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'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' Brawl

Joseline Bit the Flesh Off a Guard

Cast Wants her Fired

7/17/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Smack talk about crack triggered the all-out brawl on the "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" set ... ending with a security guard getting a piece of flesh ripped off his body... and they say Joseline Hernandez is the culprit and they want her FIRED.

Cast and crew who were present during the melee tell TMZ ... Tuesday night's fight started when Benzino called Stevie J a crackhead.  Stevie J then charged Benzino, yelling "f*** you."

Stevie J's GF Joseline then amped things up by attacking Benzino's wife Althea, punching her in the face so hard everyone around heard a crack.  Joseline then pulled out part of Althea's weave.

But Joseline's handiwork wasn't done ... Joseline then made a beeline for Waka Flocka Flame's wife, Tami -- yanking out Tami's pony tail weave. Waka's mom Debra jumped in, punching Joseline in the head and ripping out her extensions.

Security then booted Joseline from the set.  On her way out she passed shower-rod queen Mimi Faust in the stairway ... elbowing her in the back and shoving her down the stairs.

The security guard tried to subdue Joseline, who then bit the guard, ripping off a piece of flesh.

So now ... a number of cast members are making a play to get producers to fire Joseline.

'Pippi Longstocking' Actress

Ex-BF Says Her Dad Warns

She's Armed and Dangerous

7/17/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tami Erin Ex Boyfriend
"Pippi Longstocking" actress Tami Erin has an ex-boyfriend who should worry about getting shot ... this according to her own father.

David Young -- Erin's ex live-in BF -- ran to court a few days ago for an order prohibiting Tami from coming near him.  David says he broke up with Tami nearly 2 years ago and she went radio silent ... until last month.

David says Erin started calling him at his Merrill Lynch office and leaving threatening messages.  He didn't think much of it, until he spoke with Mr. Longstocking, who told him his daughter was "very dangerous" and he had reason to believe she had a gun.

We could not reach Tami for comment.

'Alias' Star Michael Vartan

Headed for Divorce Court

7/16/2014 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Vartan Divorce
Michael Vartan -- who famously dated Jennifer Garner during the production of "Alias" before she left him for Ben Affleck -- is getting the boot again ... his wife has filed for divorce.

Lauren Skaar filed legal docs citing irreconcilable differences.  

The two met at a Whole Foods in L.A.  She says Michael had engaged in some "calculated stalking," with the help of her email address.

The two married 3 years ago.  They have no kids.  

She's asking for spousal support.  She works as a real estate agent and filed for divorce herself ... without a lawyer.

Michael has appeared most recently as a recurring character on "Bates Motel" -- which by the way is awesome.
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Apollo Nida

Forced to Make it Right

By Ponying Up $2 Mil

7/16/2014 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Apollo Nida just got his tab for committing check fraud and money laundering -- $1.9 MILLION in restitution.

TMZ has obtained court docs which breakdown who gets the money Apollo must now pay. Some of the heavy hitters include:

-- JP Morgan Chase  $828,300
-- IRS  $127,011
-- Delta Airlines  $24,985
-- State of California  $15,778
-- State of Connecticut  $45,525
-- State of Texas $39,275

And there's more.  Apollo -- who is married to Phaedra Parks from "Real Housewives of Atlanta" -- screwed over pretty much everyone with whom he came in contact.

He'll have plenty of time to think about his misdeeds.  Apollo was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison.

Drake

'Playaz Club' Beef Settled

Pays $100K for Borrowed Lyrics

7/16/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Drake Pays Rappin 4-Tay
Drake just paid a ton of respect to Rappin' 4-Tay -- in the form of cold, hard cash -- to settle a beef in which 4-Tay claimed Drizzy jacked his rhymes.

4-Tay first put Drake on blast when YG's hit "Who Do You Love" came out. Drake drops lyrics on the song that are clearly ripped straight from 4-Tay's 1994 hit "Playaz Club." 

4-Tay was offended Drake didn't give him credit on the song. No lawsuit was ever filed, but sources close to the situation tell us a very lucrative agreement was reached.

4-Tay's manager tells TMZ ... Drake's record label agreed to pay 4-Tay $100,000 for "borrowing" the lines.

Not shockingly ... 4-Tay tells us he's no longer offended.

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Kennedy Drama

Man Breaks Into Compound

Looking for Katy Perry

7/16/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kennedy Compound Break In
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7:10 AM PT -- According to Barnstable Police, LaCroix, who police discovered sitting on a couch and reading a book, told police he entered through an unlocked door. LaCroix also said he had a gift for Perry and was also there to see ... John F. Kennedy.

