Dwight Howard's son has had a rougher time than anyone thought ... the baby mama who reported Dwight to Children's Services for belting their son was herself investigated for the exact same thing.
The Florida Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) got a call in February from 6-year-old Braylon's school, informing authorities the boy had been belted on the back of his neck and leg for using "potty words."
According to docs, baby mama Royce Reed fessed up and said she did indeed belt the boy because he "dropped the f-bomb" in school. Authorities checked out the kid and there were no obvious marks ... she told them she only hit him once with a child fabric belt. The case was closed out, but school officials spoke with Reed and accused her of using excessive force on the child.
TMZ broke the story ... Reed called DCF in August, saying Howard belted Braylon badly ... and Howard subsequently copped to it. Howard is currently the subject of a criminal child abuse investigation for the incident.
G.R.L. Singer Simone Battle
I Died, But My Sony Deal Lives On
11/23/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
G.R.L. singer Simone Battle had just a few thousand dollars to her name when she committed suicide ... but her family claims there could be much more pouring in ... from lucrative contracts she signed shortly before her death.
Battle had just $6,000 in cash to her name when she died, according to court docs filed by her mother, Donna Morgan. But Morgan claims Battle also had deals with Sony, Coca-Cola and other companies and the estate will be getting lots of money from the deals.
Here's the problem ... Sony, Coke and the others won't give Morgan the contracts unless she's appointed administrator of Simone's estate. So she's applied, and her petition is pending.
TMZ broke the story ... Battle hanged herself in her bedroom Sept. 5th. Friends and family said she may have been depressed over money problems.
'Plastic Wives' Star
My Ex is Like Satan!
11/23/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Plastic Wives" star Frances Marques says her ex-husband threatened to kill her ... and looked like he was possessed by the devil while trying to do her in.
Marques -- who stars on the show with her ex, Dr. Ryan Stanton -- claims he went berserk last month at his Bev Hills office when she tried collecting rent ... calling her an "old ugly c**t."
In her court docs, Marques alleges Stanton takes "loads" of steroids ... and fears his rage will cause him to shoot her and her daughter. She says everyone at his office is afraid of him.
A judge gave her a restraining order ... but he only has to stay 10 yards away, so it's iffy protection.
We reached out to a rep for Stanton who says "Dr. Stanton refutes Ms. Marques' claims. The hearing on this matter will reveal Ms. Marques' shameless abuse of the legal system."
Celeb Lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan
Busted for DUI
11/22/2014 9:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The lawyer repping child molester Stephen Collins in his divorce is going to be jumping from courtroom to courtroom, because TMZ has learned he was busted for DUI Friday night.
Mark Vincent Kaplan -- who became famous repping Kevin Federline in his contentious divorce from Britney Spears -- was popped on the Sunset Strip just before midnight.
Kaplan flunked the field sobriety test and was taken to the West Hollywood Sheriff's substation and booked on DUI.
Kaplan was cited at the station and released.
He Slipped Me A Quaalude
And I Woke Up with His Friend ... New Allegation
11/22/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby slipped a close friend a Quaalude and hours later she was in bed with one of his buddies ... this according to the woman.
Joyce Emmons -- who ran comedy clubs in the '70s and '80s -- tells TMZ she was close to Cosby in the late '70s and often hung with him in Vegas where he performed.
She says although she never saw Bill drink or do drugs, he often had "a drawer full of drugs," including Quaaludes, in his hotel room. She says women were frequently around Bill and would often take the drug knowingly and voluntarily. She also says men partied with the drugs as well.
Emmons tells us ... one night she got a bad migraine and Cosby offered her a white pill which he said "was a little strong" but could cure a headache.
She says she took the pill, blacked out, and the next thing she knew she was nude in bed in Cosby's suite with one of his friends -- a guy who had unsuccessfully tried hitting on her earlier in the evening.
Emmons says she confronted Bill and demanded to know what drug she took, and he laughed and said it was "just a Quaalude."
Cosby's lawyer tells TMZ, "The brand new claims about decade-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous." Attorney Marty Singer notes that for decades these claims went unreported and are "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories."
Musician Skylar Grey
Hey Kid, Quit Using My Fake Name
11/22/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Musician Skylar Grey is claiming a 14-year-old street artist has ripped off her name, and she wants him to change it ... or else.
According to a letter obtained by TMZ ... Skylar wants 14-year-old Skyler Grey (with an 'e') to go by a different name because it's causing confusion -- she suggests "Skyler Grey Arthurs" or "Skyler G" or just "SG."
Here's the irony ... Skylar Grey isn't even HER legal name. It's actually Holly Hafermann. Nonetheless, she's already trademarked it and used it in all her videos and marketing.
The REAL Skyler Grey just so happens to be a legit prodigy himself ... he's sold his street art to Snoop Dogg, The Game and other big names.
We're told Skyler the kid refuses to fold.
You're move, fake Skylar.
Venue Cancels Concert
He's Box Office Poison
11/21/2014 4:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A fifth venue has pulled the plug on Bill Cosby, but this time the honchos at the concert hall made it clear ... they were worried about a boycott if the show went on.
