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XXXTentacion Ex Wants to Drop Dom. Violence Case Prosecutors Smell Funny Business

12/1/2017 11:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion thought he was catching a huge break in his domestic violence case, but it looks like prosecutors are shutting that door on him ... TMZ has learned.

The rapper and his attorneys submitted a document on Friday they say was signed by his ex -- the woman he allegedly beat while she was pregnant. According to the doc, obtained by TMZ, she's now refusing to cooperate with prosecutors and wants the case to go away. 

It wouldn't guarantee XXX is off the hook, but it would make it more difficult to convict him.

However, Miami-Dade prosecutors are calling BS, telling the judge they doubt the ex-girlfriend really signed the doc. They also say, even IF she did, it doesn't stop them from going forward with prosecution.

Bottom line, all signs point to the D.A.'s Office pushing forward.

Congressman Andre Carson Jay-Z for Prez!!!

12/1/2017 9:31 AM PST

Jay-Z should give Donald Trump a run for his money in 2020 ... so says Congressman Andre Carson.

We got the distinguished gentleman from Indiana in D.C. Thursday, and asked him if he enjoyed Hova's 4:44 tour stop at the Capital One Arena. Carson gushed about the show ... and then took his praise one HUGE step further.

Check it out ... Rep. Carson -- who grew up in a similar environment to Jay-Z -- gives a shout out to Diddy, Damon Dash and Master P ... before anointing Hova a viable candidate for the White House.

Carson for Veep?

French Montana NOT All the Way Up ... This Surfing Thing Is Hard, Bro!!!

12/1/2017 7:27 AM PST

This looks like French Montana's first attempt at surfing, and it's definitely unforgettable ... and we mean that in the funniest way possible.

French borrowed some dude's board down in Sydney, and tried like hell to catch a wave. We'll say this ... he did a great job at securing the leash around his ankle -- but after that it was totally comical.

We're guessing he'll find a better way to spend his next day off from his Australian tour -- but we hope not.

French, the idea is to stand UP on the board!

Russell Simmons 'All Def' Comedians, Crew Have His Back

12/1/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Russell Simmons production company held an emergency meeting hours after he stepped down amid sexual assault allegations, because his move came at the worst possible time.

Sources at Simmons' All Def Digital tell us staffers were called together Thursday morning. The company's "All Def Comedy Live" premieres Friday night on HBO, and we're told comedians and producers were given strict instructions on how to deal with questions about Russell leaving and the claims against him. 

The strategy was pretty simple ... do NOT discuss it, and if you do, there will be repercussions.

Simmons used to be in the production office all the time. We're told he worked closely with some of the comedians appearing on 'All Def Comedy' -- and most of them want that to continue, despite the heinous accusations.

We're told Russell agreed with HBO's move to wipe him off the credits, because he doesn't want to drag down ratings -- but staffers are worried his absence will hurt the company, and the careers of comedians who looked up to him for advice.

A$AP Bari Sued for Sexual Assault

11/30/2017 2:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A$AP Bari, one of the co-founders of the A$AP Mob, is being sued for sexual assault by a woman he exposed naked in a viral video ... TMZ  has learned.

The woman filed the lawsuit anonymously, as Jane Doe, and says the attack happened on July 9 in a London hotel where some members of the Mob were staying. According to the docs, Bari bursted into the room where Doe was sleeping and yelled, "You f**ked my assistant, now you are going to f**k me."

She says she screamed no, but he pulled the sheets off to expose her. In the docs, she says Bari and a friend were both recording the humiliating scene with their phones. In fact, the graphic video shot by Bari's friend went viral briefly before most sites took it down. 

Doe, who is represented by Marty Singer, says she fled to a bathroom as Bari continued yelling, "I'm going to f**k you, you are going to suck my d**k." In the docs, she says she was terrified she would be raped and begged him to let her go. She says he eventually threw her out naked into a hotel hallway.

She says she reported the incident to hotel security and asked them to call cops ... and according to the docs, officers arrived and deleted the video from A$AP Bari's phone. It's unclear why they would do that, but that's what she's claiming.

She believes Bari attacked her because she rejected him the night before in a nightclub. In the suit, she says Bari's attorney pressured her to release a joint statement saying there was no assault. She refused, and is now suing him for more than $1 million. 

Lil Uzi Vert Most Dirt Bike Charges Dropped XO Community Service Llif3

11/30/2017 7:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Uzi Vert just revved himself into a big legal win -- most of the charges from his dirt bike stunt were dropped, except for one ... which will cost him a lil' volunteer work.

Uzi skated on 12 of the 13 charges against him stemming from his dirt bike joyride last year -- but he did plead guilty to one of 'em ... failure to maintain his lane.

We broke the story ... Uzi was arrested last December for allegedly riding the wrong way on a street in Atlanta with a buddy of his, driving on a sidewalk and crossing 5 lanes of traffic.

He also allegedly tried ditching the bike after losing his balance and attempted to flee on foot. He got caught, though -- and faced a slew of traffic violations.

Lucky for him, the remaining charge only requires community service as punishment. Uzi's gotta do 80 hours, plus pay a $1,000 fine and court costs. Next time, don't push it to the edge.

Drake What's in the Cup, Papi?

11/30/2017 7:36 AM PST

Drake looked like a Degrassi High student who got busted by a teacher when he was caught sneakin' a drink at Wednesday night's Raptors game.

Yeah, it was a soft drink -- very soft ... looks like Perrier, but Drizzy hammed it up for the camera as he sat courtside in Toronto. The vid's actually gone viral with the Internet wondering what kinda drink he was hiding.

After the game Drake tried his hand at sports reporting, interviewing Kyle Lowry. Someone tell the new guy he's gotta share the mic with the athlete!

