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Prince

Sued for Allegedly Poaching 'Voice' Contestant

3/27/2015 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327-prince-judith-hill-tmz-01Prince shamelessly stole a recording artist away from the producer who discovered Lady Gaga ... and her company is now going after The Purple One in court.

Singer Judith Hill made a name for herself on "The Voice" in 2013. Sony got interested in her. Ditto Jolene Cherry, the famed producer who first eyed Lady Gaga. Sony and Cherry partnered and claim they signed her to an exclusive recording deal.

A few months ago, Sony and Cherry heard rumblings that Hill was meeting with Prince for a recording session. They warned her to stop earlier this month, only to learn that she and Prince recorded an entire album -- 11 songs -- and released it Monday as a free Internet download.

Sony and Cherry are now going after Prince with a vengeance, courtesy of their lawyer Larry Stein, asking not only for regular damages but punitive damages for underhandedness.

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Ray J on 'Love & Hip Hop'

Intense Give & Hate Negotiations ...

But He's Coming Back

3/26/2015 3:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ray J Love And Hip Hop DealRay J wants more love ... "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" producers want more drama -- but they still hammered out a deal to keep him on the show, save his relationship, and line his pockets all at once.

Ray J hashed out his problems with the show's creator, Mona Scott, at dinner Wednesday night ... along with his girlfriend, Princess Love.

As TMZ first reported, Ray J quit the show because he felt it only showed his relationship with Princess Love in a negative light and he thought the show was hurting them.

We're told Ray J asked Mona to show more of the good parts of his and PL's relationship. Mona agreed, but insisted on keeping some drama on cam too. She knows what pays the bills. 

In the end, we're told Ray agreed to more balance -- and just to seal the deal, Mona sweetened the pot with a new contract that includes ratings bonuses. 

You take the good, you take the bad ... but most of all, you take the money.

Darius McCrary

Arrested

Child Support Scofflaw

3/26/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Darius McCrary
was arrested and jailed because he was way behind in child support.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, "The Family Matters" star was in family court Wednesday in Oakland County, Michigan when the judge had him arrested and taken to jail.

Darius was given 2 options -- pay $5,500 in back support, or unpack and relax for 14 days behind bars. Darius chose door number 1.

McCrary was only in for a couple of hours and released later in the day.

The actor has a son ... looks like he's 5 or 6 years old.  


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'Glee' Star Mark Salling

Settles with Former GF

In Fight Over Sexual Encounter

3/25/2015 3:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former "Glee" star Mark Salling has just agreed to pay a woman more than $2.7 million for knocking her to the ground in a furious fight over an alleged sexual encounter ... and the settlement is absolutely bizarre.

Roxanne Gorzela claimed in her lawsuit ... in 2011, she hooked up with Mark and she consented to having sex but he did not want to wear a condom and forced unprotected sex anyway. 

Gorzela claimed a few days later she went to Mark's apartment to confront him, worrying she might have contracted an STD. She claims they fought and he threw her to the ground, severely injuring her knees.

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Mark claimed she was just a woman scorned and broke into his place, attacked him and he just defended himself. She sued for sexual battery.

The case settled Monday, in the middle of trial. The sexual battery claim was dropped and the only thing Mark admitted to was negligently causing her to fall and injure herself. 

Now this is where it gets bizarre. They agreed to her damages:

-- Past medicals  $64,155

-- Future medicals $666,000

-- Past non-economic damages $180,000

-- Future non-economic damages (pain and suffering) $1.8 million

Grand total:  $2,710,155

But under the settlement, she agreed to ONLY go after Mark's insurance company to get payment -- NOT Salling.  

We're told the insurance company -- State Farm -- already rejected the claim, but now there's a settlement signed by a judge.

And get this ... under the settlement, Salling gets a cut of whatever Gorzela gets from State Farm. Yes, in case that didn't compute with you, Salling will get a cut because he believes State Farm owes him something for rejecting his initial claim in bad faith.

