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Sam Lutfi Britney Seems Unhappy

5/2/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Britney Spears is unhappy under her conservatorship ... at least that's the view of the guy who claims to be her former manager.

We got Sam Lutfi leaving the deposition where his lawyer fired off questions to Britney. As we reported, the judge was concerned enough that Lutfi might try and intimidate her that he ordered them both to sit on opposite ends of the conference table.

Lutfi said he couldn't talk about the questions and answers, but was quick to say Britney looked fretful. He didn't address the obvious ... she might have been unhappy because she was being grilled for a depo.

Kanye West My Record Is So Fresh & Clean ... Judge Erases Pap Case

5/2/2016 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502-kanye-west-TMZ-01Kanye West is a blank slate, criminally speaking -- a judge signed off on erasing his conviction for that paparazzi beatdown at LAX.

According to court docs, obtained by TMZ, the judge approved Kanye's request to expunge the case. You'll recall he pled no contest in 2014 to misdemeanor battery for the incident.

As we reported, Kanye's been a model citizen ever since ... putting in more than the 250 community service hours that were required, and staying on the straight and narrow for his 24 months of probation.

See, Lindsay Lohan ... it CAN be done.

Britney Spears Face Off with Nemesis Sam Lutfi

5/2/2016 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502-britney-spears-arriving-to-deposition-SPLASH-03Britney Spears has to sit face-to-face with the man her family says has been haunting her for years.

Britney is in a conference room right now, answering questions fired off by the lawyer for her former friend and self-proclaimed manager Sam Lutfi. Britney's people went to great lengths to keep Lutfi out of the room, arguing to a judge that he intimidates her and she cannot think properly around him.

The judge didn't buy Britney's argument, but did take steps to protect her. According to the order, the conference room must have a long table, with Britney at one end and Lutfi at the other.

The judge also allowed a "surveillance type camera" to record the entire depo, showing the entire room to ensure Lutfi doesn't intimidate or distract Britney. They're also required to come and go at different times, so he doesn't run into her.

Britney's family claims back in 2007 Lutfi was fueling her with drugs. He claims he was trying to get her off meds.

Lutfi is suing for various things ... he says he's owed money as Britney's manager, and also claims her dad, Jamie, punched him.

Prince's Estate Hit the Bricks ... Guy Who Thinks He Owns Prince's Music

5/2/2016 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429-prince-getty-05Prince did not lose all rights to his music in a billion dollar bet ... according to Prince's estate, which is shutting down that exact claim from a random guy.

Bremer Trust bank, the administrator of the estate, responded to Rodney Dixon's rambling legal filing -- in which he says he won the rights to "Purple Rain," "Raspberry Beret," "Kiss" and every other song Prince ever wrote -- because they had a bet over whether Prince was the Messiah.

Yeah, it sounds crazy, and that's basically what Bremer Trust points out.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, the bank says Dixon's claim is "frivolous," and he would need to have a written agreement to transfer ownership of Prince's catalog. Dixon admits all he has is a "verbal and implied agreement."

That doesn't cut it for the estate ... which wants the court to toss the claim. We've reached out to Dixon, but he hasn't gotten back to us.

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Blac Chyna Safe Cracked in Home Burglary ... Rob Calls Cops

5/2/2016 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502-rob-kardashian-blac-chyna-TMZ-02Blac Chyna is a couple hundred thousand dollars light after someone got into her safe, and signs point to the culprit being someone close to her and Rob Kardashian.

Law enforcement sources tell us the burglar jacked more than $200k in cash and jewelry from the safe in BC's Tarzana home. We're told Rob, who also stays at the house, discovered the crime and called cops over the weekend. 

Our sources say there were no obvious signs of entry, and the safe wasn't busted open -- leading cops to believe someone in Chyna and Rob's inner circle could be responsible.

As we previously reported ... a Blac Chyna and Tyga sex tape is being shopped around town. It's possible the thieves were looking for a hard copy.

Ex-Olympic Wrestling Champ Fights Ukranian Cops Gets Face Cracked Open

5/2/2016 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

How many Ukranian cops does it take to apprehend a 50-year-old former Olympic wrestling champ? 

Seven, actually ... plus a bunch of pepper spray and some batons. 

The man who got his face cracked open is Vyacheslav Oliynyk -- who won the gold medal at the '96 Olympics in Atlanta. 

Oliynyk was reportedly stopped for drunk driving after celebrating his 50th bday -- but an argument broke out and the guy made it clear he wasn't going to jail quietly. 

0502-Vyacheslav-Oliynyk-AP-02He squared up ... he put his hands on one of the cops ... and then all hell broke loose. 

After the brawl, Oliynyk reportedly told local media, "I admit I was partially guilty, I can’t tell you the whole thing. I’m partly guilty because I did not stop and I was ignoring the police."

"But I am not a criminal. As far as I can see there will be a court hearing and they will punish me somehow because they always do. However the fact that police let me go home on the same day shows I didn’t do anything that bad."

[H/T Metro]

Prince Family Showdown in Court

5/2/2016 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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7:20 AM PT -- The probate hearing ended and most of the siblings signed off on Bremer Trust bank being named special administrator of Prince's estate. 

His half brother, John R. Nelson, was not in court, but an attorney said John did not sign the consent form -- but the judge approved the petition to put the bank in charge. John was the only living sibling not present.

