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Chris Brown

Baby Mama Claims Deadbeat Dad

He Says She's Money Hungry

5/25/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Brown is at war with his baby mama, who claims he's stopped paying the measly $2,500 a month in child support, and now she's gunning for 6 times that.  

Multiple sources connected with the couple tell TMZ, Chris has been paying baby Royalty's mom, Nia Guzman, the $2,500, but the gravy train stopped in March. Our Chris sources say he stopped paying because Nia demanded $15k a month, which he thinks is ridiculous.

We're told Chris says Nia's treating the baby like a winning lottery ticket, but she claims he's being incredibly cheap and their daughter is suffering as a result. 

We're told Nia's lawyer, Carl Moore, will be filing legal docs in the next 2 weeks demanding back child support and a huge monthly hike.  

We're hearing rumblings of settlement.

Michelle Rounds to Rosie

I Want Full Custody…

Of Our Baby Pictures

5/25/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0522-rosie-odonnell-michelle-rounds-tmzRosie O’Donnell's divorce has gotten so bitter it's gone from fighting in divorce court to battling over the rights to Instagram.

Michelle Rounds is on the attack, claiming she took a picture of their daughter, Dakota, and Rosie had the nerve to post it on Instagram.

Michelle says the law is crystal clear -- she took the pic so she owns the rights to it, and therefore Rosie has no right to post the pic anywhere.

Michelle has contacted Instagram, demanding that the pic be scrubbed from the site. So far the company has taken no action.

Rosie and Michelle are both under a gag order, prohibited from disparaging each other in the media ... social or otherwise. 

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Ben Stiller's Mom Dies

Anne Meara

Dead at 85

5/24/2015 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-ben-stiller-anne-meara-GETTY-01Actress and comedian Anne Meara -- who famously co stared with her husband Jerry Stiller for more than 60 years -- has died at the age of 85.

Anne's family, including her son Ben Stiller released a statement on Sunday regarding her passing. They did not mention a cause of death. 

Meara was famous for performing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the 1960s with her husband Jerry Stiller, and also had recurring roles on "All My Children" and "The King of Queens." She co stared with Ben in the 2006 film 'Night at the Museum."

Anne's death was first reported by the AP.

Kim Richards

Proud Mama

At Daughter Brooke's Wedding

5/24/2015 8:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kim Richards was front and center for her daughter's wedding Saturday in Cabo, but it's just a night out before returning to rehab.

Kim's daughter Brooke married Thayer Wiederhorn, the heir to the Fatburger fortune ... yeah, we were surprised too that he was skinny.

The pictures tell a fairly compelling story ... the family seems tight.  Kyle Richards -- who has had issues with Kim in the past -- was right there, along with her daughters and hubby Maurcio Umansky.  You'll recall, Kyle's daughter Alexia was badly bitten by Kim's pit bull.

Paris was there, along with most of the other Hiltons.

The entertainment was impressive ... Conrad Sewell performed his huge song, "Firestone.'

Kim, who had a sober coach present, did not drink and she's returning to rehab, where she's been since shortly after her drunken night at the Beverly Hills Hotel which led to her arrest and criminal charges.

'19 Kids and Counting'

Josh Duggar on the Chopping Block

5/23/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"19 Kids and Counting" may survive the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, but Josh might not.

Connected industry sources tell TMZ, TLC is considering a number of options, weighing the pros and cons. One is to cancel the show outright, the other is to just go full steam ahead, but there is real talk about continuing without Josh.  

Our sources say there's a strong sense axing Josh would not materially hurt the show. We're told TLC has done research and it shows the daughters have become the driving force. The weddings of Jill and Jessa were ratings successes, as was the birth of Jill's baby.

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It wouldn't be hard to remove Josh. He's moved away from Arkansas to D.C. where he's focused on lobbying Congress. But that could change because he just resigned from the Family Research Council.

As for cancelling the show, our sources say there is significant concern that big advertisers will bail. TMZ broke the story, General Mills has already pulled the plug.

On the other hand, we're told TLC believes the show has a strong, loyal evangelical base and so far support has not wavered.

But removing Josh could be a good middle ground for TLC. 

Stay tuned.

Josh Duggar

I'm Backin' Out of Sandusky

5/23/2015 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-josh-duggar-TLC-01Josh Duggar has pulled the plug on a conference he was scheduled to attend in the most ironic of places ... Sandusky, Ohio.

Josh was supposed to speak at a home schooling convention next week, but in the wake of his public sexual molestation admission, we've learned he's cancelled the appearance.

We're told Josh told the organizers he would be too much of a distraction and didn't want the focus of the conference blurred.

We're also told convention organizers are commending Josh and his parents, saying they've handled the matter well and it all reflects back on Christ.

Kim and Kanye

Happy Anniversary!!!

One Year and Counting

5/23/2015 8:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0523-kim-kanye-wedding-INSTAGRAM-01Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are in the clear, because they won't have to return any wedding gifts now that they've just hit their 1-year anniversary!