Floyd 'Less Money' Mayweather Bev Hills Burglars Jacked My S**t!!!

11/29/2017 10:09 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather's Beverly Hills Mansion got hit in a high stakes burglary ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The jacking was discovered Tuesday afternoon when someone on Floyd's team found a broken window at the $26 million crib. According to law enforcement ... the staffer found a bunch of stuff was missing, including luggage, sunglasses and other accessories.

That might not sound like much, but this is "Money" Mayweather's place. We're told the minimum value of the stolen property is at least $10k, and likely more than that. They're still taking inventory.

These L.A.-area burglaries are an epidemic now with Jason Derulo, Yasiel Puig, Mariah Carey, Alanis Morissette, Demi Lovato, Drake, Nicki Minaj all getting hit ... to name just a few.

Floyd just bought the 15,000 sq. ft palace in September, and our sources confirm there is a state-of-the-art alarm system. It's unclear if it was on. Floyd is out of the country right now touring China.

Q-Tip HOT Over Grammy Snub ... I'm Through Biting My Tongue!!!

11/28/2017 4:14 PM PST

Q-Tip isn't holding back about what he calls a huge Grammy snub for A Tribe Called Quest, and it sounds like he's partially blaming mega producer 9th Wonder.

Q went off on the Recording Academy for not nominating Tribe's 2016 album "We Got It from Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service." He points out it was good enough for the Grammy folks to invite them to perform at last year's ceremony, but now they're getting stiffed.

While he does give props to the other nominees like Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar ... Q's calling BS on ATCQ's final album getting left out in the cold.

Meek Mill Judge Ordered to Decide if He Gets Bail

11/28/2017 10:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill is about to get a bail hearing ... and the judge in his case has been ordered to do it STAT.

According to new court docs, obtained by TMZ, Meek tried to get a higher court to spring him from prison, where Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced him to 2 to 4 years after a probation violation.

The higher court refused to release Meek, but then schooled Judge Brinkley, saying she needed to get on the stick and decide Meek's fate "without further delay."

Meek's lawyers and many others have criticized Judge Brinkley, saying she has an axe to grind and lashed out at Meek because he wouldn't give her a shout-out in a song.

Meek's rep, Jordan Siev, tells TMZ, "We're pleased that the Superior Court took immediate action to direct the Court of Common Pleas to decide on the application for bail without further delay. We remain hopeful that Mr. Williams will be promptly released on bail."

No word on when Judge Brinkley will hold the bail hearing.

Al Sharpton I Did It For Tupac ... I'll Help Meek with Prison Officials

11/26/2017 4:58 PM PST
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Al Sharpton is hellbent on getting Meek Mill another shot at freedom, and says there's proof he can do it because he also came through for Tupac ... when he was doing hard time. 

Al tells TMZ his Monday visit with Meek -- and Meek's attorney Joe Tacopina -- will be just the beginning of his work on the case. Al's hoping to get Judge Genece Brinkley replaced, and pressure Pennsylvania authorities on what he thinks is too stiff a punishment for Meek. 

Al says he helped negotiate with the warden at NY's Clinton Correctional Facility in the 90s .... to get  Tupac released from solitary confinement. He believes that experience will be key to helping Meek in PA.

The Philly rapper had been in solitary due to his celebrity status, but as TMZ first reported ... he was removed at his request.

Al says job one will be making it clear to PA authorities Meek's 2-4 year prison sentence is harsh and unjust ... considering the cases behind his probation violation.

Meek Mill Think My Lyrics Are Bad ... Look at Bruce Springsteen's!!!

11/22/2017 9:23 AM PST

Meek Mill is tossing The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, under the bus in an effort to get dropped from a wrongful death lawsuit.

Meek filed new docs in the suit brought by the families of 2 men killed last December outside a show he did in Connecticut. As we reported, 4 people were shot ... and the plaintiffs blame Meek and the venue for negligent security -- and also Meek's violent lyrics for inciting the shooting.

In Meek's docs, obtained by TMZ, he says it's ridiculous to blame an artist or an artist's lyrics for random incidents that go down outside their concerts -- and then drags Springsteen into the argument. He theorizes, what if a woman was injured by a drunk driver outside Bruce's show -- "Could she sue Springsteen because his songs contain lyrics like, 'Well, I got some beer and the highway's free'?"

The line is from "Sherry Darling." 

Meek also points out he had no control over the security at the venue, and had nothing to do with the fatal incident. He's asking the judge to drop him from the lawsuit.

That being said -- shout-out to "Sherry Darling" ...

Xzibit Sues I Hired You to Pimp My Backyard ... Now It's All Screwed Up!!!

11/21/2017 4:57 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Xzibit and his wife are gunning for the guys they hired to build them a luxurious backyard oasis ... claiming they screwed it all up, and didn't even finish the job.

Xzibit says the folks at Edge Water Construction were supposed to install a brand new pool, outdoor spa, fire and water feature wine bar, backyard cabana and a bunch of other sweet items. Total cost was supposed to be $397k.

But according to a lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Edge Water took much longer than initially scheduled to do the job ... and much of what they got done was defective. For instance, X-to-the-Z says the pool had sharp edges which cut his 8-year-old son's feet.

In the suit, he says parts of the pool and spa weren't properly waterproofed -- which seems like job #1 when building a pool.

Xzibit and the missus are suing for $250k. For its part, Edge Water tells us they only stopped working because Xzibit told them he wasn't going to pay them the $178k he still owed. They say he demanded to see their receipts, and when they refused he cut off the funding ... and they walked.

Edge Water says they stand by their work, and say an independent inspector also signed off on it.

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