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HBO Employee Gets Prison Time For Phantom Hairstyles for Actors

1/12/2017 4:32 PM PST
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0112-hbo-art-tmz-getty-2A former HBO employee just got sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for submitting more than a million dollars in bogus hair and makeup bills to the company.

Jennifer Choi worked for the company for a decade in the Talent Relations Dept. Part of her job -- scheduling appointments for actors for hairstyling, wardrobe and makeup.

Here's where Choi went rogue. She set up a company, Shine Glossy, LLP, and started submitting fake invoices ... and lots of them. In all, 300 phony bills totaling $940,000. Choi listed real actors on the invoices.

Jennifer worked at HBO between 2004 and 2014. Some of the shows at the time, "The Sopranos," "The Wire," "Veep," "True Blood," "Boardwalk Empire," "Girls," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "Entourage."

Megadeth Drummer Death Certificate Filed ... Mom Takes Charge of Estate

1/12/2017 4:15 PM PST

0112-nick-menza-getty-01Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza's mom is now calling the shots for his estate, and we've learned what caused his death.

Nick's mom, Rose, filed legal docs to be named administrator of the estate, which means she's now in line to collect any royalties owed to her son ... who spent more than a decade with Megadeth in its peak years.

As we first reported, Nick died after collapsing onstage last May during a gig in Los Angeles.

Rose filed Nick's death certificate in probate court ... and according to the docs his cause of death was heart disease and blood pressure.

50 Cent Still Getting Money ... Even from 'Simpsons'

1/12/2017 9:48 AM PST

0112-50-cent-tmz50 Cent's got all his bankruptcy ducks in order -- making regular payments and still making lots of money ... with a little help from "The Simpsons."

The rapper filed his November bank statement as part of his bankruptcy progress report ... showing where the dough's coming and going -- with a total of $113,103.56 going out the door.

The docs also show Fiddy's stream of income ... like a sweet $16.68 residual check from 'Simpsons' for his cameo in a season 16 episode. There's bigger money -- a $33,361.02 music royalty check. However, his G-Unit Records pay was a mere $769.34.

As for what he's paying -- 50's baby mamas -- Daphne Joy and Shaniqua Tompkins -- got $1,267 and $7,497 respectively in child support. He also forked over $5,744.75 for a Bentley, plus $17,917.81 to SunTrust mortgage. You'll recall from the bankruptcy ... he owed SunTrust $4.9 million.

We broke the story, 50 will pay $23 mil over the next 5 years to his creditors.

Ray J 'Celebrity Big Brother' 86'd Me for Bad Teeth!!!

1/12/2017 12:30 AM PST

Ray J has been fired from "Celebrity Big Brother" because the show was super concerned over his dental problems, sources connected with Ray tell TMZ ... but it just doesn't add up.

Our sources say producers contacted Ray's manager, David Weintraub, Wednesday and told him Ray couldn't continue because they felt he needed extensive dental work and significant recovery time.

That's the line they gave, we're told, but that makes no sense because the decision to give him the axe was made BEFORE he even saw a dentist.

We're told the show will pay Ray the balance due ... in the high 6 figures. But Ray was cruising in a very sweet ride Wednesday night and said he's still itching to get back in the house.

Magic Johnson Sues I Got Screwed In $850k Jewelry Deal

1/11/2017 2:35 PM PST

0111_magic_johnson_the-borrowed-necklace_subFile Under: Extremely Rich People Problems!

Magic Johnson says he borrowed $850,000 in fancy jewelry for his wife for their big 25th wedding anniversary last year ... only to get completely ripped off by the jeweler. 

It's all part of a new lawsuit Johnson filed against Gina Amir Atelier ... a Bev Hills jewelry business that Johnson refers to as a "thieves den."

Long story short ... Johnson says the store took a $250k deposit so he could use 2 pieces of jewelry -- a gold and platinum ring covered in diamonds and a HUGE platinum necklace with 101 white diamonds. 


Johnson says his wife, Cookie, wore the stuff and brought it back unharmed a week later -- but the store never returned his $250k deposit.

He claims the jewelers "conspired to defraud" him all along and says they used him as a "personal ATM." He's suing to get back his $250k.

Attempts to reach Gina for comment were unsuccessful. 

Blac Youngsta All His Money Is Just a Gimmick ... Claim Stiffed Strippers

1/11/2017 1:12 PM PST

Do NOT believe the hype on Blac Youngsta's stacks of cash ... so say the strippers who didn't get a dime from him at L.A.'s  Ace of Diamonds.

AoD dancers Tokyo and Ari Safari sounded off on getting stiffed by the Memphis rapper who famously flaunts piles of hundos on social media. After Monday night they're now dismissing him as nothing more than a "gimmick."

It's that simple, but it sounds so much worse when you see it straight from the mouths of angry strippers -- who want this rant to be a warning to any other rappers who get onstage with them.

You're on notice, cheap bastards. 



Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Full-Blown Mutual Attacks

1/10/2017 9:04 AM PST

0110-amber-heard-johnny-depp-TMZ-03Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are fighting as fiercely against each other as they did when they broke up.

Amber just filed legal docs claiming Johnny has defied their settlement by refusing to pay her installments for the $7 million settlement they struck. Johnny has fired back that Amber has dragged her feet in the settlement and not signed the documents needed to seal the deal.

