Beyonce's dad, Mathew Knowles, has been sued by a second woman who claims he fathered her kid ... and she's looking for a payday.
TMZ has confirmed ... TaQoya Branscomb filed legal docs in Texas, claiming Mathew got her pregnant in 2010 ... just after Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles filed for divorce. Tina filed because she found out Mathew was cheating on her with another woman whom he knocked up in 2009.
30-year-old Branscomb tells us she was a lingerie model but is now a real estate agent.
Mathew acknowledged in 2010 Alexsandra Wright was indeed his baby mama and he was ordered to pay $12K a month in child support, but that was reduced to $2,485 after Beyonce fired him and his income stream dried up.
As for the current case -- a story broken by BuzzFeed -- Branscomb is asking for a DNA test, a declaration of paternity and child support.
Kid Actors In Hollywood
We're Pulling Down $3K/Week
7/4/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We've just seen the salaries for two young actors in Hollywood -- one 6 and one 13 -- and you better grab a cold one ... 'cuz it might ruin your 4th of July barbecue.
One of the actors is Nia Long's teenage son ... Massai Zhivago Dorsey Jr. ... who starred alongside his famous mom in "The Single Mom's Club."
According to his contract, 13-year-old Massai got paid the Screen Actor's Guild standard weekly rate of $2,921 plus 10%.
It gets even better for 6-year-old Bobbi Strayed Lindstrom -- whose mom is best-selling author, Cheryl Strayed. Bobbi was hired for the upcoming movie, "Wild," and her contract pays a daily rate of $859 -- or almost $4,300 a week!
Guarantee these kids do NOT have lemonade stands this weekend.
Divorce Sucks ...
For Me and My Siblings
7/1/2014 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We tried to ask the formerly Lil’ celeb a simple question about his dad’s famous gold tank from the "Make 'Em Say Ugh" video -- but instead he blurted out a PSA for latchkey kids everywhere.
Watch the clip ... the 24-year-old plays the "I'm just a kid" card pretty hard, and says he's staying out of his folks' messy split -- despite Master P dragging Romeo's siblings smack in the middle of it.
You kinda feel for Romeo, even though his parents are warring over a $200 million fortune ... which is clearly NOT common.
Romeo, we get that divorce is hard ... but the tank is still pretty awesome.
Robert Downey Jr.
Deeply Involved in Son's
Struggle with Sobriety
6/30/2014 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Downey Jr. has been very privately helping his son struggle with addiction problems for years ... with some success ... sources connected with the family tell TMZ.
TMZ broke the story ... 20-year-old Indio was arrested Sunday for cocaine possession. We're told it's the latest slip in his ongoing struggle with drugs ... and his dad has been deeply involved in Indio's treatment.
Indio has been in and out of treatment programs for several years. One source says until Sunday Indio had a fairly long stretch of time when he was clean, in no small part because of Robert's counseling.
We're told Robert feels a degree of guilt as a father ... because he's been through the same struggle.
One source put it this way, "Because of Robert's own struggle he's very much in tune with his son's sobriety. And that has really helped Indio."
Everyone we've spoken with says Indio is a good person who is polite, well-mannered and serious about trying to stay clean, but like so many people with addiction problems, he's slipped.
Indio has also seen Robert help others who have struggled, including Mel Gibson.
To the Rescue
After Crash Involving Floyd's Kids
6/30/2014 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber was a full-on good Samaritan Sunday ... rushing to the aid of 3 of Floyd Mayweather's kids who were involved in a bad car crash.
Here's what we know. Floyd was on the red carpet Sunday afternoon for the BET Awards when he got word his kids were in a bad crash in L.A. Floyd happened to be on the phone with Bieber at the time and told the singer how bummed he was that he was on the red carpet and not there for his kids.
Bieber happened to be in an SUV not too far away from the crash and jumped into action, racing to the scene.
Biebs told the cops he was friends of the family and wanted to check on their well-being.
We're told it was a multi-vehicle collision ... several cars and a motorcycle. The kids were not seriously injured -- one had a busted lip -- and Bieber tried comforting them by playing his new music for them.
Bieber was then allowed to put the kids in his SUV and drove them to Floyd ... then returned to the accident scene to inform cops the children were with the boxer.
'Dance Moms' Star
My Daughter's in Therapy
Because of Abby
6/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Dance Moms" instructor Abby Lee Miller so frightened her students ... one pint-sized dancer needed a shrink ... so the mom claims in a new lawsuit.
Kelly Hyland claims Miller made her daughter Paige so nervous during rehearsals ... the girl started suffering panic attacks to the point she couldn't breathe.
Hyland says in the lawsuit producers made it even worse by shoving cameras in Paige's face during her anxiety attacks. She says the whole thing was so traumatic, Paige had to go to a psychiatrist.
