Jim Jones is wearing your rent on his head -- seriously ... 'cause the rapper (and huge NBA fan) tells TMZ Sports his couture NY Knicks hat ran him a cool $1,500!!!
So, how can a baseball cap get into the 4-figure range?! Don't worry, Jim explains ... and it all has to do with a famous designer who specializes in custom dome-pieces.
In fact, the guy behind the lid has made custom hats for Kanye AND Jay Z ... and some of his headwear sells in the $2,500 range!
And you thought $37 for a lid at Yankee stadium was expensive.
'Biggest Loser' Star
Slams 1,000 Cal Breakfast
Before Fat-Sucking Sesh
9/7/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ajay Rochester -- who hosted Australia's version of "The Biggest Loser" -- just had 1.5 Liters of fat sucked out of her body ... but first, she bellied up to a 1,000 calorie breakfast of bacon, eggs and hash browns.
Ajay hit up Dr. Aaron Rollins Friday at Elite Body Sculpture in Bev Hills, and got something called an Airsculpt Laser Lipo -- a fancy name for precision fat sucking. We're told Ajay was 100% awake for the procedure -- no needles, no cutting, no stitches -- while the doc targeted her chin and arms.
Ajay says her ultimate goal is rocking sleeveless dresses and tops -- not that she was thinking about that when breakfast was served.
Scores Huge Legal Win
Will Get Out Of Prison A Year Early
9/7/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gucci Mane is a happier prisoner today ... after being told he'll be leaving the big house 12 months earlier than expected.
According to court docs ... after initially ruling against Gucci, an Atlanta judge has finally given the rapper the year's worth of credit for time served he's earned since his arrest for gun possession last September.
His 39-month sentence was originally scheduled to begin August 2014 when the judge made his ruling ... but now that sentence will begin at the time of his arrest.
The 34-year-old's been in and out of prison most of his adult life ... with prior stints for hitting a fan with a bottle and pushing a woman out of a moving car. He was even charged with murder in 2005 ... but prosecutors ultimately dropped the case.
He's scheduled to be released in December 2016.
'X Factor' Star Simone Battle
Father Confused by Apparent Suicide
9/6/2014 4:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "X Factor" contestant Simone Battle's suicide has stunned her father ... who says the "G.R.L." singer never once let on that she was suffering as she got a taste of success in Hollywood.
Anthony Battle tells us he and his daughter hadn't spoke on the phone in a few weeks ... but they texted every day and she seemed to be doing just fine.
In fact, he says Simone was excited about where her career was heading. G.R.L. had recorded and released a song with Pitbull earlier this year.
We're told close friends of the 25-year old singer spoke with her via text the night before her death -- they also didn't sense anything was wrong.
When we asked Anthony if Simone was battling depression ... he said he was unaware of anything like that, but acknowledged ... "It's possible she may have had an invisible disability."
Anthony tells us Simone's boyfriend discovered her body in her bedroom ... but he doesn't suspect foul play.
An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.
Flo Rida vs. Baby Mama
DNA Test Proves ...
You ARE the Daddy
9/6/2014 12:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Flo Rida ... you are the father -- is what Maury Povich would be saying if the 34-year old rapper was a guest on his show.
We broke the story ... a hot model named Natasha Georgette Williams sued Flo last year for child support. However she wanted "good fortune" support ... a special kind done for rich people's kids.
Flo admitted they had been banging all over the country -- but he was convinced she was sleeping with multiple partners. He also allegedly offered to pay for an abortion.
According to legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Williams finally had the DNA test done and it shows a 99.99999999% chance Flo fathered the child.
Williams' lawyer Ray Rafool tells us, "Though not a surprise to Ms. Williams, we are certainly pleased that the Court ordered paternity test firmly establishes Flo Rida is the father of their son."
A judge hasn't officially named Flo as the father yet, but we get a good feeling ... that's just a matter of time.
We reached out to Flo Rida's rep ... so far, no word back.
'X Factor' Star
Simone Battle Dies at 25 ... From Apparent Suicide
9/6/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
7:35 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Simone was found hanging on a rod in the closet of her bedroom around 8:30 AM on Friday.
Singer Simone Battle, who rose to fame on the US version of "X Factor" ... was found dead in her Los Angeles home ... and TMZ has learned it appears to be a suicide.
25-year-old Battle was a singer in the girl group "G.R.L." ... which was the reboot of the Pussycat Dolls. She signed on with the group after her run on "X Factor" ... where she was a finalist, making it into the top 17.
The L.A. County Cororner's Office tells us Battle's autopsy has not been completed yet ... so, nothing has been ruled out as cause of death.
Simone's father told us she was found in the bedroom of her apartment in a West Hollywood neighborhood. He described her home as a guest house of a larger residence.
Story developing ...
In June, TMZ shot video of Simone and her 'GRL' bandmate Natasha Slayton. They were excited about their song "Wild Wild Love" with Pitbull.
Clinic Room Was
Stocked For Worst Case Scenario
9/6/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The room at Yorkville Endoscopy where Joan Rivers went into respiratory and cardiac arrest ... was well equipped to handle life or death emergencies, just like any first rate hospital ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to the clinic tell us Joan's room contained state of the art resuscitation devices ... including a cardiac defibrillator and instruments to clear a patient's blocked airway. As you'd expect ... all the nurses and physicians are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, we're told.
