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BET Awards Weekend LAPD On Alert for Sizzurp Sippin'

6/25/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0624_lapd_training-for-lean_composite_gettyThe LAPD officers just got schooled on sizzurp, aka lean ... but the department swears there's nothing racial about it.

Law enforcement sources tell us LAPD brass has held meetings with cops to go over the basics when it comes to codeine. We're told they've been briefed on how users mix the syrup, how it looks, smells and most importantly ... to be on the lookout for double cups. 

The brass insisted it has nothing to do with this weekend's BET Awards show ... which will draw scores of rappers. They say cops will not specially hunt for double cups ... but officers will arrest anyone if they happen to notice during normal patrol.

Interestingly ... one of the LAPD divisions where a meeting was held was near the BET venue in downtown L.A. But the Hollywood Division didn't have such a meeting, and that's where lots of the after-parties will go down. We're told Hollywood cops already know what's up.

BET Awards Fan Experience Free Concerts, Huge Stars

6/25/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0624_BET_snoop_khalid_genisis_desiiner_tmz_instagramFans who wanna check out this year's BET Awards are in for a big treat ... thanks to the BET Experience.  

BET honchos have gone all out this year to get fans close to their favorite artists ... all for free. We're told Desiigner, Rae Sremmurd, Kevin Gates and O.T. Genasis will all be putting on a show Saturday at L.A. Live and fans won't have to shell out a penny.

And that's not all -- the BETX will feature "Genius Talks" -- a Q&A panel with stars like DJ Khaled, Snoop Dogg and Birdman.

Who says you gotta have a ticket to the big event to have a good time?

Justin Bieber Busts His Ankle Hours Before Concert

6/24/2016 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0624-justin-bieber-ankle-instagram-snap-02Justin Bieber's basketball diary entry for today -- OUCH!!!!!!

Biebs went down hard during a pick-up game Friday in Cincinnati ... and came out of it with a severely swollen ankle.

He says it's sprained, which means 18,000 or so Beliebers are collectively holding their breath since Justin's supposed to perform tonight at U.S. Bank Arena. 

They can all suck air again. Justin says he's going to have to take it easy onstage, but promises he's "still gonna crush."

Someone get Axl Rose on the horn, stat!

Samantha Ronson Sorry, Lindsay Lohan ... No Wedding DJ Discounts

6/24/2016 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lindsay Lohan better have deep pockets if she wants her ex-gf, Samantha Ronson, to DJ for her upcoming nuptials.

We got Sam at LAX and asked if she'd hit the decks at Lindsay's wedding. She hesitated at first, but then broke it down for LiLo -- who is apparently no longer in the friends and family category.

Chris Brown's Manager I Didn't Steal and ... Oops, You Forgot to Fire Me!

6/24/2016 12:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-chris-brown-tmzChris Brown's manager made good on his threat to add defamation to his lawsuit against Brown, and says there's no way he could have stolen the singer's cheddar.

Hours after Brown posted 2 videos saying Mike G had been fired for stealing his money, the now estranged manager filed new legal docs. In the new lawsuit, he says he's never had access to Chris' money because another business manager is solely responsible for finances.

Even though in the videos, Chris says he'd canned Mike over the cash ... we're told Mike claims he never got a termination notice until AFTER he filed his lawsuit.

We broke the story ... Mike G's also suing for assault, battery, false imprisonment and breach of contract after what he says was a bloody beatdown by Chris

Mike's Lawyer, Patty Glaser, released this statement -- "Sadly, Chris Brown is once again lashing out against those who were closest to him and is refusing to accept responsibility for his actions. Making up false claims against Mike G to deflect attention away from his continued violent behavior is shameful. We are looking forward to our day in court when Chris Brown will be held accountable.”

Iggy Azalea Making a Not So Clean Getaway

6/24/2016 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Iggy Azalea boarded a flight at LAX ... and for some reason she looked like someone fleeing in disguise.

Less than a week after ending her engagement to Lakers star Nick Young ... Iggy pulled a ball cap down low over her face and strolled through the airport surrounded by her team. Of course, she was peppered with questions about the breakup ... and her face proves this one stings.

As we reported ... Iggy gave back the ring (which she'd have to do by law), but took back the classic Chevy Impala she gifted to Nick and said she was moving out of their house.

Something tells us zero hearts will be growing fonder during their absence from each other.

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Future Drops O.J. Murder Song Did He Just Threaten Russell Wilson?

6/24/2016 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Future just dropped a killer new track -- the hook's all about O.J. Simpson and double murders ... and includes a line threatening an unnamed dude who's trying to "f*** my baby mama."

