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Jay Z is suing the legendary hip-hop photographer who shot his debut album cover, Reasonable Doubt.

The rap mogul is suing Jonathan Mannion and his company, Jonathan Mannion Photography LLC, claiming Mannion is exploiting his name and image without the rapper's consent.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Jay says Mannion has Hova's name and likeness plastered all over his website and sells enlarged photos of Jay-Z for thousands of dollars each.

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In court documents obtained by TMZ, Jay Z claims Mannion demanded tens of millions of dollars when he asked him to stop selling the photos.

Jay claims Mannion is making an "arrogant assumption that because he took those photographs, he can do with them as he pleases."

Actually, he can do whatever he pleases.

As the photographer, Mannion owns the exclusive copyrights to the photos -- so he doesn't need Jay Z's permission to sell the pictures.

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Jay hired Mannion in 1996 to shoot the cover for his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt. He said Mannion took hundreds of photos and Roc-A-Fella Records used some of the photographs for his album covers and paid Mannion a modest sum for the use of the photos.

Jay-Z claims Mannion continues to prominently display his image on the landing page of his website, where he sells Jay-Z pics and merchandise for millions of dollars.

Jay is annoyed that Mannion continues to eat off his name and image by selling his most famous photographs. The rapper claims he has strict control over his name, likeness, identity and how his persona are used.

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Jay grumbled it's "ironic" that a photographer would take advantage of a once poor "Black teenager, as a piece of property to be squeezed for every dollar it can produce. It stops today."

He is suing to stop Mannion from selling anymore of the photos, and wants him to fork over any of the profits he's made off his likeness.

However, unless Jay Z can prove he purchased the exclusive rights to the original photos, he can't tell a photographer what to do with his photos.

Mannion will likely win the lawsuit, because the rapper is too cheap to pay the photographer for the exclusive rights to the photos.

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Tip "T.I." Harris laughed off Sabrina Peterson's request for an apology in exchange for dropping her lawsuit.

Peterson previously accused T.I. of putting a gun to her head during an argument a few years ago. She also accused the 40-year-old rapper and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, 45, of sexually assaulting her.

After her allegations went viral, dozens of women came forward and accused the Harrises of drugging and raping them as well.

Last week, Peterson demanded an apology from T.I. in exchange for dropping a sexual assault lawsuit that she filed earlier this year.

"Tell the truth about me, tell the truth about what you did to me and apologize and I'm gone. I don't want one dime and here's the other stipulation, do it within seven days... Within seven days, tell the truth and apologize and I'm gone."

The busy entrepreneur said the ongoing legal drama was taking precious time away from her growing brand.

"I don't want a dime from yo... but if I gotta keep drawing this sh-t out, if I gotta keep stepping away from my motherf--king brand, I gotta keep stepping away from my weed and my weed jars, I gotta keep stepping away from my motherf--king packaging, I gotta keep stepping away from my fundraising I'm supposed to be doing, my 12 million dollar fundraiser, if I gotta keep stepping away from my godd--mn desk to answer these godd--mn calls... then it is what it is."

On Monday, T.I. responded to Peterson's request by laughing. The father-of-seven posted a photo of himself laughing his head off. He captioned the image, "An apology? - Drako voice #WhatItsComeTo."

On Memorial Day, Peterson fired back by posting a "Narcissist Check List" along with the caption: "Pride comes before the fall."

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Russell Simmons is suing his ex-wife Kimora Lee for allegedly using his company stock to pay her husband Tim Leissner's bail and legal bills.

In the complaint, Simmons accused both Lee and Leissner of breach of contract, fraudulent concealment and breach of confidential relations, among other charges.

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Simmons alleges that he, Lee and Leissner entered into a business arrangement in 2016 when they joined his investment company Nu Horizons.

He said Nu Horizons made "considerable investments" in the "tens of millions of dollars" to Celsius Holdings, Inc. - a publicly traded energy fitness drink company.

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The lawsuit alleges that when Leissner was arrested on money laundering charges in 2017, he and Lee "conspired" to "fraudulently transfer" almost 4 million Celsius shares to themselves.

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They then allegedly sold the stocks to pay defense lawyers to represent Leissner. The couple is pictured with their son, Wolfe, in 2015.

