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Britney Spears Appeals Court Says ... She Was a Drug Abuser

4/26/2016 2:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426-britney-spears-sam-lufti-GETTY-01Britney Spears not only had mental issues that landed her in a psych ward ... she was a drug abuser ... so says the California Court of Appeals.

It's pretty shocking, but new legal docs filed by Britney's own team include a 2015 decision by the appeals court which lays out Britney's struggles back in 2007 - 2008 in graphic detail.

The trigger for the new docs is an impending deposition in a case that squares Britney against her former friend and manager Sam Lutfi. Lutfi's team is about to take Britney's deposition, and her people filed a motion to keep him out of the room. The docs Britney's people filed included the 2015 decision.

The Court of Appeals chronicled the drama between Britney and Sam. The judges say when Britney and Sam met in 2007 her life was in turmoil. She was involved in a divorce, a custody battle and estranged from her parents. The judges add, "In addition, she was struggling with drug abuse."

The judges say Sam advised Britney about "the importance of getting clean." Britney's family claims Sam was actually the one who fueled her with drugs.

According to the judges, Britney asked Sam to manage her, and he accepted with 2 conditions -- she'd let him assemble a team, and she'd stop abusing drugs. He also insisted on the right to use drug sniffing dogs to make sure she stayed clean. 

The judges say despite Britney's promises, she continued to abuse drugs. It got so dire at one point Britney ended up sleeping in a parking lot. That also happens to be the day she lost custody of her 2 kids.

The good news ... after Britney's dad, Jamie, won a conservatorship, she stabilized and has become extremely productive in her career and she's become an attentive, caring parent.

Kim Kardashian Public Reunion with Rob ... Blac Chyna Too

4/26/2016 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0426-rob-kardashian-kim-kardashian-blac-chyna-X17-01Kim Kardashian is back to hanging out with her baby bro and his fianceé/her former BFF.

Kim was hanging with Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Tuesday morning in Bev Hills -- only the second time we've seen Kim and Rob together since before her wedding ... 2 years ago!  

We broke the story ... Kim played peacemaker in the family rift over Rob's shotgun engagement by having a sit down with her old pal Chyna.

So who's the third wheel? We'll call it one big happy family. For now. 

  

Mya on 'Lemonade' I'm Not Becky ... and I NEVER Have Been!

4/26/2016 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mya's dodging the Beyhive by declaring she's never been a side chick to Jay Z -- but she's not exactly giving him a vote of confidence on the cheating rumors.

Our photog asked the singer if Beyonce's fans ever came after her the way they've been jumping on Rachel Roy. You'll recall Mya and Jay Z collaborated on "Best of Me (Part 2)" ... and there were rumors back then.

So check out Mya's denial, and especially listen for her closing comment about Jay ... and men in general.

#FueltoFire

Prince Cops Interview Family Attorney Claims Percocet, Cocaine Use

4/26/2016 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-gettyPolice in the Prince death investigation have interviewed a lawyer who repped 2 of the singer's siblings who claimed Prince abused Percocet and cocaine and they feared he'd "die young." 

Mike Padden is an attorney who repped Prince's half sister Lorna and stepbrother Duane in the early 2000s. Padden tells TMZ both Lorna and Duane separately told him Prince regularly abused the drugs. BTW, Duane was very close to Prince and even worked as his bodyguard.  

We're told the lawyer contacted the cops and they called him back over the weekend for an interview and he relayed the information about the drugs.

Duane died in 2011 and Lorna passed in 2006, so Padden's information is not up to date. Another very close family member -- who was in touch with Prince 'til the end -- also tells TMZ Prince had used those drugs for many years.

There's another point of view ... we've spoken with several people who were around Prince in the last few years of his life who say they saw no evidence of drug use ... saying Prince was a "health nut."

As we reported, Prince OD'd on Percocet 6 days before he died.

The investigation into his death is ongoing.

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Adam Sandler Sings George Harrison Classic For Shandling Memorial

4/26/2016 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Adam Sandler surprised some huge comedians with an emotional performance at Garry Shandling's memorial service.

Sandler hit the stage to sing George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" during Sunday's event in L.A. ... which was hosted by Judd Apatow.

We're told the memorial was equal parts somber and hysterical -- no surprise, considering who was in the room. What's a memorial service without a penis joke or two, right? 

Some of the celebs there included Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Linda DoucettConan O'Brien, Kevin Nealon, Ray Romano, Jon Favreau, Tim Allen, Vince Vaughn, Cheryl Hines and many more.

Shandling died in March of a massive heart attack.

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Chris Hemsworth Shreddin' with Kelly Slater ... While Lil Bro Videos

4/26/2016 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0426-kelly-slater-chris-hemsworth-surfing-INF-01It was surf god meets Norse god in Australia ... when "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth hit the beach with Kelly Slater for a celeb surf session ... while Chris' famous bro Liam played the role of photog. 

Chris and Kelly paddled out together Monday in Byron Bay -- where they caught waves, shot the breeze and escaped the clutches of the great white sharks that frequent the area. 

The entire surf sesh was caught on video by Chris' lil bro Liam Hemsworth -- who's not exactly small potatoes ... he's starring in the upcoming 'Independence Day' sequel.

Can't afford to get mauled by a shark right before the promotional tour! 

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Kid Rock 911 Call ... 'I Need a F****** Ambulance!'

