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Chris Brown

Files Paternity Docs

I've Had It With My Baby Mama!

7/1/2015 3:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0307-brown-nia-tmz-instagram-01Chris Brown has had it with baby mama Nia Guzman's child support and custody demands, so he's asking a judge to lay down the law once and for all.

Chris and Nia have been at war over 1-year-old Royalty. She's demanding $15k a month in child support, way more than Chris says is fair. 

We've learned Chris just filed legal docs in Houston to establish paternity. That will give him the right to fight Nia over support and custody.  

Chis has been paying Nia what he believes is a fair amount -- she claims he's been paying $2,500 a month. He wants a judge to set the figure, which he's confident will be closer to his number than hers.

Chris also wants a judge to establish clear custody guidelines. He says Nia has been denying him the right to see his daughter, so he wants a judge to set her straight. 

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Rick Ross

Finally Out of Jail

... Ponies Up $2 Mil

7/1/2015 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Burn those "Free Rick Ross" tees ... he's finally getting out of jail a week after getting arrested for assault and kidnapping -- but he had to come up with a ton o' cash to get sprung. 

Ross' bond hearing in Fayette County, GA just wrapped up -- and the judge ok'd his release once he paid a $2 million bond ... which he scraped together from a few places:

- $1 million equity from the ex-Holyfield mansion he owns, and another GA property
- $500,000 surety bond (from a bail bondsman) 
- $500k in cold hard cash

Ross' attorney also promised his client would hand over the entire Holyfield property to the county ... if he intimidates or threatens any witnesses.

Prosecutors reminded the judge how vicious the alleged crime was -- telling him Ross dragged the groundskeeper back into the house and beat him multiple times ... and also held a gun to his chest and threatened to "pop a cap" in him if he talked.

Prosecutors said Ross was pissed because the groundskeeper -- who lives on the property -- had people over for his birthday the night before.

The boss will also have to wear one of those GPS ankle monitors ... a la Lindsay Lohan back in the day.

Prosecutors to Warren Sapp:

YOU BLEW OUR HOOKER DEAL

... You're Going to Jail!

7/1/2015 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0202-warren-sapp-mug-wm-3Warren Sapp has BLOWN one of the greatest plea deals ever -- AZ prosecutors are gunning to put him IN JAIL for breaking their deal in his hooker case by getting charged with domestic violence in Vegas ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Sapp cut a huge deal with prosecutors in AZ after he was busted with prostitutes in February in which he agreed to complete various counseling programs and stay out of trouble, and in exchange the charges would be thrown out.

Problem is ... the agreement specifically states that if he gets charged with ANY OTHER crime while enrolled in the program, the deal is off and Sapp would get 30 days in jail and 24 months probation. 

Fast forward to Vegas ... where Sapp was just charged with 3 counts of domestic violence for allegedly beating up his longtime girlfriend stemming from an incident in April. 

AZ prosecutors took notice ... and this week, they filed new court docs seeking to hold Sapp responsible -- looking to enforce the terms of the Arizona sentence, ASAP. 

Now it's up to the judge to sign off on the request ... which means Sapp could be headed to the clink in the very near future. 

Stay tuned ...

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NFL's Brandon Spikes

Guilty In Maybach Hit & Run

... Avoids Jail

7/1/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-brandon-spikes-getty-03Ex-New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has pled GUILTY in his hit and run case stemming from a June crash in his Maybach ... but he won't do one single minute behind bars. 

Instead, Spikes has been ordered to pay more than $2k in fines and his driver's license has been suspended for one year. 

As we previously reported, cops found Brandon's expensive Maybach on the side of the interstate in Foxboro, Mass. on June 7. At first, Spikes said he hit a deer, but was lying. Instead, he smashed into the back of an SUV -- leaving 3 people with minor injuries, including a 12-year-old girl.

Spikes was initially charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, negligent driving, speeding and failure to stay in his lane.

