Dr. Dre -- who just made a fortune selling off Beats headphones -- wants to stop cheap, Chinese-made knockoffs from jacking his reputation ... so his company is suing alleged counterfeiters for what could easily be BILLIONS of dollars!
In the lawsuit, Beats claims a nefarious group of unnamed websites based in China ... are getting filthy rich selling cheaply-made, counterfeit headphones, bearing the red "b" logo -- and raking in more than $135 BILLION in revenue.
Beats points out it's the headphone of choice for Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Diddy and tons of other celebs ... according to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ -- so it has a vested interest in protecting its trademark.
Beats is suing to stop all sales of the forgeries ... and to take over all of the domain names used by websites hawking the fakes.
Dre and co. also want ALL profits from the head-phonies. And that's no dim sum.
I'm Not Racist or Homophobic
... Just Angry
7/10/2014 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Davidson says he only screamed racial and homophobic slurs during his bar fight in Nashville because someone sent him into a blind rage.
Dallas tells TMZ he was provoked into an altercation and lost his temper while defending himself. Cops say he hurled racial slurs and screamed, "There's that f***ing fa****t that punched me."
Dallas says he's not racist or homophobic, adding ... "Although I cannot defend what I said, I am sorry for my insensitivity." He did not elaborate about who started the fight or why.
TMZ broke the story ... the country lyricist was arrested at Tin Roof in downtown Nashville for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after allegedly trying to start fights with various bar patrons.
Teen Hunter Kendall Jones
Facebook Page with 'Kill Threat'
7/10/2014 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Kill Kendall Jones" Facebook page has been mysteriously taken down.
TMZ broke the story this morning ... Kendall's dad Cody went on the attack against Facebook because the site refused to remove the threatening page, saying it did not rise to the level of genuine risk or physical harm.
Cody disagreed, noting the page showed animals similar to the ones Kendall killed during her hunts but in reverse ... the prey were the victors, standing over the body of the hunter.
Facebook has not given a reason for the take down ... at least so far.
Fired 'Legal Weed' Security Guard
I'll Work for Pot!!!
7/10/2014 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who claims he was fired after getting the doobie-ous title, first person to buy legal weed in Washington -- says he's already on the hunt for a new job ... and he's trading on his newfound stoner fame.
Mike Boyer -- a security guard in Spokane -- says he was sacked after making the news for being the first guy in the state to buy legal buds.
Mike tells us his employer made him to take a drug test, but he told them he'd fail ... so his employer gave him the boot before the results came in -- even though he says his record was spotless.
Mike says he doesn't regret his new-found distinction ... and now he's looking to cash in on his local fame. He's hit up every dispensary in town and filled out an employment application.
Mike adds, "I'm the number one guy for legal weed in Washington."
'Goodfellas' Star Frank Sivero
I Have Italian Beef
With a Deli Owner
7/10/2014 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Sivero -- who played Frankie Carbone in 'Goodfellas' -- is suing a guy he says is a real badfella ... a deli owner near the Mexican border.
Sivero claims he went to Deli Belly in El Cajon, CA in March ... where he posed for pics with fans.
According to the lawsuit ... the owner got hold of one of the pics and plastered it all over his website, advertising a Frank Carbone sandwich which is stacked with meats and cheese, including Genoa salami, mortadella, hot cappy, deluxe ham, provolone cheese and lots of other stuff.
The deli owner called the creation the Frankie Carbony. It doesn't seem Sivero is objecting to the name of the hero ... but using his pic has made him hot as branzino grease.
We went to the deli website and it looks like they 86'd Sivero's pic.
Let's hope the suit doesn't kill the sando completely ... cause it sounds amazing.
Country Star Dallas Davidson
After Drunken, Racial, Homophobic Bar Fight
7/10/2014 6:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Davidson -- a famous country lyricist who's written huge hits, like "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "Country Girl, (Shake It For Me)" and "That's How Country Boys Roll," was arrested in Nashville early Thursday morning for fighting, hurling racial slurs and screaming, "There's that f***ing fa***t that punched me."
We're told Dallas was at Tin Roof in downtown Nashville when he got in a fight in the bar with various people.
Law enforcement tells us ... Dallas was challenging various people to fight-- swearing, punching his hand and screaming a string of obscenities. And they say he shouted various racial and homophobic slurs.
Cops say he reeked of booze and was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
He was booked at 2:50 AM and is about to be released at the time of this post. We're told during the time he was held jailers administered a "medical screening."
Dallas and his ex-wife, Sarah Davidson, are both stars on the reality show, "Private Lives of Nashville Wives."
