Justin Bieber viciously attacked the one person in his deposition who didn't have a dog in the fight ... the soft-spoken court reporter, who he essentially called a f***ing moron.
Justin sat for the 4 1/2 hour depo in connection with a lawsuit filed by a photog ... who claims Bieber ordered his bodyguard to beat him up.
During the depo, Justin was asked if Usher was instrumental in jump-starting his career. He answered faintly, "Yeah." The court reporter was having trouble hearing, so she asked him to speak up.
Justin hurled the f bomb at her. You just gotta hear it.
Paula's Softening On Reconciliation
3/10/2014 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke has made significant headway in his campaign to win his wife back, because multiple sources directly connected to the couple tell TMZ ... Paula Patton is open to giving him another chance.
We're told Robin and Paula never stopped communicating. They talk constantly, but she was very clear the day she dumped him ... she wanted a DIVORCE.
Our sources say the tone of the conversations has changed, and the 2 of them are now talking about what Robin needs to do to convince Paula that the marriage can work to her satisfaction.
She has not hired a divorce lawyer, we're told, and has no plans to do so. We're told their phone conversations have been productive. But here's what hasn't been productive ... she's not impressed with Robin's on-stage pronouncements of love.
She is impressed that Robin has been a good dad since the split, seeing their kid when he can and keeping in touch when he's on the road.
As for the tone of the conversations ... we're told "smooth and cordial." We're not exactly sure what smooth means, but you know, they're both very ... smooth.
Dude Knows How to Chill
3/10/2014 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner was out and about this weekend ... looking like his old self.
Bruce was leaving Starbucks in Westlake, near the family homestead in Calabasas. Even though Bruce and Kris have separated and he's planted his roots in Malibu, he's still spending lots of time with the fam.
He had just finished a round of golf ... part of his daily routine. And he's decked out in his standard golf issue.
BTW ... he's one of the best golfers at the Sherwood Country Club.
Bieber's Miami Model
I'm No Mastermind!
Sues Over 'Rap Sheet' Story
3/10/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The model who was riding shotgun with Justin Bieber the night he got arrested in Miami ... is suing the NY Daily News ... claiming the paper lied about her "long criminal record."
Chantel Jeffries -- who refers to herself as a model, student, and entrepreneur -- filed a defamation suit against the paper today ... and in the docs she says the Daily News "maliciously and intentionally" printed a story detailing 5 previous arrests, including one for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
Chantel had allegedly stabbed a woman ... but as we first reported -- the case was dropped when the victim refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
Chantel, and her attorney Andrew Felix, are demanding the paper stop making false statements, and they're suing for unspecified damages.
The model wants to make it clear ... she's not the "mastermind of any alleged criminal activity."
Let's hope her deposition goes better than her pal Bieber's.
'Friday Night Lights' Star
Marriage On Permanent Waivers
3/10/2014 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The famous "Friday Night Lights" battle cry -- "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" -- does not apply to the marriage of one of its stars ... LaMarcus Tinker just filed for divorce.
Tinker and his wife, Shari Butler-Tinker jointly filed the petition to end their 2-year marriage on Feb. 28.
According to the docs ... LaMarcus -- who played Dallas Tinker on 'FNL' -- earned $7200 a week before roles dried up in 2012, but now collects about $2100 a month in royalties.
Shari is also an actress and dancer, but only pulls in $163 a month.
Joint filing, little money to haggle over ... this has all the ear markings of a rare quickie Hollywood divorce.
MJ's Alleged Son
You Can't Get MJ's Money
3/10/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's newly-proclaimed alleged son will be fending for himself for the rest of his life, because there's NO WAY he can touch the money in MJ's estate.
Brandon Howard says he has no interest in going after the Estate, and that's a good thing, because Michael made sure he and everyone else in the world -- except Prince, Paris and Blanket -- could not lay a hand on MJ's assets.
According to Michael's will ... Michael's 3 kids, along with some charities, ultimately get his money. Michael also made sure that Katherine was supported during her lifetime.
We just dug through Michael's 2002 will -- in which he explicitly wrote, "Except as otherwise provided in this Will or in the Trust ... I have intentionally omitted to provide for my heirs."
Under the law, that's all she wrote, because MJ had every right to disinherit anyone he wanted ... even his own kids. What he did was provide for Paris, Blanket and Prince ... and even if someone else could prove they were sired by the singer ... tough luck.
Bottom line ... Michael beat it, even in death.
Like You've Never Seen Him ... And It's Bad
3/10/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber can be insulting, arrogant, snotty, ignorant and disrespectful ... and all in one sitting -- because that's exactly what he was like during his deposition last week in the lawsuit where his bodyguard allegedly beat up a photog.
TMZ obtained a copy of the entire 4 1/2 hour, videotaped depo ... and it's just unreal. We've boiled it down to what we think are the best 4 clips.
