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Enzo Amore Explains Airplane Incident ... I Wasn't Vaping!!

11/16/2018 6:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Enzo Amore is telling TMZ Sports what went down when he got kicked off his flight on Thursday ... saying he was NOT vaping -- he just ain't a snitch.

The ex-WWE superstar was booted off his Delta flight from JFK to LAX yesterday afternoon ... and sources told TMZ Sports he refused to stop using his vape, so he was kicked off the flight.

The wrestler was NOT arrested after the incident.

Enzo says it's all a big misunderstanding, 'cause he wasn't the one hittin' the vape -- it was the guy next to him -- but you know what happens to snitches ...

Amore says it all worked out in the end ... he was able to catch another flight and get to L.A. with no problem.

Michael Avenatti I'm Coming For You, Jacob Wohl

11/16/2018 6:31 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Avenatti sure doesn't seem worried about his felony domestic violence arrest, and he's literally pointing the finger at right-wing conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl for what he says is a frame job.

We got Avenatti leaving Dan Tana's restaurant Thursday night in WeHo, and he tripled down that he is certain he'll be exonerated after an investigation, and then it's judgment day for Wohl.

Avenatti clearly thinks Wohl -- who was implicated in the false sexual misconduct claims against Robert Mueller last month -- has trumped up the domestic violence allegations against him. 

For his part, Wohl has denied he's behind the DV allegations.

And, Avenatti seems more than confident ... Stormy Daniels will remain his client, despite her wait-and-see comments Wednesday.

TMZ broke the story ... Avenatti was arrested after a woman claimed he battered her Tuesday night in his L.A. apartment.

Danielle Bregoli Music App Did a Bhad Thing ... They Owe Me a Fat Check!!!

11/16/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Bregoli has major beef with a new music app for using her image without permission -- but she's willing to let it slide if they fork over several million bucks ... TMZ has learned. 

Bhad Bhabie's lawyers fired off a cease and desist letter to Vezt, a mobile app where music fans can acquire rights to their fav songs, claiming they used her likeness in ads without her consent. In the letter, Bhabie says she lost out on a $3 million business deal due to the unauthorized Vezt exposure.

So, she simply wants Vezt to cover her losses. Translation: Gimme $3 mil and you won't get sued. 

Danielle says she rejected an offer to go into biz with Vezt, but the company went ahead and used her name and image, anyway. 

In addition to the cheddar ... she wants Vezt to scrub Bhad Bhabie from the app and its social media, and she wants to know how much the company made off her likeness. 

She's given Vezt a 15-day deadline before she does them worst than she did Iggy Azalea ... legally speaking, of course.

Nelly Sued for Sexual Assault After U.K. Show ... He Vows 'I'll Be Vindicated'

11/15/2018 1:31 PM PST
Breaking News

1:30 PM PT -- Nelly tells us, "The truth will come out, and I will be vindicated. These types of false allegations undermine real claims of sexual abuse/harassment by real victims."

He's also defending his GF, Shantel, saying she's been through enough. "I am a father to a beautiful strong woman. I was raised by a strong single woman. I love them all very much. I own my actions and take responsibility for my conduct with Monique Greene. We had CONSENSUAL sex after meeting in a club. Period. And for that I had to deal with the repercussions of my poor choice. I am repairing the trust that I broke with Shantel, I have apologized to my family and friends for the embarrassment I have caused them. And, I am committed to be a better man."

Nelly adds, "I do NOT plan on walking away quietly. I have to speak up for my family and for the real victims strong enough to come forward and face people that have actually assaulted them."

Nelly's facing new legal trouble -- a woman is suing him for an alleged sexual assault after one of his shows in England.

The woman, who's filed as a Jane Doe -- claims Nelly masturbated in front of her multiple times after the December 2017 Essex concert. We broke the story ... Nelly was under criminal investigation back in February after the woman came forward with the allegations.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, she says they met during a meet-and-greet and he whispered in her ear to stay behind. She did, but that's when she claims he dropped his pants and started masturbating while saying, "You want this d**k don't you."

Doe claims she rebuffed him several times but Nelly would not back off, and told her he wanted to ejaculate on her. She says she told him something to effect of ... "You may have more quid in your bank than I do. But this doesn't make you any more special. Pull your trousers back up and f*** off."

