Ariana Grande is done letting her publicist speak for her -- stepping up to personally squash rumors about her alleged nude photo leak ... and says it ain't her.
Grande was one of the stars whose naked ass was allegedly exposed in the first round of leaked photos a few weeks back. But Monday at LAX ... she laid out a full list of reasons why the pics are definitely fake.
Ariana makes a strong argument ... and backs up what her rep had previously said.
As for any future leaks -- she explains why she's not sweating the hackers.
After Club Performance
9/23/2014 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Someone got stabbed after a Chris Brown performance Monday night ... and law enforcement tells us it's yet another case of trouble following Brown and his entourage ... something cops are quietly trying to stop.
Right after Brown finished his set at a YMCMB Drake/Lil Wayne after-party at Supperclub in Hollywood ... several people who were leaving got into a fight and someone got stabbed.
The victim was taken to a hospital and he's expected to be okay.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... they didn't make any arrests because no one would ante up any info ... which leads to the bigger issue. Our cop sources say they believe this is all about Brown's entourage. Wherever they go ... someone ends up bleeding.
We're told the LAPD has privately met with club owners, trying to pressure them into blacklisting Chris and his crew, but the clubs make too much money off them so they're welcome with open arms.
As one law enforcement source put it, "When Brown and his people show, we know what's going to happen. It's a headache for us."
Brown -- who does not keep his association with the Bloods a secret -- has not been accused of instigating the violence, but cops say they know it all emanates from the singer and his entourage.
You'll recall 3 people were shot -- including Suge Knight -- during a Chris Brown performance at 1OAK last month.
HACKED NUDE PIC IS FAKE
9/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beach volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor is calling BS on a nude photo that was allegedly hacked out of her email account -- saying the pic is "clearly Photoshopped" and 100% NOT HER.
The photo -- one of dozens of nude celebrity pics that appeared online this weekend in a massive (and illegal) photo leak -- features a nude woman (purported to be Misty) who appears to have the same tattoos as the Olympian in the same exact places.
But Misty's rep says the pic is bogus -- "I reviewed the image with Misty and it is clear that it is a bad photoshop job."
The rep says Misty is not filing a police report -- since it's not her -- but hopes the cops catch whoever is responsible for leaking the authentic photos of the other celebrities.
'American Choppers' Stars
They Stole My Wheelchair Bike!
Claims Disabled Man
9/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guys from "American Choppers" got major props for creating a wheelchair-accessible motorcycle -- only problem is they allegedly stole the concept from a disabled biker, and cut the poor guy out of the deal.
Christ Tavantzis -- who suffers from polio -- claims he patented the modified 3-wheeler and pitched it to 'AC' stars Mike and Paul Teutul Jr. at a bike show in 2008.
Now Tavantzis is suing the Tuetul bros because he says they went ahead and built their own version of his trike -- without him -- and then unveiled it at a charity event for the Chris and Dana Reeves Foundation ... where they were lauded for the creation.
In his suit, Tavantzis says it's bad enough polio has taken away his physical abilities -- but now he has to fight to protect his thoughts and ideas too. He's suing for fraud, conspiracy, and discrimination against people with disabilities.
We've reached out to reps for the show ... so far, no response.
I'm NOT Meeting With ISIS
9/20/2014 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman is NOT en route to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to engage in peace talks ... contrary to a ridiculous report that almost seemed believable ... because ... well ... he's Rodman.
Earlier this week a story surfaced saying Rodman told was on his way to the airport to leave for the Middle East when he said, “I think if I could just talk with the leaders of ISIS they would see the errors of their ways."
But Rodman's rep says the report is total crap ... telling TMZ Sports the retired basketball player is in Hong Kong for business meetings.
So, if you're keeping score at home ... North Korea, yes. ISIS, no.
Keyshia Cole Victim
I Wasn't Banging Birdman ...
Attack Was Unwarranted
9/20/2014 11:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The girl Keyshia Cole allegedly assaulted for spending the night at her rumored BF's house says she's not Birdman's side piece ... and she has no idea why Keyshia would think they're banging.
Sources privy to the case tell us ... the alleged victim is Sabrina Mercadel -- a Cash Money employee for more than a decade -- and she's known Birdman since they were young.
We're told Sabrina was not alone with Birdman at his West L.A. condo ... 4 others were present when Keyshia came storming in at around 5 AM.
Our sources say Sabrina was walking out of the bathroom when Cole spotted her in the apartment ... and the singer instantly went on the attack, yelling, "What are you doing with my man?!"
TMZ broke the story ... Keyshia was arrested for allegedly attacking Sabrina ... who went to the ER and is now on pain meds.
Keyshia is now out on bail.
NOT A DADDY!
9/20/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rob Kardashian is NOT a daddy ... he's intentionally punked the media by tweeting out some not-so-cryptic hints he's a father and then watching the lies spiral out of control online.
Sources VERY close to Rob tell TMZ ... Rob was testing the media Thursday night by tweeting, "Was with my baby mama tonight." In July, he tweeted, "Happy I got my Son with me for the 4th tomorrow."
Various outlets immediately took the bait, but here's the thing ... there is no baby mama and no baby.
It's an interesting strategy ... Rob's been taking heat for his weight and substance abuse. Not a bad diversionary tactic.
