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DMX The Kids ARE Mine! Paternity Docs Sent to Wrong Earl Simmons

10/9/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1008-dmx-tmz-01-DMX almost got a free pass on his latest paternity case, because the docs went to the wrong person ... someone unlucky enough to share X's real name!

We're told Earl Simmons from Massachusetts got docs in the mail from the Florida Dept. of Revenue, informing him he'd have to start paying child support to 2 of DMX's kids.

1008-sub-dmx-tmz-01-Yadira Borrego -- X's ex -- tells TMZ she filed the docs to establish paternity with the state, so DMX can pay child support through the proper legal channels ... and avoid another jail stint. She says he already supports their kids, but it's been off the books.

The person who's really screwed is the faux DMX, who works in the biomedical field. Poor guy's got 2 kids of his own, and we're told Florida is insisting he take a DNA test to prove he's not the real Ruff Ryder.


Damon Dash Judge Sides With Ex-Wife ... You've Got A Weed Problem

10/8/2015 5:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1008-dash-roy-tmz-getty-01Damon Dash was shut down in court Thursday during a custody hearing for his two kids, and a judge made it very clear ... Damon hurt his chances by smoking too much pot. 

Dash wanted an LA judge to drop the monitored visits he currently has with seven-year-old Tallulah for regular visitation and overnight stays. Dash's ex-wife Rachel Roy claims he smokes too much weed around their kids ... and during one visit they ate Damon's pot-laced cake and rice krispies.

In the end, the judge agreed with Rachel. He upheld the monitored visits and ordered Damon stay away from the green stuff for 24 hours before each visit.

We're told Damon was extremely upset and went off on the judge and was almost dragged out of the court. Big difference from 24 hours ago, when he was still optimistic about his chances. 

Ex 'Idol' Corey Clark I Got Railroaded By My Wife's Stepdad ... He's the Cop Behind My Arrest

10/7/2015 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark's arrest was the result of a conspiracy -- set in place by his estranged wife and her detective stepfather ... at least that's what Clark is claiming now.

Clark got busted September 23 in Yuma, AZ, and was eventually charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. But Tuesday in L.A. he told us the whole thing was a revenge plot.

Clark says he'd filed a report against Monica Clark just prior to his arrest, claiming she was violating their child custody agreement. Clark thinks it's no coincidence he was arrested right after that, especially because his wife's stepfather is a Yuma PD detective.

We've reached out to Yuma PD for a response ... so far, no word back.


Gilbert Arenas I Busted My Ex Blabbing About Me ... See Ya in Court, Laura!

9/29/2015 5:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Gilbert Arenas caught Laura Govan red-handed leaking their email exchange to a blogger -- and now he's calling her out in front of a judge ... according to court docs.

In the docs filed by the ex-NBA star, he says he has text messages between Laura and the blogger, who last week published details from the emails ... which included allegations of infidelity and domestic violence.

Arenas says Laura violated a court order -- just signed in August -- to keep her mouth shut about him ... when she leaked the email. Specifically, the court order says Laura cannot make "derogatory or disparaging remarks" about Gilbert.

Arenas also accuses Govan of leaking a letter his attorney sent to hers, screwing up their visitation agreement and violating the rules for exchanging their 4 kids.

Gilbert blowing the whistle on Laura could potentially change their current custody arrangement, if a judge agrees she blabbed.

Chris Brown My Daughter Gets My Last Name And I Get Her ... Sometimes

9/28/2015 1:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0928-chris-brown-nia-guzman-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Chris Brown and his baby mama Nia Guzman have settled their custody war, right down to the official name of their child.

Sources connected with the case tell us, Chris and Nia have agreed to joint physical and legal custody. He'll get their 1-year-old 12 days out of the month, and there will be no supervised visitation. 

As for the baby's name ... they've agreed she's Royalty Brown -- no middle name.

And we're told Chris will pay Nia $2,500 a month. He's also paying her $15k in back support.

Chris also has to pay for Royalty's schooling, health insurance, medical bills and nannies.

And we're told the drug test Chris submitted to during the custody hearing has come back positive for both weed and codeine, but we're told he had a prescription for both.

The settlement is subject to a judge's approval.