Broadway Center in Tacoma, Washington just pulled out of the April 18, 2015 Cosby show, saying they took into consideration "the financial harm we will suffer by cancelling, and even greater financial risk of moving forward with the performance." They don't specify the risk, but it seems they mean boycott.
The execs at Broadway Center say they are a non-profit "that works diligently to strengthen our community's social fabric by building empathy, furthering education, and sharing joy. Ultimately we were not confident in our ability to meet those objectives by proceeding with Mr. Cosby's performance."
Venues in Vegas, Tucson, Illinois and South Carolina have also cancelled.
Paige Laurie Dubbert
Here's What a Walmart Heiress Prenup Looks Like
11/21/2014 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Walmart Heiress Paige Laurie Dubbert got her husband to sign a prenup that gives him $15 million ... but only if they're married for 30 years and she croaks.
Paige and Patrick Bode Dubbert have been locked in a bitter divorce, and they both just filed legal docs revealing the very long prenup agreement.
We're including the doc in the post in case you want to see how rich people do it, but the big thing is that Patrick gets $30K a month in spousal support for half the length of the marriage. They've been married almost 6 years, so he'll do ok.
Patrick obviously thinks he can do better, so he's gunning to invalidate the prenup. He says he had hired a lawyer to help negotiate the document before they got married, but he says Paige's lawyer underhandedly convinced him not to use her, saying she was a "crazy female lawyer" who didn't know what she was doing and who "had never dealt with billionaires."
And this is the best ... Patrick says Paige's mega-wealthy parents gave him an ultimatum -- either sign the prenup before the parents returned from a yacht trip, or the parents would not pay $100K for the wedding planner.
I GPS'd My Ex
But I Thought It Was Legal!
11/21/2014 1:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Thomas Beatie believes he had every right to track his ex-wife ... so says his current fiancee, who insists the famous "Pregnant Man" LEGALLY GPS'd the woman's whereabouts.
Amber Beatie tells TMZ ... after Nancy Beatie threatened to take off with Thomas' kids ... he secretly placed the GPS tracker on the car she was driving.
We're told Thomas did his own legal research and concluded GPSing her was fair game under Arizona law. He put the tracker on 2 years ago but she didn't discover it until recently.
Turns out he was right ... he was allowed to put the device on the car 2 years ago because at the time he was the registered owner.
But Thomas transferred title to Nancy more than a year ago, and at that point cops say keeping the device on the whip is plain 'ol criminal stalking ... which is why he was arrested.
Beatie was released from jail Friday morning.
Polaroid of Robed Cosby
Before Alleged Dickinson Rape
11/21/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
These are pictures of Bill Cosby taken by Janice Dickinson, just before he allegedly date raped her.
Dickinson says she went to Lake Tahoe in 1982 to see Cosby perform. She says the comedian told her to come to the hotel and he'd help her with her career.
Dickinson told ET after dinner he gave her a pill and some wine, and the last thing she remembered was Cosby "in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me." She says the next morning she was naked with semen between her legs.
Dickinson tells TMZ ... she took these Polaroids of Cosby in the hotel room after she took the pill but before she blacked out. You see Cosby lounging in the colorful patchwork robe, with a 40 of malt liquor by his side.
'I'm Not Gay No More' Guy
Church Threatens Legal Action
11/21/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Church of God in Christ insists Andrew Caldwell call in the lawyers ... because their now-famous parishioner jazzed up his hilarious moment with background singers and released it on iTunes.
A church honcho says they're ordering him to stop hawking the song partly because they own the audio, but also because they feel Andrew is making a mockery of the service ... and that's hilarious.
But Andrew's calling BS, telling TMZ he's copyrighted the song ... and says it's his voice and only he -- not even God -- can claim ownership of it.
So maybe the dispute will be settled by a higher power -- Judge Judy.
'Ink Master' Contestant
I Colored My BF's Eye Black
And Got Busted
11/21/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Ink Master" contestant Madison "Maddie la Belle" Loftis tattooed her boyfriend, but not with ink ... with her fists, and she ended up in the slammer.
Maddie -- who appeared on Season 3 -- tells TMZ she got into a fight that started with words and ended with fists. She says it was mutual combat, but she's the one who called the cops.
Greensboro cops tell us when they arrived Maddie was fine, but her boyfriend had a swollen eye.
Maddie's man didn't want to press charges, but North Carolina requires cops to arrest someone who inflicts injury during a domestic fight ... so she got busted for misdemeanor assault and battery.
Maddie says all is forgiven and they're back together.
As for whether she would punch him again, Maddie told us, "Every day, all day."
'Party Down South' Star
Drinking And Driving
... It's Sorta My Thing
11/21/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The cast of "Party Down South" has a love for booze in mass quantities ... and they've racked up another in a long list of DUIs.
PDS star Josh Murray was pulled over in Rankin County, Mississippi early Saturday. He flunked the field sobriety test and went to jail for DUI and driving with a suspended license.
It's the second time Josh has been popped for DUI. He faces jail time, and license suspension for 2 years.
PDS has a rich history of alcohol-related hijinks. Mattie Breaux was busted for DUI earlier this year, Ryan Richards bonged an entire bottle of Jägermeister, and Lyle Boudreaux allegedly stole a credit card so he could keep his binge on during Mardi Gras.
The good news ... at least nobody pissed themselves this time.