Terrence Howard's ex-wife threatened to blackmail him to get a RIDICULOUS amount of spousal support -- or so he claims -- leaving him with a scant $6K a month ... and now he's gunning to undo the injustice.
Terrence filed new court docs ... asking a judge to throw out his divorce settlement with Michelle Howard. He says they were only married a year and he was extorted and blackmailed into signing the settlement.
Michelle's not backing down, claiming he owes her $325K in spousal support.
Terrence claims he could never pay her that money ... because he only takes home $5,878 a month.
Howard claims the balance of his earnings are earmarked for another ex-wife, Lori McMasters, to pay spousal and child support.
Howard says he's actually an employee on Lori's payroll -- his Hollywood movie money goes directly to her ... and she cuts him his monthly check.
The single life ... so underrated.
Ex-'Bad Girls Club' Chick
Popped for DWI & Drugs
7/28/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Florina "Flo" Kaja is still a 'Bad Girl' to cops in NY, where she got busted for DWI and drug possession -- but not before she tried to dupe 'em with the oldest move in the book ... TMZ has learned
Kaja -- from Season 4 of "The Bad Girls Club" -- was stopped by cops in Yonkers, NY on Monday night for making an illegal U-turn. According to police, she appeared to be under the influence ... acting erratic and fidgety.
Cops say they found a bag of weed and another substance they believe to be cocaine. Officers say Flo also gave them a fake name, which -- as every delinquent teen knows -- NEVER works.
Flo's been charged with possession of a controlled substance and DWI -- and cops say she also had an outstanding warrant for harassment.
Yeah, she bad.
'Major Crimes' Star
Twitter Criminal Wishes Him Death
On Malaysian Jet
7/27/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Major Crimes" star Graham Patrick Martin is being terrorized by a cyber stalker who wished him a violent death aboard one of the doomed Malaysian jets.
Someone has created a Twitter account with Martin's name ... using a different middle initial but making it appear it's the actor's official Twitter account. The impostor is going to town, sending more than 100 tweets a day, in one case tweeting, "How unlucky I wasn't on board Flight 370."
The fake Martin also wrote, "I sure have the likability of a Hitler youth." And the fraud is also bashing the real Martin's girlfriend, tweeting, "I think it's sad dat now at her 30s whore doesn't look older than 80, but tomorrow she'll look like infinity."
The guy has been sending more than 100 tweets a day. Twitter shut down the account but the guy just fired up a new one.
The 22-year-old actor has gone to the LAPD asking for help. He's worried people are confusing the impostor for him, which is hurting his image and scaring him and his family.
LAPD just executed a search warrant on Twitter to get info allowing them to track the guy down and arrest him.
Slap Victim Lawyers Up
Pay Up, Or Else
7/26/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The woman Tim McGraw bitch slapped during a concert earlier this month has taken the first step in slapping Tim back ... with a lawsuit.
Jesslyn Taylor has hired a lawyer who has already contacted Tim's people ... and it's pretty obvious she wants Tim to ante up ... or face a personal injury lawsuit.
Her lawyer, Eric Hertz -- a Georgia personal injury attorney -- tells TMZ his client was NOT trying to grab Tim's junk when he hauled off and slapped her. He says she was nothing more than an enthusiastic fan who was part of the show's "interactive environment" and merely wanted a touch.
Hertz says Jesslyn is furious Tim's been slinging mud at her by claiming she was aggressive ... trying to rip his jeans ... and she was thrown out of the concert as a result. He says she feels humiliated and for starters wants an apology.
Cops told us they side with Tim and feel he's the victim.
When you hire a P.I. attorney to contact someone who slapped you, you want one of two things: money or a lawsuit to get you money.
We reached out to McGraw's reps ... so far no word back.
My Oprah Chai Tea Was Spiked with Heroin
... Claims Bizarre Lawsuit
7/26/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
All he wanted was a hot cup of Oprah Winfrey's signature tea, but a Starbucks customer claims his came with a heavy dose of heroin and a barrage of racial slurs -- this according to a lawsuit so outrageous, it's hard to take seriously.
Vernon Charles Allen Merriweather says he ordered Oprah's Chai tea last Fall in Buffalo, NY -- and noticed the staff added hallucinogenics, heroin and Ambien ... according to the Federal lawsuit.
Merriweather also says when he applied for a job (during a different visit) at the Starbucks -- he was told, "We don't hire n******" -- and the baristas called themselves an Aryan nation.
Just in case you're still taking the suit seriously -- VCAM's tea was allegedly spiked 6 months BEFORE Oprah Chai tea even debuted! Yeah.
All the same, VCAM is suing Oprah, Starbucks, and 2 colleges in Buffalo ('cause why not) for discrimination and harassment -- and wants all involved to get diversity training ... and give him $15 million.
To Probation Dept.
7/25/2014 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber began paying his dues for his vandalism conviction in the egging case, by meeting with his probation officer ... TMZ has learned.
Bieber and his lawyer, Shawn Holley, showed up at the Probation Dept. at the Santa Monica Courthouse Friday afternoon. They spent an hour with the probation officer.
Sources say they discussed the requirements of his probation, which include NOT breaking any laws and completing his anger management and community service on time.
Bieber pled no contest to misdemeanor vandalism and was ordered to attend 12 anger management classes, complete 5 days of community service and pay $80K for the damage he caused.
Former WWE Champ Daniel Bryan
With Submission Hold!!
7/25/2014 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:30 PM PT: Daniel Bryan and his wife Brie spoke about the incident during a press conference ... and the wrestler said he sprung into action because he was worried about their dog, Josie, who was in the house.
The wrestling star says it wasn't difficult to subdue the burglar because the guy wasn't in great shape. However he wouldn't say if the thief was rendered unconscious.