Johnny, who is asking the judge to slap Amber with $100,000 in sanctions, strongly insinuates Amber doesn't really want a divorce ... because she's reveling in the public attention. Johnny's lawyer says in legal docs, "It is clear that she is intent on prolonging resolution and continuing litigation as long as the public's attention will allow."

Amber says in her declaration, it's Johnny who has dragged his feet in the divorce. Amber says in her docs, "I want my life back. I want to be divorced from Johnny now."


Chris Brown, Soulja Boy We're Boxing in Dubai To Make a Fortune Off Pay-Per-View

1/10/2017 1:00 AM PST

0109_chris_brown_soulja_boy_boxing_compositeChris Brown and Soulja Boy are gearing up for a bloodbath in the ring, but for various reasons they can't pull it off in the U.S. ... so we've learned they're planning to fight it out in Dubai.

Sources connected with both Chris and Soulja tell TMZ they genuinely dislike each other and each wants to beat the crap out of the other, but what they want more than anything is a huge paycheck by running the fight on Pay-Per-View.

The initial plan was for a Vegas fight, but we've learned there are several rules and regs that would make such a fight impossible there, not the least of which is a mandatory drug test for amateur fights ... which both Chris and Soulja know they would never pass.

We're told their plan is to take the fight overseas -- first choice Dubai -- and they believe the Pay-Per-View audience would rake in untold millions of dollars.

Both Chris and Soulja have talked about making this a charity fight, but we're told some of the money will line their pockets.

Dennis and Kimberly Quaid We're Rollin' the Dice in Our Divorce

1/10/2017 12:50 AM PST

0109_dennis_quaid_kimberly_quaid_tmz_getty-2Dennis Quaid may be overpaying his estranged wife for child and spousal support ... but then again, he might be underpaying, so everyone's quietly gone to court to try and square things up.

Turns out, Dennis and Kimberly Quaid never got a temporary spousal or child support order after she filed for divorce last June. According to legal docs, Dennis has been voluntarily paying for the living expenses of Kimberly and the 9-year-old twins since the split.

We're told they disagreed on how much Dennis should be paying. She thinks he should pay more and he thinks he's actually overpaying.

So, Dennis and Kimberly now say in legal docs -- once a judge sets the amount of spousal and child support -- they will add up what Dennis has paid, and if he's been underpaying he needs to cut a check for the difference. It's a gamble for Kimberly, because if Dennis overpaid she needs to cut a check for the difference.

Divorce ... sometimes it's like Vegas.


Charles Manson Manson Murders Bed Up For Auction

1/10/2017 12:40 AM PST

0109-helter-skelter-amazon-ole-hound-auction-4A bed frame from Sharon Tate's home -- where one of Charles Manson's famous victims slept almost 50 years ago -- is up for auction ... if you're into that sorta thing.

The wooden bed frame belonged to Abigail Folger ... the coffee heiress who lived with Tate. She was lying in the bed moments before she was chased out of the room at knifepoint by one of Manson's followers, and stabbed 28 times.

Crime scene pics of the bed are featured in the book, 'Helter Skelter' -- and Ole Hound Auction House expects it to fetch up to $5k, but it's hard to estimate because they've never sold such a unique piece.

And there's this morbid thought -- we're told the frame's price could jump up significantly if Manson dies before February 10 ... the day it hits the auction block.


Tupac Drippingly Sexual Love Letter Could Fetch Over $25,000

1/9/2017 12:30 AM PST


Tupac wrote a love letter from prison that was so graphic and sexual ... it makes "50 Shades of Gray" look like a Disney flick.

The explicit letter was handwritten by Tupac and features lines like, "Ever been tied to a bedpost and licked like a lollipop?" 'Pac laid down the prose while doing time in 1995, and he says it's in response to a "passionate letter" a woman had sent him.

He mentions blindfolds, bubble baths, oily massages and "12 positions of lovemaking" ... but you really have to read the way he puts it all together. We're guessing he paid the recipient a visit verrry shortly after getting out of the joint.

Anyway, Goldin Auctions owner Ken Goldin is putting the letter on the auction block Monday, and expects it go for at least $25k.

Any woman will tell you it's worth at least that.  

Debbie Reynolds Huge Face Bruise ... On HBO Documentary

1/8/2017 7:28 AM PST

Debbie Reynolds bared a massive bruise on her face during HBO's posthumous documentary starring Carrie Fisher ... after falling flat on her face at home.

In the film "Bright Lights" that aired this weekend, Debbie is seen sporting what looks to be a painful bruise around her mouth, after it's revealed she became dizzy and fell at home.

She got injured in the process of getting an auction together to sell some of her Hollywood memorabilia ... to neutralize debt she'd incurred.

Her son, Todd Fisher, says the fall didn't stop her from going on about her business. 


'Pirates of the Caribbean' Own a Piece of Film Booty ... $2,500 Arrrr Best Offer!!

1/8/2017 12:40 AM PST

0105-Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-Screen-Worn-Necklace-rr-auctionsFans of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" can own the movie medallion once held close by Keira Knightley ... but it'll cost you almost as much as real gold.

The screen-worn treasure prop is up for auction and is expected to rake in more than $2,500. Keira's character, Elizabeth Swann, wore it throughout the first installment of the franchise ... and that's why the pirates nabbed her.

If you really want the gold-colored medallion -- and you don't believe in curses -- place your bid at RR Auction's site ... it ends on January 11.

Good luck, matey!

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