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'Love and Hip Hop' Star

Charged in Uber Driver

Beat down

58 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

0904_Teairra-Mari_TMZ_uber'Love and Hip Hop' star Teairra Mari just learned a tough lesson -- you can get charged for not getting a phone charge.

You might remember ... Mari allegedly went nuts on an Uber driver in July after he refused to let her charge her cellphone. The driver claims Mari began to punch him and stole his charger -- forcing him to pull over. 

Prosecutors bought the driver's story and on Friday Mari was charged with battery and theft -- both misdemeanors. She was also hit with a vandalism charge but it's not clear where that came from. 

Mari faces possible jail time, where at least she won't have to worry about her phone's battery life. 

Heir to Frito-Lay Potato Chips

Found Dead

9/4/2015 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0904-carter-lay-tmz-01Carter Lay, an heir to the Frito-Lay potato chip empire, was found dead in his L.A. home Thursday.

Cops tell TMZ they got a call around noon for an unconscious male.  When they arrived they found Carter in his bedroom, unresponsive. CPR failed and he was pronounced dead on the  scene.

Carter was the grandson of Herman Lay -- the founder of Frito-Lay. The company is valued at $13.1 billion, according to Forbes.

An autopsy is underway.  We're told there is nothing suspicious surrounding his death.

A friend of Lay tells TMZ he recently beat leukemia.

Carter, who has 2 kids, was 44.


50 Cent

Judge, Please Don't Shut Off My Electric

9/4/2015 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


50 Cent does not want to suffer in the dark ... which is why he's asking a bankruptcy judge to keep the utility company from shutting down his massive unit.  

50's in a corner ... the bankruptcy judge has him in a straitjacket, prohibiting the mogul from paying even the most basic bills without court approval. He's asking for permission to pay his electric, gas, trash removal, cable, Internet and phone bills so he doesn't get shut down. 

And this is interesting ... between gas and electric, 50 drops an average of $10,597 a month. Remember, he has a 50,000 square foot mansion in Connecticut which he bought from Mike Tyson.

We're thinking ... don't air condition the whole house ... you're in bankruptcy!  


19-Inch Penis

First Video ...

9/4/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Roberto Esquivel Cabrera just got an offer that could earn him a fortune ... all because he has a 19-inch penis.

We're told Vivid Entertainment approached the 52-year-old Mexican citizen in an attempt to negotiate a deal for a sex tape, but it's complicated by language barrier, expectations of money and basic anatomy challenges.

We got this video of Cabrera documenting his life, showing the proportions of his penis and even its weight. For the record it's TWO POUNDS.

It's an amazing story ... Cabrera says he carries a heavy burden ... his penis has cost him relationships, jobs and it's too large for him to kneel in church and pray.


Terrell Owens' Estranged Wife

There's ONE THING Holding Up Divorce

9/4/2015 7:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Terrell Owens' estranged wife Rachel Snider tells TMZ Sports she desperately wants to close the chapter on her marriage to the ex-NFL star ... but there's one BIG thing that's stopping them. 

As we previously reported, Snider unloaded on Owens this week for appearing on "Celebrity Wife Swap" with a woman who's NOT his wife ... and was pissed that it all went down in the house they still own together. 

Snider joined the gang on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" to explain why it's taken so long to complete the divorce -- despite the fact T.O. filed back in February 2014. 

One thing is clear ... the split is far from amicable and it seems the relationship will NEVER be repaired. 

Caitlyn Jenner

I Won't Answer Questions About the Crash

... For Now

9/4/2015 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0903-caitlyn-jenner-accident-infCaitlyn Jenner will not answer questions in the civil lawsuit over her fatal PCH car crash because it would violate her right against self-incrimination.

Caitlyn's lawyer filed legal docs claiming Jenner should not have to answer various questions connected to the crash while the D.A. ponders whether to file criminal charges.

Fact is ... it's common for any civil defendant in Jenner's shoes to lodge such an objection. 

The stepchildren of Kim Howe, the Lexus driver killed in the crash, are asking Jenner to answer scores of questions, including whether she was taking any prescription or non-prescription meds at the time of the accident.

As TMZ first reported, Sheriff's investigators determined Jenner was NOT under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. But the question opens the door to personal medical information that could include hormone therapy.

Donald Sterling's Wife

I'm Only a Billionaire

I Need Alimony!!!

9/4/2015 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Shelly Sterling might be the richest person in the history of the world to nail her ancient hubby for spousal support. 

Shelly fired off legal docs in her bizarre divorce from her BFF hubby Donald Sterling ... bizarre because they still hang out together, most recently at a Beverly Hills pawn shop. 

0903-shelly-donald-sterling-shopping-splashAs for why Shelly needs spousal support ... it's a conundrum. The Sterling's net worth is estimated at $3 billion -- that includes the $2 billion they pocketed for the Clippers. Since they were married in 1955 -- 2 years before the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn -- each will walk away very, very very very rich.

