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Lil Wayne

Lurker Told Cops

Wayne Invited Me to His Crib

22 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Wayne LurkerThe plot thickens in last weekend's scare at Lil Wayne's Miami Beach mansion ... the guy who was lurking around Wayne's house told cops he was there at Wayne's invitation, but Wayne wasn't even there. 

TMZ broke the story ... cops were called at 3 AM Saturday after a suspicious person was seen creeping around the place. An eyewitness tells TMZ someone gave cops permission to come onto Wayne's property and inside the house, but nothing unusual was found.  

We're told police then spotted the guy outside and grilled him. He said Lil Wayne had given him permission to come inside, but when cops told him Wayne wasn't there the story kind of fell apart.

It's a tense time for Wayne, who's locked in a battle with his mentor Birdman and Cash Money

In the end ... the lurker had done nothing wrong. He did not enter the property so there was no crime. The guy left and the cops called it a day. 

Drake Fans Scammed

I'm No Fake ...

But These Shows Are

3/5/2015 8:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0304-drake-tmz-01Drake will be performing in 8 cities beginning in May ... sounds awesome, except we found out it's a scam. 

A promoter is advertising the tour ... but not with Drake's permission. The rapper is NOT performing at any of the venues this spring and is asking his fans to call the cops if they got duped into buying tickets.

The scam is no small potatoes ... we're told in Miami and Houston, ticket prices are upwards of $350 a pop and people are falling for it.  

We're told Drake and his team have no idea who the promoter is, but they're definitely on the hunt and out for blood.

Chris Brown

My Baby is Royalty!!!

3/5/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0304-chris-brown-fun-art-getty-tmz-01Chris Brown's baby girl answers to Royalty!

We've learned Nia named the kid Royalty. What we don't know ... whether she consulted Chris before inking the birth certificate.

TMZ broke the story ... Chris and Nia got it on summer of 2013 and she gave birth 9 months ago. As we reported, Karrueche was blindsided ... she had no idea until minutes before TMZ posted the story Tuesday afternoon.

As for Chris' involvement ... we're told he calls Nia regularly and now says he wants to openly participate in raising the baby. Nia and Royalty live in Texas, and Chris says he'll gladly fly there regularly to parent her.

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Houston Texans Star

Allegedly Steals Own Truck

... Cops Investigating

3/5/2015 8:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0304-dj-swearinger-getty-01Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger is under investigation in Texas ... after the 23-year-old allegedly stole his own truck from a customizer without paying for $20k in upgrades ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's a bizarre story, but here's how it breaks down: 

According to a police report filed in Houston, Swearinger took his 2013 F250 truck to Espi Motors to get his ride pimped out like a boss -- matte black paint with a Batman logo, speakers, new wheels, custom grill, train horn, etc. 

But according to Espi, when he came to pick up the whip, he got sticker shock ... and drove it off the lot WITHOUT paying for the work. 

Espi tried to track down Swearinger to get the cash, but D.J. went M.I.A. so Espi filed a police report.  

Law enforcement sources tell us cops are investigating the situation. 

We reached out to Swearinger, his agent and the Texans for comment -- so far, radio silence. 

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NFL's Chris Johnson

That Chick Almost Broke My Neck!

3/5/2015 7:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Here's video of NFL running back Chris Johnson ... so distracted by a hot chick in L.A. he had to look back at it ... twice. 

CJ2K was hanging out at The Grove when we started asking about his recent dry heave-inducing workout at Jay Glazer's MMA gym. 

But just as Chris started talking about his intense workout routine, some attractive lady came walking by in the other direction ... causing both Chris and his pal to whip their heads around for a closer look. 

Head on a swivel, right?! 

Mike Tyson

No $1.6 Million Bet for Me

'I Don't Have The Money!'

3/5/2015 6:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Tyson has finally weighed in on the fight of the century ... telling TMZ Sports he likes Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather on May 2nd. 

But when it comes to putting his money where his mouth is ... don't expect Tyson to make a 50 Cent style $1.6 MILLION bet on the fight. 

"I don't have the money!" 

Tyson's never been shy about his financial situation -- he made more than $300 MILLION during his boxing career ... only to end up broke.

But now, Mike's way more responsible when it comes to his cash -- and plans to hold on to it by not making crazy bets.

... especially when the betting line is virtually even. 

Kim Richards

Harry Hamlin Dirt All Made Up ...

To Piss Off Lisa Rinna

3/5/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Richards Lisa Rinna FightKim Richards is great at creating drama on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- and even better at creating stories ... TMZ has learned.

If you missed it ... Richards accused fellow cast member Lisa Rinna of hiding a family secret involving her husband Harry Hamlin -- prompting Lisa to do the whole shout, threaten, and shatter a glass thing the 'Housewives' do so well.

Fans have been speculating wildly about what dirt Kim has on Hamlin -- but we've learned she made the whole thing up just to get under Rinna's skin.

Production sources tell us the issue will be brought up again on the reunion episode -- and Kim will admit she created the whole story.

Fake or not ... it made for great TV. 

