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50 Cent I Apologize For Mocking Autistic Man

5/3/2016 3:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0503_50cent_Andrew-Farrell_tmz_facebook50 Cent's manning up and admitting his attempt to crack jokes on social media turned into an insult -- albeit unintentionally -- to a 19-year-old airport employee with autism.

50 says, "It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family."

Fiddy posted a video of himself mocking Andrew Farrell for being "high as a motherf*****." Andrew is not only autistic, but also suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and severe hearing loss. 

In his apology, first posted by the NY Post, the rapper added ... "While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man."

As we first reported, Farrell's family was talking to attorneys about a possible lawsuit against 50 Cent, but a rep now says they'll be satisfied with a sincere apology.

50 has deleted the video. Further financial crisis averted. Maybe.

Justin Bieber Sued for $100k in Beer Bong Disaster

5/3/2016 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0503-justin-bieber-tmz-01Justin Bieber may have bought himself the most expensive phone in the world, because a guy who claims the singer destroyed his cell has filed a lawsuit seeking as much as $100,000.

Robert Earl Morgan was at Cle nightclub in Houston last month when Bieber showed up and began clowning Post Malone, appearing to extinguish a cigarette on the rapper's arm.

Bieber was feeling his oats, and according to Morgan, Biebs grabbed a beer bong and tried his hand at chugging. Morgan says Bieber "was clearly a novice," spilling the brewski all over his clothes and face.

Morgan says he was shooting cellphone video of the mishap, when Biebs became enraged, grabbed his cellphone and smashed it to pieces.

According to the lawsuit filed by Jason Friedman, Morgan never got his SIM card back, which contained precious memories, including pics of his grandma's 100th birthday party. He says he also lost business contacts and it's eaten into his commission. Morgan adds he minored in photography in college and had 5,000 pics and videos documenting his travels, which he'll never get back.

He's suing for up to $100k. 

We reached out to Bieber's camp. So far no response.

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Zendaya I Was On Music Video Set 'Lemonade' Was No Shock to Jay Z

5/3/2016 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Zendaya dropped a huge hint Jay Z was totally on board with Beyonce airing the couple's alleged dirty laundry on "Lemonade." 

We just got her at LAX and asked her about her time with Bey, shooting a cameo for the "Lemonade" HBO special. Zendaya says Jay absolutely paid a visit to the set to see his wife.

As for any drama? Check out Zendaya's take on what she saw. Looks like she's confirming what we already knew -- Jay & Bey are passionate about driving album sales.

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Prince Emergency Call to Home Over Cocaine Use

5/3/2016 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

502-prince-getty-07Someone made an urgent call to the Carver County Sheriff's Dept. asking for help, because "the caller is concerned about Prince's cocaine habits."

The call came in June 20, 2011 ... this according to records just released by the Sheriff's Dept.

According to records, the caller said Prince had told her the year before in Germany that he "cannot control his habit."  

Sheriff's personnel discussed the matter after the caller hung up, and then called the woman back. They told her the information was stale since it was a year old and since there was no proof Prince was in immediate danger they closed the case. 

There's another record of an emergency call in the just released docs. In October 2013, a call came in for a 53-year-old male who was "dehydrated." He was transported to a medical center. 

And in the records that were just released, it mentions that someone called April 21st, just after the singer died, saying she has a 17-year-old son who was fathered by Prince and she wanted him to attend the funeral.

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Madonna & French Montana Met Gala Turn Up ... In Ya Mouth!

5/3/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

French Montana and Diplo got the real show AFTER the Met Gala -- courtesy of Madonna. And her mouth.

Just check out the video from inside the after-party at Up&Down nightclub.

57 and still gettin' it! This woulda been a much better show, Down Under.

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Beyonce Rita Ora Cleared From the 'Becky' List

5/3/2016 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0503-rita-beyonce-snap-01Judge Beyonce has made her ruling and it appears Rita Ora has been acquitted in the mysterious "Who the hell is Becky?" case.

The singers were smiling and hanging together inside the Met Gala -- perhaps putting an end to rumors Rita is the "Becky with the good hair" that Bey refers to in "Sorry."

Rita posted a Snapchat and included the "Family" caption.

For good measure, she slapped on a "Not Becky" name tag at an after-party.

Okay, okay ... we get it, Rita! Case closed.

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Future & Ciara Play Dress Up At Met Gala ... Without Russell Wilson

5/3/2016 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0503-future-ciara-getty-01Both Future and Ciara were at the fake adult prom Met Gala thing in NY Monday night ... but who wasn't there? Ciara's very real fiance Russell Wilson.

You know the backstory ... Future & Ciara have been AT EACH OTHER'S THROATS recently ... arguing viciously in public -- and in the courts -- over the parenting of their son, baby Future.

