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Chris Brown

Wanted a Baby for Years ...

With Karrueche!

3/6/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0305_chris_brown_karrueche-tran_baby_tmz_composite_2Chris Brown's been jonesin' to be a daddy for a long time, and tried to get Karrueche Tran to be the baby mama -- but before there was a bun in the oven she wanted a ring on her hand.

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... Chris and Karrueche had the baby talk frequently for at least the last 2 years -- and she was down to have a tiny CB ... IF he would make her an honest woman.

We're told KT feels strongly about marriage before kids, and stood her ground with Chris. Although he stepped up with a couple of diamonds last Christmas -- he couldn't close the deal ... since they weren't engagement rings. 

Karrueche was also worried about derailing her budding acting career.

Even though she wasn't ready yet ...we're told Karrueche still thought she and Chris would have kids together in the future. As one source put it, she's "devastated he did this" with a side chick.

Like the lady said ... "One can only take so much."

Steve Francis

Chain Recovery Engineered By Rap God

3/6/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0305_j_prince_steve_francis_gettySteve Francis doesn't just have the Sauce Twinz to thank for the return of his chain -- it was ultimately engineered by J. Prince ... one of the most powerful men in hip hop, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... the NBA legend was chain snatched by some dumbass at a Sauce Twinz concert in Houston last weekend. 

Now, we've learned ... Francis has some powerful friends in Houston -- including Prince, who not only runs Rap-A-Lot Records, but is known in the rap community as a guy you just don't mess with. 

Also, the Sauce Twinz are managed by YEMG ... the management group owned by Prince's son, Jas

Sources connected to Prince tell us once he learned the chain went missing ... he put out word, "The chain must be returned."

That's when the Twinz and their pals went into "super recovery mode" to track down the culprit. 

And surprise surprise, the chain turned up a short time later ... and will be reunited with Francis. 

BTW -- you may remember J. Prince as the guy who issued a "courtesy call" to all of Drake's enemies including Diddy and Suge Knight ... warning them to back off Drizzy, another Prince associate. 

Bottom line -- it's good to know J. Prince. 

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Madonna

Sky's The Limit ...

In Epic Tel Aviv Penthouse

3/6/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kabbalah has led Madonna to the Holy Land ... the Material Girl is designing a massive two-story mega-retreat perched atop a soaring Tel Aviv skyscraper.

Sources close to the deal say Madge's nearly 2-year wait is over and she is finalizing the details on a completely customized 12,000 sq. ft. condo towering high above the White City -- all for a cool $20 mil.

0305_madonna_new_house_balcony_berggruen-residentialIf the 360 degree view of the Mediterranean from her rooftop pool isn't vogue enough ... we're told she's outfitting her 2-floor crib with a first-class gym, and a sprawling living room. The crib is prime real estate ... sitting atop a 42-story tower designed by renowned Getty architect Richard Meier.

She'll have some famous neighbors ... Scott Disick recently scored a Tel Aviv condo and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are also rumored to be hunting for a hideaway there.

Mazel tov, Madge!

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Harrison Ford

Plane Crashes

[Video Update: Paramedics Treat Harrison]

3/5/2015 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar6:20 PM PT -- A rep for Ford says, "Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon takeoff." They added, "He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely.  The injuries sustained are not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery."

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5:05 PM PT -- TMZ just obtained video of first responders on the scene treating Harrison ... just yards away from the plane he just crash landed on the golf course.

5:00 PM PT -- Harrison's son Ben just tweeted, "At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is."

4:30 PM PT -- We've obtained intense audio of Harrison talking to the Santa Monica Airport control tower just moments after he'd taken off. Listen ... you hear him report engine failure and request an emergency return to the airport. 

4:41 PM PT --  A witness who was golfing at the time of the crash tells us she heard the engine sputter ... and watched the plane do a "nose dive straight on the 8th hole tee box."

The witness adds, "I was one of the first people to run from the hole toward the plane. 4 to 5 men pulled the pilot out of the plane."

"They got him away from the plane. They were concerned it would catch on fire."

"Two doctors were there – and they had a 1st aid box with them. He was conscious, talking a little -- a HUGE cut on his head."

The witness tells us the cut was VERY deep -- "A swath of his skin was missing. There was blood dripping down his face."update_grey_gray_barA small plane piloted by Harrison Ford has crash-landed at an L.A. golf course ... but we're told the actor has survived. 

TMZ has learned ... Ford was piloting what appears to be a vintage 2-seater fighter plane Thursday ... when something went wrong and he crashed into Penmar golf course in Venice, CA. Remarkably, it appears Ford veered off course from the runway in order to avoid crashing into homes.