Cops say that after talking to LaCroix for a few minutes, they realized he "was detached from reality."
update_grey_gray_barA scary moment for the Kennedys at the famed Hyannis Port compound ... a crazy guy entered the house looking for Katy Perry and hung with the clueless 16-year-old grandson of Ted Kennedy.

Barnstable Police tell TMZ ... there was no sign of forced entry.  At around 6:30 Tuesday night ... 53-year-old James LaCroix just walked inside and started cooking dinner.

Ted Kennedy Jr.
-- who was in Connecticut -- called the home just after 9 PM to check on his teenage son.  The intruder answered and the panicked dad called the cops.

When cops arrived they found LaCroix -- still in the kitchen -- and he said he was there looking for Katy Perry.

Cops say Kennedy's son came home in the evening and ran into  LaCroix ... but he thought LaCroix was just a house guest.

LaCroix was arrested and charged with breaking and entering.

In 2 weeks the house will be filled with Kennedys ... Cheryl Hines and Robert Kennedy Jr. will tie the knot there.

Hyannisnews.com shot video of LaCroix being led out of the home.

'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta'

Massive Brawl on Set of Reunion Show

… Cops Called

7/15/2014 9:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Reunion Fight
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9:32 A.M. PDT --  Sources close to the show tell us ... producers had an emergency meeting Tuesday night to address how to proceed with reunion episode -- which continues filming today. We're told cast members will be kept in separate areas during filming ... and they've done away with the live audience for safety reasons.
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A huge brawl erupted during the taping of the "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" reunion show in NYC Tuesday night … leaving several cast members -- and their weaves -- injured.

Multiple sources on the set tell us the fight involved Benzino, his fiancee Althea, Stevie J, JoselineDebraTammy, and Mimi -- and the whole mess started when Benzino cracked a joke about Stevie J and Joseline doing drugs.

We're told Stevie jumped up to get in Benzino's grill, but security guards stopped him. That's when --according to witnesses -- Stevie's girl Joseline sneak attacked Althea.

After that, all hell broke loose -- weaves were torn out in the chaos -- and every time security broke up one fight … a different one would spark up between other cast members.

We're told most of the fighting was between the women -- although at least one male security guard took a shot to the face … from one of the chicks.

From what we can tell the only smart decision all night was someone calling 911. Cops and paramedics responded -- at least three people got treatment.

We know what you're wondering, and the answer is -- YES … we're told VH1 cameras were rolling during most of the violence. 

The seeds of ratchetness appear to have been sown Monday night ... when a nude pic of Benzino and Althea was posted on Stevie J's Twitter page. 

Beverly Hills High

Celebrity School Embroiled

In Racism Lawsuit

7/16/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The principal of Beverly Hills High School -- the inspiration for "90210" and the alma mater of a gaggle of celebs including Angelina Jolie, Nic Cage, Lenny Kravitz and Monica Lewinsky -- claims the school district is out to get him and every other African-American who works there.

Carter Paysinger claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the all-white Beverly Hills School Board targeted him because he's Black.  He says one member told him, "One of the problems that you have is that you don't look like what a principal of Beverly Hills High School should look like." 

Paysinger says another member once said, "It would be easier if he had lighter skin ... and he looks more intelligent when he wears glasses."

Paysinger has worked for the district for 4 decades, as a longtime football coach who became principal in 2010.  In fact, he was a student at BHHS ... he was the black version of Andrea Zuckerman, who was bussed in ... well, not from the Valley, but from South Central.

But it gets a little tricky.  Paysinger was investigated by the L.A. County D.A. for wrongfully taking money from students who attended a summer sports camp.  The camp was privately funded but was held on campus.  Paysinger said he had been taking a fee for 15 years and everyone knew and no one complained. Ultimately the D.A. rejected the case.

And the Principal says the District is now out to get him and his family.  He claims in the lawsuit the Board has made a decision to rid the school of all minorities. 
 
Paysigner is still principal but he feels the District has tarnished his reputation so he's suing for damages.

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Seth MacFarlane Sued

WE Had 'Ted' First

And He Liked Drugs and Hookers Too

7/15/2014 6:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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's now-famous teddy bear was lifted from a 2008 screenplay about an eerily similar furry creature who had a penchant for booze and prostitutes ... so claims the company that is suing Seth.

Bengal Mangle Productions claims it created a screenplay called "Acting School Academy" ... about a teddy bear named Charlie who lives in a human world.  The screenplay became a web series that was a big hit on YouTube, FunnyorDie and others.

