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Prince Mad Scramble to Cash In On Famous Image

4/28/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0427-sub-prince-rip-shirts-tmz-ebay-01A free-for-all has erupted over the right to sell merchandise with Prince's mug.  

We did some checking, and turns out there's no particular law in Minnesota that protects a person's image after he or she dies. Translation ... when Prince passed away last week, there's nothing in the law specifically prohibiting any Tom, Dick, or Harry from plastering Prince's face on t-shirts, socks, posters, key chains and all things cheesy.

It's way different from places like California and Tennessee, where courts and legislatures have given the estates of dead celebs the right to go after people who try and make a quick buck off famous images. 

Fact is ... Minnesota hasn't been home to that many deceased international celebs, so it looks like the courts have never had to deal with protection of images after death.  

As a result, there are a bunch of fly-by-night companies that are hawking R.I.P. Prince gear.

We're told Prince's siblings are aware people are profiting off Prince's image, and they're considering filing a test case. It's unclear how the Minnesota courts will rule, but for now it's the Wild Wild West in the Midwest.


Desiigner My Show is SICK! Rapper Pukes Onstage

4/18/2016 6:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

041816_desiigner_primaryKanye West's new artist is making a serious splash in the biz -- by throwing up his guts in the middle of a show, and acting like it never happened.

Desiigner, who 'Ye signed to his label earlier this year, was performing his hit "Panda" Saturday night in NYC. Apparently he caught the same flu bug Prince caught recently ... because while D was jumping around onstage he lost it.

Props to Desiigner though ... he kept the show going.

Even more props to the janitors.  


Hollywood Animal Trainer 5 Animal Cruelty Charges for Vicious Tiger Whipping

4/13/2016 5:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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8:40 AM PT-- Hackenberger just announced he is stepping down as Director of the zoo ... but still proclaims his innocence.update_grey_gray_barBowmanville Zoo owner Michael Hackenberger, the trainer PETA filmed whipping a tiger, has been charged with 5 counts of animal cruelty by Ontario's SPCA.

The SPCA filed the charges Wednesday after thoroughly reviewing the Bowmanville Zoo, which he owns and where he trains his animals.

The charges against Hackenberger are based on the video which surfaced 4 months ago, and include causing the animal distress by striking it with a whip handle, repeatedly striking it with a whip, and pushing his thumb into the animal’s eye.

He was also charged for failing to comply with the animal care standards required by law. In Canada, the SPCA has the right to remove animals and file charges. For now, it's only closely monitoring Hackenberger's zoo.

PETA says it's pleased Hackenberger was charged and hopes this ends his "torment of animals made to suffer for human entertainment."

Kylie Jenner Lip Kit Website Glitch Personal Customer Info Exposed

4/11/2016 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

041116-kylie-jenner-cosmeticsKylie Jenner's cosmetics site has a shaky foundation, because it's been inadvertently exposing very personal customer information.

Here's the problem. When someone tried to log into the site, it would send them to an existing customer's account, revealing names, email addresses, personal addresses, order history, etc. Every time a customer refreshed the site, it would send them to another customer's account.

Customers of Kylie Cosmetics were understandably upset, and complained to her people. We're told they had no idea it was happening, and just made a quick, temporary fix.

A lot of people could have had their info compromised, because Monday was restock day for Kylie's Lip Kit -- which sold out immediately with over a million kits bought.


Kate Middleton Toe Up! Duchess Goes NO Pedicure

4/11/2016 9:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

041116-prince-william-kate-middleton-gettyKate Middleton's been fully exposed ... 'cause now the world knows her royal dogs bark just like her royal subjects' do.

The Duchess of Cambridge kicked off her shoes during a visit to the Gandhi Museum in Delhi with Prince William -- and lo and behold, Kate's feet do NOT get the royal treatment. There is zero evidence of any fancy pedicure or nail polish. 

Sure, you'd expect her feet to be done up to the nines, but Kate clearly does things her own way.

So, there ya go ... a princess (duchess) is NOT always waited on hand and foot. 


Josh Homme Destroys Autograph Seeker 'You F***ing Loser!'

4/11/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme got into a nasty name-calling exchange with a fan waiting for an autograph, and things nearly got physical. 

TMZ got this video of Homme berating the guy -- who says he's a teacher -- Thursday night in Detroit. Homme was leaving an after-party for one his shows, and sources outside tell us the teacher asked for his John Hancock.

We're told Homme thought the guy was just trying to sell autographed memorabilia, and wasn't a real fan. Watch how the singer blew up, calling the guy a "f***ing loser" and a "spoiled mother f***er."

Our sources say the fan replied with a crack about Homme "making money off us buying your $90 tickets and $30 shirts." We're told that's what REALLY fired up Homme.

Jon Jones Ripped By Verne Troyer How Dare You Use the M-Word

4/8/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mini-Me is pissed ... with Verne Troyer blasting UFC star Jon Jones for using the M-word to attack Daniel Cormier ... a word that's clearly offensive to little people. 

Jones hurled the insult at Cormier during their Twitter war this week -- calling him a "mental m**get" 

Troyer says the word is extremely hurtful -- adding that people who use that word are "just naive and I would say stupid."

