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Justin Bieber Sorry, GOP ... I'm Not for Sale

7/29/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-justin-bieber-gop-convention-tmz-getty-01Justin Bieber got a $5 million offer to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention, but turned it down after his manager considered quitting and LeBron James urged him to reject it ... sources tell TMZ.

Sources connected with CAA -- the talent agency which reps Bieber and received the offer -- tell us a promoter contacted Justin's people with the offer, saying he would perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held.

We're told the promoter assured Justin's people the event was "not political" and Justin would not be endorsing Trump or any GOP policies. 

According to the contract, the $5 million was bankrolled by GOP donors. The money was to be paid "up front" -- before Justin even arrived. The donors would also cover production expenses.

It represented the biggest single payday ever for Justin. Or, for that matter, just about any other singer, and he seriously considered doing it ... partly because he's Canadian and didn't have a dog in the fight and partly because of the money.

Manager Scooter Braun, a big Hillary Clinton supporter who even held a fundraiser for her at his L.A. home, had big problems with the offer ... as did CAA. Scooter and CAA felt, regardless of the representations, this was "100 percent political."

0728-scooter_braun_hillary_clinton_fundraiser_InstagramWe're told Scooter wasn't heavy-handed at first, and talked to Justin about putting Black Lives Matter banners up in the venue. We're told Braun was told he could not display BLM banners, but the donors would accept banners that read "All Lives Matter." The donors also made it clear ... Justin could say nothing disparaging about Trump or the GOP.

We're told Scooter told Justin it was up to him if he wanted to do the show, but he said he couldn't continue to represent the singer if he did, out of principle. Scooter felt the GOP was using Bieber as its tool.

Our sources say the promoter told Scooter ... LeBron James himself was also going to attend an event in Cleveland, welcoming the GOP without taking a political stand. The sources tell us Justin's people got in touch with LeBron's people, and they were told LeBron would actually not be in Cleveland for the convention and urged Justin not to go as well.

On top of all that, we're told Justin's band, comprised entirely of African-Americans, did not want to do the show.

In the end, Justin turned the offer down.

Orlando Bloom I'm with HER ... All Access with Katy Perry at DNC

7/28/2016 8:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-katy-perry-orlando-bloom-tmzKaty Perry had an A-list escort to the DNC stage Thursday night.

Orlando Bloom was right by her side in the moments before Katy stepped out to perform her hits, "Rise" and "Roar" ... just ahead of Hillary Clinton's intro in Philly's Wells Fargo Arena.

Our DNC sources tell us both of them milled around backstage, talking to fans and taking in all the hoopla.

You can tell by the look on her face, Katy -- who's performed at multiple Clinton campaign events -- was all business about her role in the historic night.

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John Hinckley Jr. History of Deception During Previous Releases

7/28/2016 11:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727-john-hinckley-jr-mug-01Prosecutors strongly objected to John Hinckley Jr.'s release from a psychiatric hospital due to the fact he lied about his whereabouts multiple times when he was temporarily released in recent years.

Federal Judge Paul Friedman wrote a 103 page opinion when he signed off on Hinckley's release -- and in the docs he says the government pushed for more restrictions and protective measures for President Reagan's would-be killer.

The government pointed out that when Hinckley was released in 2011 on a work furlough he told supervisors he intended to go see movies ... which was approved -- but instead he went to a Barnes & Noble. They say Hinckley did this twice ... but both times he lied to supervisors and said he'd gone to the movies.

His supervisors knew he was lying because he was under constant observation.

Then in 2015 during another release ... he broke from his approved itinerary and visited a musician friend, instead of a photographer. This time though he fessed up to supervisors about the lie.

Judge Friedman called the 2011 incidents "troubling from a risk management perspective" ... but said Hinckley had made great progress. Friedman considered 2015 an improvement since he self-reported his lie.

It's clear why Hinckley's lies could be concerning to members of the Reagan family as well as Jodie Foster and her loved ones. Part of Hinckley's release does include a protective order requiring him to stay away from them.

'Babylon 5' star Jerry Doyle Dead at 60

7/28/2016 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-jerry-doyle-GETTY-01Jerry Doyle -- best known for his role on "Babylon 5" -- died Wednesday ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us ... a call was made to his Las Vegas home yesterday afternoon after he was found unresponsive. It's unclear how the political radio talk show host and actor died ... but we're told no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is pending.

Jerry starred as security officer Michael Garibaldi from 1994 to 1998 and was married to co-star Andrea Thompson from 1995 to 1997. He worked on Wall Street before going into acting.

As of late ... Jerry hosted a nationally syndicated radio talk show, "The Jerry Doyle Show."

He was 60.

Donald Trump 'Apprentice' Theme Now Off Limits ... O'Jays Fire Off Warning

7/27/2016 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727_ojays_donald_trump_tmzThe '70s classic "For the Love of Money" should no longer be associated with Donald Trump ... if The O'Jays get their way.

Of course, the song has been the 'Apprentice' theme for years now -- but soul music legends, The O'Jays just sent a cease and desist letter to Trump and Florida Rep. John Mica. The group is particularly upset about a video posted by the congressman praising Donald's involvement in a D.C. real estate deal. The 2014 clip features 'Love of Money.'

Eddie Levert and Walter Williams -- the OG O'Jays ... think the video sends mixed messages because they don't endorse Trump, his agenda or GOP views.

Truth is, the group didn't write the song ... so legally they don't have much say about its use. However, they're more concerned use of the song implies they're down with Trump, and that just ain't the case. 

Eddie made that 100% clear when he was on "TMZ Live" last week complaining about "Love Train" being used at the RNC.

