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Justin Bieber Sorry, GOP ... I'm Not for Sale

7/29/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-justin-bieber-gop-convention-tmz-getty-01Justin Bieber got a $5 million offer to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention, but turned it down after his manager considered quitting and LeBron James urged him to reject it ... sources tell TMZ.

Sources connected with CAA -- the talent agency which reps Bieber and received the offer -- tell us a promoter contacted Justin's people with the offer, saying he would perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held.

We're told the promoter assured Justin's people the event was "not political" and Justin would not be endorsing Trump or any GOP policies. 

According to the contract, the $5 million was bankrolled by GOP donors. The money was to be paid "up front" -- before Justin even arrived. The donors would also cover production expenses.

It represented the biggest single payday ever for Justin. Or, for that matter, just about any other singer, and he seriously considered doing it ... partly because he's Canadian and didn't have a dog in the fight and partly because of the money.

Manager Scooter Braun, a big Hillary Clinton supporter who even held a fundraiser for her at his L.A. home, had big problems with the offer ... as did CAA. Scooter and CAA felt, regardless of the representations, this was "100 percent political."

0728-scooter_braun_hillary_clinton_fundraiser_InstagramWe're told Scooter wasn't heavy-handed at first, and talked to Justin about putting Black Lives Matter banners up in the venue. We're told Braun was told he could not display BLM banners, but the donors would accept banners that read "All Lives Matter." The donors also made it clear ... Justin could say nothing disparaging about Trump or the GOP.

We're told Scooter told Justin it was up to him if he wanted to do the show, but he said he couldn't continue to represent the singer if he did, out of principle. Scooter felt the GOP was using Bieber as its tool.

Our sources say the promoter told Scooter ... LeBron James himself was also going to attend an event in Cleveland, welcoming the GOP without taking a political stand. The sources tell us Justin's people got in touch with LeBron's people, and they were told LeBron would actually not be in Cleveland for the convention and urged Justin not to go as well.

On top of all that, we're told Justin's band, comprised entirely of African-Americans, did not want to do the show.

In the end, Justin turned the offer down.

'The Preachers' Host John Gray Wife Melts Down During Standoff With Flight Attendants

7/29/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The wife of "The Preachers" host John Gray got into a heated showdown with cops and flight attendants ... some of whom ended up getting booted off the plane ... TMZ has learned.

Aventer Gray was flying from L.A. to Texas, and as the flight was pulling back from the gate she decided to swap seats -- letting the nanny take the first class seat, while Aventer and her 2 kids sat in coach.

That didn't bode well with the flight crew, who thought Aventer was looking for an empty seat in the back. They tried to stop her, but Aventer didn't listen.

The flight attendants asked her to leave the plane, and when Aventer again refused ... they called police for backup. Aventer remained seated, but started crying during a heated convo with officers.

You can hear her going off in the video about how she has a right to sit in the seats since she paid for them. She also got her husband, Rev. Gray -- who is Joel Osteen's associate pastor -- on FaceTime ... and he was NOT happy.

Aventer eventually deplaned, and hashed things out with American. She was allowed back on, but 2 of the flight attendants were swapped out ... to avoid any further drama, we're guessing. The flight took off after about a 2 hour delay.

The video is interesting -- other passengers didn't seem pissed about the delay, but they were angry about how Aventer was being treated. 

'Improv' Comedy Club Owner House Built On Laughs for Sale

7/29/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The guy who helped give Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David their starts in stand-up is looking to unload his Hollywood Hills pad.

Mark Lonow -- a longtime partner at The Improv comedy club franchise -- is selling the 5 bedroom, 3 bath crib for $2 million. He's lived in the 3,700 square foot property for the last 16 years. 

Easy to see why Mark, who's also actor and producer, stayed so long -- gorgeous hardwood floors, high vaulted ceilings and a sweet pool and hot tub out back. Adam Mahler at A Team Realty is listing the house, which is deceivingly rustic outside, but you gotta check out the interior.  

Good stuff. Almost as good as when Mark got to punch Adam Sandler ... 

'Legally Blonde' Actor Not So Sweet 16 ... Files for Divorce

7/29/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0728-oz-perkins-sydney-perkins-GETTY-01Oz Perkins -- the actor Reese Witherspoon bitch-slapped in "Legally Blonde" -- is calling it quits on his marriage after 16 years.

Oz, the son of late acting legend Anthony Perkins ... just filed for divorce from Sidney Perkins. According to the divorce petition ... he's asking the court to hold off on deciding spousal support.

Interestingly, he lists their separation date as TBD. That date would be the cutoff point for sharing their assets.

Oz and Sidney got married in 1999. They have two minor kiddos -- 11 and 7 -- and he's requesting joint custody.

'Superboy' 'MEMBA HIM?!

7/29/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

gerard_christopher_superboy_now_photos_launchGerard Christopher is best known for playing the high-flying Clark Kent -- opposite Stacy Haiduk as Lana Lang -- in the late '80s action show "Superboy." Guess what he looks like now!

Orlando Bloom I'm with HER ... All Access with Katy Perry at DNC

7/28/2016 8:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-katy-perry-orlando-bloom-tmzKaty Perry had an A-list escort to the DNC stage Thursday night.

Orlando Bloom was right by her side in the moments before Katy stepped out to perform her hits, "Rise" and "Roar" ... just ahead of Hillary Clinton's intro in Philly's Wells Fargo Arena.

