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Backpack Kid Speaks Out After Suing Fortnite Creator ... Over Floss Dance

12/18/2018 10:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

10:08 AM -- Backpack Kid tells us his mom and manager feel Fortnite is taking advantage of him, and he's letting the grown-ups handle the legal process. 

Backpack Kid spoke out on "TMZ Live" Tuesday, saying he doesn't care about getting a fat check from the lawsuit, because he just cares about people watching and enjoying his videos. Besides, he says he's got more important things on his plate, like his 17th birthday and new single. 

Backpack Kid is the latest to jump into the lawsuit game over Fortnite allegedly ripping off signature dances.

Backpack Kid's mom filed the latest lawsuit on behalf of her 16-year-old kid, who blew up back in 2016 when he posted videos of himself on Instagram doing a dance, which he called The Floss.  

Fortnite released the Season 2 Battle Pass in December of last year and, as part of the Pass, it offered a new, rare emote that it called The Floss. It allows the players who win the game to do the dance.

Just like Alfonso Ribeiro and 2 Milly, Backpack Kid says he's in the process of copyrighting the dance, but claims Fortnite has still ripped him off.

Interestingly enough ... we spoke to Backpack Kid about his dance in the game back in June. He told us he felt like they should cut him a check, but said, "It's not that big of a deal, I'm just glad it's in the game."

He's also suing 2K Sports, which makes NBA 2K, claiming it too stole his dance.

Backpack Kid is suing for unspecified damages and wants a judge to stop the companies from stealing his moves. 

Carolynn Kyungwon Beck and David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht are repping Backpack Kid.

It's not all bad for Backpack Kid tho ... he just premiered his music video for his single, "Drip on Boat," exclusively with us and his EP, "SwackPack Kid," comes out Wednesday. 

Originally published at 6:26 AM

CBS Employees Quizzed ... How Bad is Sexual Harassment at Network?

12/18/2018 12:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

CBS execs are reaching out to employees at the network to make sure what Les Moonves got away with for so many years ... never happens again.

CBS sources tell us, employees recently received a survey to help the network determine the "cultures and values" in the company. We're told there were around 100 questions in the survey, some of which invited long-form responses.

Our sources say employees were asked if they'd ever been sexually harassed or assaulted by someone at CBS, if they ever reported it, and if they ever felt threatened by management.

We're told the questions dug deep ... asking employees who had reported an incident if they felt their complaint was properly handled and if the behavior reoccured. Employees were not forced to participate in the survey, but they were strongly encouraged to do so.

One employee told us the survey felt like "an attempt to repair what has become such a broken network."

CBS announced Monday Moonves will not see a penny of his $120 Million severance package.

A statement from the CBS Board of Directors tasked with investigating Moonves read, "We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company's investigation."

In all, twelve women accused Moonves of various forms of sexual misconduct, including engaging in forced oral sex in 1995. He claimed every sexual encounter was consensual.

Moonves' wife, Julie Chen, remains at the network as the host of "Big Brother" ... but left her job on "The Talk" shortly after her husband resigned in September

Moonves' attorney, Andrew Levander, released a statement Monday saying, "The conclusions of the CBS board were foreordained and are without merit,” 

Quentin Tarantino Face-to-Face with Burglars at His Home

12/17/2018 1:41 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Quentin Tarantino had a scary run-in after a pair of burglars broke into his crib in the middle of the night ... and he ended up right in their faces. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the famed director was home Sunday around midnight when he heard 2 men in his L.A. house. Our sources say they believe the suspects broke in through a back window.

We're told Quentin looked around, found the guys and "confronted them." Whatever Quentin did seemed to work, because the burglars hightailed it out of there. The bad news -- they made off with jewelry and other property.

The LAPD is on the hunt for surveillance video in the neighborhood that could help them ID the burglars.

Quentin's just the latest celeb to get hit. You'll recall Magic Johnson's daughter, Elisa, escaped a home invasion earlier this month after 2 armed men broke in and made off with a Rolex, jewelry and cash.

Offset 'Take Me Back Cardi' Flowers ... $15,000 Rejection

12/17/2018 9:39 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Offset's latest bid to win Cardi B back with an assist from an elaborate flower arrangement was as ineffective as it was pricey.

Sources tell us that the "Take Me Back Cardi" roses that Offset presented to Cardi during her Rolling Loud set this weekend came from Venus ET Fleur -- famous for their real roses that last a year -- with a price tag of $15k.

We're told the arrangement consisted of 2,000 stems of roses. What's interesting ... the order was called in at the last minute. It took 8 people to assemble it in time for the gig.

Unclear if Offset personally called in the order ... but considering Cardi's publicist, Patientce, was in on the plan to get him up onstage, it's possible she's behind it.    

It's probably chump change to Offset -- or whoever ended up cashing out. Still ... sucks that these pretty petals went to waste. Cardi kicked Offset offstage. 

