Mase's return to rap is off to a rough start -- he's getting sued over his comeback song by a model who claims he jacked her photo to promote his song.
According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Stephanie Delgado (who goes by Stephanie Rao for modeling) claims Mase lifted the photo straight from her Instagram page and used it to promote his new song, "Why Can't We."
Rao says no one ever contacted her asking for permission to use the photo ... which she says ended up being used on more than 40 different sites to promote the song.
Rao is seeking royalties in the amount of $60,000 and damages in the amount of $180,000.
In the perfect world, Rao would've added ... "Take that, take that " -- but she didn't.
James Franco's Ex-Manager
Sued for 8 Years of
Stealing & Skimming Franco's Millions
4/18/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
James Franco's former manager was robbing the actor blind for nearly a decade by skimming commissions and running up huge tabs on Franco's credit card ... this according to a lawsuit filed by the manager's own firm.
Back in 2006 ... Miles Levy allegedly told his partners at James Levy Management that Franco no longer wanted to pay their 15% fee, and instead would only fork over 10%. The firm agreed to the discount, but according to the suit ... Levy continued to charge Franco 15% and just pocketed the 5% for himself.
Miles had some help pulling this off -- according to the docs ... prominent celeb accounting firm Tanner Mainstain helped him set up a shell company to deposit the siphoned cash. Tanner Mainstain also allegedly collected fees for their dirty work.
According to the suit ... Miles was also digging into Franco's pocket by using the actor's credit card to make personal purchases. He allegedly ran up a six-figure balance.
The jig was up last year because according to the docs ... Franco reached a settlement with Miles in December -- but now his former partners at Levy Management want their pound of flesh too.
Brooke & Erin
Who'd You Rather?
4/18/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's former "Dancing With the Stars" host Brooke Burke (left) on the set of a commercial yesterday in Los Angeles ... and current "DWTS" host Erin Andrews (right) in New York City last month.
The question is ...
You Oughta Know ...
I GOT MY DOG BACK!!!
4/18/2014 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Alanis Morissette dognapping saga is OVER ... TMZ has learned the rocker's prized pup has been returned to her.
As TMZ first reported, Morissette sued her old housekeeper claiming the woman stole her dog -- a 10 lb Chihuahua/Pug mix named Circus -- after Alanis fired her.
The housekeeper claimed Alanis hated the dog and wanted her gone.
But isn't it ironic ... today in court, Alanis' attorney dropped the suit because Circus is now safe and sound back at the home of Alanis and her hubby, Mario Treadway.
Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper
Rapper Friend Defends Him ... No Drug Use, Signs of Mental Illness
4/18/2014 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Supreme -- a friend of Christ Bearer's and a fellow Wu-Tang affiliated rapper -- says he saw nothing in C.B. that would have ever made him think he was capable of cutting off his penis and then trying to kill himself.
As TMZ first reported, Mr. Bearer (real name Andre Johnson) was rushed to the hospital earlier this week after his crazy suicide attempt ... but doctors were not able to reattach his penis.
Supreme says he never saw any signs of mental illness in his friend, and never saw him do any illicit drugs ... just cigarettes, alcohol and a little weed.
Supreme says he visited his friend in the hospital and now it's just time to "let the brother heal."
For his part, Christ Bearer did take to Facebook on Thursday to say he was blessed. Wonder if he posted that before or after doctors gave him the bad news?
'Love & Hip Hop' Sex Tape Stars
We Get Off on Measuring
4/18/2014 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith -- stars of the "Love & Hip Hop" sex tape -- have a bit of an unusual fetish ... and it involves a ruler. We'll explain ...
According to sources who've seen the tape in its entirety, there is a scene where Faust measures Smith's flaccid penis with a ruler. She then says, "Let's see if we can make it grow." You can guess what happens next.
Our photog found the couple at LAX yesterday ... where they joked about popularizing a certain shower rod ... and explained why they're so into the measuring routine.
