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Simon Cowell When Life Gives You Lemons...

9/20/2017 6:50 AM PDT

Dream scenario for a bunch of kids pouring cups of lemonade ... Simon Cowell rolling up in his Bronco with a bunch of dough!

Simon and girlfriend Lauren Silverman stopped at the makeshift stand which the squad set up on a corner in Beverly Hills ... pretty genius.

Going rate for a cup is usually a quarter and it looks like Simon and Lauren handed over much more than that without taking any lemonade, so it was purely a donation.

Respect the hustle. 

DMX Clean & Sober ... But Staying In Rehab

9/20/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DMX just might pull a Gucci Mane because X's lawyer tells us the rapper's cleaned up so much in rehab, he's "back to being human again."

We spoke with Murray Richman who told us X has already packed on 40 lbs. Murray says he had been nothing but skin and bones before starting treatment in late August at a New England facility.

The program is almost complete, but Murray wants X to stay another 30 days since he's been responding so well ... they're letting him take day trips with a friend to a nearby town. 

We broke the story ... a judge signed off on rehab after the rapper said his house arrest for tax evasion wasn't helping him improve. Murray says they'll tackle the court case once DMX has successfully finished treatment. He's also not ruling out a tour in the future. 

Gucci Mane Fur Protesters Tried to Punk Me!

9/20/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gucci Mane gets the award for most chill response ever to angry fur activists -- or maybe he was just confused as hell.

The rapper was at a Barnes & Noble Tuesday in NYC to sign copies of his autobiography. All seemed normal until one fan walked up and said he heard Guwop was going vegan. That's when the ambush erupted.

The comment seemed to catch Gucci off guard, but he quickly got the picture ... when the protesters whipped out banners, and yelled he can't be vegan if he keeps rocking furs.

We're told the activists were with the New York Animal Defenders and they were quickly removed, but you have to see Gucci's reaction to the chaos -- not a single flinch.

Then again, his security reacted faster than Kelly Rowland's did.

NFL Line Judge Dom. Violence Accuser Is Former Cop

9/20/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman accusing NFL line judge Carl Johnson of domestic violence was a police officer in Louisiana for more than 5 years ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's what we know ... the 49-year-old female accuser was a detective for the Thibodaux Police Dept. 

We spoke with the accuser who says she worked on a famous murder case back in the early 2000s. 

The accuser resigned from the force in 2002 after filing a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission that she was sexually harassed by a superior officer.

We've called the TPD multiple times about the matter -- but have not received a call back. 

We broke the story ... the woman has told police and other law enforcement officials Johnson physically attacked her multiple times in 2016 and 2017. Johnson adamantly denies the allegations. 

The NFL says the league is investigating. 

Guess Who This Tot in a Tux Turned Into!

9/20/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Before this fancy little man was topping the charts, he was just another dapper little dude growing up in Chicago, Illinois. Can you guess who he is?

TMZ Live: Kevin Hart Extortion Plot ... Woman in Video Was a Stripper

9/19/2017 10:45 AM PDT

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Taylor Swift: Alleged Song Thief
  • Tom Brady & Gisele: Ivanka Trump Rumors
  • Kim Kardashian: Insane Bikini Photos
  • 'Dancing With The Stars' Crotch Grab?

Taylor Swift Music Vid Director Look What Ex-Employee Made Me Do

9/19/2017 6:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's fave director -- who did her latest music video along with her "Bad Blood" vid -- has some bad blood with a former employee who now has to stay 100 yards away and stop harassing him online ... according to new legal docs.

"Look What You Made Me Do" director Joseph Kahn got a temporary restraining order against a man who he claims has been sending him disturbing emails and tagging him on angry posts off and on since 2009. According to the docs, the man briefly worked for Kahn but was let go in 2008 because he found him "unstable and unreliable."

Kahn claims the man began relentlessly harassing him afterward via email by talking to him like a dog, making comments about his penis, insulting his character, and sending "pornographic emails depicting [the man] being sodomized."

Kahn says the emails started up again in September, with a creepy message saying "Now sit and wait for your treat" followed by explanation/apology a couple days later saying ... "I am insanely chemically unbalanced even when sober."

The music vid director asked the judge for the restraining order because he feared for his safety, and the judge agreed.

Joseph won a Grammy in 2015 for "Bad Blood" and also 2003 for Eminem's "Without Me." He's also worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Chris Brown and U2.

Chris Brown Strikes Settlement In Vegas Battery Case

9/19/2017 4:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Liziane Gutierrez, the woman Chris Brown allegedly attacked in his Vegas hotel room for taking a pic of him, made off with some loot after the two settled her lawsuit against him.

