A$AP Rocky claims he never laid a finger on the ex-fan who's accusing him of smacking her up at a concert -- instead, he's hinting she might have been roughed up by other fans ... and should have expected it.
As we reported ... Lisamarie Wade sued Rocky for $75K ... saying he smacked her in a brutal, unprovoked attack while making his way through the crowd at a Philly music festival last year.
Rocky just fired back in legal docs ... denying he ever touched or attempted to hit Wade. He says a pack of fans "aggressively moved towards" -- insinuating Wade may have been part of that mob scene. But he adds neither he nor his entourage smacked her.
He says Wade knew there could be trouble in such a crowded setting. In other words ... expect some heat when you walk in the kitchen.
Rocky wants the lawsuit thrown out ... A$AP.
Oh, This Old Thing?
It's Just My $15 Million Violin!!!
10/1/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Violinist Joshua Bell was a sweaty, disgusting mess when we spotted him following a performance at Union Station in Washington, DC ... but he was a sweaty, disgusting mess with a $15 million violin in his hands!!!
Bell explained to our photog that the violin -- a 301-year-old Stradivarius violin called the Gibson ex Huberman -- was now worth eight figures after he bought it for about $4 million. Bell says he takes the instrument with him everywhere he goes ... and calls it his "musical wife." Totally normal.
Fun fact: Tuesday marked Bell's first show in a D.C. Metro station since his infamous video in 2007 ... where he played anonymously in a subway station for 45 minutes and pocketed a measly $32.17 from passersby and only got recognized once.
Tossed Out of Nightclub Party
For Jermaine Dupri [UPDATE]
9/30/2014 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jagged Edge got bounced from Jermaine Dupri's birthday bash at a swanky Atlanta club ... because the guys refused to ditch their ball caps at the door.
Gold Room host Kenny Burns tells TMZ ... the R&B duo showed up under-dressed -- hoodies and caps -- for the exclusive event. Owner Alex Gidewon tried to compromise -- since it was Jermaine's party ... agreeing to let the guys in IF they lost the hats.
We're told when Jagged Edge refused, they got the boot -- which pissed off Jermaine BIG time ... and all 3 guys started cussing out security. Eventually they all got the heave ho.
JD tells us he and his crew, including Jagged Edge, were in the club for 35 minutes -- without any problems -- before management ever complained. He feels the club was very disrespectful.
The club seems willing to forgive and forget with Jermaine ... but we're told Jagged Edge has been banned from the Gold Room.
Dodging Miranda Kerr in Paris!
9/30/2014 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber just left a big fashion party in Paris that was filled with celebs ... and we're told the Biebs made sure he didn't cross paths with the modern version of Helen of Troy -- Miranda Kerr!
Justin hit up the CR Fashion Book Party and mingled with Kim Kardashian, Kendall, Kris, Paris Hilton and Selena Gomez. Our spies say Justin was gushing about Selena, telling people how beautiful she is and how they're really tight now. So the whole champagne dinner with Kendall was innocent.
But our spies say Justin very consciously stayed clear of Miranda Kerr, who triggered the war between Justin and ex-hubby Orlando Bloom.
Machine Gun Kelly
Thanks, Judge ...
For Hiding My Boozy Past
9/30/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Machine Gun Kelly parties HARD ... but his legendary tales of getting wasted can't be used against him when he goes to court for allegedly slicing open a guy's finger during a nasty bar brawl.
Kelly's being sued by a bouncer who claims the rapper nearly took his digit off cleanly ... when he fired a liquor bottle at him during a massive fight at a St. Petersburg, FL tavern in 2012.
In new court docs, MGK says his drug-and-booze fueled past should be excluded from the trial because it would taint the jury by making him look like an out-of-control party animal.
A judge agreed ... ruling the jury can only hear about any drinking connected to the bottle that was allegedly thrown the night of the fight. So, jurors will never get to see a "Rager Shot" in progress. Sad.
Justin and Kendall
Romantic Dinner in Gay Paree!
9/30/2014 12:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner giggled over a champagne dinner in Paris Tuesday night ... which raises the question, huh?
Justin is in Paree with Selena Gomez. In fact, they were spotted eating breakfast earlier in the day.
Bieber picked Kendall up at her hotel in a Rolls and drove her alone to the popular Ferdi restaurant.
Here's why it's especially interesting ... Selena doesn't like the Jenner girls. You'll recall .. after Coachella Selena cut off all ties, calling the Jenner girls toxic.