But he struck a plea deal, and got probation for one year. His driver's license was suspended and he's been ordered to complete a safe driving course. 

Spikes was released by the Pats following the crash. So far, no other team has picked him up. 

Enrique Iglesias

Arrested for ...

Driver's Seat Switcheroo

7/1/2015 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Enrique Iglesias got busted trying to slip out of the driver's seat of his ride when cops pulled him over recently -- possibly because he knew he had a suspended license ... just a guess.

According to Miami police, Iglesias was driving a white Cadillac Escalade back in May when cops pulled him over for driving in a closed off express lane. That's when his Houdini act began -- police say Enrique hopped into the back seat while his passenger slid into the driver's seat. 

The magic act bombed ... with cops, anyway.

Enrique and the passenger, his tour manager, both got arrested ... and both have pled not guilty to obstruction. Enrique also pled not guilty to driving with a suspended license. 

Rick Ross

Tired of Jail

Asks for Bail

7/1/2015 9:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-rick-ross-court-01Rick Ross finally has his day in court ... after sitting in a Georgia jail for 7 days.

Ross -- who's visibly tired -- didn't have the option of bailing out ... the judge has treated this as a no-bail case because the rapper faces kidnapping and aggravated assault charges over an altercation he had with a groundskeeper at his estate.

It appears Ross' lawyer is there to argue his client should be released on bail.  

The alleged victim claims Ross pistol-whipped him, injuring his jaw and neck and chipping two teeth, and that the injuries were so bad, he's been forced to eat through a straw.

The judge hasn't ruled yet.

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Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

Promoter Sues Manager for $100 Mil

... He's 'Rigging Boxing'

7/1/2015 8:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-manny-mayweather-tmz-twitter-01Manny Pacquiao's manager Bob Arum is declaring war on Floyd Mayweather's promoter -- claiming the guy is "rigging the boxing industry" ... and taking aim at everyone, including Jay Z ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports

Arum's Top Rank boxing promotions company just filed a $100 MILLION lawsuit against Al Haymon -- who many consider the most powerful man in boxing. 

According to the suit, Top Rank claims Haymon has been using unsavory tactics to monopolize the boxing industry -- including illegally blocking fights, blocking venues and freezing out other promoters, including Top Rank and Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports company. 

Top Rank claims Haymon -- who "famously runs his empire from an old school flip phone" -- is leveraging his impressive client list (which includes Mayweather, Adrian Broner, Danny Garcia and more) to monopolize the boxing industry. 

For example, Top Rank claims Haymon cajoled one of his fighters -- Peter Quillin -- to turn down a $1.4 million payday  in 2014 (the biggest payday of his career) because Jay Z had won the right to promote the fight and Haymon didn't want to let Roc Nation get his foot into the boxing game. 

Top Rank is going after Haymon and his financial backers, the Waddell & Reed investment group for fraud and conspiracy. 

Story developing ... 

'Whites of West Virginia' Star

Hey, I'm Famous ...

Please Bust Me!

7/1/2015 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-virginia-sue-sue-bob-white-mugshot-YOUTUBE-01Sue Bob White -- who stars in the documentary "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia" -- learned a 'no duh' lesson ... don't name-drop yourself to cops, when you have outstanding warrants!

Sheriff deputies in Martin County, Kentucky tell TMZ ... Sue Bob and her soon-to-be mother-in-law Virginia came in to bail out Sue Bob's fiancé, Eric -- who she also referred to as her brother ... soooo, yeah. 

During the process, we're told Sue Bob couldn't help but mention that she's a famous TV person since the documentary's release. So, deputies ran her name -- just for fun -- and it turned out Sue Bob had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting. 

The name-dropping only cost her a $525 fine, but Virginia was less lucky. She had an outstanding warrant for public intoxication, and got arrested.   

Silence is golden ... and also something Sue Bob needs to learn. 