Jameis Winston

'It Would Be Great to Play In Florida'

3/5/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jameis Winston tells TMZ Sports -- yes, TMZ Sports -- that it would be "great" to play for an NFL team in Florida ... this just days after he wrapped up a meeting with the Tampa Bay Bucs. 

The Heisman Trophy winner landed in New York Wednesday ... and with the NFL Draft just 2 months away, we had to ask the possible #1 pick if he had a preference on which team calls his name. 

Winston didn't exactly give anything away ... but he did tell us his favorite movie of all time -- shout-out to Tom Hanks

One last thing ... Jameis was rockin' Nike sweatpants and a Nike sweatshirt ... but an Under Armour backpack. So, we're guessing he hasn't decided on a sponsorship yet. 

But at this point, it's probably just a matter of time. 

Nick Gordon

I'm Spilling Bobbi Kristina Secrets

... to Dr. Phil

3/4/2015 4:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Gordon Bobbi Kristina Dr PhilNick Gordon will finally tell his version of events that led to Bobbi Kristina face down in a bathtub near death, but he won't be telling cops ... he'll be yakking to Dr. Phil

We're told Phil will meet Nick in the next few days and they will set a time for the formal sit-down. We're told the good doctor will ask about his battles with Bobby Brown and family ... battles that have kept him from Bobbi Kristina's hospital bed.  

Here's the tricky part. Nick is the target of a criminal investigation that was launched when authorities noticed that Bobbi Kristina had visible injuries. As the saying goes ... whatever Nick says can be held against him, and it would be weird, to say the least, if Nick pled the 5th on Phil's show. 

And finally, warning to Dr. Phil ... Nick has proven flaky in the past, so cross your fingers and hope he shows.  

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Karrueche Tran

Chris Dropped Baby Bomb On Me ...

I Had No Clue

3/4/2015 2:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Karrueche Tran was in the dark ... blindsided by Chris Brown's baby news just moments before TMZ broke the story. 

We're told Tran had absolutely no idea her boyfriend was a daddy -- much less a daddy with a baby mama with whom SHE partied.  

0304-nia-karrueche-INSTAGRAM-01Our sources say Karrueche and Brown had a blowout fight a week ago and weren't speaking, but he tried calling her after the story broke ... she did not pick up.  

DNA tests performed in the last week show conclusively ... Brown is the father of a 9-month-old baby with a former model named Nia. We're told he and Nia aren't romantic but they get along fine, and Chris has made some sort of financial arrangement with her.  

As for Karrueche ... we're told she's actually relieved, because it now gives her a clean, permanent out. 

Oh, baby.

Nick Cannon

Buying Dem Babies

3 MIL Worth Of Crawl Space

3/4/2015 2:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Nick Cannon is becoming a bridge and tunnel kind of guy ... moving to New Jersey where the twins will have 2 lush acres in which to roam.

We're told Nick strategically picked Saddle River -- 1 hour out of NYC -- to keep the 3-year-olds out of the spotlight.  Fact is ... it would be hard to find the equivalent in the City. The house has 6 bedrooms, 8 baths, a private lake, and on and on.

Nick's renting to own, but not because he can't cut it. He'll pay $11k a month with an option to buy the $3 mil estate, assuming he likes it enough.

The house will not have Mariah's ornate touches. Nick's mom will help him decorate ... after his escapades a few weeks back, we're guessing there might be some Jamaican influences.

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Hillary Clinton

Finally, We Can Talk Emails!

... And Generation Gaps

3/4/2015 3:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nothing like a second chance -- Hillary Clinton ran into our intrepid D.C. photog on Wednesday ... giving him a shot at redemption on that whole email mess.

If you missed it ... Colin shot Hillary on Tuesday, and chose to tackle a topic other than her private emails.

Lo and behold, he ran into her again at Reagan National, and this time he got right to it -- firing off the question everyone wants her to address. Well ... he got closer anyway.

Generation gaps, generalization gaps -- tomato, tomahto ... check out the interaction.

Steve Francis

'The Chain Is In Our Possession'

3/4/2015 11:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0304_steve_francis_chain_3_wmSteve Francis is adamant that his gold chain is NOT missing in action -- with his rep telling TMZ Sports, "It's in our possession in Houston."

We broke the story ... some thief tried to rip the chain off the NBA star's neck during a rap show in Houston this past weekend.  

Now, Steve's publicist Dre Johnson tells us ... "The situation is being resolved as we speak and we will provide physical verification that we have the chain in our possession upon our return to Houston later this week."

Johnson says Francis and his business team have been traveling ever since the incident -- "We had to fly to Boston yesterday to do a deal with Reebok to re-release the classic Steve Francis shoes."

Johnson says the chain-jacker clearly didn't know who he was messin' with -- "When you touch somebody you don't know who you touching. You got to be more careful out here. These young guys don't think, they react and then apologize and backtrack quickly."

As for the fate of the person who yanked the chain, Johnson says Steve will appear on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" in the next few days to explain everything. 

Stay tuned ... 

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