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Ex-DMB Violinist Boyd Tinsley Sued for Sexual Harassment ... By Boy Band Member

5/17/2018 5:01 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

5/18 1:18 PM PT -- Tinsley tells us, "I will defend myself against these false accusations. I can only assume the motivation for the lawsuit filed against me. These accusations have caused embarrassment for my family, my friends and my fans. I will fight both in and out of court to repair the damage that has been done."Boyd Tinsley, the former Dave Matthews Band violinist, has been sued by a man who says Boyd sent him disgusting, sexually suggestive texts, and even masturbated next to him when he was sleeping.

James Winn claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, he was a street musician in San Francisco when Tinsley discovered him in 2007, when he was 18. Winn says Tinsley created a boy band called Crystal Garden. Winn was the trumpet player in the band. 

Winn says things turned really bad in 2015, when Tinsley allegedly started flirting, sexting and physically touching him. Winn claims in 2015, he bought 5 tickets to a sporting event for Winn, saying, "Man, you better suck my d*** or something."  

In another instance, Winn says the same year they were working on music in Tinsley's living room when they both got tired. Winn says Tinsley began touching him on his leg, putting his feet on his butt and rubbing his back. Winn says he fell asleep and woke up horrified to see Tinsely ejaculating right next to him, rubbing his penis with one hand and Winn's butt with the other.

Winn claims a week later Tinsley texted, apologizing and saying he was "messed up" and he had "confused his pills."

And there were other texts, Winn claims. In one, Tinsley allegedly wrote, "You're such boner material and I want you at your best. I'm actually masturbating to the thought of your shots." It goes on ... "prob will have you shave your pubes, at least above the c*** base."

Tinsley took an indefinite break from the Dave Matthews Band in February, when rumors of the allegations began to surface, saying he needed to focus on his family and health.

A rep for DMB told us, "We are shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them."

Virgin America Buckle Up, Todrick Hall ... You're Getting Sued for Safety Video

5/17/2018 2:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The production company behind Virgin America's wildly popular safety video is pissed because it claims the guy who created it, got sloppy ... legally speaking.

The airline's super-bouncy little ditty about buckling seat belts, life vests and oxygen masks was created by Todrick Hall -- a singer and choreographer you probably remember from "American Idol," "Rupaul's Drag Race" and also the safety video. If you've ever flown Virgin, the damn song probably stuck in your head for the whole flight.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, when Todrick sold the video to Virgin for $3,000, he told them he had cleared all components of it -- meaning he had legal rights to the music, lyrics, voices and performances.

The company that produced the video for Todrick is called Virgin Produced 2.0 (a production arm of Virgin Group). According to the suit, if Todrick had NOT cleared something in the video, he would be on the hook for it.

Enter said hook -- Virgin America and Virgin Produced 2.0 got sued by a woman named Noemi Del Rio, who says she worked with Todrick in 2013 to co-create the safety video. That's her voice during the distinctive "little girl's rap" section. Del Rio says she never gave Todrick rights to her voice, so she's suing to get paid.

In its lawsuit against Todrick, Virgin Produced 2.0 says he's gotta cover their ass, financially speaking, for the lawsuit with Del Rio.

Translation: This is your captain speaking, and there's gonna be some turbulence ahead, Todrick. Fasten your seat belt. *DING*

Mac Miller First Video from DUI Accident

5/17/2018 12:45 PM PDT
Breaking News

Mac Miller's G-Wagon almost knocked a utility pole over, and based on this video from the accident scene ... he and his 2 passengers are lucky to be alive.

A photog was on the scene around 1 AM Thursday in the San Fernando Valley ... shortly after Mac's luxury SUV slammed into the pole. You can see the airbags had deployed. As LAPD surveyed the damage, one of Mac's friends said he needed to retrieve clothing from the front seat.

TMZ broke the story ... the rapper was later arrested for DUI and hit and run. Although, his friend was still on the scene ... Miller had fled and gone home. Police went to his home, and he admitted he was driving drunk.

Mac was mum about the circumstances surrounding the accident when we got him leaving jail Thursday morning.

Offset Hospitalized After Car Wreck

5/17/2018 9:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Offset totally destroyed his muscle car, and got a little banged up himself in the process ... TMZ has learned.

The Migos rapper wrecked his green Dodge Challenger late Wednesday night in Atlanta, and had to be taken to a hospital afterward for minor injuries ... according to our sources connected to Offset.

