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Bruce Jenner

Putting His Balls On the Line, But...

Not His Pesos in Baja Race

11/11/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bruce Jenner Baja 1000
Bruce Jenner
will be showing off his immense huevos by competing with his son in the legendary Baja 1000 this week ... thanks to more than $1 million in sponsorships.

Bruce and Burt Jenner will attempt to tame one of the world's most dangerous off-road courses through the Mexican desert at insane speeds -- and the 5-day race ain't cheap.

Sources connected to Team Jenner tell us entry fees alone are $125K minimum, the truck cost $500K ... plus several hundred thousands more in expenses and equipment. All in, we're talking more than $1 million, but Bruce isn't spending a cent of his own dough.

Team owner Craig Potts, along with sponsors Gladiator Tires and House Beer, are putting up all the cash. We're told Burt will drive the 1st 400 miles with Bruce navigating, then Bruce will take the wheel for the 2nd leg ... and Potts gets the home stretch.

The race, which begins Wednesday, is no cake walk. X Games star Kurt Caselli was killed last year, and multiple drivers and spectators have died during the event over the years. 

Buena suerte, señors!

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Frank Ocean

Screwed Out of Name Change

After Extreme Speeding

11/10/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Frank Ocean Name Change

Frank Ocean
is never gonna be the man he wants to be until he deals with the laundry list of tickets he's racked up in L.A.

Here's the deal ... Frank's real name is Christopher Breaux (who knew?) -- but back on March 7th he applied to legally change to his stage name. Only problem is he had one hell of a summer on the road.

Frank ... or rather, Chris ... got 3 tickets in 3 months: Expired insurance in June, driving with his headlights off in July, and the coup de grace -- going 31 mph over the speed limit in August!

His license has been suspended a couple of times for skipping court dates -- so the judge denied the name change request until he cleans up his driving record. Once that's done, he'll have to reapply. 

So, for now ... drive carefully, Chris.

Tisha Campbell

I Got Screwed Over

In Bentley Deal

11/10/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1107-tisha-campbell-martin-tmz-01Tisha Campbell is either the victim of a car scam or a wannabe used car dealer.

So check this out. The "Martin" star says she leased a 2007 Bentley Continental, but decided she didn't want to drive it. So she leased it to a woman named Belinda Baker.

According to Tisha's new lawsuit ... Baker agreed to pay her $90K up front and then make 11 payments of $5,000. So when all was said and done, Baker would pay Tisha $145,000.

Tisha says Baker paid the $90K but hasn't anted up another dime ... and she has no idea what Baker has done with the car.

But Baker tells a more nefarious story. She says the car is only worth $80K so charging an unwitting Bentley driver nearly twice that is outrageous. On top of that, Baker says she believed she was buying the car, not leasing it.

It looks like both ladies are wrong, because according to the contract they signed, Baker agreed to pay $70K up front and $5K a month for 11 months. And it's clearly a lease.

People are entitled to make bad deals. It's America, dammit.

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Cubs Starlin Castro

My Off-Season Is ...

For Badass Off-Roading

11/5/2014 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1104-starling-castro-polaris-1000-instag-01Starlin Castro is gonna have some seriously filthy fun before baseball starts up again -- the Chicago Cubs shortstop just scooped up a new off-road toy, and turned it into a rolling nightclub.

TMZ Sports has learned the 3-time All-Star bought a 2015 Polaris 1000 -- a serious all-terrain vehicle -- which he pimped out with 4 custom 24-inch waterproof speakers.

The Auto Firm in Miami did the tricking out, and owner Alex Vega tells us Starlin shelled out $25K for the customizing, on top of the $20K for the ATV.

Maybe the pimpest addition -- the speakers AND custom wheels light up in different colors! They'll see and hear Starlin coming from blocks away ... when he ships the rave-on-wheels down to his native Dominican Republic. 

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Kylie Jenner

That Rear End

Gets Her Sued

11/5/2014 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The first car accident Kylie Jenner ever had just scored her another milestone -- her first big fat lawsuit.

Kylie's being sued for the 3-car pileup she allegedly started back in August 2013 -- just 18 days after her 16th birthday. TMZ broke the story ... Kylie was driving a Mercedes G-Wagon when a witness says she slammed into the back of a car stopped in traffic.

1105_kylie_jenner_accident_august_tmz_wm_DATE_SUBAccording to the lawsuit, Kylie started a chain reaction ... hitting a Toyota ... which then rear-ended a Subaru. The woman who was driving the Subaru is suing her for being a negligent driver. She's also suing Kris Jenner because they believe she was the registered owner of the Mercedes.

The woman's attorney tells us she suffered injuries to her neck and back.

Relevant note: Kylie was involved in another accident almost a year later -- this time in a Range Rover -- though it wasn't clear whether she caused that one.

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Warren Sapp

Flirting with Rolls-Royce

... After Bankruptcy Case

11/5/2014 10:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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Warren Sapp was test driving a $300K Rolls-Royce Wraith this morning ... but don't worry, the ex-bankrupt, ex-NFL star did NOT drive it off the lot.

Everyone knows Sapp had major financial problems -- in fact, his money problems were so bad, his SHOE COLLECTION was auctioned off to pay off his multi-million dollar debt.

That's why it was so shocking to see Sapp flirting with a Rolls-Royce today -- especially after completing a court-ordered financial management class just 2 years ago ... where he was taught about reckless spending.

