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Nia Long 'Empire' Hair and Makeup Lodged Complaint Nia Threatened Suit

3/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_taraji-henson-nia-long-and-terrence-howard-tmz-2Nia Long was such a nightmare on the set of "Empire" ... the hair and makeup folks lodged an official complaint against her, and Nia also threatened to sue the show over an improper goodbye ... this according to well-placed production sources.

Multiple people -- cast, crew and production people -- tell TMZ Nia was disrespectful and unprofessional throughout her run on the show.

We broke the story ... Nia and Taraji P. Henson were at war with each other because Taraji was irate over the way Nia treated the staff, and it got so bad producers were trying to figure out how to shoot scenes with the two of them where each actress did their part separately. It was so tense neither would speak to the other.

The various sources are scoffing at Nia's reps, who claim the stories about the actress are made up. Our sources say there were numerous incidents, but 3 are still vivid.

-- Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment ... and that was against Nia. The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful ... at times deciding she didn't like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show -- "from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia."

-- Our sources say Nia was "habitually late." They say Taraji and Terrence Howard would sometimes be waiting on set for 30 minutes and Nia was a no-show. Producers would finally use a stand-in for Nia so Taraji and Terrence could rehearse a scene.

-- It is custom on the set when guest stars finish their last scene for the Assistant Director to call it out ... "This is (name of actor) last scene," followed by a "thank you" and applause. When Nia did her last scene, Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and his lip began swelling. The A.D. was looking for Benadryl when Nia left. It's unclear if the A.D. was distracted or just didn't want to thank Nia, but we're told as Nia walked out she told someone in production she was going to sue the show because the "goodbye" was in her contract. Production sources say it was not in her contract.

We spoke with one actor on the show who said the experience was so unpleasant they would never work with her again.

We reached out to Nia's rep, who said, "We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard."

The rep went on to say, "We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight."

Usher Topless & Hairless ... In Mexico

3/22/2017 10:34 AM PDT

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The singer/Cleveland Cavs minority owner hit the beach with his wife, Grace Miguel, in an ultra-exclusive private estate resort in Costa Careyes ... on the south coast of Jalisco. 

Not bad for a Wednesday. 

Conor McGregor WATER BOTTLE FIGHT VICTORY ... Massive Fines Reduced

3/22/2017 9:32 AM PDT
Breaking News

BIG WIN for Conor McGregor ... the UFC star got his big $75,000 fine reduced to $25,000 for that water bottle fight with Nate Diaz at the UFC 202 presser.

Remember, the Nevada State Athletic Commission hit McGregor with the massive fine -- plus 50 hours of community service. Conor was PISSED!!! So was Dana White.

But the Commission granted McGregor a rehearing which took place moments ago ... and agreed to REDUCE the punishment to a $25k fine plus 25 hours of community service, per Damon Martin of FOX Sports. He has 6 months to complete the community service. 

And get this ... now the Commission is recommending a rehearing for Nate Diaz as well, who got the same initial punishment as Conor.

'Wheel of Fortune' Epic and E_barrassing Fail

3/21/2017 6:39 PM PDT

A "Wheel of Fortune" contestant named Kevin went down in game show history Tuesday night by flubbing a puzzle with just one blatantly OBVIOUS letter to go.

Hilarious brain fart, Kev. Get your mind out of the gutter, and one more thing:

"Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!" 

Tom Brady SB49 Jersey Was Being Secretly Shopped ... for $75K

3/21/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

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Tom Brady's Super Bowl 49 jersey was being shopped around to a small group of wealthy collectors who were under the impression it was NOT stolen property ... and the asking price was $75k.

TMZ Sports spoke with multiple people directly connected to the situation. One potential buyer was interested in the jersey but says the seller (who was connected to Mauricio Ortega) "fell down a black hole" and it disappeared from the market about 8 months ago. 

We're told Ortega has been selling various sports collectibles for years and would tell clients he obtained the items legally through relationships he built with players, coaches and staffers. He would use the selfies he took with stars like Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Ben Roethlisberger as a way of unofficially authenticating the goods. 

We know what you're thinking ... why would anyone buy a high-priced item without proper documentation? 

One high-end collector put it this way ...

Ortega is credible and has had documented locker room access for more than a decade. There would be no reason to suspect he stole anything since no media outlet ever reported it was.

Plus, buyers could do home research -- looking at high resolution pics from the Super Bowl -- and self-authenticate the items based on nicks, scratches and other identifying marks on the gear. 

So far, unclear if any of the items Ortega had been moving were also stolen. We reached out to Ortega for comment but haven't heard back. 

Catch Restaurant Gun Suspect Tased By Cops

3/20/2017 7:19 AM PDT

A man faced off with at least 4 cops outside of Catch Saturday night ... and lost hard when they fired their tasers.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops were called to the famous WeHo restaurant to deal with a man with a possible gun. Things escalated quickly when the suspect didn't follow orders ... so they fired.