The woman claims Nelly got aggressive and clenched his fist -- and when she asked if he was going to hit her, he allegedly said ... "No I'm just frustrated. I'm not used to not getting my way, just do it." She claims he forced his penis into her mouth, and that's when she jumped back and was able to flee the room.

She's also suing Nelly's GF, Shantel Jackson, for calling her a liar on Twitter.

As we first reported ... Nelly and another woman, Monique Greene, reached a mutual settlement after he was accused of raping her on his tour bus in October 2017.

Originally Published at 8:02 AM PT

Missy Elliott, Timbaland Sued I Wrote Aaliyah's Song ... 'Heartbroken' About Royalties!!!

11/15/2018 11:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

11/16 -- A rep for Missy's team tells us, "There is not now and never was any 'agreement' between Missy Elliott and Terry Williams. As the exclusive owner of her own lyrics and vocals that she created, Missy is not obligated to pay Terry Williams money."

He continues, "These claims against Missy are completely meritless and without any basis in fact or law, and are simply another facet of the original scheme that was devised to artificially extract money from Missy by exploiting the fact that Terry Williams, in his capacity as a music producer, happened to have recordings of Missy from more than 20 years ago."Missy Elliott and Timbaland cranked out a big hit for Aaliyah without ever paying the guy who actually co-wrote and produced it ... at least that's what the songwriter claims in his new lawsuit. 

According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Terry Williams helped Missy write and produce a song called, "Heartbroken" around 1994 or '95. The track was eventually released by Aaliyah in 1996, but Terry says she only got it because Missy sold the song without his permission.

Timbaland produced the Aaliyah track -- and in the lawsuit, Terry says neither he nor Missy ever compensated him. 

Terry claims he had an agreement with Missy to share profits from the song. According to the suit, the version Timbaland and Aaliyah released was almost identical to his ... same sound and same lyrics.

Terry claims Missy kept his contribution hidden ... presumably from Timbaland and Aaliyah.

Aaliyah's version came out on her "One In A Million" album, which sold 8 million copies worldwide. 

Terry's lawsuit asserts he has ownership in Aaliyah's song and is entitled to a share of the profits. He's suing Missy, Timbaland and Aaliyah's estate.

Conrad Hilton Ex-GF Gets Restraining Order After He Allegedly Shows Up Half Naked to Her Home

11/15/2018 3:21 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

3:21 PM PT -- According to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Conrad showed up at Hunter's house November 12 half naked and left a stuffed animal outside her gate. Her family hired security to protect the house because of the incident ... and according to Conrad's attorney, he was placed on a psychiatric hold. 

The restraining order was granted temporarily until a hearing next month.Conrad Hilton's ex-girlfriend, Hunter Salomon -- the daughter of poker player Rick Salomon and E.G. Daily -- has filed for a restraining order against the hotel heir.

Salomon filed docs in Los Angeles Thursday seeking protection from Paris' brother. It's not yet clear if the order has been granted by a judge.

TMZ broke the story ... in May 2017, Hilton was arrested for breaking into E.G. Daily's home and for violating a restraining order. We also got video of him outside Daily's house going on a homophobic and racist rant, shouting at cops. 

Hilton was arrested for that incident and later appeared in court, where a judge made the decision to release him under the condition he be admitted to a hospital

Hunter first filed for a restraining order against Hilton in 2015, but that recently expired. 

Originally Published -- 11:21 AM PST

Michael Avenatti Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence ... I'll Be 'Fully Exonerated'

11/15/2018 7:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

11/15 -- Stormy Daniels has just released a statement on the incident, saying, "These are serious and obviously very troubling allegations, but right now that is all they are: allegations. We should all reserve judgement until the investigation -- an investigation Michael has said he welcomes -- is complete, and that's what I'm going to do."

She continues ... "But of course I do not condone violence against women and if these allegations prove true I will be seeking new representation."

5:50 PM PT -- Avenatti bailed out and held a brief news conference, saying, "I have never struck a woman. I will never strike a woman." He added he's looking forward to the investigation and is confident he'll be "fully exonerated."  

