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Elizabeth Taylor

Family Jewels and Cash Held Hostage

... Liz's Trust Sues

2/25/2015 1:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0225-liz-taylor-getty-01One of Elizabeth Taylor's iconic jewelry pieces fetched almost $9 million in an auction -- but the buyer backed out, and now Liz's trust is suing famed auction house Christie's Inc. for screwing up the deal.  

Lizzie's Taj Mahal diamond necklace -- a gift from Richard Burton -- was one of the items hawked during Christie's 2011 auction ... which took in a whopping $156,756,576. Problem is ... the guy who bid $8,818,500 for the necklace backed out because the massive heart-shaped diamond wasn't up to snuff for him. 

Meanwhile, Christie's had already paid Taylor's trust for the necklace ... and when the guy backed out ... the auction house demanded the cash back. As you can imagine, they weren't in the giving mood. In fact, the Taylor trust is now suing Christie's.

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According to the suit ... Christie's is holding hostage millions of dollars gained from the auction of other items -- including a Bulgari ring and a Valentino fur evening bag. The Bulgari alone sold for $2.9 million. 

The Taylor trust says Christie's is strong-arming -- refusing to hand over cash from all the other items ... unless it gets back the Taj Mahal funds. 

The Taylor trust wants the court to tell Christie's to go kick rocks.

A rep for Christie's says the suit "stems from Christie's seeking the return of a small portion of proceeds due to the cancelled sale of a single item from the 1,800 lot collection."  The rep added they look forward to a "speedy resolution" on the matter.

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Matt Bellamy

Blurs Lines with Kate Look-Alike

2/25/2015 11:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0225-matt-bellamy-elle-evans-AKMGSI-01Matt Bellamy jumped from Kate Hudson to her doppelganger -- who starred in the "Blurred Lines" video -- but we've learned he's just friends with the leggy model/actress.

Her name is Elle Evans -- and you'd probably know her better with her clothes off ... as she was in the uncensored version of Robin Thicke's hit music vid. 

The Muse singer and Evans were photographed on Oscar night -- but sources close to the situation tell us it was no romantic dinner date. They were leaving Craig's with about 10-12 other friends. We're told Sunday was the first time they'd hung out together. 

Guess she's just a good girl ...

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Kid Rock

Wears a Coat Made of Otter

... and Spite!

2/25/2015 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022515_kid_rock_launchKid Rock is very proud of his otter skin jacket, not because it's warm and luxurious ... but because it's a big F-U to the animal activists ... including his ex, Pam Anderson.

Kid was at Uncle Jack's Steakhouse in New York City Tuesday night, celebrating the release of his new album, when he decided to brag about his coat ... completely unprompted. 

It's clear he's very fond of the jacket -- which he had monogrammed with a ridiculous pun -- but the whole exchange seemed purposely orchestrated to irk his animal-loving former flame. 

Even with Pam suddenly single, it seems the third ceremony between her and Kid will NOT be happening. 

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'Next Top Model' Mirjana Puhar

Killed in Triple Homicide

[UPDATE]

2/25/2015 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

02025-mirjana-puhar-instagramupdate_graphic_red_bar8:45 AM PT -- Police have arrested 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel and charged him with 3 counts of 1st degree murder.

The boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado was 23 ... and the third victim was 21-year-old Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia. Our sources say Jusmar was Jonathan's roommate and best friend. We're told Mirjana had just moved in with the guys.

update_grey_gray_barMirjana Puhar -- a recent "America's Next Top Model" contestant -- was killed Tuesday in a triple homicide at her boyfriend's home in Charlotte, NC ... TMZ has learned.

A source who was very close to Mirjana confirmed to TMZ that she was one of the 3 victims found dead in a home that belonged to Mirjana's boyfriend. The source says a friend of the couple went to the house after getting a call that gunshots were heard.

We're told the friend went into the house, saw 2 bodies -- Mirjana and the bf -- and then called police to report the killings. The friend didn't see the 3rd victim, but did see money scattered around the house.

19-year-old Mirjana was on the 21st cycle of 'ANTM' ... which aired last year. She was eliminated from the show in the 10th episode. 

Law enforcement sources tell us the preliminary investigation leads police to believe the murders were drug related -- and the victims knew the killer.  

