Beyonce's dad, Mathew Knowles, doesn't need Maury Povich to tell him he's a daddy again ... a DNA lab in TX just did it for him.
TMZ obtained a copy of a paternity test -- ordered by a judge in Houston after Knowles was sued by a lingerie-model-turned-real-estate agent ... who claims he knocked her up in 2010.
According to the DNA test ... there's a 99.998% certainty that Knowles is the biological father of TaQoya Branscomb's child.
Branscomb will now go after Knowles for child support ... but that could be tricky. He's already paying another baby mama ... but the judge slashed his support obligations because he's now broke as a joke after getting the boot from Bey.
Beyonce & Jay Z
Eyeing Insane $85 Million Mansion
9/17/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce and Jay Z could be close to setting up shop on the west coast ... after taking multiple visits to a ridiculous $85 million Beverly Hills estate.
Our real estate sources tell us ... while they were living in L.A. over the summer they checked out a brand new 23,000 square foot cliffside palace twice.
In addition to panoramic views of Malibu and downtown L.A., the 8-bedroom, 15-bathroom house features an attached 16-car garage, infinity pool, wine cellar, and a 24-seat movie theater.
Jay and Bey got a taste of L.A. life this summer while leasing a mansion in exclusive Holmby Hills for a whopping $200,000/month! The mortgage on the Bev Hills crib would likely cost 'em way more than that.
Still, chump change for them.
Bobby Womack's Family
If You Think We're Broke Now ...
9/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Singer Bobby Womack left behind a massive debt when he died in June -- including a huge child support judgment -- and now his family is trying to figure out how to pay it.
Bobby's widow, Regina, filed court docs in L.A. showing he owed $250K in back child support for two sons living in Ft. Wayne, IN -- one is 14 and the other an adult. He also had an unpaid loan for $400K when he died.
But Womack didn't leave much in the way of assets -- according to the docs he had $52K in cash and $7,250 in personal belongings, which included some jewelry and a 1974 Buick.
Regina says Womack also had music rights and royalties valued around $350K -- which will help pay down the debt -- if she can capitalize on renewed interest in his music since his death.
But Regina's a realist ... admitting the value of Bobby's music could fade quickly. In other words, help a sister out ... buy some Bobby tunes now!
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 ...
Robert Downey Jr.
Shows Up for Son's Drug Plea
9/12/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Downey Jr. showed up in court today to support his son Indio who pled guilty to drug charges -- but he could have a clean record in no time at all ... and the judge used Iron Man as inspiration.
Indio clearly impressed the judge with a glowing letter from his rehab facility -- where Indio has been since his arrest 2 months ago.
Judge Keith Schwartz made a point of acknowledging Indio's famous dad by saying, "I know in life people always look up to superheroes, but I think you might have contact or an inside as to one superhero -- that's Iron Man."
Indio pled guilty to felony cocaine possession -- but the judge said the conviction will be wiped clean if Indio stays clean and sober for 18 months and finishes his program.
Indio is prohibited from being around anyone who sells, buys or uses drugs.
The courtroom scene was moving ... As Indio and his lawyer, Blair Berk, faced the judge, Robert -- who has his own history with drug addiction which he has kicked in breathtaking form -- watched attentively.
Her Father Dies After Fall
9/12/2014 5:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicole Kidman's father, Dr. Antony Kidman died Friday in Singapore, reportedly after a fall in his hotel room.
Singapore police say they are investigating the "unnatural death," a term often used in Singapore for falls or accidents. He was in the country visiting his daughter Antonia, Nicole's sister.
Kidman was a clinical psychologist and was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2005 for his contributions to clinical psychology.
The University of Technology, Sydney (where Kidman had worked) confirmed his passing in a statement, saying, "It is with great sadness that we learn of Dr. Tony Kidman’s sudden passing ... Tony will be missed by all at UTS. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Before Dropping Baby
9/11/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mila Kunis -- who's about to pop out a little bambino -- found the easiest way to babyproof her L.A. mansion ... just get rid of it ... and make a million bucks in the process.
Kunis sold her Laurel Canyon digs Wednesday for $3.825 million -- slightly less than her asking price.
She bought the 4,900 sq. ft. 5-bedroom crib back in 2008 for $2.885M.
As we've reported ... her fiance Ashton Kutcher is currently trying to unload his pad in Lake Hollywood Estates for $12 mil. They've already bought a place together in the Bev Hills area for $10.2M.