4:50 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the LAPD has already obtained an emergency protective order, prohibiting Avenatti from going near the alleged victim. We're told they will serve him with the legal docs before he's released from custody. We're told he will be released on $50,000 bail.

4:10 PM PT -- We were initially told by our sources the alleged victim was Avenatti's estranged wife. We now know it was not. The incident involved a different woman. Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, has been arrested for felony domestic violence ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report. We're told her face was "swollen and bruised" with "red marks" on both cheeks. 

Our sources say the alleged incident occurred Tuesday night, but there was another confrontation Wednesday between the two at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A. 

We're told Wednesday afternoon the woman was on the sidewalk on her cellphone with sunglasses covering her eyes, sobbing and screaming on the phone, "I can't believe you did this to me.  I'm going to get a restraining order against you."

We're told security brought her inside the building, took her upstairs and Michael showed up 5 minutes later and ran into the building. He screamed repeatedly, "She hit me first." We're told he angrily added, "This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***."  We're told he tried getting into the elevator but security denied him access.  

Cops showed up and escorted Avenatti into a corner of the apartment lobby and spoke with him for 5 to 10 minutes and then took him into custody.

A law enforcement source says on Tuesday, Avenatti "kicked her out of the apartment" and that's when the alleged domestic violence occurred. We're told she went back to the apartment on Wednesday to retrieve her belongings and called police to stand by in case things got heated. 

We're told Avenatti is currently in custody.

Originally Published -- 2:45 PM PST

J.R. Smith Strikes Deal In Phone Throw Case ... Gotta Buy Fan New Cell

11/15/2018 7:12 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

J.R. Smith just copped a sweet deal in his cell phone throwing incident back in July ... TMZ Sports has learned, and if he stays outta trouble for 6 months ... he's totally in the clear.

ICYMI -- Swish allegedly took a fan's cell phone and threw it into a construction site ... after the guy tried to snap a pic of the Cleveland Cavs star outside of The Park, an NYC hot spot.

Smith -- who appeared before a judge in a Manhattan courtroom Thursday morning with attorney Alex Spiro -- had his case adjourned in contemplation of dismissal.

Plain talk -- as long as he buys the fan a new cell phone ($600) AND doesn't screw up ... the case will be dismissed.

Spiro told us ..."He was issued a ticket, paid for the cell phone upgrade, and the case is being dismissed and sealed - this is a non event."

The Weeknd Sued for Stealing 'Starboy' From Comic Book Writer

11/14/2018 4:06 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Weeknd's superhero alter ego, "Starboy," was an idea stolen from another comic book creator ... according to the lawsuit the author's filed against the singer. 

Eymun Talasazan, the comic book writer, says he created a comic book universe in 2014 that revolved around R&B and rap stars. According to the suit, Talasazan had convos with The Weeknd's people in 2017 about folding "Starboy" into his comic book universe.

Remember, by that time Weeknd already had the hit song and album with the same name. 

Talasazan -- who is repped by entertainment attorney Kirk Schenck -- says they never ended up working together. However, he says he did file for a trademark on "Starboy" -- as a comic book hero -- right around the time of his discussions with Weeknd's peeps. The singer was aware of that, and as we reported ... filed an opposition to the trademark

Cut to 2018, when The Weeknd debuted his own comic book, "Starboy" ... in connection with Marvel. Talasazan says the Marvel comic had a "near identical premise" as the one he pitched to Weeknd's people the year before.

The Marvel connection is interesting because Talasazan says he began collaborating with Stan Lee in 2016 on a story arc and additional characters for his Starboy universe. 

Schenck tells us, “This is not a case about who created or first used the term 'Starboy.' This case will decide if a songwriter automatically (without filing a trademark application) obtains trademark protection for all later uses of a word, even if those later uses have nothing to do with albums, song titles, music or lyrics.” 

He's suing The Weeknd for trademark infringement and wants all copies of the singer's comic book recalled, impounded and destroyed.

Tekashi69 Kidnapping Looks Like Payback From Pissed Ex-Crew Member

11/14/2018 11:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who's been arrested for Tekashi69's kidnapping and robbery is one of the rapper's disgruntled ex-crew member ... and it appears he wanted revenge.

