Shoddy roof work caused Jennifer Connelly's NYC loft to leak like a sieve during a big rainstorm -- according to a new lawsuit -- but the roofers say Connelly's to blame.
Connelly hired a construction company to make repairs to the roof of a loft apartment building she owns -- a refurbished 1860s warehouse. But according to the suit ... when a big storm hit in Oct. 2010, water from the rain started pouring into the building.
It cost $262K to repair the damage ... money her insurance company shelled out.
The roofing company has fired back by suing Connelly ... saying she let the roof fall into disrepair. The roofers say if a jury orders them to pay the insurance company $262K, they want the judge to order Connelly to pay them back.
9/13/2014 5:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like Justin Bieber is done living the bachelor life ... he actually brought his girlfriend Selena Gomez to Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather fight -- and she's gonna meet his boxing BFF.
Sources close to Bieber tell us the couple hit up the Hard Rock pool party Saturday and Selena was spotted with friends in a picture posted on Shots.com. Bieber also posted a pic poolside.
We're told Selena and Floyd have surprisingly never met -- Biebs usually rolls to Vegas with his boys -- but he plans to introduce the two after the fight.
Normally Lil Wayne and J.B. walk Floyd to the ring ... but Weezy is on tour -- so right now it's looking like Wiz Khalifa will be taking his place.
Jay Z Hints ...
9/14/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z may have dropped a HUGE pregnancy bombshell re: Beyonce during their concert Friday in Paris ... alternatively he's trying to drum up more publicity for their tour.
The first couple of hip hop were in France for their "On the Run" tour and during Hova's song "Beach is Better" he changed one key lyric that has the internet stirring.
According to an Instagram video which first appeared on Vibe -- we tried our best to hear for ourselves but it's tough -- Jay Z allegedly says "pregnant with another one" instead of "I replace it with another one."
Wonder if Aunt Solange will be in the delivery room.
What's The Big Frigin'
9/14/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Love & Hip Hop: Hwood' Star
I'm Going Bulletproof
Rap Game is Too Deadly
9/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hip hop producer Mally Mall is pimping his sick ride -- not for style, but for safety -- bulletproofing his Maybach because he tells us there's way too much shooting in the biz these days.
The new "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" cast member says he sent his custom whip to Richie Rich at West Coast Customs for what you might call the POTUS treatment -- full bulletproofing AND bombproofing.
Mall says the windows all have double-pane glass (with the holes to return fire if needed) -- and the frame is layered with steel plates. He says the vehicle virtually indestructible now ... though we'd love to see who was dumb brave enough to test it.
As we first told you ... Mally helped squash the Drake-Chris Brown beef -- but he says recent shootings involving Suge Knight and Chris Brown, and backstage at Wiz Khalifa's show ... made him think it's time for security upgrades.
Carpooling with African wild cats doesn't hurt either.
Dad Sues Russell Simmons
9/14/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Ocean's father just slapped hip hop mogul Russell Simmons with a $142 million lawsuit for calling him a deadbeat dad.
Calvin Cooksey -- who hasn't been part of Ocean's life since his son was 5 -- says he's been unfairly portrayed as a horrible father on Simmons' website, Global Grind.
In his lawsuit, Cooksey goes on the attack -- saying he wasn't allowed to be a father to Frank because his "Money Grubbing mother" moved, and hid the boy from him.
Cooksey says Simmons published lies about him without checking facts -- and worst of all ... never bothered to use his actual name in the posts about Ocean's father. Translation: at least defame me by using my proper name!
Cooksey is suing for loss of future income -- he describes himself as a singer, writer and inventor -- and thinks the $142 million should just about cover it.
We reached out to Russell, but no word back yet.
In other news...
Someone's looking for attention! 37-year-old Maitland Ward showed up to a fashion show earlier this week rocking a black sheer dress that outdid all the black sheer dresses -- EVER.SEE MORE »
GOOD GENES OR
9/14/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyler Perry presents a Tyler Perry production of Tyler Perry!
Here's a 36-year-old version of the "Madea" actor at a movie premiere in Los Angeles back in 2005 (left) and nine years later -- a perfectly trimmed version of the movie mogul -- who turns 45-years-old this weekend -- at a Detroit expo earlier this summer (right).
The question is...
SURFACES WITH WIFE
At High School FB Game
9/13/2014 12:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice and his wife Janay have finally emerged in public -- attending a high school football game with their daughter Saturday .... laughing and smiling as if they didn't have a care in the world.
The couple surfaced in New Rochelle High School in NY -- where Ray played ball back in the day -- and cheered on the school from the sidelines.
Interesting, considering Ray's middle school recently took down his football jersey in the wake of the elevator attack video.
Meantime, the NRHS football coach expressed SUPPORT for Ray -- and said he will always be a part of the New Rochelle High family.
Ray didn't speak with the media -- and left before the game ended.
BTW -- NRHS won ... big.
Forget My Weird Butt
Check Out My Underboob!
9/13/2014 12:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj attempted to erase the bizarre butt cheeks image Friday night in France ... by flashing a whole lotta underboob.
