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Egyptian Judo Fighter Refuses to Shake Israeli Opponent's Hand ... After Losing

8/12/2016 8:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0812-el-shehaby-rio-olympics-egyptian-hand-shake-AP-01An Egyptian judo fighter refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent after losing a 100kg match Friday at the Olympics in Rio.

The Egyptian is Islam El Shehaby -- who was defeated with about 90 seconds left in the match when his opponent Or Sasson completed a dominating 2nd takedown. 

After the match, Sasson approached El Shehaby to shake his hand -- customary in Judo matches -- but El Shehaby refused. 

People in the crowd reportedly booed. 

It's unclear why El Shehaby refused the handshake -- he could have been pissed from losing -- but there are reports that it was more politically motivated. 

Some powerful Egyptians had called for El Shehaby to withdraw from the fight in the first place to avoid having to compete with an Israeli opponent.  

Killer Mike Trump and Hillary They're Exactly the Same

8/12/2016 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Killer Mike thinks Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and neither are fit to be President.

We got the rapper at LAX Thursday and he got a chuckle out of the latest criticism of Trump, who called Obama the "founder" of ISIS. Mike seems to say Obama was partly responsible for destabilizing other countries and thereby opening the door to the terrorist org.

His words are strong. 

Rob Ford Crack-Smoking Video Released ... Trashes Trudeau

8/11/2016 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A video of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack has just been released to the public -- 5 months after he passed away from cancer.

In the video, shot in Feb. 2013, Ford hits a crack pipe while a friend trashes current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who was elected in 2015.  

The friend says, "I'd like to get that f***ing Justin Trudeau and shove my foot as far up his ass because I'm sure it would go real far."

Ford laughs and says, "He's a fat dick."

Ford also says he's mad about the misconception that he's a right wing radical.

Important to note Ford doesn't realize he's being recorded until the very end of the video. 

The video was used as an exhibit in the extortion trial of Rob's friend, Sandro Lisi ... who was charged with trying to extort a gang member to get the clip.

The court had ordered the video to stay private while the case was underway -- but on Thursday, the extortion charge against Lisi was dropped and the video was made public. 

Ford admitted to smoking crack during his time as mayor -- though he denied he was an addict. 

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Trump Tower Climber Trump Supporter Armed with 'Important Message'

8/10/2016 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guy scaling Trump Tower in NYC with the help of suction cups posted a video Tuesday declaring his allegiance to the Republican Presidential candidate and giving him the heads-up he'd literally be climbing the walls to deliver "an important message."

The man calls himself an "independent researcher" and makes it clear ... it is in Trump's interest to receive him when he reaches the top of the building. The guy says he's aware of the life-threatening peril but the message is just that important.

Rescue workers continue in vain to coax him down.

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Trump Tower Man Scaling Tower with Suction Cups

8/10/2016 1:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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3:40 PM PT -- NYPD just got the guy ... yanking him through an open window while he tried to fight the cops off.

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A man is scaling Trump Tower in Manhattan as a mesmerized crowd watches below.

The guy is using suction cups to scale the south side of the tower ... cops and firefighters are trying to coax him down.

As for why he's doing what he's doing ... so far, it's a mystery. There are reports he's carrying papers with Trump's name on it.

Jon Voight Trump is Awesome Haters Have Gotten Ridiculous

8/10/2016 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Voight is incredulous at people -- especially the media -- for even insinuating Donald Trump was suggesting violence against Hillary Clinton in his Second Amendment speech.

Jon was fierce in support of Trump at Il Pastaio in Bev Hills Tuesday, and he couldn't have been stronger ... Trump in no way suggested gun enthusiasts exercise their right to bear arms.

It's one of the strongest pro-Trump voices we've heard. Check it out.

Gigi Gorgeous Dubai Won't Let Me In Because I'm Transgender

8/9/2016 4:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0809-gigi-gorgeous-TMZ-02Gigi Gorgeous, a transgender model and Kylie Jenner's BFF, is being detained at the Dubai airport because she used to be a man.

Gigi, who became famous for documenting her transition on social media, tells TMZ she was stopped at Immigration. She says the immigration officer said, "I was told you are transgender. You cannot come into the country."

Gigi was born Gregory Lazzarato, but says her passport has been updated since she transitioned ... it now reads "Gigi Loren."

Airport police have a different story. They say the passport describes her as male and the passport photo shows Gigi as a male. Gigi tells us that's simply not true. 

We did some checking ... in Dubai the "imitation of women by men" is illegal, and violators face up to a year in jail.

