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2016 Election California Celebs Snap a Pic at the Polls, Go to Prison, Maybe

10/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1026_CELEBS_AT_THE_POLLS_instagram_tumblr-launch-2Justin Timberlake may have skated by taking an illegal selfie of his ballot at the Tennessee polls, but if celebs in Hollywood snap their ballots they could be in peril ... as in FELONY peril.

Most people don't know it, but there's a dusty old California law that makes it illegal for a voter to disclose their ballot choices at the polls. The law was passed 125 years ago, but it's still in effect and the punishment is up to 4 YEARS IN PRISON.

The law Timberlake violated pales by comparison. If prosecutors went after him, the most he'd get is 30 days in the pokey.

Now here's the weird part. The good folks in Sacramento just passed a law that will allow people to take selfies at the polls and display their choices to the world. The logic ... it encourages people to vote. Problem is ... the new law doesn't take effect until January 1, 2017.

So, what to do? We did some digging and couldn't find a single case where a voter was prosecuted.

We called the L.A. County D.A. and asked if they would let celebs and others skate if they dare disclose their preferences at the polls. The D.A. would not say one way or the other ... an official said they will not comment on "hypotheticals."

So, Barbra Streisand, Scooter Braun, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, Jamie Foxx and George Clooney ... snap at your peril.


Manny Pacquiao Filipino Prez Should 'Cool Down' ... We Want U.S. Relations

10/27/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Manny Pacquiao is calling for the Philippines President to "cool down" when it comes to slamming the United States -- reminding him that most Filipino people WANT a relationship with the U.S.

FYI, President Rodrigo Duterte has been on an anti-U.S. tear lately -- calling Obama a "son of a bitch" back in September and leading the charge for his country to "separate" from America.

In fact, just this week Duterte called for the removal of all U.S. troops and bases from the Philippines.

Enter Manny -- who's a SENATOR in the Philippines but trains, works and lives (part-time) in the U.S.

So, how does he feel about the hostile situation?

"We're not cutting off the relationship with the Philippines and the United States," Manny told TMZ Sports at Wild Card Gym in L.A.

He explained how surveys in the Philippines show most people want a relationship with the U.S. -- and his president needs to "cool down ... and realize everything."

Not into politics? We also asked about a possible Mayweather rematch. Enjoy.

Donald Trump Rally Doctor's Patriotic Cry Love It Or Leave It

10/27/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1026-donald-trump-facebook-01The guy decked out in doctor regalia who proudly stood behind Donald Trump at his Sanford, Florida rally Tuesday is the real deal, who's sick of people disrespecting America.

Dr. Gary Goodman specializes in emergency medicine at the Central Florida Regional Hospital.

The good doctor has been a Trump supporter since long before he was nominated. Check out his video shot well before the Republican convention. Dr. Goodman defends the flag and the military, before his rousing rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trump Star Vandal I'm Not Afraid of Donald Or Cops!

10/26/2016 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Otis is the guy who says he took a pickax to Donald Trump's star on the Walk of Fame, and he tells TMZ ... he's ready and willing to go to jail for the crime.

Otis was totally open with us about what he did and why. He says he attacked Trump's star around 5:45 AM Wednesday because he sees himself as a sort of modern-day Robin Hood.

As we told you, he planned to auction off pieces of the star and donate the money to the accusers' legal defense, because Trump has vowed to sue them. Otis, who considers himself an activist, says his main motivation was standing up for the alleged victims.

Of course, now that he's gone public in taking credit for vandalizing the star ... police are looking for him. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says the plaque is worth $30k, so he's confessing to a felony.

Otis has a plan to deal with the heat.


Donald Trump Hollywood Walk Star Obliterated On Camera by Vandal

10/26/2016 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1026-donald-trump-star-tmz-gettyDonald Trump's star on the Hollywood Blvd Walk of Fame is completely destroyed after someone took a pickax to it ... and LAPD is on the case.

Law enforcement sources tell us Trump's star was smashed apart early Wednesday morning. We're told the vandal posed as a construction worker to fool anyone walking past while they did the damage. Cops took a vandalism report, but haven't made any arrests.

According to Deadline Hollywood ... someone who said his name is Jamie Otis took credit for the destruction. He said he intended to auction off the removed star to raise money for the legal defense of Trump accusers.

It's unclear where he was going to hawk the stolen property.

Ice-T Real Veep's On Top of His Game ... As an Actor

10/26/2016 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ice-T's giving mad props to Joe Biden after the vice president KILLED it in his recent cameo.

We caught up with the "Law & Order: SVU" star Tuesday at LAX and he broke down the veep's acting chops. Check out the vid ... Ice-T tells us why acting's probably not Joe's cup of lemonade tea.

Gloria Allred to Trump You Sue Us, We Sue You

10/26/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gloria Allred has no fear when it comes to going after Donald Trump, vowing to push the 3 accusers she reps into filing a lawsuit against Trump if he sues them.

Gloria tells us ... she will recommend to the 3 accusers that they file a defamation suit against Trump, but only if he sues first.

She also makes it clear ... if she files a countersuit, it's gonna get nasty and she'll force Trump to answer lots of questions involving sexual interactions.