Leissner pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit money laundering for the theft of billions of dollars from Malaysian wealth fund 1MDB in 2018. In order to avoid jail time, he agreed to forfeit nearly $44 million, reported Forbes.

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Simmons' lawsuit reads:

"Awaiting his plea deal and sentencing, Defendants Leissner and Lee, knowing full well that they would be required to pay tens of millions for bail and possible victim compensation, conspired and effectuated... an unlawful fraudulent scheme."

Simmons claims he didn't discover the fraud until July 2019. He asked Lee and Leissner to settle the matter out of court and return the shares, as well as pay punitive damages and attorney costs, but they apparently refused.

An attorney representing Lee and Leissner called the lawsuit "baseless".

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris responded to new allegations that he drugged raped a woman in a new track, titled "What It's Come To."

The father-of-7 posted a sheet of notebook paper on Instagram with handwritten song lyrics that seemed to suggest he is a victim who was sent to earth on a mission from God, and that "lying a** 8*tches" are trying to derail his mission.

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T.I., 40, and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, 45, face a lawsuit filed by a woman who accused them of drugging and raping her.

She said she was introduced to the couple at a nightclub after his concert. The woman said, after having a drink with the couple, they invited her to their hotel room with other women.

Eventually, the other women left and it was just her, Tiny and T.I. left in the room. She said she followed the couple into the bathroom where she disrobed, and Tiny began to wash her.

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According to court documents, T.I. asked the woman to rub him down with body oil while Tiny climbed on her back and slid up and down her back.

T.I. allegedly slipped his toes into the woman's vagina, and she recalls telling him "no" before rushing into the bathroom and throwing up.

She said she woke up the next morning and noticed her vagina was "very sore and had a burning/itching sensation."

She didn't explain why she waited years to tell her story.

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T.I. addressed the shocking allegations in his new track.

"This is what it come to / I was built for all this sh*t / God sent me here on a mission / That's the real Atlanta / Lotta rich white folk up in Buckhead wanna steal Atlanta... Willing to face whatever consequences for His vision... While I'm up against some lying a** b*tches / Damn. This is what it come to..."
 

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A Latina mother who recorded her daughter being paddled by an elementary school principal has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling a 6-year-old female student for damaging a school computer.

The unidentified mother was called to the school on April 13 to pay a $50 fee for the damaged computer. She said when she arrived to pay the fee, she saw her daughter, the principal, and a school clerk waiting inside the principal's office.

She said Carter and the clerk escorted her and her daughter to the child's classroom where Carter beat the minor child with a wooden paddle in front of other students.

The mother began secretly recording as Carter and the clerk bent her daughter over a table.

The mother said she didn't understand what was happening due to a language barrier. She said she recorded the paddling because she didn't think anyone would believe the cruelty taking place at the school.

"The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I've never hit my daughter like she hit her," the mother told WINK News in Spanish. The mom said she never hits her daughter at home.

She said her child suffers from psychological and emotional disorders, as well as physical bruises from the paddling.

The video sparked outrage after it was posted on social media. many were shocked that this archaic, outdated mode of punishment was still occurring in public schools.

The mother pressed assault charges, and the Clewiston Police Department has turned the investigation over to the State Attorney's Office.

School district officials said Carter's actions went directly against the anti-corporal punishment policy in the school district.

Paddling and other forms of cruel corporal punishment have been outlawed in most civilized jurisdictions. But there are still pockets of resistance in the Deep South.

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A Louisiana woman was arrested for refusing to return $1.2 million, mistakenly deposited into her brokerage account, Nola.com reported.

Kelyn Spadoni opened a Fidelity Brokerage Services account about a month before the firm installed "enhancement" software.

Schwab intended to transfer $82.56 into Spadoni's Fidelity account, but she received a jackpot of $1,205,619 instead.

Schwab immediately noticed the error and a request was made to retrieve the funds from Fidelity. But Fidelity sent Schwab a "CASH NOT AVAILABLE" notification, indicating that Spadoni had already withdrawn the cash.

When attempts to contact Spadoni failed, Schwab notified her employer at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Spadoni worked there as a 911 dispatcher for four years.

Authorities discovered that Spadoni spent at least $48,000 on a 2021 Hyundai Genesis SUV. Investigators seized the vehicle and recovered about 75% of the stolen loot.

