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Tank Back Off Justin Timberlake People ... He's Not the Problem

6/29/2016 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tank thinks Justin Timberlake has gotten a raw deal from people on Black Twitter, who skewered him for responding to some of the things Jesse Williams said at the BET Awards.

The R&B singer appeared on "TMZ Live" Wednesday, and said Justin had a right to say there should not be a wall between blacks and whites, especially when it comes to music. Jesse accused white people of stealing from the black culture, and Justin said we're all one ... and Black Twitter attacked.

Tank makes the case for Justin, although he doesn't think every white singer deserves a pass.

Click here... it's not over yet

Walgreens DJ Sues ... Your Earplugs Screwed My Hearing

6/29/2016 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629-joseph-alpern-walgreens-getty-linkedin-02A DJ claims Walgreens sold him defective earplugs and the results were catastrophic.

Joseph Alpern says in a new lawsuit he bought the plugs in 2013 because he was about to start working at a Brooklyn club known for its powerful sound system.

Alpern claims he used the plugs for several hours and when he left the club he removed them, only to experience "an immediate sharp pain, accompanied by a ringing sound."

He says the pain didn't go away, and 6 months later he realized the damage wasn't going away either ... he had constant ringing in both ears and couldn't sleep on his right side.

Alpern went to a specialist, who gave him bad news ... he had permanent nerve damage and blames it on the plugs. The doc said the plugs were sealed so tightly, when he pulled them out it severely pulled his eardrum.

Alpern says now he suffers headaches, he's constantly fatigued and can't even listen to music at regular volumes.

He's gunning for $640,000 ... minimum.

Walgreens had no comment.

The Oscars New Members Are Mostly Minorities ... But #OscarsStillSoWhite

6/29/2016 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

062916-academy-awards-logoThe Oscars added 683 new members to its voting body Wednesday ... in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite bruhaha, and while nearly half of the new class are minorities, it barely put a dent in the overall white and male demo.

According to the Academy ... 46 percent of the new class are female and 41 percent ... people of color. Sounds like a lot, but when you factor in the pre-existing members it's only a 2-3%.

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Notable names on the list include Idris Elba, Vivica A. Fox, Morris ChestnutMichael B. Jordan, Nia Long, Gabrielle Union, and Marlon and Damon Wayans. 'Star Wars' newcomer John Boyega is the youngest at 24 added to the list. O'Shea Jackson also made the cut ... interesting since the "Straight Outta Compton" snub ignited the controversy.

The Academy says the new class reps "the best in our global film community." It also added this: "We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry."

Baby steps.

Kevin Sorbo Jesus Would Vote for Trump

6/29/2016 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Sorbo is not a big fan of either presidential candidate, but between Hillary and Trump, he says ... "I'm with him." 

Kevin was at LAX when he got into a contentious conversation with our photog, who suggested the reputed Middle Eastern son of God could not gain entry into the U.S. if Trump gets elected.

The 'Hercules' star doubled down, saying there's a reason to be especially concerned about Muslims.

Check out the video ... super interesting.  

'Little Women: LA' Star I'm a Regular Baby Making Machine

6/29/2016 1:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629_-jasmine-arteaga-sorge_chris-sorge_instagram"Little Women: LA" star Jasmine Arteaga Sorge and her husband, Chris, are expecting their second child ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Jasmine is nearing the end of her first trimester. No word on whether it's a boy or a girl.

They'll document the pregnancy on the show, and we're told cameras will also be rolling for the birth.

Jasmine's the fourth 'L.A.' cast member to get pregnant.

Congrats.

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Wiz Khalifa Sued You Stiffed Us For More Than $2 Mil!!!

6/29/2016 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

062916-wiz-khalifa-tmzThe man who discovered Wiz Khalifa says the rapper owes his company more than $2 million after not ponying up big chunks of dough.

Rostrum Records -- founded by Benjy Grinberg -- claims in a new lawsuit it had a deal with Wiz for a 15% cut of touring and music royalties when the rapper started back in 2005. The company says it's also owed 20% of any merch sales.

The company claims Wiz has earned a ton of money in touring, merchandise and music sales recently and Rostrum wants $2 mil to make things right.

Wiz first sued Rostrum and Benjamin to get out of his contract, claiming they mismanaged him and entered into deals to line their own pockets. 

In other news...

Kellie Pickler's MAJOR Family Feud Flub -- Receives HARSH Backlash For 'Stupidity'

On “Celebrity Family Feud,” country singer Kellie Pickler managed to mess up BIG TIME in a way that NOBODY has done in the history of the show!

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Justin Bieber Dodges Big Probation Problem By Hours

6/29/2016 11:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

062916-justin-bieber-tmz-02Justin Bieber narrowly escaped a situation that could have landed him in jail ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story, Justin's lawyer, Shawn Holley, went to court at 8:30 AM June 9th and got a judge to end Bieber's probation in the egging case. As we reported, one of the conditions of his probation was that he obey all laws, and if he didn't the judge could throw him in jail.

Turns out, less than 10 hours before the hearing, Justin threw a punch at a guy after the NBA Finals in Cleveland. That could certainly have triggered a probation violation.

