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Stevie J

I'm Paying Support, But ...

My Kids Spend It Too Damn Fast!

2/11/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021015_stevie_j_launch_v2Stevie J has no problem paying his child support -- despite facing an indictment for NOT paying more than $1 million worth -- but he says the real problem is how much his kids spend. 

We got the "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" star in NYC on Tuesday -- shortly after he entered a not guilty plea in federal court for his child support case.

Watch the video ... Stevie is remarkably calm for a guy who's facing up to 2 years in prison for allegedly ducking $1.1 mil in support for his 2 kids. He says his confidence comes from knowing the case was dismissed from state court last year ... and thinks he'll get the same result in federal court.

He also talks briefly about his recent court-ordered rehab stint -- but the best part is the gem he drops when we ask if he's up to date on support now: "My kids can go through a check really quick."

You gotta see the rest.

'Mob Wives' Natalie Guercio

Cops Arrested My Boyfriend's Alleged Attacker

12/30/2014 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1230_rudy_lopez_instagramThe fugitive who allegedly slashed the face of "Mob Wives" star London Rene ... turned himself into NYPD late Tuesday.

London's gf, and 'Mob' co-star Natalie Guercio tells TMZ Rodolfy "RudyLopez was taken into custody after he walked into a Brooklyn police station. Earlier in the day ... police announced Lopez was wanted for the knife attack that went down early Sunday morning.

Natalie says cops called her and London to identify Lopez ... which she says they just did. He was booked for felony assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.

TMZ broke the story ... Lopez allegedly jumped London and slashed his face, abdomen, and arm.

Calls to Lopez's attorney haven't been returned.

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'Mob Wives' Natalie Guercio

Cops ID Suspect

in Boyfriend's Knife Attack

12/30/2014 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1230-main-natalie-guerico-tmz-instagramThe NYPD has identified the suspect who allegedly slashed the boyfriend of "Mob Wives" star Natalie Guercio early Sunday morning in a Brooklyn nightclub.

Rodolfy "Rudy" Lopez is wanted by police for the attack on London Rene. He allegedly took a box cutter to Rene's face, abdomen and arm ... then fled the scene before cops arrived.

Rene suffered a huge cut on his face and got more than 200 stitches. As TMZ first reported, Rene told police he knew the attacker. As for a motive? Rene told us on TMZ Live ... he thinks it has something to do with a longstanding "rumor" about Lopez.

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'Mob Wives' Natalie Guercio

Boyfriend Slashed and Stabbed

In Nightclub Attack

12/28/2014 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1228-natalie-guercio-boyfriend-hospital-INSTAGRAM-TMZ-01The boyfriend of "Mob Wives" star Natalie Guercio got knifed in a Brooklyn nightclub last night ... TMZ has learned.

London Rene has a huge wound on the right side of his face after the attack in Output Club. He's hospitalized, and from what he told cops ... lucky to be alive.

According to NYPD ... Rene says a man walked up to him with a box cutter and sliced his face ... and then cut his left arm and abdomen. The stabber fled the scene, but Rene told cops he knows the guy.

Rene was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

We're told Natalie was standing by Rene's side during the attack.

It's unclear what the suspect's motive was. NYPD is investigating.

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Perri 'Pebbles' Reid

TLC Movie is Full of Lies

And Ruined Me!

10/22/2014 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TLC's ex-manager is a conniving, dishonest businesswoman who hoodwinked 3 innocent girls -- that's how it looked in a TV movie about the group ... and the ex-manager is now gunning for justice.

Perri "Pebbles" Reid claims in a new lawsuit ... the TV flick, "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" assassinated her character by portraying her as a liar and a cheat, when actually she invested her time and money as TLC's manager and created one of the best-selling female groups of all time.

Pebbles says the film falsely depicts her as pressuring Chilli to get an abortion ... pushing T-Boz to put the group ahead of her health ... and doling out a measly $25/wk for the girls.

Reid says the film -- which first aired a year ago and several times since -- destroyed her reputation, and she's suing for $40 million.

VH1 Star Real

Still Fighting After Cancer Setback

10/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love" has suffered a major setback in his battle with cancer -- it's spreading and doctors put him back on chemotherapy.

Real's cancer has worsened in his liver and lungs ... according to his brother, Chance, who also tells us Real just had surgery to implant a port that will administer the chemo.

Chance says because the tumors in Real's lungs have grown ... doctors have cut him off from smoking medical marijuana for pain management.

As we reported ... Real's health had been improving. But his bro tells us all the recent bad news hasn't dampened Real's positive outlook. He even posted an update on Instagram after his latest surgery. 

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'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta'

Reunion Fights All Over the Studio

... Caught on Tape (VIDEO)

7/16/2014 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" reunion fight was captured on video and it was just as crazy as we told you -- multiple fights breaking out ... one right after another. 

As TMZ reported, Tuesday night's taping devolved into a royal rumble ... with cast mates Benzino, his fiancée Althea, Stevie J, Joseline, Debra, Tammy, and Mimi all duking it out.

In the video, obtained by HelloBeautiful.com, you see security breaking up one fight ... and then running to stop another. That happens over and over and over.

The reunion is supposed to resume filming Wednesday night ... but without an audience this time. Safety first.

'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta'

Massive Brawl on Set of Reunion Show

… Cops Called

7/15/2014 9:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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9:32 A.M. PDT --  Sources close to the show tell us ... producers had an emergency meeting Tuesday night to address how to proceed with reunion episode -- which continues filming today. We're told cast members will be kept in separate areas during filming ... and they've done away with the live audience for safety reasons.
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A huge brawl erupted during the taping of the "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" reunion show in NYC Tuesday night … leaving several cast members -- and their weaves -- injured.

