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Gladys Knight My Son Tried to Blackmail Me With Medical Information

9/29/2016 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929-gladys-knight-shanga-hankerson-tmz-facebook-01Gladys Knight says her son stooped so low in their legal battle, he attempted to extort his own mother if she didn't cut him a break.

The R & B legend has been fighting Shanga Hankerson over the chicken & waffles joints that bear her name in the Atlanta area -- and when he didn't respond to the lawsuit, the clerk entered a default victory for Gladys.

According to docs, Gladys says Shanga's lawyer reached out and put a metaphorical gun to her head: give us more time to respond to the lawsuit, or we'll go public with your Alzheimer's diagnosis.

Gladys didn't give in, and then her own flesh and blood filed legal docs that indeed alluded to some form of dementia because, as they put it ... she had a "lack of mental capacity."

Now she's firing back -- denying the ailment and accusing her son of trying to "embarrass and harass" her. Gladys wants to keep the default in place, but Shanga's fighting to get it overturned.

Derrick Rose Judge Shoots Down Pseudonym Appeal 'This Is Not a State Secrets Case'

9/29/2016 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0923-derrick-rose-gettyThe judge in the Derrick Rose rape case reaffirmed his decision and will NOT allow the accuser to use a pseudonym during the trial ... saying, "This is not a state secrets case." 

As we previously reported, the accuser had asked the judge to reconsider after he previously ruled that she must use her real name. But in a hearing Thursday afternoon, the judge shot her down.

"This is not a state secrets case," Judge Michael Fitzgerald said ... adding that the media could easily find out her real name. 

The judge also admonished the accuser for fighting to protect her identity when her name is already known to many people and can be easily discovered by the media. 

The trial is set to begin on October 4th. 

Ron Jeremy Hits Pedestrian ... Cops Investigate

9/29/2016 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929_ron_jeremy_with_cops_tmz_wmPorn legend Ron Jeremy busted a left turn while driving through Bev Hills, but failed to see a guy crossing the street and hit him -- now cops are on the case ... TMZ has learned.

It all went down Wednesday night and Jeremy says he never saw the pedestrian, who was dressed in all black. He says he "nicked" the guy. Cops and paramedics responded -- the victim was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.

Law enforcement sources tell us drugs and alcohol were not a factor. The photo makes it seem like cops handcuffed Jeremy on the scene, but both he and cops say that's not the case. He wasn't cited, but the accident's under investigation.

Kim Kardashian's Bodyguard I Pulled Punches on Ass Kisser For Fear of Getting Arrested

9/29/2016 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian's bodyguard says cops could've busted him if he roughed up the guy who kissed Kim's butt ... and he thinks that's BS.

Pascal Duvier -- who heads Kim's security detail -- addressed the assault, saying under the law he could have faced assault and battery charges for beating the crap out of Vitalii Sediuk ... like many people thought he would. Seriously, have you seen the size of Pascal?

Check out the clip -- he held down Sediuk for a few seconds, but then let him go.

Pascal says he's only allowed to defend himself and his client during an attack ... legally speaking. Sediuk fled the scene, but as we reported ... Kim plans to press charges and get a restraining order against him. 

Justin Bieber Get to Miami for Grilling Or Else ... Cops Will Come Get You

9/29/2016 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-justin-bieber-tmz-02Justin Bieber has been ordered to get back to Miami for a deposition, and the judge doesn't care if it means interrupting his current world tour schedule. 

We're told Bieber's lawyers were in a packed courtroom Wednesday for the case where a photog is accusing the singer's bodyguards of attacking him inside a Subway restaurant.

According to court docs, the judge is giving Bieber 30 days to return to FL for the grilling by lawyers ... or he'll issue a writ of bodily attachment -- which means sheriff's deputies will haul him in if he doesn't come voluntarily. 

Bieber's European leg of his Purpose World Tour doesn't end until late November ... so it's going to be a logistical nightmare.

As we previously reported ... the photog's attorney, Mark DiCowden, will grill Bieber on his previous altercations with photogs and fans. We're also told the depo will be videotaped -- which probably doesn't sit well with Justin's legal team.

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Cedric the Entertainer This is Democracy at Work ... We Need Change Now!

9/29/2016 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cedric the Entertainer's had it up to here with the killing of unarmed citizens, so he was front and center to march in protest.

The comedian led a large group of protesters Wednesday night in Hollywood during a rally ... which he says was born out of that meeting of concerned entertainers this summer.

Check out the vid, Cedric's clearly been impacted by the recent killing of black men in Tulsa and Charlotte -- and he makes a passionate argument for police reform.

Jim Carrey V-Day Pics Prove Late GF's Marriage Was Bogus

9/29/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928_jim_carrey_cathriona_white_valentines_day_2013_photos_launchJim Carrey posed for intimate Valentine's Day photos with his then-girlfriend -- and the timing of the shots prove her marriage was a total sham and a "green card marriage"... according to Carrey's attorney.

TMZ obtained the shots of Jim and Cathriona White from February 14, 2013. They show your standard romantic couple -- dinner, rose petals, kissing. What's odd about the scene is ... Cathriona had married Mark Burton on January 15 ... according to their marriage certificate.

Jim's attorney says this flies in the face of Burton's claim he suffered loss of companionship when White died from an overdose ... which is part of the wrongful death suit.

Carrey's camp and witnesses say Cathriona had asked 5 other men, including Jim, to marry her to avoid deportation to Ireland-- and she didn't even live in the same state as Burton when they wed.

Burton's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, says, "Carrey and his 'fixers' need to stop lying," and he stands by his previous statements about Jim and Cathriona.

Anthony Michael Hall Neighbor Wants Help ... His Hose Is a Menace!

