3:25 PM PDT -- Bieber's camp tells TMZ ... "Justin is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him. He will continue to move forward focusing on his career and his music."
Justin Bieber is required to take anger management classes as part of his plea bargain in the egging case ... and he has to pay his neighbor a fortune.
Justin's lawyer, Shawn Holley, was in court with the prosecutor as the plea was entered. Justin pled no contest to misdemeanor vandalism and was placed on 2 years probation and ordered to perform 5 days labor -- probably picking up trash or graffiti removal.
Justin was ordered to pay his neighbor $80,900. Law enforcement sources had told TMZ ... the victim submitted estimates totaling around $20K but in court Wednesday the judge said the actual damages exceeded $80K. The prosecutor said, "The house is a dream house" and a lot of work had to be done.
As for anger management ... Justin is required to attend 12 weeks of classes with a minimum of 1 per week.
And Justin was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim and his family. That won't be a problem since Justin has moved.
Justin, Nicki & Taylor
Smells Like a Total Rip-Off
Perfume Co. Sues Over Celeb Fragrances
7/9/2014 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Something stinks in the perfume world -- someone is trying to cash in on the huge success of Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift's signature fragrances and cosmetics ... allegedly by mimicking products created by Elizabeth Arden.
Cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden is the licensed manufacturer of the celebrity scents bearing Justin, Taylor and Nicki's names ... and in a new federal lawsuit it claims a company called Preferred Fragrance has been trying to horn in on their massive biz.
Two Bieber perfumes (Someday and Justin Bieber's Girlfriend) have raked in $87 million in retail sales -- while Taylor's Wonderstruck perfumes and lotions hauled in $60 million ... so, there's a TON of money on the line here.
In the suit, Elizabeth Arden says Preferred's Bieber knock-offs -- called Today and Be My Girl -- use packaging that almost exactly mirrors the packaging of EA's Bieber perfumes.
The lawsuit points out a bunch of similar infractions related to the Minaj and Swift products
Elizabeth Arden claims Preferred has repeatedly infringed on its trademarks ... and now it's demanding a jury trial.
Cops Plea Deal with D.A. in Egging Case
7/9/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's criminal vandalism case is over before it even began, because TMZ has learned Justin has copped a plea.
Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Justin's lawyer will appear in court Wednesday at 1:30 PM PDT and plead no contest to misdemeanor vandalism.
We're told Justin will receive NO jail time. He will be placed on 1 year probation and be ordered to perform community service.
We're told Justin will also be ordered to pay restitution to the neighbor whose house he egged. The neighbor has repair bills totaling around $20,000. A big part of the house needs to be re-plastered ... and it's very expensive Venetian plaster.
We're told Justin's people will have something to say after the court appearance.
Charged With Misdemeanor Vandalism In Egging Case
7/9/2014 8:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We've learned Justin Bieber has just copped a plea deal.
Justin Bieber will be charged Wednesday with misdemeanor vandalism for egging his neighbor's house.
The L.A. County District Attorney will file the charge ... after months of trying to decide whether to file the case as a misdemeanor or a felony.
TMZ posted video -- shot by the victim during the January attack -- in which Bieber's voice is clearly heard. And surveillance video seized from Bieber's home showed he was right there at the scene of the crime during the egging.
One prosecutor who investigated the case told the victim of the attack, "If this isn't a felony, nothing is."
Apparently the big wigs in the office disagreed.
Bieber will be arraigned today at 1:30 PM PDT but he will not be present.
7/9/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown continues to throw out gang language all over the place ... this time dropping Bloods references on Instagram.
The post was quickly deleted, but Brown captioned a mundane photo of his shoes by writing, "It's bool! I stand on my own two feet when life gets brazy."
"Bool" and "brazy" are terms used by the Bloods ... replacing the first letters of certain words with a B is a common practice.
Earlier this month, Chris was throwing up gang signs and shouting out the Bloods during a club appearance after the BET Awards.
VERY Winded On Stage ...
Ain't Nobody Jumpin' Around
7/9/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z, Roc Nation Sued
Sound Guy Claims
He Created the Magic
7/8/2014 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A sound engineer who claims he was a key producer/creator of Roc-A-Fella's entire body of work between 1999 - 2000 wants a declaration from a judge -- he's as much the owner of the 6 albums as the label itself.
Chauncey Mahan claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he was the sound engineer who was one of the first masters of Pro Tools production software and was instrumental in creating the sound for a number of Roc-A-Fella's biggest releases, including The Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty album.
TMZ broke the story ... Jay Z and Roc Nation filed an extortion police report earlier this year, claiming Chauncey was holding boxes of master recordings hostage ... demanding $100,000 for the music.
Jay Z set up a sting operation where his people met Chancey at a storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, and unbeknownst to him the LAPD was there and seized the boxes. Cops still have them.