It's pretty gnarly -- you can hear the guy screaming out "What did I do?!" before he's taken down. Even crazier ... he's got a dog right next to him that's in the mix of the scuffle.

Cops did not find a gun. The man was booked for resisting arrest.

Nelly Chuck Berry Was a Legend! His Best Song ... Uhhhhhhhh

3/19/2017 7:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nelly has mad respect for the late Chuck Berry ... but the dude can't name a single song!

We got the St. Louis rapper leaving Bootsy Bellows Saturday night -- who shares the same hometown as Chuck -- and he eulogized the rock 'n' roll legend pretty poetically ... until our camera guy asks him to name his favorite Chuck Berry song.

You gotta see Nelly's reaction. But let's be honest ... stuff like this has happened to all of us.

For the record ... Chuck's most famous song "Johnny B. Goode" was included on the Voyager Golden Records, which were launched into space in '77. So  ... there's that. 

Melania Trump So, I Have My Own Wine Back Home ... But I Haven't OK'd It!

3/15/2017 12:32 PM PDT

03114-melania-trump-wine-fun-art-tmz-getty-2Melania Trump already has a line of fine foods and wines for sale in her homeland of Slovenia, but the problem is ... she never signed off on the deal.

Slovenia's Sevnica Castle -- yup, a real-life castle -- is now hawking fancy products that are clearly trying to profit off Melania, because the brand is called First Lady.

Some of the goods they're selling include salamis, chocolates, beauty creams and, of course, vino ... the latter of which sells for around $30 a bottle. The first 300 sold out in 3 days.

Melania isn't officially tied to the First Lady campaign, and has reportedly hired Slovenian lawyers to stop the exploitation of her title -- but the castle's steward told Decanter he wasn't ashamed to offer it because the products were "good" and "the best."

Sounds like a very Trump-ish sales pitch.

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Snoop Dogg Trump Gun Vid On Secret Service's Radar

3/14/2017 2:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

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Snoop Dogg's music vid depicting a President Trump assassination has caught the attention of the Secret Service.

A spokesperson for the president's protective team tells us they were made aware of the video Monday. We're told Secret Service honchos are aware of Snoop's vid, but it's unclear if there will be any further investigation into whether the rapper poses a real threat.

It's a similar situation to Madonna saying she's thought about blowing up the White House. We're told the Secret Service was aware of that incident as well.

Ultimately, nothing happened to her ... but we'll see if the "Lavender" video's controversial imagery passes muster too.

The Bachelorette Meets Her Guys ... One's 'Ready to Go Black'

3/14/2017 8:07 AM PDT

Right after Nick Viall's 'Bachelor' season wrapped, Rachel Lindsay's 'Bachelorette' season began -- and one of her suitors is already getting racial.

Rachel -- the first black Bachelorette or Bachelor -- met her contestants after Monday's finale, and a white guy named Dean decided he wanted to let her know he's down with interracial dating, but watch ... he wasn't nearly that smooth about it.

Rachel's reaction was a classic fake smile -- and Dean's exit ... super awkward.

NFL's David Parry Threatens Revenge On Cops ... In Crazy Arrest Video

3/14/2017 8:03 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Indianapolis Colts lineman David Parry vowed to "come after" the cops who arrested him for allegedly drunkenly stealing a golf cart ... and the threats were all captured on video.

TMZ Sports obtained footage of Parry back at the police station in Scottsdale, AZ -- which begins with the 300-pounder lying on the floor of his jail cell.

He spars with the woman trying to get his information. He threatens other cops in the station. He's a complete and total jerk.

As we previously reported, Parry was a belligerent mess when cops initially confronted him -- slurring to cops, "Who did I have auto theft with?"

He also calls a female officer a "bitch" ... spews homphobic slurs ... and calls one officer a "fat f**k."

Despite the videos, Parry pled not guilty to felony robbery, felony unlawful use of transportation and misdemeanor threats.

He's due back in court next month.

Justin Bieber to Female Fan Look at You ... You Make Me Sick

3/12/2017 7:13 AM PDT

Justin Bieber was grossed out by a female fan getting all up in his space for a pic, and he let her know it ... straight up. 

Justin was in Melbourne, Australia Saturday, where a young girl tried snapping a selfie of herself next to the pop star as he grubbed on some finger food. He lectures her on respect ... and then burns her with a harsh line.

Bieber ... don't bother him ... he's eating. 

Taylor Swift Fans Beware Security Means Business

3/11/2017 7:20 AM PST

0313_taylor_swift_tmzGood luck if you're a Taylor Swift fan trying to get a glimpse of her now ... her security is on high alert after getting a restraining order against an obsessed fan who was skulking around her building.

The fan pictured may not have known ... security in Taylor's Tribeca apartment building is at the ready after a crazed fan got inside the building and even on the roof on multiple occasions.

Probably not worth it to press the point.

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