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.
I Wanna Fight Kanye West
For Beating Up 'Defenseless People'
2/3/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman wants to beat up Kanye West ... ironically because the rapper has a history of attacking "defenseless people."
Promoters for Zimmerman's upcoming celeb boxing match tell us he badly wants to step in the ring with Yeezus. The promoters are deliciously Machiavellian --- knowing for many it will become a choice between 2 evils ... thus becoming a must-see spectacle.
We're told George's beef with Kanye is not just that he attacks paparazzi ... but the innocents as well -- like the 18-year-old who allegedly called Kim an "N***** lover."
The promoters say if Kanye takes Zimmerman up on the offer ... they're willing to move the fight to L.A.
We'd livestream that.
We're Workin' for TMZ at Super Bowl
... As Paparazzi!
1/27/2014 8:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The TMZ photog crew just got WAY more athletic ... 'cause a bunch of NFL stars just signed on to be TMZ cameramen during Super Bowl week in NYC!!!
It's true ... New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich, punter Steve Weatherford and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh will be hittin' the streets starting tomorrow!
They're gonna be out lookin' for the biggest stars in the city -- cameras in hand -- and whatever they shoot will be posted on the website and featured on our TV shows.
TMZ -- our paparazzi are bigger than yours.
Kanye and Kim
Alleged Victim's Bizarre Conduct Before Attack
1/14/2014 5:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The 18-year-old who got attacked in a doctor's waiting room by Kanye West is on VIDEO -- outside the building and before the confrontation -- and he appears to taunt the paparazzi as Kim Kardashian walks in.
The barely-a-man screams to Kim, "They're whack, dude. You have to deal with that everyday?" He then excitedly hops up the front steps like a rabbit.
The video stops as Kim walks in. TMZ broke the story ... Kim claims the man then started to hurl epithets to Kim about the paparazzi, calling them "n*****s" and "fa****s" Kim says she then called him out for using the word and then he turned on her, calling her a "n****r lover." At that point Kim called Kanye on his cell -- he was nearby -- and the guy apparently knew Kanye was listening and he called the rapper a "n****r."
We're told the guy walked into his chiropractor's office and Kanye and Kim followed shortly thereafter, and eyewitnesses tell TMZ Kanye punched him in the face.
Kanye is now a suspect in a criminal investigation. And, as we reported, Kim claims the guy threatened to kill her and she's going to file a police report of her own.