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Lil Wayne

Rapper Claims He's as Bad as Birdman

In the Money Dept.

7/28/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0727-lil-wayne-david-banner-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01If Lil Wayne doesn't know what the word "ironic" means, he does now ... he's being sued by a rapper for not forking over royalties ... which is exactly his gripe with Birdman

Rapper David Banner claims he signed a contract in 2008 with Wayne's Young Money Records to produce two songs for Wayne -- "La La" and "Pussy Monster" -- featured on "Tha Carter III."

Banner claims Young Money told him in 2012 he was owed $138,787.19 in royalties ... but he never saw a cent. Banner also claims Young Money has gone radio silent, so he has no idea how much more he's owed.

Banner also says the same thing happened in 2009 with "Streets Is Watchin." He claims he was told he's owed more than $15,392.57.

As TMZ first reported, Wayne is locked in a lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records for $51 million ... claiming he's owed money for his never-released album, "Tha Carter V."

Bobbi Kristina

Autopsy Shows No Evidence of Foul Play

7/27/2015 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0202-bobbi-kristina-getty-7There are no obvious signs someone tried to kill Bobbi Kristina ... this according to the preliminary autopsy results.

According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, the autopsy shows "no obvious underlying cause of death."  The Medical Examiner goes on to say, "no significant injuries were noted."

Short story ... this could help Nick Gordon, who has been under the police microscope from the get-go.

The report says there were no previously unknown medical conditions that could have rendered Bobbi Kristina unconscious in the bathtub.

But the Medical Examiner says he has subpoenaed medical records, presumably from the hospital, to determine if drug testing after the accident was relevant. Gordon has said both he and Bobbi Kristina had been doing drugs and she took too much.

The Medical Examiner says he will not determine a cause of death until he reviews the records.

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Bobbi Kristina

Now It's a Homicide Investigation

7/27/2015 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203-bobbi-kristina-instagram-4The investigation into the circumstances that led to Bobbi Kristina's death Sunday has just been amped up ... TMZ has learned it's now officially a homicide investigation.  

Law enforcement sources tell us, both the D.A. and the cops are treating the mystery as foul play, and Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, continues to be a person of interest.

Although months have separated the incident in which Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in her bathtub from her death Sunday, law enforcement is confident there will be no problem finding a direct link between the 2, and they have felt from the beginning there was foul play.  

TMZ broke the story, first responders noticed injuries on Bobbi Kristina's body.

Wes Scantlin

Busted for DWI ...

Blew Four Times the Legal Limit

7/27/2015 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin has been arrested yet again ... this time in Minnesota for allegedly driving while intoxicated -- a whopping four times the legal limit -- and leading cops on a 100 MPH chase.  

According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Department, Scantlin was initially spotted speeding and led the arresting officer on a high-speed pursuit … with speeds reaching approximately 100 MPH.

The arresting officer said in his report … when he finally pulled Scantlin over, he was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol. 

The officer says he then administered a preliminary breathalyzer test and Scantlin blew a .310 … a whopping FOUR TIMES the legal limit. 

He was eventually charged with DWI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Since Scantlin refused to submit to further testing, he was charged for that too.

Scantlin had prior arrests for drug possession in 2012 and domestic violence in 2013.

Kourtney Kardashian

I Want Joint Custody

... For the Kids' Sake

7/27/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0724-scott-disick-kourtney-kardashian-TMZ-01Kourtney Kardashian has calmed down since her split from Scott Disick, and she's not only willing to share custody with Scott ... she wants it that way.

Kardashian sources tell us, Kourtney believes 5-year-old Mason, 3-year-old Penelope and 7-month-old Reign need to have a real, meaningful relationship with their dad. So she wants to hammer out a formal custody agreement which not only gives them joint custody ... each will spend a substantial amount of time with the kids.

Our Kardashian sources confirm Kourtney met with disso-queen Laura Wasser last Monday. It's significant because Wasser is known in divorce lawyer circles as an attorney who always pushes for joint custody.

As for money issues, we're told Scott has made no mention of wanting child support. We're told Scott is actually rolling in dough from various ventures, including TV shows, businesses and a significant inheritance.

Snoop Dogg

Arrested in Sweden

Claims Racial Profiling

7/26/2015 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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7/27 8:35 AM PT -- Swedish authorities tell TMZ ... Snoop was NOT driving at the time of the arrest, he was simply a passenger. But Snoop showed signs of being under the influence, and weed is completely illegal in Sweden ... thus the arrest.

FYI ... the driver was not arrested.

7/26 9:30 AM PT -- A police spokesman tells TMZ, Snoop's not in the clear. He says Snoop showed signs of driving under the influence and it will take 2 weeks to get the test results back. As for Snoop's allegation of racial profiling, the spokesman said, "We don't work like that in Sweden."  

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Snoop was arrested in Sweden and he thinks his offense was DWB .. Driving While Black.

Snoop says he was snatched out of his car Saturday and it was a clear case of racial profiling.

Cops say they arrested Snoop because they thought he was driving under the influence of narcotics, but Snoop says he was taken to the station, forced to pee in a cup and police determined he was clean.

The incident occurred in Uppsala, Sweden, after a concert he performed in the city. 