Tyrese I Didn't Mean to Diss Jay Z

7/27/2016 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0726-main-tyrese-tmzTyrese wants to make it abundantly clear -- he was NOT calling out Jay Z, DJ Khaled and Future as hip-hop stars not doing enough for their community ... despite a post that seems that way.

The singer tells TMZ ... his IG post was about all people of color needing to step up and come together -- especially powerful men like Jay Z, who has the stage and voice to influence real change ... like going to Congress to change gun and drug laws.

Tyrese tells us he's going to reach out to Jay to come up with some kind of plan to help save black men from killing each other and winding up in jail.

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Tyrese seemed to be pointing the finger at the trio after posting the pic Tuesday of the 3 rappers with a long caption calling 'em out for scheduling a music video -- Khaled's "I Got Keys" -- but not finding time to bridge the racial gap.

It should be noted other rappers -- T.I., Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Pusha T -- were part of the video, but not in the photo.

Andy Cohen 'God Bless the NBA' For Moving All-Star Game Outta Charlotte

7/27/2016 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bravo honcho Andy Cohen is giving an extra "mazel" to the NBA Commish Adam Silver -- praising the guy for "having the balls" to move the All-Star game out of Charlotte over a local anti-LGBT law.

Just last week Silver explained, "We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2." 

HB2 is the controversial bill passed in North Carolina which eliminates certain legal protections for victims of LGBT discrimination. 

Cohen couldn't be HAPPIER with the NBA's move to 86 Charlotte -- saying, "I love it! God bless the NBA."

He also ripped into North Carolina governor Pat McCrory -- who's been defending the bill for months.

"That f*****g governor, he needs to be voted out," Cohen tells TMZ Sports.

You gotta watch the clip -- Andy's fired up! 

John Hinckley Jr. President Reagan's Shooter Released

7/27/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0727-john-hinckley-jr-mug-01President Reagan's attempted assassin will be a free man again after a federal judge signed off on John Hinckley Jr.'s release from a psychiatric hospital.

Hinckley was found not guilty by insanity for the the 1981 shooting that left Reagan with a chest injury. His press secretary, James Brady, was paralyzed ... a Secret Service agent, and a cop were also hit.

Hinckley has been in a psychiatric hospital since his trial. Wednesday morning Judge Paul Friedman said it was a difficult decision, but "The court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Hinckley presents no danger to himself or to others in the reasonable future if released."

He must continue treatment and have no contact with the Reagan family or Jodie Foster ... with whom he was infatuated when he pulled the trigger.

Hillary Clinton Listen Up, Little Girls ... You Can Be Next Female Prez

7/26/2016 9:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hillary Clinton made her own dramatic entrance -- via satellite -- at the DNC Tuesday night as she officially became the first woman nominated to run for President of the United States.

Hillary popped up in the jumbotron following a montage of all the previous Presidents -- and the crowd went wild during an awkwardly long 45 seconds of staring at Mrs. Clinton's face in the screen.

"1984"-ish moment aside ... she had a few poignant remarks about the historic moment, and attempted to inspire young women around the country.

Also memorable ... Meryl Streep's intro to a video package earlier in the evening. Somewhere Howard Dean is texting, "LMAO."

Sheila E. I'm Rockin' the DNC ... And Bringing My Family

7/26/2016 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0726-sheila-e-hilary-clinton-dnc-tmzSheila E.'s signed on to perform at the DNC on Thursday, but her set won't have anything to do with her dear friend, Prince -- instead, she'll be focusing on helping Hillary Clinton get Latino votes.

Sources tell us Sheila's set will feature Latin-themed music, and she'll be playing with her famous father, Pete Escovedo, and her brother, Peter ... to show the "fabric and togetherness of the Latin family and community."  

Sheila's a longtime Hillary supporter and the gig's been in the works for a couple of weeks.

T.I. When Was America EVER Great For Black People?!!

7/26/2016 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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T.I. is worried Donald Trump's version of making America great again will be a throwback to a time that wasn't the least bit great ... for the African-American community.

It's no secret T.I. won't be voting Trump, but he spelled out exactly why Monday at LAX.

Check it out, Tip is really strong here. Question is -- extremely pessimistic or just realistic?

Either way, it's the antithesis of what Michelle Obama said just a few hours later in Philly.

Michelle Obama I Live in a House Built By Slaves But America's Already Great

7/25/2016 8:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michelle Obama delivered a powerful speech at the DNC about gender, race and the American Dream ... and threw in more than a few digs at Donald Trump.

FLOTUS hit the stage Monday night in Philly to publicly endorse Hillary Clinton -- but also spoke about how she and President Obama teach their daughters to ignore people who "bully" their father about his religion or heritage. She never mentioned Trump by name, but everyone got the point.  

She was most poignant when she talked about how far African-Americans have come, saying ... "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves."  

Check out some highlights, including Michelle's final not at all subtle punch -- "Don't let anyone tell you we need to make America great again ... because this is the greatest country on Earth."

Of course, she almost immediately got a shout-out from POTUS. Smart move on his part ...

Esai Morales Latino U.S. Prez (On TV) Might Be a Trump Supporter

7/25/2016 8:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Actor Esai Morales is going against the grain in the Latino community -- admitting he's giving serious thought to voting for Donald Trump.

The "La Bamba" and "NYPD Blue" star recently played a Latino U.S. prez for the HBO show, "The Brink" ... but seems shaky on when that could happen in real-life. As for whether Donald Trump can dig himself out of the hole with Hispanic voters -- Esai thinks it's possible. Although, his reasoning might be a little controversial.

Watch the clip -- Esai says the Donald's already won him over on one issue, and he's at least willing to listen on others.  

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