BTW ... we'll spare you the exact numbers, but it's obvious why Smith's into logging his stats.
In other news...
The usually-flawless Jennifer Aniston was spotted on set of her latest movie sans makeup.
She actually looks her age without the face paint!
Dodges 'Scandal' Question
... REALLY Dodges Wife Question
4/18/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short told our photog, "I don't know what all the noise is about" ... referring to the rumor he may get fired from "Scandal" because he's being prosecuted for brutalizing his wife -- she even says he put a knife to her throat. But Columbus says, "Everything's great."
Short was in Hollywood last night where he hosted a "Scandal" finale (OMG!!!!!)) viewing party and also promoted his new song.
His "everything's great" line ignores the fact that he's being prosecuted for domestic violence and child abuse, his wife got a restraining order kicking him out of the house after alleging he threatened to kill her at knifepoint, she's filed for divorce, he was recently arrested for beating up a guy in a bar, he was arrested for another alleged domestic violence incident, and he pled no contest to assaulting a guy on a basketball court.
Columbus bailed on us Thursday ... agreeing to appear on TMZ Live and then pulling the plug at the last second.
He was quick to change the topic when we asked him about the big cliffhanger from last night (OMG!!!!!).
Seems Short's fate is up in the air both on screen (OMG!!!!!) and off.
My Accuser Has Suspicious Selective Memory
Of Sexual Assault
4/18/2014 6:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The 31-year-old man who is suing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer for allegedly sexually assaulting him in a swimming pool at a 1998 L.A. party claims he didn't remember the incident until recently ... yet he filed a lawsuit over the very same party in 2000 alleging sexual abuse against 3 other men and had a clear memory of what they did to him.
Michael Egan claims in his new lawsuit Singer forced oral sex at the party when he was 15. He's very graphic, claiming Singer held his head underwater and forced him to orally copulate the director.
But TMZ has obtained the lawsuit Egan filed in 2000 against 3 men, including Marc Collins-Rector, who owned the party house. Singer was NOT named in the suit and no reference is made to him. Egan ended up getting a default judgment of more than $2 million, but we're told Collins-Rector and the others left the country so Egan got virtually nothing.
So fast forward to Wednesday, when Egan sued Singer. At his news conference Thursday, Egan said he blocked the incident long ago and numbed himself with alcohol, but became sober recently and started therapy ... which unleashed a flood of bad memories involving Singer.
Sources connected to Singer tell TMZ ... they believe it's ridiculous Egan could remember the pool party in question in such vivid detail as to 3 other men but repress memories of Singer.
In other news...
These eight celebs had second thoughts about the huge knockers they added to their chests.
Do they look better busty or basic?!
When Cameron Shows Up
4/18/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cameron Diaz has an amazing and evil power -- the ability to make Kate Upton's massive boobs disappear.
As Cameron and Kate walked through the Sydney airport Friday -- not only was Kate NOT wearing a low-cut top ... she also pulled her jacket in a futile attempt to conceal her chest.
HUGE difference from Thursday when Kate was solo ... with her girls on full display.
This has been going on for weeks now -- every time Kate goes out with Cameron and Leslie Mann to promote their movie ... the rack gets put away.
Seems to us the spotlight is big enough for all the girls ... including Kate's.
On behalf of humanity, we say -- Cameron must be stopped!
PISSED OFF WWE
Wrestlers Warned to Stay Away!!
4/18/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nancy Grace is being BLACKBALLED by the WWE over the way she covered the death of the Ultimate Warrior ... with superstars (past and present) being warned stay off her show -- OR ELSE!
Grace most recently enraged WWE officials when she had Diamond Dallas Page on her HLN show and strongly insinuated that Warrior's death was the result of steroid and drug abuse.
In fact, she even brought a doctor on the show -- who never treated Warrior -- to speculate that steroids and drugs directly led to the deaths of scores of young wrestlers.
