Kanye West isn't out of the woods after striking a plea deal in the criminal case stemming from his photog attack last summer -- he's still facing a nasty civil lawsuit ... and we're told the pap is determined to take the rapper to trial.
Normally in civil situations involving celebs -- car accidents, fights, property damage, whatever -- the victim settles for a quick payday in exchange for dropping their lawsuit ... but not this time.
Sources close to photog Daniel Ramos -- who sued Yeezy for assault and battery after the LAX incident -- tell TMZ, Ramos is so confident in his case, he's refusing to settle for any amount of money ... he wants to go the whole nine with Kanye and bring his ass to court.
We're told a trial date has already been set in the case and Ramos is going full steam ahead -- no sign anywhere of a settlement agreement.
And get this -- we're told Ramos' attorney Gloria Allred has already sent Kanye notice for a deposition ... and you thought Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber were good.
You're Bernard Hopkins?!
... I'm Not Impressed.
3/12/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Mission: Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins wanted to take a stab at being a TMZ paparazzi on the streets of NYC today.
The Target: MTV star Kristin Cavallari ... who also happens to be married to Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler.
The Result: Bernard started off strong ... but things fizzled pretty quickly when it became clear Kristin had no idea who he was.
The Best Part: Bernard's post-shoot analysis ... where he talks about his paparazzi strengths and weaknesses ... and reminds us that Kristin's smokin' hot.
Ya gotta watch the clip -- B-Hop could have a stellar career behind the camera if the whole boxing thing doesn't work out.
Storms Out of Depo
Over Selena Questions
3/7/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber lost his cool under oath Thursday, when a lawyer started peppering him with questions about Selena Gomez ... TMZ has learned.
Bieber sat for a 4 1/2 hour deposition in Miami in connection with a lawsuit filed by a photog who claims last June Bieber sent his hired muscle to beat him up.
The contentious lawyer for the bodyguard drilled Bieber on a variety of subjects, but things spun out of control when Selena Gomez was raised.
The lawyer started asking if Selena was present during any incident involving fights with photogs. Bieber's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, felt the lawyer was just trying to get a rise so he objected. But the lawyer persisted and asked again ... Bieber was fuming and Weitzman jumped in and said his client was being harassed.
The photog's lawyer asked about Selena again, and at that point Justin and Weitzman stood up and left, and as Justin was leaving he screamed, "Don't ask me about her, do not ask me about her!"
Five minutes later they returned but things got even hotter. At one point Bieber responded to a question with the word "Yeah." The lawyer said, "Do you mean yes?" To that Bieber responded, "What the f*** is the difference between yeah and yes?!"
A short time later Bieber fired back, "What is this, "60 Minutes?" At another point he responded to a question by saying to the lawyer, "OK Katie Couric, what's your question again?"
And even TMZ got in the act. The lawyer showed Bieber multiple TMZ posts, and the singer accused the lawyer of having an obsession by constantly surfing TMZ for Bieber stories.
And finally ... the lawyer asked Bieber if he has a prescription for Xanax, and Bieber responded, "No."
Grilled Like a Cheeseburger
Over Miami Pap Fight
3/6/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber better grab a warm jacket ... because he's about to get the third degree -- courtesy of the lawyers repping the Miami pap who's suing the singer for battery.
Bieber just arrived for his deposition in the lawsuit filed by photog Jeffrey Binion, who claims Bieber's bodyguard Hugo Hesny choked him and stole his camera equipment last June outside a Miami recording studio. Binion claims Bieber ordered the attack.
The deposition is going to be ruthless -- sources tell us, Binion's lawyers are ready to go to war and are planning to ask Bieber hundreds of questions about EVERYTHING ... not just the Miami incident.
We're told the lawyers will cover every other pap scuffle ever -- including the most recent one in Atlanta -- as well as Bieber's drug use. And it won't end there either.
Here's hoping it will be as entertaining as Lil Wayne's.
Paul McCartney & Dave Grohl
Bodyguard Means Business
I'll Use My STUN GUN!
3/3/2014 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Protecting Sir Paul McCartney is no laughing matter -- and last night his bodyguard threatened to open a major can of whoopass on photogs ... in the form of a stun gun.
The altercation went down right after Sir Paul and Dave Grohl were wrapping up a double date for dinner at Crossroads restaurant.
McCartney was stepping into his chauffeur driven ride ... and the bodyguard clearly thought the paparazzi were getting a little too close, 'cause he barked out ... "Don't make me use my stun gun!"
Watch the vid ... the bodyguard may have overreacted -- but he sounds like he means it.
My Pups Will F U Up
3/2/2014 8:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Simon Cowell is drawing a line in the sand ... paparazzi who want a piece of him will have to answer to his bitches.
Cowell's Yorkies -- Squiddly and Diddly -- aren't taking crap from the photogs who got their owner in trouble earlier in the week for allowing them on the beach in Miami. Cops gave Simon a warning ... one which he clearly didn't heed.
But the pint-sized pooches seem to be doing the trick, scaring the bejeesus out of a papper.