Justin Timberlake D.A. Says, Oops ... We Shouldn't Have Said We're on the Case

10/25/2016 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1025-justin-timberlake-voting-rock-the-vote-INSTAGRAM-01Justin Timberlake is in the clear ... the official in the Shelby County D.A.'s Office who told us they were looking into a possible criminal violation in connection with JT's selfie at the voting booth now says he screwed up.

As we reported, Justin's selfie is a violation of a new law that prohibits Tennessee voters from snapping pics or recording their movements at the polls.  A violation is punishable by 30 days in jail.

The official told us ... the matter was "under review," but he now says he made a mistake. He says although the D.A. was aware of the selfie, no law enforcement agent, election commission official or police officer had filed a formal complaint, so the matter wasn't on the table for review.

So Justin's in the clear, and we're guessing Hillary got a vote.


Donald Trump Accusers Licking their Chops Bring on the Lawsuits!!!

10/25/2016 2:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Two of Donald Trump's accusers are praying he sues them, because they've already lawyered up and they can't wait to put the candidate under oath.

Jill Harth, who claimed Trump manhandled her, already has her lawyer ... attorney Lisa Bloom. Bloom says she relishes the prospect of taking Trump's deposition and subpoenaing the 'Apprentice' tapes.

Harth is not alone. Mindy McGillivray, who claims Trump groped her, says she also has a lawyer and she wants in the worst way to take his depo.

Justin Timberlake D.A. Reviewing Voting Selfie Punishment Includes Jail

10/25/2016 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1025-justin-timberlake-voting-rock-the-vote-INSTAGRAM-01Justin Timberlake could go to jail for 30 days for taking a selfie in a voting booth. 

JT posted a pic of himself back home Monday at the polling place. Problem is ... Tennessee law prohibits voters from taking pics or recording conversations in the sacred rooms. Violators can be slapped with a 30 day jail sentence and a $50 fine.

A rep from the Shelby County D.A.'s Office tells us, the Timberlake case is "under review."

The law was passed last year, but we're told so far no one has been prosecuted.

An official from the election's board where Justin voted is clearly against prosecution, telling us he should be commended, not prosecuted, for inspiring people to get out and vote.


2016 Presidential Election Some Officials Worry Voting is 'Flawed Process' Open to Fraud

10/25/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1024-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-tmz-getty-01NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and most blogs are trying to convince you there is virtually NO EVIDENCE of voter fraud, so Trump's fears are bogus ... but we drilled down and some officials who run the voting systems around the country are VERY worried about fraudulent voting.

Fact is ... some states do not require voters to present any ID before casting a ballot. They shockingly rely on the ability of precinct poll workers to match a person's signature with the signature on the voter registration form. So a 70-year-old lady trying to manage a precinct is supposed to do what trained handwriting experts do in court ... ferret out the frauds.

Here are a few examples of what some say are deep concerns about possible voting fraud:

-- Nick LaLota, Suffolk County NY Board of Elections Commissioner, tells TMZ he's expecting 500,000 people to show up at voting booths on Nov. 8th, and he concedes signature verification compromises the integrity of the voting process. He says it will be hard to know who votes when they shouldn't.

-- Marcy Crawford, Deputy Commissioner of the Board of Elections for Allegany County, tells us voter fraud in her county is a real concern. She says everyone's talking about it in her office.

-- John Arntz, Director of Elections in San Francisco, says the way their system works ... voters show up at the polling place, announce their name to the polling place worker, who then checks the voting rolls and reads a corresponding address. If the voter says, "That's my address," he or she gets a ballot. Arntz concedes that it leaves the system open to fraud.

Counties and states are increasingly using signature verification in place of IDs.

Short story ... voter fraud is a real concern.

Newt Gingrich Hillary Shouldn't Spike the Football ... Just Ask Wisconsin!

10/24/2016 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

And now time for some DEEP COLLEGE FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE ... with Newt Gingrich

Here's the deal ... with Trump reportedly down in the polls, our photog asked Newt if it's too early for Team Hillary to be "spiking the football" ... aka going into victory mode too early.

That's when Newt hit us with the deep NCAA response -- "The University of Wisconsin tried that once and lost in overtime."

Okay, fact is ... we were a little perplexed at first -- but after some inner-office detective work, we THINK he's talking about a 2013 game between UW and ASU. 

Remember, the UW quarterback THOUGHT he spiked the ball with time running out to set up an easy game-winning field goal.

But the QB, Joel Stave, botched the play ... and ASU won (Go Devils!).

Look, Newt's trying to say it ain't over 'til it's over -- but this was way more fun.

Sorry for the reminder, Stave.

Donald Trump My Porn Star Accuser? 'Sure She's Never Been Grabbed'

10/24/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump says his latest accuser is no saint ... and he sounds certain she's been grabbed plenty of times in her line of work. 

The Donald went on WGIR radio's "New Hampshire Today" and sarcastically said he was sure porn star Jessica Drake has "never been grabbed before." Drake claims Trump grabbed her, kissed her and solicited her for sex in 2006. 

Trump says her claims and the allegations of the other accusers are BS.

Drake launched an online sex shop just before going public with her allegations -- but her lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the timing was a coincidence.

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