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Video Vixen K Diamond

I Was Held Hostage in a Lyft!!!

4/17/2015 11:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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1:15 PM PT -- A rep for Lyft tells TMZ drivers are obligated to return belongings to passengers and that it is against policy for a driver to request cash from passengers for any reason. They have not yet received a formal complaint about the incident but are standing by to assist and support her in any way. Passenger safety is the company's first priority.

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A video vixen claims she was kidnapped by a Lyft driver and taken on a ride a là "The French Connection."

K Diamond claims she hired a Lyft -- in case you don't know, it's a company like Uber -- to take her home early Friday morning from an event in Atlanta. 

Diamond says she was safely deposited at home but shortly after walking in the door she realized she had left her $400 set of Beats by Dre headphones in the backseat.

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She contacted the driver and 30 minutes later got a call from him. He said he'd gladly return ... for $20.

This is where things get hinky. Diamond told police she only had $5 cash, but didn't fess up to the driver on the phone. When he arrived, he rolled down the window and asked for the $20 spot. She says she put her hand in the window with the $5 bill, and apparently he got pissed and rolled the window up on her arm.

She says she then opened the car door and he rolled down the window, but as she grabbed for the headphones she says he took off with the passenger door open. She says her legs were flailing in the air as the car sped off, with her inside.

She says she was trying to stop the car by throwing it into park, grabbing the wheel, honking the horn ... all to no avail. Eventually he took her back home and she says when she got out the driver threw the headphones at her and left.

Diamond has filed a police report claiming false imprisonment. Cops are investigating.

We contacted Lyft ... so far, no word back.

Lady Antebellum

Tour Bus Bursts Into Flames

4/16/2015 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_barGarland PD tells TMZ the fire was caused when the right front tire on the bus blew out.update_grey_gray_barLady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott had to flee from her tour bus when the whole thing went up in flames Thursday morning in Texas.

The group was heading to Dallas for the Country Music Awards when the fire broke out. Hillary says it started when one of the bus' back tires lit up.

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Hillary says she was on board with her husband, tour manager and driver -- but they all managed to get off safely. Firefighters are still on scene clearing up debris from the interstate.

Still unclear why the tire caught on fire -- and authorities haven't confirmed that's what really caused the blaze. 

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Meek Mill

Dares Car Dealer to Sue ...

Y'all Still Selling Shaaady Rides!!

4/15/2015 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Meek Mill Sued Car DealerMeek Mill kept it so gangsta when a high-end car dealer threatened to sue him for dissing the guy's biz on social media -- he's now been sued .... still, Meek's response to the dealer was hysterical.

As we first told you ... Euro Motor Sport owner Gene Morales got majorly bent when Meek went on Instagram and accused the South Fla. dealer of "selling expensive cars with salvaged titles and lemons." Meek also called him a thief.

Gene sent the rapper a letter demanding he delete the post or else -- but Meek chose to double down. According to legal docs, Meek fired back in an email ... "You guys still selling cars with salvaged titles. Shaaaaaaaaaady."

It's funny, but keeping it THAT 100 got Meek slapped with a defamation lawsuit. 

Meek's lawyers must've told him to tone it down, since the IG is now gone. It's unclear when he deleted it, but nonetheless .... the lawsuit has been filed.

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'Union J' Singer Josh Cuthbert

Injured in Serious Car Crash

4/15/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Union J Josh Cuthbert Car Accident British singer Josh Cuthbert from the hit boy band Union J was in a violent car crash that was so bad it could have derailed the band.

We're told the 22-year-old and his model girlfriend, Chloe Lloyd, were cruising around London in his Mercedes Sunday when the driver in front of him slammed on the brakes. Josh couldn't stop in time and plowed into the car.

Josh and Chloe were lucky, escaping with soft tissue injuries to their necks and some bruises. The ride is totaled.

FYI ... drivers are supposed to stay far enough behind the car in front of them so they can stop in time if the other driver pulls a bonehead move.

Union J is currently on a European tour with The Vamps. We're told the accident won't sandbag any of the upcoming shows. But turning's gonna be a bitch.


