Justin Bieber is under investigation for several crimes -- including attempted robbery -- for lunging at a fan at an arcade and sports bar ... attempting to get the guy's cell phone.
Justin and Selena Gomez were at Dave & Buster's Monday night when a fan started taking cell phone pics and video of the two. Law enforcement sources say ... Justin lunged at the guy ... in an attempt to take his cell phone and presumably erase the pics and video.
Justin's security held him back and he never made contact with the fan.
Police were called but before they arrived Justin booked it out of there.
Our law enforcement sources say the fan wants to press charges and Justin is being investigated ... and the possible crimes are attempted battery, attempted theft (stealing the pics) and attempted robbery (grabbing the camera in an attempt to permanently deprive the fan of the pics and video).
Justin could be in big trouble, because he's on probation in the egging case and violating the law could trigger a probation violation which could land him in jail.
We called Bieber's rep. They have no comment.
Jennifer Lopez vs. Iggy Azalea
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
8/26/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's a battle of the booty!
Here's Jennifer Lopez showing off her 45-year-old bulbous backside (left) posing with 24-year-old Iggy Azalea's down-under donk (right) in a photo promoting their upcoming remix together.
The question is ...
Marlon Wayans Sued
I Ain't No Cleveland Brown Lookin' N****
... Says Actor
8/25/2014 6:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marlon Wayans uncorked what might seem like a hysterical comparison between an actor and Cleveland Brown -- but the actor's not laughing ... TMZ has learned he's suing Marlon for racial discrimination and harassment.
Pierre Daniel says he was hired for a part in "A Haunted House 2" -- written and produced by Marlon -- and last September Marlon posted a side-by-side pic of Daniel and the animated character Cleveland Brown on social media. The pic was captioned, "Tell me this n***a don't look like ... THIS N***A!!! Ol Cleveland Brown ass lookin."
Honestly, seems to be a slight resemblance -- but in his lawsuit, Daniel says Marlon wasn't cracking a joke ... he was essentially cyber-bullying.
Daniel says Marlon's post was racially motivated and mocked his appearance, especially his afro ... according to the docs filed today, and obtained by TMZ. Daniel also accuses Marlon of leering at him and rolling his eyes.
The lawsuit does not say where any of this went down -- but Daniel says the comparison seriously injured him by causing "shock, pain, discomfort and/or anxiety" ... and as a result he can no longer work as an actor.
He's suing Marlon and the movie's production company for unspecified damages. We've reached out to Marlon's camp, but no word back yet.
Ditto for Cleveland. Kidding. His rep dropped him when he got canceled.
I've Been Saved ...
From Mariah Carey
8/26/2014 5:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nick Cannon had that "single guy glow" Monday afternoon as he left his soon-to-be ex Mariah Carey's apartment in NYC.
Freedom is a wonderful thing.
As TMZ first reported, Nick and Mariah are on good terms now after being unable to stand each other just six months ago.
Richard Pryor Movie
Mike Epps Gets the Lead
Not Nick Cannon
8/26/2014 4:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Despite openly campaigning for the role of Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic, Nick Cannon did not get the role ... Mike Epps did.
The film's director, Lee Daniels, posted a photo of himself, Oprah Winfrey and Epps ... with the caption, "And we're off... Get ready y'all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah"
Cannon was very outspoken about wanting the role, posting a pic on Instagram of himself and Pryor. He even came on "TMZ Live" and talked about how badly he wanted the part.
He'll just have to settle for landing the part of the ex Mr. Mariah Carey.
Suge Was Not the Target
In Pre-VMA Shooting
8/26/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katt Williams says he was with Suge Knight when he was shot at the pre-VMA party ... and the comedian maintains Suge was trying to protect someone else when the bullets started flying.
Our photog spotted Katt out in Malibu Monday, where he broke down the shooting of his friend Suge, like this:
-- Suge was not the intended victim and he was merely trying to save someone else ... possibly Chris Brown?
-- Suge's shooting was NOT gang-related because ... has there ever been a gang-related shooting where the other side didn't shoot back?
As for who pulled the trigger, Katt uncorked a rant about "nobody" shooting Suge ... theorizing the shooter might never be caught just like MLK Jr. and Malcolm X's assassins -- which makes zero sense since their killers were tried and convicted.
That aside, watch the clip ... Katt makes more solid points than not.
Mariah and Nick
Absence Makes the Heart Fonder
But Not That Fond
8/26/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are actually getting along -- way better than when they were together and loathed each other -- but TMZ has learned there is NO chance of a reconciliation.
TMZ first reported ... the divorce is a "done deal" and the couple has been separated since May.
We're told they are not only on good terms -- primarily for the sake of their kids -- they even went to dinner Friday in Tribeca and shockingly no one even noticed.
