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Offset Cardi B Called Me After 'Choke Hold' ... Hip-Hop Cops Are Real!!!

9/20/2017 1:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B's alleged choking incident with a NYC cop has all the earmarkings of the so-called hip-hop cops ... at least as far as her bf, Offset, is concerned.

The Migos rapper told us how he reacted when Cardi called him after the alleged incident. We broke the story ... Cardi says a NYC cop put her in a choke hold Tuesday night and pinned her against her Bentley SUV.

Neither Cardi nor NYPD have offered an explanation for why the cop would have done this ... IF he did. So, we raised the possibility it was the hip-hop cops -- the alleged secret unit of law enforcement tasked with pinning crimes on innocent hip-hop stars.

Offset believes it's a strong theory ... although he ain't gung-ho to talk about it in public.

Side note: Offset just launched a great campaign to raise money for cancer research. You can read about it and donate at cancer.org/offset.

Usher Georgia Accuser in Herpes Lawsuit Reveals Her Identity

9/20/2017 11:13 AM PDT

The woman suing Usher for $20 million for allegedly giving her genital herpes has now identified herself. 

Laura Helm claims in new legal docs, she had 2 sexual encounters with the singer. She says he behaved very oddly. The docs are very descriptive, but she says she never saw him finish because she saw him run to the bathroom. She goes on ... on the second occasion he did not wear a condom and says a few days after that she noticed an unusual bump on the inside of her cheek. A few days after that she noticed a similar bump -- the size of a green pea -- on her vagina.

She says, during the second encounter Usher set the mood by putting on jazz music while performing oral sex on her.

She references reports that Usher paid $1.1 million to a previous sex partner but she offers no proof.

Helm says they were platonic friends and he wooed her by telling her about his humanitarian efforts in Africa.

Helm is suing for $20 million.

Fergie Having 'Time Of Her Life' in Brazil Post-Split from Josh

9/20/2017 9:27 AM PDT

If Fergie is upset about her breakup from Josh Duhamel ... she didn't make it obvious at her Rock in Rio after-party singing the ol' Black Eyed Peas track "The Time."

Fergie jetted to Brazil after she and Josh announced their split last week. She performed at the 2017 Rock in Rio festival Saturday and then things got a bit wild at the after-party. She's got a new solo album coming out, but still seems to have a soft spot for her old group -- given her song choice. 

Some people drown their sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's ... others do it like Fergie.

Cardi B NYPD Cop Put Me in a Choke Hold!!!

9/20/2017 8:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B says a New York City cop put her in a choke hold Tuesday evening and slammed her against her car.

Sources connected to the "Bodak Yellow" rapper say the incident went down around 6 PM near Columbus Circle -- Cardi was riding in her new Bentley SUV when another driver hit her.

We're told Cardi wasn't driving, but she and a cousin -- who was also in the Bentley -- got out and started arguing with the other driver, and that's when the NYPD officer got involved. We're told the officer, who Cardi says was white, grabbed her with his arms around her neck and pinned her against the Bentley.

Once everyone involved calmed down, we're told the cop let Cardi go ... and left the accident scene without taking a report or issuing any citations. Moments later she angrily tweeted about the incident and blasted cops for not knowing "how to do they job F**K."

 

Cardi deleted her tweet after a few minutes. Her sister also posted about it, and later deleted. Our sources say Cardi was not injured by the choke hold, and it doesn't seem, at this point, she's looking to take legal action.

A spokesman tells us NYPD has no records or information about Cardi's claim, and adds it's unclear if police will try to get a statement from her about the alleged incident.

As for the accident ... sounds like Cardi's Bentley didn't suffer too much damage.

Jay-Z, Kanye West Plan Summit to Bury Hatchet In Latest Feud

9/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West and Jay-Z will be meeting face-to-face soon to squash their latest beef, and if they smoke the peace pipe it will end a lawsuit that looms over their multi-million dollar Tidal dispute.

Sources close to Yeezy and Hova with direct knowledge of the situation tell us, their lawyers have been trying to settle a $3.5 million dispute Kanye has with Tidal. As we reported, Kanye had fired off a letter to Tidal stating his contract with them was over because Tidal didn't live up to his end of the bargain. Specifically, Kanye says he didn't get advances and bonuses that totaled $3.5 mil.

We're told Kanye and Jay have not agreed to settle, and the reason became apparent to everyone. The impasse had nothing to do with their business dispute -- $3.5 mil is peanuts to both of them. They couldn't settle because they each harbor animosity toward the other.

Jay was enraged when Kanye attacked Beyonce and Blue Ivy at his concert last October. Kanye felt Jay should have cut him a break because that was the time he was melting down and just a few weeks after the concert, he was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.

As one source put it, "The Generals [Kanye and Jay] have to meet face-to-face. When that happens, the resolving the money dispute is a piece of cake."  

We're told Kanye is up for the meeting and Jay is also inclined to meet. It shouldn't be hard. Now that Jay and Bey live in a Bel-Air mansion, they are literally down the street from Kanye and Kim.

We're told the meeting should go down soon, and once it does their Tidal dispute will quickly end.

Super Producer Mike WiLL Made-It I Took Von Miller's Heart ... And Made A Blazin' Track

9/20/2017 5:51 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's today's TMZ Sports "Did you know," and it's starring NFL superstar Von Miller.

Did you know that Von Miller's heart was the key component in a rap song made by hip-hop super producer Mike Will Made-It?

Neither did we, but Mike told us the story when we got him out at LAX, revealing that he sampled Miller's ACTUAL HEARTBEAT for the song "Heart of a Lion," by YG.

