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'Empire' Sued

Woman Claims She's the Real Cookie

8/4/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A woman is suing the creator of "Empire," for hundreds of millions of dollars, claiming Lee Daniels lifted her life story, right down to a gay family member.

Sophia Eggleston claims in her lawsuit, she embodies the "Cookie" character in almost every important respect, including a penchant for wearing mink. She also says she did time for putting a hit on someone, and Cookie's character did the same thing.

Eggleston says she gave a copy of an autobiography to a screenwriter back in 2011, and she says months later the screenwriter called her to say she was pitching the book to Lee Daniels.

Eggleston, who is suing for $300 million, is representing herself.

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Alexander Skarsgard

I'm a Golden Girl Now

8/4/2015 7:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0804-alexander-skarsgard-gettyYes, that's Alexander Skarsgard. The one in the middle. 

The 6'4" "True Blood" actor was unrecognizable at the San Francisco premiere of his new movie, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" -- in which his character does NOT appear in drag.

Anyway, gotta say ... he pulls off a really good Kim Zolciak

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J.Cole/Big Sean

Shooting Outside Concert

2 Men Critically Injured

8/4/2015 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0804-jcole-victim-shooting-apGunfire rang out Monday night outside a concert featuring J. Cole and Big Sean in Holmdel, New Jersey, and it may have been triggered by the victims trash talking a woman.

According to the NY Daily News, a witness claims the two victims had been talking to a woman in the venue's parking lot, "talking about her body," when a guy came over and began firing.

The men are both in a hospital in critical condition. The shooter got away.

Big Sean and J. Cole are scheduled to perform tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Gavin Rossdale

At Least I Have

Puppy Love

8/4/2015 5:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0804-gavin-rossdale-splashGavin Rossdale leashed up his adorable little dog, Chewy, and went shopping with a friend Monday afternoon in Bev Hills ... just as news of his divorce from Gwen Stefani broke. 

It's so hard when the Pomeranian has to choose sides.

Kim Richards

Shoplifting Bust at Target

8/3/2015 9:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kim Richards spent the night in jail after getting arrested for shoplifting Sunday night ... TMZ has confirmed.

The former 'Real Housewife' was booked into jail around 7:30 PM after store security called LAPD to a Target in the Valley. Law enforcement tells us a security guard nabbed her for allegedly scooping up a "bunch of items" worth more than $600.

Richards got out of the pokey on Monday afternoon. Her bail was $5,000. It's unclear if she was under the influence at the time of this latest arrest. She was also busted in April for allegedly making a drunken scene at the Beverly Hills hotel.

That arrested led to a rehab stint that just ended a few weeks ago.

As TMZ first reported, Kim's kinda on her own now ... since sister Kyle Richards and her husband are trying the tough love route after Kim went on a bender at her daughter's wedding.

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Michael Jackson

You Wanna See Where I Recorded 'Billie Jean'

Maybe You Can!

8/4/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0803_Hayvenhurst-home_MJ_APThe people who run Michael Jackson's Estate are considering opening up the family home in Encino, CA to tourists ... the home where MJ recorded his biggest hits, including "Billie Jean."

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, the Estate is noodling the idea of Hollywood tour buses and individuals making the trek to the property and then taking a room-by-room tour.

After Michael bought the house for his family, he tore it down and then built a new one, which included a recording studio where he laid down the tracks for "Billie Jean," "We Are the World," "Beat It," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," and many others.

Michael also built a 2-story wing which served as his separate living quarters.

Our sources say nothing's in cement ... the Estate is currently exploring the idea and also checking to see if the zoning laws would allow it, and if not whether they could get a variance. 

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Drake's Championship Ring

Chill, Meek ...

This One's NOT for You!

8/4/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0803_drake_meek_mill_tmzFinally some good news for Meek Mill ... Drake isn't trolling him with that new NFL-style championship ring he's rocking ... or at least that wasn't the original plan.

Click here... it's not over yet
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Rita Ora

White Hot

Bikini Body

8/4/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0803_rita_ora_hot_main_launchRita Ora donned a tiny white bikini and tanned her incredible body as she hung out with friends Monday on a yacht in Formentera, an island just south of Ibiza. 

Damn, maybe the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie was for guys after all. 

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50 Cent Bankruptcy

G-Unit Is

Bleeding Me Dry

8/4/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0803-50-cent-tmz-0150 Cent's financial woes are coming into focus ... because new financial docs show G-Unit Records and G-Unit Brands have cost 50 more than $10 million over the last three years. 

According to new documents filed as part of 50's bankruptcy, the two branches of G-Unit have been in the red each of the last three years -- $10.45 million in losses. The silver lining ... they've done better this year ... they're still losing dough, but not as much.

The documents reveal a few other 50 financial tidbits. 50 is currently paying child support to Daphne Joy for their young son, Sire ... and the docs say by the time the kid hits 18 ... he'll have paid out $832,600.

50 says he has more than $15 million in personal property, which does not include houses. And get this ... he has $2.7 million in his checking account.

50's monthly expenses include $5,000/month for gardening, $1,500 for pool maintenance and $9,000/month for security.   

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Chelsea Handler Gets ULTIMATE Revenge!
HOLY SMOKES!

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Jesse Metcalfe

My New Crib Is The Perfect Hybrid

8/4/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0803_jesse_metcalfe_new_home_main_launchJesse Metcalfe is still channeling his "Dallas" character Chris Ewing with his recent big purchase – a $2.975 million crib above the Sunset Strip.

The show was canceled last fall after 3 seasons, but Metcalfe's making good use of his hard-earned cash. He purchased the 4 bedroom, 5 bath home in the celeb-favored Birds Streets neighborhood for $175,000 under asking price.

His girlfriend, actress Cara Santana, is also on the deed ... they've been dating for 5 years, so there's plenty of room to settle down and start a family.

There’s also a pool, spa and fire pit, chef’s kitchen inside and another outdoor kitchen too … so yeah, party at Jesse’s house ... until further notice.

In other news...

Hot Damn! NeNe Leakes Looks AMAZING
When She Sheds Her Clothes!

Can you believe NeNe is 47 years old? You'd never guess it from these photos!

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Guess Who This

MESSY BABY

TURNED INTO!

8/4/2015 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Before this cute baby was part of modern television's funniest sitcoms, he was just another lil tot making a mess in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Can you guess who he is?!

In other news...

Caitlyn Jenner's HARSH Criticism
From Her "Friends"

Find out what's stirring up new tension in Caitlyn's life. Many people are NOT happy!

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TMZ Live

Chris Brown:

Another Day... Another Baby Mama Issue

8/3/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Britney Spears' Permanent Conservatorship
  • Major Drama at Bobbi Kristina's Funeral
  • Jericho the Lion is Getting Some Major Protection
  • A Devastating Car Crash from the Star of 'Street Outlaws'

Drake

Mocking Meek Is ...

All the Fashion

8/3/2015 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0803_drake_meek_shirt_instagramDrake was sporting a FREE MEEK MILL t-shirt in Toronto, reportedly just hours before getting on stage for his OVO Fest -- and the Internet is losing its collective mind. 

Photos and vids of Drizzy taking the fashion shot during what looks like a rehearsal .... have everyone wondering if he'll take the next step -- wear it on stage when he headlines tonight.

Drake wore the same shirt last summer to show love to Meek, who was locked up at the time.

You could argue ... Meek's worse off today

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