Kanye West played the 'some of my best friends are black' card in his civil lawsuit over the LAX paparazzi attack -- revealing that his dad was once a celebrity photog.
During deposition for the suit filed by Daniel Ramos ... Kanye told Ramos' attorney, "My father was a paparazzo himself." He added that his parents didn't raise him to "be out here wrestling with random paparazzi in front of LAX."
Kanye said he respects some of the paparazzi and gets along with them from time to time, but accused Ramos of asking him about "dumb s**t."
West went on to list a bunch of other jobs his dad did -- marriage counselor, medical illustrator and Black Panther. Maybe explaining why .... as we first told you ... he also declared himself, "the smartest celebrity you've ever f***king dealt with" during the deposition.
Grilled About Hating Paparazzi
More than Nazis
8/7/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West was determined to explain under oath why he thinks the paparazzi are worse than the Nazis ... but his panicked lawyer muzzled him.
TMZ has a copy of Kanye's deposition in the lawsuit filed against him by a paparazzo whom he attacked at LAX.
Nate Goldberg -- the lawyer for the photog -- is asking Kanye about a verse from his song, "Flashing Lights" ... rapping about paparazzi and saying, "I hate these n***as more than a Nazi."
Goldberg asks Kanye, "So why did you say that you hate the paparazzi more than the Nazis?"
Kanye responds, "'Cause that's what I wanted to say in that song."
Goldberg: "Well, you understood that the Nazis killed --"
At that point, Kanye's lawyer, a panicked Shawn Holley, interrupts, "Oh my gosh!"
Goldberg: "-- six million Jews."
Holley: "It's really been a long day and we should probably" (she's about to say recess)
Goldberg: "Well I'm not finished."
Goldberg then goes on to explain how it's "legitimate" for him to ask about the song because it shows Kanye's hatred for paparazzi.
Kanye then gets pissed that Goldberg quoted the "n" word from his song, saying, "But not legitimate to say n***a ... ever ... ever."
Holley successfully prevents Kanye from giving a full answer.
I Fear Electrocution By Drone
8/6/2014 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West fears the paparazzi will fly drones over his home to get shots of his child in the pool and accidentally electrocute her.
TMZ has obtained a copy of Kanye's deposition in the lawsuit filed by a photog who was attacked by the rapper at LAX.
In the depo ... Kanye sarcastically asks the photog's lawyer, "Is your daughter stalked by like drones? Are there drones flying where she's trying to learn how to swim at age 1?"
Kanye goes on ... "Wouldn't you like to just teach your daughter how to swim without a drone flying? What happens if a drone falls right next to her? Would it electrocute her?"
As for how that could happen, Kanye says, "Could it fall and hit her if that paparazzi doesn't understand how to remote control the drone over their house?"
Kanye then explains he and Kim are selling their $11 million Bel Air mansion because they didn't realize paparazzi could shoot directly from the street.
TMZ broke the story ... Kim and Kanye are in escrow for a $20 million secluded estate in Hidden Hills -- near Calabasas. But Kanye clearly thinks even his 3 1/2 acres are not private ... because of paparazzi-controlled drones.
'I'm the Smartest Celebrity
You've Ever F***ing Dealt With!'
8/6/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West swears under oath, "I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever f***ing dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears."
We got hold of a transcript of Kanye's deposition in the case where he's accused of beating a photog and smashing his camera.
Kanye explains to Nate Goldberg, the photog's lawyer, "I'm in the business of trying to make dope s**t for the world. You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."
Goldberg grills Kanye about his song, "Flashing Lights," -- a rant against the paparazzi. Goldberg quotes from the song, "Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these ni**as got me."
At that point Kanye interrupts, "You have to ask for a hall pass. You can't just say the 'n' word around me." adding, "It offends me because you're a white person saying 'ni**a.'"
Kanye says there's a parallel between blacks fighting for civil rights in the '60s and celebs fighting for theirs today: "I mean in the '60s people used to hold up 'Die N****r' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also." Goldberg asks if he equates the struggle of blacks in the past with celebrities today and Kanye says, "Yes, 100 ... I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities."
Kanye goes on, "We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this -- guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check."
The depo is riddled with Kanye's sarcasm. When Goldberg asks where he lives, Kanye replies, "Earth."
V. Stiviano's Visor
Is the New Black!
8/4/2014 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The trend we hoped would never catch on apparently has, because Sunday afternoon at LAX ... "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox was seen sporting the infamous V. Stiviano visor.
The Emmy-nominated actress fully channeled Donald Sterling's side piece as she made her way out of the airport and to her waiting car. She kept the visor down and remained silent the entire time, but trust us ... it's her.
It could have been worse -- at least she didn't rant about becoming president or how black people "do stupid s*** like buy rims."
Of Course We Use Drones
8/4/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The LAPD is worried the paparazzi will start using drones to shoot celebs and their homes. Turns out ... it's already happening.
We've learned a major paparazzi agency -- AKM-GSI -- has been selling drone videos of celebrity homes. Steve Ginsburg, who owns the agency, tells us he has no problem shooting the real estate but he wants nothing to do with images that include actual celebs behind their walls.
