Former "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Benzino was arrested Tuesday night at an airport for trying to send a loaded gun through a security checkpoint.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Benzino put his carry-on bag on the conveyor belt at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A suspicious TSA employee dug inside and found a loaded 9 millimeter firearm with 7 rounds in the magazine.
Benzino didn't make his flight to L.A., but he did get his very own escort to the local jail. He was released on $3K bail.
The reality star was fired from the show after allegedly making death threats against another cast member.
Mayweather & Pacquiao
COURTSIDE STARE DOWN
... At Miami Heat Game
1/27/2015 5:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Had Him a Blast With ...
Drunken 'Grease' Sing-Along
1/28/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmy Fallon relived his famous send-off from "SNL" -- singing a "Grease" classic -- but this time he had a barroom full of hammered backup singers ... which just made it more awesome.
Fallon was at NYC's Marie's Crisis Cafe last weekend when most of the bar started singing "Summer Nights" ... with Jimmy leading the chorus. But check out the video -- it wasn't easy keeping the buzzed crowd on the beat ... or the right verse.
Jimmy still managed to bring down the house, just like in his final "SNL" in 2004 -- where we're guessing there was slightly less drinking than in the bar.
Famed Hotel Sued By Security Guard
They Just Hated My Stubble
1/28/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump's hotel is being sued by an African-American man who says his bosses put a razor to his neck with an ultimatum ... shave or get out of town.
Bryan Lambert claims in a new lawsuit he worked as a security guard at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in NYC. He says his bosses got on his case because he wasn't clean shaven. But Lambert says he had a good excuse ... he suffers from Folliculitis Barbae Traumatica -- aka Barber's itch.
Lambert says he tried explaining it's a common condition among black males ... which causes painful inflammation from ingrown hairs which is made worse when you shave. But he says his bosses didn't want to hear it.
And this is choice ... he claims one of his bosses even said, "You are not special. Why can't you look more like Christine?" -- a female Asian-American woman who works the front desk.
He then throws in the kitchen sink with various allegations that he was threatened, disparaged and even had his locker vandalized.
Lambert wants a cool mil minimum.
The Donald -- who was not sued -- wasn't available for comment.
'BGC' Star Judi Jackson
Yes, My Customers Got Screwed ...
But Let's Makeup
1/28/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Bad Girls Club" star Judi Jackson is getting pounded by the Better Business Bureau for allegedly leaving a ton of customers in the lurch -- so, now she's firing up the bus and throwing it in reverse.
BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP
Jackson tells TMZ ... Kissable Vixen was flooded with orders over the holidays -- which seems like it would be good news. However, she says they were out of supplies and intended to shut down for a 2-week hiatus while they restocked.
Jackson says the problems started when she couldn't get into the company's computer to warn customers about delays -- and she blames that on her business partner giving her bum passwords.
We contacted the business partner -- whom Jackson says she ripped for the screwup -- and she acknowledged things got out of control because she'd been "hella busy."
We're told the BBB is still investigating the complaints -- but both JJ and her partner claim they've got things running smoothly again.
Jonah Carver on
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES'
1/28/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Thyme Lewis is best known for playing the dreamy Jonah Carver for three seasons in the early '90s on the long-running NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives." Guess what he looks like now!
Drake & Nicki Minaj
1/27/2015 9:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pulls Super Bowl Spot
Over Puppy Cruelty Backlash
1/27/2015 4:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Danica Patrick loses again ... this time, GoDaddy.com is PULLING their Super Bowl ad featuring the NASCAR driver over OUTRAGE from animal lovers.
The commercial -- called "Lost Dog" -- shows a puppy that falls out of a truck ... and then overcomes all odds to find its way back home.
Problem is, when the little guy returns home ... he finds out the owner used GoDaddy to set up a website to sell the dog to a new owner.
Needless to say, people are PISSED -- with some animal rights groups saying the commercial supports puppy mills and other "inhumane breeding" practices. PETA went nuts over it ... saying, "anyone who sells a dog online is a callous jerk."
GoDaddy's CEO Blake Irving got the message loud and clear ... and tweeted, "What should have been a fun and funny ad clearly missed the mark and we will not air it."
GoDaddy says it will still use it's 30 second Super Bowl slot (after all, they paid $4 mil for it) ... though so far, it's unclear what will run in its place.
Tattoo Seals the Divorce Deal
1/27/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
In other news...
There's probably nothing worse than having a messed up tattoo on your body ... for ever!
In Family Stone Royalties
1/27/2015 4:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sly Stone just scored $5 million thanks to a L.A. jury, which ruled the psychedelic funk singer was done wrong by a former manager who pilfered his fortune.
When Sly was on the skids, his former manager allegedly convinced him to sign over all his royalties to a company the manager picked ... for tax reasons. Sly says the manager assured him he'd be protected.
But Sly says the manager fleeced him, and apparently the jury agreed. The company that got the royalties must pay the frontman of Sly & the Family Stone $2.5 MIL. The manager, Jerry Goldstein, must ante up $2.45 MIL. And the lawyer who worked with Goldstein has to kick in 50K.
Sly has been destitute with severe drug problems ... living in his van.
James Caan Divorce
Not Without My Kid and Some Cash
... Wife Responds
1/27/2015 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
James Caan's estranged wife is firing back in divorce papers, and her message is clear -- our son's coming with me, Sonny!
Linda Caan filed her response to "The Godfather" star's divorce petition and she is demanding physical custody of their 16-year-old son Jacob. In his docs, James said he wanted to share physical and legal custody.
The Caans also don't see eye-to-eye on money. According to Linda's docs ... she wants spousal support from Jimmy ... whereas he asked the court to terminate her right to spousal support.
As we previously reported ... we're told there is NO prenup -- so this one could get nasty.
Sued for Robo de Musica
1/27/2015 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Enrique Iglesias is getting credit and A LOT of money for his smash hit, "Bailando," but according to 2 songwriters he stole it right out from under them.
Cristian Escuti and German Schulz claim they cut a track called "Quiero Bailar Contigo" back in 2009. They say they sent it to a Sony exec in 2012 but never heard back.
Fast forward to 2014, when Enrique released "Bailando," which the songwriters say is a direct rip-off of their tune. They say Sony had partial ownership in the song and they believe there was a musical conspiracy to jack their song.
The 2 songwriters say the chorus line, melody, lyrics and rhythm were lifted from their song.
What's especially galling to them ... "Bailando" became Enrique's biggest song off his latest album, "Sex and Love" and has been viewed 686 MILLION times on YouTube.
Here's a clip of Enrique's song. We asked Schulz and Escuti's attorney for their song, but he says his clients won't let him send it to us.
You Can't Sell Our Tickets to Joe Blow!
1/27/2015 1:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The only riff raff the Grammy's want at its ceremony a week from Sunday is the singer, and maybe not even him ... and that's the basis of a new lawsuit.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences claims VIP Concierge has somehow gotten hold of some of the tickets and is hawking them online.
The Academy claims in the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the tickets are not transferable and anyone who buys them will be unceremoniously thrown out of Staples Center.
But it doesn't end there. According to the lawsuit, VIP Concierge has been advertising the tickets with a pic of the Gramophone logo and the phrase, "Music's Biggest Night."
The website doesn't say how much a ticket will set you back ... that's all backroom stuff.
The Academy is asking a judge for an order declaring VIP legally out of bounds, and they want some cash for their troubles.