Chris Brown

I Want My Baby Mama Close

So I Can Be a Good Dad

3/25/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown Baby Mama A lot of rappers run for the hills when they knock up some random chick, but Chris Brown wants to move that random chick to the hills ... the Hollywood Hills, so he can be close to his little girl.

TMZ broke the story ... Chris got Nia Guzman, a 31-year-old Houston woman, pregnant and now he's the proud dad of 9-month-old Royalty. We know Chris has spent time with the baby since finding out he's the father, but it's difficult because Royalty is 1372 air miles away from Chris' L.A. home.

Sources connected with Chris tell us ... he's asked Nia to move to L.A. with their daughter and he'll foot the bill for housing. He's not romantically involved with Nia, but we're told he genuinely wants a meaningful relationship with Royalty. He's saying he'd like to see her every day.

Chris is in "negotiations" with Nia over support. He's paying her more than he's required to under the law, but he got pissed off when she started talking about their relationship and vowed to go to court where a judge would reduce the child support he's informally paying.

Our sources say Chris has told Nia, if she moves to L.A. he won't pull the trigger on a child support court case and she'll continue getting the premium amount, in addition to a place to live.

Nia hasn't decided, but it sounds like a good deal.

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Carson Daly Sued

Gas Station Fuming

Over Chain Link Fence

3/25/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0324-carson-daily-fence-tmz-01Carson Daly may have THOUGHT good fences make good neighbors, but his fence just got him sued.

Carson owns a house in a really nice part of Santa Monica overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There's a Chevron gas station next door -- we know that sounds weird, but it's a whole topography thing.

Seems the gas station believes Carson's fence is sitting on its property, and not by inches -- by feet. The gas station has sued Carson, asking a judge to make it clear to the host of "The Voice" he has to remove the chain link.

But that's not all. The friendly petroleum folks want money, and apparently lots of it.

We've reached out to Carson's rep but no word back.

What would you pay to hear the judge call the case and say, "Chain chain chain, chain chain chain, chain chain chain, chain of fools."

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NBA's Larry Johnson

Alleged Deadbeat Dad

To FOUR Baby Mamas!!

3/25/2015 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0324_larry_johnson_gettyThis might be a record ... but former NBA star Larry Johnson has been accused of being a deadbeat dad ... BY FOUR WOMEN AT THE SAME TIME ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Johnson wasn't just a stud on the court ... but the 46-year-old apparently lived up to his last name in the bedroom as well, siring 5 kids with 4 different women over the years.

It gets worse ... Johnson, the #1 overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft, filed for bankruptcy in California earlier this month ... claiming he's racked up more than $300k in debts.  

A chunk of those debts, according to the docs, are owed to the 4 baby mamas -- who claim LJ owes more than $120k in unpaid child support payments.

So, where'd all that Grandmama money go? We reached out to LJ for comment -- so far, no word back.

NBA's Richard Jefferson

Buys Hat Off Dude's Head

... For $700!

3/25/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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You ever see a fashion item that you just NEEDED TO HAVE???

NBA star Richard Jefferson did -- a Vans cheetah-print snapback baseball hat ... and he paid $700 to buy it off some random dude's head!!!

RJ was at Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails in Scottsdale, AZ Saturday night -- when a dude named Andrew walked in with the cheetah cap. 

Andrew tells TMZ Sports ... the Dallas Mavs star beelined it over his way with cash in hand ... and started making offers for the dome piece. Andrew declined at first ... but ultimately gave in for a handful of $100 bills -- 7 in total. 

So, why was Jefferson so obsessed with the hat? Andrew says RJ actually purchased the lid for teammate Chandler Parsons ... who was also eyeing the cap that night. 

The best part of the story -- Andrew says he originally bought the hat for $25. 

Not a bad return on investment. 

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Chad Johnson

Drops $1,000

For Twitter Follower's B-Day Fund

3/24/2015 7:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0324_chad_ochocinco_TMZChad Johnson just proved he's the best Twitter pal in the history of the freakin' world ... 'cause the former Pro Bowler just forked over $1,000 to one of his followers ... so she could have a good b-day.

