Diddy has zeroed in on a new Beverly Hills mansion -- but he needs to know HOW HARD CAN HE RAGE??? The mogul is asking the local homeowners' association about its party policies.
Bev Hills real estate sources tell us, Diddy is eying a $12 million 11,200 sq. ft. home in the city's gated Beverly Ridge area. But we're told he won't make an offer if he and his friends can't cut loose.
So, Diddy, if you buy the house anyone you invite in must first be cleared by gate security. If you're throwing a big party you need a valet service and security. And there are noise regs too.
The Homeowner's Ass'n is pretty flexible because lots of famous residents are known for their opulent shindigs.
As for the house itself, Keyshawn Johnson had it custom built in 2003, then sold it in 2004 to Paris Hilton's then-fiance Paris Latsis. When the house went back up for sale last year, we're told Kim Kardashian seriously considered buying it -- but ultimately settled on a nearby $11 million Bel Air mansion.
'Magic City' Strip Club
Rival Strip Joint
Bitch Slapped By Judge
3/17/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A Chicago strip club just got schooled on how to spell L-O-S-E-R ... because a judge has ruled it can't use the name "Magic City" -- or any version ... no matter how it's spelled.
TMZ broke the story ... Atlanta's infamous "Magic City" strip club sued the Chicago joint for trying to jack the club's name that has become iconic in the rap world -- with regulars like Jay Z, Ludacris and Outkast.
A judge just ruled the ATL club has cornered the market on the name, ordering the Chi-town club to stop using the name Magic or any variation, including Majik, Majic, and Magik.
The Chicago owners are required to take out ads apologizing for confusing customers.
Ass-clapping ATL strip clubs ... accept no substitutions.
First Pic With Cash Money Sports Crew
3/16/2014 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here it is ... the first photo of Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with his new agents -- Birdman and Slim from Cash Money Sports ... and they mean BUSINESS.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Evans -- considered one of the best players in the upcoming NFL Draft -- is the very first athlete to sign with the new sports agency, headed by some of the most powerful guys in the rap game.
CMS is now establishing itself as a very real competitor in the sports agency world -- no word on who they're targeting next ... but it's very likely Johnny Manziel is in the crosshairs.
Beatles Fans ...
Prepare to Be Offended
3/16/2014 8:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne released a disturbing pic Saturday night of he and Miley in the studio recording their own take on the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds."
He also snapped a shot of he and Miley getting "high as f**" this weekend before a recording sesh.
The girl with kaleidescope red eyes.
Fantasia & Brandy
Ex-Publicist Claims Sony Fired Me 'Cause I'm Black
3/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fantasia and Brandy have been caught in the middle of a racial war ... ignited by their former publicist who claims their music studio hates black people and that's why he lost his job.
Courtney Barnes -- a well-known publicist -- was hired by Fantasia a year ago, but fired days later. Barnes claims in his lawsuit her manager told him a V.P. at Sony hated him and wanted him gone.
Barnes claims he was told the V.P. came on so strong ... he threatened to screw Fantasia over if she didn't drop Barnes.
Now here's what Barnes says is the smoking gun. He claims in the lawsuit the Sony V.P. -- Sarah Dennison -- formed her opinion about Barnes based on hearsay that he had a reputation for "shady business practices."
Barnes insists in his lawsuit ... "shady business practices" is code for racism. He also claims the only interaction he ever had with her was a handshake on one occasion. So he says if she didn't know him, how could she form her opinion?
Barnes says the firing ruined his career, claiming it impacted Brandy's decision not to work with him ... based on Dennison trashing him to the singer.
Barnes is now suing Dennison and Sony Music for ruining his reputation and stressing him out. He claims he would have made $250K had he not been fired.
Sony says the whole thing is baseless.
Drake & Rihanna
We Found Love In a Hopeless Place
3/16/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna's locking it down -- she and Drake are officially exclusive.
Multiple sources extremely close to the couple tell us, Rihanna and Drake have gone from casually hooking up to seriously dating ... they've decided to give it a serious shot.
We're told Rihanna wants to spend as much time with Drake as her schedule will allow -- because he treats her better than anyone she's ever been with. Not a high bar.
As we reported, the pair have been virtually inseparable while Drake's been touring in Europe -- we're told Rihanna has spent every single night with him since she arrived.
As for Drake, he's smitten -- one source said "he's in the best mood he's been in a long time."
I'm Going 'Round and 'Round
To Save My Marriage
3/16/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke may have failed as a husband ... but it seems he wants to show Paula Patton he rocks hard in the daddy department.
Robin went public in ATL Thursday with 3-year-old Julian at the 20 story high SkyView Ferris wheel.
