A sound engineer who claims he was a key producer/creator of Roc-A-Fella's entire body of work between 1999 - 2000 wants a declaration from a judge -- he's as much the owner of the 6 albums as the label itself.
Chauncey Mahan claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he was the sound engineer who was one of the first masters of Pro Tools production software and was instrumental in creating the sound for a number of Roc-A-Fella's biggest releases, including The Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty album.
TMZ broke the story ... Jay Z and Roc Nation filed an extortion police report earlier this year, claiming Chauncey was holding boxes of master recordings hostage ... demanding $100,000 for the music.
Jay Z set up a sting operation where his people met Chancey at a storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, and unbeknownst to him the LAPD was there and seized the boxes. Cops still have them.
Chauncey now wants a judge to say he was so essential to the creation of the music ... he's a co-owner of the copyright. As such, it would give him the right to get the masters back.
It's interesting ... Jay Z and Roc Nation dropped their extortion complaint against Chauncey.
Stopped by Cops After Bizarre Taser Incident
7/8/2014 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katt Williams got pulled over in Malibu Tuesday evening by Sheriff's deputies investigating his security guard for tasing a random guy on Pacific Coast Highway,
Law enforcement sources tell us the guy started kicking a car driven by Katt's assistant ... who was following Katt while he rode a Can-Am Spyder. When Katt's security guard got out of the car ... we're told the stranger got aggressive, and the security guard zapped him with a taser.
The guy then waved down Sheriff's deputies in the area and explained what had happened. Deputies tracked down Katt ... pulled him over and questioned him and the guard about the incident.
We're told, as of now, no one's getting arrested -- not Katt's security guard or the guy he tased.
One of our photogs spoke to Katt on the side of PCH just a few moments after the incident, and his version jibes almost 100% with law enforcement.
He did add that the guy claimed to be a lifeguard, and hurled the n-word during the altercation.
Here's what's funny about this -- we initially got a tip that Rihanna had been pulled over on PCH. Turns out "Rihanna" was really just Katt's assistant ... who must be smoking hot.
Well played, Katt.
I Could Get $5 Billion
... For the Clippers
7/8/2014 2:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:50 PM PT -- The hearing is over ... and Donald was his usual unlikable self in the court room.
During the hearing, he trashed his wife Shelly ... saying, "It’s ludicrous to think she could run a corporation. She’s beautiful, but she can’t run anything”
He also called Shelly's lawyer a "smart ass."
Donald told the court he believes he could strike a BETTER deal than Shelly for the Clippers -- saying he could fetch between $2.5 and $5 billion for the team.
Cue the band ... Donald Sterling is finally in court to "face the music" in a Los Angeles courtroom.
Sterling snuck into the courthouse -- dodging reporters and photogs outside -- and took a seat for his trial to determine who gets to sell the Clippers.
Shelly Sterling is also in court. She did not hide as she silently walked into court earlier this morning.
Donald is expected to testify today ... after skipping day one of the trial. Shelly's attorney had called Donald out and claimed he was "on the run."
Stay tuned ...
Files For Divorce
From Rick Salomon
7/8/2014 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pam Anderson is pulling the plug on her marriage to Rick Salomon ... TMZ has learned.
This will be Pam's second split from Salomon, whom she married in 2007 and stayed with all of 2 months. She got the marriage annulled. She was also married to Tommy Lee and Kid Rock.
Pam went public in January, saying she married Salomon again.
Interesting timing ... Salomon, a world-class poker player, won $2.8 million in the World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop last Tuesday. Pam filed on Thursday, so under the community property laws she gets half by the skin of her teeth ... unless there's a prenup.
In case you don't recognize Salomon, he's the one who co-starred with Paris Hilton in the famous sex tape, "One Night in Paris."
2:00 PM PDT -- Pam's not publicly known for being religious (more like the total opposite) ... but she just posted this message on Facebook. It appears to be a prayer from Rev. Maryum Morse from the Agape Center.
'Housewives' Star Apollo Nida
8 Years In Prison
Sentence Shortened For SNITCHING
7/8/2014 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida just got an enormous break for singing like a canary ... he got 1/4 the maximum sentence for a massive money fraud scheme.
Nida -- who appears on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" with wife Phaedra Parks -- was just sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for cashing stolen checks and laundering more than $2.3 mil through phony bank accounts.
The judge who sentenced him today in a Georgia court said Nida did indeed cooperate with federal investigators by spilling criminal secrets ... and that's why he got leniency.
Nida could have been sentenced to 30 years, so 8 years is a big victory.
It's all relative folks.
Insane Clown Posse
Juggalos Case Dismissed
'Gang' Label Sticks for Now
7/8/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Insane Clown Posse and their Juggalo fans say they're NOT a gang ... but for now the FBI can keep calling them one because a federal judge has tossed out the band's lawsuit.
ICP had filed the suit -- along with several Juggalos -- claiming the FBI wrongly classified them as a hybrid criminal gang. They say police hassle them because of the gang label. One fan who sued is in the military and fears punishment from superiors.
But a federal judge dismissed the case last week ... saying ICP should not have sued the FBI ... because the harassment is coming from local law enforcement agencies -- not the Feds. As for the military plaintiff ... the judge pointed out nothing's actually happened to him yet.
The Juggalos -- who usually identify themselves with tattoos of the ICP's hatchetman logo -- say the fight isn't over ... their ACLU lawyers have already filed an appeal.
