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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ex-Guitarist's Wife Wants $75k In Divorce ...

Per Month!!

10/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001_John-Frusciante_nicole_getty_youtubeThe estranged wife of ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante says she needs $75k a month to keep the luxury train rollin' down the tracks. 

Nicole Frusciante says in divorce docs the initial $20,000 payment she got from John doesn't cut it. She says it would be an enormous step down from their life as a married couple, with 3 homes, personal assistants and a private music studio.

Nicole says John has closed the vault on their fortune, leaving her with a bank account of under $30k. She wants access to his loot, which she claims hovers around $14 million.

TMZ broke the story ... the couple filed for divorce in May after being married for nearly 4 years. 

Penn Jillette

Hey Bacon Worshipers ...

Wanna Buy My Vegas Crib?

10/3/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1002-church-of-bacon-fun-art-TMZ-GETTY-01Penn Jillette might just have the perfect buyers for his Las Vegas mansion and the new residents are all high ... in cholesterol.

The United Church of Bacon, a group of more than 12,000 religious skeptics and atheists has its collective eyes set on the 7,500 square foot pad. We're told they'll use the place for community meetings, weddings and for plain old, "having fun."

As for the home, which Jillette nicknamed "The Slammer," it sits on 8.5 acres and features a lap pool, catwalks connecting different wings of the house and even a fire pole from one level to the floor. 

The church's central tenet is that bacon is real ... it's proven to exist. The church's money better be real too ... the home is listed at more than $2 million.


Woman Goes Crazy in Rapper's Restaurant

Taken Away in Restraints

10/2/2015 1:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1002-ti-restaurant-tmz-01T.I. had a real lunch special Friday ... a customer so angry, so out of control, cops had to come, restrain her in a gurney and take her away.

A woman showed up at around 2:30 pm and at first seemed like a normal customer at his Scales 925 ATL restaurant. She quickly flew off the handle and began pushing over plates.  

It's unclear what upset the woman, but law enforcement tells us she seemed so irrational they took her to a hospital for mental evaluation.

We've reached out to T.I.'s camp.  So far ... no word back.

Justin Bieber

Back in the Danger Zone

Smoking Weed Onstage?

10/2/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar10:15 AM PT -- It looks like there's some slight of hand going on in the video. At :11 ... Justin takes the joint in his right hand and then turns his back to the crowd. Here's where we can't see what happens with the joint, but when Justin turns back around at :16 ... he already has a white cigarette in his left hand, which he smokes.

We have no idea what happened to the joint. Where's Zapruder when you need him?update_grey_gray_bar

Justin Bieber has fallen off the wagon -- at least for a night -- because it appears he was smoking weed onstage ... one of the drugs that led to his DUI arrest and downward spiral.

Justin was performing in New Zealand with Rae Sremmurd, when he lit up a joint and puffed away.

He also took a big swig from a bottle of Hennessy.

The liquor isn't as alarming as the weed. Justin has never stopped drinking, though he insists it's never been excessive.

But marijuana is a different story. He was living in a constant haze during his low point, in large part because of pot. He was arrested for DUI in Miami last year and tested positive for marijuana.

We're told Justin regrets his New Zealand antics and did it on a dare, but there are pretty clear warning signs. 


Michael Sam

On the Prowl for a Hubby

... At University of Missouri

10/2/2015 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sorry Vito ... Michael Sam is finally moving on -- 'cause the football player hit up his old stomping grounds at the University of Missouri yesterday and declared, "I might try to find a husband in here."

Sam was doing his first Periscope with his friend L'Damian Washington and decided to livestream from the campus of UM while talking to various students. 

While walking into one of the buildings, L'Damian says, "I might find my wife today."

Sam retorts, "I might try to find a husband in here."

Seems to be the first time Sam's acknowledging that he's moved on from his longtime BF/fiance Vito Cammisano ... after breaking up over the summer. 

There was one other interesting thing that happened during the Periscope sesh ... Sam asks a woman if she'll be the mother of his kids -- and she says yes. 

So, there's that ... 

Terror Train Hero Alek Skarlatos

Oregon Shooting Hits Close to Home

... Bolts Out of 'DWTS' Rehearsal

10/1/2015 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001_ALEK_leaving-studio_AKM-GSITerror train hero Alek Skarlatos was rehearsing for "Dancing with the Stars" when he got gut-wrenching news -- his college was under attack from the shooter who killed 10 people on Thursday.

Sources at 'DWTS' tell us Skarlatos was in the middle of rehearsals with Lindsay Arnold when he got a phone call about the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College. In addition to the 10 fatalities, police say the shooter injured at least 7 others. 

We're told Alek immediately left the studio when he got the news, and was making calls back home to make sure his friends were safe.

Skarlatos, who's an Army National Guardsman in Oregon, is studying at Umpqua CC for a career in law enforcement.

Shortly after leaving the studio, he tweeted, "Everyone send prayers out to ucc."


Johnny Strange

Famed Adventurer Dies At 23

... Wingsuiting Accident

10/1/2015 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001-johnny-strange-YOUTUBE-01Johnny Strange -- who became famous for climbing the world's 7 tallest summits by the age of 17 -- has died in a wingsuiting accident in Europe ... TMZ Sports has confirmed with a family member and multiple people close to him. 

Multiple sources connected to Strange tell us Johnny was in Switzerland -- where something went wrong during his jump ... and Strange was killed as a result. 

Strange called in to "Kevin & Bean" on KROQ on Monday from Switzerland and said he was shooting a dangerous wingsuit proximity video where "we fly super close to stuff."

