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Donald Trump Sued I Never Begged Him for a Job ... He Wanted Me!

4/18/2016 9:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

41816-cheri-jacobus-donald-trump-cnn-tmzupdate_graphic_red_barThe Trump campaign brushed off Jacobus, saying ... "This is just another frivolous lawsuit and an attempt to gain notoriety at the expense of Donald Trump."update_grey_gray_bar

Donald Trump went on the attack against a GOP strategist, dismissing her as a loser who was desperate to get a job with his campaign, but in a new lawsuit she insists it was the other way around. 

Cheri Jacobus is pissed that after she was critical of Trump -- calling him a "bad debater" on CNN -- Donald and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski blasted her on TV and Twitter.

Lewandowski went on MSNBC and said Jacobus "came to the office on multiple occasions trying to get a job from the Trump Campaign, and when she wasn't hired clearly she went off and was upset by that."

Trump tweeted, "Turned her down twice and she went hostile. Major loser, zero credibility."

But in her defamation lawsuit, Cheri says Trump's people started actively recruiting her back in May 2015. She includes multiple emails and Facebook messages with Corey and other Trump staffers ... who encouraged her to join the campaign. They even discussed salary ... Cheri wanted $19k/month to be Trump's communications director.

They never sealed the deal ... she says negotiations soured in June 2015. Cheri says Trump and Lewandowski's lies damaged her rep in the political biz -- she's suing for at least $2 million.

Hillary Clinton I Roll with Hot Sauce

4/18/2016 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hillary Clinton went into her bag of tricks -- literally -- on "The Breakfast Club," telling Charlamagne Tha God she always carries hot sauce in her purse ... a clear attempt to snag New York's black vote.

Charlamagne asked the Prez hopeful what's in her purse, and she went for the sauce ... clearly a reference to Beyonce's "Formation," in which she sings, "I keep hot sauce in my bag, swag."

When asked if she was pandering to black people, she jokingly said ... "Is it working?"

She's been getting blasted for the comment, but truth is Hill's talked about her love of chili peppers and hot sauce since 1992, when she started using it to boost her immune system.

So basically, Clinton was on the sauce long before Bey. 

#keepithot 

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Rosario Dawson Arrested In D.C. Rally

4/15/2016 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Cops cuffed Rosario Dawson and hauled her away from the Democracy Spring rally in Washington, D.C. 

The actress was among a group of about a dozen people who crossed a police line and then sat down in protest. It's unclear what Rosario was booked for, but cops say about 100 people were arrested Friday ... mostly for crowding or obstructing.

The Democracy Spring rallies have been going on all week in D.C. to protest all sorts of causes.

Rosario was with a group protesting the corruption of big money in politics.

Sen. Ted Cruz Blows Softball Soup Question ... And Probably NY Primary

4/15/2016 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sen. Ted Cruz could have taken a big bite out of Donald Trump's lead when we lobbed him a question about his favorite subject ... soup!

Ted's made no secret about his love for Campbell's soup, so our photog asked what's his favorite kind. Mind you, he's trailing Trump and John Kasich in NY, where Tuesday's key primary is being held.

Check out the video ... apparently, the senator thought he was in Dixieland, instead of Yankeeland. Our photog gave him what would've been the right answer to suck up to NYC voters.

#BlownOpportunity

Donald Trump Smoking Gun Video Shows Reporter Cross the Line

4/14/2016 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ has obtained the video that became a get out of jail free card for Donald Trump's campaign manager.

The surveillance video shows what happened before Corey Lewandowski grabbed reporter Michelle Fields. You see a secret service agent telling her to move away from a secured area and go back to the media area.

Fields walks away, stands to the side for about 1 minute and 40 seconds, and then makes her move. It's at about 2:30 in the video ... Fields walks away as if she's leaving the room, and then comes back --  when the agent turns his head -- and beelines it back to the secured area.

As we reported, an expert witness filed a declaration with prosecutors saying what Lewandowski did was not out of the ordinary. As a result, the case was dropped.

Donald Trump Secret Video Key in Decision Not to Prosecute Campaign Chief

4/14/2016 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0414-trump-02Donald Trump's campaign manager will not be prosecuted for pushing a reporter because of an unreleased video shot prior to the incident showing the reporter in question crossing the line.

Sources connected to prosecutors handling the Corey Lewandowski case tell TMZ, the Trump organization gave the Florida State Attorney's Office a video shot shortly before Lewandowski grabbed Michelle Fields at a Trump rally.

We're told the video shows a Secret Service agent telling Fields she was standing in a secured area where she was not supposed to be. The agent directed her to the area where the media had congregated. We're told the video shows Fields walking to the media area, rummaging through her purse, and as soon as the agent turned his back she went back to the secured area.  

We're told there's a second reason the state's attorney will not pursue the case. Trump's people gave prosecutors a sworn affidavit from Barton Brown, the special agent in charge of former Attorney General Eric Holder's security. We're told Brown says he reviewed the video and believes all of the actions -- including those of Lewandowski's -- were consistent with what should happen during such a scenario.

Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery last month, but the case will not be prosecuted.

Bono Draft Chris Rock to Fight ISIS! (And That's Not Weirdest Part of Senate Speech)

4/13/2016 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bono's plan to defeat ISIS requires killing the terrorists ... with laughter, provided by A-list comedians like Amy Schumer and Chris Rock.