We spoke to Heather Torregano -- @DaRealNette on Twitter -- and she tells TMZ Sports this all started when she tweeted a link to a GoFundMe account she started to try to raise some money for b-day plans.

"I work as a waitress and a bartender, plus I pay out of my pocket to go to school. I was just trying to have a good birthday, I haven't had one in a long time."

She said she was as surprised as anyone when she checked the account and saw a PHAT $1,000 donation from Johnson who she says has been following her on Twitter for a couple of years.

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Torregano says ... when she saw Johnson accounted for nearly HALF of her goal of $1,600 in one fell swoop, she was overcome with emotion.

"I cried, honestly. I was expecting people to give maybe like $20 or $50 ... but a full $1,000? There is no way I could have expected that."

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Oprah Winfrey

Look at My Nudes!

They're All for Sale

3/24/2015 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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is holding the yard sale to end all yard sales -- in the form of a massive online auction -- and the items up for sale reveal ... Oprah's a little bit of a freak.  

Look past her run-of-the-mill plates, tables, chairs, etc. -- and the thing that stands out is her abundance of nude artwork. For example, there's the set of four framed nude male mythological figures ... expected to fetch between $800-$1,200. 

There's also a nude painting by Aristide Maillol ($8,000-$12,000), a few Ellie Dolgin nude statues (around $10,000), and a painting of a nude woman by Richard Edward Miller with an estimated worth of $80,000-$120,000.

There's also a weight set that looks barely used (no shade, just the truth) for about $500, a pen with Oprah's name on it for $50, and some kind of lamb sculpture that lays for about $2,000.

Maybe just stick with the nudes.  

'Empire'

Legal Dogfight Over Show Name

3/24/2015 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0323-empire-fox-02FOX claims there's nothing special about the word "Empire," and the network has now filed a lawsuit trying to torpedo a demand by a record label laying claim to the name. 

The label is called Empire Distribution -- they do distribution and publishing as well with big artists like Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Too Short, N.O.R.E. and Sean Paul. The label claims FOX has no right to use the name Empire because the show tarnishes its brand.  

Empire Distribution has claimed it's being hurt because the fictitious label on the show is run by a "homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends."

Empire Distribution is willing to live with the taint, but only if Fox pays $8 million ... $5 million if the show uses Empire Distribution's artists as regulars.

But now FOX has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare Empire Distribution's demand bogus. In the new world order, Fox notes that Empire Distribution is relatively obscure, showing up on the 7th page in a Google search.

FOX wants the dispute put to bed STAT, before season 2 kicks off.

Mayweather vs. Pacquaio

TECATE KO'S CORONA

Buys Beer Rights for $5.6 Mil

3/24/2015 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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There was a civil war in Mexico surrounding the Mayweather vs. Pacquaio fight -- TECATE VERSUS CORONA -- but now ... one beer has finally obtained the rights to be the official cerveza of the fight!

Here's the tale of the tape ... Tecate has been a long-time sponsor of Pacquaio -- while Corona has often backed Mayweather. 

According to promoter Bob Arum, both companies were dead set on buying the rights ... which led to a good old fashioned BIDDING WAR!!

But when it comes to beer sponsors, there can only be uno ... and according to Arum, the winner was TECATE ... which bid $5.6 MILLION!!!!

"We've never seen anything like that on a beer sponsor," Arum told ESPN ... "Both companies were after it. It's a huge number."

Arum says Tecate's bid was $400k higher than Corona. 

Hey, life can't always be a beach.  

Pauly Shore

Thieves Stole $10k From My ATM

They Also took the ATM

3/24/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0323_pauly-shore_comedy-store-getty-tmz_2Pauly Shore's bank teller was violently dismembered early Monday morning.

As you may know, the comedian owns The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. There used to be an ATM in the patio area, attached to the building.

After closing Monday, thieves were somehow able to break the ATM away from the wall and made off with the machine and $10,000 cash.

There's a surveillance camera, but we're told there may be some sort of problem in clearly IDing the culprits. 

Not funny.

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