Ricki Lake tricked her estranged husband into signing a prenup and he wants the divorce judge to invalidate it ... TMZ has learned.
Ricki's hubby, Christian Evans, claims Ricki committed fraud in getting him to sign the prenup before their marriage in April 2012. He does not explain the basis of the fraud, but this becomes SOP in lots of celebrity divorces, where the other spouse tries to squeeze more cash out than the prenup provides.
If the prenup is invalidated, Evans would be entitled to half the earnings during their marriage ... although Ricki's heyday was her talk show era, long before they got hitched.
Based on what we see ... it looks like what Christian is really gunning for is more spousal support than the prenup provides.
Strippers Got $3,000 Each
For Instagram Twerk-fest
11/19/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather shelled out $30k to get 10 strippers into his hotel suite for a crazy Instagram twerk video ... and he handpicked the women from a popular L.A. strip club ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The video blew up on social media Monday night when Floyd posted the 10-on-1 video to Instagram ... and the ass community went wild.
Now we've learned Floyd hired all of the women off the floor of Sam's Hofbrau Adult Cabaret in Los Angeles ... and forked over $3,000 per stripper.
We're told the women were hired to dance for an hour in Floyd's penthouse suite at a fancy L.A. hotel -- but some stayed later because Floyd had all sorts of food and drinks in the room.
But get this ... we're told there's a beef behind the scenes, because the women at Sam's who didn't get picked to twerk for Floyd are steaming mad ... and it's made for some serious tension at the office.
Strippers -- they have feelings too.
NFL Star Stevan Ridley
Buys $20k In Bling From Bravo Star
... For Teammates
11/19/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley got a jump on the Xmas season -- dropping $20k on some sick bling for some of his favorite teammates ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Ridley -- along with Pats teammate Danny Amendola and former LSU teammate Ron Brooks -- recently hit up the Nialaya jewelry store in L.A. ... which happens to be owned by "Euros of Hollywood" star Jannik Olander.
We're told the guys picked out all sorts of rings, bracelets and necklaces ... but when the $20k bill came, Ridley picked up the tab.
Friends ... they're better when they're millionaires.
Check out the hardware ...
'Iron Chef' Cat Cora
Blasts Managers ...
I Cut You, Now Fork Over My Dough
11/18/2014 3:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Align Entertainment's attorney tells us although Cat had fired her managers ... she still owed them commissions for the Disney deal -- which Align put together, according to the attorney. In fact, Align says Cat still owes even more money ... and it plans to countersue her.
Celebrity chef Cat Cora is sharpening the knives ... preparing to take down her ex-managers for allegedly stuffing themselves with huge servings of her money.
Cora claims Align Entertainment Group gorged itself on more than $110K of hers -- funds from her now-closed Kouzzina restaurant at Disney World ... according to her lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
A rep for the "Iron Chef" star tells TMZ Cora had severed her relationship with Align ... so the managers had no right to cash checks that were made out to Cat's company. She's suing to get back the whole enchilada -- $110K -- and then some.
We contacted Align ... so far no word back.
Slaps Tupac Lyrics
On $500K Lambo!!
11/18/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown knows how to suck all the value out of a perfectly good $500,000 Lamborghini ... hire someone to slap lyrics from a Tupac song all over the formerly sexy ride.
Chris' inspiration for his latest paint job was Tupac's "Lord Knows" -- and it took artist Huero 16 hours to hand paint the song lyrics on the car's roof and hood.
Give CB credit for one thing -- he made sure Huero didn't use any f-words or n-words in the final product ... y'know, to keep it kid friendly. That's classy ... gangsta style.
Of course, you remember some of Chris' previous lambo work -- the multi-colored Hot Wheels version, the powder blue, and the one covered in fingerprint residue.
Ferruccio Lamborghini ... continuously rolling in his grave since Breezy learned to drive.
Sniff My Pillow ... For $279K!
11/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you wanna lay your head on Justin Bieber's pillow ... or even frolic in his bed ... all you have to do is pony up $279K -- and you can own Justin's boyhood bedroom.
Justin's grandparents are selling their 3-bedroom home in Stratford, Ontario ... and one of those bedrooms belonged to young Biebs -- who spent about 80% of his childhood at the house.
The house is being marketed as Justin's former crib. As for the asking price ... it's pushing it, but grandma and gramps think a rich Belieber will ante up.
Real estate sources say the home has been updated ... but Justin's room has been left intact -- it's decorated the way he liked it ... with the logo of his favorite hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, emblazoned on the bedding, curtains and wallpaper.
Too bad 14-year-old girls don't buy houses.
Kim's Vajayjay Gave Me a Huge Payday
11/18/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray J has a knack for making money when Kim Kardashian gets naked ... and he hit the jackpot again with last week's nude photos.
The photos triggered renewed interest in "Kim K Superstar," and our sources at Vivid Entertainment say sales of the video have dramatically spiked ... so much so, Ray J will pocket $50K from the last week alone ... way up from what's he's been getting.
Ray has been getting around $90K every 3 months, so this is a real ass-tronomical increase.