Sources with knowledge of the situation tell TMZ ... Anthony Jamel Ellison used to be part of 6ix9ine's management crew. He was fired after the infamous LAX brawl. We're told he'd been very involved in Tekashi's career in the early days, and felt he should've been paid more for the work he did. 

Our sources say Ellison felt he wasn't getting a fair cut of the money Tekashi started making when his career took off. We're told it was a feeling Ellison had been sitting on for a while, and things finally boiled over with the July kidnapping ... allegedly. 

We broke the story ... Tekashi was pistol-whipped and robbed blind by goons -- crimes for which Ellison was arrested and indicted last week. Law enforcement sources tell us they believe Ellison had "real beef" with Tekashi.

And, get this ... there's another suspect who's still wanted, whom we're told was also tied to Tekashi, and might've had similar motives.

For the record ... we're told the alleged retaliation is all over money, not so much being 86'd by Tekashi. 

Tekashi69 Pleads Guilty, Dodges Jail Time... In Officer Assault Case

11/14/2018 7:37 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tekashi69's lawyers should be hosting "Let's Make a Deal" ... 'cause they struck another sweet one for him in his alleged assault of an NYPD officer.

The rapper actually showed up for court Wednesday morning in Brooklyn and entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct and, in exchange, prosecutors dropped the misdemeanor assault charge he'd been facing.

TMZ broke the story ... cops busted Tekashi in May because he was driving on a suspended license. During the arrest, he allegedly squeezed an officer's hand. Gotta say, of all his cases ... this was the least gangsta.

For the disorderly conduct, the judge gave Tekashi a conditional discharge. His attorney, Lance Lazzaro, tells us that condition is 6ix9ine's gotta stay out of trouble for a year. If not, he could face immediate jail time.

He's been clearing the decks on several of his legal issues. The judge in his child sex case told Tekashi the same -- stay out of trouble -- 3 weeks ago when he got probation

Of course, a few hours after that, Tekashi's crew was involved in a shooting -- and then there were the shots fired at his Bev Hills music video set

We got him walking out of the Brooklyn courthouse and, maybe not shockingly, he seems unfazed by all the recent gunfire.

Jay-Z's 40/40 Club Sued I Got Jacked Up ... At This Crappy Business, Man!!!

11/14/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A guy who claims he got beat up during a brawl at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club is now looking at the dust-up with 20/20 vision ... and his sights are set on suing. 

Jose Irizarry just filed suit against Hov's New York-based sports bar and lounge, alleging the venue's lack of adequate security combined with insufficient crowd control led to him getting seriously f***ed up during a melee that broke out this past March. For the record ... Jay isn't named in the lawsuit.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Irizarry claims he was minding his business at 40/40 when all of a sudden a huge fight broke out between some attendants and security ... and he became collateral damage.

Irizarry says he was struck in the head and body during the brawl, and endured pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses that he wants the club to cover. 

Interestingly enough, the night in question is also the same night boxer Jermall Charlo was involved in a scuffle and had his bag full of diamonds and jewelry stolen. Irizarry's attorney told us he's almost certain the fight his client was dragged into was the same one.

Tekashi69 Cops Nab Suspect For Kidnapping, Pistol-Whipping 6ix9ine

11/13/2018 2:55 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cops busted the man they believe pistol-whipped Tekashi69 and kidnapped him ... TMZ has learned.

Federal agents arrested Anthony Jamel Ellison a week ago on a federal warrant. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, a grand jury indicted Ellison on 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct commerce by robbery, 1 count of obstructing commerce by robbery ... and 1 count of carrying a firearm to commit a crime.

Ellison was hauled into jail on Nov. 6, and remains in a federal prison in Manhattan, awaiting trial. He pled not guilty to all charges.

TMZ broke the story ... back in July, 6ix9ine was dragged out of an SUV, pistol-whipped and taken to his home, where multiple suspects jacked $750k in jewelry and more than $15k in cash.

They allegedly drove off with Tekashi, who eventually managed to escape from the vehicle and hitchhiked to a hospital.

Sources connected to the situation say Ellison had been part of Tekashi's management crew before 6ix9ine's career skyrocketed. According to law enforcement sources, Ellison is a known affiliate of the 9 Trey Bloods gang.

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