Nicki Minaj CLAIMS her dress was unzipped during her performance at the VMAs because she didn't have enough time to get ready ... but that's BS -- she pulled the same stunt during rehearsals.
Eyewitnesses who watched Nicki's rehearsal Sunday morning tell TMZ ... she walked on stage wearing the same dress -- unzipped. One eyewitness says it caught her eye because she initially thought Nicki had come out in a robe.
We're told Nicki was wrapping her arms around the dress in a "weird" sort of way ... trying to manipulate it to see how much would be exposed.
And we're told ... the VMAs created a make-shift dressing room right off stage -- draped with black sheets -- so she would have enough time to change.
Whatever, it worked ... everyone's talking about it.
Columbus Short is a Great Guy
8/25/2014 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short is the "best man" ... so says his former co-star, Jeff Perry, who plays Cyrus Beene.
It's interesting ... check out how solidly Perry supports Short. It's unclear if he knows Short just pled no contest to spousal battery and has another unresolved domestic violence case as well.
Columbus has also been charged with aggravated battery in connection with a fight at an L.A. sports bar. He was arrested in another bar fight in Dallas over the July 4th weekend.
Columbus also had a warrant out for his arrest ... for blowing off a criminal court hearing in favor of a Barbados vacation. And he got arrested for that warrant and didn't show in another case so a judge issued a second warrant.
Actors are loyal people.
I Missed My Snake
During VMA Performance
8/25/2014 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj delivered a killer performance Sunday night at the VMAs, but she says it would have been better if she'd had a live snake on stage with her as planned ... ya know, before it bit someone.
TMZ broke the story ... a 6-foot long Anaconda bit a dancer during Nicki's run-through of "Anaconda." She had the snake with her at the Forum Sunday, but MTV opted against using it.
When our photog spotted Nicki leaving Republic Records' VMA party at Project nightclub after the show ... she said the bit dancer was actually up on stage with her. She seems upset her snake wasn't there too.
Bet that dancer isn't.
Mike Evans Was Detained
After Nightclub Fight
8/25/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tampa Bay Buc rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was DETAINED by Miami Beach PD after a nightclub fight in March ... after he was KICKED OUT of the club ... cops tell TMZ Sports.
We broke the story ... Evans -- the #7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft -- was involved in an insane brawl outside Dream nightclub on March 15th ... and could be seen throwing punches at multiple people.
Now, the Miami Beach PD tells TMZ Sports ... the whole thing started after Evans was THROWN OUT of the club -- along with 2 other individuals.
VMA Party Shooting
Hot Model Hit
'My Ass Took A 9mm' Bullet!!!
8/25/2014 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fashion model Megan Hawkins just earned her street cred ... but it may hamper her career ... she took a bullet apparently meant for Suge Knight at Chris Brown's VMA party ... and took it in the butt.
The 5'11" blonde-haired, blue-eyed model posted photos -- showing her in a hospital bed and using a walker to get around -- with the comment, "my ass took a 9mm and I'm keeping it as a souvenir."
Megan -- who's just 19 -- was one of 3 people shot inside 1Oak nightclub early Sunday morning.
Here's an unspoiled view of Megan pre-wound. Enjoy.
See, I Told You I Was
Dating Katy Perry!
8/25/2014 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Riff Raff tried telling us he was dating Katy Perry months ago and we didn't believe him ... but Sunday night, the two looked like quite the couple -- the key word being ... LOOKED.
Following the VMAs, our photog spotted the happy couple leaving Mastro's wearing matching denim outfits. They were both clearly tipsy and joked about picking baby names.
But when you see the car door close ... and Katy's hand press against the window -- this all starts to look like they're both trying way too hard. It's not that we don't want RR to land a chick like Katy ... it's just that their gushing stinks of a publicity stunt.
Back in March, Riff Raff told us he and Katy were a thing, but check out the other girl in the video ... we assumed he was just kidding. Based on last night's video, we were probably right.
JLo & Casper
Not Ready for Primetime
8/25/2014 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart insist they're not back together, and Sunday night at the VMAs ... they went through great lengths to show they aren't ... which totally means they are.
