 4-hour sit-downs with Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda Foster and Yolanda's ex-husband Mohamed Hadid. Brandi has said she only repeated the "smelly vagina" insult from comments she heard from Lisa, Yolanda and Mohamed.
It does raise the issue ... why didn't Joanna sue the trio, in addition to Brandi, who blasted the insult on "Watch What Happens Live."
The honchos who run "Empire" don't know how to pay Terrence Howard because his ex-wife is gunning for his paycheck, so they've asked a judge for help in determining the payee.
Twentieth Century Fox is in a bind. Terrence is making big bank for the hit show, but according to his settlement agreement with Michelle, she's entitled to a chunk of his "Empire" salary.
Michelle has asked Fox to deduct the amount she's owed from Terrence's check and send it to her. Terrence is demanding the full amount, because he believes the settlement agreement is invalid.
So here's the bind. If Michelle's right, but Fox pays Terrence the full amount, they may be on the hook to her. If Terrence is right, but they pay Michelle what she's demanding, Fox may have to pay that amount again to him.
So Fox wants a judge to lay down the law once and for all, and tell them who gets the money.
Kelly Rutherford has a problem after declaring she will NOT surrender her kids to her ex-husband ... a court has now ordered her to appear Tuesday ... with the children.
TMZ has learned, a New York judge just made the order at the behest of ex-hubby Daniel Giersch, who claims Kelly is a child abductor who has no right to keep the kids beyond the visitation period which ended last week.
Shaquille O'Neal is sticking to his story -- Scottie Pippen's Bulls would get crushed by his championship Lakers -- but now he's admitting Scottie IS good enough for at least one thing.
Shaq told our camera guy his social media beef with Pippen was all in good fun -- though it's unclear whether Scottie took it that way. Still, Shaq surprised us by extending a major olive branch to the NBA Hall of Famer.
And since he's also got a rap resume -- we had Shaq weigh in on the Drake-Meek Mill feud. Check it out, he's got some serious old school advice for the young 'uns.
Michelle Beadle has Ronda Rousey's back in her heated war of words with Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- and says, ironically, the boxing champ can't handle a fight ... when he's not in a ring.
We got the ESPN host during a timeout at the "Nike 3 on 3 Celebrity Basketball Tournament" in L.A. ... and asked what she thought of Floyd's latest shot at Rousey -- basically saying Ronda can call him when she makes $300 million in 36 minutes.
Beadle told us, "He doesn't like to be challenged when it comes to matters outside the ring ... y'know, beating women up ... so he has to sort of kill that and go with the money stuff."
Donald Trump is now persona non grata at a big Republican event tonight, for his comments about Megyn Kelly.
Erick Erickson, who organized the RedState Gathering, says, "I just don't want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal."
The day after the big debate Trump gave his take on Megyn Kelly's questioning ... "There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever."
Trump's campaign is unapologetic, firing back, "This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct. For all of the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you. Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader.
Aldon Smith got into a scrap with 49ers star Colin Kaepernick earlier this week ... which may have been fueled by ongoing rumors about Smith's ex-girlfriend and the QB.
Multiple Niner locker room sources tell TMZ Sports ... Aldon and Colin had an altercation on the field during a practice on Tuesday, and "players had to pull them apart." It's interesting because there's been a lot of Internet buzz Smith's ex-gf is now with Kaep.
Smith and Hot 97 host Nessa broke up in recent months, and even though she and Kaep have not been photographed together ... rumors they're together have persisted. Our sources say it wasn't clear if Smith and Kaep exchanged any words before the fight broke out ... or if Nessa's name ever came up.