Da Brat is already made a dent in paying off her massive $6.4 million debt ... $400 down, $6,399,600 to go.
The rapper performed Saturday night at a bar in Atlanta ... and according to Dennis Byron -- the guy who shot the video -- Brat's raps were inspired by her prison stint.
We broke the story ... Brat has to pay an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader $6.4 million for beating her face in with a bottle back in '07.
We're told Da Brat got paid for the gig ... but based on the setup, it couldn't have been much.
CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
... Over Jailhouse Fight
3/7/2014 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez has been charged with assault and battery for a ferocious attack on a defenseless inmate last month ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to Sheriff Thomas Hodgson ... the charge is a misdemeanor offense.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Hernandez attacked an inmate who was wearing handcuffs on February 25th. Our sources tell us the victim had been talking smack to Hernandez.
Hernandez was supposed to be isolated for his own protection.
Now, we're told officials at Bristol County Jail in Mass. are changing procedures to ensure nothing like this happens again.
Ex-UFC Fighter Thiago Silva
After Alleged Gun Incident w/ Wife
3/7/2014 12:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former UFC fighter Thiago Silva will be RELEASED FROM JAIL ... for the first time since he allegedly grabbed a gun and threatened to shoot his wife in Florida ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Silva was initially locked up without bond when he was arrested on Feb. 7th -- but today, the judge changed his mind and set bond at $25k.
But Silva isn't entirely a free man ... we're told he'll be on house arrest with an electronic monitor for the time being. He must also complete an anger management program.
The judge also ordered Thiago to stay away from his wife and her boyfriend at all times. He must also submit to random drug and alcohol testing.
As we previously reported, Thiago was initially arrested for attempted murder after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife and her BF in front of a martial arts school in FL.
The judge later reduced the charges to aggravated assault. Dana White has since banned Silva from ever fighting in the UFC again.
He's due back in court next week.
Storms Out of Depo
Over Selena Questions
3/7/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber lost his cool under oath Thursday, when a lawyer started peppering him with questions about Selena Gomez ... TMZ has learned.
Bieber sat for a 4 1/2 hour deposition in Miami in connection with a lawsuit filed by a photog who claims last June Bieber sent his hired muscle to beat him up.
The contentious lawyer for the bodyguard drilled Bieber on a variety of subjects, but things spun out of control when Selena Gomez was raised.
The lawyer started asking if Selena was present during any incident involving fights with photogs. Bieber's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, felt the lawyer was just trying to get a rise so he objected. But the lawyer persisted and asked again ... Bieber was fuming and Weitzman jumped in and said his client was being harassed.
The photog's lawyer asked about Selena again, and at that point Justin and Weitzman stood up and left, and as Justin was leaving he screamed, "Don't ask me about her, do not ask me about her!"
Five minutes later they returned but things got even hotter. At one point Bieber responded to a question with the word "Yeah." The lawyer said, "Do you mean yes?" To that Bieber responded, "What the f*** is the difference between yeah and yes?!"
A short time later Bieber fired back, "What is this, "60 Minutes?" At another point he responded to a question by saying to the lawyer, "OK Katie Couric, what's your question again?"
And even TMZ got in the act. The lawyer showed Bieber multiple TMZ posts, and the singer accused the lawyer of having an obsession by constantly surfing TMZ for Bieber stories.
And finally ... the lawyer asked Bieber if he has a prescription for Xanax, and Bieber responded, "No."
Grilled Like a Cheeseburger
Over Miami Pap Fight
3/6/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber better grab a warm jacket ... because he's about to get the third degree -- courtesy of the lawyers repping the Miami pap who's suing the singer for battery.
Bieber just arrived for his deposition in the lawsuit filed by photog Jeffrey Binion, who claims Bieber's bodyguard Hugo Hesny choked him and stole his camera equipment last June outside a Miami recording studio. Binion claims Bieber ordered the attack.
The deposition is going to be ruthless -- sources tell us, Binion's lawyers are ready to go to war and are planning to ask Bieber hundreds of questions about EVERYTHING ... not just the Miami incident.
We're told the lawyers will cover every other pap scuffle ever -- including the most recent one in Atlanta -- as well as Bieber's drug use. And it won't end there either.
Here's hoping it will be as entertaining as Lil Wayne's.
Family Party Turns Into Raging Warfare
3/5/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's son-in-law got his ass beaten by one of Whitney's nephews at a formal family gathering ... and it's all because of a long-simmering family feud ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Whitney's nephew, Gary Michael Houston, went nuclear on Bobbi Kristina's husband, Nick Gordon … allegedly SLAMMING him to the floor and pummeling his face -- accusing him of talking crap about the family.
Family sources tell us ... it all went down at a Sweet 16 party for Whitney's niece, Rayah. We're told it was a formal affair -- everyone in tuxes and long gowns -- but Nick showed up in a hoodie and knit cap and "lookin' like a thug."
Gary felt Gordon had insulted the family one too many times ... as soon as the party was over, he delivered the beat down. We're told it was a lopsided fight -- Nick didn't even get in a single punch.
The two are now sluggin' it out on Twitter. Gordon posted, "F*** all of em they've tried to fight me (Gary H) jealous ass n***a."
In response, Gary tweeted, "He still kind a sore from that last trip I sent him on smh .... I tried to tell him to buckle up lol."
Anger Triggered By Bipolar Disorder
2/28/2014 11:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ... and that's why he has had such anger issues ... this according to new court docs.
Chris was in court today for a progress hearing in the Rihanna beating case. Documents were filed by the facility where Chris just completed 90 days of anger management therapy. In fact, Chris stayed longer, just completing 95 days.
In the legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- an official from the rehab facility wrote that ... in addition to his diagnosis ... Chris was self-medicating inappropriately.
