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Rich Homie Quan

I Didn't Beat Anybody ...

I Was Too Busy Getting Drunk

43 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rich Homie Quan says he couldn't have beat a Miami security guard senseless, and he has the perfect alibi -- he was getting wasted.

RHQ gave us the ole Shaggy defense ("It wasn't me") at LAX Wednesday afternoon ... and while he's certain he had nothing to do with the attack that left Christian Cajigas a bloody mess outside LIV Nightclub -- he may want to get his story straight.

Watch the clip, and listen closely ... Quan talks about the infamous getaway yacht -- but he seems confused about exactly when and he was on it ... during the night in question.

The devil is in the details, RHQ. 

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Reggae Artist Mavado

Screw Philippe Chow ...

Follow Me To P.F. Chang's, Black People!

4/1/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0401-mavado-pfchang-01Reggae star Mavado is shoving Philippe Chow's apology right back in its face -- and calling for the entire black community to drop Chow and choose Chang ... as in P.F. Chang's.

Mavado tells TMZ the famed NY restaurant's attempted apology was filled with lies and its claims of loving black customers is a total joke. 

TMZ broke the story ... Mavado says he and his family were treated like second class citizens by the PC staff because they are black. Late Tuesday, the restaurant begged for his forgiveness and claimed its Instagram page proves their love for black people.

Mavado is laughing off the "I have black friends" response -- and says he'll never go back. Instead, he'll be going to P.F. Chang's, and wants every person of color to follow him.

Pretty sure he means in theory -- 'cause that would be one helluva bill.

One Direction

We're Still Chatting Up Zayn

But Planning for Foursome

4/1/2015 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0401-one-direction-getty-01Four is the magic number for One Direction, because the band has no plans to add a fifth member following the Earth-shattering departure of Zayn Malik.

Sources close to Simon Cowell and the record label tell TMZ ... the band is moving forward with recording their new album sans Malik. As for eventually finding a replacement -- we're told there's "absolutely zero" talk of that.

That being said ... we're told the remaining 1Ders are still talking to Zayn regularly, and the band completely respects his decision to bolt.  

One Direction played its first Zayn-less show in South Africa earlier this week. They tour Europe in June before hitting the U.S. in July.


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Cynthia Lennon

First Beatles Wife Dies from Cancer

4/1/2015 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0401-john-cynthia-getty-02John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon ... died at home in Spain after a short battle with cancer. She was 75.

Cynthia and John got married in 1962 .. while she was pregnant -- and she gave birth to Julian Lennon in 1963. He is her only child, and was by her side at her house in Mallorca when she passed away on Wednesday.

Julian posted a pic of his mom with the caption, "You are so beautiful." 

0401-julian-fb-post-facebookJohn and Cynthia divorced in 1968, but she went on to marry 3 more times.

John was the only Beatle who had tied the knot when they first hit it big. In fact, during their famous "Ed Sullivan Show" debut they put up a graphic saying, "Sorry girls, he's married."

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Tyga

Sneaker Release Party RUINED

By Sneaky Process Server

4/1/2015 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bad news/good news for Tyga -- he got served with legal papers during his big sneaker unveiling Tuesday night, but the guy who served him bought two pair!

Tyga was hit while revealing his new kicks for L.A. Gear at Shiekh Shoes in Hollywood.

You gotta give the process server credit ... he stood in line for more than two hours, bought two pairs of kicks at $120 a pop, had them autographed ... and that's when he hit Tyga with the papers. To add insult to injury ... the guy even got a pic with Tyga!

The process server wouldn't get into what the papers were for, just saying that apparently Tyga owes someone money.

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Wale

THE WWE BLACKBALLED ME

... Asks For 2nd Chance!

4/1/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rap superstar Wale believes he's been "blackballed" by the WWE over an incident last year -- but he's begging the organization for a 2nd chance ... and tells TMZ Sports he's willing to do anything to bury the hatchet. 

Wale believes he's been on Vince McMahon's bad side ever since he got into a fight with another fan at "Monday Night Raw" back in March 2014 ... a fight first reported by TMZ Sports

But Wale -- who's a HUUUUUGE wrestling fanatic -- says the friction between himself and the WWE is killing him ... and he wants to make things right. 

Wale says he has nothing but respect for Vince, Triple H and the rest of the gang -- and says he wants an internship with WWE to learn from the best in the business. 

"I think me and Triple H should talk ... I think we could help each other." 

Stay tuned ... 

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Joni Mitchell

Legendary Singer Hospitalized

3/31/2015 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0331-joni-mitchell-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar3:00 AM PT -- Joni is still in intensive care, but her people say she is "awake and in good spirits." We've learned she had a surgical procedure some time after arriving at the hospital on Tuesday.update_grey_gray_barSinger-songwriter Joni Mitchell -- who's synonymous with the Woodstock generation -- was rushed to a hospital after a 911 call from her home Tuesday.