Minka Kelly This Ain't No Pep Rally ... Just Auctioning Off 'FNL' Memorabilia!!!

12/17/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tim Riggins said it first but Minka Kelly's the one truly keeping "Texas Forever" alive ... by signing a bunch of "Friday Night Lights" memorabilia diehard fans can get their hands on if the price is right.

Lyla Garrity, err, Minka slapped her John Hancock on TONS of 'FNL' memorabilia that's up for auction over at Screenbid. The items -- which includes a Panthers football flag, t-shirts and even scripts from the hit show -- can also be viewed and bid on at Screenbid's center at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hardcore fans who win the bids will rest easy knowing their money's going to a great cause -- 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the Minority Humanitarian Foundation ... a nonprofit that aims to provide assistance to immigrants and refugees around the world. 

Nearly 300 items will go up for auction -- from Lyla Garrity's bible to Coach Taylor's Panther football polo. Each item will include a certificate of authenticity from the studio. But, get your bids in fast ... the auction closes Tuesday.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose ... not with Minka heading your cause.

Offset Masks His Face at Birthday Party ... After Bum-Rushing Cardi

12/16/2018 2:28 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Offset kept the party going after crashing Cardi B's set with a second birthday bash for himself, where he covered up his face ... but not in shame or anything. Quite the opposite. 

After ambushing Cardi's Rolling Loud set Saturday and begging for forgiveness -- which he didn't seem to receive in the moment -- the Migos MC rolled on over to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A. ... where he was decked out in all gold and a diamond-crusted face mask.

He seemed to be in good spirits too, underneath all the headgear -- showing nothing but smiles as he performed despite the awkward run-in he'd caused just hours earlier. 

If Offset was trying to shake off any bad vibes, he certainly had enough pals around to help him forget. Eyewitnesses tell us tons of other rappers were there celebrating with him -- Kodak Black, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty and 21 Savage just to name a few.

And if the homies weren't enough, his label even gifted him a brand new Rolls Royce as part of the festivities. Funny enough ... Cardi gave him something similar last year.

It's like they say ... lucky at cars, unlucky in love. Or, something like that ...

Quavo 'Handsome And Wealthy' With $250k Grillz!!!

12/15/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Quavo is giving himself an early Christmas present that's taking a huge bite out of his bank account ... because he just dropped an insane amount of dough on some new chompers. 

We got the Migos rapper out Friday night showing off a new set of grillz, which we're told he spent nearly $250,000 on and got hand-delivered just in time to flaunt this weekend at Rolling Loud in Los Angeles. 

Quavo enlisted celebrity jeweler Johnny Dang for the pricey project, and Johnny tells us it's the most expensive pair of grillz he's ever made!!!

Here's what a quarter million dollars gets ya ... 125 flawless baguette cut diamonds -- 17.5-carats each -- settled in 18-karat white gold with an invisible diamond set. Johnny says the grillz took 6 months to make, an eternity by his standards, because he had to specially cut each diamond to fit each tooth. 

Quavo got his new ice tray Friday, with Johnny flying from Houston to L.A. for the special delivery. That's the kinda customer service $250k gets ya. 

Johnny killed two birds with one (diamond) stone because he also delivered this grill to Post Malone.

Good luck to anyone getting Quavo a Christmas gift ... it's gonna be hard to top his new bling. 

Evander Kane To Judge ... Unmask My Abortion Accuser!

12/14/2018 10:03 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

NHL star Evander Kane is calling out "Jane Doe" -- claiming the woman accusing him of stiffing her out of $3 MILLION for aborting his child must reveal her REAL NAME if she's gonna proceed with her lawsuit. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the accuser filed a lawsuit against Kane claiming she's been dating the 27-year-old on-and-off since 2015 and had 2 abortions during their relationship. 

But, in May 2018, the woman claims she got pregnant for the 3rd time -- but decided she wanted to keep the baby. It wasn't until Kane offered a $3 million check that she agreed to terminate. 

In her suit, Doe claims she went through with the procedure but Kane never ponied up the dough -- so she sued. 

Kane has previously denied the allegations -- and now he's filed new legal docs asking the judge to throw out the case. 

In his papers, Kane argues that even if he did agree to the $3 million deal, it was made in a private, consensual sexual setting and the court has no authority to enforce it. 

He also argues that since he's not accused of committing a crime, the accuser should not be able to hide behind an alias -- and if the case moves forward, she should use her real name instead of Jane Doe. 

Kane's strategy is obvious -- if the judge forces her to reveal her name, Kane believes she would be more likely to drop the suit out of fear of embarrassment. 

The judge has yet to rule. 

Stormy Daniels Stripping Could Help Pay Trump Bill$ ... But She's Not Interested

12/14/2018 1:20 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1:20 PM PT -- Stormy's publicist tells us there's no deal. She's declining the offer from Scores.