PUTTIN' IN TWERK
Miley Ain't Got Nuthin' On Me!
7/10/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
She's 23 years OLDER than Miley Cyrus ... but Jennifer Lopez was out to prove she's the real TWERKING QUEEN during a booty-bouncing performance in Miami.
JLo and her big 'ol butt hit the stage at the "iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party" on the CW last night ... and threw her glutes around like a 44-year-old CHAMP during her new aptly-named hit, "Booty."
So, the real question ... how do Ms. Lopez's twerk skills match up with 21-year-old Miley??
I Ain't 'Fraid Of No 'Ghostbusters 2'
... Cause it Never Came Out
7/10/2014 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Steve Guttenberg can't remember if he turned down the lead role in "Ghostbusters" (as legend has it) ... but there's one thing he's positive about -- there was NEVER, EVER a "Ghostbusters 2."
Steve was so sure about it when we ran into him in NYC last night ... he was willing to place a hefty wager with our camera guy.
Problem is ... "Ghostbusters 2" came out in 1989.
It's pretty shocking considering Gutes is such a legend of '80s movies -- yet seems to have no clue about the sequel (albeit a bad one) to the biggest comedy of the '80s.
Watch the video -- it's possible he's joking -- but he seems really emphatic that the river of slime, Vigo the Carpathian, and the dancing toaster never existed.
We wish, Steve.
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I Got Something to Hide
Ryan Gosling's Baby!
7/10/2014 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
So this is ironic ... Eva Mendes -- now the envy of every woman on the planet and a sizable number of men -- is going to gargantuan lengths to hide the fact that she's carrying Ryan Gosling's baby.
Eva was leaving a parking structure Wednesday in L.A. when she ran into a photog ... hours after news broke she's 7 months pregnant -- allegedly 7 months.
She went through contortions to hide the baby bump, using a Birkin bag, scarves and everything else within arms reach to obfuscate the money shot.
Wear it like a badge of honor, Eva.
There's a Target on My Head
Thanks to Facebook
7/10/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The people at Facebook are heartless hypocrites ... censoring hunter/cheerleader Kendall Jones from posting the carcasses of the animals she's killed, but allowing others to post pics advocating Kendall's murder ... so complains Kendall's father.
Cody Jones says he contacted Facebook ... demanding they take down the "Kill Kendall Jones" page. Cody says FB told him to pound sand, because it didn't violate company standards.
The "Kill Kendall" page is a takeoff of Kendall's earlier postings ... where she proudly displayed her kills. The KK page turns the tables ... with the animals standing over a dead hunter.
Facebook tells TMZ, "We remove content and may escalate to law enforcement when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety."
GG From 'Shahs of Sunset'
Littler in the Middle ...
A Little More Back
7/10/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Shahs of Sunset" star Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi orchestrated a fat trade between her stomach and her ass ... and it looks like both parts came up winners in the deal.
GG hit up Dr. Rollins at Elite Body Sculpture in Beverly Hills recently -- same place Shanna Moakler went last year -- where she received a Brazilian butt lift and an Airsculpt Laser Liposculpture to suck fat out of her abdomen ... then had it transferred into her butt.
In all, we're told the quickie procedure took three inches off her waistline and removed 1 liter of pure fat.
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Chick-fil-A Run After Plea
Chicken With Your Anger Management, Sir?
7/10/2014 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is not allowed to get angry anymore ... but he has no problem getting other people angry ... by cruising into a restaurant that has become synonymous with homophobia ... in a really ugly car we might add.
Justin -- who just copped a plea deal in the egging case by promising to deal with his anger issues by attending classes -- celebrated by going to Chick-fil-A in Hollywood in his custom cheetah print Audi R8.
Everyone thought Justin outgrew the whip a year ago ... that's the last time we spotted it ... get it.
So now we know ... a leopard and an Audi can't change it's spots ... we'll see if Justin can.
He's No Gang Member
But Bloods Are Cool With Him Representin'
7/10/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is no gangbanger -- no matter how many gang signs he throws -- but one set of Bloods say they're cool with him acting like one ... because he's paid his dues in the hood.
Chris has aligned himself with the Fruit Town Piru set ... dropping Bloods references on Instagram ... but leaders of the Fruits (who'll remain unnamed) tell us Chris was never officially initiated.
The Fruits are down with Chris claiming he's a Blood because:
- He's hired several of them to work for him ... giving their Compton community an economic boost
- Chris comes to the hood and hangs out with them
- He shot a music video in the neighborhood ... and even included some of them in the vid
- He donated a thousand pairs of new shoes to Compton kids
Plus ... they don't mind the national publicity they've been getting.
This IS L.A. after all.