0305_plane_and_runway_foxWe're told Ford suffered multiple gashes to his head and was bleeding. Two doctors who happened to be at the golf course rushed over to treat the actor. 

Emergency personnel arrived to the scene a short time later. Ford was transported to a nearby hospital. 

72-year-old Ford is a longtime aviator -- piloting planes and helicopters -- and has crashed multiple times in the past. 

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Corey Feldman

This One Goes Out to Corey Haim

[AUDIO]

3/6/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It took him 5 years, but Corey Feldman is finally ready to honor his BFF Corey Haim in song -- recording a tribute to him to mark the upcoming anniversary of his death.

The song is called "Remember 222" and will be released March 10th. Haim died in 2010 from pneumonia and a bad heart.

The title refers to Haim's favorite number -- which, as Feldman has pointed out for years ... is eerily similar to his own fave digits ... 22.

Interestingly, the lyrics make reference to the Coreys' drug history: "Made the most of everyday ... we altered our reality." It also features dialogue from some of their movies ... like "The Lost Boys," and "Dream a Little Dream." 

It ain't "I'll Be Missing You" ... but it's the thought that counts. 

NFL's Eric Decker

'I'm Workin' On My Skills'

... For Wife's Music Video

3/6/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

You haven't seen the last of Eric Decker playing fake guitar in his wife's music videos ... at least according to Jessie James who tells us she's all about giving her hubby EVEN MORE screen time. 

Just one problem ... the NY Jets receiver KNOWS he was less than impressive with his air guitar skills in Jessie's last video -- but tells us he vows to get better. 

There's more ... we also talked to the couple about their brand new fetus (kid #2) ... and whether or not we'll ever see one of their spawn on a football field ... or in a country music video. 

Check out the clip. 

'Street Outlaws' Driver

Murder Charges

For Street Racing Accident

3/5/2015 2:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Izzy Valenzuela Arrested Murder

Izzy Valenzuela -- who appeared on the Discovery channel show "Street Outlaws" -- was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of murder for his role in a street racing accident.

According to the L.A. County D.A.'s Office, Valenzuela was racing another man, Michael Gevorgyan, on February 25 when Gevorgyan lost control of his car and crashed into a crowd.

Two people in the crowd died and a third was injured.

Los Angeles has strict street racing laws, which is why Valenzuela is being charged even though his car didn't kill anyone. He's currently in jail, and prosecutors want him held on $2 million bail.

If convicted, Valenzuela faces 33 years to life in prison.

TMZ spoke to Valenzuela the day after the fatal street race -- we had a tip he might have been involved, though he claimed he'd been at his auto shop that night ... and wasn't involved.

'Storage Wars' Star to A&E

Pay Up or

I'm OUT!!

3/5/2015 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The A&E hit show "Storage Wars" could lose one of its biggest stars ... because of guys who are younger, cheaper and hungrier.

Sources connected to "Storage Wars" veteran Darrell Sheets tell us the network is going to cut his pay in half, from around $30k an episode to $15k.

And there's more bad news for Sheets ... we're told he's slated to appear in only 4 of the show's 26 episodes. Sheets thinks the handwriting is on the wall -- he's being phased out so the network can put in new guys who will work for a lot less.

Our Sheets sources say he's willing to walk, because he's gotten offers to do other TV shows.

A rep from A&E tells TMZ they plan to go forward with the season,  whether Darrell's a part of it or not.

Mo'Nique

Blackballed or Not ...

I'm Not Afraid of Lee Daniels

3/5/2015 2:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mo'Nique just did something remarkable ... fearlessly speaking out about her feud with Lee Daniels -- one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood -- for claiming she's been blackballed. 

The 2010 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress came on TMZ Live to reveal what went down when her "Precious" director Daniels -- who's also co-creator of "Empire" -- called her to say Hollywood execs think she's "difficult" ... and don't want to work with her.

Actors almost never take on a director in public, but this interview is different -- Mo'Nique did not back down to Daniels. As for what started the beef -- Mo'Nique thinks it's all because she didn't name drop someone during her Oscar speech. Check out the clip.

Politics ... they're not just for D.C.

Lil Wayne

Lurker Told Cops

Wayne Invited Me to His Crib

3/5/2015 12:25 PM PST 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 [Update]

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

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update_graphic_red_bar3:29 PM PT -- A rep for Swearinger tells TMZ Sports ... "This incident was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and we are working on resolving the issue."

The rep adds, "DJ is just focused right now on his off-season training and looking forward to the upcoming season."update-grey-gray-barHouston 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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