Bryan also got incredibly emotional while talking about the bracelet his father gave him that the burglars attempted to steal.
Daniel Bryan is a bona fide bad ass ... chasing down a burglar on foot, then locking him in a submission hold until cops arrived.
Daniel and his wife Brie Bella had just come home Thursday night when they saw 2 men on their way out of their house. The burglars dropped the stuff they were stealing and hightailed it down the street.
D.B. gave chase ... the bad guys had a big head start but the champ caught up with one of them and locked him in a rear naked choke for 5 minutes until cops arrived.
Daniel's feat is all the more impressive because the guy he caught is facing kidnapping charges in another case.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch ... Daniel's wife Brie retrieved the loot the guys were in the process of stealing, including a bracelet that belonged to the wrestler's recently deceased dad.
The second guy is still on the loose, but there's one less bad guy on the streets, thanks to D.B.
YES! YES! YES!
Liberty Ross, Rupert Sanders
She Makes Out Like a Huntsman
7/25/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Liberty Ross just scored big ... we've learned her divorce from Rupert Sanders is now final.
As you know ... Liberty filed for divorce after Rupert was caught on camera making out with Kristen Stewart, who starred in his movie, "Snow White and the Huntsman."
According to the settlement agreement ... obtained by TMZ, Liberty gets:
-- the family house
-- 2 other London houses
-- $25,000 a month in spousal support for the next 4 years
-- $14,000 a month in child support for their 2 children
-- 15% of profits Rupert gets from movies, with the exception of "Snow White"
-- half of bank accounts, retirement, etc
Ross, who was repped by disso-queen Laura Wasser, gets joint custody with Rupert.
Rupert gets to keep the Malibu beach house and a 1970 VW van.
Oh, one more thing she got ... Jimmy Iovine.
'New Year's Eve' Movie
Crew Guy Sues
My Head Got Forked Up On Set
7/25/2014 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"New Year's Eve" sucked for anyone who had to sit through the movie (7% on Rotten Tomatoes) -- but it REALLY sucked for a set builder who was "gravely injured" in a forklift accident during filming, according to a new lawsuit.
Scott Canfield says he was working on the set in Feb. 2011, and while standing on a pallet that was hoisted into the air by a forklift, he took a huge fall. In the suit, he doesn't detail how he fell or from what height.
But according to the docs, it was high enough that he cracked his head ... and suffered a traumatic brain injury and other physical and psychological damage.
He's now suing Warner Bros. and New Line Productions for medical expenses and unspecified damages. The studio had no comment on the lawsuit.
Ditto for why the movie was so awful ... we're guessing.
Police Probe Alleged
Threats Against Music Honcho
7/25/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Lohan is being investigated for allegedly threatening to burn down the house of a record label honcho who was in talks to work with his daughter Ali Lohan.
As TMZ first reported, Lindsay's little sister is trying to make a go of it as a country music singer ... with a little help from her father Michael, of course.
According to sources, Michael brokered a potential deal between Chinga Chang Records and Ali ... securing a $15,000 consulting fee for himself too. We're told when Ali got wind that Michael was cashing in on her she freaked on him.
We're told Michael tried to nix the deal with Chinga Chang (say that five times fast), and eventually got into a threatening war of words with its CEO, Dan Herman.
Law enforcement sources tell us Lohan placed calls and texts to Herman ... claiming to know his Florida home is not well-secured, and would be easy to burn down.
Herman filed a report with the State Police in Pennsylvania, where he lives ... and cops tell us they are investigating.
Michael tells TMZ ... Herman is lying about the threats, and also about having a deal with Ali.
Michael Jackson Estate
Sues Over Sale of MJ Concert Pics
7/25/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's Estate is suing a movie memorabilia store for auctioning off historic photos from MJ's heyday -- and duping potential buyers with a get-rich-quick scheme.
The pics are from the Jackson brothers' 1984 Victory Tour. According to court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Michael hired a photog to shoot the concerts ... and Jackson's company owned all the rights to the pictures.
The Estate claims Premiere Props put the photos up for auction, and misled buyers into believing they would also own copyright on the pics -- a huge selling point, because the buyer could make a fortune by reprinting and selling the pics.
Premiere valued the pics from $200 to over $2K, according to its website.
MJ's camp is now suing for all the auction profits ... and to stop Premiere from selling any more MJ memorabilia.
Casey Kasem's Widow
Dropped by Attorneys ...
You Owe Us $500,000!
7/24/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jean Kasem just made another enemy -- her attorneys are cutting her off ... claiming she's a pain in the ass client who also happens to owe them a ton of cash.
According to documents filed in Casey Kasem's conservatorship ... attorneys at Haney & Young are asking the court to relieve them as counsel for Jean, ASAP.
The lawyers claim Jean rarely responds to their emails -- and refuses to communicate by phone -- and worst of all ... she's racked up $500,000 in unpaid fees during her various legal battles.
In a letter to Jean, the firm says if she doesn't pay up ... the money's gonna come out of Casey's estate.
We've made calls to Jean, but she's not getting back to us either.
I'm Not Apologizing
For Disorderly Conduct Arrest
7/24/2014 9:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Alec Baldwin -- who called NYC a "mismanaged carnival of stupidity" -- says he won't apologize for his disorderly conduct arrest in May ... and he could ultimately end up on the winning end.
Alec was in NYC court Thursday ... to face a disorderly conduct charge for allegedly berating officers who stopped him in May for riding his bike the wrong way on 5th Avenue.
Baldwin told the judge ... he'd rather pay a fine than say he's sorry for going off on the cops.
The judge -- who told Baldwin he has a short fuse -- asked, "Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?" Baldwin said, "Sure, sure" ... and the judge said he'd dismiss the charge entirely IF Alec can keep his nose clean for 6 months.