It's a big improvement from 6 months ago, when there was so much contempt they literally could not be in the same room together.
We're told it's all about the kids ... they're both committed to making the divorce as easy as possible on them. But -- let's just say one side tells us -- they will NEVER get back together.
Divorce is Hot Topic ... Too Hot
8/25/2014 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey had a chance to spin her divorce with Nick Cannon, but she said it's simply "too hot" to talk.
Mariah was walking around NYC Monday with her nephew. As the video starts, you can see Mariah putting on a large hat she had just purchased.
But when the photog asked her to comment on her split from Nick, she pled the fifth ... citing the weather. FYI, it was only in the mid 80s in New York Monday.
As TMZ first reported, the Nick and Mariah split is a done deal. It's just a matter of when they make it official.
Young Jeezy Arrested
Assault Rifle Found
During Concert Shooting Investigation
8/25/2014 12:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Young Jeezy is currently behind bars for possession of an assault rifle ... and TMZ has learned the weapon turned up during the investigation into the deadly shooting at Wiz Khalifa's concert Friday night.
We're told Irvine PD executed a search warrant on the rapper's tour bus Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in connection with the shooting in Mountain View, CA ... where a man died after being shot 5 times.
Jeezy is on tour with Wiz ... and law enforcement sources tell us during the search cops found an assault rifle they believe belongs to Jeezy. Several members of Jeezy's entourage were also arrested for gun possession.
Jeezy's being held on $1,000,000 bail -- and he's still in custody.
VMA Party Gunman
Caught on Tape
But No One's Talkin'
8/25/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The man who shot Suge Knight and 2 others at a pre-VMA party early Sunday is on tape clear as Knight -- problem is ... so far the eyewitnesses are clamming up.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 1Oak has a sophisticated surveillance system that covers almost the entire club, and at least one of the cameras clearly shows the gunman firing the shots. We're told the shooter's facial features are clear enough to make out.
As TMZ first reported ... cops are zeroing in on gang rivalry as a motive. Suge and Chris Brown -- who were inside the club -- make no secret of their Bloods affiliation. The Game -- who was denied entry -- also wears his Bloods affiliation on his sleeve.
We're told none of the witnesses want to be the person who fingers the gunman -- for obvious reasons.
We're told cops still have others to interview -- including Suge, who is currently sedated.
If all else fails, authorities may release the video so someone in the public can come forward -- almost certainly anonymously.
BS No Time to Zip
Wardrobe Malfunction STAGED
8/25/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj CLAIMS her dress was unzipped during her performance at the VMAs because she didn't have enough time to get ready ... but that's BS -- she pulled the same stunt during rehearsals.
Eyewitnesses who watched Nicki's rehearsal Sunday morning tell TMZ ... she walked on stage wearing the same dress -- unzipped. One eyewitness says it caught her eye because she initially thought Nicki had come out in a robe.
We're told Nicki was wrapping her arms around the dress in a "weird" sort of way ... trying to manipulate it to see how much would be exposed.
And we're told ... the VMAs created a make-shift dressing room right off stage -- draped with black sheets -- so she would have enough time to change.
Whatever, it worked ... everyone's talking about it.
Video Attack Isn't Enough to Prosecute
Snitches get Stitches
8/25/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight is way better at dodging charges than bullets … because even though he attacked someone at a pot shop, and it's caught on video -- he's not being prosecuted because of "insufficient evidence."
We broke the story -- which was pretty awesome -- Suge got denied at the Medstar Collective in L.A. back in February because he didn't have a medical marijuana card. He went ballistic and slugged a guy in the face -- which you clearly see on the video.
But prosecutors tell TMZ ... they're not filing charges because they believe video alone won't cut it. Who knows ... maybe someone was stupid enough to throw the first punch that wasn't caught on tape.
But we're told the reality is this ... prosecutors need witnesses and if you know anything about Suge, you'll understand that no one is talking.
As we first reported … Suge was shot multiple times early Sunday on the Sunset Strip, and after lifesaving surgery he's recovering in a hospital.
Still … no one wants to get Vanilla Iced.
Moments After Bullets Tore Through His Body
8/24/2014 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained video showing Suge Knight shortly after he was hit by 6 bullets ... and he's surrounded by cops with their guns drawn.
In the video ... Suge can be seen on his knees, crouched behind a white Bentley parked outside 1Oak nightclub ... and appears to be in distress -- although the gunshot wounds are not obvious.
Witnesses tell us he sought protection behind the car as other people fled the club ... where Chris Brown had been hosting a VMA party.
Sources connected to Knight's family tell us ... Suge took 6 bullets -- 1 in the arm and 5 in the stomach. Doctors recovered 3 of the bullets ... we're told the other 3 went straight through his body.