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Future Ciara's Lawsuit's a Joke She Made Money Off Bad Mouthing Me!

2/10/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0209_future_ciara_tmzCiara's throwing $15 million rocks from inside a giant glass house ... which is why Future thinks she doesn't have a chance in hell of winning a dime off him. 

Sources close to Future tell TMZ, the rapper thinks it's absurd his baby mama filed the slander suit, since she's talked plenty of trash on him. We're told he believes Exhibit A is her 2015 platinum selling hit, "I Bet." 

With lyrics like ... "You know that it hurts your pride but you thought the grass was greener on the other side. I bet you start loving me as soon as I start loving someone else. Somebody better than you” -- the song is widely believed to be about Future allegedly cheating on Ciara.

Our source says he could've sued over that, but didn't want to be petty. As for whether he fires back with a lawsuit now -- we're told he's considering it, but hasn't seen Ciara's docs yet. His team claims the process server at LAX failed to deliver.

Bottom line: it's a safe bet this is gonna get much uglier.

Kanye West Get Off Cosby's Back ... He's NO Rapist!

2/9/2016 3:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0209-kanye-west-bill-cosby-TMZ-01Kanye West thinks Bill Cosby is getting railroaded ... if Kanye's Twitter feed can be trusted, that is.

Honestly, Kanye's been on one over the last few hours -- ranting about a bunch of things, but he just topped them all with ... "BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!"

It's unclear if 'Ye's been hacked, or if he's just getting stuff off his chest.

What is 100% clear is his album drops on Thursday -- which makes this the perfect time to get as much attention as possible.

We're sure Cosby ain't complaining.

Taryn Manning Accuser No-Shows for Court Case Dismissed

2/9/2016 1:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

020916-taryn-manning-tmzTaryn Manning's latest legal showdown with her ex-friend and makeup artist came to an abrupt ending in an L.A. courtroom.

Taryn's accuser, Holly Hartman, did not show up for Tuesday's hearing where she was attempting to get a restraining order against Taryn -- so the judge dismissed the case. 

Hartman had claimed the "Orange is the New Black" star brutally attacked her last year in New York City. Taryn denies the attack, saying she's actually the victim and is strongly considering legal action against Hartman.

Stay tuned. 

Martin Shkreli & RZA Sued You Put My Art on Front Street ... Now Pay Me!

2/9/2016 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0209-martin-rza-instagram-tmz-02A die hard Wu-Tang Clan fan's artwork ended up in the band's $2 million album, but he's not happy about it -- he's suing Martin Shkreli and RZA.

Jason Koza says he submitted 9 hand drawn portraits of Wu-Tang members to be posted on a blog called Wu Disciples, but was pleasantly surprised when the group's producer Cilvaringz contacted him in 2014 to say he was working on the "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" record.

Koza says he never heard another word from Cilvaringz or anyone affiliated with the Wu, and then in 2015 he found out the single copy, one-of-a-kind album was completed, and included a leather-bound book with copies of his portraits.

The final dagger came when Shkreli -- who dropped the $2 mil for 'Shaolin' -- allowed Vice to post 3 of his portraits ... Raekwon, ODB and Inspecta Deck .. in a January article. 

Koza feels like he's been royally screwed and wants Shkreli, RZA and Cilvaringz to pay up.

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Ciara Sues Future Calling Me a Bad Mother Is Gonna Cost You $15 MILLION!

2/8/2016 10:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0208-ciara-future-TWITTER-TMZ-01Ciara and Future's war just got way more heated -- she's suing him for allegedly blasting her mothering skills and attacking her relationship with Russell Wilson ... all to publicize his music.

In the suit ... obtained by TMZ, Ciara calls out Future for a radio interview in which he discussed a now infamous photo of Wilson pushing Ciara and Future's son in his stroller. Future said, "She probably set him [Russell] up. You letting them catch that photo. Leave my son out of all the publicity stunts."

Ciara points out several other interviews, but she's also pissed about her baby daddy's Twitter rant in January when Future said, "This bitch got control problems ... I gotta go through lawyers to see baby future ... the f***ery for 15k a month."

In the suit, Ciara says she goes out of her way to make sure Future sees their son -- and says they've had at least 19 visitations (some spanning several days) since December 2014.

Just last week TMZ got video of Future and his son in L.A. while Ciara was on vacay with Wilson. We thought it was a sign they were settling their differences, but that's clearly not the case.

Ciara believes Future's comments were said with malice. She's suing for slander and libel, wants all his nasty tweets deleted, and wants him blocked from saying anything about private family matters regarding baby Future ... in the future.

Check out the video below ... a process server was scoping out Future's SUV at LAX as he arrived, and apparently served him with the lawsuit.  The process server was also carrying pics of Future so she could ID him.  Future never got out of the van and left the airport.


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Backstreet Boys Quit Playing Games With Our Yuan! Chinese Co. Sues Promoter

2/8/2016 6:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208_backstreet-boys-gettyThe Backstreet Boys are in the middle of a little showdown in big China -- between a concert touring company and a promoter accused of pulling a $2 million scam.

The touring company says it forked over the cash to a woman named Angela Wong, who posed as a successful promoter who'd previously brought Britney Spears over to China ... and said she could do the same with BSB.

The company says Wong promised she'd lock in the Boys for 10 concerts last March, but she eventually tried to postpone the scheduled dates. According to the suit, things really got fishy when the Backstreet Boys ended up coming to China around those dates ... but through a different promoter.