She says they still have her passport, and she's trying to get out of the country.

Curt Schilling Back Off Trump He Doesn't Wanna Kill Hillary!!!

8/9/2016 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Curt Schilling says it's OBVIOUS Donald Trump was NOT calling for his supporters to assassinate Hillary Clinton Tuesday ... saying the whole thing was a joke that simply fell flat. 

Schilling -- an outspoken conservative Republican -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs tonight on FS1) and reacted to the new Trump video that EVERYONE'S talking about. 

"The one thing everybody needs to understand -- HE'S NOT FUNNY," Schilling said. "He tries to be funny and he's not."

Schilling blames the media for misinterpreting Trump's comments

He also tees off on Clinton himself -- and explains why he's still Team Trump all the way. 

Check out the ENTIRE interview tonight on FS1. 

Donald Trump Cracks Hillary Clinton Assassination Joke

8/9/2016 1:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump just made a shocking wisecrack during a speech, in which he mused Hillary Clinton was out to abolish the Second Amendment but the Second Amendment people know how to stop her.

Trump spoke at a North Carolina rally when he made the remark.

Clinton's campaign manager just fired back, "This is simple -- what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."

Trump's campaign said, "2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power."

Team Israel Slams Team Lebanon 'Hostile and Anti-Semitic Behavior'

8/9/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0809-israel-rio-olympics-GETTY-02A rep for the Israeli national team says the actions by the Lebanese delegation to block Team Israel athletes from getting on a bus Friday were driven by "hostility and anti-Semitic behavior."

As we previously reported, both sides acknowledged that Israeli athletes were blocked from boarding an Olympic bus filled with Lebanese athletes headed to the stadium for opening ceremonies. 

Now, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev tells TMZ Sports ... the incident was sparked by religious hatred. 

"The Olympic games were established thousands of years ago, based on the ethical code of fellowship and collaboration," Regev says. 

"The Lebanese delegation blatantly abandoned this code, and the hostility and anti-Semitic behavior that they exhibited towards the Israeli team is extremely disconcerting and disappointing."

"I congratulate the International Olympic Committee for condemning these vile actions, which do not reflect on the spirit of this international celebration of unity."

FYI, we reached out to the IOC -- and rep only told us they spoke to both sides and consider the matter closed. The IOC never told us they condemned anyone's actions.

We also reached out to the Lebanese delegation for comment -- but have not heard back. 

Sergey Kovalev I Want Putin In My Corner ... For Andre Ward Fight!

8/9/2016 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Forget Beyonce or Justin Bieber ... there's only one huge star Sergey Kovalev wants by his side as he enters the ring to fight Andre Ward -- Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Russian boxing superstar is all set for a championship superfight with Ward on Nov. 19th on HBO PPV -- it's definitely one of the biggest fights of the year!! 

So, when we saw Kovalev in L.A. Monday, he told us he's laser focused on making President Putin proud. 

In fact, Kovalev even looked into the camera and recorded a message for Vlad. 

No word if Putin will actually make it out to the fight -- but he is a HUGE boxing fan. So, maybe there's a chance???

Hillary Clinton Orlando Shooter's Father Shows Up at Rally

8/9/2016 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The father of the man who slaughtered 49 people at Pulse nightclub went to a Hillary Clinton rally Monday near Orlando ... to show support for the candidate. 

Seddique Mateen, father of Omar Mateen, was standing behind Clinton as she spoke to the crowd.

0809-Seddique-Matee-clinton-epa-03After the rally he said, "Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions."

Mateen, who says he's been cooperating with the federal government in the investigation said, "I spoke a lot about that and wish that my son joined the Army and fought ISIS. That would be much better."

A rep for Hillary says the event was attended by 3,000 people and was an open-door event for the public. Mateen was not invited and Hillary's team was unaware of his attendance until after the event.

The shooter's father added, "I love the United States, and I've been living here a long time."

Hillary made a visit to Pulse late last month to pay her respects to the victims. 

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Donald Trump Crying Baby's Mom Calls BS on Critics

8/8/2016 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump did not boot a baby out of his rally for crying ... so says the kid's mother, who's defending the candidate and scoffing at reporters who trashed him.

Devan Cierra Ebert says she was halfway out the door with 18-month-old Vinnie when Trump told the VA crowd, "Get that baby out of here!"

Ebert has reached out to Trump's people to make it clear ... she harbors no resentment and actually thinks Trump said what he said in good fun.

She also makes it clear ... no one's paid her off to say this.

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