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Pharrell Williams Sued

I Got "The Voice"

You Want Me to Do YouTube? Seriously?

8/20/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.

Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK"  .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.

But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.

Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement?  It's 'The Voice!'"  Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.

The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.

Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."

Columbus Short

Pisses Off Judge

Arrest Imminent

8/20/2014 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Columbus Short -- like the Caribbean island where he's hiding -- is a little beach ... so says the judge in his domestic violence case who just annihilated him in court.

Columbus was a no show in court again Wednesday AM -- and the irate judge has clearly lost his patience, upping his arrest warrant from $40K to $500K ... that means when Columbus is eventually arrested he has to post half a mil before he's set free.

Columbus has been a fugitive from justice after blowing off his domestic violence hearing last month in favor of his extended Barbados vacation.

We're told ... the former "Scandal" star is expected to fly back to the U.S. Wednesday to face the music ... and we're told he will be immediately cuffed and jailed.

Judgment day awaits.

Justin Bieber Sued

Allegedly Ordered Photog Attack

Personally Destroyed Camera

8/20/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber Sued
Justin Bieber can jump off a cliff ... but he can't order his bodyguard to attack anyone trying to photograph him doing it ... so a paparazzo alleges in a new lawsuit against the singer.

Aja Oxman claims Bieber was behind a brutal attack against him in which he was lifted in a choke hold and slammed onto the hood of a car. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Justin "enjoyed the beating."

Bieber was in Kauai last November at Shipwreck Beach and decided to cliff jump. Oxman says he took a photo on a public beach and Bieber sicked his bodyguard on him ... ordering, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."

Oxman says that's when the bodyguard opened a can of whoopass, took his camera and memory card. The bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, was booked for 3rd degree assault and 4th degree criminal property damage.

The suit -- filed by attorney Sark Ohanian -- claims Bieber and his hired muscle destroyed the camera together.

We called Bieber's people. So far, no comment.

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Chuck Zito Apology

Christy Mack Beating Was Wrong

I'd Kill Any Man Who Did That

8/19/2014 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chuck Zito Apology
Hollywood badass Chuck Zito is deeply remorseful for saying he would clobber a girlfriend who cheated on him ... and he says in actuality he would go nuclear on any guy who attacks a woman.

The "Sons of Anarchy" star went on TMZ Live to explain his comments about War Machine's brutal attack on ex-GF Christy Mack. 

Zito's anguish over his comments is palpable.

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Keyshawn Johnson

Kourtney's a LIAR!

I Didn't Hide Mold

8/19/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Keyshawn Johnson
is enraged that Kourtney Kardashian is suggesting he defrauded her by selling her a mold-infested house.

Sources close to Keyshawn tell us he's scoffing at Kourtney's intimation he painted over dangerous black mold so it would go undetected.  In fact ... Keyshawn insists he never painted a single wall during the 2 1/2 years he lived in the Calabasas mansion.

Our sources say ... Keyshawn believes the mold developed AFTER the sale when a bathroom pipe sprung a leak in the wall.  Keyshawn says someone in the Kardashian klan actually reached out to Keyshawn asking if the house was still under warranty so they wouldn't have to pay for the repair.

Keyshawn is incredulous because he has 2 kids who lived in the house until the day before it was sold ... and the kids mostly slept in the master, where mold was found.  He says he would never knowingly expose his kids to mold.

He also says the Kardashians have been a pain in the ass ... calling at least 10 times after the sale to ask about this and that.

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11:21 A.M. PDT -- Keyshawn just had his lawyer give us this statement: "There was no water damage to the house I sold to Ms. Kardashian. It is a new home that I built less than 10 years ago. It never had any water or mold problems. Prior to sale, the house was thoroughly inspected by excellent, experienced inspectors that they hired. I don't know what has transpired since they moved into the house but I wish them well."

Brody Jenner

Refuses To Talk About Kardashians

Ask Me About Me ... Please

8/19/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:27 A.M. PDT --
We're told Brody will attend the opening ... but will no longer give 1-on-1 interviews.
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Brody Jenner 
needs to get a grip ... he's courting the media to interview him and only one thing is off limits ... the thing people care about.

Brody's promoting the opening of a Dave & Buster's in  Hollywood ... and is courting the media for 1-on-1 interviews ... but we're told any talk about the Kardashians/Jenners is out of bounds.

Why he skipped Kim's wedding? ... Next question.

Why he hung Bruce out to dry on the PCH? ... Nice try.

His love/hate relationship with Kris? ... Uhhh, no.

Oh, you can ask him about the 7 "Keeping Up The Kardashians" episodes on which he appeared  ... just avoid bringing up Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall or Kris. You know, pretty much anybody else on the show whose name begins with "K."

Now the list of what's left to talk about that's interesting.

The end.

Jake T. Austin

'Fosters' Star Goes Full Lohan

At Teen Choice Awards

8/19/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jake T Austin Throws Tantrum

It was shades of Lindsay Lohan at the Teen Choice Awards last weekend when a former Disney star went ballistic backstage ... even throwing a projectile at a staffer ... TMZ has learned. 

The culprit is Jake T. Austin -- who, according to multiple sources, tried to hit up the Candies gifting suite backstage when he was turned away by a worker who didn't recognize the "Fosters" actor. 