Further, we've learned the NY Health Dept has already visited the clinic to review documentation related to Joan's case, and to interview staff members who treated Joan.
The review will, no doubt, include determining whether anesthesia was administered to Joan, and by whom. We're told Yorkville employs in-house anesthesiologists who are board certified.
Of course, even with the best equipment ... human error is always possible -- which is largely what the health department will try to determine.
I'm Gonna Watch 'Saved By the Bell' Movie ...
I've Just Been Busy
9/6/2014 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lark Voorhies has changed her stance on the new "Saved by the Bell" Lifetime biopic ... telling our photog she plans to watch the movie -- as soon as she gets a little free time.
Lisa Turtle was in Hollywood to visit Joan Rivers' star on the Walk of Fame when our photog asked about her recent tweet saying she refused to watch the flick.
The tweet was less than a week ago, but Lark says she's now recorded the movie recorded on her DVR -- and she's gonna give it a chance. She also talked about the criticism of Dustin Diamond's unauthorized book becoming the movie.
Something tells us she's really going to enjoy Screech's drunken karate scene.
Tommy Lasorda Crash
Judge Blasts Accuser
You're Outta Here, Liar!
9/6/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He wrecked the guy in traffic ... and now Tommy Lasorda just wrecked his accuser in court -- after the victim in a fender bender demanded $10k from the Dodgers legend ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Tommy had already admitted fault in a rear-ender that went down in Orange County, CA back in 2012 -- but the victim claims he suffered serious injuries and demanded $10k to pay for medical bills.
Bu Tommy called BS -- and after a hearing in small claims court ... the judge didn't only side with Lasorda ... he RIPPED the accuser, claiming the guy LIED in an effort to score a payday.
In fact, the judge said ... the plaintiff's claim he was rear-ended at 30mph was "so wildly implausible given the physical evidence (photos of the two involved vehicles showing essentially no damage) that it served to completely undermine plaintiff's credibility."
Translation -- victory for Lasorda ... who had to pay exactly ZERO dollars to his accuser.
Former 'View' Host
I LOVE the New Panel ...
With ONE Exception
9/6/2014 9:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Original "View" co-host Debbie Matenopoulos doesn't need an umbrella, because she has plenty of shade ... which she happily threw at one of the show's new panelists.
A very pregnant Matenopoulos was hanging out at Craig's in West Hollywood and had glowing reviews for 3 members of the new foursome -- Rosie Perez, Nicole Wallace ... along with Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell. Debbie laid out her issues with one of them.
Debbie -- who's now repped by Wendy Feldman -- doesn't have hard feelings though about getting canned in '99, and replaced by Lisa Ling. Last night she told our photog she'd be down for a return, and she's even cooked up a ploy to score ratings.
Kanye West Sex Tape
DOES NOT EXIST
9/6/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't get your hopes up -- a new Kim Kardashian sex tape featuring Kanye West will never see the light of day because ... it just doesn't exist.
Sources close to the couple say Kim was purposely being coy during her recent British GQ interview ... where she hinted about doing a sex tape sequel -- this time with Yeezus.
Kim told the mag, "My husband Kanye and I have an amazing sex life. So far as the sex tape is concerned, whether or not we've made another ... If we have, it's never something I want to go public."
We're told what really happened is that Kim didn't wanna talk about her sex life because she's super private about that -- and instead of just shutting down the interviewer ... she decided to playfully tease.
Kim should know ... the Internet don't play when it comes to sex tapes.
'Ender's Game' Star
My Trailer Better Be
As Big As Abigail Breslin's
9/6/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Size definitely mattered for the teenage stars of "Ender's Game" ... who had a mine's-bigger-than-yours attitude on the set ... at least as far as their dressing room trailers were concerned.
Both Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld made sure they didn't get stuck with a dinky or crappy trailer ... by including specific language in their minor's contracts. Studios are required to file these with the court for all actors under 18.
According to the legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Steinfeld had to have a trailer that was "no less favorable" than her co-star, Abigail Breslin's. Hailee's an Oscar nominee ("True Grit") just like Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") ... and though it's not spelled out that way in the contract -- c'mon, this is Hollywood.
As for Butterfield, who played title character Ender Wiggin ... he demanded a trailer that was as least as good as any one else on the sci-fi set -- with the exception of the movie's veteran stars -- Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley.
Respect for elders -- well played, young Ender.
'Menace II Society ' Actor Bill Duke
If You Don't Pay Little Leaguers
... You Know You Done Messed Up Right?
9/6/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Menace II Society" actor Bill Duke -- guy delivered the classic line of the '93 flick -- thinks it's time to make it rain on LLWS players, telling TMZ Sports the tykes deserve a cut of the cash.
Duke was in Hollywood when we asked him about the notion that it's time to pay LLWS players 'cause star players like Mo'ne Davis have made the tournament a multi-million dollar operation.
Check out the clip -- Duke says that not only should we pay the Little Leaguers but there is another group of athletes that deserve a check as well.
Listen to the man. After all he did direct "Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit" …