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Michael Jackson Cousin Trent Says Some of Singer's Siblings Out for Money Grab

2/9/2017 1:53 PM PST

0209-trent-jackson-katherine-jackson-TMZ-AP-01The nephew ordered to stay away from Katherine Jackson says he knows what is really going on ... some of Michael Jackson's siblings are plotting a money grab against the MJ estate.

A judge clearly sees it differently, siding with Katherine, who claims Trent Jackson has been fleecing her out of money and isolating her from her family. Trent, who Katherine says she is now scared he may physically harm her, has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from her and her home.

Sources close to Trent tell TMZ, he's adamant he did nothing untoward and believes some of MJ's brothers and sisters want him out of the way so they have a clear path to Katherine and MJ's estate.

We're told Trent believes some of Katherine's kids will now try and influence her to put pressure on Michael's estate to give her a bigger piece of the pie, and he believes they want to cut themselves in on the action.

Here's the problem with Trent's theory. Katherine has no right to simply get more money because she wants it. She gets a healthy stipend, and the duty of those in charge of the estate is to preserve and grow the assets for the benefit of Michael's 3 kids and his designated charities.

And, Trent has another problem. We're told he refuses to surrender the keys to Katherine's guesthouse where he's been living, but the restraining order is clear ... he has to give up the keys and move out.

Teresa Giudice Pays Off $414k Bill for Fraud Case

2/9/2017 12:58 PM PST

0209-teresa-giudice-TMZ-01Teresa Giudice's paychecks are going to be a little fatter now, because she's completely paid up the six-figure tab that was part of her sentence for fraud charges.

Teresa's wages will no longer be garnished to fulfill the $414,588 restitution ordered by the court in 2014 ... according to new docs. The prosecutor's already notified the court she's all square.

The 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star's not completely off the hook. She's still on supervised release for about a year, plus she should consider saving some of her disposable income for the tax man.

As for Teresa's husband, Joe ... he's in the middle of a 41 month stint in the slammer.

'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison Tom Brady's Jersey Could Get $200k+ ... With One Huge Catch

2/8/2017 4:13 PM PST

Everyone wants to know how much the missing Tom Brady Super Bowl jersey is worth -- so we went right to the expert, Rick Harrison from "Pawn Stars."

Bottom line -- Rick says it could easily fetch $200,000 ... but there's one pretty significant catch. 

Harrison also says there's another piece of memorabilia from Super Bowl 51 that could be worth EVEN MORE. 

There's a lot more in the full interview on the "TMZ Sports" TV show Wednesday night on FS1. 

Rich Homie Quan Pays Bouncer $60k For Alleged Punch and Run

2/8/2017 12:35 PM PST

0208-rich-homie-quan-tmz-01Rich Homie Quan's paying a big chunk of money to a security guard for allegedly socking him in the face and taking off in a speedboat ... even though he still denies the attack.

Quan settled the lawsuit for $60k on Tuesday. The bouncer's attorneys, Eric and Josh Hertz, tell TMZ ... "That's one expensive punch and hopefully it'll send a message -- to not just celebrities, but regular people -- you can't go around punching people."

As we previously reported ... the security guard at LIV nightclub in Miami claimed RHQ beat him senseless after he turned him away from a VIP entrance. 

Despite settling the case, RHQ's laywer, Ricardo Corona, says they're confident they would have won at trial -- and cutting a $60,000 check was simply a business decision.

Sarah Silverman Wanna Fight Trump's Regime? Here's What Ya Do ...

2/7/2017 2:21 PM PST

Sarah Silverman's got a plan to fight Donald Trump's administration ... and it goes way beyond voting and protesting.

We asked Sarah about Betsy DeVos getting confirmed as Secretary of Education -- she's obviously not happy about it ... and went on to give us her 2 cents about how she's keeping up the resistance.

It has to do with dollars and cents ... and Sarah -- a major Bernie Sanders backer -- wants to hit the banks where it hurts.

Harambe-Shaped Cheeto Ridic $100k eBay Bid May-eBay BS

2/7/2017 10:38 AM PST

0207-main-harambe-cheeto-ebay-01If a Flamin' Hot Cheeto shaped like Harambe the gorilla selling for nearly $100,000 sounds too good to be true, it's because it very well might be ... according to the guy waiting for the dough.

The Cheeto Harambe owner, named Chris, tells us bidding closed at $99,900. Sounds awesome on paper, but Chris says eBay's still contacting the person behind the bid to make sure he/she is serious. If not ... eBay will go down the line, checking with the next highest bidders until someone's willing to pay up.

Chris says the good news is there were several bids over $90k ... so he still stands to make a bundle, plus he was only aiming for a price in the thousands.

Whatever the final sale price, Chris says he plans to split the cash with a coworker who suggested the eBay auction, and also make a donation in Harambe's name to an animal organization.

Right now, the golden Cheeto's just chilling at Chris' home until it finds a new one.


Future & Snoop Promoter Stiffed Us, So We Bailed ... What ISIS 'Threat'??

2/7/2017 12:30 AM PST

0206-super-bash-cancelled-instagram-01Snoop Dogg, Future, Flo Rida and other big artists were MIA from a Super Bowl party gig, and the promoter tried to blame ISIS -- but the real problem was $$$$.

