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Greg Gianforte Sheriff Cops to Backing Him ... Politically, At Least

5/25/2017 1:27 PM PDT

The cop who cited Greg Gianforte for allegedly body slamming a reporter ... has also supported the candidate's run for Congress.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin admitted making a donation to Gianforte's campaign during a Thursday news conference. The Sheriff also said he's interacted with Gianforte socially, however he insisted it would not be relevant to how his department handled the case.

As we reported, Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after reporter Ben Jacobs accused him of the Wednesday body slam. Gianforte's gone radio silent, but through a rep he's put the blame on Jacobs.

Gootkin's news conference came smack dab in the middle of election day. Polls close at 8 PM in Montana.

Montana Politician Greg Gianforte Body Slams Reporter

5/24/2017 5:22 PM PDT

9:50 PM PT -- Greg Gianforte has been cited for misdemeanor assault by local authorities. Cops found that the nature of Jacobs' injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Gianforte has between now and June 7 to appear in Gallatin County court.

6:20 PM PT -- Jacobs called cops after Gianforte's alleged attack to report an assault, and is reportedly getting X-rays on his elbow at a local hospital.

Gianforte's camp just released a statement ... they claim Jacobs entered the office without permission and began aggressively asking questions, and when Greg tried to grab the phone pushed in his face, Jacobs "grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground."A Montana politician running for congressional office body slammed a reporter ... and the sounds of the scuffle were caught on audio tape.

Greg Gianforte -- who's gunning for a House seat in Congress in a special 2017 election -- slammed Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs, Wednesday in Bozeman, Montana during an event ... around local TV crews, at that. He then yelled to "Get the hell out of here!"

Jacobs tweeted about the incident, saying Gianforte "broke my glasses." 

The reporter's question about the GOP healthcare bill seemed to spark the attack, but it's unclear if Gianforte faced any repercussions. Jacobs was quick to get the audio to the Guardian, which posted it soon after.

Jacobs also shared a photo of his broken glasses ... as he was being taken away in an ambulance.

Queen Elizabeth Visits Manchester Victims

5/25/2017 6:37 AM PDT

Queen Elizabeth trekked across England to visit some victims of the Manchester Arena face-to-face ... and she looked spiffy doing it.

The Queen showed up Thursday to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital dressed in a blue suit -- and a bright orange hat -- to visit 3 young girls who were injured in the explosion.

Looks like the hospital staff also got some face time with Elizabeth ... who thanked them for treating the victims with a royal well-wish.

At least 59 people were injured in the blast.

Manchester Bombing Screws, Backpack and Acid Battery Photos Surface

5/24/2017 1:41 PM PDT
Breaking News

Pics of what appear to be the remnants of the backpack bomb that exploded in the foyer of Manchester Arena have surfaced ... and they show the nuts, screws and trigger used to kill 22 people and injure 59.

You see pieces of the blue Karrimor backpack -- where the bomb was placed, and what appears to be the trigger switch ... found in the bomber's left hand. There's a 12-volt, lead acid battery, the power source.

The photos give a sense of the bomb's power ... it was the deadliest terror attack in the UK since 2005.

Manchester Bombing Social Media Tribute Flag Was Jacked But Artist Is Honored

5/23/2017 1:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Manchester tribute flag you're seeing all over the Internet was created by an artist who never signed off on his work being used by millions of people ... for free, mind you -- and yet he's not pissed.

Mark E. Tisdale, who's American, tells TMZ he created the original art back in 2013. He was surprised to see it become such a uniting symbol for the Manchester tragedy ... posted by tons of people, including David Beckham.

Mark says, obviously, he didn't design the flag years ago with tragedy in mind. However, in light of the bombing ... he's glad it's being used to help bring people together on social media.

And while his art's mostly being spread without crediting him ... he says he has gotten a lot more traffic on his website where he sells his digital art.

Mark's planning to donate any dough he makes off the Manchester flag to relief efforts.

Lewis Hamilton 'Devastated' By Manchester Attack 'It's a Time To Spread Love'

5/23/2017 11:29 AM PDT
Breaking News

Lewis Hamilton is calling for his fans to "spread love and lift one another" in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing that left at least 22 people dead Monday night.

The British racing superstar says he's in disbelief after the terror attack. "I don't understand what these people were thinking. There's no way they can win and there's nothing they can accomplish."

Hamilton -- who is looking to win the Monaco Grand Prix for the 2nd year in a row this weekend -- says he's "super deflated" by the news, but wanted to use the little bit of energy he had to spread positivity. 

Katy Perry Hands out Hugs & Love to Fans After Ariana Concert Attack

5/23/2017 9:14 AM PDT

Katy Perry did something extraordinary for her fans in wake of the attack at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert, and her point was clear ... make love, not war.

