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Viral Bear Attack Hunter Gets His Revenge ... Kills Bear That Attacked Him

5/26/2017 5:44 PM PDT

The hunter who got video of a black bear attacking him got his revenge ... he went back and killed the animal.

Richard Wesley tells TMZ ... if the bear attacked him it would surely attack others ... possibly his wife and kids, who also spend time at the family's campsite in ultra-rural Ontario.

His family is full of experienced hunters, and he says it's unusual for a black bear to attack a human.

Richard says the experience reminded him of "The Revenant." He walked away lucky ... a bruise on the elbow.

There's no cell service up in them there parts ... so he and Leo had that in common.

Greg Gianforte Sheriff Cops to Backing Him ... Politically, At Least

5/25/2017 1:27 PM PDT

The cop who cited Greg Gianforte for allegedly body slamming a reporter ... has also supported the candidate's run for Congress.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin admitted making a donation to Gianforte's campaign during a Thursday news conference. The Sheriff also said he's interacted with Gianforte socially, however he insisted it would not be relevant to how his department handled the case.

As we reported, Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after reporter Ben Jacobs accused him of the Wednesday body slam. Gianforte's gone radio silent, but through a rep he's put the blame on Jacobs.

Gootkin's news conference came smack dab in the middle of election day. Polls close at 8 PM in Montana.

Bear Attack Hunter Goes Down But Survives!

5/25/2017 12:52 PM PDT
You Gotta See This!

Vicious bear attacks are rarely caught on video like this, and what's also very rare is ... the victim managing to walk away in one piece.

A hunter in Ontario says he was out on a Spring hunt recently -- and you gotta see what happened when he stumbled within a few dozen yards of a pretty big black bear.

After a tense standoff the animal charged right at the hunter, and there's a moment where you're sure the guy's gotta be dead!

We're guessing he needed fresh underwear, but apparently that was it.

As they say: Any bear attack you can walk away from ... 

Manchester Bombing Social Media Tribute Flag Was Jacked But Artist Is Honored

5/23/2017 1:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Manchester tribute flag you're seeing all over the Internet was created by an artist who never signed off on his work being used by millions of people ... for free, mind you -- and yet he's not pissed.

Mark E. Tisdale, who's American, tells TMZ he created the original art back in 2013. He was surprised to see it become such a uniting symbol for the Manchester tragedy ... posted by tons of people, including David Beckham.

Mark says, obviously, he didn't design the flag years ago with tragedy in mind. However, in light of the bombing ... he's glad it's being used to help bring people together on social media.

And while his art's mostly being spread without crediting him ... he says he has gotten a lot more traffic on his website where he sells his digital art.

Mark's planning to donate any dough he makes off the Manchester flag to relief efforts.

Terrorist Concert Blast Photo Shows Gruesome Aftermath

5/23/2017 7:00 AM PDT

The scope of the tragedy in Manchester is apparent from this picture.

Bodies were strewn in the rotunda outside the seating area where Ariana Grande had just finished her performance at the Manchester Arena.

As we reported, at least 22 people were killed ... the victims as young as 8. 59 people were injured from the nail bomb that exploded in a backpack.

There was initial confusion ... some thought the sound was not an explosion and the fatalities occurred from a stampede that followed, but the pictures make it immediately apparent ... the blast was real.

Danielle Bregoli's Tour Cash My 4-Star, Fruity Demands

5/23/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Bregoli's celeb status is now cemented (sorry) after signing a tour deal with Live Nation -- and whipping out a list of rock star-ish demands to the venues where she's appearing.

We got hold of Cash Me Outside's tour rider and she's drawing the line at 4-star hotels or better. Money-wise ... she requires $750 per diem, plus $3k to cover personal security costs.

Here's where Danielle really lays down the law:
- 50" inch TV with Netflix and DVD player for viewing Paris Hilton in "House of Wax" (movie subject to change)
- 3 fidget spinners
- 5 Gildan or Fruit of the Loom brand white tank tops, "ABSOLUTELY NO HANES BRAND"
- 4 large Domino's pizzas
- 1 fruit platter, but NO pineapple

TMZ broke the story ... Danielle's getting up to $50k if she sells out her 2 tests shows -- July 8 in Fort Lauderdale and July 9 in Houston. If all goes well, Live Nation will consider a nationwide tour.

Best o' luck to all involved.

Ariana Grande Concert Nail Bomb Treated as Terrorism ... 19 Dead

5/22/2017 5:18 PM PDT
Breaking News

5:45 PM PT -- The suspected 2nd device turned out to be abandoned clothing. Police blew it up, anyway ... just to be safe.

5:35 PM PT -- Police found what they believed to be a second explosive device and are about to detonate it. They've warned people not to be alarmed by the explosion.The explosion after the Ariana Grande concert Monday night is now being treated as a terroristic act and at least 19 people are confirmed dead.