The Saturday night party in Houston, slugged "Super Bash," was also supposed to feature Nick Cannon and Floyd Mayweather -- but none of them were there. The promoter, whose ticket packages ran from $75 to $5,000 each, said the party was celeb-free due to a bomb threat a few blocks away.

Sources connected to the venue tell us the promoter simply didn't come up with enough scratch to pay the celebs and vendors for the event. Other sources -- close to Snoop, Future and Flo Rida -- tell us they never inked a deal because they never got paid, so they never planned to attend.

There really was a bomb threat, but we're told it played no part in the no-shows. 

Floyd did promote the party on social media, but bailed as well. His camp hasn't gotten back to us on whether he got paid.

At least in this case ... ISIS is off the hook.

Charles Barkley $100k Blackjack Session ... What Vegas Debt??

2/7/2017 12:20 AM PST


Charles Barkley is proving to LeBron James he's got NO money problems in Vegas anymore -- ballin' out with more than $100k in chips at a blackjack table in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Barkley was in a high stakes room at Mandalay Bay with a giant stack in front of him. A casino employee tells us the "chocolate" chips are $5k (near drink) and the yellow $1k.

It appears he has roughly $129,000 in chips ... not bad.


We're told Barkley was playing $30,000 hands -- but it's unclear if he left up or down.

It's interesting timing considering just last week LeBron called out Barkley for having "unpaid debts in Vegas" stemming from his legendary gambling habit.

Barkley responded in a radio interview ... saying, "I did pay my debt."

Bottom line -- Sir Chuck has a ton of money ... and still loves to push his luck.

Offset from Migos Lost $50k on Falcons Rebounds With Hot Reality Star

2/6/2017 6:18 AM PST

Offset from Migos tells TMZ Sports he lost $50,000 betting on the ATL Falcons Sunday night ... which would be a big deal if he didn't make it back IMMEDIATELY following the game. 

In fact, Offset says he lost $10,000 on a bet to fellow rapper Blac Youngsta

But Offset -- who had a MASSIVE wad of cash on him -- didn't care. Maybe because he was leaving the game with 'Love and Hip Hop' star Cardi B

It's good to be handsome and wealthy.

Jennifer Tilly Tom's Deflated Balls FTW!! ... Gaga's Boobs Too

2/5/2017 2:03 PM PST

Jennifer Tilly's got money on Tom Brady's deflated balls coming through in the clutch again ... plus a high wager for Lady Gaga's cleavage.

We got the actress out Sunday at LAX, where she told us who she thought would win Super Bowl LI ... despite not being able to ID one of the teams correctly.

If history's any indication, the Patriots got this ... according to Jennifer. She's also got racks on Gaga's boobs making an appearance. Odds are in her favor.

Farrah Abraham This Real Estate Stuff Really Stinks

2/5/2017 12:30 AM PST


Farrah Abraham can do a lot in certain areas, but it looks like real estate is above her pay grade.

The "Teen Mom" star is close to turning her Hollywood Hills pad into a fire sale ... changing the asking price 3 times in just 7 months. She listed the house in July -- 3 months after she bought it -- for $879k. Three months later she upped the price to $1 mil ... but no takers.

The new price -- $845k for the 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2 story townhouse.

She's also sunk into it around $100k in upgrades.

Farrah has mad skills in certain areas ... just not real estate.

'Watch Yo Mouth' Creator Rival Game Makers Ripped Me Off ... They're Lying Through Their Teeth!

2/5/2017 12:20 AM PST


The founder of the hilarious game "Watch Yo Mouth" is on the attack after an impostor game started jacking his sales.

Joe Caiola is the mastermind of the OG game, where you attempt to talk to people with a cheek retractor firmly planted in your mouth ... this according to a new lawsuit. He says he got a trademark to protect his creation, fired up a website ... the whole shebang.

Imagine his dismay when he noticed another game on the market, called "Watch Ya' Mouth" ... which he says is almost identical. Even worse, Caiola says the people making the copycat game are shamelessly capitalizing on the success of his game, and cutting into his sales.

Caiola says he was inspired to make his game after seeing a movie -- presumably Melissa McCarthy's "The Boss," where she tries yakking with a cheek retractor. He's especially galled that the copycats told a story about how they created their game and then changed it to match his.

He's suing to put an end to the Johnny-come-lately game, and wants money to boot.

We reached out to the makers of "Watch Ya' Mouth" ... so far, no word back.


Morena Baccarin My Ex-Hubby Sucks My 'Deadpool' $$$ ... Help Me Out, Judge!

2/4/2017 12:20 AM PST

0202-morena-baccarin-austin-chick-INSTAGRAM-GETTY-01Morena Baccarin is fed up with sending huge checks to her ex-husband every month ... and she wants the court to cut her a break.

The "Gotham" and "Deadpool" actress says she's paid Austin Chick $340,088 in spousal support, another $100k from their community estate and $147,302 in "Deadpool" residuals. That's more than half a million dollars since June 2015. 

According to the docs, Morena's been sending Chick more than $20k monthly as a temporary support deal until they hammer out a permanent agreement. She says that's screwing her over, because she'll likely end up paying way less when the case is finalized. She says she's also pissed he's made no effort to get a j-o-b of his own.

Her bottom line: this Chick's overpaid and underworked.

Morena wants the judge to allow her to stop making those fat temporary payments.

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