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Prince's brothers and sisters are showing up for the first court hearing to divide the spoils of Prince's life, and it's already become an acrimonious process.

Tyka Nelson -- Prince's only full sibling -- is expected to show, along with Alfred and some of the other siblings. TMZ broke the story, Tyka stormed out of a meeting Friday after Alfred accused her of disrespecting him by not inviting him to Prince's memorial service.

We're told Tyka set the stage in the meeting for a money fight ... she feels she's entitled to more than 1/6 of the estate, but under Minnesota law all 6 siblings share equally.

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Blac Chyna I'll Sue ... If My Sex Tape With Tyga Leaks!!!

5/2/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429-blac-chyna-tyga-TMZ-01Someone's shopping around what they say is a Blac Chyna/Tyga sex tape, and the leading lady is doing everything within her power to keep it in the can. 

Blac Chyna's lawyer, Walter Mosley, tells TMZ Chyna will go after anyone who releases the tape ... with a vengeance.  

A tape has been sent to media outlets and porn companies ... we can't vouch for the identity of the stars, but the tattoos match.

As far as we know, so far there are no takers.

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N.W.A. 'Express Yourself' Banned at H.O.F. ... Says Funk Legend

4/30/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429-charles-wright-express-yourself-NWA-GETTY-01N.W.A. insulted funk music pioneer Charles Wright by offering him a measly $600 to sample his hit song "Express Yourself" for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ... according to Wright.

Wright's rep Kimirhochelle Porter tells TMZ the singer felt totally disrespected by the lowball offer, since he usually gets around $600k for samples of his '70s hit. We're told Wright was also pissed because N.W.A. didn't invite him to the ceremony.

Wright -- frontman of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band -- hasn't been inducted to the Hall himself. We're told he feels snubbed, and thinks N.W.A. should share the spotlight since his music played a big role in their success.

Porter says they're still trying to strike a deal, but tick-tock -- the ceremony airs Saturday night on HBO.

Chris Brown I Can't Shake Obsessed Fan ... Another Arrest at His Home

4/29/2016 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429-chris-brown-tmz-03Chris Brown's unwanted guest can't take the hint, 'cause cops say she showed up AGAIN at his home and got busted for trespassing.

According to law enforcement sources, Danielle Patti waited until the gate to Brown's home opened before walking onto the property around 3 AM Thursday. She was caught by security and held until police arrived.

She was charged with two counts of trespassing to which she pled not guilty on Friday. Brown was home at the time, and we're told his attorney will file for a temporary restraining order.

Patti pulled the same exact move back in December. 

'Trailer Park Boys' Star Battery Case Dropped

4/29/2016 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429_Bubbles-from-Trailer-Park-Boys_gettyMichael Smith -- aka Bubbles from "Trailer Park Boys" -- just got a huge break from the L.A. City Attorney ... who rejected his domestic battery case due to insufficient evidence. 

We broke the story ... Bubbles was booked for misdemeanor domestic battery after witnesses told cops he choked a woman near the pool at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel. 

Sources close to Michael and the woman tell us they're baffled the case was dropped since cops took photos of the alleged victim's bruises and torn clothing.

We're told the woman referred to Smith as her boyfriend, and our sources say they're worried Smith pressured her into not cooperating with cops.

Kim Richards Jail Bound For Shoplifting Case

4/29/2016 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:55 PM PST -- A rep for Kim showed up in court and conceded Kim had no proof she'd made progress in completing her AA classes or community service. The judge withdrew the warrant and set a probation violation hearing for June 3. The judge could throw Kim in jail after the hearing if he determines she didn't make a sufficient dent in the classes or community service.

9:40 AM PST -- The bench warrant has now been signed by a judge. Bail was set at $26,000.

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Kim Richards is staring down an arrest warrant in her shoplifting case because she's ditching her AA classes ... as far as the court is concerned, anyway.

TMZ has learned the judge is about to issue a warrant for the 'RHOBH' star. Our sources say Kim never turned in documentation to prove she's attended the number of AA classes ordered in her plea deal.

Kim's been struggling in all her cases. As we've reported ... the judge in her Beverly Hills arrest already scolded her for not doing community labor, and shot down her foot injury excuse.

She's supposed to do a total of 52 AA classes and 30 days community labor for the shoplifting arrest -- but if she doesn't present some proof, STAT ... she'll be doing jail time.

Ezekiel Elliott Pleads Not Guilty In Ohio Car Crash Incident

4/29/2016 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429-ezekiel-elliott-tmz-01Hours after he was drafted by the Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott had a serious off-the-field issue to address in Ohio ... sending his lawyer to plead NOT GUILTY in his court case stemming from a 2015 car crash. 

As we previously reported, Elliott says he hydroplaned and lost control of his car around 1:30 PM on Dec. 27th ... slamming into another vehicle which was carrying 2 people. One of the passengers suffered a minor injury. 

When cops arrived to the scene, officials say they discovered Elliott had been driving on a suspended license. 

He was ultimately cited for driving under suspension, driving without a license and failure to control his vehicle. 

Elliott was arraigned Friday morning -- but did not appear in court. He sent a lawyer in his place to plead not guilty to all of the charges.

As of this post, Elliott's next court date has not been determined. 

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