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Kylie Jenner

I Don't Want to Be on Camera ...

No, Really!

40 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0804-kylie-jenner-getty-01Kylie Jenner is making Kardashian-Jenner family history by trying to AVOID a camera -- as part of her car accident lawsuit.

Jenner is looking to get out of giving a videotaped deposition related to her August 2013 crash ... which happened just 18 days after she got her license.

In new court docs, Jenner says the depo is unnecessary since she's accepted blame all along for the accident. Jenner claims she's offered to settle the suit for $20,000 ... but the victim has refused and insists on dragging this thing into court

Jenner thinks this is really just a play to get publicity for the case ... possibly, by leaking the taped depo. She wants the judge to 86 plans to record her testimony ... or at least, keep it sealed.

She must be getting legal advice from Bieber and Lil Wayne.

Michael Jackson

You Wanna See Where I Recorded 'Billie Jean'

Maybe You Can!

8/4/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0803_Hayvenhurst-home_MJ_APThe people who run Michael Jackson's Estate are considering opening up the family home in Encino, CA to tourists ... the home where MJ recorded his biggest hits, including "Billie Jean."

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, the Estate is noodling the idea of Hollywood tour buses and individuals making the trek to the property and then taking a room-by-room tour.

After Michael bought the house for his family, he tore it down and then built a new one, which included a recording studio where he laid down the tracks for "Billie Jean," "We Are the World," "Beat It," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," and many others.

Michael also built a 2-story wing which served as his separate living quarters.

Our sources say nothing's in cement ... the Estate is currently exploring the idea and also checking to see if the zoning laws would allow it, and if not whether they could get a variance. 

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50 Cent Bankruptcy

G-Unit Is

Bleeding Me Dry

8/4/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0803-50-cent-tmz-0150 Cent's financial woes are coming into focus ... because new financial docs show G-Unit Records and G-Unit Brands have cost 50 more than $10 million over the last three years. 

According to new documents filed as part of 50's bankruptcy, the two branches of G-Unit have been in the red each of the last three years -- $10.45 million in losses. The silver lining ... they've done better this year ... they're still losing dough, but not as much.

The documents reveal a few other 50 financial tidbits. 50 is currently paying child support to Daphne Joy for their young son, Sire ... and the docs say by the time the kid hits 18 ... he'll have paid out $832,600.

50 says he has more than $15 million in personal property, which does not include houses. And get this ... he has $2.7 million in his checking account.

50's monthly expenses include $5,000/month for gardening, $1,500 for pool maintenance and $9,000/month for security.   

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Gwen Stefani

Files for Divorce

From Gavin Rossdale

8/3/2015 4:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0803_gwen_stefani_gavin_rossdale_TMZ_2Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from her husband Gavin Rossdale, TMZ has learned.

Gwen cites irreconcilable differences in her divorce petition, which seeks to end their 13-year-marriage.

Gwen, who's repped by attorney Scott Weston, is asking for joint custody of the couple's 3 kids -- 9-year-old Kingston, 6-year-old Zuma and 1-year-old Apollo.

Gavin, who's repped by disso-queen Laura Wasser, filed his response at the same time, and he's also asking for joint custody. It's clear the petition and response were orchestrated to be filed simultaneously.

Sources tell TMZ there is no prenup, so the 50/50 California community property laws kick in. 45-year-old Gwen is worth a reported $80 million, and 49-year-old Gavin's worth an estimated $35 million. Given the length of the marriage, that will probably all go into one pot before it's divided.

Gwen checked the box on the form to deny Gavin spousal support.  

In a joint statement they said, "While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment." 


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Chris Brown

Fighting Back Against Bad Parenting Claims ...

I'm a Good Father!

8/3/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Chris Brown believes he's an exceptional father to his daughter Royalty and plans to fight his baby mama's attempt to limit his custody to just supervised visits. 

According to our sources, Brown plans to file an opposition to Nia Guzman's request for full custody ... countering her claims that he's a bad father. Guzman has cited several issues with Chris' parenting and lifestyle, but we're told he has a comeback for each one.

First off, we're told Chris will argue he never puts his daughter in harm's way and has increased security at his home since the recent break-in.

Secondly, our sources says Chris will say he has never done drugs around Royalty.

Lastly, we're told Chris will argue he has never allowed "gang bangers" to be around his daughter.

Chris has filed his own docs to establish paternity so he can fight for joint custody, but so far a judge has not ruled.

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Britney Spears

Lifetime Conservatorship

8/3/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears has been under a remarkably successful conservatorship for 7 1/2 years, and sources familiar with the situation tell us it could last a lifetime.

We're told there are no plans to end the conservatorship, even in the long term, and no one involved is complaining. As TMZ and every other media outlet reported, Britney was so bad off at the end of 2007 her family was in fear she would die.

After she was taken to the hospital on a psych hold, her dad, Jamie Spears, went to court and a conservatorship was established in January 2008. There are actually 2 conservatorships ... one for the person, and one for finances.  

Fact is ... the conservatorships have worked remarkably well. Britney -- who at her worst was on the verge of losing permanent custody of her kids -- is now by any standard a great parent. Jamie and Britney's doctors have stabilized her to the point she can successfully work and maintain a personal life.

As for the financial conservatorship, it has been a huge success. Last year alone the conservatorship raked in $14 million, and that's only a portion of Britney's financial machine. As one source said, before the conservatorship her finances were an absolute mess, and the ship has been fully righted. 

