"Love & Hip Hop" star K. Michelle is finally getting a taste of her own medicine -- at least in the slapping department -- because the IRS just hit her hard.
Uncle Sam has filed a $52,415.09 tax lien against K. -- who famously slapped her co-star MiMi Faust this year -- claiming she didn't muster up enough tax dough in the years 2008 ($47,710.46) and 2009 ($4,704.63).
2008 was a big year for K. -- her singing career took off when she signed with Jive records. In 2009, she released a single with Missy Elliott. Things slowed down afterward, until she signed on for "Love" in 2012.
As the saying goes ... mo' money, mo' problems.
'Love & Hip Hop' Star
After Gas Station Beatdown
8/28/2013 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil' Scrappy -- one of the stars of the VH1 show "Love & Hip Hop" -- was arrested at a Georgia gas station yesterday after getting into a fight with a guy who allegedly disrespected his girlfriend, TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... cops received a call about a brawl going down inside the gas station around 2:33 AM. We're told an off-duty police officer from Atlanta happened to be at the same gas station and sprang into action -- successfully breaking up the fight.
When on-duty cops arrived to the scene ... Scrappy and the other man were arrested for disorderly conduct and hauled to a nearby police station.
FYI -- the other guy in the fight was Kenny Rogers ... not "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers ... just a random guy who also happens to share the same name as the country legend.
We're told Scrappy was very cooperative once in custody -- and was released a short time later.
We spoke with Scrappy who insists Kenny Rogers was the aggressor -- "He was calling my girlfriend names and then put his hands on me ... so I had to lay them paws on him."
Scrappy's lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis tells us there's video that proves Scrappy was acting in self-defense.
Scrappy says he plans to cooperate with law enforcement moving forward -- and is now trying to focus on the next season of his reality show.
'Love & Hip Hop' Star
Nicki Minaj Was Right ...
7/6/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj BLASTED "Love & Hip Hop" star Kirk Frost for being a womanizing a-hole on national TV, and Kirk tells TMZ she was totally right to do so.
A recent episode of "LHH: ATL" aired showing Kirk cheating on his wife Rasheeda with TWO other women in a hot tub. FYI -- Rasheeda is 7 months pregnant.
Nicki ( a HUGE "LHH" fan) was pissed by the public display of douche-baggery and took to Twitter, writing, "Damn my n***a, after 15 yrs u wld embarrass the mother of your child while she's pregnant on nat'l tv like that? cornballs on deck."
She added, "And I dare u to say it ain't none of my business. U done sold it to vh1. It's everybody business."
But rather than try and make excuses, Kirk tells TMZ he knows he acted like a terrible person, telling us, "Nicki Minaj is a woman and she was speaking about me doing inappropriate things. I can't fault her for that. Every woman in America who watched felt the way Nicki did."
Kirk adds, "Not only was doing it on the show inappropriate ... but it was inappropriate period. And I hurt my wife."
FYI -- Kirk says his wife is now "done" with him. They have a 12-year-old kid together, plus the one on the way.
I've Been Weed Free
For 30 Days!
6/29/2013 12:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Scrappy can finally pee in a cup sans stress ... because the rapper has purged himself of the green stuff for 30 days ...TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... The "Love & Hip Hop: ATL" star voluntarily checked himself into rehab on May 30th -- after failing a court-ordered drug test. He copped to the fact he was addicted to ganja and wanted help.
Lil Scrappy's lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis tells TMZ ... Scrappy was able to kick his nasty habit and the rapper was released at 12:01 AM Saturday, practically a new man. He explains, "Scrappy has had time to reflect, read, and write. He is now drug and alcohol free."
To pass on his newfound wisdom, we're told Scrappy will start mentoring teens next week -- speaking to them about what he's gone through and how to keep their noses clean. Maybe a little too soon, but ...
FYI -- Scrappy -- who's currently on probation -- better stay straight, because he must submit to random drug tests. Whatever it takes, right?
'Love & Hip Hop' Star Yandy Smith
Back to Work
Following Contract Dispute
6/9/2013 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cast of "Love & Hip Hop" is returning to the show for a fourth season following a contract dispute with VH1 ... and Yandy Smith tells TMZ the money "was right" for her.
As TMZ first reported, the girls banded together and threatened to walk because they felt VH1 was screwing them over when it came to their contracts.
But when our photog spotted Smith out earlier this week in NYC, she told us that she's signed her new deal and was more than pleased with the amount of coin VH1 coughed up. In fact, Smith said cameras were already rolling for season 4.
'Love & Hip Hop, New York'
Massive Contract Disputes
5/23/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Big trouble on the set of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop, New York" ... TMZ has learned, the stars of the show are refusing to go to work ... and it's all because they think they're getting shafted in contract negotiations.
Sources close to the show tell us, all cast members were supposed to be present Tuesday in NYC to film a trailer for the upcoming season, but only half of the cast showed up. The other half stayed home in protest because negotiations for their new contracts had gone sour.
We're told the half that did show up then got upset ... believing they too were entitled to revised contracts ... and stormed off.
We're told most of the cast members want more money -- as much as double their last contract -- but there are other problems too ... some are pissed at how they were portrayed last season and they want more say in what footage gets aired.
We're told emergency meetings have since been called with the angry cast members ... and they're hoping to get what they want by the end of the week.
If they don't ... we're told the cast members plan to stick to their guns and continue their strike for as long as necessary. We reached out to VH1 for comment -- so far, no word back.
Fails Urine Test
I'm Addicted to Marijuana
5/22/2013 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Scrappy believes he's addicted to weed ... and after failing a court-ordered drug test, the rapper will enter a rehab facility for treatment, TMZ has learned.