As for Justin and Kendall ... her people say they're just long-time friends. So, do you believe them?
Assaulted by Kim K Attacker
But Paris Cops Don't Care
9/30/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who attacked Kim Kardashian in Paris last week has struck again -- this time Ciara was his victim -- and Paris cops still think it's a stupid, nothing offense and they aren't taking action.
Vitalii Sediuk was standing outside the Valentino fashion show wearing a trench coat, and as Ciara passed him he lost the coat and hugged her hard, wearing a thong.
Sediuk had something written on his leg referencing a USA ban ... he's been barred from red carpets in the States following his attack on Brad Pitt.
We reached out to Paris cops to see if they'd now take action against Sediuk, but they said they have no plans ... they say it's not important enough to warrant their attention.
I'm Being Forced Out ...
For Being SOBER!
9/30/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mega-popular EDM group Krewella has no place for people who don't party ... because a former member claims he was kicked out for being too clean.
Kristopher Trindl says he formed Krewella back in 2010 with former girlfriend Jahan Yousaf and her sister, Yasmine ... but now says the women want to morph the group into a duo. In a new lawsuit, Trindl says the girls came up with a lame reason for kicking him out ... that he acts too depressed.
Trindl partied plenty before he went to rehab last year. After rehab, he says the women started treating him differently ... and he believes it's because he became a teetotaler.
He does admit relapsing twice and missing a major event -- the Electric Daisy Carnival. Hmmm.
Trindl says to add insult to injury, the girls put up a billboard of themselves on the Sunset Strip.
Trindl says when he came back from rehab, the sisters didn't like the new, sober Kris ... because he no longer drank and partied. He claims they even staged an intervention -- to try to force him into rehab again -- because they thought he was depressed and needed treatment.
He says it's clear ... they just want him gone so they can take his one-third share of Krewella's earnings. He is suing the sisters for more than $7M in damages.
Eats Food Off
the Ground at LAX
9/30/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
*** WARNING -- DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO WHILE EATING ***
Gene Simmons believes in the five-second rule a little too much, because Monday he ate a piece of his hamburger -- AFTER IT FELL ON THE GROUND! AT LAX!!!!!
Simmons was chatting up a photog while eating a burger -- most likely from his restaurant, Rock & Brews, at LAX. Not only did Simmons snarf down the floor meat ... he flaunted it before throwing it down.
No burger can be THAT good.
Rolling in the Cleav
9/30/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Even Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin needs support from time to time.
'Retha's making headlines for her amazing cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" -- and she was showing off her ball gown swag Monday in NYC after taping an episode of "The Late Show with David Letterman."
She's a natural woman.
Chris Brown's Shoving 'Victim'
Face-Grabbing Fan Says
I Was Just Showing Drunk Love!
9/30/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The woman who grabbed Chris Brown in a nightclub and got checked by the singer says she was just trying to show him some love ... even though she looks pretty damn ominous in the video.
The woman -- Mandee -- admits to us ... she was wasted after Chris' performance at the Houston club. She claims 5 drinks and some shots, which definitely qualifies as wasted.
She also admits it's understandable that Chris -- who was turned the other way when she grabbed him -- was simply reacting to her unwanted face grab when he pushed her ... but feels he went too far.
Mandee says she's considering legal action, telling us, "I wasn’t trying to hurt him, I was just a drunk fan."
Good luck with that.
Goodie Mob Rapper Khujo
Bank Wants Me Out Of My House
And My Four Kids Too
9/30/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Goodie Mob rapper Khujo, his wife, and 4 sons are on the verge of homelessness ... after the bank filed papers to foreclose on his Georgia house.
According to the docs ... the bank claims Khujo's missed 3 mortgage payments in a row and remains on the hook for more than $200K ... so now they're looking to take it back.
Khujo filed for bankruptcy 2 years ago, claiming he had just $300 in cash ... and was drowning in $170K in debt.
He earns just over a grand a month from royalties and the occasional performances ... in addition to disability checks ... he lost a leg in a 2002 car accident.
The Pies Have It
9/30/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Does Katy Perry have an obsession with pizza, just because she ordered out for it ... while partying in a Las Vegas nightclub ... where she's supposed to be watching her boyfriend Diplo's concert?
Of course not. It's her pizza onesie and selfies in the bathtub WITH a pizza that put her over the line.