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BRUTAL VIDEO

Police Club Suspected DUI Motorist

4/14/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A man charged with drunk driving was brutally clubbed by Chico, CA cops ... and some of it was caught on video.

Sean Reardon claims he was driving on February 18th at around 9:40 PM when he was pulled over for a broken tail light and expired tags. Reardon, who has filed a claim against the city, claims he was tackled to the pavement without provocation on his part and then struck "multiple times with extreme violence, with a baton, club or stick without provocation."

Reardon, who is white, says in the claim he was "hog-tied," thrown into a van and taken to the hospital. He says he suffered acute respiratory failure when he arrived and was put on a ventilator. He was in ICU for 4 days. He says he also suffered multiple broken bones, including ribs, nose and sternum.  

Speaking on behalf of police, the Butte County Chief Deputy D.A. tells us ... Reardon had a warrant for failing to appear on a gun charge -- and attempted to flee when he was pulled over. He says when officers caught up to him, Reardon refused to show his hands and kept them at his waist band. A police incident log says, "Blue vehicle westbound. The subject foot bailed from vehicle. Resisting."

The chief deputy D.A. says the officers used force to get Reardon to cooperate. He adds Reardon's BAC was .14 -- almost twice the legal limit -- and also had methamphetamine and cocaine in his blood.

Reardon, who is repped by Ashley Amerio, was charged with evading a peace officer, DUI, DUI with alcohol or drugs within 10 years of a prior, and resisting an executive officer -- all felonies.

Reardon pled not guilty and is on a no bail hold, because he's on probation for the prior DUI.

Britney Spears

Watch The Paint!!

Still A Louisiana Hood Princess

4/13/2015 8:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0413-britney-spears-splashBritney Spears proved you can never truly get the country out of the girl ... by using the hood of her $150k Mercedes as a front row seat.

Brit and Lynne Spears were in full soccer mom and grandma mode in Calabasas this weekend cheering on Brit's son from the hood of her ritzy G-Class ... so they're probably gonna want to get that hood buffed out.

That's straight up Friday Night Lights stuff ... but if she's truly legit, she better have a keg and a grill going on in the back.

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Akon

Dear President ...

Enjoy This Ballin' Bulletproof Van

4/13/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0408-akon-and-van-TMZ-01Akon has the same crisis we all do -- what the hell do ya buy an African president who has everything?! The answer, according to Akon ... is a $350k tricked out bulletproof ride.

The guys over at The Auto Firm in South FL. tell us Akon ordered a 2014 Mercedes Sprinter from them a year ago ... and asked them to reinforce the whole thing in bulletproof armor. That's the kinda order that raises eyebrows -- but we're told Akon's not saying much.

He copped to it being a gift for an African president, but wouldn't say which one. Our best guess -- Akon's homeland of Senegal ... but again, he won't confirm. 

We're told the 8-seater whip was rebuilt with the armor, plus a ton of bells and whistles inside: DirecTV, surround sound, etc ... all iPad controlled.

Interestingly, the exterior is very plain ... probably so the mystery prez can ride low key. Always a good idea if you're worried about bullets.

Hail to the chief?

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'Transformers' Star Jack Reynor

Staring Down $1 Million Mistake

... Going MIA in Lawsuit

4/11/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Transformers Jack Reynor Ignored Lawsuit

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" star Jack Reynor better hope there's another sequel -- with a role for him -- 'cause he's thiiis close to losing a ton of cash to 2 women he allegedly hit in a car accident.

According to court docs ... Reynor never responded to the lawsuit the alleged victims filed in November, so they've been granted a default victory -- and the next step is a judgment against Reynor that could cost him $1 MILLION!

As we first reported ... the ladies say they were in a crosswalk when the Irish actor's car creamed them ... sending them flying into the air.

If Reynor doesn't answer soon, he could have to shell out the mil plus medical expenses.

Why the delay? We've reached out to Reynor's rep but so far, no word back. 

Meek Mill

Car Dealer Demanding $250k

For Instagram Diss

4/10/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0409-meek-mill-tmz-01Meek Mill has driven his car dealer mad ... mad enough to sic his lawyers on him and demand $250k for slamming his business. 

