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Akon

Dear President ...

Enjoy This Ballin' Bulletproof Van

4/13/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
breaking news

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
Exclusive Details

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."  

Floyd Mayweather

Drops $300K On Land Yacht...

With 55 Inch TV, Bar & Massage Chairs!!

4/4/2015 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0404-mayweather-party-bus-launch-01Floyd Mayweather dropped $300,000 on an insanely luxurious customized Mercedes party bus ... with a HUGE TV and BAR ... and had it shipped across the desert last night ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The whip ... a souped up Mercedes-Benz Sprinter a.k.a. "Land Yacht" ... was designed specifically for Floyd ... and it's AMAZING ... even for a guy with an RIDICULOUS car collection worth over $7 mil!

The specs ... 55 in. TV with Apple and DirecTV, Surround Sound stereo system, Maybach heated massage chairs, Champagne bar, and cabin lighting system ... to name a few.

Our sources tell us Floyd wanted the party bus last night ... so Fusion Luxury Motors in L.A. ... who acquired the Land Yacht for the champ ... delivered it from Cali to the boxers Vegas mansion.

Check out the pics ... there's a reason they call it a Land Yacht.

'Price Is Right' Fail Model

Greatest Mistake of My Life

4/3/2015 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Manuela Arbelaez thought her "Price Is Right" modeling days were over when she accidentally gave away a car, but it turns out ... she should actually be in line for a raise. 

Arbelaez was a guest on "TMZ Live" Friday and told us ... she was probably the only person NOT laughing after her epic gaffe. She figured she was a goner until producers told her they thought the whole thing was hysterical. 

In fact, Arbelaez now figures the show got more in free press from the blunder than the cost of that Hyundai Sonata SE. That might be a stretch, but more importantly -- how freakin' hot was Manuela on TMZ Live?

Enjoy.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

I Hit That!

4/2/2015 3:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jenna Dewan Tatum Car Accident Jenna Dewan-Tatum gave some lucky fan her phone number ... sadly, it was on the note she left behind after hitting their car. Whoops!

Dewan, looking smoking hot in her workout gear, drove her Range Rover into a white Mercedes Thursday afternoon. She left behind a lovely note with a gushing apology and even her digits.

That's how it's done, Mr. Shandling

Garry Shandling

Under Investigation

for Alleged Hit and Run

4/2/2015 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Garry Shandling Car AccidentGarry Shandling could be in serious trouble for allegedly failing to do the simplest thing ... leaving a note behind after backing into a parked car.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Shandling was at the Will Rogers State Park in the Pacific Palisades a few weeks back when he backed his Porsche into a parked Prius. 

Our sources say a witness told police Shandling got out of his car, took a photo of the Prius, and then took off without leaving his info for the other driver.

The Prius driver filed a report with police and they are now investigating.

Sources close to Garry tell TMZ he took the photo and sent it to his insurance company so they could handle. Law enforcement sources tell us if that is indeed the case, he could be off the hook.

Bruce Jenner

Faces Wrongful Death Suit

By Victim's Stepchildren

4/2/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The stepchildren of the woman who was killed in the Bruce Jenner car crash are gearing up for a wrongful death lawsuit, TMZ has learned, and what's especially interesting is that we're told they had virtually no relationship with their stepmom.

Kim Howe was driving her Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway on February 7th when Bruce slammed into her, sending her car careening into the lane of oncoming traffic where a Hummer demolished her car.

Howe has no direct relatives. Her husband died in 2003, and it appears her parents are deceased as well as other immediate blood relatives.

Kim does have 2 grown stepkids, neither of whom live in California. We spoke with people who were extremely close to Kim who tell us she had "virtually no relationship" with either stepchild.

Nonetheless, were told both stepchildren have lawyered up, because they're the only remaining people who have a legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In California, stepchildren have legal standing to sue, even if they were estranged from the stepparent.

Sources tell us, the lawyer for one of the stepchildren has already asked his client to find as many pictures and other evidence showing some relationship between himself and Kim ... presumably to help establish damages in the lawsuit.

One thing we know ... the stepchildren will not inherit Kim's property. We're told she has a trust with millions in assets that are earmarked for charity. And there's a will with a modest amount -- $55k -- that also benefits various animal charities, including, PETA, Lange Foundation, PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society), Doris Day Animal League and The Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee.

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Lil Wayne

Plus Brand New Caddy ...

Ballin' 16th for 'Hip Hop' Prince

4/1/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Hip-hop superstars Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Rich Homie Quan were the icing on the cake for a 16- year-old kid's $150,000 birthday party -- and the guest of honor arrived by chopper!

The lucky kid was KJ Jr. -- son of "Hip Hop Since 1978" founder Kyambo Joshua -- and since Dad rolls with the likes of Jay Z and Kayne West on the reg ... it makes sense the Atlanta bash went down in a huge hangar.

As if shout-outs from Weezy, Lil Boosie, MonicaYo Gotti and a YG performance wasn't enough -- the kid got a 2015 Cadillac Escalade!

Right now it's a toss up for "Ballingest Party of the Year" -- KJ Jr.'s 16th or Snoop Dogg's 18th for his son -- but KJ flying in on a helicopter is a damn good tie-breaker. 

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