Morena Baccarin My Kid's Comin' To New York ... Wins Custody Hearing

9/24/2015 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0924_Morena-Baccarin_TMZMorena Baccarin just won big in her custody hearing ... and now her kid will be shacking up with her in NYC.

A judge made the ruling in LA on Thursday -- Baccarin's one-year-old son she had with estranged husband Austin Chick will mainly live in NY with his mom. However, the couple will split joint custody. 

Baccarin's attorney Samantha Spector tells TMZ ... Chick will still be able to visit his son once a month for 8 days, but he has to give a 15-day-notice before making a trip.

Chick will be able to bring his son back to LA every two months for an 8 day visit. We're told Baccarin will have to foot the travel expenses, but only has to pay for coach seats, no first class. 

TMZ broke the story ... Morena's one-year-old will have a sibling soon, she's pregnant with "Gotham" co-star Ben McKenzie's child. 

Rosie O'Donnell Saved Estranged Wife Michelle Rounds' Life

9/24/2015 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0924-rosie-odonnell-michelle-rounds-TMZ-01Rosie O'Donnell saved the life of her estranged wife by keeping her on the phone while EMTs rushed to help her ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us ... Michelle Rounds had overdosed on pills after threatening to end her life. We're told Rosie got wind of Michelle's plan, called her and tried talking her out of it. Rosie got someone to call 911 as she stayed on the phone with Michelle.

Law enforcement confirms that Michelle was rushed to a local Nyack, NY hospital from a hotel at 11:15 PM Tuesday.

As one source put it ... Michelle wouldn't be alive today without Rosie's intervention.

We're also told the trigger for Michelle was child custody. Sources tell us Michelle lost custody of their 2-year-old daughter to Rosie, and that sent her over the edge.

Rosie even comforted Michelle while in the hospital.

Calls to Rosie's rep were not returned.


Chris Brown Baby Mama's BF Arrested For Phony Checks

9/15/2015 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Chris Brown may have a leg up in his custody battle with his baby mama Nia Guzman ... her boyfriend was just arrested for forging checks.

Law enforcement tells TMZ King Ba was arrested for felony forgery, after he allegedly faked more than $5,000 in U.S. Treasury checks. We're told he was released on a $5,000 bond.

Ba told authorities he turned himself in after seeing his mug on Crime Stoppers.

As we reported, Nia has filed legal docs claiming Chris is not a suitable parent because he hangs with a bad element, but the sword may have been turned on her. For her part, sources close to Nia say she broke up with Ba.

Now all Chris has to do is worry about those drug tests.


Chris Brown A Little Hair, A Little Urine Could Spell Trouble in Custody Case

9/13/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0911_chris_brown_NIA-GUZMANChris Brown won a big victory in custody court Friday, but it could get derailed because of an on-the-spot drug test.

TMZ broke the story, Chris got temporary joint custody of Royalty, where he and baby mama Nia Guzman rotate every 4 days.  

Sources close to Nia tell TMZ, something else happened in court. Her lawyer asked the judge to force Chris to submit hair and urine samples for drug tests, and the judge ordered Chris to ante up on the spot.

The judge didn't say what he would do if the tests came back positive for drugs ... it would obviously depend in part what type of drugs, if any, were present in his system.

Our Nia sources also say Chris' custody win had strings attached ... his mom must be present when he has physical custody of his 1-year-old.

We're told in 12 days Chris and Nia must go into mediation to hopefully agree on a long-term custody and support agreement. If they can't, the 4-day rotation will continue and a full-blown trial will be scheduled.

Chris Brown Total Victory Joint Custody of Royalty

9/11/2015 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0911-brown-nia-royalty-getty-instagram-01Chris Brown just scored an enormous victory in his child custody war with his baby mama ... he got joint custody of Royalty, and he gets to take her home today ... TMZ has learned. 

Brown and Nia Guzman squared off in a Houston court Friday morning. She not only wanted to deny Chris any custodial rights, she also only wanted to give him supervised visitation.

The judge disagreed and we've learned Chris and Nia will share 50/50 physical custody, with Royalty going back and fourth every 4 days. Both Chris and Nia now live in L.A.

