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Busta Rhymes Raging Out During NYC Gym Attack

11/17/2015 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Busta Rhymes did much more than just throw a protein shake during that fight in a gym -- surveillance video now shows him totally losing it on an employee!

The incident went down in August at Steel Gym in NYC ... and the video, first posted by Page Six, shows Busta in some kind of verbal dispute with the employee who's sitting behind the front desk.

At some point the rapper gets tired of talking and throws a liquid at the man, then clears the counter top ... taking out everything in front of the guy ... including his computer monitor.

As we reported, Busta struck a deal with prosecutors. He'd been arrested for assault, but ended up pleading guilty to 2nd degree harassment. He avoided jail time and agreed to anger management classes.

Justin Bieber Loses Friend In Paris Terror Attack ... Writes Heartfelt Message

11/17/2015 6:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber is among the many mourning the loss of a friend or loved one in the aftermath of last Friday's Paris terror attacks. 

Justin shared a heartfelt message for pal Thomas Ayad on Twitter. Ayad had worked for Mercury Records as a product manager, and was killed during the mass shooting at the Eagles of Death Metal concert. 

In his message, Justin said he and Thomas had worked together for years and he thanked his pal for everything he did for him.

Justin left his fans with a deep thought: "Make sure to appreciate people while you have them," before sending his condolences to Ayad's family and friends.

Ayad was among at least 89 people killed at the concert.


Trey Songz Here Ya Go, Uncle Sam ... $750k Ain't a Thang!

11/17/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1116-trey-songz-instagramTrey Songz just set a glowing example in the eyes of the IRS by erasing $748,870.08 worth o' debt in less than 3 weeks.

The federal tax lien was for Trey's 2013 income. The IRS hit him with the bill on Oct. 8, but according to docs obtained by TMZ, he was able to pay the whole thing off by the 28th. Shows you what kinda deep pockets Trey's got these days.

Clean slate with Uncle Sam? Only one thing left to do ...

Ray J Watch How I'd Pull Chicks If I Wasn't Engaged

11/16/2015 3:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ray J might be off the market now that he's engaged to Princess Love, but he's still got a secret weapon when it comes to wrangling the ladies!

Ray J was at LAX when our photog asked him about "Driven To Love" ... the new dating show he's hosting and co-producing with David Weintraub. Ray J didn't reveal too many details about his new gig, but did dish some dating advice and then showed us he's still got game. 

The women didn't stand a chance.

As for his pre-wedding festivities, Ray J's already taking precautionary measures to make sure he doesn't screw things up before the big day.

Kendrick Lamar Awesome Wedding Crash ... Almost a Total FAIL

11/16/2015 11:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kendrick Lamar gave a newlywed couple the surprise of a lifetime by crashing their reception -- but at least one guest was PISSED, and tried to toss the superstar and his pals out of the party!

The wedding was in a Columbus, OH hotel last month, and in this video you see Kendrick (in the green hat) hit the dance floor as Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" is blaring. It's pretty funny, very few people are dancing and Kendrick takes over the floor ... until an older gentleman starts asking questions.

"You guys are in this party? Who got married?"

Of course, Kendrick and co. had no clue who got married, and the guy got in their faces.

We're told someone else eventually realized it was Kendrick and squashed any beef.

Nicki Minaj Fabulous Parting Gift From Safaree ... A Lawsuit!

11/16/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1113_nicki_minaj_safaree-samuels_TMZNicki Minaj is about to get sued by her ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels, and he's gunning for a fortune.

Sources connected with Safaree tell us he wants a cut from 3 of Nicki's hugely successful albums -- The Pink Print, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

Safaree also wants a piece of the pie from some of Nicki's biggest singles, including "Only" featuring Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne, "Flawless (Remix)" with Beyonce and "Feeling Myself" with Bey.

We're told Safaree will present a boatload of proof he was super involved in Nicki's work. His evidence includes videos of him working with Nicki, voice memos from recording sessions, hours of footage from studio sessions. He says he also has multiple witnesses to validate his contribution.

And Safaree says Nicki herself acknowledged his contribution by giving him executive producer credit on her first 2 albums.