Clinton, Obama, Clooney
Lawyer Who Photoshopped Them Faces Discipline
9/18/2014 5:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An L.A. lawyer apparently thinks she can attract clients by making it seem like she's a celebrity magnet -- rubbing elbows with the likes of George Clooney, Obama, Clinton, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Phil, and on and on. Problem is ... she Photoshopped them all, and now the State Bar is coming down on her like a hammer.
Svitlana Sangary plastered a bunch of pics on her website, touting her celeb friends. Gotta say ... she did a great Photoshopping job. But clearly it didn't amuse the likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Ellen, Shaq and others.
The State Bar considers the pics false and deceptive advertising, since the pics plastered all over her website are clearly designed to attract clients.
So she now faces a 6-month suspension from the State Bar.
FYI ... Her Yelp reviews aren't great. Users call her "scum" and an "unethical crook."
Shakespeare ... you said what?
Mexican Flag Ass Stunt
Triggers Criminal Investigation
9/18/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus could go to jail for getting her ass whipped on stage ... with a Mexican flag.
Miley was performing Tuesday night -- on Mexican Independence Day, mind you -- in Monterrey, Mexico when one of her dancers slapped her prosthetic butt with a Mexican flag.
Apparently Mexican officials are super sensitive about disrespecting national symbols so the congress of the state of Nuevo Leon wants her prosecuted. The crime of desecration carries a $1,200 fine and a 36 hour jail sentence.
It wouldn't be the first time a singer crossed the line South of the border. Paulina Rubio was fined $4K for appearing naked in a mag ... draped in a Mexican flag.
Will Miley's butt ever learn?
Sorry Judge, But Skipping Court for Barbados
Was The Best!!
9/18/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In the mind of Columbus Short, blowing off a court date in his domestic violence case for a trip to Barbados is "the best thing" he's ever done -- though his bar might be set pretty low.
As TMZ first reported, Short was arrested last month after he royally pissed off the judge in his domestic violence case by skipping a hearing to hang out in the Caribbean instead.
Stupid, right? Not to Columbus -- watch him justify the trip, and brazenly claim he STILL deserves a break in the case.
Is there a word for chutzpah in Barbados?
Black Dancer Quota
9/18/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cher is being sued for allegedly telling her choreographer there were too many black people on stage during her concerts ... but the singer says the allegations are BS.
According to a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Cher was auditioning dancers for her "Dressed to Kill" tour in 2014 when choreographer Kevin Wilson said he particularly liked "a minority female dancer." Wilson claims Cher responded, "We have too much color onstage."
Wilson claims in the suit -- filed by attorney Perry Wander -- Cher then told him to find a white, blonde dancer. Wilson further claims he was instructed "not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour."
And there's this ... according to the lawsuit, after a show this past June in Louisville, a male dancer invited a female fan to his hotel room and allegedly got sexually aggressive. The suit claims Cher tried to cover it up ... keeping the male dancer in the show and firing the 3 whistle-blowers, including Wilson.
The 3 claim they were told the reason for the firing was budget cuts, which they pooh pooh because the tour was a huge success, grossing a reported $54.9 million and her Bob Mackie costumes cost $100,000 a pop.
Wilson -- who is black -- is claiming racial discrimination and retaliation.
Cher's rep tells TMZ, "These are ridiculous allegations. They couldn't be further from the truth." Cher's lawyer zeroed in on the alleged racial statement, calling it "untrue and categorically denied," adding, "To attribute such a statement to Cher is absurd."
'Glee Project' Contestant
Sorry For Racial Rant At Cops
'I Was On Adderall'
9/18/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The ex-"Glee Project" contestant who dared white cops to shoot him -- because he's Black -- now says he only lost it on the officers because he mixed booze and prescription pills that night.
Bryce Ross-Johnson tells TMZ he was jacked up on Adderall and "a few beers" when the run-in with Pittsburgh cops began.
As we previously reported ... Ross-Johnson put up a fight when he got tossed out of a Pittsburgh bar last weekend for violating the dress code. When officers arrived, he screamed, "Why don't you shoot me? That's what you do to black guys, right?"
BRJ says the outburst was completely out of character, and mixing the Adderall with alcohol turned him into someone else. Ross-Johnson added he knows race relations are tense right now (after the Michael Brown shooting) ... so he really regrets playing that card.
Bryce says he'd love the opportunity to apologize to the officers and bouncers involved. There's always court ... where he'll be facing 5 charges related to his arrest that night.
SUSPENDED 1 HALF
For Screaming 'F*** Her Right In the P***y'
9/17/2014 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:25 AM PT -- Jameis just issued a public apology to his coaches, school and teammates ... calling his actions "selfish."
He added, "That’s not how you do things around here."
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for 1 HALF of FSU's game versus Clemson this weekend for screaming "F*** her right in the p***y" right in the middle of campus yesterday.
Several students tweeted about the incident Tuesday -- saying the Heisman Trophy winner stood up on a table and screamed it from the top of his lungs ... while people around him cracked up.
Of course, the phrase has become an Internet sensation in the past few months ... with hecklers often screaming it behind news reporters who are in the middle of live news shots.
It's just the latest in a string of problems for Winston -- who was convicted of stealing crab legs earlier this year ... and last year, had the cops called on him for allegedly stealing soda from a Burger King.
Of course, he was also accused of raping a student ... though no charges were ever filed against him.