So why was he there? We're told Warren was personally invited to the Rolls-Royce driving event in Palm Beach, FL because he was a past client.

We're told attendees were welcome to purchase a car at the event -- but Warren wisely passed on the offer.

His debt school teachers would be proud.

'Mindless Behavior' Singer

Wanted For Questioning

In Car Theft

11/5/2014 8:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If you see boy band singer Roc Royal tooling around L.A. in a brand new Beemer ... the LAPD would like to know about it.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops want to talk to the singer from the group Mindless Behavior ... because they think he may be rolling in a stolen whip.

Sources involved in the investigation tell us ... record producer Chris Clark's BMW 325i went missing Monday, after a Hollywood studio session with Royal. We're told Clark had left the car keys on a table in the studio ... and when he went to leave, the keys -- and Roc -- were gone.

We're told Clark contacted RR and threatened to go to cops if the car wasn't returned STAT ... but Royal refused, so Clark reported the vehicle stolen.

So far ... no sign of the car or Royal.

V. Stiviano

Brand New Bentley?!!

Only in Her Dreams

11/5/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF



V. Stiviano
finally ditched her dumbass visor -- which is good -- but she's also exchanged her Ferraris and Bentleys for a BRAND NEW ... Hyundai!!

Go ahead, it's OK to LOL.

Stiviano rolled out from her L.A. home on Tuesday in her new whip -- a Hyundai Accent. Looks like a base model ... MSRP around $15K. Sensible vehicle, but nothing at all like the exotic 6-figure sports cars Donald Sterling used to "gift" her.

In the video ... paps try to nail Stiviano down on why she downgraded. But c'mon, NO ONE voluntarily makes this move.

A Karma seems like a better fit for V. -- but they cost $100K.

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Nicki Minaj

Bad Case of the Benz

Smashes Up BF's Mercedes

11/4/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nicki Minaj Attacks Boyfriend Car
Now we know why Nicki Minaj and her longtime boyfriend broke up ... one of them was on the verge of going to jail after she smashed the windows of his Mercedes with a baseball bat.

Here's what we know. During the summer, Nicki and Safaree Samuels got into an argument. She started screaming, he got pissed, and she EXPLODED in anger, grabbing a bat and chasing him out of the house. She wisely chose property over person, and pulverized the 2012 Benz.

And for bad measure, she threw his clothes in the garbage -- just like in the movies.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops were called to the house, but no arrests were made. Safaree was escorted out of the house and left.

As for why Nicki didn't get in trouble ... it appears she owned the Mercedes, but allowed him to use it, and you can't get arrested for destroying your own property.

They broke up a short time later. Wise move.

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Reese Witherspoon

Legally Blonde Illegally Parked

And She Gets Away With It

11/3/2014 2:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Reese Witherspoon may have found a police officer who knows who she is ... and that could be how she charmed her way out of a parking ticket.

Reese was leaving boxing class in Brentwood Monday afternoon when she came across a traffic cop who was writing her a ticket ... but Reese flashed that smile and the officer responded by cutting her a break.

An official from the L.A. Department of Transportation tells TMZ ... Reese got to the officer "prior to completing the citation" ... therefore it stands to reason the officer had started to write her up.

The official adds, "The individual was allowed to depart, as would any other motorists in a similar circumstance."

That is just ... beyond.

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'Transformers' Star

Sent Us Airborne in Car Accident

... Say Pedestrians

11/3/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jack Reynor Car Accident
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" star Jack Reynor allegedly went all Decepticon -- mowing down two women in a Hollywood intersection ... according to a new lawsuit filed by the women.

The women claim they were in a crosswalk 2 years ago when the Irish actor plowed into them ... throwing them into the air and onto the hood of his vehicle. 

According to their lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- both women got messed up pretty bad ... one had injuries to her knee and back, while the other suffered head trauma and hurt her leg.

The alleged victims are suing Reynor for at least $25K.

We've contacted Reynor's rep to get his side of the story, but so far ... no word back.

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip

EXPLODES

Pilot Dead

10/31/2014 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

103114_virgin_galactic_fox_launchA Virgin Galactic spaceship exploded during a test flight Friday over California's Mojave Desert  ... leaving one crew member dead and another severely injured.

Virgin Galactic says their SpaceShipTwo experienced "an in-flight anomaly" after it launched at 9:15 AM.

103114_virgin_galactic_nbc_launch_v2The spacecraft is launched after it is released from another aircraft in flight.  According to reports the spaceship blew up shortly after the release and it's engines ignited.

The plane that released the spacecraft landed safely.

The spaceship is designed to go 62 miles above Earth. It's unclear how high the doomed craft was when it blew up.


A bunch of celebs have reportedly signed up for the initial launch already -- including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Justin Bieber.

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson tweeted about the incident, saying he planned to fly to Mojave immediately to be with the team.

Story developing ...

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'Ray Donovan' Star

I Need A Fixer

To Take Care of 2 Chicks

10/31/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Vinessa Shaw Sued

Vinessa Shaw could use a "fixer" like Ray Donovan to get her out of her current mess ... she's being sued for allegedly running down two women with her car.

According to court docs, the "Ray Donovan" actress was driving in Hollywood when she hit two female pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Maridalia Chepi-Nolasco and Anastasia Gregorio Arce claim they had a green light when Shaw turned the corner and plowed into them. They say they were knocked to the ground and suffered severe injuries.

Good news for Vinessa -- she can probably fix this ... with cold hard cash.

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