Troyer says he doesn't necessarily want an apology -- he just wants Jones to stop using the word. 

Oh, and now he's also rooting for OSP at UFC 197. 

'Gigolos' Star Brace I'm Definitely Not Hooked on Monkeys

4/8/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0805_Brace-and-the-monkey_tmz_wm_MAINA very famous gigolo just learned a very important lesson ... monkeys are way harder to control than chicks.

Brace, one of the stars of "Gigolos," was in the market for a pet after his beloved dog Zeus passed. Fate connected him with Mikey the monkey ... it was an instant disaster.

Mikey went on a tear, breaking drinking glasses, running his tiny motorized car into a family heirloom vase and violently yanking Brace's sister's hair. 

3 strikes and the monkey was out. It could have been a financial disaster. He paid just shy of $5k, but the seller had given Brace a 1 week trial period and it took way less time for him to demand a refund.

If you're still curious, Mikey makes an appearance on an upcoming show. But you know, curiosity killed the cat ... which is good because if it didn't Mikey would have done it. 



Michelle Rodriguez I'm So Sorry ... My Paul Walker Death Remark Was Exploited

4/7/2016 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michelle Rodriguez regrets working with the documentary filmmakers who she says took advantage of a "deep moment" -- her revelation about Paul Walker's death.

Rodriguez told a photog in Bev Hills she wishes she had passed on the project because she feels exploited. 

TMZ broke the story ... Rodriguez talked about her spiritual journey while using the psychedelic drug, Ayahuasca for the documentary, and dropped a bombshell -- that she was jealous Paul experienced death before her.

Watch ... Michelle's offering an explanation and an apology. 

ESPN to Bomani Jones: Please Cover Up 'Caucasian' Shirt (Update)

4/7/2016 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



11:32 AM PT -- A rep for ESPN tells TMZ Sports, "As the show progressed, we felt Bomani had made his point and had openly discussed why he was wearing the shirt, and we wanted to keep the focus to the topics of the day."


A cover-up at ESPN ... well, more a like a partial cover-up ... when Bomani Jones was asked to cover up his t-shirt that had the word, "Caucasians" printed across the chest. 

The shirt is mocking the Cleveland Indians logo -- which many people find offensive. The shirt also flips the script by replacing the image of Chief Wahoo with a blonde white guy with the dollar symbol poking out from the back of his head. 

0407-bomani-jones-sub-ESPN-01Sources tell us, "ESPN freaked out" and asked Jones to cover up his shirt. We're told midway through the show, BJ slightly compromised and partially zipped up the front of his hoodie ... hiding part of the image. 

We reached out to ESPN for comment -- so far, no word back. 

JCPenney Our 'Period Skirt' is Bloody Brilliant!!!

4/7/2016 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0407-jc-penny-skirt-TWITTER-01JCPenney is defending its "period skirt" to the max, touting it looks good any time of the month.

The chain is now responding to criticism that the design on the fabric looks like a woman bleeding out as she strolls down the street ... seemingly unaware she's attracting sharks.

The store responds, "We think it's a fab skirt for any time of the month. Period."

Now for what we think is the real story. Penney's new CEO, Marvin Ellison, has vowed to rebrand the struggling chain, making it more modern. He's already made strides, and you gotta believe someone in his brain trust mentioned the design would be slammed by angry women.

Here's the other side ... Ellison clearly knew the skirt would attract attention, so at least to us it seems like a clever plan from the get-go.

All about the cash flow. 

Kylie Jenner Brawling Grandpa Was Boozing ... Not Thirsty for Fame

4/4/2016 1:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The melee that erupted around Kylie Jenner -- between a defensive grandfather and photogs -- was fueled by alcohol ... according to the grandpa's family.

We spoke to the mother of one of the 3 girls who were waiting for Kylie outside The Nice Guy Saturday night ... when the girls' grandfather opened a can of whoopass on the paps.

Sporting overalls and a cig hanging out of his mouth -- gramps looked like he was straight out of central casting, but his daughter says the fight wasn't an attempt to grab the spotlight ... it's just that he was drunk.

The mother, who wants to remain anonymous, tells us grandpa had a few drinks before going out, and then some more at a bar in Hollywood. She says the family had gone to The Nice Guy specifically to see KJ, because her 11-year-old daughter and her 2 friends are obsessed.

She says the girls are now grounded from following Kylie because she doesn't want people thinking they're stalkers. As for grandpa -- she insists he's normally a "warm, caring man."

He was NOT grounded.

Courtney Stodden Hair Catches Fire!!

4/4/2016 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This is Courtney Stodden at her most interesting -- setting herself on fire. Seriously.

She was attempting some sort of seance on Periscope Sunday night when she apparently unwittingly dipped her bleach blonde hair into a burning candle.

You gotta see it, and it's cool to laugh about it ... 'cause she's okay. One question: Why didn't the so-called psychic, Sham Ibrahim, right next to Courtney warn her what was about to happen?

Anyway, Courtney totally pulled a Michael Jackson. And that's the last time you'll ever see those 2 names in the same sentence.

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