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50 Cent

Socked With Another $2 Mil

in Sex Tape Damages

7/24/2015 1:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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2:25 PM PT -- 50 Cent's attorney has released a statement saying the rapper plans to fight the judgement hoping to "reduce the size of the award." 

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50 Cent has to fork over another $2 million in punitive damages to Rick Ross' baby mama for leaking her sex tape. 

The jury announced the judgment in NYC on Friday. 50 already got hit with a $5 million judgment in the case earlier this month ... which lead to him filing for personal bankruptcy. 

He told the jury this week that he was worth less than $5 million -- in an effort to get some leniency. Seems like it worked ... since Lastonia Leviston was seeking $15 mil in punitive damages.

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Deryck Whibley

Looking Healthy Again

After Hitting Rock Bottom

7/24/2015 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0724-deryck-whibley-splash-03Deryck Whibley and Sum 41 were back together this week for the first time in a while, but the real story is how good he looked ... a year after nearly drinking himself to death.

The band got back together for a performance at the Alternative Press Music Awards in Ohio after taking a break so Whibley, who almost died in 2014 from alcohol abuse, could deal with his issues.

Whibley was actually placed in a coma for a week so his body could detox.

Deryck says he still has trouble walking and is still undergoing extensive physical therapy.

Seems like it's working.

Chris Brown

Peace, Philippines ...

I'm Outta Here!

7/24/2015 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Brown finally got out of the Philippines -- for real -- after being held there for 3 days because of a fraud dispute.

Brown had been in Manila since Tuesday, where he performed a show, but a promoter filed a complaint against him for allegedly bailing on a New Year's Eve concert ... so the government wouldn't let him leave

The singer was able to obtain a certificate permitting him to bolt ... and he boarded a private jet Friday headed for Macau, where he's performing tonight. 

The ordeal forced him to cancel a show in Hong Kong earlier in the week. He shoulda called Liam Neeson.

Nicki Minaj

Taylor Swift Was Wrong

... And She Admitted it

7/24/2015 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicki Minaj went on TV to tell the world ... Taylor Swift screwed up when she assumed Nicki was attacking her over the VMA noms.

Nicki went on 'GMA' and revealed she and Taylor had a chat yesterday and Swifty admitted she was wrong when she went after Nicki on Twitter, jumping to the conclusion that Nicki was ragging on her over "Anaconda" being passed on for video of the year.

Minaj says everything's now kumbaya between the 2 of them now that Taylor's eaten crow.

NFL's Thomas Jones

I Got Suge Knight's Back ...

In New NWA Movie

7/24/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Former NFL star Thomas Jones definitely has muscle ... but now he's going to be muscle ... playing one of Suge Knight's bodyguard's in the new NWA biopic "Straight Outta Compton."

Jones ... who's been doing a lot of acting now that his playing days are over ... was out in Hollywood when we asked him about his blossoming new career. 

TJ tells us he has a role in one of the biggest movies of the summer. We had to do some extra digging to find out who he plays -- a member of Suge Knight's pre-Death Row records entourage.

FYI -- Thomas has another movie "Runaway Island" premiering on TV this weekend ... we're guessing it'll have a lower body count. 

Check out the clip.

Future

House of Blues Concert Shut Down ...

After Crowd Melee

7/24/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Future can't give it away in West Hollywood. His plan to throw a free concert was thwarted a second time Thursday after would-be concertgoers were unloading either smoke bombs or fire extinguishers. 

Future was at the House of Blues Thursday night when the crowd started rushing cops and clouding the joint up ... and that's when the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. came in and took care of business, shutting it down before Future could perform.  

This was the second failed attempt at a free concert ... earlier in the day, cops shut down the planned free concert at the Roxy when the crowd got out of control. 

Third time was a charm ... Future ended up performing at Supperclub in Hollywood. 

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Birdman

I'm Not Involved in Plot

To Shoot Lil Wayne

7/24/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0723-birdman-lil-wayne-tmz-01Birdman's finally breaking his silence on the Lil Wayne shooting, and despite police docs tying him and Young Thug to the suspect -- he's denying ANY involvement in a murder-for-hire plot.

Sources close to Wayne and Birdman confirm to TMZ what police docs insinuated ... that Birdman got a phone call on April 26, shortly after the bus was shot up in Atlanta. As we reported, police knew the call was placed between 2 phones registered to Birdman.

We're told the call came from someone in Wayne's camp who was understandably pissed, and anxious to tell Birdman what went down shortly before the shooting -- that Jimmy Carlton Winfrey had been kicked out of a club for harassing Wayne.

