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Kevin Hart Extortion Case Authorities Now Confident They'll Catch the Culprits

9/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Authorities who are on the hunt for the Kevin Hart extortionists now believe they will catch the culprits ... based on a treasure trove of evidence they've just seized.

TMZ broke the story, search warrants have already been executed and now we know the information authorities have amassed connects multiple people they believe were involved in the plot to squeeze 7 figures from Hart in return for keeping the sex tape secret.

We're told phone records seized are critical ... showing who called who and when. But we know authorities also have their sights set on cellphones and computer hard drives.

As for who the culprits are ... authorities are keeping that close to the vest, but we're told none of the suspects are part of Kevin's world. We're told there were a number of people partying with Kevin and sex tape partner Montia Sabbag, and most if not all of them knew her, but Kevin knew none of them.

We're told Sabbag and her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, are scheduled to meet with investigators, but not before next Wednesday. You would think they'd want to meet her earlier, but that's not the case.  

Our sources say investigators want to analyze all the information they get from the warrants before sitting with Sabbag, because they will help them hone in on the questions they want to ask her. Sabbag insisted at her news conference she was not part of the extortion plot.

Audrina Patridge Divorce Takes Baggage to Her Parent's Crib

9/23/2017 6:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Audrina Patridge is retreating to the comforts of home -- not hers, but her parents' -- while her nasty divorce from Corey Bohan plays out.

We got these pics of Audrina unloading a bunch of stuff at Mom and Dad's crib in Orange County -- and it looks like she's planning to hunker down for a while. She had a bunch of baby supplies for her 15-month old daughter, Kirra Max

TMZ broke the story ... Audrina filed for divorce and got a restraining order, claiming Corey shoved her, called her a "f**king c**t" and planted cameras to keep tabs on her. Corey denies installing the cameras, and claims her dad physically threatened him. 

Facebook Sued They Called Me the 'Creepy' Old Guy ... Says 50-Yr-Old

9/22/2017 4:58 PM PDT
Breaking News

Facebook created a workplace where employees openly mocked a guy for being as ancient as -- wait for it -- 50 years old ... at least according to the ex-worker who's suing. 

Gary Glouner says he worked under the Facebook umbrella for 2 years, and during that time was the butt of many ageist jokes. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the age cracks included:

- "Old people shouldn't be working at Facebook; they just don't relate"
- "Old people are just creepy"
- "Old people don't belong at Facebook"

Glouner says Mark Zuckerberg himself made public comments in 2007 where he said, "Young people are just smarter." He adds ... the ageism was institutional because during an HR presentation they displayed a chart highlighting the low energy of employees in their 50s.

Worst of all, he says his co-workers in their 20s and 30s always got cake and group celebrations -- while he got bupkis. Glouner says his boss told him they didn't want to embarrass him by highlighting his advanced age. We've reached out to Facebook ... no word back.

Damn. No cake?

Kevin Hart Search Warrants Served In Extortion Case

9/22/2017 3:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Authorities have already executed search warrants on multiple people suspected in the plot to extort Kevin Hart over the sex tape ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, a judge signed the warrants earlier this week and they were executed almost immediately. We're told the information and items seized have already yielded results and have helped close in on the people who demanded 7 figures from Hart to keep the tape silent.

We're told one of the key items is phone records, but also computer hard drives and other electronics.

The investigation is full steam ahead. 

PodcastOne Founder Sued He Pulled a Gun to Intimidate Me Into Fudging Podcast Data

9/22/2017 4:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

5:57 PM PT -- Pattiz tells TMZ, “This guy must be crazy. I’ve never met alone with him. I didn't hire him or fire him. I barely know who he is. The fact that I'm a law enforcement reserve is well known as I have public service awards in my office.

He adds, "I didn't and would never act in the manner that's been described.  We have received no lawsuit but I presume this is in response to our letting him know today that we are going to sue him.  His allegations are absurd.”

An attorney for Podcast One tells us they're suing Hernandez for stealing intellectual property -- and they have no idea why he was canned from his most recent job.Norm Pattiz, the entrepreneur behind PodcastOne and Westwood One, had a bad habit of whipping out a loaded gun and knife during meetings with a producer ... according to a lawsuit.

