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.
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
"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
"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.
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.
PROPOSITIONED FOR VH1 SHOW
... At Fancy Steak Dinner
3/22/2014 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'
Show Idea Was STOLEN
3/11/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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.
'Love and Hip Hop Atlanta'
Honchos Call Emergency Meeting After Brawl
Show Is Too Hood For Its Own Good
2/7/2014 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The fighting on "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" has gotten so out of control ... show honchos are now banning the stars of the show from partying while non-cast members are around ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to the show tell us ... it's all about liability -- producers think they'll expose themselves to huge lawsuits if an innocent bystander gets hurt when a fight breaks out during filming of the show.
We're told ... producers held an emergency meeting ... to discuss the massive brawl that broke out during Wednesday night's taping at a restaurant -- in which several cast members ... and some non-cast members were injured.
Sources tell us ... producers are worried about a massive lawsuit from innocent citizens who get caught in the crossfire of a brawl -- so they've laid down the law ... no more filming parties with normies.
'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta'
Stars Bloodied In Massive Brawl [VIDEO]
2/6/2014 12:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Filming of "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" turned into a CRAZY free-for-all Wednesday ... as a massive brawl erupted during production leaving stars bloodied and injured ... and TMZ has the wild cell phone video.
The cast was shooting the opening of a restaurant. Sources close to the show tell us ... the trouble began when Joseline Hernandez walked in with a girlfriend. We're told the friend instigated an argument ... and pretty soon fists were flying.
Karlie Redd was knocked out ... several others suffered bloody cuts ... and somebody threw a bottle at Momma Dee, hitting her in the face.
VH1 cameras were rolling the entire time. Of course they were.
'Black Ink Crew' Shop Owner
Receptionist Wasn't Drugged
She's a Drunk Slut
1/15/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The former "Black Ink Crew" receptionist who claims in a lawsuit she was roofied on the show is a DRUNK and a LIAR ... so says the owner of the tattoo shop.
TMZ broke the story ... Alex Estevez sued producers of the VH1 reality show, claiming someone connected with production roofied her on the set back in 2012. She says she blacked out and acted the fool, but producers made her look even worse in the editing ... she thinks she came off as a slut.
But shop owner Ceaser -- whom Alex tried to seduce during the episode in question -- isn't buying it ... telling us, Alex was 100% under the influence of alcohol and nothing else ... and it was her own doing
He adds, "Ain't no one give her s**t. She was drunk off Henny. You can see from her behavior no one gave her any drugs, or tried to make her anything she's not."
As for the slut allegation, Ceaser says, "You don't have to give a slut drugs to do what she naturally does."
'Black Ink Crew' Star
They Roofied Me & Made Me Look Like a Slut
1/14/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Producers on VH1's "Black Ink Crew" roofied girls on the show to make them look sluttier than they really are -- so says the tattoo shop's hot ex-receptionist ... and now she's filed a lawsuit.
Alexandra Estevez -- aka "Alex" -- filed the suit against Big Fish Entertainment and New Pop Culture Productions over a party episode that was shot in 2012 ("Mixxxy Madness") ... in which Alex appears extremely intoxicated and throws herself at the owner of the tat shop.
Before the encounter, Alex claims someone connected with production handed her a drink that contained a "date rape drug" and it completely messed her up. She claims she barely remembers a thing, including hitting on the owner.
To add insult to injury, Alex insists producers subsequently edited show footage to make her look as slutty as possible. She says she quit the show last June because she felt so violated.
Alex's friend Ericka -- not a cast member -- claims she was also roofied. Together, they're suing for battery and more ... demanding at least $1,000,000. Calls to the producers weren't returned.
'Love & Hip Hop'
Taking Over L.A.
... But Can't Land a Star!!!
1/10/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop" is moving to L.A. for its new spin-off -- with episodes expected to start shooting later this month -- but producers are now facing a HUGE problem ... they can't find a big name to star on it.
Sources close to production tell us, they initially planned to attach Ray J as the headliner, but he's currently tied up hosting "Bad Girls Club All-Stars" on Oxygen so he couldn't sign on.
Now we're told producers are scrambling to find someone else, but it's proving more difficult than they anticipated ... which is somewhat surprising, considering "Love & Hip Hop" is one of VH1's highest-rated shows.
According to sources, producers will start by shooting story lines for the smaller stars who have already signed on, including singer Brooke Valentine, radio DJ Yesi Ortiz, rapper Hazel-E, and video vixen Bria Myles. We're told producers have decided to worry about the bigger stars later.
VH1 Star Real
My Cancer is Almost Gone
'It's a Miracle'
12/20/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love" went under the knife Wednesday night to remove huge chunks of cancer from his colon ... and TMZ has learned the operation was a guarded success.
A rep for Ahmad Givens a.k.a. Real tells us ... when doctors began operating Wednesday night they thought he had colon cancer. Turns out it was stage 4 rectal cancer and they were able to remove it all.
But there was another problem. Real also had 7 tumors in his liver. Doctors removed all but a small portion that was deep in the liver. The docs are hopeful ... with radiation they can eliminate the remnants of his liver cancer.
Bottom line .... going into the surgery, it looked like Real was a goner, but now he has a good, fighting chance of survival.
In the world of medicine, that's what you call a successful operation.
Honey Boo Boo'd
10/31/2013 3:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Just when you thought Halloween couldn't get any scarier -- Honey Boo Boo and her family decked themselves out like the Kardashian clan ... and the costumes were so convincing, we still can't tell them apart from the real thing.
The photo was snapped today outside the Thompson family house in Georgia, and here's the breakdown:
- Honey Boo Boo is Kris (nailed it)
- Sugar Bear is Bruce (nailed it)
- Pumpkin is Scott Disick (double nailed it)
- Anna & Jessica are Kourtney and Khloe (eh)
But the best costume? That honor goes to ... Mama June as Kim. Seriously. Dead ringer.
BTW ... Uncle Poodle ... also Kim.
Kanye isn't pictured for obvious reasons.
FURIOUS Over Biopic
I Want Retractions!!!
10/31/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TLC's former manager is LIVID over the new VH1 biopic about the 90s girl group -- telling TMZ, she was wrongly portrayed as a shyster in the movie ... and now she wants the network to make some serious retractions.
Perri "Pebbles" Reid tells us it has taken her more than a week to respond to the movie -- which aired last Monday -- because she was so shell-shocked by the damning lies in the film. She says, "This unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family."
But the real issue -- she tells us, "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" contains "many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me."
If you haven't seen the movie yet, it's not exactly kind toward Pebbles ... portraying her as a shifty parasite who knowingly swindled millions from the group.
But the real Pebbles insists she has never cheated anyone -- let alone the band she "discovered, managed, and mentored" -- and plans to vigorously defend her honor. She says her attorney is already in the process of demanding retractions from VH1.
Calls to VH1 weren't returned.