Now a Prisoner
Leaves Pissed Off Wife Behind
9/10/2014 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida is on his way to prison right now -- at the time this story was posted -- but we've learned he went out with a nightclub bang that has royally pissed off his wife.
Phaedra Parks is telling friends Apollo has essentially abandoned his family for the last 2 months ... choosing drinking and strip clubs over his wife and 2 kids.
She says over the last week things got so bad and so tense she feared physical abuse ... although nothing happened. The 2 haven't even spoken in a week.
Apollo now begins his 8 year prison sentence for cashing stolen checks and laundering more than 2 million dollars.
We spoke to Apollo ... who had no comment ... but we're told he's pissed off at her for various reasons, including the fact that she didn't show up for his court hearings and she's been on a book tour during the last few months ... rather than comforting him.
A rep for Phaedra tells us the situation has put a "tremendous strain" on her family ... and she's working hard to bring back a sense of normalcy to everyone's lives.
I Haven't Finished
Watching 'The Sopranos'
9/10/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
James Gandolfini's son was too young to watch "The Sopranos" while it was on, but even though he's now a mature 14 ... he hasn't finished the series.
Michael Gandolfini told our photog he wasn't allowed to watch his father's most famous work, but he's seen some of it now ... but not the infamous ending.
Michael also revealed his favorite show on TV now ... and we think it's something James would have definitely enjoyed.
Let Me Ass You A Question
9/10/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian's been crushing it in the gym ... drawing ever closer to the ultimate goal -- because on the Kardashian family tree there can only be one ass to rule them all.
Everyone, including Khloe, knows Kim's been the standard bearer ... the most famous butt in the family
So, here it is -- Kim vs. Khloe, kakes vs. kakes. Khloe actually answered ... but do you agree?
G.R.L. Singer Simone Battle
Money Problems a Factor in Suicide
9/9/2014 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
G.R.L. singer Simone Battle had been struggling with financial problems before committing suicide ... TMZ has learned.
We know friends and family members told law enforcement ... Battle was depressed over money issues recently -- the family wasn't specific but they were clear ... money was bringing her down.
The family didn't quite understand, because Battle was part of a successful singing group that had just completed an overseas tour.
People close to Battle told cops ... she was frustrated that she hadn't hit in the U.S. and worried she never would. Apparently Battle wasn't cutting it financially overseas.
We broke the story ... the 25-year-old singer was found hanging from a clothing rod in a bedroom closet of her West Hollywood home. Her boyfriend found the body about 8:30 A.M. We're told he had last seen her alive about 5 hours earlier.
'My Five Wives' Dad
$318K Debt Wiped Clean
Gets To Keep Wedding Ring
9/9/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Reality star Brady Williams' life just got a lot simpler -- even though he's still got 5 wives -- 'cause he just unloaded more than $300K worth of debt in his bankruptcy case.
And more good news ... he gets to keep his wedding ring.
We broke the story ... Williams -- who heads the polygamous clan on "My Five Wives" -- was deep in the hole because of loans and credit card debt. Among the handful of assets he listed -- a $50 wedding ring and $3.61 in the bank.
According to court docs, obtained by TMZ ... $318K in debts were wiped clean.
Besides the ring, Williams will keep the things that made him go belly up in the first place -- his 5 wives and 24 children.
Fun Fact: By law, he has to wait 8 years before he can do this again.
Author Who 'Bamboozled' My Mom Says ...
I Owe Her $83K
9/9/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyrese Gibson owes more than $83K to a woman who claims he ruined her life after she wrote a book about his mom ... but Tyrese says the author is the one who's guilty of taking advantage of his mother.
Cynthia Banks claims she befriended Tyrese's mom Priscilla a few years back ... and agreed to write a book about Priscilla's 27-year struggle with alcoholism. Banks says the Gibson children cooperated with her on the book -- except Tyrese, who publicly trashed the author and ruined her reputation.
Banks filed a lawsuit against him in Texas, where she lived ... but when he failed to respond to the suit, a judge awarded her $75K.
Banks says Tyrese never paid -- so now she's coming after him in California. She's asking an L.A. judge to order him to fork over the money, which has ballooned to $83K due to interest charges.
Tyrese says he had no idea Banks had filed a lawsuit against him, but claims she "bamboozled" his mother at a low point in her life. He told us, "I did what I had to do to protect my mother from this woman who took advantage of her while she was in rehab."
He added his mother has been sober for 7 years, and the whole family is standing together "to make sure this goes away."