She was arrested and charged with theft valued over $25,000, bank fraud, and illegal transmission of monetary funds. Additionally, she was fired as a 911 dispatcher and is being held in jail on $50,000 bond.

Schwab has filed a lawsuit against Spadoni seeking the return of the remaining funds.

In the lawsuit, Schwab pointed out that Spadoni violated an agreement in the contract that states if a client receives an overpayment of funds, they are required to return the full amount.

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Lil Nas X lashed out at Nike for blocking his bag after a judge issued a restraining order banning sales of his "Satan shoes" on Monday.

The judge issued the order against sneaker design company MSCHF Product Studio after Nike filed a lawsuit blocking the sale and distribution.

The Air Max 97 sneakers sold out in less than a minute following the launch on Monday. MSCHF claimed the sneakers contain one drop of human blood in the soles.

The one-hit rapper tried to circumvent the restraining order by giving away the sneakers for free on social media.

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He took to Twitter to inform his followers that he couldn't even give away the sneakers for free.

"sorry guys i'm legally not allowed to give the 666th pair away anymore because of the crying nerds on the internet," he wrote.

"I haven't been upset until today, i feel like it's f***ed up they have so much power they can get shoes cancelled. freedom of expression gone out the window. but that's gonna change soon."

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Some of his Twitter followers were unsympathetic. One fan reminded the rapper that fans are fickle.

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A judge has blocked Lil Nas X's "Satan Shoes" from shipping out to customers. It isn't clear if the few sneaker resellers who bought the shoes will get refunds.

A federal judge blocked MSCHF from shipping out the shoes after Nike filled a lawsuit on Monday, March 29.

According to reports, the Air Max 97 sneakers contained one drop of human blood in the soles.

Parents were furious that Lil Nas X exposed their children to devil worshipping. There is even talk of canceling the one-hit rapper.

In a response to the lawsuit, MSCHF bosses told the court the sneakers are "individually-numbered works of art that were sold to collectors for $1,018 each."

Nike's legal team questioned the marketing of the product. The lawyers said fans believed the brand was part of the marketing scheme

Nike's lawyers responded, "There's no statements that Nike is affiliated."

Lil Nas X is still feeling the backlash from angry fans who believe they were duped.

The "Old Town Road" rapper -- who came out as openly homosexual in 2019 -- said his new music is "who I am and what I stand for"

In a day in the life video with Vogue, he said, "I'm writing about my actual life and things that I’m actually going through. This album will give people a greater sense of who I am and what I stand for."
 

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Nike says the bloody Air Max 97 sneakers released by rapper Lil Nas X and MSCHF were not authorized for sale.

Lil Nas X and MSCHF launched 666 individually numbered pairs of shoes at a cost of $1,018 per shoe on Monday, March 29. The shoes reportedly sold out in under a minute.

In a lawsuit filed on Monday in New York federal court, Nike said MSCHF Product Studio, the company that partnered with the one-hit rapper, materially altered its trademarked product without permission.

The corporation was also annoyed that MSCHF used its brand to promote Satan worship.

"The material alterations include at least referring to the shoe as the Satan Shoe, adding red ink and human blood to the midsole, adding red embroidered satanic-themed detailing, adding a bronze pentagram to the laces, and adding a new sock liner.

"There is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorized or approved this product."

Nike is suing MSCHF for trademark infringement and seeking compensatory, statutory and punitive damages, plus all of the profits in an amount to be determined.

Nike also asked the court to order that the shoes and all marketing materials be turned over to Nike for destruction.

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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant publicly named the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and L.A. County Fire Department employees who sent Kobe's death scene photos to friends via text messages.

The NBA legend, 41, died in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on January 26, 2020.

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The mom-of-four was saddened to learn that officers showed photos from the crash site to friends and random acquaintances.

Vanessa filed a lawsuit against the four officers for negligence and invasion of privacy. She posted the lawsuit - naming the officers - on her Instagram page on Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleged one sheriff's deputy showed crash scene photos on his smartphone to a bartender at the Baja California Bar and Grill on Jan. 28, 2020.

The bartender approached a table of four patrons and "excitedly" stated that the sheriff's deputy had shown him graphic photos of Kobe Bryant's charred remains.

The court papers stated the bartender described certain characteristics of Kobe's remains that verified it was him.

The bartender was eager to divulge more graphic information, but the four patrons indicated they didn't want to hear anymore.

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