Tito Jackson calmly and coolly defended his brother Jermaine, who told TMZ earlier in the week, "If it wasn't for the Jackson 5, there would be no Michael Jackson."
Tito told our photog in Calabasas Friday ... Jermaine was misunderstood, and he explains why.
Tito also bristled at Debbie Rowe's comment to us ... the Jackson 4 are all bad influences on Michael's kids.
TMZ broke the story ... Debbie intends to seek guardianship of Paris and Prince -- her biological kids -- and would also like to bring Blanket along for the ride, because she believes the current guardianship is damaging all 3 children.
Joins 'The Voice'
4/18/2014 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gwen Stefani's gonna make good money off Christina Aguilera getting knocked up -- TMZ has learned Gwen has signed on to be a judge on "The Voice."
Multiple sources connected to the show tell us ... No Doubt's lead singer will be on Season 7 ... which starts taping in June.
Producers started looking for new blood in February after Christina announced she was pregnant. Makes sense ... she'd be 8 or 9 months along by the time Season 8's battle rounds began.
We're told NBC wanted Christina to stay during her pregnancy but she's having a difficult time already and ultimately bowed out.
Gwen's deal is for one season right now, and we're told Christina has already signed on to rotate back into her spinning chair for Season 8.
NBC had no comment.
With Your BS Answer
4/19/2014 12:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Either Sara Gilbert was trying to be nice Friday night in Hollywood ... or like the rest of the country, she only knows one 4 Non Blondes song.
In case you missed it -- it's ok, we forgive you -- Sarah's wife Linda Perry announced this week she was reuniting her 90's band for a charity benefit ... even though they only had one hit -- "What's Up."
We asked Sarah what her favorite Non Blondes song was and her answer is questionable.
Hey, hey, hey, hey.
Sued for Stealing
Model's Photo for Song Art
4/18/2014 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mase's return to rap is off to a rough start -- he's getting sued over his comeback song by a model who claims he jacked her photo to promote his song.
According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Stephanie Delgado (who goes by Stephanie Rao for modeling) claims Mase lifted the photo straight from her Instagram page and used it to promote his new song, "Why Can't We."
Rao says no one ever contacted her asking for permission to use the photo ... which she says ended up being used on more than 40 different sites to promote the song.
Rao is seeking royalties in the amount of $60,000 and damages in the amount of $180,000.
In the perfect world, Rao would've added ... "Take that, take that " -- but she didn't.
You Oughta Know ...
I GOT MY DOG BACK!!!
4/18/2014 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Alanis Morissette dognapping saga is OVER ... TMZ has learned the rocker's prized pup has been returned to her.
As TMZ first reported, Morissette sued her old housekeeper claiming the woman stole her dog -- a 10 lb Chihuahua/Pug mix named Circus -- after Alanis fired her.
The housekeeper claimed Alanis hated the dog and wanted her gone.
But isn't it ironic ... today in court, Alanis' attorney dropped the suit because Circus is now safe and sound back at the home of Alanis and her hubby, Mario Treadway.
Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper
Rapper Friend Defends Him ... No Drug Use, Signs of Mental Illness
4/18/2014 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Supreme -- a friend of Christ Bearer's and a fellow Wu-Tang affiliated rapper -- says he saw nothing in C.B. that would have ever made him think he was capable of cutting off his penis and then trying to kill himself.
As TMZ first reported, Mr. Bearer (real name Andre Johnson) was rushed to the hospital earlier this week after his crazy suicide attempt ... but doctors were not able to reattach his penis.
Supreme says he never saw any signs of mental illness in his friend, and never saw him do any illicit drugs ... just cigarettes, alcohol and a little weed.
Supreme says he visited his friend in the hospital and now it's just time to "let the brother heal."
For his part, Christ Bearer did take to Facebook on Thursday to say he was blessed. Wonder if he posted that before or after doctors gave him the bad news?
Crashes Drake Bell's Album Release Party
How Ya Like Me Now?
4/18/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber finally responded to Drake Bell's incessant Twitter insults by crashing his album release party Thursday night and basically saying ... YOUR FANS LIKE ME BETTER.
Bell and Bieber have a long-standing beef of sorts ... really it's just Bell constantly insulting Bieber on Twitter, but the Biebs never responds ... until last night.
Bieber pulled up to Mixology at the Grove in Los Angeles last night where Bell's event was going down. He simply rolled down his window ... which caused the crowd to go BONKERS.