Winfrey was eventually arrested and charged with the shooting.

Our sources say Birdman assured Wayne he was not involved in any way, and vowed to help figure out who was behind it. 

We're also told the phones being registered to Birdman is not surprising, because they're company phones and everyone using them -- Wayne's people, Birdman, and even Winfrey -- is associated with Cash Money or Young Money.

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Grandmaster Flash

Stupid Valet Gave ...

My Car to a THIEF!!!

7/23/2015 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0723-grandmaster-flash-INSTAGRAM-01Grandmaster Flash lost his prized and customized possession because an overly generous -- and not so bright valet -- simply handed over the keys to a car thief.

Flash tells us his custom made 2014 white Dodge Charger-- nicknamed The Ghost -- was jacked from a parking structure in NYC last Thursday. Most frustrating of all ... he says the parking attendant didn't ask for any ID or parking ticket from the thief.  

Law enforcement sources tell us cops were called, but that was merely to take down a stolen car report. The Ghost had long since vanished by the time cops got there. 

Flash -- famous for rap classics like "White Lines" and "The Message" -- also lost some vintage vinyl records that were in his whip. He's considering a lawsuit against the parking company.

Don't push him 'cause he's close to the edge ...

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Future

Concert Riot

Everyone Showed Up At The Same Damn Time

7/23/2015 1:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0723-future-concert-riot-TMZ-01update_graphic_red_bar6:00 PM PT -- Future's concert is back on, but now it's at the House of Blues ... and only for the first 800 people.

3:55 PM PT -- Future's concert has now been cancelled.

update_grey_gray_barFuture is throwing a free concert at the Roxy in LA tonight and it's not off to a smooth start because the cops just showed up ... in riot gear.

We’re told fans started lining at 9 AM, and the show doesn’t start till midnight. The trouble started around 1 PM, when wristbands were passed out for the 500 capacity room ... everyone went wild.

Cops got out their riot guns when people started pouring onto Sunset Blvd ... smack in the middle of the Strip.

The concert is the last of Future's 4 free "Salute the Fans" shows.

Chris Brown

I'm Being Held Hostage in Manila

7/23/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Turns out Chris Brown's legal team was wrong -- he never got airborne in Manila -- he was turned around literally as his plane was on the runway, because he allegedly tried skipping out on a concert. Think of "Argo," except the plane doesn't make it out. 

The dispute has been brewing for months. Chris was supposed to perform in Manila for New Year's Eve but was a no show. The promoter says Chris got his million dollar payment and he's been demanding a refund ever since.

Well, Chris went back to Manila for another concert this week, but when he tried to leave the government blocked the flight after the promoter convinced officials what Chris did amounted to theft.

So he's now stuck in Manila, sitting in a hotel room and Instagramming for help from Obama.

Don't hold your breath, Chris.

  

Justin Bieber

Watch Me Rip It!

7/23/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0723-justin-bieber-shirtless-fameWe're not sure what's more ripped ... Justin Bieber's jeans or his body? 

Neither stopped the Biebs from catching some air on his skateboard during a break from filming Ryan Seacrest’s new show “Knock Knock: Live.” 

The shoot must have gone well ... no shirt, no problems.

Taylor Swift

Bows Down to Nicki Minaj

7/23/2015 9:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0723-swift-minaj-getty-twitter-01Taylor Swift blinked first ... giving Nicki Minaj a full-on apology in an attempt to squash their Twitter war. There's hope for world peace, after all.

Taylor tried to dismiss the whole mess, saying ... "I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke."

Swift took the high road, and seemed to accept Nicki's explanation that her initial Twitter rant about a VMAs snub was not an attack on Taylor ... although she never explained who she WAS targeting.

Anyway, Nicki thanked Taylor for the apology ... and now everyone can play nice.

First Meek and now Taylor? Nicki's not just queen of the Barbs. 

Jimmy Fallon

Sings Lead with U2 ...

Beat It Bono!

7/23/2015 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Fallon jumped onstage with U2 -- injured finger and all -- and absolutely stole the show ... for at least one song of the Madison Square Garden gig. 

Fallon started out by busting on Bono, The Edge, and himself ... for their rash of injuries, saying ... ""I'm a big fan of Irish people who fall down and hurt themselves"

But when the band kicked into their hit, "Desire" -- Jimmy went into lead singer mode ... first sharing the mic, and then taking over and doing a spot-on Bono impression.

You gotta see his harmonica solo at the end. The finger's feeling better.  

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