Minaj hit up Club 79 in Paris after a surprise appearance at Beyonce's concert ... and it was clear the singer was trying her best to distract the attention away from her ass ... for once.
In case you missed it ... N.M. performed at the "Fashion Rocks" event Tuesday in NYC and during the gig photogs snapped an awkward shot of her glutes.
In other news...
This is how you're used to seeing Sally Field, but the actress actually looks younger without all the face paint!
Tree Branch Whooping
Far Exceeds Reasonable Discipline
9/13/2014 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Montgomery County DA's office just said Adrian Peterson's decision to whip his child with a tree branch exceeded "reasonable discipline" and that is why he has been indicted for felony child abuse.
The DA says parents are allowed to use discipline -- presumably some physical force -- but it has to be in line with reasonable community standards.
The DA said reports that a grand jury had previously rejected the case are false -- the grand jury that indicted Peterson on Friday is the only to ever hear the case.
The DA says the grand jury heard the case for several weeks before making it's decision.
The stakes are high for Peterson ... if he's convicted of the felony he could serve up to two years behind bars.
Ray Rice Prosecutors
Our Boss Handled Criminal Case 'Shamefully'
9/13/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice's criminal case was handled "outrageously" and "shamefully" ... this according to numerous prosecutors in the office ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Multiple prosecutors in the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office have spoken with TMZ -- on condition of anonymity -- and they say it is "virtually unheard of" for their office to allow someone like Ray Rice to avoid felony charges. What's more ... they say it all happened behind closed doors ... behind their backs.
We previously reported ... the grand jury indicted Rice for felony abuse after viewing the elevator video posted on TMZ Sports. Rice's lawyer then petitioned for something called PTI -- Pre-trial Intervention -- which gives first time offenders a break ... reducing the charge to a minor offense.
As one prosecutor said, "If there is violence or even a threat of violence by the perpetrator, prosecutors almost always object to a PTI and judges always follow the prosecutor's wishes" ... meaning the case gets tried as a felony.
Not so with Rice. We're told the case did NOT go to the Domestic Violence Unit ... which is where it should have gone. Instead, it was micromanaged by Jim McClain, the prosecutor who runs the office and his number 2 prosecutor, Diane Ruberton. The Domestic Violence Unit was in the dark.
Another prosecutor said, "Never did I see a case this violent get PTI. It's off the charts abnormal."
The prosecutors say virtually everyone in the office was outraged when the case was closed on May 20. As one prosecutor said, "The video is disgusting. He [Rice] treated her like a pile of s***, human garbage, dragging her out of the elevator."
And it gets worse. We're told either on June 17 or 18 ... Jim McClain called all of the prosecutors into the conference room and said he would no longer use the Domestic Violence Unit to process cases where the grand jury indicts abusers. We're told McClain said it was just a matter of resources.
But our sources say McClain's decision is a disaster. They say the cases are now handled by overworked prosecutors who handle general crimes and don't have the time or training to handle DV cases. They have no time to help the victims through the process. Our sources say McClain has "all but obliterated the DV Unit."
As for why McClain handled the Rice case the way he did and then emasculated the DV unit ... none of the prosecutors have a clue.
McClain tells TMZ Sports Diane Ruberton is "one of our most experienced attorneys," adding she was assisted by a Victim Witness Coordinator. McClain also said he consulted with Ruberton and another prosecutor who handles PTI domestic violence applications, before deciding not to object to Rice's PTI bid.
McClain says, "Any allegation or intimation that this matter was handled by persons who were inexperienced or unqualified is baseless."
Tells Wheelchair-Bound Concertgoer ...
Stand Up or I'm Not Rapping!
9/13/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West refused to continue performing Friday night at his Australian concert until someone in the crowd stood up with everyone else ... problem is, the person was in a wheelchair.
Kanye was playing a gig at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney when he stopped rapping mid-song ... ordering the crowd to get on their feet before he'd continue.
An eyewitness told the Daily Mail Australia that Kanye said, "I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t."
One person in the crowd waved their prosthetic leg in the air and Kanye said they could sit.
Shortly after Kanye spotted another person in the crowd sitting down and once again stopped the show -- then sent one of his employees into the crowd to make sure the person was handicap.
Once the hired gun confirmed the disability ... Kanye said "it's fine" and rapped on.
As you may recall ... Kanye gifted his microphone to a wheelchair-bound concertgoer earlier this summer -- so it doesn't appear like he's got any issue with the disabled.
We also spoke with someone in the crowd ... and they say Kanye clearly didn't mean to offend -- the whole thing is just being blown out of proportion.
Booked For Child Abuse
9/13/2014 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson turned himself over to authorities early Saturday morning on child abuse charges ... faintly smiling for his mug shot.
Peterson was booked in Houston just after 1 AM and released a half hour later.
The football star is accused of beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch ... hitting him so hard it left welts and caused him to bleed.
Peterson actually admitted to cops he gave his son "a whooping" and says it's the same treatment he got as a kid. Peterson's lawyer adds that his client "deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
The Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game.