Iggy Azalea's lawyers are throwing the kitchen sink at a major porn company ... now claiming Vivid will get it's dirty corporate ass sued if it dares to market her alleged sex tape ... because the name "Iggy" can only be used by Iggy.
It seems a sex tape exists, even though her lawyers deny it. Initially they said it was a fabrication ... then said if it does exist she may have been a minor. The "sex partner" -- rapper Hefe Wine -- told TMZ Live Friday there is indeed a tape and she knew about it and consented. And he says she was NOT a minor ... he says he met her when she was 18.
Now Iggy's lawyers have fired off a letter to Vivid -- obtained By TMZ -- in which they say the name "Iggy" is gold ... protected by U.S. Trademark.
So maybe Vivid could market the tape this way -- STEAMY SEX TAPE, FEATURING SHMIGGY SHMEZELIA AND HEFE WINE!
Vivid is unimpressed, restating it's desire to market the tape.
BTW ... sources close to Iggy say she feels betrayed by her ex-BF.
Celeb Nude Leaks
Hacked Model Suing Apple
I Warned Them ... Twice
9/14/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apple is about to get sued by a model who claims her nude pictures are now on public display thanks to the company's crappy security, and she's rounding up others to join her in court.
Joy Corrigan says she was hacked months before Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and others who suffered the same fate.
Joy says she reached out to Apple in early July ... but the company blew her off, saying she was simply a victim of phishing, so she needed to change her password. She followed orders, but days later she was hacked again. Apple gave her the same song and dance.
After the story broke late last month Apple contacted her and again denied any responsibility.
Joy's now lawyered up and plans to round up other victims for a class action lawsuit against Apple.
TMZ has also reached out to Apple, but so far no word back.
ATL Rapper Killer Mike
Hawks Owner's NOT A Racist
... He's A Businessman
9/14/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
ATL Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is being UNFAIRLY labeled a racist over his now infamous email -- so says ATL rapper Killer Mike who tells TMZ Sports the only color on BL's mind was GREEN!
The email (from 2012) went viral last weekend -- and in it, Levenson explained that the high percentage of black people at his games was scaring off rich white people.
Mike, who's signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle label, says there's NOTHING WRONG with making those observations.
"It's not remotely racist at all. What I read was a business man trying to fill up his seats with the demographic that spends the most money."
Mike adds, "I own a barber shop. I make it a point for people to know I cut white people's hair. If white people 30 to 55 aren't coming to Hawks games, you have to do whatever you need to do to get them there."
Mike does admit that the email was "crass" -- but he thinks people should stop being so quick to throw that word "racist" around.
"We should save that outrage for a time when it's really warranted."
My Apt Turned Into Noah's Ark
9/14/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shoddy roof work caused Jennifer Connelly's NYC loft to leak like a sieve during a big rainstorm -- according to a new lawsuit -- but the roofers say Connelly's to blame.
Connelly hired a construction company to make repairs to the roof of a loft apartment building she owns -- a refurbished 1860s warehouse. But according to the suit ... when a big storm hit in Oct. 2010, water from the rain started pouring into the building.
It cost $262K to repair the damage ... money her insurance company shelled out.
The roofing company has fired back by suing Connelly ... saying she let the roof fall into disrepair. The roofers say if a jury orders them to pay the insurance company $262K, they want the judge to order Connelly to pay them back.
'Love & Hip Hop: Hwood' Star
I'm Going Bulletproof
Rap Game is Too Deadly
9/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hip hop producer Mally Mall is pimping his sick ride -- not for style, but for safety -- bulletproofing his Maybach because he tells us there's way too much shooting in the biz these days.
The new "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" cast member says he sent his custom whip to Richie Rich at West Coast Customs for what you might call the POTUS treatment -- full bulletproofing AND bombproofing.
Mall says the windows all have double-pane glass (with the holes to return fire if needed) -- and the frame is layered with steel plates. He says the vehicle virtually indestructible now ... though we'd love to see who was dumb brave enough to test it.