But Bieber didn't stop there -- he posted a video of the screaming fans to his Instagram account, but didn't even bother to mention Bell, saying, "So nice seeing my fans at the grove tonight."
THEN he posted a photo on Instagram (see below) of Bell looking down at Bieber's van mobbed by fans with the caption: "Why is @justinbieber sprinter van getting more attention than my album release party." Bieber eventually took it down.
Our sources say the evening ended when things got heated between a guy in Bieber's entourage, Milk Tyson, and Bell's dad.
As the old saying goes ... Biebs who laughs last, laughs best.
@justinbieber dude ! Thank you for coming to my party I didn't know you were down stairs sorry they didn't let you in!! Should have hmu!!— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) April 18, 2014
Guess Who This Bat Boy
4/18/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before this beat-dropping little boy became a world renowned DJ he was just another Batman lovin' lad growing up in California. Can you guess who he is?
Puddle of Mudd
Wes Scantlin Goes Ballistic
In Mic-Tossing Meltdown!
4/17/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin went absolutely CRAZY during a show Wednesday night ... throwing his microphone into the crowd during a ridiculous on-stage meltdown.
It's unclear what caused Scantlin to lose it during the Dallas show (some reports say fans were upset because it appeared he was lip-syncing) but it was epic.
Scantlin's mic tossing might have injured a fan -- we're told paramedics were called to tend to an injured concertgoer. Medics won't say what the caused the injury, but TMZ spoke to several witnesses who pinned it on the flying mic.
TMZ reached out to Scantlin ... so far, no word back.
Chris Brown Accuser
He Punches Like a Little Girl
4/17/2014 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
On a scale of 1 to 10 -- where 10 is a strong manly punch -- Chris Brown punches at a 6 ... so says the guy accusing the singer of assaulting him in D.C. last year.
20-year-old Parker Adams was on the stand today in the trial of Brown's bodyguard Christopher Hollosy -- also accused of assaulting Adams -- when he was asked to evaluate the strength of Brown's punch compared to his bodyguard's.
Adams said Brown's punch was a 6 and Hollosy's was a 10.
Hollosy has been charged with misdemeanor assault and faces 6 months in jail if convicted. Brown's trial is expected to begin as early as Friday.
Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper
Haunting Video Before Penis Massacre
4/17/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Three years before Wu-Tang affiliated rapper Andre Johnson (aka Christ Bearer) severed his penis -- he told TMZ all about his obsession with God.
We just dug up the 2011 video -- Johnson appears happy and optimistic, explaining his rap name Christ Bearer stems from God's influence. He told us, "God's everything. God's me. God's you. God is everywhere." He also calls RZA a "genius of life."
It all sounds harmless enough, but in the current context, it's eerie.
Raged to 'Glee' Producers
Lea's Out of Control
4/17/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Naya Rivera and Lea Michele were at the center of a near mutiny on the set of "Glee" that ended with one of them storming out in anger -- but who left ... depends on who you ask.
Sources close to Naya tell TMZ most of the cast and crew were annoyed on Tuesday by Lea's diva antics -- like making everyone else wait to shoot a scene ... while she stepped away to deal with personal matters.
We're told tensions finally got so bad Naya "had the stones" to go to producers and let them know -- on behalf of everyone -- that Lea was pissing off people.
Our Naya sources say when Lea returned to resume shooting she got wind of Naya's chat with producers -- and left the set in a huff.
Now our Lea sources had a different take -- telling us Lea was totally unaware of any complaints about her ... and Lea and Naya weren't even shooting scenes together. They also say it was Naya who got tossed off the set.
We got several tips claiming Naya was fired -- but Naya sources say that's just not true.
Drama developing ...
Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper
You Can Kiss Your Penis Goodbye ... For Good
4/17/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wu-Tang affiliated rapper Andre Johnson is just plain Andre now ... because doctors weren't able to reattach his penis.
TMZ broke the story Johnson -- aka Christ Bearer -- cut his penis off Wednesday morning and then jumped off his 2nd floor North Hollywood apartment balcony. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but we're told the penis was a lost cause.
Johnson/Christ Bearer is a member of the group Northstar, which was founded by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. We're told RZA hasn't done work with the group for several years.
Johnson/Christ Bearer is remarkably in stable condition.
As we reported ... several rappers were present during the horrific scene. They say they were not doing any drugs that would cause such a thing. They believe Johnson/Christ Bearer may have mental issues.