Raymond Hernandez says Pattiz brandished a handgun in their office on multiple occasions, and also bragged about his deep ties with law enforcement. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, he says the broadcasting mogul would sometimes place the gun on his desk with the barrel pointed at Hernandez.

According to the suit, the boss man flaunted the firepower in order to intimidate Hernandez -- who says he was told to juice the numbers on podcast downloads in order to boost advertising revenue. Hernandez says he let it be known around the office he wasn't comfortable fudging numbers, and was fired shortly thereafter.

Hernandez says the gun play was also motivated by revenge. Last year, comedian Heather McDonald aired a recording of Pattiz sexually harassing her while she was on the job -- he made a comment about supporting her breasts. In the docs, Hernandez says Pattiz thinks he leaked the audio to Heather, and eventually pressured Hernandez's new employer to 86 him.

Hernandez, with his attorney Rob Reichman, is suing Pattiz for assault, wrongful termination and whistleblower retaliation.

We've reached out to Pattiz ... so far no word back.

Kylie and Kendall Fire Back in Tupac T-Shirt Lawsuit

9/22/2017 12:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kylie and Kendall Jenner have just fired back in the lawsuit where a guy who owns a photo of Tupac is going after the women claiming they ripped him off and plastered the image on the t-shirts they were hawking.

Kylie and Kendall say renowned photog Michael Miller has no right to sue because he himself committed some sort of fraud in copyrighting the photo. They say he's neither the author nor creator of the photos. They don't further explain, but it sounds like they're alleging he misrepresented ownership when he filed with the U.S. Copyright Office.

And there's this ... the women claim he's only entitled at best to "thin copyright protection" because his legal rights to the photo are so minimal it doesn't deserve full protection.

That all said, Kylie and Kendall removed the t-shirt from their online store.

Audrina Patridge Husband Claims Her Dad was Physically Threatening

9/22/2017 12:00 PM PDT

Audrina Patridge's estranged husband just responded to her allegations in court docs, denying that he installed 5 cameras in their home in a fit of rage and in fact he says her dad became ominous and physically threatening.

Corey Bohan says in new docs, there were 2 existing cameras in the house and she knew all about them. Bohan says Audrina and her dad barged in through the garage door while he was there and made it clear ... they would not set a time for her to come get her belongings. He says they texted him only 15 minutes before showing up, and that wasn't enough time to arrange for the pickup.

He's also complaining the restraining order hearing was set on the very day he was supposed to have visitation with his daughter -- whom he hadn't seen in 2 weeks.

TMZ broke the story ... Audrina filed for divorce Wednesday and got a restraining order against Corey, which she says he violated just 1 day after it was granted. She says he called her a "f***ing c**t" and planted the cameras.

In divorce docs, Audrina said the violence started in August when they argued over accusations he was cheating. She also said Corey had threatened suicide in July when she was out of town on a business trip. There were other incidents in September -- he told her she's "f**ked up" because of her childhood -- which led to cops and child services getting involved.

Audrina said the breaking point came last weekend when Corey, an Australian BMX rider, followed her onstage at a beauty event and demanded to know where their daughter, Kirra, was and said he was going to take her.

Corey and Audrina got married in November 2016.

Shia LaBeouf to Bartender So What If I Labeled You a Racist?! It's My Opinion, Deal with It

9/22/2017 10:13 AM PDT

Shia LaBeouf has a pretty simple response to the L.A. bartender who sued him after Shia called him a "f**king racist bitch" -- tough noogies, dude.

According to docs filed by Shia, and obtained by TMZ ... his defense in the slander lawsuit is that name-calling might be "obnoxious and vulgar, but it's not defamatory." The whole thing started with a bizarre scene in April ... when Shia went off on the bartender in Jerry's Famous Deli.

Shia, who witnesses said seemed drunk, went off on the bartender for not serving him French fries -- which seemed like an act of racism to Shia. As he put it that night, "You f**ked up!!"

In his docs, Shia says the bartender's lawsuit -- which seeks $5 million -- should be dismissed because he was merely expressing his opinion, and his right to free speech allows him to do so.

Like we said ... tough noogies.

Beyonce C'mon, 'Formation' Only Used a Little of Your Voice

9/22/2017 9:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Beyonce seems to believe it's okay that her hit, "Formation," used a sample of a dead New Orleans rapper ... because she only used a tiny bit of his voice.