Multiple witnesses tell us ... Jake pulled a full "Don't you know who I am?" ... screaming at the employee, "I'm a presenter. Who the f**k are you?!"

We're told Austin got so heated, he picked up an empty shoe box and fired it at the female staffer's chest. 

Jake eventually stormed off ... only to return to the gifting suite an hour later with his mom by his side -- and despite having parental supervision, he continued to talk more smack to the suite worker.  

It's just another Lohan-esque moment for the former Disney actor -- who was busted for DUI last October and then destroyed the same car in a 4-car pileup just a month later.

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

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Mischa Barton

Screw Your Movie

I'm Partying My Ass Off!

8/19/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mischa Barton is one step away from being featured on a milk carton ... which makes it especially stunning she blew off a movie role because she thought it would be more fun to party in Europe.

Mischa hasn't had a hit since "The O.C." wrapped in 2006 ... but she got a huge break when she was hired to star in the movie, "Promoted."

Producers claim in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- they attempted to contact Mischa about the March 4 start date and also about sizing her costumes ... but got no response. 

On March 3 ... producers got an email from Mischa's mom, saying, "Mischa is still in Europe and won't be available until the 20th of this month."

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The producers -- furious -- went on Mischa's social media accounts to find she was actually partying in Europe ... on vacation and "enjoying tourist excursions with friends."

Mischa's absence created a snowball effect ... the lead actor didn't want to work with another actress, and so on and so on.  

The "actress" is now being sued for the $20,000 advance she got, $200,000 in marketing expenses, and $100,000 which they say they will lose because Mischa's not attached anymore.

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Magician Calen Morelli

Cop is FAKE

In Pot Magic Trick!

8/18/2014 2:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Magician Selling Weed To CopMagician Calen Morelli pulled a trick on everyone when he made it appear a cop slammed him against a wall in search of a bag of pot ... because the cop is an IMPOSTOR!!!

Calen appeared on TMZ Live Monday and spilled the beans ... the epic video -- which has nearly 8 million views -- is not what it seems.

Yes, the magic is real, but the guy in uniform is not a sworn donut-muncher ... well, at least not one with a badge.

Gotta say ... well done.

'Sons of Anarchy' Star Chuck Zito

If War Machine's GF Cheated

She Deserved Beating

8/18/2014 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chuck Zito says he would beat the crap out of his girlfriend if he ever caught her cheating.

The "Sons of Anarchy" actor was leaving Coogies restaurant in Malibu when our photog asked about War Machine's brutal assault on his GF, porn star Christy Mack.  His reaction was loud and clear ... if she cheated, she deserved everything she got.

You gotta see his gestures as he describes the plan of action.

Apparently cops disagree ... War Machine is now in custody and faces 7 criminal charges in connection with the beating.

Kylie Jenner

She's a LIAR

Claims Other Driver In Crash

8/18/2014 9:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kylie Jenner
is full of BS by claiming she was rear-ended by a reckless driver Thursday ... because the other driver says she not only caused the crash but copped an attitude.

As we first reported ... the 17-year-old was driving her brand new Range Rover when -- according to her -- a woman swerved into her lane and rear-ended her.

But the woman's lawyer says what REALLY happened is that Kylie made an illegal U-ey with no warning and crashed into oncoming traffic.   

The accident was so bad ... the lawyer -- Gary Daglian -- says his client's passenger ended up in the hospital.

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And the lawyer goes on ... claiming Kylie was "aggressive" and tried to strong-arm his client into settling up for cash and NOT calling any cops or insurance companies. His client told Kylie to pound sand.

Casey Kasem

Scandinavian Burial

Won't Free Widow of Criminal Charges

8/18/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Casey Kasem'
s widow is NOT off the hook just because she's thwarting the efforts of cops to get a full autopsy ... to determine if she committed elder abuse ... because we've learned cops are confident they have the goods to nail her.

We've confirmed Jean Kasem is moving Casey's body from Montreal to Oslo, Norway, where Casey's body will be buried.  

TMZ broke the story ... the Santa Monica Police Dept. is investigating Jean ... because they say they have evidence she compromised his health by taking him on a wild, multi-state ride to evade the rest of her family ... causing him to get an infection that contributed to his death.

Law enforcement sources now tell TMZ ... although they'd like to have a full autopsy, detectives believe they have enough evidence to present the case to prosecutors. They've interviewed doctors and others who examined Casey during the car ride ... and cops say it's incriminating stuff.

We're told the case will be submitted to the L.A. County D.A. ... soon.

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'Cat Daddy' Rapper

Fails to Surrender for Jail

Arrest Warrant Issued

8/18/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cat Daddy Rapper Arrest WarrantRapper Jovan Clayton failed to "Cat Daddy" into court to begin a 4-month jail sentence ... so now a judge has issued a bench warrant for his arrest. 

As TMZ first reported, Clayton got 120 days in L.A. County lockup after he pled no contest to one count of receiving stolen property during a nightclub incident last April.

Clayton had until 8:30 AM Friday to surrender. Now that the bench warrant was issued ... a judge could possibly tack on additional jail time.

We shot this video in April of Clayton getting out of jail, so ... imagine it in reverse ... once the law catches up to him.

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