Scrappy appeared in a Georgia courtroom moments ago, where officials revealed a urine test Scrappy took last week came back positive for marijuana.
TMZ spoke with Scrappy's lawyer, Mawuli Mel Davis, who tells us ... the rapper will check into a rehab facility before the next court hearing in June.
Davis also tells us ... Scrappy acknowledges he's addicted to smoking marijuana.
We broke the story ... Scrappy was recently jailed for violating his probation back in March after a dispute over a different pee test. According to court officials, Scrappy tried to turn in a urine sample that was cold to the touch and may have been tampered with ... and when asked to submit another cup, he refused.
Story developing ...
After Refusing Urine Test
4/23/2013 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Scrappy is a lil' jailbird -- the rapper-slash-reality star turned himself in to an ATL jail this morning after cops say he refused to submit to a court-ordered urine test ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... officials say Scrappy violated his probation back in March after a dispute over a pee test. According to court officials, Scrappy tried to turn in a urine sample that was cold to the touch and may have been tampered with ... and when asked to submit another cup, he refused.
The court eventually issued a warrant for his arrest ... and moments ago, the "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star turned himself in.
On his way into the pokey, Scrap was photographed saying farewell to his fiancee Erica Dixon (seen above, holding hands) and his mother, Momma Dee ... who was already sporting a "Free Scrappy" shirt.
Naturally, the VH1 cameras captured the dramatic moment on tape.
Wanted By Cops
War Over Urine Sample
4/20/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Scrappy has pissed off the police ... because he allegedly refused to piss for police ... and now a warrant has been issued for his arrest, TMZ has learned.
The urine controversy bubbled to the surface back in March ... when the "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta" star was required to submit to a pee test in Georgia as part of his probation, stemming from a 2008 pot arrest.
Problem is ... officials say Scrappy tried to turn in a urine sample that was cold to the touch ... and cops believe it may have been tampered with. They refused to accept the sample ... and told Scrappy to provide a fresh cup of yellow gold.
But Scrappy refused the pee demand, denied the allegations of tampering and left the premises ... so officials issued a warrant for his arrest, claiming he once again violated his probation by not cooperating.
We spoke to Scrappy's lawyer, Mawuli Mel Davis, who tells us Scrappy plans to appear in court on May 16 to address the issue -- and says, "It is our hope that the Judge will recall the revocation warrant that is currently pending against Mr. Richardson."
He adds, "Since Mr. Richardson’s release from jail, he has been reporting to probation as ordered and doing his best to comply with all conditions of probation."
Meanwhile, sources tell us ... Scrappy plans to turn himself in to police next week -- and we're told VH1 cameras will be rolling to capture the moment ... of course.
'Love & Hip Hop' Star
Paychecks Held Hostage
to Satisfy Debt
4/14/2013 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop" star Lil Scrappy better have some "Money in the Bank" left over from his rap career ... because his TV checks are about to be garnished ... to help pay off a $100,000 debt.
Long story short ... Scrappy was supposed to cough up $72,218.68 to a concert booking company called Heavy Rotation back in 2010 -- after he lost a legal battle in GA court. But according to HR, Scrappy never paid up.
The debt has since ballooned to $108,510.38 with interest and attorney's fees.
Tired of waiting for their loot ... HR requested to have chunks of Scrappy's "Love & Hip Hop" cash go straight to them first, until the debt's satisifed ... which the court signed off on.
Might be time to focus on that music again.
'Love & Hip Hop' Fight
Cause for the Claws
2/14/2013 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop" star Erica Mena was brutally attacked at a nail salon -- so what could possibly instigate such a nuclear lady war? It's a clear case of BBT! Just watch.
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'Love & Hip Hop' Star
HUGE CHICK BRAWL
Caught on Tape
2/14/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Another day, another RAGING SHE-FIGHT involving one of the stars of "Love & Hip Hop" ... with hair-pulling, name-calling and a nasty panther-like, claw-first takedown ... and TMZ has the footage.
It all went down at a fancy party inside a nail salon in Manhattan ... when Erica Mena got into a heated discussion with a blonde lady named Tiffany.
Multiple people who were at the party tell us the two were squabbling over a man ... and Tiffany implied that she had hooked up with Erica's BF in the past.
We're told Erica DECKED Tiffany ... and all hell broke loose.
People rushed in to break up the girls ... but both women made it clear -- THEY WANTED TO FIGHT.
At one point, a man steps in to restrain Erica ... and she threatens to slap him in the face unless he got out of her way. She even gives the dude a pretty nasty forearm to the body.
But just when she thinks she's safe, Erica is BLINDSIDED by Tiffany ... who somehow crept up from the side, and pounced on her prey like a ferocious ocelot (look it up, they're awesome).
After the incident, Erica took to Twitter to declare victory ... saying, "Yeah I knocked @Tiffsway The F*ck Out Tonight SOO Classic! … She wanted A Min of Knock out fame and got it!!!”
Best. Show. Ever.
Rapper Jim Jones
No Lie, You Know This ...
2/13/2013 3:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Jim Jones was arrested in New Jersey earlier today ... after cops say he "got out of line" with a police officer who was trying to deal with a parking situation.
According to police, Jones confronted an officer who was responding to a complaint about an illegally parked car in front of Jim's home.
Cops say the officer ran Jim's name through the system and noticed two warrants out for the rapper's arrest -- one for a motor vehicle violation and the other for failure to remove snow from his sidewalk ... apparently, that's a crime in NJ.
According to the Fair Lawn Patch, Jones denied the existence of the warrants and became disorderly with the officer ... so the cop put him under arrest for disorderly conduct and obstruction.
Jim was taken to a nearby station where he was booked.
Story developing ....