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Cory Monteith's Estate

Dad Confesses He Was a Deadbeat

1/20/2015 4:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Cory Monteith DadCory Monteith's father could be cut off from the "Glee" star's estate funds ... after admitting he abandoned his son for most of his life. 

In new court docs ... Joe Monteith, cops to not communicating with his son from the time he was "nine years old until his twenties" -- and to ditching on child support payments. Cory's mother says under the law... Joe's confession means he doesn't deserve a cent from the estate. 

The docs reveal Cory's estate is worth $810,000 -- and his old roommate, Zachary Larson, will be in charge of paying off various debts ... such as $80K in taxes and another $15K to unnamed creditors.

Since Monteith did not have a will when he died in 2013 from a drug overdose -- the lion's share of his estate will go to his mother.



Natural History Museum Grouses

You Glittered Our Dino!

1/20/2015 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

was stopped by security over the weekend at L.A.'s Natural History Museum for unwittingly making off with a dinosaur.
Our dino-sources tell us ... Kesha was at the museum Saturday for a wedding. On her way out she went to the gift store with her assistant and admired a faux T-Rex. She held the 3-ft tall critter in her hand and walked out of the store.

On her way to the car security stopped them and asked them what was up with the prehistoric beast. Each said they thought the other paid and apologized for the misunderstanding. Kesha forked over the dinosaur and left.

Problem is ... it was covered in glitter, so it had to endure a dino-wash ... not sure you can resell that.

And that wasn't Kesha's only problem. She posed on top of a Triceratops which was on display in the museum and got heat from archaeologists and others who felt it showed a lack of respect.

And that's a Raptor.



Legendary Saddle Auctioned Off

... Rakes In $104k!

1/20/2015 8:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120-sea-biscuit-saddle-01The saddle that was strapped to Seabiscuit's back when the legendary horse won his very last race in 1940 has just sold at auction for more than $100,000 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's the saddle ridden by jockey Red Pollard at the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap -- one of the most dramatic races in Seabiscuit's career. After losing the race several times before, Seabiscuit dug deep and emerged victorious in what would be his very last race. 

In fact, the race was featured in the 2003 Disney movie about the thoroughbred.  

According to Lelands, the company behind the auction, the final sale price was $104,260.06. 

So far, the identity of the buyer has not been released. 

Beyonce and Jay Z

Done with L.A.

... For Now

1/20/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Z and Beyonce have scratched plans to get a wildly expensive pad in L.A. ... after losing out to an incredibly rich nerd in a ferocious bidding war.

TMZ broke the story ... Jay and Bey put an offer in on a sick Beverly Hills mansion ... we're told just shy of $70 mil. At the time we were told they were only several million off from sealing the deal. But former Minecraft mastermind Markus Persson swooped in and sealed the deal for $70M.

Mr. and Mrs. Z have told close friends in L.A. they really wanted that house and it's soured them on looking further. They looked before eyeing the property and found nothing they really liked.

So for now ... they're putting L.A. on ice.


The Dirty

FBI Launches Investigation

Over Hacked Website

1/20/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The FBI is on the hunt for hackers who shutdown Nik Richie's website The Dirty ... and the reality star tells us he's hemorrhaging money.

The Dirty has been down for weeks after a team of hackers began hitting the site with a DDoS attack -- which basically floods a server with so many requests it shuts down.

Nik tells us he contacted FBI investigators and they're on the case.

Richie says he's lost $250-300K this month alone in Super Bowl ads he couldn't deliver. He's also losing out because of cancelled appearances because he promotes them on his site.

Nik is blunt ... "These hackers are hypocrites. My website promotes free speech. F****** losers."

Jaime Pressly

My Accountant Screwed Me

In My Garden

1/19/2015 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120_Jaime-Pressly_tmzJaime Pressly doesn't have grounds that would justify a $220,000 gardening bill, but she definitely thinks she has grounds for suing her ex-accountant who paid that tab to her landscaper. 

Jaime claims in a new lawsuit ex-pencil pusher Daniel Rivero paid the loot over just 5 years, which she says is ridiculous since she has a fairly modest home in the San Fernando Valley.

But it doesn't stop there. The actress says the accountant screwed up her taxes and now she owes $850K to Uncle Sam. And there's more. She says the guy made 3 bad business investments that cost her $170K.

Pressly's now asking for $900K plus punitive damages.  

So much for lawn and order.


Passin' the Courvoisier

With Bieber At Son's 21st

1/19/2015 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0119_puff_daddy_son_birthday_photos_launch_2Couldn't nobody hold Diddy or his son down this weekend -- the two were drainin' bottles (of Ciroc of course) at Justin Combs' 21st birthday.

Diddy's definitely a cool dad ... the rapper threw his son an epic '90s-themed party at a mansion in Bel Air for all his friends along with celeb drop-ins like Justin Bieber, Khalil, Kendall Jenner, Madison Beer, and A$AP Rocky.