Katy was leaving a NYC radio station Tuesday morning, and naturally there were a ton of fans waiting outside for her. Typically, she might sign a few autographs and then bolt, but this was different.

Clearly moved by news of the bombing ... she got out of her car, walked away from her security and right into the crowd of fans. She delivered a physical and a verbal message.

This is how Katy's mending her broken heart ...

Terrorist Concert Blast Photo Shows Gruesome Aftermath

5/23/2017 7:00 AM PDT

The scope of the tragedy in Manchester is apparent from this picture.

Bodies were strewn in the rotunda outside the seating area where Ariana Grande had just finished her performance at the Manchester Arena.

As we reported, at least 22 people were killed ... the victims as young as 8. 59 people were injured from the nail bomb that exploded in a backpack.

There was initial confusion ... some thought the sound was not an explosion and the fatalities occurred from a stampede that followed, but the pictures make it immediately apparent ... the blast was real.

Manchester Born Broncos Player Scumbag Terrorist Won't Break Us

5/23/2017 8:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Manchester born and raised Denver Broncos tackle Menelik Watson says the scumbag terrorists who attacked his home city are only gonna make Manchester stronger.

Watson -- who was drafted in the 2nd round of the '13 draft, and plays tackle for the Broncos  -- was visibly shaken when we spoke to him ... saying "this one hurts a lot."

Despite the pain Watson and others from the city are feeling, he says Manchester is a tough place that won't be broken ... and will instead "band together."

"Scumbags want to impose their will on people through terror, and it doesn't work. It never works. The city of Manchester will only get stronger from this."

As for the "scumbag" terrorists ... Watson says, "I have no sympathy for them, none whatsoever. I hope none of them rest easy."

Michael Bisping Calls Manchester Bombers 'Motherf******' ... In Angry Response

5/23/2017 7:30 AM PDT

Michael Bisping is furious about the senseless terror attack in his hometown of Manchester, and has taken to social media to vent about the event, calling the bombers "Motherf**kers."

Bisping took to his social media in the aftermath of the attack, posting to voice his concerns for everyone affected in the attack, and his anger at event was evident in his hashtag.

"Lost for words at this cruelty. My thought and prayers are with everyone who was in attendance #motherf**kers."

Michael isn't the only athlete to react to the attacks, guys like Dwight Howard, David Beckham, and Lewis Hamilton have too, but it's clear his connection is strong, and so is his anger at the attackers.

Ariana Grande Mom Helped Rush Fans to Safety

5/23/2017 7:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande's mother was still sitting in her front row seat when the bomb went off, and helped escort some of her panicked young fans backstage.

Multiple witnesses in the arena tell us Joan Grande was surrounded by several concertgoers who were waiting to leave the arena when they heard the explosion. We're told Joan was about to go backstage to see Ariana at the time.

As the chaos of people fleeing for exits started ... Joan told a group of kids -- possibly as many as 10 -- seated around her to come backstage. We're told she and members of Ariana's security took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were able to safely exit the arena.

As we reported, Ariana was an emotional wreck after hearing about the casualties. She's suspended her tour in the wake of the attack.

Ariana Grande Suspends World Tour In Wake of Bombing

5/22/2017 7:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande has indefinitely suspended her world tour in the wake of the terrorist bombing in England ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to Ariana tell TMZ, she will not perform Thursday in London and has decided for now to put the entire European tour on hold. She was scheduled to perform in England, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

Ariana just tweeted, "broken.  from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry.  i don't have words."

As we reported, Ariana is inconsolable ... "in hysterics" after the bombing. As one source said, she's incapable of performing for anyone. She and her team, we're told, are also deeply concerned about security.

Ariana's manager, Scooter Braun, said, "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act," adding, "We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

Our sources say Ariana is not concerned with her shows now ... she and her team will re-evaluate the touring schedule when she's emotionally ready.

Ariana Grande Concert Nail Bomb Treated as Terrorism ... 19 Dead

5/22/2017 5:18 PM PDT
Breaking News

5:45 PM PT -- The suspected 2nd device turned out to be abandoned clothing. Police blew it up, anyway ... just to be safe.

5:35 PM PT -- Police found what they believed to be a second explosive device and are about to detonate it. They've warned people not to be alarmed by the explosion.The explosion after the Ariana Grande concert Monday night is now being treated as a terroristic act and at least 19 people are confirmed dead.

As we reported an explosion tore apart a portion of the rotunda outside the seating area at the Manchester Arena. There are reports the explosive device was a nail bomb in a backpack and it might have been a suicide mission.

It appears the bomber was waiting around the exit area as people were streaming out of the building.

Police say, in addition to the 19 dead, 50 people were injured. Body parts were apparently strewn throughout the blast site.

Ariana had just finished performing and had left the stage. She was not hurt.

The explosion triggered a stampede in the arena, injuring a number of people.

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