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.
We Got the Pictures
And It Looks Like Sex
9/17/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Django Unchained" actress who cried racism against the LAPD ... claiming they harassed and hurt her because she was just making out with her white boyfriend in a car -- has some explaining to do, because we obtained pictures that seem to show A LOT more than sucking face.
The pictures were taken Thursday outside the CBS lot in Studio City. You see Daniele Watts straddling BF Brian -- their hands steadying themselves around the sunroof.
An eyewitness who saw Daniele and Brian as he worked in a nearby office tells TMZ ... Brian was sitting in the passenger seat with his feet on the curb and Daniele was straddling him with her shirt pulled up -- breasts exposed. The eyewitness says she was grinding on top of him, rocking back and forth.
Someone from the office went down and asked Daniele and Brian to stop because everyone in the office could see them but they continued.
The eyewitnesses say Brian then began "horizontally bongoing her boobs back and forth." He says she eventually reached into the center console, grabbed a tissue, wiped him down and then herself and tossed it on the grass.
Someone from the office called the cops and made an indecent exposure complaint. TMZ obtained police audio when the cops came out, and Daniele played the race and fame cards.
Accused of Photoshopping
Bikini Yacht Photo
9/17/2014 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce's thighs are so amazing, they can bend the laws of physics -- or she just got busted Photoshopping her own photos.
Beyonce posted this bikini photo to her website Tuesday, but you can clearly see one of the stairs behind her isn't level for some odd reason. Yeah, it could be the worst carpentry ever, but it's way more likely someone is terrible at concealing Photoshop on Bey's thigh gap.
It's not the first time Bey has been accused of tweaking photos -- fans accused her of increasing her gap once before ... while another showed her sitting with a visibly distorted wine glass.
Rihanna Still Close to His Heart
9/17/2014 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown may be necking with Rihanna again ... with his current girlfriend right by his side.
CB and Karrueche Tran were all over L.A. Tuesday promoting his new album. Chris has been wearing a necklace with an angel on it ... that looks exactly like Rihanna's.
Our photog asked Chris if the necklace was a gift from Rihanna ... but he was mum.
But sources close to Chris tell us the necklace has no connection to Rihanna. We're guessing Chris knew exactly what he was doing -- getting people to talk about him just as his album drops.
Personal Doctor Took Selfie
While She Was Under
9/17/2014 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers' personal doctor took a selfie while the comedienne was unconscious during a biopsy ... shortly before her heart stopped beating ... this according to a new report.
The doctor performing the endoscopy had just finished when Joan's personal ear nose and throat doctor began performing a biopsy which was done without her consent -- this according to the CNN report.
A staffer at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic reportedly told investigators Joan's doc stopped to take the selfie.
As we previously reported ... Joan went into respiratory and cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness.
The clinic has denied a biopsy was performed.
'Glee Project' Contestant
Yells at Cops ...
I'm Black, You Want To Shoot Me?!
9/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An ex-contestant on "The Glee Project" tried to taunt Pittsburgh cops into shooting him -- and sparking a race riot -- during an arrest he claims ONLY went down because he's Black.
Bryce Ross-Johnson was thrown out of a bar Saturday night after scuffling with a bouncer for wearing a hat -- a violation of the dress code -- according to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ.
Police say when they arrived ... Bryce was antagonistic and taunted, "Hey, I'm African-American, you want to shoot me?" -- and, "Why don't you shoot me, that's what you do to black guys, right?"
Cops kept cool, and no shots were fired ... but the 25-year-old former "Glee" wannabe got arrested for public drunkenness, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and defiant trespass.
Ross-Johnson thinks the white officers and white bouncer targeted him because of race. He admits blurting the racial taunts -- but only because cops were asking him "stupid stuff" like what drugs he was on, and when was he last in prison.
Linkin Park Fans
Too Young & Drunk, You're
Sunk With Cops
9/16/2014 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Linkin Park's teenage fans will be shown the door en masse Tuesday night ... if they don't obey the zero tolerance underage drinking policy at the band's SoCal concert.
Chula Vista PD just announced the band's gig at the Sleep Train Amphitheater tonight would be patrolled by extra cops looking to boot underage boozers ... inside and outside the venue. Illegal party animals will also be ticketed.
CVPD says the 21 and over crowd will also get 86'd immediately if they're visibly wasted. No warnings, no second chances ... and no refunds.
The venue's getting famous for its tough stance against concert boozers -- as cops went into crackdown mode earlier this year for Journey, Blake Shelton, One Republic, Nine Inch Nails, Rascal Flatts, and ... for some strange reason ... those always-wild Dave Matthews Band fans.
LP fans, you've been warned -- don't get sloshed before you mosh.
Trina's a Hypocrite
She's a Homewrecker Too
9/16/2014 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Trina has some nerve hating on Khloe Kardashian for stealing French Montana away from her ... because Trina did the exact same thing to French's wife ... so claim friends of French (FOF).
Trina's blasting French and Khloe in a new song "F*** Love" ... "You can keep that purse, you can keep that whip, you can have that bitch."
But FOF say the song should have been called "Karma" ... because she started banging French while he was still married.
We're told French had feelings for Trina ... but she was never "his main girl" ... so it's a case of no harm, no foul.
Final shot ...FOF say Trina's new song is a lame attempt to jump start her career off French and Khloe.
NFL/CBS Deceived Everyone
I NEVER Signed on for Football
9/16/2014 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna is livid at the NFL and CBS ... claiming the league and the network had no right to make it look like she was part of the Ravens/Steelers Thursday night pre-game show ... and had no right to single her out when it was scrapped.
Sources connected with Rihanna tell TMZ ... the singer was pissed when someone sent her the joint NFL/CBS press release last week, with the headline, "CBS & NFL Network 'Run This Town' for Thursday Night Football Open with Music Featuring Rihanna & Narration by Don Cheadle."
In fact Rihanna never did anything special for the game ... all CBS/NFL did was license a Jay Z song that featured Rihanna.
Rihanna's rep tells TMZ, "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS TNF, CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.' Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song’s usage."
Translation: Because her name was used to promote the show, she felt she then had the right to block the production.
Rihanna also made it clear on social media Tuesday ... she is also angry that CBS yanked the production and insinuated it was because she was the victim of domestic violence.
CBS's plan was to use the Jay Z song along with a voiceover by Don Cheadle that would be customized for each match up -- but CBS said today the song will NOT be used.
We called CBS and the NFL ... so far, no comment.