Ginsburg is clear - there is no law prohibiting his company from shooting aerial footage of homes ... even if the celebs are in the shot. But he says there would be a "huge backlash" if his or any other agency tried to hawk the footage.
Ginsburg says a photog tried to sell him drone video of Miley Cyrus in her backyard but he wouldn't bite. Miley actually spotted the drone and was pissed ... shooting the aircraft from the ground and uploading it on Instagram to show the intrusion.
Ginsburg tells TMZ, "We have the utmost respect for celebs and we stand by our word that we will not distribute any drone video capturing celebrities on public or private property."
My Rear Got Banged Up
8/3/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez's rear was slightly damaged Sunday in North Hollywood … in a fender bender she allegedly caused.
Gomez was pulling out of a 7/11 parking lot when she backed into another vehicle -- causing some minor damage to her SUV. Immediately afterward, she tweeted and seemed to be blaming paparazzi for distracting her.
Unclear what if any damage was done to the other car, but Selena exchanged info with the driver -- and, so far, cops haven't been called … so it looks like she's in the clear.
Attacks Photog's Lawyer
You're a FAME WHORE!!!
8/3/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scooter Braun turned the tables in his Justin Bieber deposition, attacking the photog's lawyer for making a shameless fame grab.
Scooter was being deposed by the lawyer for a photog who accused Bieber's bodyguards of beating him. TMZ got hold of the transcript, and it's pretty epic. As the camera is trained on Scooter, he turns the tables, asking the photog's lawyer, "Why is the camera not on you and only on me?"
Scooter then looks at his lawyer and says, "I think it's better if it's on him too, because then his voice
is not the only thing that's famous. He can be famous with his face, too."
In another exchange, Scooter blows off a technical question, sarcastically saying, "I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know what is public or what is sealed. I like to watch a lot of 'Law & Order,' and I'm a huge fan of Jack McCoy ... but I don't know if what he does is actual law, or just the stuff I watch on TV."
Then Scooter accuses the photog's lawyer of leaking Justin's video deposition saying, "It was entertaining what you provided to TMZ."
Sorry, we don't recall.
Leo or His Decoy
Arrives at LAX
8/2/2014 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Leonardo DiCaprio seems like the kind of guy who would know a lot about the Orlando Bloom/Justin Bieber/Miranda Kerr/Selena Gomez feud ... so a golden opportunity presented itself at LAX Friday night when Leo showed up ... well, there's evidence it was him.
All the photogs knew he was coming and in characteristic style he was quiet and undercover. Here's the problem ... Leo probably knew the photogs knew he was coming, so it's possible the guy is a decoy.
Help us out. Watch the video.
Selena Gomez & Cara Delevingne
Just a Friendly
7/25/2014 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne are back from their sun-drenched trip to St. Tropez and when they arrived at LAX Thursday ... they received a welcome home crush.
The pair, now famously photographed hanging on a yacht in their bikinis and showering together, are the hottest "couple" around these days ... even if they aren't ... ya know. Selena was nuzzling with a muscly guy during the trip.
Anyway, they were bombarded with questions about their friendship, but they remained tight-lipped.
Fellas, the dream lives on ...
1-Year-Old Son Wins Major Cash
In Paparazzi Lawsuit
7/23/2014 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adele's 1-year-old son Angelo will get a 5-figure settlement from paparazzi ... after the singer sued a British photo agency for ruining her son's "milestone moments."
Adele sued Corbis Images UK ... accusing the agency's photogs of illegally taking and posting pics of her little boy during his first family outings -- which she calls his milestone moments.
Adele claimed celeb kids aren't public property ... so paps have no right to invade their privacy. Fact is ... the privacy laws in England -- where the pics were taken -- are way stronger than in the U.S.
We're told Corbis has settled up by paying a 5-figure sum.
Now We Know Why Jennifer's
Stuck in Second Gear
7/17/2014 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Big night for the "Friends" chicks ... that didn't end well at all for Jennifer Aniston.
Jennifer joined Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood Wednesday night, where they broke bread, talked about old times and Jennifer's upcoming wedding.
The paparazzi got real excited ... too excited, and crowded Jennifer's chauffeur-driven Mercedes as it left the restaurant. You can feel the pain as her struggling driver scrapes a pole, and the damage is significant.
Courteney and Lisa made clean getaways driving themselves.
Paps Call BS
We Weren't Aggressive, She FELL!
7/10/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Osbourne fell flat on her ass all by her lonesome ... and Kelly is full of crap when she says the paparazzi pushed her to the ground ... so claim the photogs.
Osbourne was photographed leaving a restaurant/bar in London Tuesday night with boyfriend Ricki Hall. The photos tell the story ... she ate it big time.
Kelly took to Twitter, claiming she got "pushed by paps." But the photogs on the scene tell us … she looked "a bit worse for wear" and slipped. We're guessing the American translation for "worse for wear" has something to do with alcohol.
Maybe it's just a gravity thing.