Check out this clip of U2's frontman addressing the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday. If it sounds like Bono was making jokes ... he wasn't. He even made a Hitler comparison.

But just as interesting as his comedy plan itself is ... WHY was he even there to present it?

Unless, of course the Senators were grilling him about that whole U2 being force fed onto everyone's iPhone disaster -- but it never came up.

At least outside he talked about stuff with which he's familiar -- cycling. And George Bush.  

Snoop Dogg Schwarzenegger's a Racist Piece of S***!

4/12/2016 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Snoop Dogg is hotter than fish grease at Arnold Schwarzenegger for his final act as the Governator ... shortening the sentence of a killer -- whose father was one of Arnold's political allies.

Just watch the video -- Snoop is absolutely seething, calling Arnold a "punk motherf******" and a "racist piece of s***." On Sunday, Esteban Nunez was released from prison -- 10 years early.

Nunez was convicted for manslaughter, but his father is Fabian Nunez ... who was the CA State Assembly speaker, and a close friend to Arnold. On the last day he was in office, Arnold shortened Esteban's sentence from 16 years to 7.

Snoop is pissed about what he sees as cronyism ... and because his friend Stanley "Tookie" Williams -- a famous leader of the Crips -- died by lethal injection in San Quentin Prison in 2005. Arnold refused to stay his execution.

This video is intense.

Bruce Springsteen Cancels NC Concert ... LGBT Rights Bigger Than My Show

4/8/2016 1:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0408-bruce-springsteen-on-stage-GETTY-01Bruce Springsteen just joined the fight against North Carolina's new anti-LGBT law by pulling the plug on an upcoming concert. 

The Boss just announced he won't perform Sunday in Greensboro due to the passage of HB2 -- a law that forces transgender people to choose the bathroom that matches their birth certificate. It also limits the rights of LGBT people to sue over workplace violations.

Bruce said the law was drafted and passed by "people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens."

He added, "Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry -- which is happening as I write -- is one of them." 

Fans who had tickets to Sunday's show can get a full refund.

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Mickey Rourke Trump Can S My D ... And His Wife's a Gold Digger

4/7/2016 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mickey Rourke played hardball Wednesday night with Donald Trump, insisting Melania has to be in it for the loot to sleep in the same bed with him.

It all went down with a casual game of catch on a Beverly Hills street. The friendly back-and-forth between Mickey and our photog turned into a vicious political rant, with Rourke digging deep into his vocab for every epithet -- including some homophobic ones -- he could hurl at the Prez candidate.

You gotta watch this ... it's intense. 

Michael Sam I'm Going Back To Missouri ... TO CRUSH ANTI-GAY BILL

4/6/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Sam says he's returning to his old Missouri stomping grounds, not to get ready for the NFL ... but to fight a controversial bill that some have deemed anti-gay.

Sam was in West Hollywood when we asked him about SJR 39 or "The Religious Freedom Bill," which some think would open the floodgates for businesses to openly discriminate against gays.

Michael -- who of course, was a stud football player for Mizzou -- told our guy not only has he already spoken out against the measure ... but he plans to go back to the midwest to help squash it.

Check out the clip.

Sarah Palin To Azealia Banks Hey Dummy, Don't Ya Know That Interview Was A Big Ol' Fake

4/5/2016 11:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0402-palin-banks-tmz-twitter-01Sarah Palin just gave Azealia Banks a verbal undressing -- sans crude and humiliating suggestions. 

The former Alaska gov responded to the rapper's since-deleted Twitter rant in which Banks calls for Palin to be gang raped by black men because Palin said black people willingly accepted slavery.

Thing is -- Palin NEVER said such a thing. Banks mistook a satirical article for a legitimate news report, and Palin had to remind Banks she was DUPED, saying, "You're obviously not exercising enough intelligence to acknowledge you've been sucked into believing some fake interview." 

Palin went on to extend the olive branch ... telling Banks -- "Why don't we strengthen both our platforms and work together on something worthwhile -- like condemning racism."

Now, the mic drop -- "And now I'll go through my young daughter's playlist to make sure there hasn't been any inadvertent addition of any anti-woman, pro-rape garbage that you seem to endorse, which perpetuates the cultural challenges we face in America."

Donald Trump Threatened by Everlast ... You Can't Jump Around, 'Scumbag!'

4/5/2016 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0405-everlast-trump-tmz-01Donald Trump needs to pack it up and pack it in when it comes to playing "Jump Around" at his rallies or else ... according to Everlast.

The rapper went off on the Republican front-runner as soon as he caught wind of Trump's rally in Milwaukee Monday night where he was introduced with Everlast's crowd pleaser blaring on the PA system for about 30 seconds.

Everlast blasted Trump in a series of tweets in which he referred to the candidate as an "ignorant racist piece of s**t." He added, "Cease and desist is coming you scumbag."

Here's the thing ... Trump was stumping for Tuesday's Wisconsin Primary election, and organizers obviously know "Jump Around" is traditionally played at University of Wisconsin football games. So, they clearly played the song just to suck up to Wisconsin voters.

Point is ... it's probably a one-off. 

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