As TMZ first reported, despite being photographed together last week ... her people swear they're leading separate lives and just friends.
So J.Lo and Casper walked the VMA red carpet separately, sat separately at the VMAs (except for a quick reunion for candy) and each showed up at Mastro's following the show ... but left separately.
Where there's smoke ...
'Game of Thrones'
Best Boobs On Show
Victim of Church Cover-Up
8/25/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The most coveted boobs on TV may stay covered ... and you can blame the church.
Everybody -- actually 90% of men based on Kinsey and probably 40% of women -- are drooling at the prospect of ogling Cersei Lannister's royal cans.
Here's the problem. The scene calls for Cersei -- played by Lena Headey -- to walk out of a church and onto the streets of King's Landing in the buff. The scene is supposed to be shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the church has a lot of power and a rigid policy against public displays of sexuality.
We're told the local film commission will not give producers a permit to shoot the scene because they take their cue from the church -- in this case the Church of St. Nicholas.
Sources tell TMZ ... they can't cut the scene because it's crucial to the story line and it's an iconic moment from the book.
So far ... producers haven't figured out a workaround ... and Hail Marys probably won't do the trick.
'Suits' Star Neal McDonough
Wife Flung Off Stage
8/25/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The wife of "Suits" star Neal McDonough was flung off a famous L.A. stage ... and it was captured on video.
Neal's wife was pulled from the crowd to dance with The Dan Band during a set at the Roxy ... when an attempted twirl went horribly wrong.
Watch as Mrs. McDonough landed in her hubby's lap -- almost randomly.
Drinks + Heels + Stage Dancing = Bad Idea.
Video Attack Isn't Enough to Prosecute
Snitches get Stitches
8/25/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight is way better at dodging charges than bullets … because even though he attacked someone at a pot shop, and it's caught on video -- he's not being prosecuted because of "insufficient evidence."
We broke the story -- which was pretty awesome -- Suge got denied at the Medstar Collective in L.A. back in February because he didn't have a medical marijuana card. He went ballistic and slugged a guy in the face -- which you clearly see on the video.
But prosecutors tell TMZ ... they're not filing charges because they believe video alone won't cut it. Who knows ... maybe someone was stupid enough to throw the first punch that wasn't caught on tape.
But we're told the reality is this ... prosecutors need witnesses and if you know anything about Suge, you'll understand that no one is talking.
As we first reported … Suge was shot multiple times early Sunday on the Sunset Strip, and after lifesaving surgery he's recovering in a hospital.
Still … no one wants to get Vanilla Iced.
Moments After Bullets Tore Through His Body
8/24/2014 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained video showing Suge Knight shortly after he was hit by 6 bullets ... and he's surrounded by cops with their guns drawn.
In the video ... Suge can be seen on his knees, crouched behind a white Bentley parked outside 1Oak nightclub ... and appears to be in distress -- although the gunshot wounds are not obvious.
Witnesses tell us he sought protection behind the car as other people fled the club ... where Chris Brown had been hosting a VMA party.
Sources connected to Knight's family tell us ... Suge took 6 bullets -- 1 in the arm and 5 in the stomach. Doctors recovered 3 of the bullets ... we're told the other 3 went straight through his body.
J.Lo's Secret Sugar Daddy
... At MTV VMAs
8/24/2014 8:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart REUNITED at the MTV VMAs ... if only for a quick second ... when the dancer made J.Lo an offer she couldn't refuse -- Skittles.
Despite the fact they were sitting in different sections, Casper made his way over to Jennifer's section during a commercial break with a sugary peace offering ... and the whole thing was captured on the VMA livestream.
As we previously reported, the two were spotted out together earlier this week -- despite the fact they recently broke up.
Signs of a reconciliation ... or did Casper just get played for some Skittles?
"Let Me Clear My Throat"
RAPPER DJ KOOL
8/25/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
DJ Kool is best known for his 1996 single -- which included Doug E Fresh and Biz Markie -- "Let Me Clear My Throat." Guess what he looks like now!