Hollywood heavyweight Garth Ancier says the man who accused him of rape ... has admitted targeting high-profile gays in showbiz to squeeze money out of them for his fraudulent schemes.
Ancier -- who's produced hits like "Married with Children," "The Simpsons," and "In Living Color" -- says Egan bragged to a friend about shaking down "Gay Hollywood" and forcing them into a financial settlement.
According to court docs, the shakedown was a fallback plan if a Ponzi scheme didn't pan out. Ancier says the friend asked Egan if he'd ever actually been molested ... and Egan said flat out, "God, no."
Egan has withdrawn his allegations against Ancier and director Bryan Singer ... but Ancier's suing him for filing a "frivolous" lawsuit. It might be the least of Egan's problems -- he's also facing up to 20 years in prison after last week's indictment for defrauding investors.
Dear, Dr. Luke ...
You're the Foxxyest Producer
12/23/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kesha gave her producer, Dr. Luke an over-the-top lovey dovey birthday card that makes it seem like their relationship is anything but abusive ... according to new docs filed by Luke.
The card reads, "You just keep getting hotter every year" -- and includes a handwritten note from Kesha which starts with the words ... "To the FOXXY-est producer EVER!"
Her note continues ... "Thank you 4 helping me make my WILDEST dreams come true!" She closes with a gushing, "I LOVE YOU!"
Luke submitted the card as an exhibit in his defamation lawsuit against Kesha -- who, of course, is suing him for sexual assault. Luke's attorney claims the card is from 2009 -- several years after Kesha alleges Luke started abusing her.
Also in the docs -- warm, fuzzy emails Luke says he got from Kesha's mother. One reads, "I hope you know, as much as you have been there for Kesha and me, that we will always be there for you, as family, and friends, if you need anything."
So much for friendship -- Kesha's mom sued Luke earlier this month for giving her PTSD.
George Clooney to Photogs
You Get Your Shot
And I'll Promote Mine
12/23/2014 8:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Step 1 -- Take care of business in L.A. by railing on Sony for caving to the hackers.
Step 2 -- Go to Los Cabos, Mexico with new wife Amal Alamuddin, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford.
Step 3 -- Have lunch outside with an unmistakable promotion for your tequila ... so when you get papped it's actually good for business.
Step 4 -- Revel that you're George Clooney and no one else is.
It's My Turn to
Ho-Ho-Ho It Up!
12/23/2014 7:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Jenner is through watching all of her daughters strip down and bare it all ... the 59-year-old clearly wants in on the action ... and the result is weird as hell.
Kris and Kendall Jenner won't be breaking the Internet anytime soon with this bizarre vid shot for LOVE Magazine's advent calendar ... it's a head-scratcher for sure.
When you're done eyeballing her long-legged 19-year-old daughter check out how a robotic Kris comes off like the sad mom embarrassing her kids at a sleepover.
Well ... at least they don't make out.
Take a look.
Would I Ever Work With Sony Again?
12/23/2014 6:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It was a simple question -- Would you ever work with Sony again? -- but Kevin Hart didn't answer ... or did he?
Hart -- who is easily the most talkative and approachable big celeb in town these days -- was leaving a club in Hollywood Monday night when our photog asked the question. It seems relevant, given that one Sony exec called Hart "a whore."
Hart, who initially came out swinging for "his brand" ... deflected our question in an interesting way.
Check it out.
Hawking Beyonce Stuff for Top $$$
Deep Discounts on Solange
12/23/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce's dad is trying to make ends meet by unloading tons of her souvenirs from her career in a massive garage sale -- which also features Solange stuff ... in the bargain bin.
As we've told you ... Mathew Knowles is having baby mama troubles -- which might explain why he started selling off some Bey treasures outside his office in Houston last Friday.
As of Monday, there were plenty of items available ... including a giant Beyonce poster for $200, old tour books for $20, and various pieces of House of Dereon clothing. On a budget? You can find a Solange CD for $1.96.
In the non-Beyonce aisle -- Mathew's also selling office furniture ... so, it looks like a total fire sale.
We're told Mathew shunned an attempt to haggle the oversized Beyonce poster down to $145 ... standing firm at two hundy.
Daddy's baby needs a new pair o' shoes.
I'm No Longer Kim Jong-un's Ally
... In Video Games, Anyway
12/23/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman no longer wants to be seen with Kim Jong-un -- at least not in a video game -- and he's threatening legal action if a video gamer doesn't make some big changes ... STAT.
The game is called "Glorious Leader!" -- and players can take on America as the N. Korean dictator or as his trusted ally, Rodman. The game was designed by Jeff Miller and his company, Moneyhorse ... and Dennis is not pleased with his role in the game.
TMZ obtained a letter Rodman's attorney sent to Miller ... demanding Dennis be removed from the game because it portrays him in a "negative light."
The letter makes it sound like Dennis has finally taken off the blinders when it comes to Kim Jong-un.
FUN FACT: Miller says he actually pitched the game to Sony execs in October -- before the hack went down. Pretty sure that's gonna be a pass now, dude.
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
SINGER BRENDA LEE
12/23/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brenda Lee was only 13-years-old when she recorded "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" -- which went on to sell over five million copies and continues to be a staple during the holiday season! Guess what she looks like now!
Turns Up the Heat On Snowboarder
12/23/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyga vs. Blac Chyna
Moms Can't Twerk Like That
12/22/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
After Woman Suffers Brain Injury on Swing Ride
12/22/2014 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A Tennessee couple says they came to Dolly Parton's Dollywood for entertainment -- what they got was a traumatizing experience that left one of them with lasting brain damage and broken bones.
Tedi and Derryl Brown claim in a new lawsuit ... Tedi went on the Waltzing Swinger ride, which is like a giant, revolving swing. She says she hung on for dear life after slipping from her seat and falling head first onto the hard concrete, 10-ft. below.
They say the park ignored the wet weather ... and the slick conditions turned the ride into a death trap -- resulting in Tedi's extensive, life-changing injuries.
They're demanding the park pay $475K in damages.
CNN Fires Back
12/22/2014 1:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CNN has fired back at Bill Cosby's lawyer ... defending it's decision NOT to include accuser Beverly Johnson's live-in boyfriend as part of a network special, calling him a criminal with an ax to grind.
TMZ broke the story ... Cosby's lawyer fired off a nasty letter to the network Friday, claiming it was rigging a story about model Beverly Johnson -- who accused Cosby of drugging her in the mid-80s -- without interviewing the man she lived with from 2006-2009.
The lawyer claimed during that time Johnson never mentioned the drugging and only heaped praise on Cosby.
But in a scathing retort, CNN says the boyfriend -- Mark Burk -- was not around when the alleged drugging occurred. The letter also minimizes the relevance that Johnson said bad things to Burk about Cosby.
What's more ... CNN says Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, failed to mention Burk has a criminal history ... multiple restraining orders keeping him away from Johnson and threats to kill her.
And CNN says Burk isn't credible because he filed a bogus lawsuit against Johnson for palimony.