Taylor Swift, Lisa Kudrow
Smell Up Staples Center
8/27/2015 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor Swift was only 6 years old when Lisa Kudrow made "Smelly Cat" a thing on "Friends" ... so maybe the reruns inspired her to bring Phoebe on stage Wednesday night for a reprise.
Swift closed out her Staples appearances with more stars jumping on stage, including Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake.
She's leaving L.A. because she's run out of stars.
'Rape' Lawsuit Is ...
Just a Money Grab
8/27/2015 12:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Derrick Rose and his attorney are coming out swinging against the ex-girlfriend who sued him for allegedly drugging and gang raping her -- saying she's repeatedly tried to squeeze him for money.
Lisa Cohen, a rep for Rose's legal team, tells TMZ Sports the lawsuit is "an attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete."
Cohen adds the plaintiff and the Chicago Bulls superstar were in a "non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship for over two years" ... and there were never any complaints until lawyers started telling her to go after Rose for a payday. Cohen claims this is the third attorney the plaintiff hired to sue Rose.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... the plaintiff -- going as Jane Doe in the suit -- claims Rose and 2 friends drugged her, then broke into her apartment and gang raped her while she was out of it. She says she waited 2 years to come forward because of embarrassment.
Cohen says, "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous."
Over Serena & Drake Romance
8/27/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We got Common leaving Ebaldi in Bev Hills Wednesday, and his well-wishes seem heartfelt.
You gotta watch the video ... Common is the gold standard.
Spoil Nautical Birthday Celebrations for Everyone
Official Investigation Launched
8/27/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe -- one of the most powerful politicians in California -- tells us the midnight pyrotechnic show violated every noise ordinance in the books, and he's indignant the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. didn't shut it down.
Knabe is irate that the Sheriff and Fire Departments got a flurry of 911 calls from upset/scared/outraged residents yet did nothing, even though the Sheriff has "nice new boats" which could have reached the fireworks launch in seconds.
Khloe and company didn't need a permit for the 15-minute show, which stunned the Supervisor. He says the laws will be strengthened and any law enforcement agency that failed to react will be dealt with appropriately.
As we reported, there was a flurry of finger-pointing between the Coast Guard, Sheriff's Dept. and other agencies ... with no one taking responsibility.
I'm Choosing Playboy Over Porn
8/27/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Karlie Redd is taking the high road when it comes to stripping for cameras, opting for Playboy instead of porn.
The ‘Love & Hip Hop: ATL’ star will be getting fully naked for Playboy Plus, the magazine’s NSFW sister site (act like you don’t know).
Karlie thinks the Playboy route is classier than the Vivid route ... the company offered her $25k for a sex tape, which she seriously considered but ultimately rejected.
Playboy Plus says they'll shoot Karlie next month and the pics will go public this fall. They plan on putting Karlie in the celebrity section where she'll be right at home with Kim Kardashian and Madonna.
'Hawaii Five-0' Star Paige Hurd
I Want to Buy that Dog You're Walking!
8/27/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Hawaii Five-0" star Paige Hurd wants what she wants when she wants it ... and that goes for random dogs she sees on the street.
Paige was walking near the Staples Center in L.A. Sunday when she saw a guy walking a 3-month-old female Bullmastiff.
She started fawning over the pooch and one thing led to another -- he said he had a whole litter at home -- and suddenly it became a transaction. Paige agreed to pay $700 on the spot for the pup.
Problem #1... she didn't have the money, so Paige ran to an ATM. Problem #2 ... she could only withdraw $500, so a family member fronted her the balance.
So Roxxie Redd -- formerly known as Barbie -- is now part of the Hurd.
8/27/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wil Horneff is best known for playing rival baseball player, Phillips -- most notably from the "You play ball like a girl!" scene in the 1993 family film "The Sandlot." Guess what he looks like now!
Justin Bieber Look-alike
Toby Sheldon Found Dead
8/26/2015 4:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Toby Sheldon -- who became famous for spending more than $100k to look like Justin Bieber -- has been found dead ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Toby's body was found in a Motel 6 in the San Fernando Valley on August 21. He has been reported missing since August 18.
Law enforcement tells TMZ, police found drugs in the room but it's unclear how he died.
When Toby went missing, the LAPD said the disappearance may have been triggered by a breakup with his boyfriend.
The 35-year-old had appeared on the shows "Botched" and "My Strange Addiction."
Accused of Drugging ...
And Gang Raping Ex-Girlfriend
8/26/2015 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Not Our Fault!
Officials Play Blame Game
8/26/2015 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has learned both agencies are getting flooded with complaints about the massive fireworks display that went off at midnight, waking up thousands of people. So, who's to blame? Let the finger pointing begin.
According to our law enforcement sources ... the Coast Guard informed the Sheriff on Monday -- via email -- that Boulevard Management (Kris Jenner's production co.) would be setting off fireworks at 11:59 PM. The CG also made it clear NO permit was necessary.
The Sheriff's Dept. says because the boat was 100 feet outside the breakwater ... the CG was the primary enforcement agency. As for noise violations? Both agencies agree that falls under the Sheriff's watch -- but the Sheriff's Dept. says it would only check a noise problem IF the Coast Guard reported it.
Here's why that doesn't add up. We're told at least one Sheriff's official in the area heard the noise himself -- plus, there were dozens of 911 complaints about it. So, the Sheriff's Dept. knew and did nothing.
Ronda Rousey Porn Trailer
Naked Armbars ...
For Miesha Taint!
8/26/2015 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's a Ronda Rousey fantasy come true -- for UFC and porn fans alike -- and TMZ Sports has the first look at "Ronda ArousMe" ... the highly anticipated porn parody of the champ.
The good folks at Burning Angel won't say when they'll have a full release of the XXX film ... so, soak this up. It features Ronda taking on foes like Miesha Taint. Awesome porn wordplay, right?
It's also got tons of MMA action and some dialogue ... not that you care.
FYI -- Burning Angel is NOT the company that made the muti-million dollar offer for the real Ronda to do a porn, but since she'll NEVER actually do that -- this is as close as you're gonna get.
Hands where we can see 'em, please.
In a Cool, Dark Place
8/26/2015 3:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Megan Fox was throwing major shade ... over her own face while out for a stroll with her little boy.
Mama Fox was rocking a giant floppy hat on Wednesday as she and 1-year-old Bodhi cruised around L.A. -- sans pops Brian Austin Green.
Don't read too much into that ... our sources tell us Megan and Brian's divorce is amicable, and they're still living under the same roof.
This is the first time either of them has been seen out in public since their split.