Eddie Murphy's ex-wife, Nicole Murphy, is a the victim of a suave con artist who walked away with a cool $7 million -- half of Nicole's settlement in her divorce from Murphy. According to published reports, Troy David Stratos, was arrested early Tuesday in Southern California and charged with 11 counts of wire and mail fraud, two counts of money laundering and one count of obstruction of justice.

Stratos, who changed his name from Stafford, is reportedly one of Nicole's old high school boyfriends. That explains why she put so much trust in him.

The indictment claims Stratos persuaded Nicole to invest the proceeds of her big-money divorce overseas, where she would earn a higher rate of return. He also convinced Nicole to put her Granite Bay, CA house up for sale. Stratos told her he had wealthy Middle Eastern royal families who were interested in buying the house.

He talked her into leasing luxury Rolls-Royce and BMW automobiles to make the property look more attractive. Stratos told Nicole, who wasn't named in the indictment, that he would include the cars with the sale of the house as a package deal.

But investigators say there were no Middle Eastern investors, and the con artist never put the house up for sale. Instead, Stratos secretly moved into the house and drove the luxury cars as if they were his.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, said Stratos has agreed to be returned to Sacramento to face the charges. He is currently being held without bond pending a bail hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

An anonymous reader sent in these pics of Beyonce shopping for baby girl clothes at Bergdorf Goodman yesterday. The images appear to be screen captures from a video monitor. The reader was shocked to see how much weight Beyonce had gained in just a matter of days. But we're not surprised because Beyonce will go to any lengths to fool the public into believing she's pregnant. It is already a foregone conclusion that Beyonce is not pregnant -- but her surrogate is. If and when Beyonce "delivers" her "baby", it won't be in a legally sanctioned hospital or clinic. And the "doctor" who delivers the "baby" will be on Jay Z and Bey's payroll.

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Beer hall singer Beyonce, 30, was spotted shopping with her mother, Tina Knowles, at the Agent Provocateur store in West Hollywood yesterday. Beyonce is on the west coast with her husband Jay Z who is currently performing with Kanye West on the Watch The Throne tour. This means that Bey, who is due to deliver something this month, is still flying on planes in her third trimester.

Any real mother knows that flying at high altitudes in her 3rd trimester puts the fetus at risk, not to mention it can be life threatening for mother and baby.

Gawker.com ran a Blind Item today about a surrogate mother who is living with her toddler in a Lower West Side apartment in Manhattan. The woman is reportedly 8 months pregnant, and looks bigger than Beyonce, who is supposed to be 9 months pregnant. Her rent is being paid for by an unidentified couple. The woman is described as "in her late twenties, and has thick, dark brown hair and medium-colored skin." And there is reportedly a "a full-time staff person and there is always a doctor or nurse on call."

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It was one of those astonishing moments when a celebrity is caught on national television like a deer in the proverbial headlights. It occurred when ABC anchor Katie Couric, who was interviewing the cagey singer Beyonce, reached over, and without warning rubbed the baby bump that has been at the center of controversy for months.

Beyonce appeared startled as she reached down reflexively when Katie copped a feel. "I'm sorry, am I allowed to do that?" Katie asked as she snatched her hand back.

When a woman caresses another woman's baby bump, the moment usually passes quickly between the two women.

But Katie's hand returned to groping Beyonce's baby bump a second time -- as if Katie wasn't confident that what she felt the first time was actually a human baby.

It was clear that Katie was performing a tactile examination of Beyonce's baby bump, which was first introduced to the world in September at the MTV VMAs. Prior to that, no one knew the 30-year-old was pregnant.

Judging from Couric's reaction afterwards, it was clear that she still had her doubts that Beyonce's baby bump was real. But Couric never expressed those doubts on the air. We wish we could have been a fly on the wall when Katie told her friends what she really thought about the baby bump!

Watch the interview after the break, courtesy of @Yardieiz4life!

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Yesterday MTV published an article on Beyonce that read like a diss pretending to be a logical explanation for why she pushed her reported due date up by 2 months (so she can give birth in peace).

The article, titled "Does Beyonce Have A Smoke And Mirrors Plan To Have Her Baby In Peace?", was a long overdue, disguised attack on Beyonce's credibility and narcissism.

We told you last month that the national media weren't all that thrilled that Bey tricked them by showing up pregnant one day, when she had been in the public eye all along. We told you that there would be some form of retaliation from the tabloids in response to Beyonce's blatant manipulation tactics.

But this all-out attack on Beyonce's credibility by a national music network seems bizarre when you consider their usual ersatz approach to Beyonce coverage in the past.

The article starts off innocently enough -- "Beyonce is one smart cookie". But then the writer launches into an SR-worthy critical analysis of Beyonce's baby bump -- complete with images showing the bump's ridiculous progression from zero to 5 months.

*(We highlighted the particularly biting comments for emphasis!)

Yes, pregnancy hits everyone a little differently, every lady gains different amounts of weight and begins to show at different times, but does Beyonce look five months pregnant in the first image [above] (from August 18)?

Which brings us to the second and third pictures in the above image. Again, a lot can happen in three weeks in the life of a pregnant woman, and we hold degrees in English and communications and not obstetrics so we are not experts in pregnancy, but the middle image is from Beyonce's performance at the MTV Video Music awards on August 28 and the third image is from the "Countdown" set video on Sept. 23. It's a dramatic difference.

It's also worth pointing out that the first image and the third image in the above photo were taken one month and five days apart.

It warmed the cockles of our hearts to see a national media outlet going IN on Beyonce. We only hope that more journalists will continue to expose her for the fraud that she is.

Special thanks to loyal reader Shani for the tip!