1. ARROGANT BIEBER -- He just can't hide his contempt for the photog's lawyer, and it comes out in pretty awful ways. We put some snippets together and you'll get the idea. It represents his attitude throughout the depo.
2. LOVESICK BIEBER -- Selena Gomez is clearly a hot button, because when the lawyer asks about her, everyone goes nuclear. Bieber eventually rips his mic off and he and his lawyer storm out.
3. CONTENTIOUS BIEBER -- He compares his interrogation to being grilled by Katie Couric or "60 Minutes." Simply hilarious.
4. DISRESPECTFUL BIEBER -- When asked if Usher discovered him, Bieber disses his mentor and says he was actually discovered on YouTube. The best part ... he clearly was trying to say he himself was instrumental in his success, but instead he says, "I was detrimental to my own career."
Truer words have never been spoken.
I'm Finally Taking Down Palin!
3/10/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Call it the Thrilla in Wasilla -- Levi Johnston's new plot is to hit Sarah Palin where it really hurts ... by crushing her husband on Alaska's legendary Iron Dog snowmobile race course.
Johnston tells TMZ he's decided to enter the next running of the world's longest and toughest snowmobile competition ... with the sole intent of burying his ex father-in-law, Todd Palin.
FYI .. Todd's won the thing 4 times, so Levi's odds are slim to frozen.
Levi says it's been a lifelong dream of his to compete in the race, which sounds like a ton of fun: pairs of riders tag team their way over a 36-hour, 2000 mile race through the Alaskan wilderness.
Palin had to drop out this year after just 100 miles due to mechanical problems ... so maybe Levi sees an opening next year.
Of course, it's easy for Levi to talk smack since the race is still 350 days away.
We're guessing this will go about as well as his run for mayor.
'Hills' Star Doug Reinhardt
Neighbor War BACKFIRES
Judge Orders Neighbor to Pay $50K
3/10/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Doug Reinhardt's neighbor is really eating his hat now -- after he took the former "Hills" star to court and demanded a restraining order ... the judge ordered the NEIGHBOR to pay $50,000.
TMZ broke the story ... Reinhardt's real estate agent neighbor obtained a temporary restraining order against the reality star back in December, claiming Reinhardt had threatened to "beat the f***" out of him for complaining about his late night parties.
The neighbor was back in court recently -- to see if the judge would make the restraining order permanent -- but not only did the judge deny the neighbor's request ... he ordered him to pay $49,500 to cover Doug's legal fees.
Doug's attorney tells us, the judge ruled in Doug's favor ... finding the neighbor's complaint was frivolous.
Michael Nesmith from
3/10/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Nesmith gained international fame for playing guitar in the pop/rock band and NBC television show "The Monkees." Guess what he looks like now!
I Kicked My House to the Curb
3/9/2014 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Larry David has sold the home he shared with his now-divorced wife ... and he pocketed a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty penny off of it.
Larry and Laurie David lived in the 11,000-square ft. Pacific Palisades home -- with 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms -- in one of the most exclusive areas of L.A.
Real estate sources tell TMZ the house closed Friday for $12 million ... Larry was asking $12.995.
No one has been living in the house for a while ... Larry moved to the uber ritzy Riviera -- also in the Palisades -- and Laurie built her dream home.
The realtors certainly had to curb their enthusiasm ... they ended up on both ends of the deal.
Santiago Arana repped Larry and Mauricio Umansky (Kyle Richards' hubby) represented the business man/buyer. Both guys work at the Agency in Bev. Hills.
Do you think Larry gave the buyer a tour of the place? We're guessing not.
Hulk Hogan to CM Punk
Please Come Back
to the WWE!
3/9/2014 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Count Hulk Hogan among the legion of WWE fans who hope CM Punk makes a wrestling comeback in the near future.
Punk has been radio silent (no interviews and his Twitter account has been quiet for over a month) since he quit the WWE. As TMZ first reported, Punk was pissed that he was passed over for the title match at next month's WrestleMania event in favor of Batista.
When our photog spotted the Hulkster yesterday in New York, he made it clear ... he wants CM back in the squared circle where he belongs.
From your lips to Vince McMahon's ears.
Ex Told Get Out of the Neighborhood
3/9/2014 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marc Anthony says ex-wife had to sell her home because the wife of the married man she was banging was yelling "whore" through a bullhorn in front of her house and wouldn't stop.
Dayanara Torres is trying to increase her child support payments from $13K a month to $113K. She says she's so strapped for cash she had to sell her home and now she's living with the 2 kids in a hovel of an apartment in the San Fernando Valley.
But Marc tells a very different story. In legal docs he says Dayanara was SHAMED out of the house because the wife of her adulterous lover took to the sidewalk "with a bullhorn yelling 'whore' for the whole neighborhood to hear."
Marc says the scorned woman was so unrelenting ... he sent his own security to help.
And, he says, part of her financial plight is her own doing, because she ended up selling the house at a loss. Lesson -- don't bang married men.
Dayanara denies the whole bullhorn incident.