Get Your Autograph Pen
Away from My Priceless White Sweater
2/27/2014 2:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NEVER APPROACH KANYE WEST WITH A PEN -- especially if he's wearing a fancy sweater -- because after Yeezy's reaction in Paris this evening, you might as well be waving a knife in his face.
Kanye was leaving dinner moments ago when an autograph seeker asked the rapper for some love -- holding out a pen ... and a sneaker to sign.
The pen came within inches of Kanye's pristine white sweater -- and Yeezy nearly lost it.
You gotta see it. Ye's reaction is almost worth as much as his threads.
HIT WITH RESTRAINING ORDER
Stay Away from Paparazzo!
2/26/2014 7:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sam Worthington has just been smacked with a restraining order -- with a judge BARRING the "Avatar" actor from having any contact with the pap he allegedly attacked in NYC this weekend.
Worthington just appeared in an NYC courtroom to face charges stemming from the February 23 incident with photo Sheng Li ... when Sam allegedly punched the guy following an altercation with his GF Lara Bingle.
During the hearing, Sam was charged with two 2 counts of 3rd degree assault, 1 count of attempted assault, 1 count of harassment -- and faces a maximum of one year in jail if convicted.
But the most shocking part of the hearing -- the restraining order ... which specifically orders Sam to not contact Li in person, on the phone or through social media.
Worthington is due back in court on May 8th.
The Opposite of Violent
With Camera-Wielding Fan
2/26/2014 6:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West is best when Kanye is East ... because not only did he resist attacking an in-his-face, camera-wielding fan ... he summoned the guy back for the photo op he so aggressively wanted.
Here's what happened ... Kanye was in NYC, leaving a building for his van, when a random guy yanked out his cell phone and went for a cheek-to-cheek selfie.
Kanye is calm, but his hired muscle swats the fan's arm and thwarts the pic.
A few minutes later ... the fan is summoned back to the van but there are strings attached. Kanye promises to take a pic with the guy if the paparazzi turn their cameras off ... and they oblige.
The fan gets his pic, no one gets hurt and it's a happy day in the Big Apple.
HUGE Cop Presence
So She Can Buy Presents
2/13/2014 6:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There seems to be a conflict in the Sheriff's Dept. A Dept. rep told us earlier the officers were on duty, but we just got a call from the Capt. at the West Hollywood station who says the deputies were all off duty and hired by a production company.
Kim Kardashian and Ciara got as much law enforcement attention as Rodney King on Wednesday ... as they shopped for baby clothes.
Kim and Ciara were leaving Bel Bambini ... a high-end baby store on Robertson in L.A. -- as 5 (FIVE) L.A. County Sheriff's deputies flanked them as they made their way to their cars.
So the question -- What the hell? We called the Sheriff's department and they said they had no answer.
True enough ... there was a swarm of paparazzi -- but photogs are a fixture on Robertson and there's rarely a problem. They get what they want, and so do most of the celebs who shop there.
Someone's Getting Fired
2/11/2014 12:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LaBeouf flew thousands of miles Monday -- from Germany to L.A. -- but he had to go an extra mile when he landed ... meandering through LAX looking for his limo driver who was MIA.
It's actually painful to watch. An independent paparazzo spots Shia as the actor begins his very long walk. Other photogs catch up, as Shia is silent, looking in vain for his driver.
The worst part -- he walks by a slew of drivers holding signs -- none for him.
Finally, a panicked driver appears and takes Shia on an endless walk to his car.
Having just been in Germany, Uber should have been top of mind.
Goes Ballistic On Paparazzi [VIDEO]
Leave My Family the F*** Alone!
2/6/2014 4:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner's oldest son Burt Jenner went nuclear on the paparazzi Thursday ... berating them for screwing with his famous family. Problem is ... most of the photogs didn't know Burt from Adam.
Burt owns a dog sitting business. The paparazzi swarmed Burt's parking lot after getting wind of a big celeb who was inside a building across the street.
The non-famous Jenner was indignant, ordering the photogs -- not ours -- to skedaddle. Their response -- Who the hell are you?
That's all Burt needed to hear. He had his employees get in their car and block the photogs from leaving.
Everyone screamed, had a bad time ... and the video is awesome!
Sheriff's Deputies Got Her Back and Front After Dinner
2/6/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kate Beckinsale and Sarah Silverman needed some serious protection ... for the 10-foot walk from a restaurant to their cars last night -- at least someone thought so, since for some reason cops escorted them.
Two L.A. County Sheriff's deputies walked Kate ... and then Sarah ... to their vehicles outside Craig's in West Hollywood -- and there doesn't appear to be any major threat to their safety in the video.
There are about 10 paparazzi there, but that's status quo at a hotspot like Craig's.
The Sheriff's Dept. tells us it has no official record of a call for help from the restaurant ... so, it's a mystery why the deputies were there.
Fun fact: Jerry Ferrara got NO escort, but check out the clip -- he seems to be just fine when he gets to his car.
A similar scene played out last month when Sean Penn was walking out of Craig's -- but he got THREE deputies.