'My Five Wives' Dad
I Got 30 Mouths To Feed
And $3.61 in My Savings
7/8/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brady Williams -- patriarch of the polygamous family featured on "My Five Wives" -- now knows the real problem with having 5 wives and 24 children ... he's $400K in debt ... so he's filed for bankruptcy.
His assets are puny compared to his debts.
- Real estate holdings -- $10,215.
- Ford Fiesta -- $7,000
- 2 Kia Spectra Hatchbacks -- $3,000 each
- Chevy Cavalier -- $931
- Dodge Durango -- $2,647
- Honda ATV -- $150
- wedding ring -- $50
- lawn mower -- $20
- wallet money -- $22
- savings account -- $3.61
Now the debts.
- 5 wives = $180,000 in credit card debt
- business loan -- $100K
There are other debts as well with a grand total of $402K. And when you owe 402K your 401K is probably worthless.
Brady only lists Paulie as his wife ... she's the only one legally married to Brady ... other wives Nonie, Rosemary, Rhonda, and Robyn aren't mentioned in the court docs.
The good news ... Costco sells Top Ramen in bulk.
'Star Trek: Voyager' Actor
Cops Respond to Domestic Violence
After 911 Hang Up
7/8/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Picardo -- who played The Doctor on "Star Trek: Voyager" -- got more fireworks than he bargained for July 4 ... cops are investigating a domestic violence incident at his home.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops went to Picardo's residence Friday night after someone in the house called 911 ... then hung up. We're told officers interviewed Picardo and his wife, Linda Pawlik ... who claimed he hurt her during a fight ... he denied it and no arrests were made.
Picardo filed for divorce from Pawlik back in 2012 but the case went nowhere until May ... when Picardo hired a new lawyer.
A source close to the couple tells us ... the divorce is definitely on and every once in a while things get a little heated.
Rape Lie Killed My $200K Record Deal
7/8/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was Conor's publishing company ... NOT his record label that pulled a $200,000 payment connected to his latest album. His label, Nonesuch Records is still on board, but he's clearly pissed about losing the $200K.
Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst got canned by his record label when an obsessed fan lied about him raping her -- and now that he wants her to pay up ... she's gone radio silent, according to the emo rocker.
TMZ broke the story ... Oberst sued Joanie Faircloth for $1.2 million back in February ... claiming she defamed him when she accused him of forcibly taking her virginity after a North Carolina concert in 2003.
Now Oberst says the false accusation tanked his record sales and led to his label 86'ing him ... according to new docs filed in the case, and obtained by TMZ. Oberst adds his canceled contract was worth at least $200K.
Oberst says Faircloth has never shown up for court hearings in the case ... so now he wants a judge to declare him the winner, and award him the $1.2 mil.
Hit with ANOTHER
7/7/2014 5:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce's dad, Mathew Knowles, has been sued by a second woman who claims he fathered her kid ... and she's looking for a payday.
TMZ has confirmed ... TaQoya Branscomb filed legal docs in Texas, claiming Mathew got her pregnant in 2010 ... just after Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles filed for divorce. Tina filed because she found out Mathew was cheating on her with another woman whom he knocked up in 2009.
30-year-old Branscomb tells us she was a lingerie model but is now a real estate agent.
Mathew acknowledged in 2010 Alexsandra Wright was indeed his baby mama and he was ordered to pay $12K a month in child support, but that was reduced to $2,485 after Beyonce fired him and his income stream dried up.
As for the current case -- a story broken by BuzzFeed -- Branscomb is asking for a DNA test, a declaration of paternity and child support.
Way too Big for Jury Duty
7/7/2014 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Madonna was sent home from jury duty in 2 hours because her fame would have thrown a wrench in the wheels of justice.
The singer showed up Monday at a NYC courthouse but was excused 2 hours later. And get this ... she never had to sit with the commoners in the jury assembly room. She was allowed to hang out in the clerk's office.
A court official says Madonna was released because they had more than enough jurors to fill the needs of the courts.
So the question ... if there were enough jurors why release her instead of others? The court official says her presence would create a distraction in the jury selection process.
So we gotta ask ...
'Cat Daddy' Rapper
Hit With 3 Felony Charges
In Nightclub Theft
7/7/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Jovan Clayton -- last seen dancing a jig after his arrest on theft charges -- is gonna have to face the music for real --- 'cause he's been charged with 3 FELONIES.
Clayton was hit with 3 counts of receiving stolen property ... in connection with an incident last April at 1Oak nightclub. He's pled not guilty to all 3 charges.
We broke the story ... the "Cat Daddy" rapper was popped for allegedly stealing a phone and the contents of someone's purse inside the club.
After the bust ... Pee Wee busted a move of his own ... giving a little celebratory dance for our photog after his release from jail.
Pleads to Photogs After Bodyguards Get Rough ...
'Look What Happens in My Life'
7/7/2014 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's bodyguards got physical with paparazzi trying to shoot his arrival at a yacht party in Miami -- prompting Justin to get a little whiny ... pleading about how difficult his life has become.
Watch the vid ... Justin was about to kick off his booze-filled 4th of July bash when one of his bodyguards -- who's already been arrested in Miami -- threw a hard forearm into the chest of a pap running up to the scene.
To his credit, Justin tried to calm the situation from the backseat of his SUV limo -- asking the paps to just back up 10 feet, but when they didn't he went into woe-is-me mode.
You gotta see Justin beg a female photog, "This is so ridiculous. Look what happens in my life."
And then he got on the yacht and partied without a worry in the world.