$1 MIL Life Insurance Policy for Kids
4/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Roger Rodas -- who died with Paul Walker in a fiery car crash -- left his children lots of financial security ... in the form of a $1 million life insurance policy.
Rodas' kids are 10 and 12. Their mom, Kristine Rodas, has petitioned for a guardianship ... presumably so she can manage the money on behalf of her children.
There are tinges of sadness in the legal docs. Kristine says she's the children's closest adult relative and their relationship is "loving."
The good news ... Roger provided well for them.
Whitney Houston Family
Nick's Not Welcome Here ...
For ONE FULL YEAR
4/17/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's sister-in-law just got a year's worth of peace of mind ... a judge has just ordered Whitney's son-in-law Nick Gordon to stay clear of her for the next year.
We broke the story ... Pat Houston got a restraining order against Nick last month ... claiming he made threatening comments against her and posted ominous photos of guns on Twitter.
Now a judge has extended the order for 12 months, so Nick can't contact Pat or anyone in her immediate family ... he comes within 200 yards -- he goes to jail.
The bad blood is long-standing. Family members tell us Nick resents Pat because she controls the purse strings of Whitney's estate ... and he thinks his wife Bobbi Kristina got screwed on her inheritance.
We reached out for comment ... so far, no response.
Billy Hunkee in "Soul Plane"
4/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Pinkston was only 15-years-old when he played the dweeby white kid Billy Hunkee -- opposite Tom Arnold -- in the 2004 comedy "Soul Plane." Guess what he looks like now!
... with Her Boobs Out!
4/17/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z Dethroned!
Who is the NEW Wealthiest Man in Hip-Hop?
4/16/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus Emergency
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MILEY SINUS EMERGENCY
4/16/2014 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus' hospitalization was triggered by a sinus infection gone horribly wrong, TMZ has learned.
Reps for Miley tell us, the singer got an Rx for an antibiotic called cephalexin (brand name Keflex) to treat a sinus infection after getting diagnosed last week in North Carolina.
We're told within days Miley's throat swelled to the point she could barely talk. She was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night and, according to her rep, doctors determined she had an extreme allergic reaction to the drug.
We're told Miley never got a cephalexin script before so she had no idea she was allergic.
She'll remain hospitalized until her condition improves. Her doctor says an allergic reaction of this kind can last 27 days.
Welcome to Boozy Island
4/16/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Accused of Stealing Music
And Lying About Permission
4/16/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Drake cheated and lied on his latest album -- shamelessly stealing a jazz musician's lyrics and then lying on the album that he got permission -- so claims the jazz musician's people.
The song in question is "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." The song begins with a 35 second monologue from a 1982 song -- "Jimmy Smith Rap" -- recorded by jazz musician Jimmy Smith.
According to a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Drake never got permission to use the clip. Even worse, represented in the liner notes that the clip was properly licensed.
Jimmy's dead, but his Estate insists in the lawsuit NO permission was given nor did anyone ask for it.
The Estate is going after Drake, Cash Money Records and a bunch of others ... gunning for more than $300K.
TMZ reached out to Drake for comment ... so far, no word back.
Wife Says He Threatened Murder/Suicide
4/16/2014 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Scandal" star Columbus Short has been thrown out of his house and his wife has filed for divorce ... after he allegedly put a knife to her throat last week and threatened to kill her and himself.
According to a new restraining order -- obtained by TMZ -- Short got into it with his wife April 7 at their Chatsworth home, where she claims he came into her room intoxicated with a wine bottle in hand, acted like he was going to hit her with the bottle and then unloaded the wine on her.
Tanee Short claims Columbus then ran to the kitchen for a knife, pinned her to the couch and began choking her. She says he then demanded they play a game he called "Truth or Truth." He allegedly said if she lied he would stab her in the leg.
She says he then started naming men he believed she was having affairs with. She denied them all but he allegedly then put the knife to her throat and threatened murder/suicide. As she tried escaping she says he slashed her tire.
The restraining order requires Columbus to move out of the house. We've learned cops were there today to ensure the peace as he moved out.
Tanee also filed for divorce Tuesday, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for sole custody of their 2-year-old daughter.
In addition to the incident April 7th, Short has been charged with criminal domestic violence and child abuse for allegedly abusing Tanee while their child and his son were in the house. He pled not guilty. And he was arrested for yet another alleged domestic violence incident a few weeks earlier.
It's interesting ... just last month -- after the first 2 domestic violence arrests -- Columbus and his wife put on a united front at The Grove in L.A.
Files for Divorce from Amy Poehler
4/16/2014 4:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is not a trick, Michael -- "Arrested Development" star Will Arnett has officially filed for divorce from Amy Poehler ... nearly two years after the couple separated.
According to court documents, Arnett wants joint legal and physical custody of their two sons aged 5 and 3. He also wants visitation.
43-year-old Arnett and 42--year-old Poehler got married in 2003.
Since they separated, Arnett has reportedly been dating Billy Joel's ex-wife Katie Lee and Poehler has been linked to comedian Nick Kroll.
This is Arnett's second divorce and Poehler's first.
BACK IN THE NBA!!
Suiting Up for Knicks
4/16/2014 4:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It seemed impossible after all his drug problems, but Lamar Odom has signed a deal to play for his hometown NY Knicks -- though it's unclear if it's just for a tryout ... or actual game action next season.
Cuts Off His Penis
in Suicide Attempt
4/16/2014 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A rapper affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday after he cut off his penis and then jumped off a second story balcony in what police believe was a suicide attempt ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Our sources say ... cops were called to an apartment building in North Hollywood at around 1:00 AM and found Christ Bearer -- aka Andre Johnson -- on the sidewalk critically injured.
Christ Bearer is a member of the rap group Northstar ... a group discovered by members of Wu-Tang Clan. Two members of a group Bearer collaborates with live in the same apartment building and tell TMZ they were there early this morning when Christ Bearer suddenly -- without warning -- cut off his penis and jumped off the balcony. They say they were not on "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing."
The two men say they rushed downstairs and Christ Bearer had already jumped up and began screaming incoherently.
Johnson was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It's unclear if doctor's are attempting to reattach Johnson's penis.
Johnson is a rapper who was in a group founded by members of Wu-Tang Clan.