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Lil Wayne Suspect in Nightclub Assault

6/27/2016 10:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0627-lil-wayne-TMZ-01Lil Wayne slugged a nightclub doorman after the BET Awards ... according to the doorman, who's filed a battery report with LAPD.

The bouncer was working the door Sunday night at Hyde nightclub on Sunset ... where Wayne and 2 Chainz were hosting an after-party. Law enforcement sources tell us things got heated when several members of Weezy's entourage got turned away at the door.

We're told Wayne and the bouncer started arguing about who was getting in, and the bouncer says that's when Wayne uncorked a punch to his face.

The Hyde staffer went to a hospital for treatment, and called police ... who are investigating and want to talk to Wayne. Our sources in Wayne's camp say he denies punching the bouncer, and says the guy actually worked in Wayne's VIP section all night. 

They say there was a brief altercation, but only because the bouncer mistakenly grabbed Wayne by the arm ... not realizing who he was. He later apologized, according to our Wayne sources.

The injuries were minor. We're told Wayne could be looking at a misdemeanor battery.

Ray J Manager's PISSED at Kanye 'Watch Your F****** Mouth!'

6/27/2016 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If Kanye West wanted to get under people's skin with his "Famous" music video ... it worked, and now he's got Ray J's manager on his ass ... making serious threats.

Ray was in downtown L.A. when we asked what he thought of his nude appearance in Kanye's vid. Watch this -- Ray doesn't have much to say, but his music manager, Wack 100, said a lot, and sent a message to West -- "Tell that n**** he a long way from Chicago."

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There was a lot more -- and it's obvious that something about the video has rubbed Ray J and his team the wrong way.

If you forgot, Wack is the same guy who manages The Game, and knocked out Stitches with one punch last year. Sooo ... there's that. 

Jennifer Hudson Pays Off BET's Prince Threat ... Look Away, Madonna

6/27/2016 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

BET did a lot of trash talking about Madonna's tribute to Prince ... and Jennifer Hudson had to back it up by performing that same song. No pressure.  

You'll recall ... the BET Awards called out the Billboard Awards for its tribute to Prince -- featuring Madonna and Stevie Wonder singing "Purple Rain." As they put it on Twitter ... "Yeah, we saw that. Don't Worry. We got you."

Sunday night, J. Hud had to put up or shut up ... check out her performance.  

Who sang it better?

Chris Brown Threatening and 'High on Drugs' ... Claims Ex-Tour Mgr.

6/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0624-chris-brown-tmz-02Chris Brown allegedly cornered a female tour manager and went on a threatening, drug-fueled tirade so intense, she jumped off the tour bus and quit on the spot.

Sources connected to Chris' tour tell us the incident went down May 23 during Chris' European tour. Nancy Ghosh -- who's worked with the likes of J Lo, Kanye West and Justin Bieber -- claims Brown cursed her out in a dispute over her employment terms.

The day after the incident she fired off an email to Brown's team ... in which she explained she felt unsafe because Chris has been "irrational and high on drugs." Ghosh also claimed Brown referenced "what he did to Mike G" ... and threatened to do the same to her. TMZ broke the story ... Chris' ex-manager, Mike G, sued him for an alleged beatdown.

Ghosh said she refused to stay on the bus after the argument out of fear for her safety. 

We're told a production manager on the tour also complained, through his lawyer ... claiming Brown has been verbally abusive and threatening. 

We've reached out to Chris' camp ... so far no word back.

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David Banner White Owned Club Dissed Black Patrons ... THAT's Why I Got Arrested!

6/27/2016 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

David Banner did NOT get handcuffed in DC because his friends couldn't get into a nightclub -- instead he got busted while standing up against racism.

We got the rapper at LAX and he explained the video TMZ posted of his arrest for inciting a fight. At the time, it appeared Banner was just pissed because people in his crew got turned away at the door.

Not so. According to David there was something more sinister going on, and he decided he wasn't gonna take it.

Keyshia Cole She Got Trashy with My Pad ... Landlord Sues

6/27/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0624-keyshia-cole-TMZ-01Keyshia Cole didn't take her eviction lightly, in fact she straight up trashed the place on her way out the door ... according to her ex-landlord. 

Keyshia got the boot for failing to pay $19,000 in back rent on her place in Santa Monica. The landlord already sued for that, but now he's filed a new lawsuit for the damage to his property. 

In the suit, he says the singer put holes in the walls and ceilings, scratched the floor, and destroyed door frames.

He lists the total damage at $150,000 ... and wants her to cough up that amount, plus a little something for his emotional distress. 

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Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar We Made a Big Splash at BET Awards

6/26/2016 6:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar just destroyed the big opening at the BET Awards -- mixing fire and water in spectacular fashion.

Bey led the charge at the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A., singing "Freedom," before bringing out Kendrick ... they danced and stomped on a submerged stage with crazy pyrotechnics.

The only person having a better night than Beyonce and Kendrick ... Sam Jackson who rightly admired Bey's backup dancers.

50 Cent Arrested You Can't Say 'Motherf*****' in the Caribbean

6/26/2016 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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11:00 AM PT -- 50's rep says the rapper was only booked to host, not perform. The rep says the concert was a great success and "for future trips to St. Kitts he will leave the motherf****** in the United States."

We're told he's already paid his fine and has gotten outta Dodge for the US of A.

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50 Cent was arrested in St. Kitts in the Caribbean Saturday night ... for using a word that's apparently illegal there ... 'motherf*****."

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Sources tell TMZ, 50 had been warned not to use profanity during his performance in front of 40,000 people.  We're told the DJ didn't have a clean version of his set, and 50 didn't pull the mic away from his mouth when he roared, "motherf*****" ... and that was enough to get him arrested.

Cops showed up after the performance and took 50 to the station, where he was booked for using profanity in public.  It's a minor offense, but he has to stick around until Monday when he'll go to court and pay a fine.

The same thing happened to DMX in 2003.

Drake Former Producer is Just Swell

6/26/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0624-detail-injuries-tmz-02Drake's muscle packs a mean punch ... according to the guy on the receiving end.

We got these pics of the injuries of producer/rapper Detail, who claims the bruises were inflicted at the hands of Drake's security guard.

We're told the injuries were so bad he was hospitalized for days ... with a broken jaw and other injuries that required several surgeries.

As we reported, Detail claims Drake invited him to his home back in 2014 on the pretext of working on a project, but it was really an ambush. Detail says Drake was pissed he wouldn't work exclusively with the Canadian rapper.

Detail says he was so badly hurt he couldn't work for a year, and he asked Drake repeatedly, and in vain, to cover his medical expenses. When Drake refused, Detail had lawyers, Panish Shea & Boyle, file a lawsuit.

Our sources say Detail's camp is worried Drake's crew may be in L.A. for this weekend's BET Awards, and they're scared of more retaliation.  

Mary J. Blige NJ Hit Me Up For Another $166k

6/26/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-mary-j-blige-tmzOn one hand, Mary J. Blige is making progress in the tax lien dept -- her tabs are getting lower, but on the other hand ... she still has to pay 'em. 

The state of NJ dropped a new lien on MJB to the tune of $166,292.77.

This one's way more manageable than her past tax debts. She settled a lien for $900k with Jersey in 2014, but appears to still be on the hook for a $3.4 million tab with the IRS.

Bottom line: the tax man's keeping a close eye on Mary's money.

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!

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