The singer racked up some miles just to give Julian a thrill. He had flown from Detroit to Atlanta just to ride the Ferris wheel, then hopped on a plane for North Carolina for another concert.
Paula's back in Vancouver working on her movie -- but if she sees this ... well, baby steps.
Bears Star Lance Briggs:
I Really HOPE Michael Jackson
Didn't Abuse Bubbles
3/16/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is a huge animal lover -- and tells TMZ Sports he'd be EXTREMELY PISSED if he found out the abuse allegations about Michael Jackson's chimp Bubbles were true.
As we previously reported, famed monkey specialist Jane Goodall claims Bubbles suffered serious physical abuse on MJ's watch -- though several other people who spent lots of time with the primate say it's total crap.
"If that's true, it's despicable," Briggs said ... "I don't ever want any harm done to animals."
But Lance says he isn't ready to condemn MJ yet -- "Just because [Jane] said he was beaten, doesn't mean it was. If she had proof, it'd be different."
He continues, "I'm a fan of Michael's talent so it doesn't take away from that -- but my outlook of him as a person would change."
For the record, the MJ Estate has also denied that Bubbles was abused ... and says it still contributes money to the sanctuary where he now lives.
Tyler the Creator
For Inciting a Riot
3/15/2014 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyler the Creator was arrested Saturday afternoon at an airport in Texas ... after cops say they had a warrant with his name on it -- for starting a riot at the SXSW festival.
Austin PD officials say Tyler was booked this afternoon for inciting a riot at his concert Thursday.
Cops released a video of the riot (below) -- and Tyler is clearly telling everyone to break down the barricade to get in. The scene is pretty scary.
As you may recall, Tyler's concert was cancelled the night before -- after a driver plowed into a crowd of people waiting to get in -- leaving 2 dead and 23 injured.
According to the warrant ... a bartender at the facility told police he tried protecting a woman from getting trampled on ... but a guy punched him in the face for it.
Tyler's still in custody on a $3,500 bond.
I WON'T ABANDON THE LAKERS
... Even When They Suck
3/15/2014 11:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
B-Real is no Aaron Paul -- telling TMZ Sports he REFUSES to give up on his Lakers ... even though they were the first team eliminated from playoff contention.
The Cypress Hill rapper is a huge fan of the purp and gold ... and says a true fan should stick with their team through the good times and the bad (right now, it's really bad) ... unlike Paul who gave up on the Broncos the day after the Super Bowl.
He also tells us why he thinks it's GOOD that Kobe's hangin' em up for the rest of the season.
Girl Who Puked on Gaga
Chill Out Demi
We Didn't Glamorize Anything!
3/15/2014 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The girl who puked all over Lady Gaga's chest during SXSW this week says Demi Lovato needs to calm down ... because their performance wasn't meant to glamorize squat.
Performance artist Millie Brown tells TMZ ... she and Gaga did not intend to offend anyone struggling with bulimia -- they were attempting to challenge the concept of beauty.
Millie says, "there's a clear difference between using my body to create something beautiful, to express myself and feel powerful, rather than using it to punish myself and conform to society's standards."
As we previously reported ... Demi blasted the performance yesterday saying it glamorized bulimia.
In Jail for the Long Haul
3/15/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will probably spend the next month behind bars, and possibly a lot longer.
TMZ broke the story ... Chris was arrested and jailed Friday after getting thrown out of the Malibu rehab facility where he's been living for nearly 4 months, per judge's order. The judge in the Rihanna case ordered Chris to stay at the rehab joint until April 28, when his D.C. assault case goes to trial. But Chris broke the rules, was booted, and Sheriff's deputies hauled him to jail.
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, will appear in court Monday, trying to convince the judge to cut Brown a break and let him either go to another rehab facility or go on house arrest pending the D.C. trial. That will be an uphill battle, given that this is the second rehab facility that booted Brown.
The D.C. trial is set for April 17. Geragos has a pretty strong defense -- there are problems with the prosecution's case. But if Chris is found guilty, he could end up in PRISON for breaking the law while on probation in the Rihanna case.
The stakes are high. Brown has a lot to think about behind bars.
My Skinny Ass is Done
With Weight Watchers
3/15/2014 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Just like most plus size girls who lose a ton of weight ... Jennifer Hudson is dumping her main squeeze -- Weight Watchers.
Hudson says her time with the diet company has been life changing ... a total understatement ... she went from a size 16 to 6, losing 80 lbs, using the product -- and got pretty damn hot in the process.
J Hud linked up with W.W. in 2010 after giving birth the year before.
Company honchos say they assume she will continue using their products.
It sure seems to work better than pizza.