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Hillary Clinton Bill Wasn't Abusing His POTUS Power During Lewinsky Affair

10/14/2018 1:52 PM PDT

Hillary Clinton is still firmly in Bill Clinton's corner more than two decades after his sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky ... with HC now saying he didn't abuse his power over her.

The former Secretary of State and two-time presidential hopeful went to bat for her husband Sunday during an interview with CBS, in which a reporter asked if then-President Clinton should have resigned after being impeached for lying about his affair with Lewinsky.

Her answer was telling ... "Absolutely not." The reporter follows up by asking if his relationship with Lewinsky might've been an abuse of power. She simply says, "No, no." 

HC was presented with one last premise that she quickly and brutally deflected at Lewinsky's expense, with the reporter suggesting that a sitting president cannot have a consensual relationship with an intern because the power imbalance is too great. 

She quickly interjected with, "... who was an adult" and pivoted to asking why there hasn't been such an expansive probe into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump.

Hmmmmm .... *hard side eye* 

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson John Henry is More Than Being Black ... Says '90s John Henry

10/13/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dwayne Johnson is getting a raw deal from people who think he's not black enough to play John Henry ... according to Roger Aaron Brown, who had the role back in the '90s.

Roger played John Henry in the 1995 movie 'Tall Tale,' and tells us he doesn't have a problem with The Rock stepping into his shoes. He tells us there's way more to the role than being African-American, so complaints Dwayne's skin isn't dark enough are nonsense.

As Roger sees it, Dwayne has the acting chops and physical stature to play John Henry -- the railroad worker worked himself to death, according to folklore.  

The Rock is clearly thrilled about his upcoming movie, "John Henry and the Statesmen," and his lifelong passion for the story is enough for Roger to get on board. 

If you're still upset about Dwayne's skin tone, Roger has a solution for ya. 

Robert Klein Loses It On Trump!! Faces Off with Trump Supporters

10/12/2018 10:51 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Robert Klein ain't cracking jokes when it comes to Donald Trump -- he came unhinged, ranting about the President's numerous scandals ... then came face-to-face with some vocal Trump supporters.  

The scene was unreal Thursday night outside Craig's in WeHo -- the legendary comedian went OFF when we asked about Trump's meeting with Kanye West. He quickly pivoted the convo away from Ye and launched into a tirade about Paul Manafort, Russia and Stormy Daniels ... the whole nine.  

Perfect timing for a couple of Trump fans to approach! Warning: Robert's super salty here and drops so many f-bombs, DMX might blush. 

He's making zero effort to hide it ... Robert's definitely longing for the days of Barack Obama

The bad news for him is ... we all know Obama's not coming back. Just ain't gonna happen, Bob.

So, as he put it, midway through his rant ... "This is what America's become!" 

The Eagles' Joe Walsh Drain the Rock & Roll H.O.F. Swamp!!

10/11/2018 7:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Joe Walsh doesn't have a peaceful, easy feeling about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, because he says the induction process is unfair and way outta hand.

We got the Eagles' guitarist in NYC and he went off about the Hall being too political and bowing down to corporate sponsors. Joe got remarkably candid when he added ... most artists would change a lot about the whole process, starting with who gets inducted.

Joe, who was inducted with the Eagles in 1998, even said there are many artists already in the Hall who have no business being there. He also has a specific guitar great in mind who deserves to be in, but keeps getting denied.

Shout-out to Link Wray and, if you've never heard of him, Joe's got the song you need to hear. 

Watch the video ... JW is speaking from the heart. No lyin' eyes here. 

Kim Kardashian West Blinged Out ... 2 Years After Paris Robbery

10/10/2018 6:53 AM PDT

Kim Kardashian West is back in the jewelry game ... almost 2 years to the day after being bound, gagged, held at gunpoint and robbed of more than $6 million in bling. 

Kim was at a Tiffany & Co. party Tuesday night in NYC, where she was dripping in blinding bling that she showed off on her IG story.

Ms. West, who was accompanied by a security dude, made it clear the jewels weren't hers ... they were loan-outs for the evening. 

