She claims they're fake, but McKayla Maroney's Team USA gymnastics teammates are lashing out on her behalf anyway ... trashing the scumbag who hacked tons of celeb nude pics and posted them online.
Aly Raisman -- a fellow member of the 2012 Gold medal team -- just went to Twitter and sounded off ... saying, "This scandal is not a joke and it is upsetting that an invasion of privacy results in entertainment for some."
She continued, "Please respect the fact that the photos were private and not for the whole world to see. My heart is broken for the women who were violated."
"Every person is entitled to their own privacy. I am saddened that something like this has happened and I hope it never happens again."
Gabby Douglas also weighed in with a message to McKayla that said, "Love ya girl. #WeAreStrong #Champions."
As for Maroney, she finally addressed the issue Monday ... tweeting, "The fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT you sir, need Jesus."
I'm Not a Wife Anymore ...
But I'm Still a Mom!
8/28/2014 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey still won't talk about her impending divorce from hubby Nick Cannon, but she put her kids on full display on Twitter ... to show she's still a loving mother.
Carey posted a trio of photos on her seldom-used Twitter page, writing, "It's a small small world!"
And once she finally files those divorce papers, Mariah's world will get even smaller.
Rear-Ended in West Hollywood
8/26/2014 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber just got rear-ended ... and it looks like a case of quien es mas macho.
Bieber was driving his red Ferrari in West Hollywood early Tuesday afternoon when he noticed a photog following him in a Prius.
We're told an annoyed Bieber slammed on his brakes and the photog crashed into him.
Bieber wasn't hurt, but he's pissed, tweeting, "We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana."
As for the cars ... the Ferrari was scratched ... nothing major. And let's face it ... who cares about the Prius.
On Emmys Red Carpet
8/26/2014 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Bosh has struck again.
For some reason (we're still trying to figure this out) the Heat star decided to attend the Emmys with his wife last night ... and decided to amuse himself by photobombing one of the most famous actors in the world, Matt McConaughey.
Of course, Bosh is somewhat of a photobombing pro ... the guy targeted teammates during post-game interviews almost every week last season.
But don't worry, Bosh showed off his fancy side too -- showing off his white jacket (with a white Rolls to match) before the awards.
I Will Pee On You
If You Hot Tub with Me
8/15/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The star running back just tweeted, "I don't think I've ever not peed in the hot tub."
Warning to Arian Foster's teammates -- he's not afraid to piss all over you if you dare to get in the hot tub with him.
Not that anyone asked, but Foster's confession is definitely news his buddies on the Houston Texans can use during training camp.
Foster went on to explain, "If you go in having any prior liquids in you, and dip your whole body into warm liquid relaxing every muscle, it's inevitable."
We smell a ploy to get the hot tub all to himself.
Takes Shark Week
a Little Too Seriously
8/13/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Shark Week's biggest fan ... is also its smallest.
"Austin Powers" star Verne Troyer celebrated the annual Discovery Channel tradition in costume, posting a photo to Twitter with the caption, "Got a little too excited about #sharkweek last night."
There's just one thing missing ...
Pic of Dead Body NOT Him
8/13/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Someone has posted a pic of what they claim to be Robin Williams' body at the Coroner's Office ... but we've learned it is NOT Robin.
We've traced it back ... the pic was taken from a Spanish language website that deals with strangulation and has several images posted to illustrate. The image that was sent around Tuesday night resembles Robin, but it was posted several years ago.
Zelda Williams was extremely upset by the pic, tweeting, "I'm shaking. I can't. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won't open it. Don't either. Please."
Zelda then deleted her tweet and apologized, saying "I should've risen above."
Law enforcement confirms to TMZ ... the pic is NOT Robin's body.
'Selfish' for Committing Suicide
Says Todd Bridges
8/11/2014 4:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Williams' death had been reported for just minutes, when "Diff'rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges bashed Williams for committing suicide ... calling it "a very selfish act."
Bridges moaned he's had a hard time too but didn't take what he implies is the easy way out: "You don't think that my life has been hell and I've had so many ups and downs now. If I did that what am i showing my children that when it gets tough that's the way out No you gotta buckle down ask God to help you. That's when prayer really comes into effect."
Bridges did give him this, "Rest in peace Robin Williams I hope you found what you were looking for."
