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'The Joker' Impersonator Arrested for Concealing Identity It's a Felony ... Seriously

3/25/2017 6:43 AM PDT
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0325-the-joker-arrest-winchesterpoliceA man dressed as The Joker was just arrested for the crime of wearing a mask in public ... and it's not just a crime -- it's a FELONY!

31-year-old Jeremy Putman was walking along a street in Windchester, VA, Friday, in full joker face paint.  

It's a crime in Virginia for people over the age of 16 in a public place to "wear any mask, hood, or other device, whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered, so as to conceal the identity of the wearer."  There are exceptions, such as Halloween, but none of the exceptions appear to apply.

The law says nothing about weapons, but we have an idea why Jeremy was picked up ... he was also brandishing a sword.

The crime's serious ... punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Trump Tower Swamped with Nonstop Bomb Threats ... Driving NYPD NUTS!!!

3/25/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0324-trump-tower-security-bomb-threat-fun-art-02Trump Tower's been inundated with bomb threats since Donald Trump became President ... and it's become a giant pain for the NYPD and Secret Service.

Law enforcement sources tell us NYPD's been getting an average of 3 bomb threats a week since Trump got sworn in ... and many if not most of them are coming from the same guy.

The NYPD, Secret Service and building security sweep the building each time ... complete with bomb-sniffing dogs. If a dog zeros in on a person or a bag, law enforcement checks it out.

So far, nothing has turned up, and it takes a lot of time and resources. 

Law enforcement will only evacuate the building if the threat is deemed credible, but there have been no evacuations yet because the threats appeared hollow from the get-go. 

We've reached out to NYPD and the Secret Service, so far no word back.

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

3/25/2017 12:40 AM PDT

0324_scars_and_stars_tmzOur story about the Nia Long/Taraji P. Henson feud exploded, and Harrison Ford called himself a schmuck for a wonky landing. So we gotta ask ...



Sanaa Lathan Mainstream Media Ignored Missing D.C. Girls Because of Race

3/25/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sanaa Lathan thinks the media has ignored the slew of young girls who have gone missing in Washington D.C. because of their race.

The "Love & Basketball" star was strong Friday as she left E Baldi in Bev Hills, singing the praises of social media for calling attention to what appears to be a massive tragedy with no end in sight.

She also makes it clear ... if the victims were white, they'd be on every newscast.

LeBron James Praised By Street Fight Hero ... Let's Team Up!

3/25/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man being hailed as a HERO for breaking up a teen street fight in Atlantic City is crediting LeBron James for making the video go viral -- and now he's calling on the NBA star for more help. 

Ibn Ali Miller hasn't just become an Internet sensation for talking sense into 2 brawling teenagers, he's also been honored by city officials. 

Miller tells TMZ Sports it was LeBron who got the ball rolling by posting the video on his social media -- "If he doesn't give me a shout-out, none of this ever happens."

He even gives a personal message to Bron -- inviting him to the community so he can continue to help out with the youth. 

By the way, Ibn was out shooting hoops with the neighborhood kids when we spoke with him ... and got love from a bunch of proud locals ... including cops and cons! 

Jon Gosselin I'm a Stripper Now

3/25/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0323-jon-gosselin-fa-untamed-01Jon Gosselin will make his debut as a stripper at a club in Caesars Atlantic City.

Management at Dusk Nightclub tells us ... the former reality TV star got involved through friends who are running the show -- called "Untamed Male Revue."

We're told it's burlesque-style, a la "Magic Mike" and "Thunder From Down Under." It's not a "hump your face" kind of thing.

Jon will be stripping down to his undies ... sorry ladies.

Jon's been rehearsing for a few weeks, even working out.

By the way ... the show debuts on April 1, Jon's birthday. No, not a cruel joke.

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"RHOA" Kim Zolciak Looks TOTALLY Different

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Vic Mensa Jail Looms for Packing Heat

3/25/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0324_Vic-Mensa_tmzRapper Vic Mensa is facing criminal charges for carrying a loaded gun.

The L.A. County District Attorney's Office is going after Vic for carrying a loaded, unregistered handgun in his car. He'll also be prosecuted for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. 

Worst case scenario if convicted ... 2 years in jail.

The Chicago-bred rapper was arrested last month after cops pulled him over for a traffic violation. He confessed to having a gun in the car, which they promptly seized. 

Vic is due back in court in April.

Jason Derulo Jay Z's Trayvon Martin Film It'll Tug at the Heart Strings

3/24/2017 4:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jason Derulo's already giving Jay Z mad props for his upcoming film on Trayvon Martin ... long before it hits the big screen.

Jason was arriving at LAX Friday when we asked about the rapper's project -- a flick and docu-series about the killing that sparked and divided our nation. Jason's adamant.

He thinks the movie can do what the media didn't ... show what really happened.

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Eminem's Daughter Is All Grown Up And 21!

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George Lopez Yeah I Insulted Ivanka ... So What?!

3/24/2017 2:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

George Lopez doubled down on a disparaging comment he made about Ivanka Trump ... that "she's ready" to get pimped out. 

George was at LAX Friday when he got into it with our photog, Charlie, who asked the comedian if he had any regrets over his 2-word comment. You'll recall, George posted an Instagram video showing 2 dogs mating.

In the comment section, someone wrote, "Yo @georgelopez when we gonna pimp Ivanka because backpage is calling her name right now." George replied, "she's ready!"

George isn't backtracking an inch.

Shailene Woodley Cops Plea Deal in Pipeline Trespassing Case

3/24/2017 1:39 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shailene Woodley struck a plea deal for trespassing during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest ... TMZ learned.

The "Divergent" star will plead guilty to 1 count of disorderly conduct. Prosecutors agreed to give her 1 year unsupervised probation ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

You'll recall she was among the 100 protesters on a construction site back in October ... 27 were arrested for refusing to leave.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Responds to R-Word Comment Over Special Olympics

3/24/2017 1:16 PM PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger just schooled an Internet troll for mocking the Special Olympics, calling the participants the r-word.

A random guy posted this ... "The Special Olympics make no sense. The Olympics are for the best athletes in the entire world to compete against each other to determine who is the best. Having r****** competing is doing the opposite!"

The guy was responding to a video Arnold posted touting the athletes.

Arnold responded to the troll this way ... "it's a teachable moment. Right now, I guarantee you that these athletes have more courage, compassion, brains, skill -- actually, more of every positive human quality than you."

Arnold has a dog in the fight. His mother-in-law, Eunice Shriver, founded the Special Olympics and he's been active in the event for years.

Arnold had one other thing to say, "So take their path -- you could learn from them, and try to challenge yourself, to give back, to add something from the world."

The troll may have gotten his message ... it appears he deleted his comment.

Phaedra Parks & Apollo Nida Judge Says ... Not So Fast, You're Still Married!!!

3/24/2017 1:02 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0324_Phaedra-Parks_apollo-nida-tmzPhaedra Parks' ride in the single lane has come to a screeching halt -- a judge tossed out her divorce judgment because it was unfair to Apollo Nida.

The judge said he was troubled by a number of things, including Phaedra "intentionally misspelling the parties names." 

In the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- hizzoner also said he was troubled Apollo was given the impression he would attend future divorce hearings from prison, which was always out of the question.

Apollo was also not informed of the final hearing or served with docs notifying him the divorce was final.

So, back to the drawing board.

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