We're told he's already been released and is expected to be okay. His car ... not so much.

Our sources say Cardi B rushed to be by her fiance's side after she heard about the accident.

According to law enforcement, no cops or emergency medical workers were called to the crash scene, and no accident report was taken. Offset's wrecked car was towed away afterward.

It's unclear at this point if anyone else was involved -- but that seems unlikely since no one called police.

Mac Miller's DUI Arrest No Nikes on My Feet ... But, Sweater's on My Face Leaving Jail

5/17/2018 11:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mac Miller walked out of jail Thursday morning not wanting to talk about his DUI arrest -- and, apparently, not wanting folks to see his face either. 

We got Mac leaving the slammer in Van Nuys late Thursday morning, where just hours earlier he had been locked up for allegedly crashing into a power pole and fleeing the scene ... all while drunk.

Our camera guy asks the hard questions. Why did he allegedly bail from the crash site? How much had he had to drink? What did he say to cops to get a glowing suspect review? And is this in any way related to his recent split from Ariana Grande

Mac was having none of it ... although, we did get a groan out of him. Talk about no comment.  

Ariana just tweeted, "Pls take care of yourself."

Lil Wayne & Travis Scott A Tale Of 2 Faces Courstide For Rockets/Warriors Game

5/17/2018 8:00 AM PDT

Here's a lesson in fandom straight from two of the biggest hip-hop stars in the world ... Lil Wayne & Travis Scott.

Both men attended the Warriors vs. Rockets game in Houston Wednesday night ... a game in which the Rockets completely dominated the Warriors, blowing KD and Steph out by over 20 points.

Travis Scott is from Houston, and you can tell because, even in a game where the Rockets never really had a chance of losing ... the dude is fanning it up, looking nervous the entire time.

Lil Wayne, on the other hand, is from New Orleans ... making him a proud Lakers fan (we don't know why) so his mug during the game is all smiles, no worries. 

Chill out, Travis ... you guys won. Now you just gotta go get 1 at Oracle.

Yeah, might be time to panic.

T.I. Arrest 911 Call from Guard Shack

5/17/2018 6:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The security guard who called cops on T.I. felt threatened and frantically called 911 as T.I. walked back to his guard shack.

TMZ's obtained the 911 call ... where you can hear the guard telling the operator, "A resident is walking back here at the guard shack where I'm at."

The guard continued describing the scene, "I've been threatened by a resident and he's here now knocking on the door."

You can hear T.I. in the background telling him to step outside the guard shack because he wants his name. The guard refused to give him that information. T.I. also reminded the man he owns a home there and pays for his services.

T.I. got heated and repeatedly said, "You're making it worse for yourself, man" and warned that at some point "you're gonna have to deal with me." He does calm down and asks the guard to step outside to talk.

TMZ also obtained police video back at the station after T.I. was arrested for public drunkenness, simple assault and disorderly conduct. An officer told him he was "acting a fool" for going back to the guard shack. As you'd imagine ... T.I. strongly disagreed. 

Mac Miller Arrested for DUI, Hit and Run

5/17/2018 7:04 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mac Miller is locked up after allegedly crashing his car while he was drunk and then fleeing the scene.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Mac was driving in the San Fernando Valley around 1 AM Thursday when his 2016 G-Wagon hit a power pole, knocking it down.

Mac and his 2 passengers fled the scene on foot. An eyewitness called the cops and told them which direction Mac and his buddies had gone. Cops arrived at the crash scene, ran the plates and got Mac's address. They went to his home and we're told he confessed to driving drunk and fleeing the scene.

Cops will give him this ... one law enforcement source tells us, "He was the most polite and nice intoxicated person we've ever seen."

Mac was cuffed and taken to jail. His bail was set at $15k. As of the time this post was published, he's still behind bars.

Mac and Ariana Grande just broke up earlier this month.

Janet Jackson Happy 52nd Bday!!! 'Memba Your Debut?

5/17/2018 8:38 AM PDT

Janet Jackson's celebrated her 52nd birthday Wednesday, and she's getting a huge honor this weekend ... so, it's the perfect time to remember where it all started.

Janet was just 8 years old when she marched onto a stage with Carol Burnett and her big brother, Randy Jackson. The Jackson 5 were the scheduled guests, but Janet stole the show with this rendition of Sonny and Cher's "The Beat Goes On."