We've learned the court hearing was not scheduled in advance. Holley and the D.A. just walked into court and asked the judge to end Bieber's probation a month early.

It sure looks like Holley did Yeoman's work and beat the news before it spread. Our sources say, however, that Holley and the D.A. had actually talked amongst themselves days before about going to court and they say it's just coincidence.

Coincidence or not, Bieber was an hour or 2 from trouble.

Fashion Designer Jeremy Scott Snags James Bond House

6/29/2016 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629_jeremy_scott_palm_springs_house_launch_3Jeremy Scott, the creative director of the Moschino fashion line who's made a good living designing colorful getups for Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and other celebs, is about to become the proud owner of the house featured in an epic James Bond flick ... TMZ has confirmed.

The Palm Springs house is pretty spectacular ... a 60' circular living room with an indoor/outdoor pool. It's nearly 9,000 square feet and right next door to Leo DiCaprio's pad.

We're told Scott's in escrow for around $8 mil and there's no reason at this point the sale won't go through. The house was listed by uber P.S. realtors John Nelson and Cat Moe from Coldwell Banker. Variety first broke the story that Scott's the buyer.

As for the movie ... the epic scene was shot in the living room, where Bond was attacked by Thumper and Bambi.

Hugh Hefner to Cosby Accuser Dragging Me Into Your Suit is a Sham

6/29/2016 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

062916-hefner-chloe-goins-cosby-tmzHugh Hefner's no rapist enabler ... so dragging his name into Bill Cosby's sexual assault case is ABSURD ... so claims Hef in new legal docs obtained by TMZ.

The Playboy magazine founder just asked the judge to dismiss him from Chloe Goins' lawsuit against Cosby, arguing the suit reeks of a desperate ploy to drum up publicity and force Cosby to settle.

Hefner goes on to say he's never been implicated in a single act of sexual impropriety against a woman.

As we reported ... Chloe added Hefner's name to her lawsuit claiming he put her in harm's way when he introduced her to Cosby at a Playboy Mansion party in 2008. She claims Cosby spiked her drink, and while she was out of it, he fondled her breasts and sucked her toes.

In other news...

Girls Go WILD When They Are Bored At Work --- WOWSA!

Hopefully these ladies aren't friends with their bosses on social media -- YIKES!

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TMZ Live Kanye West: The Epic Adidas Deal

6/29/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Justin Bieber: Finally Off Probation After Egg Throwing Debacle
  • Dennis Quaid's Shocking Divorce Annoucement!
  • Calvin Harris: I'm Done Dating Celebs
  • Judge Joe Brown: Banned From Practicing Law in Tennessee!

Johnny Manziel Those Ain't My Drugs ... I'm Going Sober

6/29/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0628-johnny-manziel-cabo-tmz-instagramSomeone's doing drugs in the Mexico house where Johnny Manziel is staying ... but the QB swears it's not his stuff and further says he's going stone-cold sober ... in a few days. 

Check out this picture posted by a woman staying in the house ... holding several bags of what appear to be drugs. She doesn't say whose drugs and does not even insinuate they're tied to Johnny.

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We spoke with Manziel who was adamant they are NOT his drugs ... period. 

"They're absolutely not mine. I don't even know that girl."

Here's what we do know ... Manziel is staying in the insanely expensive Cabo mansion with 20 people, not all of whom he knows.

For his part, Manziel tells TMZ Sports he's NOT doing any drugs in Mexico and says he's going completely sober starting July 1st ... no booze, eating right and training like crazy. 

Manziel has said he's determined to make a comeback to the NFL -- and tells us he's finally ready to get back to work ... right after one last turn up

In other news...

Ryan Seacrest Confesses To "Unique" Activity He Does To Observe Normal People

Well, everyone has SOMETHING strange about them. For Ryan Seacrest, it involves this...

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Kylie, Tyga In Case There Was Any Doubt ...

6/29/2016 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629_kylie_tyga_back_together_hugging_launch_2Kylie and Tyga are no longer coy about giving it another good 'ol faux college try.

They went Bentley shopping Tuesday and couldn't keep their hands or lips off each other. Kylie was test driving a convertible as Tyga rode shotgun.

Our Bentley spies tell us Tyga was giving her advice about the car ... ironic since his Bentley got repo'd in February

They left without buying.

Kanye West Adidas Deal Has Billion Dollar Potential ... Look Out Nike!

6/29/2016 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0629-kanye-west-tmz-01Kanye West's new partnership with Adidas could make him A BILLION DOLLARS ... TMZ has learned. 

Adidas announced Wednesday they've signed Kanye to a contract that will have a seismic impact on the sport and street fashion world. The deal calls for YEEZY retail shops that will hawk shoes, apparel, and accessories. We're told he'll also be designing athletic wear for basketball and football.

In addition to the stores ... we're told 'Ye's also getting his own design team made up of the best of the best in the industry. 

Our sources say it will take a few years to get the stores and merchandising up to speed, but the projections call for profits that could line Kanye's designer pockets to the tune of a cool bil.

Your move, Nike ... and LeBron.  

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