Beyonce just filed a response to the lawsuit from the estate of Anthony Barre -- and in the docs, her lawyers say the use of Anthony's voice is "reasonable and justified." You'll recall, Bey's hit track includes Anthony's voice saying "I like that," but his estate says it never signed off on the use ... and wants $20 mil in back royalties.

She's not giving up the dough that easily. According to the docs, Beyonce's team says Barre's estate has no case because the use of his voice was so minimal it doesn't require compensation. For the record, it's about 6 seconds long.

They also invoke the First Amendment as justification for using Anthony -- aka Messy Mya -- but that seems like a stretch, and makes us think Team Bey is just throwing everything but the kitchen sink at this lawsuit.

To be continued ...

Kevin Hart's Sex Tape Partner She Works the Pole But Just for Fun

9/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart's sex tape partner has big stripper moves ... and she's even armed with an official license to strip.

Montia Sabbag showed up some pretty impressive pole action at The Golden Banana strip club in Boston, where she bartended between 2011 and 2013. We're told the video was shot after hours and was just for giggles.

Montia said in her news conference Wednesday with her attorney, Lisa Bloom, she's not a stripper. Turns out, she has an official adult entertainment license in Nevada, which gives her the right to work in any capacity in a strip joint. So if she wanted to work the pole for more than just fun, she could.

Gotta say ... she could make a living.

As we reported ... Montia denies any involvement in the extortion plot against Kevin ... even though we're told her first lawyer requested hundreds of thousands from his team to take a lie detector test. Her new attorney says her client is now going to cops to help catch the real perps. 

As for Montia ever stripping for real? She says it ain't for her. Definitely could be, though, as far as the state of Nevada's concerned. 

Mel B In the Clear For Witness Intimidation

9/21/2017 4:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mel B will not be prosecuted for intimidating a witness in her domestic violence case against Stephen Belaftone ... TMZ has learned.

The L.A. County D.A. says it will not move forward because the text messages Mel sent to rapper Siya were "too vague" to be clearly interpreted as threats. The messages also don't show that Mel was even aware Siya was going to testify against her.

TMZ broke the story ... Siya had filed a police report, claiming Mel sent threatening texts warning her not to take the stand in Mel B's divorce and domestic violence case.

Siya was on Belafonte's witness list, and we're told she will testify Belafonte never abused his wife and that Mel B was calling the shots when they had 3-ways during their marriage.

Kris, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney Those Women Screwed Me Royally ... So I Want $32 Million!!!

9/21/2017 3:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kim, Khloe, Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner are being sued by a guy who ran a beauty company who claims they screwed him out of a cut of the profits ... and he wants as much as $32 MILLION.

Here's the backstory. John LaBonty was CEO and President of Boldface, a company that markets beauty products. According to the lawsuit, the Kardashians gave Boldface an exclusive deal to market all its beauty stuff. Boldface morphed into a different company, but LaBonty says it didn't affect his interest.

LaBonty claims he had a 5% equity interest in all products in the Kardashian Beauty line. He says the Kardashian women stopped making any effort to market, promote and support the line and thwarted the company's ability to make money off the products.

LaBonty shockingly says his 5% interest that was not realized is in the many millions. He's vague, but says he's definitely entitled to $6 million and maybe as much as $32 million.

Cardi B Cop Choke Hold Seems Like Fiction ... Says NYPD

9/21/2017 2:41 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B's claim she was choked out by a cop doesn't pass NYPD's smell test -- at least for now -- 'cause they can't find any evidence of it ... TMZ has learned.

NYPD Assistant Commissioner Peter Donald tells us ... NYPD conducted a full investigation into the Bronx rapper's allegation an officer put her in a choke hold Tuesday and slammed her up against her SUV. He says they can't find any proof it happened.

Donald says commanders in each precinct around Columbus Circle, where Cardi claims the choke hold went down, looked into all records and surveillance video of the area and could not find a thing to support her account.

As we first reported ... although she's pissed off about the incident, she isn't talking about legal action.

We're told Cardi's refused to offer more details of the alleged incident, and because of that ... the department doubts it ever happened. They're asking her to come forward and talk.

We've reached out to Cardi's camp ... so far no word back.

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