She even scrolled a list of names -- which included Owen Hart -- who died during a freak accident on the set ... which had NOTHING to do with drugs or 'roids.
Now, we're told WWE is circling the wagons to ostracize Grace -- and though they haven't sent any official memos, we're told there's a strong word going around the grapevine that anyone connected to the brand should STAY AWAY from Nancy if they wanna keep a working relationship.
... and that's the bottom line.
Crashes Drake Bell's Album Release Party
How Ya Like Me Now?
4/18/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber finally responded to Drake Bell's incessant Twitter insults by crashing his album release party Thursday night and basically saying ... YOUR FANS LIKE ME BETTER.
Bell and Bieber have a long-standing beef of sorts ... really it's just Bell constantly insulting Bieber on Twitter, but the Biebs never responds ... until last night.
Bieber pulled up to Mixology at the Grove in Los Angeles last night where Bell's event was going down. He simply rolled down his window ... which caused the crowd to go BONKERS.
But Bieber didn't stop there -- he posted a video of the screaming fans to his Instagram account, but didn't even bother to mention Bell, saying, "So nice seeing my fans at the grove tonight."
THEN he posted a photo on Instagram (see below) of Bell looking down at Bieber's van mobbed by fans with the caption: "Why is @justinbieber sprinter van getting more attention than my album release party." Bieber eventually took it down.
Our sources say the evening ended when things got heated between a guy in Bieber's entourage, Milk Tyson, and Bell's dad.
As the old saying goes ... Biebs who laughs last, laughs best.
@justinbieber dude ! Thank you for coming to my party I didn't know you were down stairs sorry they didn't let you in!! Should have hmu!!— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) April 18, 2014
One of Many Who Attend Wild Hollywood Parties
4/18/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The man who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting him at wild pool parties when he was 15 claimed orgies are common -- and based on what we know ... they are.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... there's a weekly party in L.A. that recruits very young men -- advertising 18 and up, but often attended by people with fake IDs who are underage, along with a bunch of very powerful older men in Hollywood.
The parties are usually held every Thursday night at various nightclubs in the Hollywood and West Hollywood areas.
The night of the party, promoters walk around and get the phone numbers of very good looking guys who appear young.
The promoters then text the people who fit the desirable profile and invite them to a weekend party at a private home.
The home parties often have hundreds of guests ... the young guys along with a number of Hollywood heavyweights, including major agents, movie and TV producers and directors and big names in music.
We're told there are plenty of private places for people to go ... but sometimes things happen out in the open.
Toward the end of the evening, a select few are invited to an after-party, and that's where things often swing out of control. We're told the parties often have drugs and alcohol readily available and it's very clear ... sex is the end game.
As for Bryan Singer, he has denied the allegations made by his accuser. That said ... we're told he attends some of the Thursday night parties. He also hangs with lots of young guys, and of course that's not illegal.
Prankster Ring Is
Sabotaging the Kardashian Family
4/18/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A group of pranksters is on a diabolical mission to destroy the Kardashian family -- planting fake stories in the media, spreading nasty rumors, even making fake restaurant reservations -- at least ... Kris Jenner thinks so.
Sources close to Kris tell us, the matriarch is convinced she and the rest of the Kardashian family are the victims in an elaborate prank plot -- and she believes the people behind it are the same people who spread rumors she was in a sex tape.
We're told the group is responsible for a string of pranks against the family -- planting bogus stories about the sex tape, Kris dating a rapper, Kim's wedding, Rob Kardashian in rehab, and more.
Even crazier ... Kris believes one of the pranksters has been impersonating her to a tee, booking fake photoshoots and fancy restaurant reservations around the country.
We're told the group booked a Kardashian reservation at every Nobu in America last week -- and Kris only found out when her phone rang off the hook with requests to confirm. We're told Kris has now given her favorite restaurants code words to verify Kardashian reservations from here out.
Just when you thought the Kardashians couldn't get any faker.