Check out the track, you can clearly hear Von's drum thumping before and during the beat ... and it's pretty dope. We only have one question.

Miller can't get a feature for that? C'mon, Mike.

Simon Cowell When Life Gives You Lemons...

9/20/2017 6:50 AM PDT

Dream scenario for a bunch of kids pouring cups of lemonade ... Simon Cowell rolling up in his Bronco with a bunch of dough!

Simon and girlfriend Lauren Silverman stopped at the makeshift stand which the squad set up on a corner in Beverly Hills ... pretty genius.

Going rate for a cup is usually a quarter and it looks like Simon and Lauren handed over much more than that without taking any lemonade, so it was purely a donation.

Respect the hustle. 

DMX Clean & Sober ... But Staying In Rehab

9/20/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DMX just might pull a Gucci Mane because X's lawyer tells us the rapper's cleaned up so much in rehab, he's "back to being human again."

We spoke with Murray Richman who told us X has already packed on 40 lbs. Murray says he had been nothing but skin and bones before starting treatment in late August at a New England facility.

The program is almost complete, but Murray wants X to stay another 30 days since he's been responding so well ... they're letting him take day trips with a friend to a nearby town. 

We broke the story ... a judge signed off on rehab after the rapper said his house arrest for tax evasion wasn't helping him improve. Murray says they'll tackle the court case once DMX has successfully finished treatment. He's also not ruling out a tour in the future. 

Gucci Mane Fur Protesters Tried to Punk Me!

9/20/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gucci Mane gets the award for most chill response ever to angry fur activists -- or maybe he was just confused as hell.

The rapper was at a Barnes & Noble Tuesday in NYC to sign copies of his autobiography. All seemed normal until one fan walked up and said he heard Guwop was going vegan. That's when the ambush erupted.

The comment seemed to catch Gucci off guard, but he quickly got the picture ... when the protesters whipped out banners, and yelled he can't be vegan if he keeps rocking furs.

We're told the activists were with the New York Animal Defenders and they were quickly removed, but you have to see Gucci's reaction to the chaos -- not a single flinch.

Then again, his security reacted faster than Kelly Rowland's did.

Taylor Swift Music Vid Director Look What Ex-Employee Made Me Do

9/19/2017 6:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's fave director -- who did her latest music video along with her "Bad Blood" vid -- has some bad blood with a former employee who now has to stay 100 yards away and stop harassing him online ... according to new legal docs.

"Look What You Made Me Do" director Joseph Kahn got a temporary restraining order against a man who he claims has been sending him disturbing emails and tagging him on angry posts off and on since 2009. According to the docs, the man briefly worked for Kahn but was let go in 2008 because he found him "unstable and unreliable."

Kahn claims the man began relentlessly harassing him afterward via email by talking to him like a dog, making comments about his penis, insulting his character, and sending "pornographic emails depicting [the man] being sodomized."

Kahn says the emails started up again in September, with a creepy message saying "Now sit and wait for your treat" followed by explanation/apology a couple days later saying ... "I am insanely chemically unbalanced even when sober."

The music vid director asked the judge for the restraining order because he feared for his safety, and the judge agreed.

Joseph won a Grammy in 2015 for "Bad Blood" and also 2003 for Eminem's "Without Me." He's also worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Chris Brown and U2.

Chris Brown Strikes Settlement In Vegas Battery Case

9/19/2017 4:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Liziane Gutierrez, the woman Chris Brown allegedly attacked in his Vegas hotel room for taking a pic of him, made off with some loot after the two settled her lawsuit against him.

We're told a settlement became official today. The question ... how much? Sources familiar with the negotiation tell us, there was some sort of preliminary talk of $70,000, but other sources say the monetary amount agreed upon was substantially less. 

Gutierrez sued Brown in February of last year after she claimed he punched her in the eye and took her phone after she tried to snap his pic during a private party in his Palms Hotel suite.

Police never charged Chris with any crime and Chris had denied any wrongdoing saying Liziane was "too ugly" to attend one of his parties. 

'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Songwriter's Family Sues Publisher's a $700k Grinch!!

9/19/2017 4:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

9:58 AM PT -- The CEO of Memory Lane tells TMZ, "Memory Lane Music takes pride in maintaining a positive relationship with all of our clients. We have not yet seen the lawsuit in question but it is our policy not to comment on ongoing litigation."The family of the guy who wrote "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" says they've been getting nothing but lumps of coal, when they should've been cashing in big on the holiday classic.

The tune was written by Haven Gillespie way back in the 1930s. Haven's been dead since 1975, but his family says it entrusted Memory Lane Music Group to continue collecting royalties on Gillespie's catalog. He also wrote, "You Go to My Head" and "That Lucky Old Sun" ... but they know the real money maker is 'Santa Claus.'

In a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Gillespie's fam says Memory Lane is supposed to send them checks for 85 percent of all royalties, while the co. keeps 15 percent. The family says it met with Memory Lane's honcho in April, and he copped to having been very naughty for the last 2 years.

They claim he admitted stealing, so ... go ahead and check that twice, Santa.

According to the docs, the thievery cost Gillespie's heirs more than $700k -- and they're suing to get back the cash. 

Liza Minnelli Daylight Come 'n She Wan' Go Home!!!

9/19/2017 3:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Liza Minnelli is putting an end to the rumors she might never sing again, and she's doing it in the most awesome way!

We got Liza Monday night leaving Craig's, and asked straight-up ... if her famous pipes are still in working order? Broadway star Michael Feinstein recently said Liza was considering doing a big show with him, but then the weak vocal stories started swirling.

After this run-in, our advice to Feinstein is ... get on the horn to Liza!

Beetlejuice would love this! Harry, too.

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