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Ben Affleck

Sorry I Hid the Slave Owner

In My Family Tree

4/22/2015 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Ben Affleck is owning up to coercing "Finding Your Roots" producers to omit the fact one of his ancestors owned slaves -- and admits he was embarrassed by the discovery.

Affleck copped to lobbying the PBS show to hold the slavery -- which it did -- because "the very thought left a bad taste in my mouth." In the apology, posted on Facebook, he says participating in the show makes you vulnerable ... and he assumed it would not "include things you think would embarrass your family." 

The cover-up only came to light when WikiLeaks posted hacked Sony emails between Ben and show execs.

Ben says he believes America's slavery history should not be swept under the rug ... and adds, "I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors."  

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Blac Chyna

I'll Give You a Fat Lip, Kylie!

4/22/2015 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Blac Chyna has gone all high school on Kylie Jenner, posting a cartoonish pic of herself mocking the lip challenge of her nemesis.

Tyga must be chuckling ... his baby mama and current "girlfriend" embroiled in a lip lock.

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But maybe it's Blac Chyna who wins this one. She posted a pic of wax lips -- same as what she's wearing in the photo -- which she says she'll be hawking on her fashion line website.

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C. Thomas Howell

Fires Off Cruise Missile ...

4/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Cruise hasn't seen his daughter OR Ponyboy in a long, long time.

C. Thomas Howell -- star of the cult classic "The Outsiders" -- took a shot at Tom Tuesday at LAX.

Howell said he's still tight with co-stars Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe ... but wait till you hear how what he says about "Lord Cruise."

Stay gold, Ponyboy ... stay gold.

'Love & Hip Hop' Star

Makin' It Rain ...

As a Rum Runner!

4/22/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Karlie Redd Liquor

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" chicks are best known for getting ratchet on cam -- and now cast member Karlie Redd can fuel those fights with her own line of rum.

We've learned Redd signed a deal with Local Choice, the booze bottlers behind Tiny's Tequila (as in T.I.'s wife). Spokesperson KD McNair says they first approached Redd with the plan to create a custom liquor -- but going the rum route was all her idea. 

Our 'Love & Hip Hop' sources say Redd's getting a 25% ownership stake in her brand, and will be very hands-on. We're told she'll weigh in on everything from bottle designs to testing new flavors -- a dirty job that can get sloppy... if done right. 

No word on a product name yet. One suggestion: Redd Rum -- it's murdder.

Ok, the tagline needs some work.

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"Toasty" Guy in

MORTAL KOMBAT GAMES

'MEMBA HIM?!

4/22/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0421_mortal_kombat_toasty_memba_launchDan Forden is best known for randomly popping on screen during killer combos and at the same time shouting the infectious phrase "toasty" in the 1993 video game "Mortal Kombat II." Guess what he looks like now!

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Hayden Panettiere:

Learns a Valuable Lesson in Parenting

4/21/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Chris Brown

Baby Mama's BF ...

Royalty's With Me Now, Permanently

4/21/2015 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0421-chris-brown-royalty-kingba-INSTAGRAM-02Chris Brown's got a war on his hands -- his baby mama's boyfriend just staked his claim to baby Royalty with two new tattoos.

Nia Guzman's BF, King Ba keeps posting adorable pics of himself with Royalty ... and in the latest one he's flaunting fresh ink of a giant royal crown over the name, "Nia."

The tatts are definitely brand new -- because when he was photographed at Easter ... again with Royalty ... the left forearm was clean.

0421-SUB-chris-brown-royalty-kingba-INSTAGRAM-01KB seems to be responding to Chris' Instagram last week with Royalty ... where he said, "God has blessed me with my twin." 

It's gonna be interesting. Chris has DNA on his side, but as long as Royalty's in Texas -- King's got face time on his side. 

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Lindsay Lohan

Makes Ass Of Herself

... In Arabic Debacle

4/21/2015 3:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Lindsay Lohan had her own little donkey show on Instagram today -- when she tried to be inspirational ... and came out looking like an ass.

In an effort to look worldly and wise, Lohan posted one of those "inspirational quotes" in Arabic ... along with the caption, "You're beautiful."

Problem is ... the actual translation is, "You're a donkey."

As The Main Ingredient would say ... "Everybody plays the mule ... sometimes."