The facility writes, "Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD." They never explain the cause of the PTSD. The letter also says Chris was diagnosed with Bipolar II.
The letter says Chris is on meds for the bipolar and other conditions.
Chris has learned various relaxation exercises, according to the letter, and he's tested negative for drugs, including weed, during his stay.
The facility says he's doing really well. It says he gets up at 5 AM and works hard. They say he's been especially good with community service, saying, "Mr. Brown's attitude has been beyond exemplary in regard to his community service responsibilities."
Da Brat's Bottle Victim
The $6.4 MILLION Injuries
Gnarly Bloody Gashed Face
2/28/2014 10:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here are the injuries that just cost Da Brat $6.4 MILLION -- after she brutally bottled an Atlanta nightclub waitress in the face back in 2007 -- the photos are intense ... but they raise an interesting question.
If you don't want to click, the pics show the bloodied face of former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Shayla Stevens at the hospital immediately following Da Brat's attack.
Da Brat and Stevens had reportedly gotten into an argument inside Studio 72 nightclub, and when the waitress turned around to get her manager -- Da Brat smashed her in the face with a rum bottle.
There's no doubt Stevens' injuries are severe -- but $6.4 million is a LOT of money ... especially after Da Brat served a sizable prison sentence ... so we gotta ask ...
11:40 AM PT -- Da Brat just called in to "TMZ Live," and pretty much told Stevens to get in line ... because she owes a LOT of people money ... and $6.4 million isn't exactly in her budget.
Bludgeoned with $6.4 Million Verdict
After Bottling Cheerleader [UPDATED]
2/27/2014 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1:50 PM PT -- The jury wasn't finished. They just awarded the victim another $2.7 MILLION as added punishment for Da Brat's violent bottle assault.
As we reported, the jury has already awarded ex-NFL cheerleader Shayla Stevens $3.7 million to cover her injuries and past/future loss of earnings. Da Brat now owes Stevens a grand total of $6.4 MILLION.
Da Brat is gonna pay twice for violently bottling a former NFL cheerleader inside an ATL nightclub back in 2007 -- after serving more than 3 years in prison for the crime ... the rapper now has to pay the victim $3.7 MILLION.
Shayla Stevens -- who used to cheer for the Atlanta Falcons -- sued Da Brat in 2009, while the rapper was serving her prison sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.
The civil trial hit a stumbling block Wednesday when a juror in the case admitted he wasn't a U.S. citizen -- but the new jury quickly reached a verdict today.
The jury found Da Brat -- real name Shawntae Harris -- responsible for causing Stevens' permanent facial scarring, neurological impairment, and severe mental pain.
Aaron Hernandez Fight
Victim Was in HANDCUFFS
Couldn't Defend Himself
2/26/2014 12:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The victim in the Aaron Hernandez jail fight was in HANDCUFFS at the time of the attack ... and therefore couldn't defend himself ... sources extremely familiar with the situation tell TMZ Sports.
Our sources tell us ... Aaron was NOT wearing handcuffs when he was allowed to go for an isolated walk in a hallway at Bristol County Jail on Tuesday ... but the other inmate he encountered WAS in 'cuffs.
As we first reported, the other inmate had been talking smack to Hernandez ... and Aaron had been upset. When they got into the hallway, Aaron attacked ... and we're told he beat the crap out of the guy.
Our sources say ... since the victim's hands were restrained, he could barely defend himself from Aaron's assault, which we're told was brutal.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has told other media outlets, the fight lasted less than a minute. Hodgson says he's investigating the situation to find out how the men got into the hallway at the same time.
A rep for the jail had no comment. We reached out to Hodgson about this story multiple times ... he won't return our calls.
Cedric the Entertainer:
Inmates Are Learning
Aaron Hernandez Ain't No Bitch!
2/26/2014 11:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez had NO CHOICE but to beat the crap out of an inmate who dissed him in jail ... because he had to let everyone know he ain't no bitch ... so says Cedric the Entertainer.
Ced was leaving Crossroads restaurant on Melrose when he broke it down:
"It's prison. People wanna test their stuff out, they don't believe Hernandez [is] real ... they don't think he's real with his stab game ... and he had to let 'em know!"
HIT WITH RESTRAINING ORDER
Stay Away from Paparazzo!
2/26/2014 7:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sam Worthington has just been smacked with a restraining order -- with a judge BARRING the "Avatar" actor from having any contact with the pap he allegedly attacked in NYC this weekend.
Worthington just appeared in an NYC courtroom to face charges stemming from the February 23 incident with photo Sheng Li ... when Sam allegedly punched the guy following an altercation with his GF Lara Bingle.
During the hearing, Sam was charged with two 2 counts of 3rd degree assault, 1 count of attempted assault, 1 count of harassment -- and faces a maximum of one year in jail if convicted.
But the most shocking part of the hearing -- the restraining order ... which specifically orders Sam to not contact Li in person, on the phone or through social media.
Worthington is due back in court on May 8th.
Aaron Hernandez Fight
INTERNAL INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY
Who Let Them Fight?
2/26/2014 7:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Aaron Hernandez jail fight has triggered an internal investigation at Bristol County Jail ... with officials gunning to find out how deputies would allow two guys with known beef to come face to face, TMZ Sports has learned.
We broke the story ... Hernandez -- who's supposed to be a segregated prisoner for his own protection -- attacked another inmate in a jail hallway Tuesday and beat the guy up pretty badly.
Our sources tell us ... it was no secret Aaron and the other guy had been mouthing off at each other for some time ... and now officials want to know how in the hell they both ended up in the same hallway at the same time.
Now, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says officials are talking to witnesses and checking jail cameras to find out exactly what went down.
Stay tuned ...