0911-chris-brown-court-instagramAnd Chris, who was in court represented by Mark Geragos, scored another victory. The judge ordered him to pay Nia $2,500 a month in child support, which is exactly what he's been paying her. She wanted $15k.

The judge also ordered Nia not to talk crap on Chris and not reveal anything about the case on social media. update_graphic_red_bar2:00 PM PT -- Nia's legal team has a positive outlook on the hearing. We're told they see it as merely a temporary victory for Chris, since there will be a mediation in weeks to come -- and child support payments will be addressed.

Also, Chris agreed that his mother would always be present when he has custody of Royalty. 


Chris Brown Scores Win Over Baby Mama

9/11/2015 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0911-chris-brown-nia-royalty-tmz-instagramChris Brown scored an early victory in his custody war with Nia Guzman that could end up saving him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There was no sign of Chris during the first part of the hearing in a Houston courtroom ... where the judge shot down Guzman's motion to move the case to California. Although Guzman now lives in Cali ... the judge pointed out she was living in the Houston area when the case was filed.

Brown's attorney opposed the motion to move -- most likely because California courts tend to award more money in child support cases than Texas. Remember, Chris is currently paying Nia $2,500 per month, but she wants to bump that to $15k.

The hearing's still going on -- the judge still has to hash out a custody arrangement, and rule on the gag order Chris wants ... to stop Nia from bad mouthing him.

Even though Chris was NOT initially in the courtroom ... he posted a pic saying he's been in the building all along. We're told he and his attorney Mark Geragos were in a private area.


Chris Brown Do Me a Solid, Judge ... Make My Baby Mama Shut Up!

9/11/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0910_chris_brown_nia_guzman_tmz-instagramChris Brown wants the courts to do his dirty work -- as in, force baby mama Nia Guzman to quit bad mouthing him and talking about his fathering skills, or lack thereof, in public.

Chris and Nia are heading into court Friday morning to start hammering out a formal custody agreement for Royalty, but sources connected to the case tell us job 1 will be a gag order. Brown filed docs for an injunction blocking Guzman from bashing him to news media AND on social media.

0910_nia_chris_brown_instagram_SUBRoyalty's mom and dad have had very public beefs -- most recently when each accused the other of putting Royalty in dangerous situations. Sources close to Guzman say she thinks the gag order is a joke, since she only blasts Chris when he starts with her.   

Also on the table today -- custody time (he wants 50/50), and monthly child support (she wants $15k/month instead of $2,500/month). This case won't be quick and easy. As one source put it, "It's gonna get nasty."

We'll be at court when the fireworks begin. Stay tuned ... update_graphic_red_bar6:45 AM PT -- Nia just showed up at the courthouse in Houston. No sign of Chris yet.


'NCIS: New Orleans' Zoe McLellan Scott Bakula Leaps to Co-Star's Defense ... In Custody War

9/2/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0901-zoe-mclellan-scott-bakula-TMZ-TWITTER_01Scott Bakula inserted himself in his "NCIS: New Orleans" co-star Zoe McLellan's bitter custody battle, telling the judge Zoe's focus is not her work or herself ... it's her son.

Zoe has joint custody of 2-year-old Sebastian. Zoe and the boy are living in New Orleans where the show is filmed, but ex-hubby Jean Pierre Gillain claimed it was unfair he had to travel from L.A. to visit his son. He claimed she was pawning the boy off to nannies while she worked. 

But Bakula fiercely jumped to Zoe's defense, saying in a declaration, "Her life is and has been, about one thing and one thing only: being Sebastian's Mommy." The "Quantum Leap" star went on, "I have witnessed that every fiber of her being goes into providing a safe, nurturing, creative world for her son to grow up in."

Bakula explained Zoe has put her own life on hold ... to the point she once took the hair and makeup ladies to a concert, causing everyone to express how unusual it was that Zoe actually went out to have fun.  

The actor ended by telling the judge, "Zoe has a huge heart and in my opinion, she is handling this tumultuous time of her life with great care, consideration and class."  

In the end the judge didn't have to side with either parent, because Zoe and Jean Pierre settled their beef. It looks like the custody arrangement is pretty much status quo, but she has to pay him $4k a month in child support.

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