#MulePuns #IPitytheMule #MuleIntentions #DontBeMule #FerrisMulersDayOff #EdwardRBurro 

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Paris Hilton

Tinkerbell Dies

O.G. Purse Doggy Was 72

4/21/2015 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Paris Hilton's beloved pooch has gone to the big Barbie doghouse in the sky -- Tinkerbell passed away at the age of 14 human years ... roughly 72 small dog years.

Paris purchased Tink -- her first dog -- from an online breeding company in 2002. She was reportedly inspired to get the chihuahua after seeing the movie "Legally Blonde." 

Tinkerbell's led a charmed, yet difficult life. Growing up in the Hilton lap of luxury (and Paris' purse) has sometimes made her a target. In 2004, Tink went missing after burglars hit Paris' home.

Paris offered a $5,000 reward, but 6 days later Tinkerbell mysteriously reappeared. Paris never offered any details of how she got the dog back. 

Tinkerbell's also had to fend for Paris' affection ... since mommy now owns nearly 2 dozen other dogs.

Paris announced the loss on Instagram, saying ... "My heart is broken. I am so sad & devastated. I feel like I've lost a member of my family."

She added, "I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten." #RIP

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

MILLION DOLLAR BELT REVEALED

4/21/2015 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421_floyd_mayweather_manny_pacquaio_belt_photos_launchHere it is ... the $1 million emerald-studded WBC championship belt that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will be fighting for on May 2nd ... in addition to their $100-million + paychecks! 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the World Boxing Council commissioned the belt when the fight was announced .. and adorned it with 3,000 real miniature emeralds. 

The belt was revealed at a WBC event in Mexico -- and will make its way to Vegas this week ... escorted by a private security team.

#Swag

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Bruce Jenner

Cops Hunt Down Renegade Paparazzi

4/21/2015 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421-main-bruce-jenner-fame-01L.A. County Sheriff's deputies paid a visit to Bruce Jenner's Malibu house Tuesday ... then went on the hunt for the paparazzi who have been perched on a nearby hillside and taking aim with telephoto lenses.

It's illegal for photogs to use telephoto lenses to invade the private spaces of the people they're shooting.  

The photographers took pics of Jenner earlier in the day that were being peddled around town. They've also taken pics over the last week from the same perch and Bruce has confronted them. He said he would call the cops if they came back. Tuesday Bruce made good on his promise.

Bruce could, if he wants, probably get a restraining order against the photogs. He could sue them as well. 

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Zoe Kravitz Keeps Turning Heads On The Red Carpet

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Kylie Jenner

Lip Challenge Gone Wrong

People Are Pissed And Seriously Injured

4/21/2015 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kylie Jenner Challengeupdate_graphic_red_barKylie finally responded to the trend, tweeting, "I'm not here to try & encourage people/young girls to look like me or to think this is the way they should look … I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF & not be afraid to experiment w your look."update_grey_gray_barThe #kyliejennerchallenge has caused some of Kylie Jenner's super fans big problems ... and it's not just their giant lips.

It was bound to happen ... a day after the hashtag blew up online, complaints and pics of disturbing injuries from pissed fans who pushed the limits are now flooding social media.

Before you search #KylieJennerChallengeGoneWrong we have to warn you ... some of the injuries are EXTREMELY GRAPHIC ... ranging from simple bruises to extensive trauma requiring hospitalization.

Keep in mind Kylie never asked anyone to plump up but some of the results have been painful to say the least. Some recent tweets include ... "my lips bleeding and they hurt like hell" and "god help my lips."

Sherri Shepherd

Judge Says ...

You ARE the Mother!!!

4/21/2015 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sherri Shepherd has lost her epic battle with her soon to be ex-husband ... she's officially listed as the mother of the child who was born via surrogate ... TMZ has learned.

Shepherd and her estranged husband, Lamar Sally, have been battling in court since the child's birth in August and it's been all about the moolah. Sherri claims she was tricked into having the child with Sally and therefore has no connection or responsibility to the child.

A Pennsylvania judge begged to differ, ruling her Hancock belongs on the birth cert.

Lamar says he's ecstatic with the ruling telling TMZ, "I want her to go on television and apologize the same way that she went on there and accused me of being a gold digger and tricking her into having a baby."

We're told Shepherd was a no-show at the hearing.

The two still need to meet in front of a judge in L.A. to sort out the child support situation. He wants her to help take care of the child.

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