We're told a settlement became official today. The question ... how much? Sources familiar with the negotiation tell us, there was some sort of preliminary talk of $70,000, but other sources say the monetary amount agreed upon was substantially less. 

Gutierrez sued Brown in February of last year after she claimed he punched her in the eye and took her phone after she tried to snap his pic during a private party in his Palms Hotel suite.

Police never charged Chris with any crime and Chris had denied any wrongdoing saying Liziane was "too ugly" to attend one of his parties. 

'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Songwriter's Family Sues Publisher's a $700k Grinch!!

9/19/2017 4:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

9:58 AM PT -- The CEO of Memory Lane tells TMZ, "Memory Lane Music takes pride in maintaining a positive relationship with all of our clients. We have not yet seen the lawsuit in question but it is our policy not to comment on ongoing litigation."The family of the guy who wrote "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" says they've been getting nothing but lumps of coal, when they should've been cashing in big on the holiday classic.

The tune was written by Haven Gillespie way back in the 1930s. Haven's been dead since 1975, but his family says it entrusted Memory Lane Music Group to continue collecting royalties on Gillespie's catalog. He also wrote, "You Go to My Head" and "That Lucky Old Sun" ... but they know the real money maker is 'Santa Claus.'

In a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Gillespie's fam says Memory Lane is supposed to send them checks for 85 percent of all royalties, while the co. keeps 15 percent. The family says it met with Memory Lane's honcho in April, and he copped to having been very naughty for the last 2 years.

They claim he admitted stealing, so ... go ahead and check that twice, Santa.

According to the docs, the thievery cost Gillespie's heirs more than $700k -- and they're suing to get back the cash. 

Liza Minnelli Daylight Come 'n She Wan' Go Home!!!

9/19/2017 3:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Liza Minnelli is putting an end to the rumors she might never sing again, and she's doing it in the most awesome way!

We got Liza Monday night leaving Craig's, and asked straight-up ... if her famous pipes are still in working order? Broadway star Michael Feinstein recently said Liza was considering doing a big show with him, but then the weak vocal stories started swirling.

After this run-in, our advice to Feinstein is ... get on the horn to Liza!

Beetlejuice would love this! Harry, too.

'Black-ish' Star Jenifer Lewis Settles with LA Fitness Over Trainer Ripoff

9/19/2017 2:32 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jenifer Lewis, the grandma on "Black-ish" just lined her pocket with $13,000 courtesy of LA Fitness after suing over a crooked gym employee.

Lewis claimed in a lawsuit she met an LA Fitness front desk manager at the West L.A. club. She says they got chummy, started dating, and 3 months into the relationship he convinced her to loan him money for a movie he was producing.

She says he fleeced her for $50k. She sued the gym because she claims he was a known con man with a record who had served time, but wasn't vetted before he was hired.

Jenifer, who told her story on TMZ Live, dismissed the lawsuit against LA Fitness in return for the cash. 

Ryan Phillippe Ex-Fiancee Filed Harassment Report He Called Me a 'Whore'

9/19/2017 1:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Phillippe's former fiancee went to the LAPD last March to file a harassment report against the actor ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned Paulina Slagter went to the Hollywood division of LAPD on March 26 and filed an "Annoying or Harassing Electronics Communications Harassment Report." She claimed Ryan sent a slew of texts to her after their breakup -- many laced with vulgarities -- accusing her of infidelity and attacking her personally. We're told there were no physical threats but it was "aggressive."

We're told in at least one of the texts he called her a "whore."

The texts were "extremely angry."

Law enforcement sources tell us, Paulina dropped the case shortly after filing it because she didn't want the publicity. The case is closed. 

She did, however, just tweet -- presumably in response to Ryan's latest ex-girlfriend's physical abuse allegations -- "......when there's smoke...."

We reached out to Ryan's rep ... so far, no word back.

Earthquake 7.1 Rocks Mexico ... Buildings Explode, Collapse

9/19/2017 1:31 PM PDT
Breaking News

Central Mexico is trembling after a devastating 7.1 earthquake that's leveled dozens of buildings to nothing but rubble.

The powerful quake struck Tuesday afternoon in the central Mexican state of Puebla, but it was felt nearly 100 miles away in Mexico City. There are reports of at least 104 deaths, and there's also extensive property damage -- some buildings exploded and others totally collapsed moments after the shaking. 

The quake comes on the anniversary of the tragic 8.0 earthquake that killed nearly 10,000 people in 1985. The country was still reeling from an 8.1 earlier this month that killed 61 people.

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