Our Mirjana source says the young model had only been with the boyfriend for a few months.

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Josh Neer's Opponent

'Beatdown Video Is BS'

He Attacked Me After The Bell!

2/25/2015 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The man who got his ass kicked by MMA star Josh Neer is demanding a REMATCH ... telling TMZ Sports Neer took him down with a cheap shot ... AFTER the bell. 

We spoke with Patrick Martin -- a 6'6", 240 lb. amateur fighter from Iowa -- who claims he held his own against Neer for an entire round ... which pissed Neer off. 

"We went for 3 minutes. The bell sounded, and I turned around," Martin says ... "Then he shot and speared me and took me to the mat. It was a cheap shot. He was frustrated at how the round went."

Martin believes Neer's camp has the video to back up his claim -- and wants them to release it ... in addition to the 14 second clip that went viral earlier this week. 

022415_josh_neer_launch_v2Patrick also says he's NOT a heckler -- claiming Josh is the one who actually started the war of words that led to the fight. 

"It started because Josh was being a tough guy, disrespecting me. That's when I went on the Facebook frenzy, and asked him to fight."

So, what happens next? Neer says he wants to settle the beef the old fashioned way -- in the ring. 

"Why wouldn't I want to fight him again? I can take Josh. He's not a tactical fighter. I could go 3 rounds and easily beat him."

Lindsay Lohan

She Got Community Service Credit For

Performing Onstage!

2/25/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0224_lindsay_lohan_speed_th_plow_gettyLindsay Lohan and her community service organization are trying to bamboozle the judge into giving her credit for time she spent performing onstage ... we've learned that's exactly what the prosecutor will say in court today as he argues she's violated her probation.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... prosecutor Terry White has combed through the 240 hours at CSV -- the London-based community service organization. White will tell the judge ... on one day Lindsay got 6 hours credit, but he says 2 of the hours were for her matinee performance and another 2 were for her evening performance. The remaining 2 were for a meet-and-greet afterwards.

And we've learned White will tell the judge on another day CSV represents Lindsay did community service from 11 AM to 3 PM. Problem is, White says he contacted producers and the play started at 3 PM that day. Lindsay lived 6 miles from the theater and had to show up at least 35 minutes early.

We're told White also scoffs at credit Lindsay received for throwing a fundraiser for CSV, arguing community service is supposed to be for the community and not the organization. And White is concerned about the story we broke -- that Lindsay lobbied Esurance to donate $10K to CSV -- saying it creates a conflict for CSV which is supposed to scrutinize Lindsay and not become beholden to her. 

White believes there are enough irregularities to call all 240 hours into question.

White wants the judge to violate Lindsay's probation based on CSV's records and will ask that Lindsay be present for a hearing to determine what, if any consequences should result.

We called Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, but so far no reply.

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Bruce Jenner

Likely To Avoid Charges

Cops Say Driving 'HUA' [Head Up Ass]

2/25/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bruce Jenner Prosecuted Car Accident
If you're a gambler, you should bet that Bruce Jenner will NOT be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter, because his screw up was driving HUA ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Sources familiar with investigating the fatal crash on PCH earlier this month tell us ... conventional wisdom is 60/40 AGAINST criminal prosecution. One source says it's more like 70/30.  

As for why it's looking like Bruce will not be prosecuted, our law enforcement sources say there are a variety of factors:

-- He was not under the influence

-- He was not speeding

-- He was not texting 

As one source put it, "It's more a case of HUA" ... that's cop talk for driving while head up ass.  That we're told is the view shared by cops familiar with the investigation.

The underlying offense could be following too closely or driving at a speed that isn't prudent given driving conditions.

We're told the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. investigation is pretty much complete, and after the reports are written it will be submitted to the L.A. County D.A. for review. Our sources say the Sheriff's Dept. in all probability will not make a recommendation on prosecution.

'Success Kid' Mom

I'm Gonna Explode!

Fireworks Co. Stole My Son's Face

2/25/2015 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Success Kid Meme Mom Suing Fireworks
The hugely viral "Success Kid" internet meme exploded, and so has a firework maker's plan to cash in on it ... according to a lawsuit filed by the woman hauling them to court.

According to the docs ... Laney Griner -- the mom who snapped the famous pic of her kid  -- says Jake's Fireworks used it to sell a product called "Back Off" without her okay.