Hyland claims Miller tormented her, too ... calling her an alcoholic stage mom ... and insulting her with 8 bottles of tequila as an XMAS present.
We reached out to Miller about the lawsuit ... but all she did was brag about her new book.
Signs Million Dollar Record Deal!
6/27/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Miles won't have to worry about finding a summer job ... the 15-year-old kid rapper just signed his first record deal ... which could make him a millionaire.
Miles -- who first shot to fame when his rap audition for "America's Got Talent" went viral -- inked a deal with Warner/Chappell to write and rap on as many as 5 albums.
According to the contract -- filed in court and obtained by TMZ -- Miles will get an $182,500 advance for the first album that's released.
If the album does well, the next 4 combined could land Chris more than $1.5 MILLION ... PLUS ROYALTIES!
Beats selling jeans at Gap.
Refuses To Accept
His Daughter Is Now His Son
6/27/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R. Kelly can't accept the fact he has a transgender child -- a daughter who chooses to live as a male -- and at least one very close relative is attacking the singer as heartless.
Andrea Kelly says R still refers to 14-year-old Jaya as his daughter ... even though Jaya came out as transgender earlier this month and now calls himself Jay. She tells TMZ, "That's like calling him [R. Kelly] a background singer, not the king of R&B."
The "Bump N' Grind" singer made his feelings clear last weekend ... when a Chicago radio host dared to ask about Jay. It's apparent, Kelly not only can't handle it ... he doesn't believe it.
Andrea says Jay has not had gender reassignment surgery, but Andrea says she's respecting the change. Well, that makes one.
Sir, Your Child Has Been Found
But What's the Deal Here?
6/26/2014 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the most bizarre scenes on TV in a long time played out on Nancy Grace's show Wednesday night ... when she broke the news to the father of a missing boy that his son had just been found.
Charles Bothuell IV appeared stunned ... hyperventilating as Nancy showed suspicion. The boy had been missing for 11 days and somehow turned up in the family's basement, even though Bothuell said the basement had been repeatedly searched by authorities and the family.
Authorities say they have no idea how the boy ended up in the basement ... whether he was there the whole time or whether he was recently put there. The boy's stepmother refused to take a polygraph.
So we gotta ask ...
A rep for the Detroit PD tells TMZ ... dogs previously combed the house at least four times and did not turn up the boy. Police say the kid ended up being found behind a five-gallon tub on the basement floor ... there was no secret wall and the boy was not being restrained in any way.
'Love & Hip Hop: ATL' Star Stevie J
I'm Not A Deadbeat
Check Out My Kid's Jordans
6/26/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Stevie J says he can't be a bad dad -- despite owing more than a million bucks in back child support -- 'cause he loves his kids ... and even buys them expensive kicks.
Stevie was at Mr. Chow in L.A. Tuesday night with partner Joseline Hernandez and one of his adult sons. The kid showed us how well daddy takes care of him by displaying his Jordans.
The problem ... Jordans don't cut it with the judge, who had Stevie J arrested for being a child support scofflaw.
But Stevie J says he has a plan to raise the million and a lot more ... and it involves Snoop.
See, I'm a Good Mom
Who Flies with My Baby [VIDEO]
6/25/2014 4:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian is a master at spin ... showing the world she protects her kid in airports and on airplanes.
Kim showed up to LAX last night with North West, and displayed her baby in grandiose fashion, asking photogs for space because the kid was taking a snooze.
We're guessing it's not coincidental ... just last week North West flew coast-to-coast without Kim ... who took an earlier flight home. North was in the care of an entourage of hired help, but people criticized mommy for not taking the same plane.
Check out the video ... it's klassic Kardashian.
'Pit Bull Girl'
Story Is BOGUS
6/24/2014 1:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
KFC is calling BS on the "pit bull girl" who was allegedly turned away from one of its franchises because customers were grossed out by her bite wounds.
KFC claims there have now been 2 investigations -- one internal and one independent -- and both show "no evidence" such an incident ever occurred at the Jackson Mississippi franchise.
3-year-old Victoria Welcher's family claims the girl was kicked out because employees felt her facial wounds from the dog attack were upsetting customers.
KFC says it will still honor its $30,000 donation to assist Victoria's family in paying her medical bills.
So even if the claim was phony ... it worked.
'KFC Pit Bull Girl'
Family Claims It's No Hoax!
6/24/2014 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The people calling BS on a story about a little girl who was thrown out of a KFC because her face made customers lose their appetite are themselves full of BS ... so claims the aunt of the girl.
3-year-old Victoria Welcher was supposedly kicked out of a KFC in Jackson, Miss. last month after an employee felt her facial wounds from a pit bull attack were upsetting customers.
New reports claim the story is bogus.
But Victoria's aunt, Teri Rials Bates, now claims it really happened and the franchise is in the midst of a KFC investigation.
The owner of the franchised KFC in Jackson says the story's fishy.