Sources tell us paramedics went to 71-year-old Mitchell's Los Angeles home around 2:30 PM. We're told the 911 call was for an unconscious female, but she was alert on the way to the hospital.

Mitchell was in intensive care late Tuesday. It's unclear what prompted the medical emergency, but it appears to be quite serious.

We've put in several calls to Joni's rep ... but haven't heard back.

Mitchell's best known for her hit, "Big Yellow Taxi" ... which the Counting Crows famously covered in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Lil Wayne

Plus Brand New Caddy ...

Ballin' 16th for 'Hip Hop' Prince

4/1/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Hip-hop superstars Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Rich Homie Quan were the icing on the cake for a 16- year-old kid's $150,000 birthday party -- and the guest of honor arrived by chopper!

The lucky kid was KJ Jr. -- son of "Hip Hop Since 1978" founder Kyambo Joshua -- and since Dad rolls with the likes of Jay Z and Kayne West on the reg ... it makes sense the Atlanta bash went down in a huge hangar.

As if shout-outs from Weezy, Lil Boosie, MonicaYo Gotti and a YG performance wasn't enough -- the kid got a 2015 Cadillac Escalade!

Right now it's a toss up for "Ballingest Party of the Year" -- KJ Jr.'s 16th or Snoop Dogg's 18th for his son -- but KJ flying in on a helicopter is a damn good tie-breaker. 

Philippe Chow Restaurant

We Love Black People

Including Mavado

3/31/2015 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-mavado-instagram-6bPhilippe Chow restaurant has finally responded to Reggae star Mavado's claim that he was treated like crap because he's black ... the restaurant's response ... they happily cater to lots of black people all the time.

TMZ broke the story ... Mavado and his family dined at the NYC restaurant last Thursday and were treated like second class citizens ... shuttled to the back of the restaurant, ordered not to take pictures, abused by their waiter and told never to come back, but after he left and they realized he was a star, they begged for forgiveness. 

Now the eatery says, "Philippe Restaurant is proud to have an excellent relationship with all our customers, especially the black community and people of color," adding, "on a weekly basis we have famous and non-famous black people ..."

Here's the best part. Philippe Chow says photos don't lie ... "Don't just listen to us, visit our Instagram and see for yourself."

The restaurant disputes the claims of rudeness, but says if that's the impression that was left with Mavado they apologize.

David Lee Roth

Ain't Talking 'bout Blood ...

But I Am Bleeding [TMZ TV]

3/31/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Right after Van Halen reunited on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ... David Lee Roth's nose reunited with his mic stand and opened up a bloody gash. Guess Diamond Dave might as well jump … outta the way!

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Selena

Her Murder as Big as

JFK Assassination

3/31/2015 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Selena's murder 20 years ago today was every bit as big as the death of John Lennon, Elvis Presley and the assassination of John F. Kennedy ... so claims the estate of the former Tejano music queen.

Selena's estate claims in new legal docs her record label is hoarding huge amounts of money that should go to Selena's loved ones. In fact, the estate claims Selena actually became way more popular in death than life. 

With 60 million albums sold, the estate is livid that UMG is not honoring the deal -- that the estate gets 50% of net profits for things like ringtones, downloads and other stuff.

Selena was gunned down by the former president of her fan club on March 31, 1995. 

David Lee Roth

Who Gave Me This Bloody Nose?

Oh Right, It Was Me!

3/31/2015 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Lee Roth has no one to blame but himself for that bloody gash he had on his nose during "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" ... because he whacked himself during his signature mic stand trick.

Roth and the rest of Van Halen reunited for an epic performance on "Kimmel" Monday night, but the sanitized version that aired didn't tell the whole story. 

During the initial performance of "Panama" ... Roth hit himself in the face with his mic stand while twirling it, leaving a cut across the bridge of his nose.

0331-subasset-van-halen-gettyHe kept going, eventually walking offstage to grab a towel. He then patched it up with a band-aid and did the song again. That's the version that aired. 

The show must go on.

The Game

He Threatened to Shoot Me

Hoops KO Was Self Defense [VIDEO]

3/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ obtained video of The Game unloading a punch on an opposing player during a pick-up basketball game -- but we're told the guy threatened to unload a gun in Game's ass before the fight.

Sources connected to Game tell us the rapper says the punchee started things by throwing an elbow at Game ... who responded by elbowing him right back. Then it got really heated -- Game claims the guy said don't make me go to my gym bag because ... "I got that thing."

The clear hint was the guy had a gun.

What happened next was a case of punch or be punched -- we're told Game is saying the guy raised his fist first, and that's when Game threw his Tyson-tatted right hand

The video doesn't appear to back up Game's claim about the guy being first to make a fist.

Game denies making any death threats as the victim claimed to cops. Police are still investigating.

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