The track from DJ Esco's mixtape is called "Juice" -- and includes the lines: "Murder trial, O.J. Simpson. White on white, O.J. Simpson. Double murder, O.J. Simpson." 

But then he spits this line ... "Tryin' to f*** my baby mama, dog what's up with you? You gon' make me get a heat, I'm pullin' up on you."

Of course, with Future's very public beef with baby mama Ciara -- people are already asking the question ... is this about Russell Wilson???

We reached out to Future's camp -- so far, no comment. 

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Justin Bieber Lord of the Mighty Mississippi For a Night, Anyway

6/24/2016 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624_justin_bieber_airbnb_launchEven when Justin Bieber holes up in a small rural town in Illinois ... he finds a way to live like a king.

JB got sidelined in Hamilton, IL Thursday night when his tour bus needed repairs. Hamilton sits on the Mississippi with a population of about 2,800 -- but Bieber still managed to catch some Zs in a $10k per night Airbnb rental.

Hard to believe the riverfront mansion only has 4 bedrooms, but inside, it's extremely popstar-friendly with arcade games, a gym and even an old school jukebox.

Outside? An infinity pool over the river with a view! Of Iowa. 

We're told police had to patrol the road for people trying to get a glimpse of Justin. It's as if he was the biggest thing in town.

Wiz Khalifa I'm Not Buying Kanye's Apology ... He Ain't Keeping it Real

6/24/2016 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Wiz Khalifa's blood feud with Kanye West is far from over even though Kanye apologized.

Wiz was on "The Breakfast Club" Friday morning when he revealed he and 'Ye aren't exactly on speaking terms after war erupted in January. If you forgot, during one of his Twitter rants, West went in on Amber Rose, Wiz and even mentioned their son.

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As we reported ... Yeezus actually called Wiz and apologized, but check out why Wiz isn't convinced Kanye meant what he said on the phone.

#MeanWhatYouSay

Von Miller, Draymond Green Rage with Huge Stars ... At L.A. Nightclub

6/24/2016 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There was A LOT of money at Playhouse nightclub in L.A. last night -- with some of the biggest stars in the NFL, NBA and music colliding to turn up on a Thursday. 

Von Miller, Ndamukong Suh and Draymond Green rolled into the club ... to party with stars like Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj

Von tried to keep a low profile -- rocking his hoodie on the way in ... but everyone else was pretty friendly ... waving at fans on the way in and out. 

How was your Thursday night? 

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BET Awards Weekend Strip Clubs Join Forces ... to Import Highest Quality Ass

6/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0623-launch-bet-strippers-instagram-02How's this for rapper's delight ... 2 elite strip clubs are flying in more than 50 of the nation's HOTTEST strippers to meet demand from thirsty ballers in L.A. for the BET Awards.

Ace of Diamonds L.A. and Crazy Girls have both jumped in on the action ... and sources tell TMZ the strip joints expect to haul in at least $500k ... thanks to a swarm of rappers who have expressed keen interest. 

Some of the heavy hitters include Currency, Tokyo, Henny, Mercedes Fox and Malani Ca$h ... just some of the most sought-after strippers headlining clubs in New York, Houston, Miami and Atlanta.

Get those bands ready.

Sinead O'Connor I'm Alive! Cops Lied About Suicide Threat

6/24/2016 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-sinead-oconnor-tmz-02Sinead O'Connor is alive and seemingly well after Chicago police responded to a call she was threatening to jump off a bridge.

Chicago PD tried to track down O'Connor Thursday evening when O'Connor's family contacted Irish police, saying she threatened suicide.

But O'Connor is claiming cops made it all up and she never threatened to jump, saying, "some stupid bitch at Swords Garda station [Irish police] decided she'd like to throw a bit of false and malicious gossip."

Irish police told us they have no comment on Sinead's accusation.

O'Connor had reached out to family in May when she last threatened suicide -- but it's unclear if she did that again this week. Our family sources say they're trying to sort it out.

Whitney Houston Estate Can't Beat the Emmys ... Court Blocks Auction!

6/24/2016 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0624-whitney-houston-oscar-GETTY-01Whitney Houston's estate and the Whitney fan who already bid $10,000 for her 1986 Emmy are both outta luck -- a federal judge has shut down an auction for the trophy.

Heritage Auctions had put the statuette up for grabs, but TMZ broke the story ... the Television Academy opposed the auction, citing its rule that all Emmys must be returned to them if the winner or winner's heirs no longer want it.

Heritage was hawking the Emmy on behalf of Whitney's estate, but the Academy sought and was granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the live auction from going down Friday.

The online auction had already begun, and as we told you ... someone put up a $10k bid. Sorry, Charlie.

Heritage says it will respect the court's decision and the Emmy will be returned to the Houston family.

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