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'Smallville' Star -- Court-Ordered Champagne Shower

3/13/2011 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's out on bail facing 20 years in prison -- but ex-"Smallville" actor Sam Jones still needs to work ... which is why an LA court granted him permission to party in Mexico this week with his Playmate GF.

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Sources close to the actor tell TMZ, Sam was paid to appear at Dady'O Nightclub in Cancun Thursday night -- alongside his GF Karissa Shannon and her twin sis Kristina -- and in Hollywood ... that counts as a real job.

But Sam couldn't just hop a plane and fly south of the border ... the guy is awaiting sentencing for his massive drug trafficking case -- scheduled for June -- and technically isn't allowed to leave the country.

So he did what any other actor in his position would do -- he filed papers with the federal court in L.A. asking for a special dispensation ... on the grounds that he needed the money ... and the court actually GRANTED it.

FYI -- the photo above is from the actual event. Celebrity justice at its finest.


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