She's come a long way since this January 25, 1975 appearance -- her first with the fam -- and this weekend she's getting the Billboard Icon Award. Best moment, besides the singing and dancing, is when Carol asks her name.

All together now ... it's JANET! Miss Jackson, if you're nasty. 

h/t Questlove for reminding us about this clip.

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Tweet Baby No. 2 Is Herrrrrrrre

5/17/2018 6:53 AM PDT
Breaking News

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are now a family of four after Teigen pretty much said their second kid had arrived.

Teigen announced the news late Wednesday night over Twitter, writing "Somebody’s herrrrrrre!” followed by happy face and baby bottle emojis. Legend retweeted the announcement.

She announced her pregnancy over Instagram back in November and later posted that they were expecting a boy. The couple already has a daughter, Luna, who is two.

Teigen has been very open about her struggle with infertility and postpartum depression in the past. No word on a name yet ... but, knowing Teigen, that will come shortly ... over social media.

T.I. Arrest That Guard Cursed Out My Wife!!! But I Didn't Try to Fight Him

5/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

T.I. says the security guard who called cops on him went off on Tiny over the phone, and escalated an already tense situation by refusing to give up his name.

T.I. tells TMZ ... the guard at his gated community in Henry County, GA left out a lot of details when police arrived -- like the fact he was sleeping at his post, and T.I. had to wake him up Wednesday around 4 AM. Although the police report says T.I. yelled, "Hook me up" to the guard, the rap mogul tells us he actually said, "Look me up."

He says the guard claimed he couldn't find T.I. on the resident directory, so T.I. had his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, call. He says Tiny asked why the hold-up and said, "Just let him in." T.I. claims the guard barked back at Tiny, "Who the f*** do you think you is talking to me like this?"

T.I. says he was livid about that, and admits yelling obscenities. He says he reminded the guard, "I pay you" ... and then demanded entry again. He says the guard relented, but when T.I. demanded his name in order to report him to a supervisor, he says the guard only stared with a "blank face."

T.I. says he went home, cooled down and then decided to walk back to get the guy's name -- but only got more of the silent treatment. He admits, at this point, saying, "You can step outside the booth into the street, so we can talk."

He denies having any intent to get physical.

T.I. says he saw the guard on the phone telling cops, "Yes, a black male right in front of me in a striped shirt." T.I.'s upset the responding officers spoke to the guard and his supervisor behind closed doors, then handcuffed him before even asking his side of the story.  

T.I. adds neither the police nor the guard's supervisor looked at surveillance video to confirm what really happened.

Overall, he tells us he's most pissed the guard, who is African-American, never gave up his name or accepted responsibility for attacking Tiny and falling asleep on the job.

We called the security company and they had no comment.

Elton John Will Perform at The Royal Wedding

5/16/2018 5:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Elton John will take the stage at the royal wedding ... a fitting choice given the singer's history with Prince Harry, Princess Diana and the Royal Family. 

Sources close to Elton tell TMZ the singer is set to perform during Saturday's event ... it's still unclear whether he'll get behind his piano at the church ceremony or at the reception later in the night.

Elton's been tight with the Royal Family for years ... he was an extremely close friend of Princess Diana. The two worked together to raise money for AIDS research and awareness of the disease.

The singer was also a tremendous source of support for Prince Harry and Prince William when Diana died in 1997. Elton famously performed "Candle in the Wind" as a tribute for Diana at her funeral.

Elton had originally booked shows in Vegas for this weekend, but they were rescheduled months ago due to a "scheduling conflict" ... guess now we know the conflict.   

T.I. Butts Heads With Cop in Jailhouse Vid

5/16/2018 7:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

T.I. was adamant he didn't deserve to be arrested for an incident with the security guard at his gated community, because he was just trying to ask the guy some questions ... according to security footage from the jail.

In the vid -- obtained by TMZ -- the rapper's pretty calm and collected while going through the booking process at the Henry County Jail in Georgia early Wednesday morning ... until he tries to get an explanation from the cop who arrested him.

That's when the officer tells Tip he was "acting like a fool" ... which he strongly denies. T.I. claims it's his right as a homeowner in the community to question the security guard working the gate, but as you can see ... the cop disagrees.

Eventually the cop and T.I. do come to an agreement, though ... to settle matters in court.

As we reported ... T.I. was arrested for simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after getting into it with the security guard. According to the police report, the guard felt threatened and called cops, and when they arrived they could smell alcohol on the rapper's breath.

He was released without bail.

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