The Production company does NOT claim it had any dealings with MacFarlane, but alleges there's no way he didn't know about it since Charlie was such a hit.

The lawsuit claims Ted's characteristics are strikingly similar to Charlie's -- both hang out on the couch, smoke and drink beer, they have friends who are washed up child stars and they're both active on social media.

The suit also lists similar tweets.  

-- Charlie:  I don't like cocaine.  I just like the smell of it   July, 2009
--  Ted:  Just acid, and coke, and ex and DMT.  That's where I draw the lines  June, 2012

-- Charlie:  I'm a bear and my nose is at crotch level.  What do women expect?   March, 2009
-- Ted:  I don't mind giving the ladies oral pleasure.  I just Febreeze the s**t out of my snout after.  April, 2012.

Ted's last line definitely wins.

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Katt Williams

Accused of Assault with Deadly Weapon

That's How He Rolls

7/15/2014 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Katt Williams Assault With Deadly Weapon
Katt Williams is under criminal investigation for committing a deadly form of whip lash ... so claims a man who says the comedian used his Rolls-Royce in an attempt to mow him down.

Katt was tooling around near LAX Tuesday ... when a guy named Glen Jackson pulled alongside and tried to snap a cell phone pic.  Jackson says it triggered a volcanic reaction from Katt. 

Katt and a bodyguard allegedly got out of the car, tried grabbing Jackson's phone, then pepper sprayed him. 

Jackson says he stumbled out of the car, choking from the fumes, when Katt rolled his Rolls smack into his leg ... then doused him in pepper spray again before driving off.

Inglewood police are investigating a possible assault with a deadly weapon -- the Rolls.  They'd like a chit chat with Katt and the bodyguard.  

It's the 4th violent confrontation with Katt in 2 weeks ... two altercations on PCH ... and an alleged gun attack at an L.A. comedy club.  

We reached out to Katt ... so far no word back.

Taylor Swift

Beer-Bottle-Throwing Scofflaws

Are WAY Smarter than You

7/15/2014 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The drunken 'hooligans' who got arrested after throwing beer bottles at Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion are anything but slackers ... they are heroes and brainiacs who could shame anyone in an SAT face-off.

You'll recall, the trio was busted when they allegedly flipped off Taylor's security guards after hurling the brewski bottles.

So check out the ne'er-do-wells.

-- Tristan Kading, 28, a master of science in chemical oceanography conferred by MIT.  He also received the Richard Montgomery Award for Achievement in Mathematics.

-- Emily Kading, 26, Nuclear Scientist specializing in agriculture and natural resources.  She's studying to be a nuclear physicist.

As for Michael Horrigan -- the 29-year-old was working on a ferry crew on the Long Island Sound last May with Tristan ... when a 12-year-old girl's canoe capsized. Both guys helped pull her to safety, and got citations from Connecticut for heroism.

They just pled not guilty to disorderly conduct.

Kylie Jenner

I Got 2 Tickets to Ride

7/15/2014 10:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kylie Jenner
has broken the law AGAIN behind the wheel of her Mercedes.

Kylie was pulled over on the 101 Freeway Monday after cops noticed she was driving her G-Wagon with tinted windows.  The CHP officer looked inside and saw the 16-year-old was driving with a friend.  
Here's the problem.  There's a law in California ... a new driver who is 16 can't have a teenager as a passenger unless there's also an adult 25 or over who is accompanying them.

So Kylie got 2 tickets -- one for tinted windows and the other for driving with a teen -- which add to her vehicular hijinks.  She crashed the same SUV last August, 18 days after she got her license.  And she also got a ticket allegedly for speeding in January.

They need that reality show to pay her insurance premium.

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Justin Bieber

Ordered to Blab About Selena

In Deposition ... Round 2

7/15/2014 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber
 is going to be grilled about Selena Gomez again because he acted like such a jerk the first time around -- a judge is ORDERING him to sit for another deposition ... TMZ has learned. 

According to documents in Miami ... JB will be interrogated by the lawyer in the alleged paparazzi beating case -- the same lawyer who got under Bieber's skin during a March deposition.

TMZ posted the epic video which included Bieber repeatedly shouting, "Don't ask me about her again" ... when the attorney asked about Selena.

The judge's order says Bieber will have to answer questions he refused to answer last time -- for instance ... whether he ever discussed the paparazzi with Selena.

No date's been set yet for take 2 of the deposition -- but we're told it will absolutely be videotaped again.

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