A few hours later Bridges apologized for the timing of his comments, saying ... "My best friend committed suicide a few months ago, and I was devastated to discover that he did not solicit my help. I am sure that my attitude toward Williams's death was a delayed reaction of my best friend's death. Again, I apologize for my negative comment, and I ask forgiveness for any pain that I have caused anyone."
The Rock's Mom
Car Smashed by Drunk Driver
in Head on Collision
8/10/2014 11:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Rock says his mom, Ata Maivia-Johnson and his cousin were struck HEAD ON by a drunk driver this week ... and luckily, they survived.
Dwayne Johnson's uncle Afa tells us Ata and Lina Fanene were driving home from a fundraiser their family runs every year -- the Usos Foundation Banquet -- when they were crashed into by the alleged drunk driver.
Both women were rushed to a local hospital and we're told Ata was hospitalized for 3 nights. Afa wouldn't say what injuries the 65-year-old sustained ... but he did tell us it was a very scary scene.
The Rock posted a picture of the crash and his mom's white Escalade -- the one he bought her for Christmas in 2012 -- clearly totaled. Same goes for the other car involved.
Fanene -- who currently works for WWE's NXT division -- posted a photo of the actor/wrestler visiting her in the hospital.
Ata and Lina also posed for a pic in the SUV on August 2nd on their way to the fundraiser.
The Rock tweeted, "First reaction is to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them. But then you realize the most important thing is my family lived thru this and we can hug each other that much tighter these days."
Domestic Violence Arrest
... Ruined My Career
7/31/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Chad Johnson fully understands the consequences of his actions -- saying his 2012 domestic violence arrest didn't just ruin his NFL career ... it also destroyed his legacy.
The former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver went to Twitter this morning and in an obvious reference to the incident with then-wife Evelyn Lozada wrote, "3 seconds of anger cost me a lifetimes worth of work."
He continued, "I LOVE everything in sight for a reason, those few seconds I stopped doing so."
After Johnson's arrest, he was immediately cut from the Miami Dolphins and was essentially blacklisted from the NFL.
Johnson is now playing ball in Canada ... but it's clear he believes his arrest overshadows his achievements on the gridiron.
Chad then tweeted ... "Now that was a #TBT"
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'
Offensive 9/11 Tweet
7/29/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paramount Pictures Australia quickly deleted a tweet promoting the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie ... featuring the turtles falling from an exploding building ... and a release date of 9/11.
The tweet was posted Tuesday morning and it didn't take long for Twitter users to see what apparently the entire marketing department did not. Retweets included: "WOW. Someone's getting fired for this" ... "Did Paramount really think this was a suitable poster for a movie release on September 11th?" and "'Too soon?' 'Nah, who cares.'"
A rep for Paramount Australia tells TMZ, "We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia. Combining that image and date was a mistake. We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use."
One Direction's Zayn Malik
I'm Definitely Pro-Palestine
7/28/2014 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Zayn Malik from One Direction has dared to go where Rihanna chickened out ... he just tweeted, "#FreePalestine."
The 21-year-old singer -- who grew up Muslim -- posted his comment Sunday night and lots of followers quickly reacted. One posted, "Are you still alive? You should be dead by now and kill yourself." Another said, "You and your family need to die."
Someone -- apparently in Israel -- wrote, "U have fans in #Israel. It broke me that one of my idols wand (sic) me to die."
Malik -- unlike Rihanna -- didn't back down. She removed an identical tweet 8 minutes after it was posted.
'Major Crimes' Star
Twitter Criminal Wishes Him Death
On Malaysian Jet
7/27/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Major Crimes" star Graham Patrick Martin is being terrorized by a cyber stalker who wished him a violent death aboard one of the doomed Malaysian jets.
Someone has created a Twitter account with Martin's name ... using a different middle initial but making it appear it's the actor's official Twitter account. The impostor is going to town, sending more than 100 tweets a day, in one case tweeting, "How unlucky I wasn't on board Flight 370."
The fake Martin also wrote, "I sure have the likability of a Hitler youth." And the fraud is also bashing the real Martin's girlfriend, tweeting, "I think it's sad dat now at her 30s whore doesn't look older than 80, but tomorrow she'll look like infinity."
The guy has been sending more than 100 tweets a day. Twitter shut down the account but the guy just fired up a new one.
The 22-year-old actor has gone to the LAPD asking for help. He's worried people are confusing the impostor for him, which is hurting his image and scaring him and his family.
LAPD just executed a search warrant on Twitter to get info allowing them to track the guy down and arrest him.