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G-Unit Rapper Kidd Kidd

Arrested

Cops Hunt Him Down at Concert

7/1/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

Kidd Kidd was scheduled to perform Tuesday night at the XXL 2015 Freshman Class concert at the Best Buy Theater ... a show that hypes up and coming rappers.

The NYPD has been on the hunt for Kidd Kidd since February, when he allegedly assaulted and strangled a woman in a domestic dispute.  

Kidd Kidd was hauled off and 50 Cent and the rest of the G-Unit crew jumped into action and filled in for him at the show. 

Kidd Kidd has had his problems. In 2011, he was parked outside a house in New Orleans when someone sprayed his car with bullets, hitting him 6 times ... 3 less bullets than his mentor.  

Donald Trump

Sues Univision

Blames Hillary Clinton

6/30/2015 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-donald-trump-tmz-01Donald Trump just sued Univision for $500 million for pulling the plug on the Miss USA pageant.

TMZ broke the story ... Trump promised he'd go after the network, claiming he has an iron-clad, 5 year deal in which it promised to run the beauty contest.

Trump has also vowed to go after NBC in court for pulling the plug on Miss USA. So far, no lawsuit has been filed on that front.

Trump believes Univision and NBC are trying to suppress his right of free speech. In the lawsuit, he says the reason Univision went after him is because the network is owned by Haim Saban, a key Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser.  

Trump is also suing for defamation, in part because he says on June 25th, Univision Prez of Programming Alberto Ciurana posted a photo on his Instagram account, comparing Trump to Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old responsible for the South Carolina church massacre. 

'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening

Sued By Hispanic Nanny

Claims Discrimination

6/30/2015 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_matt-groening_tmz"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has been sued by his former nanny, who claims he has it out for Hispanics, even though Matt's wife is Hispanic.

Tania Cardona claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Matt and his wife treated employees "like animals," claiming she was not only worked to the bone, but harassed over her heritage.

Cardona says Matt would say his son was not going to speak "good English" because there were so many Hispanics in the house. The lawsuit says Groening would complain, "his house looked like a Hispanic community and he 'hated' it."

Cardona grouses she and the other Hispanic employees had to eat at a small table next to a trash can in the laundry room.

It's a puzzling lawsuit, because Matt is married to Agustina Maria Picasso Achaval, who is from Argentina.

Cardona claims she was wrongfully terminated and wants millions in damages.

We called Groening for comment. The lawyer said they hadn't seen the lawsuit and therefore had no comment.

‘Young & The Restless’ Star

Soap Opera Is Racist...

But I Still Want Back On

6/30/2015 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-victoria-rowell-getty-01Former ‘Young & The Restless’ star Victoria Rowell is trying to get back on the soap opera even though she says the show's honchos and co-stars are racist.

Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters for 14 seasons on the CBS soap opera, says she left the show in 2007 because of discrimination.

Among her allegations: she says she was ...

-- mocked for her Afro-style wig by Melody Thomas Scott

-- spit on by co-star Michelle Stafford, who also called her a "freak" 

-- told she was mentally unstable and physically threatened by fellow actor Peter Bergman.

She says she wanted a writing/producer position, but says it wasn't in the cards, because up until 2010, no black writer worked on the show in its 37 year history. 

What’s interesting ... producers haven’t killed Rowell’s character off … they've actually been using stock footage to tease the audience with the possibility of her return. 

Something tells us it's not happening.   

Journey Drummer

Charged with Raping Wife

6/30/2015 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Deen Castronovo
's recent arrest for domestic violence is much worse than we thought ... he's now been charged with rape ... TMZ has learned.

The Journey drummer had been arrested earlier this month for domestic violence related charges involving his wife, but now the D.A. has added new charges -- rape, sexual abuse, coercion and unlawful use of a weapon.

Castronovo is being held without bail in Marion County, Oregon.

Journey booted Castronovo from its tour following his initial arrest.

Castronovo is due in court Tuesday.

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