Check out the photos from inside the bash ... not sure if the Statue of Liberty was a b-day gift or a party guest. Moment of the night -- we're told a boozy Diddy toasted his son and bragged about JC's enormous trust fund. 

Mo Money ... NO problems.


'Annie' Star Quvenzhane Wallis

Huge Cut In Her Allowance

For Next Flick

1/19/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Time for a smaller piggy bank ... Quvenzhane Wallis -- the new "Annie" and 11-year-old former Best Actress nominee -- is taking a huge pay cut for her next film.

According to docs ... the young star has gone from raking in $750K for "Annie" to pulling in a measly $40K base salary for her role in the upcoming "Fathers and Daughters" starring Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul.

But wait, there are bonuses ... if F&D hauls in $35M at the box office she'll score $25K and receive another $25K for every $5M jump after that, with a max bonus of $200K.

While it's a far cry from Daddy Warbucks bucks, remember she still has the potential to score another $750K bonus if "Annie" does well -- it's grossed $100M worldwide so far.   

No hard knock life here ... just a hard name to pronounce. 


Signs First Promotional Deal

I'm Making LiLo Money!

1/18/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chickadee Sponsorship DealChickadee can stop hawking snake oil ... the former reality star has landed a legit money-making deal sorta -- getting paid to tweet like other big celebs.  

We've learned Anna Cardwell signed a deal with 310 Shakes to send out promotional tweets for its product ... similar to deals brokered for Lindsay Lohan, JWoww and Kyle Richards

We're told Lindsay is paid around 5K to tweet for the company ... but it's unclear how much scratch Chickadee is getting.

Calls to Anna's rep went unreturned.

Nick and Mariah

The Cost of Emancipation

from Mimi

1/17/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have a prenup with a confidentiality clause ... and if she blabs out of school she gets socked for twice what he'd have to pay if he violates it.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... if Nick violates the confidentiality clause he has to pay her a $250,000 penalty, but if she spills the beans she has to pay him $500K.

And the prenup makes it clear ... Mariah came into the marriage with a boatload of money ... Nick, not so much.

The prenup says Mariah is worth $150 million ... she has so much, $30 million is listed as "miscellaneous." Nick came into the marriage in 2008 with a little less than $500K.

He's done well since then, making millions on his various projects, but when they married he ended up buying her engagement ring for $500,000 but took a loan out for $470K. The ring was reportedly worth $2.5 mil, but that's not what he paid.

As we reported ... they've already worked out a full property settlement agreement.

Devon Still's Ex

Child Support War Is Over

'We're Working Together'

1/17/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1126-devon-still-and-family-FACEBOOK-01Devon Still's ex is waving the white flag in their fight over child support -- telling TMZ Sports the two sides have reached a financial agreement that's in the best interest for their daughter Leah. 

The Cincinnati Bengals player -- whose 4-year-old daughter is ferociously battling cancer -- had been at odds with Leah's mother ... who claimed Devon wasn't living up to his end of a "voluntary" child support arrangement they struck over the summer. 

Leah's mother, Channing Smythe, claimed she needed the cash for living expenses ... saying she couldn't work because caring for Leah is a full-time job in itself. 

But now, Channing says the two sides were able to work out their money issues -- telling us, "He is helping me out financially" ... noting that Devon is still playing a huge role in parenting Leah. 

"I am very happy that we are working together for Leah."

As for Leah, Devon says she's been unable to shake the cancer -- but says, "We are going to keep faith and keep fighting no matter what. #LeahStrong #BeatCancer."

Jon Gosselin

Jon Plus Beats = DJ

1/17/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Gosselin DJFormer "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star Jon Gosselin's family has some new additions ... two turntables and a microphone.

Gosselin tells TMZ he's ready to get the party started as a full-time DJ and go the route of Paris Hilton -- who's made beaucoup bucks spinning -- but he know he's gotta build his skills first.

He says he got hooked back in the '90s ... then a few years ago tagged along with an ex who's in the biz and got an itchin' for scratchin'. Now he's learning the ropes with 30-year vet, DJ Koolie.

Gosselin's been gigging on the reg, but not to pay child support ... he reportedly dodged that bullet when Kate waived her right to money in return for Jon allowing her to put the kids back on TV.

Mama June

I Still Got Money to Burn ...

On a New House!

1/16/2015 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mama June New Home
Mama June may be out of a job but she just scored a sweet new house.

The "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" gravy train may have come to an abrupt halt ...  but that didn't keeping June from splurging on new digs ... a 3,225 sq. ft, 4 bedroom home in Georgia. And get this (don't read if you're from CA or NY -- it's too painful) ... she paid $149K.

The house may look familiar ... it's the same one she scoped out with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel last September, with Honey Boo Boo in tow.

That could torpedo the truce between Chickadee and June, but she might get over it once she sees the pool.


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