After the K&B interview, Strange shot a video doing some wingsuiting, which he posted to social media. 

Johnny made national headlines as a teen -- appearing on "Conan O'Brien", CNN and CBS News when he became the youngest person to ever climb the "7 summits." 

Strange climbed his first "world class peak" when he was 12 -- conquering Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Since then, he traveled the world doing extreme sports ... including base jumping into the Grand Canyon. 

Chris Brown

I Told You It Was B.S.!

Assault Case Effectively Closed

10/1/2015 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001-chris-brown-tmz-01Chris Brown will not be charged in connection with an assault on his tour bus earlier this month -- the investigation turned up goose eggs.

Federal Heights PD in Colorado tells us the woman who initially filed the assault claim hired an attorney, and said she no longer wanted to pursue the case.

We're told cops interviewed other witnesses who were at the Denver strip club while Brown filmed a music video with Fetty Wap and French Montana -- and concluded they didn't have the goods to present the case for charges.

For now it's been ruled 'inactive,' ... which typically means put a fork in it.

Brown said from the beginning the whole claim was bogus ... looks like he was right.

IRS to Dez Bryant

You Dropped the Ball In '13


10/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0930-dez-bryant-tmz-01update_graphic_red_bar3:23 PM PT -- Bryant's rep tells us ... Dez was notified about the lien in June 2015 and cut a check to the IRS on July 1, 2015 to clear it up.

Bryant's rep insists the lRS released the lien on September 16th, meaning Bryant is now officially off the hook. 

9:56 AM PT -- Bryant's rep, Ron Berkowitz, tells TMZ Sports the Cowboys receiver has handled the situation ... saying, "Clearly, this was an oversight. Once it was brought to Dez's attention, he paid it in full."update_grey_gray_barSeems Dez Bryant threw up the X to Uncle Sam back in 2013 ... failing to pay roughly $80,000 in federal income taxes ... this according to official records obtained by TMZ Sports. 

The IRS filed a federal tax lien against Bryant in Dallas ... claiming he never paid $79,274.75 in income tax for the money he made back in 2013. 

Seems like chump change for Bryant now thanks to his new $70 million deal ... but back in '13, Dez only raked in a measly $1.8 mil, according to 

We're guessing it's just an oversight on Bryant's part ... but you don't wanna play around when it comes to paying the tax man -- just ask Wesley Snipes


Scott Disick

Party All Day & All Night ...

With New Mystery Blonde

10/1/2015 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001_scott_dissick_blonde_launchScott Disick and a hot leggy blonde put in some hardcore hours -- partying together all over NYC from daytime, into nighttime ... straight into Thursday morning.

Disick and the mystery chick started their party adventure at his hotel ... they were spotted walking out of the Trump Soho Wednesday afternoon. They hit up a bar in the East Village ...then a house party, and eventually 1 OAK Nightclub.

And they still weren't done. The mobile party kept rolling at Soho House ... where they eventually emerged at 6 AM Thursday.

Unclear who the young lady is, but she's the polar opposite of Kourtney Kardashian -- tall, blonde ... and obviously no issues with Scott's party lifestyle. 

The lord has risen again.


Sam Smith

End of Rio All-Nighter ...

Open McDonald's, I Need Food!!

10/1/2015 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sam Smith got smacked by culture shock -- and probably a hangover -- when his night of partying in Rio de Janeiro did NOT end with a sloppy stop at McDonald's.

This video of the singer -- trying to wrap up an all-nighter -- is hysterical. All Sam wants ... desperately wants, is a freakin' Quarter Pounder with cheese!! Maybe a Big Mac ... depends on how much he drank.

Watch, you can feel Sam's disappointment when a bunch of fans tell him that for some reason ... Mickey D's CLOSED AT 5 AM down there! 

We've all been there, Sam ... you're not the only one.


Fireworks Probe Goes Boom ...

D.A. Rejects Case

10/1/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Bust out the M80s -- Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian can celebrate dodging criminal charges for that massive fireworks display they set off in the middle of the night ... terrifying beach residents.

Law enforcement sources tell us the L.A. County Sheriff's Department wrapped its investigation into the explosive yacht party Khloe threw for James Harden's birthday early in the morning of August 26th. 

We're told the Sheriff's Dept. presented its findings to the LA. County District Attorney, and recommended a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace -- but the D.A. rejected it because the Kardashians had "passive permission." 

We broke the story ... the Coast Guard gave the Sheriff a heads up that Kris' production co. would be lighting up the sky that night, and didn't need a permit since the boat was outside the marina. Still, angry residents wanted the Sheriff to bust them for violating noise ordinances.

Had they prosecuted, it's unclear who would take the fall -- Kris, Khloe, or the fireworks vendor -- but it's a moot point now ... criminally, anyway.

We're told a group of residents is still pushing forward with a small claims lawsuit.

Russell Simmons

Someone Needs to Hit Michael B. Jordan

... With the Ugly Stick

10/1/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael B. Jordan needs to ugly himself up if he has any hope of playing Russell Simmons in the Def Jam biopic ... so says Russell Simmons himself!

1001-sub-jordan-simmons-tmz-01We got the Def Jam co-founder out at the Dolby Theatre in L.A. Wednesday night, and he not only gave his thumbs up to Michael B. ... but he thought Jonah Hill would make a great Rick Rubin.

1001-sub-hill-rubin-getty-01Universal is making the flick, which Russell is producing. Sounds awesome.

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