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

4/14/2016 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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YG & Nipsey Hussle Cops Shut Down 'F*** Trump' Video Shoot

4/4/2016 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0404-nipsey-hussle-INSTAGRAM-01YG and Nipsey Hussle had to assume the position during their music video shoot in L.A. ... as cops swarmed to disperse the crowd shouting, "F**k Donald Trump!"

The music video was for their song, "F**k Donald Trump" -- so that explains the chants -- but LAPD clearly thought things were getting out of control. Witnesses tell us about 100 people fell in behind the rappers while they shot the video Sunday in South L.A. 

Cops responded in riot gear ... and quickly shut down the shoot. Law enforcement sources tell us the officers were responding to a call for cars cruising the streets and the crowd that had gathered to watch. We're told LAPD had no idea it was a music video shoot.

There was at least one car out of control on set. Check out this Corvette doing donuts and taking OUT a bystander! Amazingly, the guy walked away seemingly without injury. 

Sources on set tell us Nipsey and YG got plenty of footage before cops moved in, so ... the music video's not in jeopardy.

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Chris Christie I Wasn't Donald Trump's Hostage

4/2/2016 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Christie finally explained his awkward face behind Donald Trump after Super Tuesday, and the Guv insists he was NOT being held against his will ... as the Internet believes.

Christie traded blows with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight" show ... comparing his infamous stance with Trump to what Jimmy would look like standing behind Jay Leno. -- but of course Fallon got the last laugh.

Watch the clip, Christie claims there really was a reason he looked that way. Not sure Fallon bought it though.

Jermaine Jackson MJ Would Have Been Team Hillary

4/1/2016 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jermaine Jackson says if Michael Jackson were alive -- there's no doubt he'd be voting for Hillary Clinton ... despite Donald Trump recently bragging about his friendship with MJ.

The 4th Jackson brother was at LAX when he also said what MJ would have thought about Trump's comments regarding his botched plastic surgery.

For the record, MJ really was friends with Trump and the Clintons -- but JJ's sure which one would get his vote.

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Busta Rhymes White House Visit to Change System Woo Hah! Woo Hah!

3/31/2016 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Busta Rhymes is hot as fish grease over long prison sentences handed down to non-violent criminals ... so he's become an activist, fighting to change "mandatory minimums."

Busta spoke to TMZ inside his NYC music studio and says after a close friend got 20 years for a marijuana charge ... he had to get involved and help change the justice system and the use of elevated punishments.

The hip-hop legend says he teamed up with FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) ... and even scored a meeting at the White House.

It's a pretty remarkable clip -- about as political as we've seen Busta. 

Aaron Rodgers Dissed By John Kasich ... In Packers Territory

3/30/2016 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Kasich is throwing SHADE at Aaron Rodgers ... and it all went down live Tuesday night at a town hall event right in the middle of Packers country. 

Long story short ... Kasich was asked who he'd pick as his running mate if he actually got the nod -- and that's when he took the dig at the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

Clearly, Kasich was trying to show the people of Wisconsin that he keeps up with the Packers -- but dissing Rodgers in CheeseheadLand?  

Maybe not the best idea ... 

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