According to the demand letter sent out by Euro Motor Sport, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale ... Meek wreaked havoc on his biz with an Instagram last week. The post showed a sweet Lambo Aventador, but included the caption, "Make sure you never buy no cars from #eurosports selling expensive cars with salvaged tittles."

Grammar and spelling aside ... the dealer says Meek's IG post is ruining its reputation -- especially with celebrity clients. They point out Rick Ross even reposted Meek's message.

0409-sub-meek-mill-instagram-01According to Euro Sports owner Gene Morales the beef started when Meek's manager went to pick up a Rolls Royce Ghost ... but still owed $15k on the $200k whip. Things got heated when Morales refused to hand over the keys without payment, and he ended up calling cops.

Cooler heads prevailed though when Morales struck a deal ... agreeing to hand off the car for a mere $8,000. You'd think Meek would have been happy, but he still bitched on IG.

Now, Morales wants the quarter of a million bucks to cover the damage to his rep, and he wants Meek to delete the Instagram and apologize. If not ... Meek could be facing his second lawsuit in recent days.

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Kentucky Derby

BANS SELFIE STICKS!!!

4/9/2015 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0409-kentucky-getty-01If you want a "selfie" at the Kentucky Derby, ya better leave your selfie stick at home -- because Churchill Downs has officially BANNED everyone's favorite phone accessory. 

It's a pretty big moment for professional sports -- since selfie sticks are super popular right now ... and seem to have a presence at major events all over the world ... from concerts to Super Bowl media day. 

As for why Churchill Downs banned the item, reps say the move was in the best interest of both the fans and the horses ... this according to The Courier-Journal.

The track says anyone who tries to bring one inside the venue will be asked to throw it in the trash. 

Beyonce & Jay Z

Ride or Die ...

In Bed of a Pickup!!

4/9/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0409-jay-z-beyonce-truck-splashSurfboards, pineapples, giant bags of weed ... and Jay Z and Beyonce -- all things you typically find in the back of a pickup truck tooling around Hawaii.   

The Carters are on one of the islands for what's supposed to be a secret getaway, but there's NOTHING inconspicuous about two of the world's most popular entertainers riding in the bed of a pickup, right? By the way, it's totally legal in Hawaii.

Jay spotted the photog riding behind the truck ... and threw up a "Hang Loose." 

Maybachs look way different in the islands.

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Odell Beckham Jr.

I Believe I Can Fly

... On Water!!

4/8/2015 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Odell Beckham Jr. already dominates on football fields, soccer pitches, and basketball courts -- and now he's making the ocean his bitch, too ... by mounting a flyboard down in Miami.

The NY Giants star tackled the extreme water sport on Tuesday -- and as you'd probably expect -- he's already a pro. Paul Stoeppelwerth from Indy Flight Academy tells us ... OBJ got up and running on the flyboard on his first try.

If you haven't seen one of these things ... they're freakin' awesome -- kinda like a wakeboard that uses hydro-powered jets to hover up to 50 feet above the water! We're told most people take several minutes just to get upright ... but, of course, most people aren't Odell.

Stoeppelwerth says OBJ's "lower body is like a trunk, all the muscle memory from his football regimen definitely helps."

So, there's the answer: There's officially nothing Beckham Jr. can't do.

Kanye West

I'm Hyundai-ing

Over My Post-Dinner Ride

4/6/2015 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is NOT how Kanye West typically rolls, but he wrapped up a fancy Malibu dinner by leaving in a HYUNDAI -- and you can tell he died a little inside while doing it. 

Kanye and Kim Kardashian left dinner at Nobu Saturday night, and while waiting at the valet ... Kanye starts grinning from ear-to-ear because he knows what's about to go down.

A Hyundai Elantra -- cost about $18k -- pulls up ... Kanye puts Kim in the backseat, and he jumps in the front passenger seat. Watch the look on his face -- really says it all. Now, Yeezy isn't cutting costs -- looks like the whip (with sweet sport rims wheel covers) belongs to a friend or assistant. 

$18k is probably the cost of 2 headlamps on Kanye's $400k Lambo Aventador.

FUN FACT: The affordable car line hasn't gotten a plug like this since Kanye wrote, "Win a Super Bowl and drive off in a Hyundai."  

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