Guess all that animosity was enough for Russell to opt for staying home instead of rushing out to the Gala 'cause while they were all gussied up ... the QB was nowhere to be found. 

Don't worry ... it appears everyone got along. 

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Tupac's Mom Afeni Shakur Dead at 69

5/3/2016 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0503-afeni-shakur-getty-02update_graphic_red_bar12:22 PM PST -- The Marin County Sheriff's Office tells TMZ shortly before an ambulance was called Afeni expressed she had physical pain. She was with two other people who tried CPR after she fell unresponsive until paramedics arrived.update_grey_gray_barTupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, died late Monday night ... possibly from a heart attack.

The Marin County Sheriff's Department says it responded to Afeni's Sausalito, CA home Monday around 9:43 PM for a report of a cardiac arrest. She was transported to a hospital ... where she was pronounced dead at 10:28 PM.

Afeni was a philanthropist, founding and running the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation after her son's death. She was also a Black Panther ... and defended herself in court when she was accused of multiple bombings in 1970.

As keeper of all things Tupac, Afeni greenlit the biopic, "All Eyez on Me" ... which just recently wrapped filming.

As TMZ first reported ... she was in the middle of an ugly divorce battle -- her estranged husband is demanding $10k per month ... for life. 

The Marin County Sheriff says the coroner will investigate to determine the exact cause of Afeni's death.

She was 69 years old.

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Sam Hunt I Miss Football But NFL Career 'Wasn't In the Cards'

5/3/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Before Sam Hunt became a country music mega-star, he was thiiiis close to being an NFL quarterback. So we had to ask -- would you trade your singing career to be Tom Brady???

If you didn't know ... Hunt was a real deal college football player at UAB -- good enough to get a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs (see the highlights below).

Hunt says the NFL just wasn't in the cards, but told us he still misses the game a whole helluva lot. 

So, we had to ask ... if some crazy Zoltar-style machine ("Big" reference) could change things and give you the exact same success in football as you're having in music -- would you do it???

Watch the clip ... think he's telling the truth? 

Sam Hunt Country Boys Have No Street Cred!!!

5/2/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sam Hunt is the first to admit ... even performing with Snoop doesn't give you an automatic street cred pass!

Sam was leaving LAX when we asked about his awesome Stagecoach performance with the Dogg. Sam has bridged the gap between country and rap in his own music, and seeing him with Snoop and G-Eazy was pretty great.

Sam's the real deal.

Arsenio Hall Sinead O'Connor's Crazy Prince Didn't Get Drugs From Me!

5/2/2016 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0502-sinead-oconnor-arsenio-hall-prince-TMZ-GETTY-02Sinead O'Connor is blaming Prince's drug problems on his good friend, Arsenio Hall -- but he says the Irish singer is totally full of it.

Sinead went on the attack, saying ... "Two words for the DEA investigating where (sic) prince got his drugs over the decades ... Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy's bitch)."

She went on to say on her Facebook page ... she's actually reported Arsenio to the Carver County Sheriff's department, which is investigating Prince's death.

A rep for Arsenio says Sinead's claim is "absolutely false, ridiculous and absurd."

She can thank Prince for writing her biggest hit, "Nothing Compares 2 U" -- but fact is, Sinead was NOT close to Prince ... and she's made other outrageous claims about him. She once alleged he punched her and held her against her will at Paisley Park.

Prince Woman Comes Out Of Woodwork For Chunk of Fortune

5/2/2016 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

502-prince-getty-02Prince's riches might get split 7 ways instead of 6 because a woman is claiming she's entitled to a cut of the late singer's multi-million dollar estate.

Lawyers for Darcell Johnston filed legal docs in Prince's probate case saying she's a beneficiary.

Sources close to Prince's family tell us Darcell is claiming to be a long lost half sister ... same mother, but different father from the singer. We're told some members of Prince's family only learned of Darcell's existence a few days ago.  

We broke the story ... Prince didn't have a will, so by Minnesota law his estate should be split equally among his 6 surviving siblings.

As special administrator of the estate, Bremer Trust bank will look into the legitimacy of Darcell's claim, although the court will have final say. 

We've reached out to Darcell to see if she had any relationship with Prince. So far no word back.

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Kanye West My Record Is So Fresh & Clean ... Judge Erases Pap Case

5/2/2016 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0502-kanye-west-TMZ-01Kanye West is a blank slate, criminally speaking -- a judge signed off on erasing his conviction for that paparazzi beatdown at LAX.

According to court docs, obtained by TMZ, the judge approved Kanye's request to expunge the case. You'll recall he pled no contest in 2014 to misdemeanor battery for the incident.

As we reported, Kanye's been a model citizen ever since ... putting in more than the 250 community service hours that were required, and staying on the straight and narrow for his 24 months of probation.

See, Lindsay Lohan ... it CAN be done.

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