Chief Keef

Cops Shut Down Concert

He's a Bad Role Model

7/26/2015 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Several thousand concert goers were ordered out of an Indiana venue Saturday by cops, one song into a Chief Keef performance, and he wasn't really even there.

The rapper was actually appearing via hologram, because he felt he was going to get arrested if he showed up anywhere in the Midwest, because of outstanding warrants.

Keef was supposed to perform in Chicago, but changed his plans after city officials made it clear he was asking for trouble if he performed.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked the Chicago venue to pull the plug because Keef was a bad role model.  The venue obliged.

Keef then decided to make a faux appearance at Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana, but he was actually in Beverly Hills and his performance was beamed in the form of a hologram.

One song in, the cops rushed the venue and shut it down.

'America's Best Dance Crew' Winner

My Mom Stole the Pants Off of Me

7/26/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-chachi-gonzales-INSTAGRAM-01The woman who won "America's Best Dance Crew" in 2011 is suing her mom for allegedly stealing profits from the sale of pants she had popularized on the show.

Olivia Gonzales claims in her lawsuit, the parachute-like pants became all the rage when she wore them on the MTV show. She decided to make it a business, with the help of her mom and a company called Infusion.

Olivia -- who goes by Chachi -- says Infusion was paying her mom monthly profits of $10k while she was a minor, but she says the oldest story in Hollywood came to pass ... mom stole the money.

Olivia, who is now 19, wants a judge to sock it to her mom for undisclosed damages.

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KoЯn’s Jonathan Davis

Lawyers Slaying Me

For Serial Killer Museum Case

7/26/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-jonathan-davis-tmz-01Korn frontman Jonathan Davis got a bloody good deal when he wriggled out of a costly lawsuit over a failed serial killer museum, but he forgot to pay the guys who got him that deal ... and now they're suing. 

Davis was supposed to open the "American Curiosities Museum" with another investor, but the deal fell apart and Davis got sued twice. His lawyers say they stepped in, in 2006, and helped reach a settlement ... and even gave him a payment plan to settle his legal tab.

The attorneys say he owed $158,407 ... and they agreed to let him pay it down $1,000 a month. However, Davis stopped paying after just 2 months.  

Now they're suing for the balance plus interest -- which brings his legal debt to a whopping $256,021.

Davis is learning the hard way -- the only thing scarier than a serial killer ... is an unpaid lawyer.

Spelman College to Cosby

We Don't Want

Your Money Any More

7/25/2015 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Spelman College, one of the most prestigious African American colleges in the country has dropped Bill Cosby in a stunning way.

A college official says The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship will be discontinued and all remaining funds returned.

Cosby was a big supporter of the all women's college over the years and the school acknowledged his contribution by honoring him at various times.

It's the latest in an avalanche of back turns in the wake of the various sexual assault allegations.

Lil George

Meek Mill's A Hypocrite

He Jacked My 'Sauce'

7/25/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-lil-george-meek-mill-instagram-tmz-01Meek Mill is throwing stones from a giant glass house, because while he's blasting Drake -- a Detroit rapper claims Meek actually jacked parts of HIS song. 

17-year-old Lil George dropped his song, "I Got the Sauce," back in October ... and released a music video on social media in April. It wasn't a huge mainstream hit, but he says it got a lot of underground hip-hop cred.  

Cut to June, when Meek debuted his album with the song, "I Got the Juice." George says fans immediately started calling out Meek for ripping off George's rhythm and hook. 

LG thinks it's pretty ironic Meek's calling out Drake -- yet says he's not upset about the sitch. He understands artists sometimes borrow from each other ... and he's not even looking for a paycheck.

George says he'd be cool if Meek just acknowledged 'Sauce' inspired 'Juice' ... but it ain't gonna happen.

Meek's rep says there's absolutely no rip-off, and Meek's never even heard 'Sauce.' 

50 Cent

Socked With Another $2 Mil

in Sex Tape Damages

7/24/2015 1:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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2:25 PM PT -- 50 Cent's attorney has released a statement saying the rapper plans to fight the judgement hoping to "reduce the size of the award." 

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50 Cent has to fork over another $2 million in punitive damages to Rick Ross' baby mama for leaking her sex tape. 

The jury announced the judgment in NYC on Friday. 50 already got hit with a $5 million judgment in the case earlier this month ... which lead to him filing for personal bankruptcy. 

He told the jury this week that he was worth less than $5 million -- in an effort to get some leniency. Seems like it worked ... since Lastonia Leviston was seeking $15 mil in punitive damages.

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Bill Cosby

I Got My Ludes from a Gyno

7/24/2015 1:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bill Cosby got the Quaaludes he used to drug women from a gynecologist.

The info was just made public by the Washington Post, which got hold of previously sealed documents in the sexual assault lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand.  

Cosby says he got 7 scripts for the drug, which was prescribed under the pretense of a bad back.

A lawyer who worked for the gyno, who died 13 years ago, says the doctor was unscrupulous and was the go-to doc for the rich and famous when it came to prescribing recreational drugs.

But according to court docs, the gynecologist almost came to blows with Cosby when he found out about Tamara Green, one of the women who accused Cosby of sexual assault.  He warned the comedian never to do it again.

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