The suit says Wong gave back $640k when the company called her out, but now it's suing to get the rest of the money back ... plus damages.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Sobs on Stand Stalker Forced Me to Get Attack Dog

2/8/2016 11:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0208_Gwyneth-Paltrow_tmzGwyneth Paltrow broke down on the stand Monday afternoon, testifying she's weary of fearing the man who's been stalking her for 17 years.

Gwyneth told the jury she got an attack dog to protect her and her family. At one point she asked her bodyguard to come over and teach the dog attack and bite commands. She was alone at home with the kids and scared.  

The actress is testifying against Dante Soiu, who faces felony criminal charges. Cops say he's sent her 66 letters and has tried to get to her in various other ways.

Gwyneth is telling the judge Soiu threatened to use a scalpel "to cut out sin" in her body. 

Authorities say in the past Soiu has made "a threat of a sexual nature."

He's left presents at her parents' home, sent sexually graphic material, love notes, flowers and candy.

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Taryn Manning Suing New York City ... Cops Had No Right To Bust Me!

2/8/2016 1:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208-taryn-manning-TMZ-01"Orange Is the New Black" star Taryn Manning is suing the Big Apple for arresting her based on accusations from a woman previously busted for stalking her.

Taryn was busted in November 2014 for violating a restraining order by allegedly sending threatening texts to her former pal Jeanine Heller. Jeanine told cops one of the messages said, "I will kill you, bitch."

Taryn says she didn't dodge the law ... in fact she and her attorney went to cops to explain Jeanine's allegations were false and this was really a case of Jeanine stalking Taryn. Cops didn't budge, cuffing her and putting her in a holding cell for about 3.5 hours ... according to Taryn.

She claims the arrest was eventually voided, but the damage is done as far as Taryn's concerned. She's suing the city for false arrest and imprisonment ... and wants damages, aka money.

'Too Close' Singer Raphael Brown Fears Child Stealing Wins Custody

2/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0128-raphael-brown-instagram-01"Too Close" singer Raphael Brown, from the R&B group Next, got sole custody of his kids -- at least for now -- and may have saved them from being snatched and moved to Minnesota. 

According to legal docs, Brown said his ex-wife, Juliette, abused their 12-year-old son and recently forcibly removed him from school.   

He says the first time the son was taken out of school, the boy ran scared and screaming from his mom's car. Brown says 2 days later his ex tried again, but the cops intervened and sent him home to his dad. 

Brown says he's scared his ex might also be abusing their daughter.

We spoke with Juliette and she thinks Raphael's a "difficult person" and this is merely a ploy to escape paying child support. She claims to be an exceptional mother who has never abused her kids, and has only doled out occasional spankings ... which she calls perfectly legal. 

The couple has had their share of troubles, and prior to getting sole custody ... Brown was concerned his ex would take the kids to Minnesota where her family lives.   

Coachella Gets Big Screw You ... Hoodchella Is On And Poppin'

2/7/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0205-main-hoodchella-tmz-getty-01Hoodchella -- the upstart L.A. music festival -- isn't backing down from a fight with Coachella and vows to move forward despite a $100 million lawsuit. 

Hoodchella CEO Kamil Al-Ahdali tells TMZ he's not even considering canceling his April event. Coachella sued Kamil, accusing him of jacking the 'chella name and riding the more famous festival's coattails.

Kamil says he has a trademark for Hoodchella and even registered it as an LLC. He thinks Coachella's lawsuit is just a case of the big guy bullying the little guy -- but Kamil says his lawyers are "not going to let Coachella punk Hoodchella at all."

Legal thug life.

Johnny Manziel Dallas Cops Open Investigation

2/5/2016 5:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0205_johnny_manziel_gettyJohnny Manziel is now the subject of a Dallas PD investigation.

24 hours after cops said they would not arrest Manziel for allegedly beating Colleen Crowley last weekend -- police now say they will investigate because Crowley is cooperating.

Dallas PD says Crowley filed a complaint on Friday. Police have not revealed details of the report, but say they will thoroughly investigate to see if criminal charges should be filed.

Fort Worth police initially took a report from Manziel's now ex-girlfriend at her home after the alleged incident, but noted she did not want any photos taken and was uncooperative with responding officers.

In its release, Dallas cops point out it's not uncommon for domestic violence victims to delay reporting an assault.

Former 'Survivor' Star Charged With Possession of Child Porn

2/5/2016 3:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

020516-michael-skupin-getty-02Former "Survivor" contestant Michael Skupin -- whose claim to fame on the show was falling in a fire pit -- has been charged with several counts of possessing child porn.

Michigan's Attorney General announced the charges Friday ... including 6 counts of possession of child porn, 5 counts of larceny and 1 count of racketeering.

The A.G. says Skupin came under investigation after people came forward claiming they were victims of his Ponzi scheme, losing up to $10k. When investigators seized Skupin's computer, they discovered images of underage kids in sexual situations, according to the A.G.

Johnny Manziel Ex-Girlfriend Gets Protective Order

2/5/2016 2:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0205-crowley-manziel-tmz-instagram-01Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley is still in fear after the alleged hitting incident -- so much so, she went to court to get protection from Manziel.

Colleen is a student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and TCU PD's Detective Rangel tells TMZ Sports, his department has been notified Crowley has a protective order against her ex.

It's unclear exactly when Crowley filed for the protective order, but WFAA in Dallas says a Tarrant County judge found reason to believe "family violence" had occurred ... so the protection was necessary.

Police have already said Manziel will NOT be arrested for his alleged altercation with Crowley after a night out partying in Dallas.  

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