Multiple sources on the set tell us the fight involved Benzino, his fiancee Althea, Stevie J, JoselineDebraTammy, and Mimi -- and the whole mess started when Benzino cracked a joke about Stevie J and Joseline doing drugs.

We're told Stevie jumped up to get in Benzino's grill, but security guards stopped him. That's when --according to witnesses -- Stevie's girl Joseline sneak attacked Althea.

After that, all hell broke loose -- weaves were torn out in the chaos -- and every time security broke up one fight … a different one would spark up between other cast members.

We're told most of the fighting was between the women -- although at least one male security guard took a shot to the face … from one of the chicks.

From what we can tell the only smart decision all night was someone calling 911. Cops and paramedics responded -- at least three people got treatment.

We know what you're wondering, and the answer is -- YES … we're told VH1 cameras were rolling during most of the violence. 

The seeds of ratchetness appear to have been sown Monday night ... when a nude pic of Benzino and Althea was posted on Stevie J's Twitter page. 

Love & Hip Hop NY

Mendeecees' GF Drops $200k

To Bail Him Out of Jail

3/31/2014 8:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A "Love & Hip Hop New York" star got sprung from the pokey tonight -- after more than a year -- thanks to his fiancée, who anted up $200,000 for his bond.

Mendeecees Harris got busted back in January 2013 for his alleged involvement in a heroin and cocaine drug ring. He's been in Federal custody -- most recently in a Rochester, NY jail -- ever since his arrest.

Today, a judge agreed to release him on a $600k bond ... and his fiancée Yandy Smith came through with $200k of that.

Mendeecees tells TMZ the first thing he did after getting out of jail was to score some Chinese food and some candy. He and Yandy are currently driving from Rochester back to NYC.

BTW ... Yandy is a true ride or die chick because she's on the hook for that $200,000 if Mendeecees doesn't show for trial.

Benzino

I Don't Know Why I Got Shot

... But I DO Have Issues with My Nephew

3/31/2014 1:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Benzino Shot By Nephew"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Benzino says he has no idea why his nephew shot him ... even though it's very clear the beef between them is strong.

Benzino called into "TMZ Live" to tell us what he claims led up to Saturday's shooting during his mother's funeral procession -- and his explanation was, as they say ... tricky. 

The rapper -- and former owner of The Source magazine -- says 7-8 shots were fired and he was hit twice. 

We asked if it had anything to do with money issues around his mom's house -- and Benzino more than hints there's some bad blood.

The shooter, Gai Scott, was in court today -- and said he was acting in self-defense.

'Love & Hip Hop' Star

Shot En Route to Mom's Funeral

3/30/2014 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0329-benzino-love-n-hip-hop-getty-02"Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Benzino was shot Saturday afternoon while driving in his mother's funeral procession and police already arrested a suspect ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We're told Benzino -- former owner of The Source magazine -- was shot after an argument erupted between family members in the funeral procession.

Benzino was hit and he was rushed to the hospital.

Remarkably ... the rest of the family went on with the funeral and the preacher says when they arrived both the limo and the hearse were blood stained -- according to reports.

Benzino is currently in the hospital.

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5:20 PM PST -- The district attorney says Benzino was shot by his nephew Gai Scott, adding, "There has been growing family tension" between the two.

The D.A. says Benzino and Gai were in different cars ... but when the two were side-by-side at some point, his nephew allegedly fired shots.

Gai was charged with assault with intent to murder.

Benzino is currently in stable condition and his co-star Stevie J posted a pic on Instagram of the reality star in the hospital to prove it.  B's biceps are bandaged ... so it appears that's where he was shot.

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Tim Tebow

PROPOSITIONED FOR VH1 SHOW

... At Fancy Steak Dinner

3/22/2014 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He went in looking for steak, but Tim Tebow left dinner Friday night with a job offer from a big time VH1 actress ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Tebow was grubbin' down at Boa in Hollywood when he was spotted by Kat Bailess -- one of the stars of the hit VH1 dance drama, "Hit The Floor."

“My daddy played football at Ole’ Miss," Kat says ... "So I went up to him and asked to take a picture."

And that's when Kat decided to take things one step further -- "I told Tim that he should be a guest star on my show ‘Hit The Floor.' He said ’that’d be really cool’, but he had to talk to his reps, which I understand.”

“I woke this morning and thought, ‘I can’t believe I pitched Tim Tebow on the show!’”

Kat says Tim couldn't have been a nicer guy -- “He was such a gentleman. He didn’t hesitate to to take the picture.”

No word if Tim's actually considering the offer -- but he wouldn't be the only jock on the set -- former NBA star Rick Fox has a role on the show.

'Love & Hip Hop'

Producers Sued

Show Idea Was STOLEN

3/11/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The cat fights are now spilling into court -- a pair of female producers are suing the people behind "Love & Hip Hop" ... claiming the reality show was their idea first ... and VH1 stole it.

Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum-Davis filed the suit against VH1 and MTV -- claiming they pitched the idea back in 2009 ... and thought they had a deal to make their show, called "Hip Hop Wives."

According to the lawsuit ... the show was supposed to star current and former flames of  DMX, Swizz Beatz, Irv Gotti and Jim Jones ... but VH1 honchos cooled on the idea ... saying they didn't want a show that would compete with its other reality series, "Basketball Wives."

The Lums are calling BS ... saying VH1 moguls used "Hip Hop Wives" as the template for "Love and Hip Hop" ... down to the last detail.

Trisha and Nickie want justice ... in the form of money.  Their lawyer tells us they're gunning for an 8-figure judgment.

VH1 had no comment.

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