We're told Britney -- who has a team of lawyers and doctors, along with Jamie, managing the conservatorship -- has "substantial day-to-day freedom" to make her own decisions.

Short story ... if the conservatorship were to end, there would be significant risk she could backslide. The plan is to continue the conservatorship indefinitely ... because it works.

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Jericho the Lion

High Alert

For Poachers and Hunters

8/3/2015 12:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0802-jericho-lion-SPLASH-01Jericho the lion has a security team to ensure he isn't hunted and killed like his kindred spirit, Cecil.

An official from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells TMZ, a research team is monitoring Jericho's every move and are ready to pounce if anything looks suspicious.

Jericho has taken over alpha male duties for the pride, and if he's killed the animals that were once under Cecil's watch will be unprotected in the wild.

Researchers are tracking Jericho as best they can with a GPS device.

A report surfaced Saturday that Jericho was killed, which thankfully turned out to be false.  

Officials in Zimbabwe have put a ban on hunting lions around the park in question, and if any poachers are spotted in the area, authorities will take swift action.

D.L. Hughley

I'm So Pissed Off Trump's #1

8/3/2015 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

D.L. Hughley trashed Donald Trump, the other Republican candidates and voters all in around 60 seconds. 

Hughley was at LAX Sunday when our photog asked about Trump's ascendance in the polls to #1 among Republican hopefuls. 

Hughley is either disinterested or unaware of what has become apparent to many ... Trump has become the anti-establishment candidate who is a symbol of American's disdain for politicians.

Tyga

Sued for Overclubbing it in Vegas

8/3/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tyga is getting sued for club hopping in Vegas.

According to legal docs ... Kylie's BF signed a contract with a promoter to perform last summer at Body English for $25k. Part of the deal was that Tyga couldn't perform anywhere else in Vegas a week before the concert and a month after. It's called a "radius" clause, and it's really common.

The promoter -- Z Entertainment -- claims Tyga hopped onstage at another Vegas venue the night before the Body English gig. 

The promoter also says Tyga screwed them over when he was a no-show last November at a gig in Santa Monica. 

The promoter wants Tyga to fork over $100k in damages.

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Melanie Griffith

I’m A Renter Now

8/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0730_melanie_griffith_villa_main_launch1Melanie Griffith has gone from a mega homeowner to a renter, but don't feel sorry for her.

Melanie's living it up as a single chick in an awesome Hollywood Hills home after making a record amount of money off the digs she used to share with Antonio Banderas.  They scored $16 mil when they sold it earlier this year ... a record for the pricey Hancock Park area of L.A. 

Melanie’s new 4,725 sq. ft. Mediterranean villa has 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a movie theater, sports court, and a large pool with a cabana overlooking the city.

She’s ponying up $50k a month for rent and with a 2-year lease she'll be paying more than a mil.

TMZ broke the story, Antonio and Melanie just recently finalized their divorce.

Dennis Rodman

Reeks of Booze at Car Wash

Cops Called

8/2/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0802-dennis-rodman-carwash-TMZ-01update_graphic_red_bar1:55 PM PST -- A rep for Dennis Rodman tells TMZ, Dennis had no intention of getting behind the wheel and his girlfriend drove to and from the carwash.

update_grey_gray_barFormer NBA star Dennis Rodman was wasted at a carwash Sunday morning in the O.C. ... at least according to several eyewitnesses, and it was bad enough that the cops were called ... TMZ Sports has learned.

It happened at a Costa Mesa car wash ...  several people came in close contact with him -- including employees -- say he smelled of alcohol and was acting weird.  We're told he walked up to a man and put his hand on his shoulder and said, "Hey white guy."  And they say he walked up to several girls, telling them they were hot and they should check out his boat in Newport.

Cops were called because people were concerned he might get behind the wheel after his car got spiffed up.  We're told the cops informed Rodman he could not drive away, and that's when a woman came up and offered to drive him home.  We're told Dennis obliged.

If Rodman was drinking he caught a break.  Even if it's common sense he drove to the car wash, cops can't arrest for misdemeanor DUI unless they see him behind the wheel.

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Whitney Houston Pal

Kelly Price

Cops Need To Take A Hard Look At Nick Gordon

8/2/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Price, one of Whitney Houston’s longtime pals and collaborator on the Grammy-nominated “Heartbreak Hotel,” thinks Nick Gordon is worthy of suspect status in Bobbi Kristina's death.

Price was at LAX on her way to BK’s funeral, or rather “home going” -- she explains it in the video – when our photog asked her thoughts on Nick's possible involvement.

Price was extremely tight with Bobbi Kristina and her late mom … Whitney’s last performance was at Price’s annual pre-Grammy bash. 

Price wants closure for BK, but has her own idea on how investigators should handle it.

Roddy Piper

He Should Get a Statue

... Says Wrestling Star JTG

8/1/2015 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Roddy Piper deserves a monument ... to honor his incredible life and career ... so says former WWE star JTG.

JTG says he was a huge Piper fan from the first time he met the legend at Wrestlemania ... and says the guy was ALWAYS a warm, welcoming dude that would greet people with hugs and kisses.

As for the statue, it's just an idea for now ... but with how beloved Piper was -- ya gotta think, it's not out of the question.

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