As we first told you ... Mally helped squash the Drake-Chris Brown beef -- but he says recent shootings involving Suge Knight and Chris Brown, and backstage at Wiz Khalifa's show ... made him think it's time for security upgrades.
Carpooling with African wild cats doesn't hurt either.
Ex-NFL Star Marion Barber
Former Teammates Concerned
'He Needs Help'
9/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marion Barber's former NFL teammates tell TMZ Sports they're "shocked" by the details of the former superstar's handgun-in-a-church arrest ... and are hoping he gets the help he needs.
We broke the story ... Barber was taken into police custody in June after allegedly taking a loaded gun into a Texas church and flashing it at the congregation. He was held for mental evaluation.
One former NFL teammate -- a fellow superstar who didn't want to be named because he maintains a close friendship with Barber -- says, "He needs help, I care about him."
We also spoke with former Cowboys cornerback Brian McCann -- who played with Barber in 2010 -- who says the Marion he knew was a "fun-loving guy."
"[The Marion described in the police report] doesn't sound like him at all. He never seemed like a troubled guy."
"He was the team jokester. He showed me you can still have fun at this level."
We've tried contacting Barber to no avail -- and his neighbors say he hasn't been seen at his home since the arrest.
Ray Rice Prosecutors
Our Boss Handled Criminal Case 'Shamefully'
9/13/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice's criminal case was handled "outrageously" and "shamefully" ... this according to numerous prosecutors in the office ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Multiple prosecutors in the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office have spoken with TMZ -- on condition of anonymity -- and they say it is "virtually unheard of" for their office to allow someone like Ray Rice to avoid felony charges. What's more ... they say it all happened behind closed doors ... behind their backs.
We previously reported ... the grand jury indicted Rice for felony abuse after viewing the elevator video posted on TMZ Sports. Rice's lawyer then petitioned for something called PTI -- Pre-trial Intervention -- which gives first time offenders a break ... reducing the charge to a minor offense.
As one prosecutor said, "If there is violence or even a threat of violence by the perpetrator, prosecutors almost always object to a PTI and judges always follow the prosecutor's wishes" ... meaning the case gets tried as a felony.
Not so with Rice. We're told the case did NOT go to the Domestic Violence Unit ... which is where it should have gone. Instead, it was micromanaged by Jim McClain, the prosecutor who runs the office and his number 2 prosecutor, Diane Ruberton. The Domestic Violence Unit was in the dark.
Another prosecutor said, "Never did I see a case this violent get PTI. It's off the charts abnormal."
The prosecutors say virtually everyone in the office was outraged when the case was closed on May 20. As one prosecutor said, "The video is disgusting. He [Rice] treated her like a pile of s***, human garbage, dragging her out of the elevator."
And it gets worse. We're told either on June 17 or 18 ... Jim McClain called all of the prosecutors into the conference room and said he would no longer use the Domestic Violence Unit to process cases where the grand jury indicts abusers. We're told McClain said it was just a matter of resources.
But our sources say McClain's decision is a disaster. They say the cases are now handled by overworked prosecutors who handle general crimes and don't have the time or training to handle DV cases. They have no time to help the victims through the process. Our sources say McClain has "all but obliterated the DV Unit."
As for why McClain handled the Rice case the way he did and then emasculated the DV unit ... none of the prosecutors have a clue.
McClain tells TMZ Sports Diane Ruberton is "one of our most experienced attorneys," adding she was assisted by a Victim Witness Coordinator. McClain also said he consulted with Ruberton and another prosecutor who handles PTI domestic violence applications, before deciding not to object to Rice's PTI bid.
McClain says, "Any allegation or intimation that this matter was handled by persons who were inexperienced or unqualified is baseless."
The Secret To The Perfect Brazilian Butt Is ...
9/13/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
UFC badass Lyoto Machida is about to get to the bottom of a mystery -- a bottom mystery -- 'cause the pro face breaker just told TMZ Sports why women in his native Brazil have such nice ... assets.