Oh what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive . . .

After months of lies, trickery and deceit, singer Beyonce has released a new video to further manipulate the media and her crazy Stans.

Remember I told you last month that I'd spoken at length with a source who works for a mainstream publication?

Well, according to the source, who begged for anonymity, it was determined through the coordinated efforts of other mainstream publications and photo wire services, that Beyonce has not been seen or photographed entering or leaving a doctor's office for prenatal care over the past 6 months.

We've seen many paparazzi photos of Beyonce entering and leaving several office buildings in NYC, but sources confirm there are no obstetrics or gynecology offices located in those buildings.

Anyone who has ever given birth over the last 100 years knows that prenatal visits are a mandatory requirement for the health of any baby. But even though Beyonce now claims to be 8 months pregnant (lol) -- she has not been seen visiting a doctor's office every week, or even bi-weekly, as is the norm for a woman in the 3rd trimester.

But she has been seen getting on planes and flying in her 3rd trimester, even though there is an increased risk of developing blood clots on airplanes when flying long distances.

This is only the latest in a series of missteps by Beyonce since she surprised the world with her magical "pregnancy" on the MTV VMAs in September.

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Beyonce, 30, and her inflatable baby bump device attended the premiere of her 'Beyonce Live at The Roseland' DVD screening at the Paris Theater in NYC on Sunday, Nov 20. While most of the fawning public has accepted that Beyonce is pregnant, it's hard to ignore the disparities in the above photos, which were taken just days apart. My attorney, Precious Anderson-Scott of the Anderson Firm, is due to deliver her baby in February -- just like Beyonce. But unlike Beyonce, Precious' baby bump is consistent in size and shape, whether she's sitting or standing.

Anyway, the entire concert is now available on VEVO. But if you want your own keepsake copy, the 2-disc DVD of Live at Roseland: The Elements of 4, will be in stores on Nov. 29.

Watch Beyonce perform "End Of Time" and "I Was Here" from her Live at Roseland concert after the break.

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According to the National Enquirer, Kris Humphries is ignoring that 30-page prenup requiring him to keep his mouth shut about Kim's silicone loaded butt.

KIM KARDASHIAN’s big booty is a big, fat fake, sources say – and her estranged hubby KRIS HUMPHRIES is threatening to expose the truth!

The reality TV sexpot insists her bubble butt is all natural . . . But some insiders claim the curvy 31-year-old beauty uses butt pads and say Kris filmed a video that proves his estranged wife’s prized posterior is phony!

Kris remarked to pals that, while he loves Kim’s shapely butt, it’s not the same as what you see on the red carpet…or TV.

“Kris told his buddies that it takes a lot of work for Kim to make her bottom look as good as it does,” said a source. “He revealed all her secrets – how she uses ‘booty pads,’ Spanx and other things to enhance it. When she takes off the Spanx, the pads and everything else, it’s not the same.

“He knows what the real thing looks like – be­cause he’s recorded it on his cell phone camera!”

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Embattled reality star Kim Kardashian is pulling out all the stops to save her career. First she hired a lawyer to muzzle her former publicist, blogger Jonathan Jaxson, who's been spilling all her tea -- and now Kim is allowing her high-powered attorney to reveal confidential client-attorney information to the media.

...Laura Wasser, who reps oodles of celebs, not only filed divorce docs on Kim's behalf, she negotiated her prenup. Wasser tells TMZ, "Our office did indeed negotiate and prepare a prenup for Ms. Kardashian. Given what I know regarding that document, it is not plausible that this marriage was a sham."

Wasser -- who is notorious for not speaking publicly about her cases -- tells us the negotiations were "prolonged" and dealt with financial issues "that go well into the future" -- markers that would not be present if someone intended a short marriage from the get go.

But knowing what we know about narcissists, it is very plausible that Kim wanted the marriage -- and everything that goes along with it -- except for the husband. According to sources, it became apparent to Kim early on that Kris was not going to be the do-boy that she wanted to give her the attention that she craved and shower her with praises all day long, while neglecting his own needs.

Sources tell TMZ that the prenup was exhaustive -- 30 pages, including exhibits, tax returns and other financial documents.

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Tavern singer Beyonce touched off a firestorm of controversy when she appeared on the 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' show without her infamous baby bump as she performed her single "Countdown" off her '4' album. Beyonce's washboard tummy sent Twitter users into a frenzy on Friday night.

Even more damning for Beyonce's camp was the fact that Fallon introducing Bey as if she were right there in the studio!

Holding a copy of Beyonce's album, Fallon looked into the camera and said: "Tonight she's here to perform the song Countdown from her latest album, Four. Please welcome Beyoncé."


The uproar on Twitter.com caused Bey's PR reps to release a statement claiming Beyonce filmed the appearance way back in August. But why would Beyonce do that?

It is unclear why Beyonce and her camp would lie about the performance, or why they would want her feeble-minded fans to believe that she performed months ago.

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Rap mogul Jay Z has come under heavy fire for attempting to profit off the Occupy Wall Street movement by selling 'Occupy All Streets' t-shirts on Rocawear.com without donating a portion of the proceeds back to the movement.

Jay Z quickly pulled the t-shirts from the website amid heavy criticism in the media.

The Occupy movement organizers say Jay Z is typical of the corporate greed that gave birth to the Occupy movement. Jay Z, Kanye West and Russell Simmons have been widely criticized for pretending to be supporters of the movement when they are really looking for ways to line their own pockets.

Before the t-shirts were pulled ... TMZ spoke with Grim, one of the leaders of the Occupy movement, who told us, "Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum. To attempt to profit off of the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet."

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