Stormy Daniels might be going to a familiar place to find the cash to help pay off her massive legal debt ... because we've learned she's been offered a deal with a big-time strip club. 

The honchos at Scores Gentlemen's Club tell TMZ ... they're sympathetic to Stormy's plight and are currently in talks with her reps to get the porn star in their clubs for upscale performances.

As you know, Stormy has been ordered to cough up about $293,000 for attorney's fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against Donald Trump was dismissed by a federal judge

Now, Scores is stepping in to provide Stormy with a revenue stream that's right up her ally ... we're told the clubs will charge a $30 entry fee on nights she performs, and they're offering Stormy 30 to 40 percent of the gate. The proposed deal is still being negotiated.  

Sounds like Stormy could soon be barnstorming around the country, because Scores has locations in 11 cities, including Atlantic City, NYC and Vegas.

Originally Published 1:00 AM PT   

DJ Pauly D 16 Shows, $$$,$$$,$$$? Oh Yeah, More Residency, Yeah

12/14/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Pauly D is doubling down in his love for Jersey by committing to another 2 years of melting your face off with epic tunes.

Sources tell us that PD -- who, if you've forgotten, is a world-renowned DJ -- has struck a deal with Caesars Entertainment to continue his residency at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City ... where he's been behind the turntables since first signing with them in 2012. 

The extension is for two years, and we're told it's valued in the 7 figures. There's more ... Pauly is signing up for 16 shows total -- 8 in 2019, and another 8 in 2020.

Pauly tells us ... "The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort continues to be 'the' place in Atlantic City to party." He adds ... "I could not be more excited to continue the tradition of providing guests an unforgettable experience. The past six years have been surreal and I couldn’t have asked for a better family than Caesars Entertainment."

It's kinda perfect timing for Pauly, seeing how MTV just reportedly renewed "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" for a third season following season 2's strong ratings. 

Birdman Ca$h Money Mansion For Sale ... At a Reduced Pri¢e

12/12/2018 10:29 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Birdman's putting his palace of a home up for sale again after more than a year without a successful bite -- which means one thing ... BIG discount! Relatively speaking, anyway.

The Cash Money honcho is listing his Miami beachfront mansion -- which is located on the secluded Palm Island -- for $15.5 million. Sounds like a ton of cash -- 'cause it is -- but hey, it was going for $20 mil last year. The place has been on and off the market since then.

If you're a picky multi-millionaire, the price might just be right this time around.

At almost 20,000 square feet, the house features 10 bedrooms, guest suites, a private beach volleyball court, 2 wine cellars, a movie theater and a chef's kitchen with a pizza oven. Basically, it's the definition of living large and lavish. 

Realtors Jeff Miller of Brown Harris Stevens Miami and Darren Weiner of Celebrity Advisors LLC have the listing. 

Baker Mayfield & Fiancee Dinner Dates Auctioned Off Raise $96k for Charity!!

12/12/2018 9:16 AM PST
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How much would you pay to grab dinner with one of the hottest young couples in sports??

For 3 lucky (and rich) Cleveland Browns fans ... we're told the answer is a whoppin' $32,000 each for a night out with Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson ... and it's all for charity!!

The Browns stud and his fiancee were the hot item at the Providence House's Deck the House auction event on Tuesday night ... with their dinner date starting a fierce bidding war.

The original plan was to auction 1 dinner ... but when the price started to skyrocket, Baker agreed to 3 separate evenings out -- ultimately raising $96,000.

FYI -- the Providence House is a crisis nursery that protects at-risk children and families in crisis ... and the couple has been very passionate about the cause ... spending time with the kids at a recent visit a few weeks ago.

We're told Baker was the star of the night ... and even tried his hand at auctioning off some of the items.

On top of the dinner dates ... Baker's game-worn cleats went for another $14k!!

Bake also got in on the action ... bidding $9,250 to win a purple guitar autographed by PRINCE!!

No word on who's gonna pick up the tab at these dinner dates ... but we got a hunch.

Cardi B vs. Ex-Manager Time to Get Grilled!!! Deposition Date Set in $15 Mil Lawsuit

12/11/2018 1:15 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B's 2019 calendar is filling up fast ... she's now got a date with attorneys for the ex-manager she's suing for $15 million.

According to docs obtained by TMZ, Cardi has been ordered to sit for a deposition on March 12. She'll be testifying about her legal battle with her ex-manager, Shaft. As we told you, he sued her in April, claiming he made her the star she is ... only to see her cut him off, financially. Shaft sued her for $10 million.

Cardi didn't take it quietly, and fired back with a countersuit for $15 mil ... and claimed Shaft overstepped the bounds of a manager. In docs, she said he tried to control every aspect of her professional life, and also her relationship with Offset.  

The court had agreed to delay her deposition back when she was pregnant, but now all bets are off.

BTW, there's a good chance Offset will be deposed for the case as well. No date set for him yet, but we know it would be sometime before April 2.

Mo money, mo problems. 

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