Chauncey now wants a judge to say he was so essential to the creation of the music ... he's a co-owner of the copyright. As such, it would give him the right to get the masters back.
It's interesting ... Jay Z and Roc Nation dropped their extortion complaint against Chauncey.
Count Me Out
7/8/2014 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mr. Telephone Man, there's something wrong with Bobby Brown ... he needs some oxygen … STAT.
New Edition performed in Mississippi last week and Bobby was so out of shape he bailed on his crew.
Watch the video closely, Bobby starts off OK … but then skips a move altogether. Then another. Then he just flat out stops, doubles over, and eventually walks off.
He needs a candy girl ... to get his blood sugar up. Or he needs to stop smoking.
Insane Clown Posse
Juggalos Case Dismissed
'Gang' Label Sticks for Now
7/8/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Insane Clown Posse and their Juggalo fans say they're NOT a gang ... but for now the FBI can keep calling them one because a federal judge has tossed out the band's lawsuit.
ICP had filed the suit -- along with several Juggalos -- claiming the FBI wrongly classified them as a hybrid criminal gang. They say police hassle them because of the gang label. One fan who sued is in the military and fears punishment from superiors.
But a federal judge dismissed the case last week ... saying ICP should not have sued the FBI ... because the harassment is coming from local law enforcement agencies -- not the Feds. As for the military plaintiff ... the judge pointed out nothing's actually happened to him yet.
The Juggalos -- who usually identify themselves with tattoos of the ICP's hatchetman logo -- say the fight isn't over ... their ACLU lawyers have already filed an appeal.
Kim and Kanye
Ellen's Got Nothing on Us
We're Flipping Houses Too!
7/8/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West don't see bedrooms and bathrooms in their new mansion ... they see dollar signs ... and that's why they're going to sell it and officially enter the house-flipping market.
Kim and Kanye bought an $11 million mansion in Bel Air last year and did a major redo. Their plan going in was to live in it, but sources connected with the couple tell us ... they've been told they could make millions if they sell it so, like Ellen, they're saying 'Why not?"
But this won't just be a one off. We're told Kim and Kanye enjoyed the renovation process so much they've decided to make it a side business. Their plan is to renovate several houses/estates a year.
As for why they think they have what it takes ... actually, their angle is that they know the best people in various fields of home renovation -- architects, landscapers, interior designers, etc.
As for their living situation ... we're told Kim and Kanye are happy living with Kris Jenner for now. Plenty of space, and a built-in babysitter.
Rage Against The Machine
Bangers Are Always Gonna Bang
Even If Their Brains Bleed
7/8/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you bang your head to rock music so hard that your skull fills with blood and doctors have to DRILL HOLES in it to save your life -- Rage Against The Machine's Tim Commerford not only has your back ... he says keep rocking!
We asked the Rage bassist about a German Motorhead fan who suffered a brain bleed -- which his doctors partially blamed on years of excessive headbanging -- and Tim doesn't think the horrific news will scare true headbanging fans.
In fact, he says he's felt the same pain, telling us ... "Banger neck, yeah. Every time we played I got banger neck."
Of course, Tim never had to have HOLES DRILLED IN HIS HEAD ... like the Motorhead fan -- but watch him explain why that danger is just part of the show.
Rape Lie Killed My $200K Record Deal
7/8/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was Conor's publishing company ... NOT his record label that pulled a $200,000 payment connected to his latest album. His label, Nonesuch Records is still on board, but he's clearly pissed about losing the $200K.
Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst got canned by his record label when an obsessed fan lied about him raping her -- and now that he wants her to pay up ... she's gone radio silent, according to the emo rocker.
TMZ broke the story ... Oberst sued Joanie Faircloth for $1.2 million back in February ... claiming she defamed him when she accused him of forcibly taking her virginity after a North Carolina concert in 2003.
Now Oberst says the false accusation tanked his record sales and led to his label 86'ing him ... according to new docs filed in the case, and obtained by TMZ. Oberst adds his canceled contract was worth at least $200K.
Oberst says Faircloth has never shown up for court hearings in the case ... so now he wants a judge to declare him the winner, and award him the $1.2 mil.
Hit with ANOTHER
7/7/2014 5:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce's dad, Mathew Knowles, has been sued by a second woman who claims he fathered her kid ... and she's looking for a payday.
TMZ has confirmed ... TaQoya Branscomb filed legal docs in Texas, claiming Mathew got her pregnant in 2010 ... just after Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles filed for divorce. Tina filed because she found out Mathew was cheating on her with another woman whom he knocked up in 2009.
30-year-old Branscomb tells us she was a lingerie model but is now a real estate agent.
Mathew acknowledged in 2010 Alexsandra Wright was indeed his baby mama and he was ordered to pay $12K a month in child support, but that was reduced to $2,485 after Beyonce fired him and his income stream dried up.
As for the current case -- a story broken by BuzzFeed -- Branscomb is asking for a DNA test, a declaration of paternity and child support.