Our sources say Safaree has already lawyered up and a lawsuit is "imminent."


Justin Bieber Skates With Purpose

11/16/2015 6:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber skateboardingJustin Bieber grabbed his skateboard at 1 AM Monday to jet around the streets of NYC ... as he awaits word on whether or not his new album "Purpose" will debut at #1.

Bieber -- who is facing stiff competition for the top spot from One Direction -- was seen performing tricks on the streets of Manhattan without a soul around him.

This just in ... it looks like Bieber will squeak past 1D for the title.

Cowboy Troy Jason Aldean's Still My Bro Blackface Pic 'Low Priority'

11/16/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1113-cowboy-troy-jason-aldean-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Jason Aldean's friends are standing by his side after the torrent of criticism for his blackface on Halloween ... he's even getting support from a big star in the African-American country community.

Cowboy Troy tells us he and Aldean have been buddies for quite some time ... and doesn't think the singer would ever intentionally be offensive to anyone.

1110-jason-aldean-black-face-lil-wayne-nashvillegab-4As we previously reported, Aldean's reps says he dressed up as Lil Wayne on Halloween ... but they haven't addressed the blackface. 

The hick-hop singer says the gaffe is "low priority" on his radar, compared to bigger stuff going on in the world.

Master P Romeo Got Screwed Outta NBA Career 'Cause I Was Too Famous'

11/16/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Master P knows exactly who to blame for his son Romeo's hoops career ending ... Master P ... saying that his kid would've laced 'em up in the NBA for sure ... if he didn't have a famous father.

FYI -- Romeo attended USC on a basketball scholarship ... and despite showing some serious flashes of athleticism, he never made it to that next level.  

But according to P, it wasn't talent that kept him out of the league -- "If he wasn't Romeo he'd probably be in the NBA right now."

P knows the game -- nabbing pre-season contracts with the Hornets and Raptors back in the late '90s -- question is ... is P looking at the situation through rose colored glasses? 

As for Romeo, he's doing just fine without hoops ... he's the president of No Limit Forever Records and one of the stars of P's new reality show "Family Empire" which airs on Reelz.

So, having a dad worth nearly $350 million worked out for him after all.

Michelle Branch Divorce Finalized ... She's Keeping Her Music

11/16/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Michelle Branch and her ex-hubby Teddy Landau have finalized their divorce, 9 months after filing ... and she's keeping the thing that made her famous, her music. 

According to the divorce docs, obtained by TMZ ... Michelle will get all of her musical compositions, demos, master recordings and royalties. But Teddy won't be walking away empty-handed ... he gets a Mustang and 2015 GMC truck as well as some property.

As for the couple's ten-year-old daughter, Michelle and Teddy will share custody ... with a "week-on, week-off" schedule. There's no official child support plan in place, but they'll split his school costs. 

Michelle filed for divorce from Teddy in February after almost 11 years after they got married. 

Madonna Breaks Down Over Paris Shootings We Will Not Be Silenced

11/15/2015 10:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Madonna was moved to tears Saturday night, saying she thought of canceling her show in the wake of the Paris massacre but ultimately realized pulling the plug would be kowtowing to the terrorists.

Madonna led her 40,000 fans in a moment of silence, before performing an emotional rendition of "Like a Prayer," with tears streaming down her face.

It's very powerful.

5 Seconds of Summer Don't Ask Us About One Direction!!!

11/15/2015 7:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

5 Seconds of Summer is one of the hottest groups around, but one thing still gets under their skin ... a mere mention of One Direction.

We got the group leaving LAX Saturday and when our photog dared to mention their arch rival, an agitated handler laid down the law.

Boy band battles ... they're fun.

Floyd Mayweather I Still Got Bieber's Back

11/14/2015 12:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It was a role reversal for Floyd Mayweather last night -- walking in Justin Bieber's entourage as he escorted the singer through the stage for his performance at Staples Center... TMZ Sports has the video.

Mayweather and several members of his TMT crew flanked Bieber during his walkout before heading to their section to enjoy the show. Usually, it's Bieber escorting Mayweather to the ring -- but now that Floyd's retired he'll be taking the backseat to JB from now on... if he stays retired, that is. 


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