9/29/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0927-anthony-michael-hall-tmz-01Anthony Michael Hall takes delight in squirting his next-door neighbor with a water hose, but now he's been ordered to knock it off ... according to court docs.

We broke the story ... the 'Breakfast Club' star was allegedly caught on video getting in the neighbor's face, shoving him to the ground and breaking his wrist.

In docs obtained by TMZ, the neighbor says that attack is just the most recent. Additionally, he says Hall shoots him menacing looks and frequently uses his hose to spray him and his patio. He went to court for a temporary restraining order, and the judge sided with him ... instructing Hall to stop all harassment.

These guys are like the new Hatfields and McCoys -- Hall was arrested for disturbing the peace in 2011, and the neighbor says he was involved in that case too.

Derrick Rose Dragged Tupac Shakur Into Rape Case ... Treat Me Like Him!

9/28/2016 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-derrick-rose-tupac-getty-01Derrick Rose is turning to Tupac Shakur in the hopes of getting the judge to force his rape accuser to reveal her identity during the trial ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Rose believes it's completely unfair for his accuser to hide behind a pseudonym while trashing him and talking about the case to the media.

The judge initially ruled she must use her real name -- but the woman is fighting back and Rose has filed new court docs arguing why she must be unmasked. 

So, to help convince a judge to see it his way, Rose dug up Tupac Shakur's old sexual assault case -- a case in which a judge forced the rapper's accuser to reveal her identity. 

Brief history lesson ... Tupac was convicted of 1st degree sexual assault over a 1993 incident in which the rapper forced a 19-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him and his friends.

Pac served 9 months in prison for the crime and was then sued in civil court -- where the woman tried to use a pseudonym to protect her identity. 

Tupac objected -- and the judge sided with him ... claiming the woman and her legal team tried to gain a "tactical advantage" in the case through public statements trashing Pac ... and it wasn't fair. 

Now, in the new court docs filed by Rose, he cites Tupac's case and says the situations are almost identical -- with his accuser looking to bash him in the media to gain an unfair advantage in the courtroom. 

"Mr. Rose would be placed at a serious disadvantage if he were required to defend himself publicly while Ms. Doe could make her accusations from behind a cloak of anonymity."

The judge is set to rule on the matter on Thursday. Stay tuned ... 

Kim Kardashian I Want Ass Kisser Punished!

9/28/2016 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-kim-kardashian-vitali-sediuk-getty-instagram-01Kim Kardashian wants the notorious celeb attacker who went after her ass to get more than a slap on the wrist -- so she's calling in lawyers and the police.

Sources close to the Kardashians tell TMZ ... Kim's planning to file a report with Paris PD over Vitalii Sediuk's latest assault. We're told Kim's security team will give cops a rundown on Sediuk's bum rush and kiss.

She also wants to get a restraining order. After all, this is now the second time he's gone after her.

We're told Kim considers the guy a constant threat to herself and others, who won't stop until he pays the price.

Brad Pitt Urine Test for DCFS Was Voluntary

9/28/2016 10:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-brad-pitt-tmz-02Brad Pitt submitted to a drug and alcohol test early on during the investigation into allegations he abused his son ... but it was not something he was forced to do.

Sources close to investigators tell TMZ ... the test went down within a couple days of the alleged incident on the plane. We're told Pitt voluntarily provided a urine sample in an attempt to show he had nothing to hide, and to clear up any "exaggerations."

As we first reported ... both sides agree he drank heavily on the plane, but Angelina Jolie's people say it was after the alleged incident with Maddox -- Brad's camp says it was before.

Obviously, the test -- first reported "In Touch" -- wouldn't show when Pitt had been drinking, but we're told he wanted the test to blunt any claims he's abusing drugs or alcohol. DCFS did not require it for its investigation ... Pitt simply offered.

We're told the test results are not in yet.

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Fetty Wap Sued Hello! He Ripped Off 'Trap Queen'

9/28/2016 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928_fetty-wap_tmzFetty Wap and his producer on "Trap Queen" are being sued by a Danish songwriter who claims they jacked his beat without permission for Wap's monster hit.

In his lawsuit, Lazar Lakic says he purchased exclusive rights in 2014 to a beat called, "Hello" ... from producer Tony Fadd. Lakic says that's why he was shocked to hear it sampled in "Trap Queen."

Lakic says Fadd contacted him in January 2015 in an attempt to buy back the rights to "Hello," but Lakic declined. "Trap Queen" ended up going 4x platinum in the US, and Lakic says he never got a cut.

Fetty's attorney, Navarro Gray, tells TMZ ... Fetty legally bought the beat from Fadd and has the contract to prove it. So if Lakic is awarded damages, Fetty says he'll go after Fadd to cover it.

Lakic is suing for profits from the banger. He also wants to destroy all copies and stop all sales of "Trap Queen" ... which would be damn near impossible at this point.

French Montana Taunts NYPD During Stop ... 'Black Lives Matter!'

9/28/2016 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

French Montana got pulled over outside a strip club, and seemed to have Desiigner's recent arrest in mind ... as he joked about his fellow passengers holding anything illegal.

French and a bunch of friends were being driven in an SUV leaving Aces in Queens early Wednesday ... when they got stopped. While recording video, he threw a few verbal jabs at the officers. 

He referred to them as "hip-hop cops" (the alleged NYPD unit dedicated to tracking rappers) ... and repeatedly yelled, "Black lives matter." It's unclear why French and co. got pulled over, or if anyone was ticketed.

Watch the video though ... French wanted to make sure no one else in the ride had "some s*** I need to know about."

You'll recall, Desiigner was initially arrested for gun and drug possession. The drugs turned out to be steroids, which did not belong to Desiigner or his crew, and most of the charges against him have been dropped.

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