Machida was out in Beverly Hills with his smokin' hot wife when our camera guy asked the question that women all over the world want to know -- how do Brazilian chicks get their mystical booty powers???
Check the video -- Machida gives our camera guy two reasons Brazilian chicks are so bootylicious.
Somewhere, Jen Selter is nervous ...
'Blood, Sweat & Heels' Star
Arrested For Stiffing Cabbie
9/13/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo reality star Geneva S. Thomas got nailed in an alleged ride 'n dash ... after cops say she skipped out on an $18 cab fare in NYC.
According to the police report ... the "Blood, Sweat & Heels" cast member was booked Tuesday after a taxi company claimed she took off before paying the driver, and now she faces theft charges.
Law enforcement tells us ... they were able to track down Geneva because the driver took note of the address where he dropped her off -- something they tend to do if you don't pay.
Geneva claims the whole thing is BS, and tells us she's planning to sue the NYPD and the taxi company. For now, she has a court date in January.
She might want to walk.
Sued For $10 Mil
Accused Of Beating Pap
9/12/2014 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sam Worthington and his girlfriend are now facing a $10 million lawsuit ... stemming from their violent run-in with a paparazzo in NYC earlier this year.
According to the docs ... Sheng Li accuses Sam and GF Lara Bingle of viciously assaulting him in February outside a bar where he was snapping photos.
Both are also being accused of slander and libel ... for allegedly making false statements about him to the NYPD.
Li says he suffered a torn shoulder, facial contusions, injuries to his thumb and wrist, and adds he might need surgery ... according to the docs.
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Daughter & Grandkids In Serious Car Crash
9/12/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lyssa Chapman -- who starred with her dad on "Dog The Bounty Hunter" -- was just involved in a serious car crash in Honolulu where she lives, TMZ has learned.
Her mother, Beth Chapman, tells TMZ ... Baby Lyssa was in an accident and had "all our kids in the car." Lyssa has two daughters.
Emergency crews were called to the scene ... it's unclear if there were any injuries or what caused the crash. But pieces of the car were strewn all over the road and the vehicle's airbags were deployed.
We're contacting Honolulu PD for more info ....
Story developing ...
Iggy Azalea Sex Tape
Guy in the Vid Says It's Legit
And Iggy Was Legal
9/12/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea's alleged partner in a sex tape says the video is absolutely real, and Iggy was absolutely NOT underage when it went down.
Houston rapper Hefe Wine is confirming he's the one in the video being shopped to Vivid Entertainment honcho Steven Hirsch. TMZ broke the story ... Iggy's camp says she never consented to the video being shot and she might have been under 18 at the time.
But Hefe says he didn't even meet Iggy until her 18th birthday. He adds, Iggy is "100% fully aware" of the fact they shot the sex tape.
He denies sending the sex clip to Vivid, saying his computer was stolen a couple months ago -- but also makes it clear he's interested in cutting a deal for the video to be released. He shouldn't hold his breath -- Iggy would have to sign off too, and that seems very unlikely right now.
The rapper claims he's still tight with Iggy -- and to prove it ... he says he's about to put out a new single featuring her.
Hefe called into TMZ Live to talk about how much cash it would take for him to sign off on the tape.
Some Marriages Aren't Worth Saving
**cough cough Janay **
9/12/2014 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Toni Braxton says she believes in "standing by your man" ... but when it comes to Ray Rice, it's clear the singer thinks Janay Palmer should make an exception.
Toni and her sister Towanda were leaving Mr. Chow in Bev Hills last night when she told us how she sympathizes for Janay for having to deal with her situation in the public eye ... but strongly implies that she should leave her NFL husband.
Braxton's not the only one who feels that way -- "Couples Therapy" host Dr. Jen Berman strongly suggested Janay divorce Ray ... explaining, "I think you can forgive someone and not have to be in a relationship with them."