As we reported an explosion tore apart a portion of the rotunda outside the seating area at the Manchester Arena. There are reports the explosive device was a nail bomb in a backpack and it might have been a suicide mission.

It appears the bomber was waiting around the exit area as people were streaming out of the building.

Police say, in addition to the 19 dead, 50 people were injured. Body parts were apparently strewn throughout the blast site.

Ariana had just finished performing and had left the stage. She was not hurt.

The explosion triggered a stampede in the arena, injuring a number of people.

Justin Trudeau Prom PM ... Photobomb Master

5/21/2017 1:18 PM PDT

Canada's Prime Minister does 2 things exceptionally well that sometimes coincide ... jogging and photobombing.

Justin Trudeau went on a run Saturday along Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver, where he zipped by a group of kids taking pics for their prom. Naturally, it made for an epic photobomb ... him in full stride and smiling. 

The high schoolers quickly noticed their leader, and since he's a nice guy ... he took an official shot with the youngsters.

Oh, Trudeau. 

Mike Pence Notre Dame Grads Storm Out in Protest

5/21/2017 11:26 AM PDT
Breaking News

11:35 AM PT -- A Notre Dame school official tells TMZ the university was aware of the walk-out, and even helped them out a bit for minimal distractions. Students asked ND heads a few days before graduation which exit they should take to cause the least amount of attention. ND didn't fight the protest. We're also told about 99% of the class stayed and received Pence warmly, which they consider a success.Mike Pence learned the true meaning of the phrase "Fighting Irish" when a couple dozen grads removed themselves from the ceremony during the Veep's commencement speech.

Pence was asked by Notre Dame to deliver the speech Sunday at its graduation, but the moment he stepped up to the lectern ... at least 20 students got up headed toward the back.

It was a planned protest against the Trump administration ... point made.

It's kind of a big deal. ND is a Catholic school ... and Pence is famously Christian. Also, the university is in Indiana ... where he served as governor before being tapped as Trump's VP.

Pence carried on like nothing happened. He fired up the audience and even got some cheers.

SNL Team Trump Sings 'Hallelujah' ... Hang in There, America!

5/21/2017 6:45 AM PDT

Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway and the rest of the White House team sang a song of hope to fire up the season finale of SNL ... just like Hillary Clinton did 6 months ago.

Alec Baldwin as Trump began playing the opening chords to "Hallelujah" during the cold open, and was soon joined by Conway, Mike Pence and a good chunk of his WH staff. Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer was noticeably absent.

Anyway, the sing-along might ring a bell -- Kate McKinnon did the song as Clinton the weekend after the presidential election ... telling America she wasn't giving up and they shouldn't either.  

Baldwin's Trump has a similar message, but a different (and hilarious) rationale. 

Danielle Bregoli Cash Me On Tour ... HowBow Dah?!

5/18/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Bregoli is taking her "Cash Me Outside" routine -- aka just being Danielle -- to a stage, possibly near you, for a national tour ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Danielle tell us she'll be hittin' the road, and stands to make up to $50k per show if they sell out. So far, we're told her team has 2 big city venues locked down. We know what you're thinking -- what's a freakin' "Cash Me Outside" stage act look like?

We're told she's planning a 3-part act:
- Danielle lip syncing and rapping to her fave songs, plus established acts making cameos.
- Live Q&A with the audience, which seems risky considering how defensive she can get.
- Invite audience members onstage to joke around. Translation: Get ready to be roasted by a 14-year-old.

We're told they're still hammering out the contract, but expect to cash Danielle onstage, real soon.

New Orleans Cyclist Hit By Stray Bullet All Caught on Video!

5/16/2017 12:07 PM PDT

A cyclist riding in New Orleans got hit by a stray bullet from a shooting nearby ... and the whole thing was caught on video.

Christopher Weiss was cruising along with his cycling club in NOLA, when all of a sudden he shrieked in pain and had to pull over. As it turns out ... he'd been shot.

One of his fellow riders caught the entire encounter on their mounted bike camera, as another attended to his wound. It's pretty crazy -- you can see the exact moment he was hit ... even though you don't hear gunfire.

Luckily for Chris, it was only a minor flesh wound, and he's expected to make a full recovery.

McKayla Maroney Ass Video Wasn't Hacked ... Enjoy It!

5/15/2017 9:36 AM PDT
Breaking News

McKayla Maroney says the racy video of her dancing around in some thong underwear was NOT hacked -- it was meant to be posted and she's damn proud of it.

The video first surfaced on her Instagram page on Saturday -- and people went crazy thinking the 21-year-old Olympic gymnast may have been hacked.

But Maroney -- an aspiring pop singer -- says she absolutely meant to post the footage ... saying, "I didn't get hacked. unfollow if u need to. all love."

Impressed yet?

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