Everyone we've spoken to says the same thing ... they are as solid as sold can be.  It appears both of them are in Calabasas to celebrate, along with North West.

A far cry from Kim's 72-day marriage to what's his name.  

TMZ broke the story, Kim and Kanye are ferociously trying to have a second kid. 

'19 Kids and Counting'

TLC Yanks Show From TV Schedule

5/22/2015 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-duggar-family-twitterTLC has just pulled all airings of "19 Kids and Counting" from its lineup ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there's now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation confession ... the network had to make the decision.

We're told they absolutely have not made a long-term decision, but it's clearly a bad sign for the show.

And there's this ... a rep for General Mills tells TMZ, they have already blacklisted the show and removed it from their company's current advertising schedule. 

As we reported, TLC ran a Duggar marathon Thursday, prominently featuring Josh. There was big backlash, not the least of which came from Mama June, who felt TLC was giving the Duggars a pass for far worse conduct than hers, which caused TLC to pull the plug on 'Honey Boo Boo.'

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Mike Huckabee

I'm Standing by Josh Duggar

5/22/2015 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-huckabee-duggar-facebookPresidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coming out swinging for Josh Duggar ... saying he should be forgiven for his sins, because the alleged molestation happened when he was a minor with poor judgment.

The former Arkansas Governor is famously tight with the whole Duggar family, and made it clear ... he's standing by them now that the molestation investigation has come to light. Huckabee says, "Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.' He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities."

Huckabee also believes the 2006 investigation should never have become public. He says the law protects disclosure of many actions by minors because "being a minor means that one's judgment is not mature." 

He adds ... Josh has gone on to live a very responsible and Christian life as an adult, and says, "Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends." 

Huckabee just posted his staunch defense on Facebook -- an incredibly bold move considering he's in the middle of seeking the Republican nomination for president.

The Duggars frequently campaign for Huckabee. 

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Mama June

Threatens TLC with Lawsuit ...

We Weren't as Bad as the Duggar Family

5/22/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mama June is so angry TLC has not cancelled "19 Kids and Counting" she's prepared to sue TLC, claiming the Duggar family is way worse than hers, yet they still have a show.

June tells TMZ there is no way TLC can justify keeping the Duggar family on the air yet yanking 'Honey Boo Boo.' June notes within hours of TMZ posting the pic of her cavorting with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, TLC pulled the plug on her show.

June says she never molested anyone and McDaniel wasn't ever on her show, yet Josh Duggar is a central figure on the TLC show and admitted to molesting some of his sisters, who are also on the show. What's more, she believes Jim Bob and Michelle covered up their son's misdeeds. 

With that backdrop, June says she's out hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the abrupt cancellation of her show, and if the Duggar family stays on the air, she wants to sue the network for what she believes is blatantly unfair and inconsistent treatment. 

And June adds, "I read that the Duggar family said, this happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other. So they're saying it's ok to have family touch time? Hell no."

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Oprah

Sent Duggar Family Packing

After Molestation Tip

5/22/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oprah Winfrey took swift action when her production company got a tip that Josh Duggar had molested young girls, including some of his sisters, refusing to go through with a scheduled appearance on her talk show.

As we reported, the first tip about Josh Duggar was sent to a staffer at Harpo. The email was received on December 7, 2006 at 6:30 AM. The email not only refers to the molestation, the author also claims Jim Bob and Michelle covered it up.

Oprah's people sent the email to a child abuse hotline.

 The Duggars were already in Chicago for the taping, which was scheduled within a day of the email. Oprah's staff jumped so quickly, we've learned at 1:17 PM the same day, an Arkansas State Police officer contacted Michelle, telling her she needed to bring Josh back home immediately for an interview. 

Turns out there was no conflict, because Oprah's people immediately cancelled the taping and sent the family home. 

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'19 Kids and Counting'

TLC Airs Josh-Centric Marathon

In Wake of Molestation Admission

5/22/2015 6:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TLC seems undaunted by Josh Duggar's admission he molested young girls -- including some of his sisters -- when he was a teenager, because the network ran a Josh-centric marathon last night.

TLC's been radio silent about the revelations, but it seems all systems are still go, because Josh was right there, front and center, with one of the episodes focusing on the gender of their unborn child, and another featuring Josh playing with his kids.

TLC has said nothing about the show's future  ... which has angered former TLC star Mama June, who feels her show got axed for a lot less.

Josh Duggar

Admits Molestation

Resigns from Family Research Council

5/21/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-josh-duggar-getty-01Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.

Josh says, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret."  He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."

The molestations occurred in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14. He fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping.

Josh's wife Anna says he confessed his "past teenage mistakes" to her 2 years before he asked her to marry him.

The incidents were not reported to police until 2006, and the statute of limitations has now long since passed. But Josh says he believes God has shown him mercy and given him redemption.

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