Donald's the one who filed for divorce, so this may just be Shelly getting her pound of flesh. 

'Walking Dead' Star

Show Isn't Racist

It's the Opposite!

9/4/2015 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sonequa Martin-Green -- one of the few African-Americans on "The Walking Dead" who hasn't met a swift death -- says the show isn't racist ... it's just coincidence lots of black people die.

Sonequa goes a lot further, and says the dye is cast before the actors are chosen, and it's just the luck of the draw that black actors excel in the auditions.

Just don't kill Glenn, we beg of you! 

Karlie Kloss

NYU Computer Org Wants Brains ...

Not Boobs

9/4/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0903_karlie-koss-and-the-NYU-banner_INSTAGRAMEx-Victoria's Secret Angel Karlie Kloss will have to hit the books as hard as she hit the gym if she wants to be part of NYU's biggest computer club ... because they only want serious students.

Karlie is matriculating in New York ... showing intense interest in computer science.  

You'd think computer geeks on campus would be vying for her attention -- but members of the Association for Computing Machinery at NYU couldn't care less about her hotness.

ACM vice chair Nicholaus Jackson tells TMZ ... the organization is open to all students, but "we're focused on academics, so we really only want people with a serious interest in computer science."

0903_Nicholaus_facebookNicholaus was adamant Karlie wouldn't get any special treatment ... but admitted having a supermodel around would help get more women excited about computing.

*sigh* ... NERDS.

Floyd Mayweather

Gives Ringside Tix

To NFL's 1st Female Coach

9/4/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0903-jen-welter-floyd-mayweather-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01The NFL's first female coach is getting some major support from an unlikely ally ... Floyd Mayweather ... who reached out to Jen Welter and offered her ringside seats to his next fight because he's a huge fan. 

FYI -- Welter made history earlier this year when she was offered a coaching "internship" with the Arizona Cardinals ... working primarily with the linebackers. 

We spoke with Welter's rep who tells us ... after her story attracted national attention, they got a call from Team Mayweather ... who offered 2 ringside seats to his upcoming fight against Andre Berto

We're told Mayweather is a fan -- and wanted to show his support. As for Welter, she's flattered and we're told she's definitely planning on attending. 

We're told there are talks between the two sides for Welter to possibly have a bigger role in the fight (maybe walk him to the ring?) ... but so far, nothing's set in stone. 

Wendy Williams

In Your Face, Ariana Fans ...

You Failed!!

9/4/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ariana Grande's rabid fans can call for Wendy Williams' head all they want -- as long as they've got the time and energy to waste ... according to Wendy herself. 

Our photog spotted Wendy leaving her studio in New York, and she fired back at Grande's fans ... who've been campaigning for Wendy's show to get yanked.

They've had beef ever since Wendy said this about Ariana: "She’s 21. She’ll forever look 12. Which, I don’t mean that in a good way…"

Fans think WW was body shaming the pop princess, and #CancelWendyWilliams went viral -- but watch. Wendy doesn't have time for these "kids."


Giada De Laurentiis

Officially Divorced

... And it Was Expensive

9/3/2015 3:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Giada De Laurentiis is officially divorced from hubby Todd Thompson, but not without cost.

TMZ has obtained a copy of the final divorce judgment, which orders Giada to pay Todd $9k a month in child support. Todd gets their $3.2 million house in Pacific Palisades and $300,000 in art and furnishings. He also gets to keep his membership in the swanky Bel-Air Bay Club which overlooks the Pacific.

Giada gets all rights to an untitled Italian cookbook and her production company, Linguine Pictures. She also gets all rights to GDL Foods, Inc. In other words, she gets to keep her brand. 

And get this ... because there was no prenup, Giada must give Todd 50% of the unpaid advances to various cookbooks that are in the works, including a $2.5 million balance for Giada at Home/Weeknights with Giada, $2.3 million for Giada Feel Good Food, and $757,000 for Everyday Pasta/Giada's Kitchen. 

They're dividing up various bank accounts, with a total balance north of $2 million.

And of course, he gets to keep his Porsche and she gets to keep hers.

No one's getting spousal support, because they're both rich. His estimated worth is $15 million ... hers is $20 million.  

They'll share joint custody of their 7-year-old daughter, Jade Marie.


NFL's Chad Henne

Hey Jimmy Garoppolo ...

Keep Your Head Up!

9/3/2015 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Backup QBs always stick together -- just ask Chad Henne who says Jimmy Garoppolo shouldn't be bitter now that he's lost the starting job ... saying, "It's the way the business goes."

Of course, Jimmy G was all set to cover for Tom Brady as the starting QB for the New England Patriots for the first 4 games of the season ... but that was BEFORE Tom's suspension was overturned.

But Henne -- who's the #2 QB in Jacksonville at the moment -- says Jimmy needs to stay positive ... and more importantly, stay ready. 

Check out the clip -- we also ask if he thinks Tom should send Jimmy a fruit basket or something ... pretty funny. 

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