4/26/2016 11:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An emotional Kid Rock called 911 after finding the body of his assistant who died in an ATV wreck.

You can hear Rock's frustration with the 911 operator as he demands an ambulance come to his house.

At one point, the rocker is so upset, he hands the phone to a friend to finish the call.

Paris Hilton Transcontinental Distance Caused Breakup with Swiss BF

4/26/2016 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426-paris-hilton-tom-gross-tmz-instagram-01Paris Hilton struggled with life in the luxurious Swiss Alps, and that's the main factor in her breakup with boyfriend Thomas Gross.

Sources close to Paris tell TMZ she and the Swiss multimillionaire called things off over a month ago. The main problem is they both have their own empires running in different countries. Thomas' work is in Switzerland, while Paris' fashion and DJ work has her between L.A. and Ibiza.

Paris was also unhappy being away from her sister and mom. We're told although she had carte blanche to Gross' private jet and first class commercial flights ... the 12-hour flight between L.A. and Switzerland proved too much over time.

Paris made the round trip several times a month, staying in Cali for a few days each time.

Another factor -- we're told she really missed her dogs, which remained in L.A. during the year she and Thomas dated. 

Michael Strahan Leaving 'Live' for Good in Two Weeks

4/26/2016 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Strahan's getting the hell outta dodge months earlier than anticipated -- instead of staying at 'Live' through the summer, he'll be gone in just over 2 weeks. 

Sources connected to the show tell us Michael's last day will be Friday, May 13. We're told an internal memo went around to the show staff Tuesday morning ... just as Kelly Ripa finally returned to the show.

The memo reads: "After meeting with the producers of both 'Live' and "Good Morning America," and after speaking with Kelly and Michael, we have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future."

"To that end, Michael's last day on 'Live' will be Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have an appropriate send off for him during the May sweeps, but to also immediately give Kelly and the producers an opportunity to begin the on-air search for a new co-host."

When Strahan's move to 'GMA' was announced, Disney said he'd be at 'Live' through August -- but that was before Ripa staged her protest

The memo also said, "This plan also allows 'GMA' to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September."

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Kid Rock's Assistant Severe Blow to Head in ATV Death

4/26/2016 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kid Rock's assistant, Michael Sacha, suffered horrific head injuries in the fatal ATV accident at the singer's Nashville home ... according to emergency responders.

TMZ obtained the audio of the fire department dispatch ... as paramedics raced to the scene on Monday morning. The dispatch operator describes Sacha's injuries and says the 911 caller "thinks [Michael]'s beyond any help."

As we reported ... Kid Rock and a friend called 911 when they found Sacha face down in an embankment off Kid's driveway.

Prince Sister Files Legal Docs Saying There's No Will

4/26/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42116-prince-getty-03Prince's sister Tyka has filed legal docs to open a probate case ... and she says as far as she can tell he left no will.

TMZ has obtained probate documents filed in Minnesota, in which Tyka asks the judge to appoint a "special administrator." Under Minnesota law, a special administrator is someone who is appointed when there is no executor named in a will.  

Tyka says in her docs, "I do not know of the existence of a will and have no reason to believe that the decedent executed testamentary documents in any form." 

If Prince did indeed die without a will, the estate is divided equally among his siblings.  

Tyka lists the people who are potential beneficiaries ... all of whom are half brothers and sisters. They are John, Norrine, Sharon, Alfred and Omarr. They are all living siblings of Prince. She also says she's an heir entitled to her cut.  

It's interesting ... Tyka names Lorna as a deceased half sister who left no kids. Under Minnesota law Lorna's out of the game when it comes to getting assets. But Tyka never even mentions Duane, reportedly Prince's half brother, who is also deceased.

There's also a line in the docs in which Tyka says, "The decedent has heirs whose identities and addresses need to be determined."

Tyka then names Bremer Trust, National Association, which she wants to serve as the official administrator of Prince's estate. Tyka says she wants Bremer Bank because they have provided financial services to Prince for years, and they are well versed in his affairs and best suited to protect his assets.

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Beyoncé’s Curves Are MAJORLY Photoshopped -- Shocking Accusation!

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Susan Boyle Freaks Out at Airport ... Hospitalized for Evaluation

4/26/2016 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426-susan-boyle-GETTy-01Susan Boyle was removed from Heathrow Airport by ambulance after losing it on airline staffers ... and TMZ has learned she's now recovering at home. 

London cops were called to the British Airways lounge on Monday afternoon for reports of a distressed woman. We're told the officers took Boyle away against her will ... out of concern for her health, and she was hospitalized for evaluation.

Witnesses say she was throwing a massive tantrum when cops arrived on the scene.

Susan's reps tell us she was never on a psychiatric hold. The singer's revealed she has Asperger's Syndrome ... which her rep says caused Monday's emotional outburst.

We're told Susan was eventually released, and caught a flight back home to Scotland.

  

Kelly Ripa I Got My Apology and Some Respect

4/26/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan proved they're not only good hosts ... they're really good actors.

Kelly and Michael locked hands as they walked out ... a little surreal given that they have bad feelings toward each other.

She took the spotlight and was not the least bit contrite about boycotting the show for 2 days ... something she readily acknowledged. To the contrary, she said she got what she was looking for ... an apology from Disney for what she believes is a lack of respect.

Check out the video ... even when she mentions Michael they never show him.

Weird, and uncomfortable.

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