Steve Hirsch, president of Vivid Entertainment, tells TMZ, the most recent spike makes "Kim K Superstar" the biggest selling celebrity sex tape of all time.
Until last week, the title holders were Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee.
I've Made A Fortune Playing Elsa
11/18/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Don't feel too bad for the young actress who only got a few hundred bucks for her part in "Frozen" -- the biggest animated movie EVER -- TMZ has learned she's made a small fortune in residuals.
We told you about Spencer Lacey Ganus ... the 15-year-old who voiced teenage Elsa in the movie. Her contract guaranteed her $926 for one day of shooting ... but we've learned she actually ended up making 10 TIMES that!
A rep for Spencer tells us ... she's collected more than $10K in residual checks from the flick -- which has hauled in more than $1.2 billion -- and says Disney's expressed interest in hiring her for more voice-over work.
We're told she's putting the cash in a college fund ... where she hopes to -- Let it grow, LET IT GROW!!
'80s Band Survivor
We Were Threatened With
11/18/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'80s rockers Survivor think their 30-year-old hit "Eye of the Tiger" is still making bank on the Internet -- and they claim Sony's screwing them out of the dough ... and threatening to cut them off completely.
Two band members, Frank Sullivan III and James Peterik, say the record label's been licensing their music to digital services like iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify ... without giving the band its fair share of the royalties.
Sullivan and Peterik say they bitched to Sony about this for years, until execs finally threatened to exercise "the nuclear option" ... which the suit describes as removing ALL Survivor songs from digital services.
Translation: Keep talking and you'll REALLY be screwed!
Survivor's response is to sue -- they want a judge to order Sony to pay up.
Chef Gordon Ramsay
If I'm Paying, YOU're Paying ...
Goes After Fat Cow Partner
11/17/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If Gordon Ramsay is going down, his ex-business partner's going with him -- the celeb chef is demanding some cash to cover big losses on his failed Fat Cow restaurant.
Ramsay filed court docs ... saying when he and Rowen Seibel opened the restaurant together in 2012, they agreed to split costs 50-50, if there were any lawsuits over the lease.
As we reported ... Ramsay IS being sued -- for at least $6 million. The landlord claims he bailed on a long-term lease when he shut down Fat Cow earlier this year.
So, now Gordon wants a judge to force Seibel to pay his share of $300K in legal fees ... and, if necessary, cough up half of the money if he loses the landlord's suit. We reached out to Seibel ... so far, no word back.
Like rats on a sinking ship.
Ex-NBA Star Joe Smith
$$$ Still Missing After Reality Star Ex Duped Me
11/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former NBA star Joe Smith claims his ex-girlfriend, "Love & Hip Hollywood" star Moniece Slaughter, bilked him out of a ton of money ... and he's pissed that cops have done nothing about it.
According to a report filed with the Manhattan Beach Police Department, Smith claims that between October 2011 and March 2012, nine checks were written from his checkbook to a Timothy Clayton Carr ... totaling $109,000.
Smith told police he did not write the checks and does not know a man by that name.
In June 2012, police were able to get a hold of Carr, who told them he was a friend of Slaughter and that he was cashing the checks for her as a favor because she didn't have a bank account. Carr told cops he was unaware the checks were stolen or that anything was wrong until Smith canceled the last check.
Carr also told police Slaughter had agreed to pay him back for the canceled check, but it when it came time to meet up ... she disappeared.
But Slaughter told police an entirely different story. According to the report, Slaughter claims Smith knew all about the checks and signed them personally. She claims Smith only canceled the last check because the pair broke up.
After talking to Slaughter, police went back to Smith and explained her story. His response ... "She's crazy."
Smith has told police he wants to press charges, but nearly 2.5 years later ... nothing has come of it. He tells TMZ Sports he's frustrated the case remains unresolved and feels police have been giving him the runaround.
Cops tell TMZ Sports the case remains open and active.
'All Or Nothing' Is More Like Nothing
... For PO'd Producers
11/16/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Sean's hit album "All or Nothing" didn't happen magically -- so say the music producers who are going to war with Sean's label, Cash Money Records, claiming they were screwed out of a million dollars.
The lawsuit was filed by Orange Factory Music ... which claims it had a deal with Cash Money to produce Sean's huge 2009 single, "Down" -- and seven other songs.
The producers say it took 2 years before they finally saw a check -- for just $211K. They say they continued to get royalty statements for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but never got a check.
Orange Factory is going after Cash Money, not Sean -- for at least $1 million.
I Got a Baller House
Thank You Chris Brown
11/15/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It pays to be Chris Brown's girlfriend, because Karrueche Tran now has enough Hollywood heat to rent a beautiful home in one of the hippest L.A. neighborhoods.
We're told Karrueche Tran is plunking down $4,600-a-month for a house in the heart of West Hollywood. The house is often adorned by Brown's various Lambos.
It seems like a hefty price to pay for someone with no full-time gig ... but she's been scoring some lucrative appearances at nightclubs recently -- thanks to Chris, of course.
The neighbors are cool with her and so far Chris hasn't acted up. But considering his history of not getting along with his neighbors -- see here and here -- that is subject to change.