Our DNC sources tell us both of them milled around backstage, talking to fans and taking in all the hoopla.

You can tell by the look on her face, Katy -- who's performed at multiple Clinton campaign events -- was all business about her role in the historic night.

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Ronda Rousey Not Preggo

7/28/2016 7:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

071516-ronda-rousey-tmzRonda Rousey is NOT with child ... despite rumors perpetuated by rival UFC fighter Cris "Cyborg" Justino, so says UFC prez Dana White. 

Earlier today, Cyborg went to Twitter and wrote, "I keep hearing the rumor @RondaRousey is expecting and no longer fighting #ufc205 if true congrats on the new life."

Ronda has previously talked about having children with her boyfriend Travis Browne -- but never gave a time frame. 

But we spoke with White ...who tells us he talked with Ronda on the phone after the Cyborg tweet and she assured him it just ain't true.

Still no word on when she's expected to get back in the octogon. 

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Bella Thorne & Dane Cook Yeah, We're Together ... But It's Not Like That

7/28/2016 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-dane-cook-bella-thorne-jeep-wrangler-AKMGSI-02Bella Thorne and Dane Cook looked like two peas in a pod hitting the town Wednesday night ... but we're told the hangout was strictly business.

Sources close to the pair tell TMZ ... Thorne, 18, and Cook, 44, are working on a new movie together and have been spending a lot of time together off-camera to bond. We're told the pics of them leaving the Improv are just that ... there's no type of relationship.

Thorne's been dating Gregg Sulkin for over a year and we're told things are just as good as ever between the two. 

Case closed. 

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Usher Ping-Pong Master on 6th Ave

7/28/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Usher's just the latest celeb to piss off drivers on NYC's 6th Ave ... only this time it was for the sake of ping-pong. 

The R&B superstar obviously needs to work on his serve -- as you can see -- after getting into a quick match with jeweler to the stars Mr. Flawless ... who's made it a habit to block off the busy one-way street for photo shoots right outside his shop. 

Usher proved to be a good sport though -- and apparently this publicity stunt hasn't gotten anybody busted ... at least not yet. 

Check out the vid for yourself ... something tells us it won't be the last time you see Mr. Flawless getting honked at on 6th Ave

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Phaedra Parks Bombing Suspect Is Former Client

7/28/2016 2:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0728-phaedra-parks-TMZ-02Phaedra Parks has history with the man who allegedly threatened to blow up her law office, because she was once his manager and lawyer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Terrence Cook -- aka Drama -- tell us Phaedra managed his music career back in 2000 when he was an up-and-coming rapper in Atlanta.

She was also his lawyer in a 2003 robbery case before she was removed as counsel. Cook served 12 years in prison for that case.

0728-phaedra-parks-man-arrested-cook-in-custody-TWITTER-03We're told after Cook was released from prison in 2015 ... he told friends he was going to Miami to meet up with Phaedra and shoot an episode of 'Real Housewives.' While in Miami, we're told he got seriously injured in a skydiving accident, and has been on the mend since.

Sources close to Cook say he blamed Phaedra for his downfall in life ... including his long prison term, defunct rap career, and skydiving injury. For the record, Bravo says Cook was never invited to shoot a 'Housewives' episode.

As we previously reported -- Cook was arrested Thursday morning when he showed up to what he thought was Phaedra's law office claiming he had a bomb strapped to his leg. Cops said he had an envelope and book, but determined there was no bomb. 

Justin Timberlake Face Slap Culprit Was Bombed ... Cops Say

7/28/2016 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The overzealous fan who slapped Justin Timberlake on a golf course was beyond drunk at the time of the incident, according to cops.

TMZ obtained the Douglas County Sheriff's report which says Keith Weglin's BAC was 0.18% when he got to jail ... more than twice the legal limit.

TMZ broke the story ... Keith was nabbed by cops after striking Justin in the face at the American Century Celebrity Pro-Am in Lake Tahoe. He could have gotten off scot-free, but cops say he refused to leave the course ... so, they arrested him for disorderly conduct.

One law enforcement source said Weglin talked himself right into jail. We've reached out to him, but no word back yet.

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Lindsay Lohan Baby Bump ... Or Breakfast Burrito?

7/28/2016 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0728_linsay_lohan_belly_launchLindsay Lohan's definitely showing ... mixed signals.

She's still hanging with friends on a yacht in Sardinia, Italy ... and this time we see what appears to be a bump ... of sorts.

You'll recall Lindsay went on a social media tirade -- and teased on Twitter she's pregnant -- after her blow-up with fiance Egor Tarabasov. Last time we saw her, Lindsay was smoking a cig, which is a major no-no when there's a bun in the oven.

News she's pregnant hasn't been confirmed ... and for all we know she coulda just been trying to stick it to Egor with a guilt trip. Interestingly enough ... sources tell TMZ Lindsay has privately told some family members she's preggo.

We'll anxiously wait for the second trimester.

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'Training Day' Gang Member Types Answer the Call ... 'That's All Me Right There!!'

7/28/2016 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

A bunch of gangstas invaded Burbank Wednesday armed with ... headshots.

As TMZ reported ... Central Casting put the call out for "gang member types" for the upcoming CBS adaptation of the movie "Training Day" ... and more than a few OGs answered the call.

Check out the vid ... the wannabe actors were NOT offended with CC's call ... if anything, they embraced it.

As one homie put it ... all he had to do was tie his shoes!

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