She says the meme's fame has landed her kid legitimate deals with Coca-Cola, Radio Shack and Virgin ... and says Jake's crossed the line when it plastered her kid's mug all over their packaging. 

She's pushing for a judge to destroy all the "Back Off" packaging and wants the company to fork over profits.

Boom.

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Wiz Khalifa

Blunts & Strippers Do a Daddy Good

2/25/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wiz Khalifa Partying StrippersAmber Rose wouldn't let Wiz Khalifa throw a birthday party with their kid -- according to Wiz -- so he settled for a wild party with strippers.

According to our strip club sources -- and these photos we obtained -- Wiz was droppin hundos Monday night alongside Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ign at L.A.'s Ace Of Diamonds.

We're told the crew let tens of thousands slip through the g-string adorned cracks that night.

This probably won't help Wiz win his war with Amber -- or earn him a parent of the year award.

Then again ... strippers' kids gotta eat too.

Lester Holt

So What Happens if Brian Returns?

2/25/2015 3:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022515_lester_holt_launchLester Holt gets the game ... he answered our photog's goofy question about the whole Brian Williams thing perfectly ... with a laugh.

Lester was leaving 30 Rock after anchoring "NBC Nightly News" when our photog tried projecting 6 months into the future, wondering if he would duke it out with Williams for the job.

There's something about the way he handled it ... he didn't answer but he didn't scoff either ... perfect.

Conventional wisdom is ... it's a long shot that Williams will return. Our NBC sources say Lester's contract allows him to walk if he's passed over for permanent anchor if Williams leaves.

Advantage Holt. 

Demi Lovato

Rushed To ER

2/25/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato Hospitalizedupdate_graphic_red_bar9:45 AM PT -- Demi's rep says she returned home shortly after her ER visit and is "feeling much better."update_grey_gray_barDemi Lovato was hospitalized Tuesday for a nasty lung infection ... TMZ has learned.

We're told a friend took Demi to the ER at Providence Tarzana Medical Center because she was having significant trouble breathing.    

Doctors did a bunch of tests and decided her problem was flu-related. They gave her medication, including a Z-Pak.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, we're told she was still at the hospital.

The timing sucked, because Demi is recording an album and she had studio time Tuesday with a big producer and she had to cancel.

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Blac Chyna's Mom

I Don't Care About Kylie ...

I Want Tyga Back with My Daughter!

2/25/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tyga Blac Chyna MomTyga's dalliance with 17-year-old Kylie Jenner don't mean a thing to the mother of Blac Chyna ... who tells TMZ she desperately wants her grandson's parents back together.

Shalana Hunter reunited with Tyga backstage at his concert last weekend in D.C. -- so the two clearly still have a relationship. She says she has "no feeling" about Tyga's relationship with Kyliebut she wants Tyga and Blac Chyna to work things out ... blaming the initial breakup on the follies of youth. 

Hunter says she still thinks of Tyga like a son-in-law and has no ill will ... adding Tyga treats her with nothing but respect.

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Manny Pacquiao

Pausing Hoop Dreams For Mega-Fight

... Teammates Say

2/25/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0224-manny-pacquiao-instagram-01Manny Pacquiao's teammates are calling BS on reports that he'll continue playing pro basketball while training for the big fight ... telling TMZ Sports the Pac-Man is definitely putting his other career on hold for the time being.

We spoke to Manny's teammates on Kia Carnival -- a professional hoops team in the Philippine Basketball Association -- and they tell us despite reports to the contrary Pacquiao is 100% shutting it down.

"He's definitely not going to play until after the Mayweather fight," guard Karl Dehesa tells us. 

It makes sense ... the fight is expected to be the biggest payday in boxing history so it'd be kinda crazy to risk injury ... especially for a guy who averages less than a point a game.

Manny is also the head coach for Kia Carnival, but Dehesa says he's pressing pause on that too. 

"He hasn't been around since they announced the fight ... he's got a team of assistants that take over when he can't be in games or practice."

Dehesa added, "I love playing for Kia Carnival. Manny's an inspiration and we are all rooting for him. Plus, we can't wait for him to get back on the court!" 

Cheer up Manny, by collecting millions of dollars to not play basketball ... you're finally just like Kobe.

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