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Sheila E. I Want to Protect Prince's Legacy NO Interest in His Money

4/28/2016 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

428-prince-sheila-tyka-02Sheila E. is doing everything she can to make sure no one exploits Prince's music or his money ... but she's NOT warring with his family over her friend's estate.

Sheila has deep concerns that vultures are looking for opportunities to profit off Prince's death -- so she's offered her support to his family and Paisley Park reps ... according to Sheila's rep.

The rep says there's no truth to reports Sheila is fighting with Tyka, Prince's sister, over the estate. She adds, Sheila "has received no compensation nor will accept compensation" ... and she's already turned down multiple offers to get paid for "tribute" concerts.

Additionally, Sheila thinks all memorial shows should be authorized by the estate and all revenues should go to Prince's favorite charities. 

Katt Williams A Salt & Battery Bust at Restaurant

4/28/2016 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Normally we'd take a Katt Williams arrest with a grain of salt, but this one was over multiple grains of salt ... which the comedian allegedly threw at a restaurant manager. 

Katt got arrested late Wednesday night at Atlanta seafood restaurant Spondivits after he got into it with the staff ... according to cops.

We're told Katt's party walked into the restaurant and decided to seat themselves instead of waiting for a host. Katt soon followed and started arguing with the manager over the seating situation.

Katt allegedly settled matters by grabbing a salt shaker, chucking it at the manager and smashing him in the face. Cops say his lip was bleeding, and Katt had fled when they arrived.

Officers found Williams a little later and arrested him for battery (no salt) ... he posted bond and was released around 12:30 AM. 

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Beyonce Love Fest for Jay Z ... 'Becky Beef' Squashed??

4/28/2016 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Beyonce's Miami concert must have felt like a roller coaster ride for Jay Z -- one second she was trashing him, and the next she was gushing over him.

Bey closed her Formation world tour kick off with "Halo" and a dedication to her "beautiful husband."

Of course, earlier in the show she performed her new tracks from "Lemonade" ... which included that damned lyric about Becky and her good hair.

Jay was reportedly sitting front and center for the show -- no doubt laughing at the angry Beyhive, counting his their money in his head ... and checking out her ass.

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Prince Long-Standing Percocet Addiction

4/27/2016 4:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

42616-prince-getty-05Prince was addicted to Percocet for years before his death ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources connected with the singer's family tell us, doctors prescribed the powerful painkiller in 2009 when he was suffering from hip problems. We're told he had corrective surgery sometime around 2010, but by then he was hooked on the drug.

Our sources say Prince developed a sometimes debilitating dependence on Percocet in the years that followed.

TMZ broke the story, Prince almost died from a Percocet OD 6 days before he was found dead in an elevator.

427-prince-walgreensAnd as we reported, Prince made at least 4 trips to a Walgreens pharmacy near his home in the week leading up to his death.

We're told the feds are now investigating who prescribed the drug, who filled the prescriptions and under what circumstances.

  

Daphne Joy Wet in Miami

4/28/2016 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0428_daphne_joy_bikini_launchDaphne Joy took her talents to South Beach for a dip and some rays -- sans boyfriend Jason Derulo.

50 Cent's baby mama was down there with a friend for some girl time.

0428-jason-d-splash-01She was probably down there with Jason, because he was nearby in Hollywood, Florida doing a radio show ... without a shirt.

#Bangin 

Iggy Azalea Becky Now Ruined as Baby Name

4/28/2016 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Iggy Azalea thinks the furor over Beyonce's "Becky" reference in her album "Lemonade" has put it toward the bottom of the heap as a baby name.

Iggy was talkative at JFK Wednesday and wanted to make it clear ... she has no beef with Beyonce over Becky-gate.

On the subject of Nick Young ... good question by our photog about which comes first ... a Lakers championship or marriage.

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Prince Mad Scramble to Cash In On Famous Image

4/28/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0427-sub-prince-rip-shirts-tmz-ebay-01A free-for-all has erupted over the right to sell merchandise with Prince's mug.  

We did some checking, and turns out there's no particular law in Minnesota that protects a person's image after he or she dies. Translation ... when Prince passed away last week, there's nothing in the law specifically prohibiting any Tom, Dick, or Harry from plastering Prince's face on t-shirts, socks, posters, key chains and all things cheesy.

It's way different from places like California and Tennessee, where courts and legislatures have given the estates of dead celebs the right to go after people who try and make a quick buck off famous images. 

Fact is ... Minnesota hasn't been home to that many deceased international celebs, so it looks like the courts have never had to deal with protection of images after death.  

As a result, there are a bunch of fly-by-night companies that are hawking R.I.P. Prince gear.

We're told Prince's siblings are aware people are profiting off Prince's image, and they're considering filing a test case. It's unclear how the Minnesota courts will rule, but for now it's the Wild Wild West in the Midwest.

  

Lindsey Vonn 2nd Date with 'Vikings' Star ... Finally More than Friends?

4/28/2016 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0428-lindsey-vonn-alexander-ludwig-GETTY-01Seems Alexander Ludwig is ferociously battling his way out of the friend zone -- 'cause the "Vikings" star was out with Lindsey Vonn AGAIN ... despite the fact she claimed they were "just friends." 

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Miranda Lambert Anderson East Tells Audience She's 'My Girl'

4/28/2016 6:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Miranda Lambert's BF Anderson East told the world Wednesday night she's his girl.

With a little prodding from Chris Stapleton, who was headlining at The Greek in L.A., Anderson did backup to "My Girl" and Miranda joined in.

Your move, Blake and Gwen.

In other news...

Heidi Montag DISHES On Her Plastic Surgery Obsession, and OMG -- Is She Getting MORE?!

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Manny Pacquiao Beefs Up Security After Terror Threat ... 'I Had No Idea'

4/28/2016 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0428-pacman-tmz-01Manny Pacquiao says he had NO IDEA he was targeted in an alleged terror plot until the Filipino president announced it publicly ... but now, he's taken serious measures to keep his family safe. 

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Michael C. Hall Shoots Down 'Dexter' Rumors

4/28/2016 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael C. Hall is done with "Dexter," despite a buzz it might come back for season 9.

Our photog spotted Michael leaving Fred Segal in WeHo when he asked about the rumor. Michael was not 100%, but close enough to dash our hopes.

Chris Pratt I Ruined Aaron Rodgers' Steak ... My Bad.

4/28/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The mystery is over. 

Chris Pratt says he takes FULL RESPONSIBILITY for torching Aaron Rodgers' steak on a couples trip earlier this month -- falling on the sword in the biggest celebrity meat story since "Kim Kardashian, Superstar." 

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Don Cheadle & GF Our Remodeled Eco-Friendly Crib ... Yours For $2.45M!

4/28/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0427_don_cheadle_house_launchDon Cheadle's longtime girlfriend got her hands dirty with the couple's home and the result is a modern beach pad they're hawking for $2.45 million.

Bridgid Coulter -- an actress-turned-designer -- did more than a simple flip on their bungalow in Venice, CA. For starters, she raised the ceilings, and added a second level. The crib has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 360-degree views from its rooftop deck.

If the environment is your thing -- it has hydronic radiant heating under the floors, and remote venting clerestory windows (really fancy skylights). Plus, the yards are filled with local, drought-tolerant plants.

#NoThirstTrap

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