She's been relatively jewelry free since she was robbed at gunpoint in a Paris hotel room. She vowed at the time to shun these extravagances in the name of safety ... but now she's taking baby steps back to where she started. 

As for security ... we only see one guard at her side, but Tiffany typically has a swarm of undercover security in the joint. 

John Mayer We Need a New 'Male Contract' ... Screw This Alpha Male BS

10/8/2018 9:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Mayer wants to can the idea that men must be alpha males and take what they want -- including women -- and replace it with a new doctrine focused on respect and sensitivity.

The guitar-slinging crooner was doing a cancer benefit show Sunday night at the Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore when he went off on a tangent about toxic masculinity, which he called a "bulls**t" alpha male contract that's nailed into boys' heads from a young age.

He says the sentiment that a man should get an erection at the sight of every woman he wants is crap. John added the so-called "trauma" men might feel when a woman turns them down ... is something men just have to get over.

His new idea on how to raise boys ... teach 'em that the world isn't theirs, and they're not definitely not entitled to every woman. It's worth noting this rant came right after John performed "Daughters."

He never calls him by name, but it's pretty clear John's referring to newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

There was some awkward silence as he made his point, but eventual applause once he got it all out. He later apologized for talking about such a sensitive subject during the concert. 

UFC 229 New Angle of Khabib Attacking ... From Ground Floor

10/7/2018 7:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

As wild as it was to watch Khabib Nurmagomedov jump out of the Octagon to attack Conor McGregor's training teammate on TV, it's even crazier with this angle from the ground floor.

TMZ has obtained footage that captured the insane moment Khabib -- who'd just defeated Conor for the lightweight belt -- hopped over the cage and try to fight Dillon Danis. This is a clear shot of the action ... and it gives you a sense of how chaotic it was on the ground level.

Tons of people -- including metro police -- immediately rushed in to break up the fight, and Khabib is quickly dragged away screaming. You also see Conor try to rush out as well and get into it with Khabib's teammate, before getting rushed himself by another guy in Khabib's camp.

Khabib later apologized for the incident, but it's unclear what punishment -- if any -- he may face for setting off the massive brawl.  

Taylor Swift Listen Up Tennessee ... I'm Voting Democrat on Nov. 6

10/7/2018 5:15 PM PDT
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Taylor Swift just made her current political views explicitly clear for what may be the first time ever in her career -- and it might piss off a lot of conservatives in Tennessee. 

Tay posted a lengthy statement on Instagram Sunday that weighed in on the midterm elections taking place across the country next month. She addressed the congressional race in her home state of Tennessee -- where she moved when she was 14 and where she'll be voting herself -- for which she declared she'd be voting for two Democrats running for U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. 

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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In her post, Taylor says she's been reluctant to voice her politics publicly in the past -- but felt compelled to do so now due to recent events in her life and around the world. She says she has always cast votes for people who protect human rights, support the LGBT community, fight against discrimination of any sort as well as the systematic racism at play in the country. 

As such, she says she cannot in her right conscience vote for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican who's running for a Senate seat against former TN Gov. Phil Bredesen -- a Democrat. Blackburn's been seen at Trump rallies in support of the President.

Taylor says Blackburn has taken positions that are antithetical to everything she personally stands for, adding ... "These are not MY Tennessee values." She goes on to say she'll be voting for Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives -- another Democrat. 

It's an interesting stance considering Taylor's country music background -- and it'll be even more interesting to see if she has any influence on turnout come Nov. 6. 

ICP's Shaggy 2 Dope Tries to Dropkick Fred Durst ... Doesn't Quite Make It

10/7/2018 10:36 AM PDT

Insane Clown Posse's Shaggy 2 Dope attempted to do something truly crazy this weekend to fellow rocker Fred Durst ... a running dropkick -- which totally crashed and burned.

Fred was performing with his own band, Limp Bizkit, Saturday night at the 2018 Rock Allegiance Festival in Camden, New Jersey when Shaggy tried rushing him on stage with a WWE wrestling move that completely backfired. The dropkick ended up dropping Shaggy more effectively than it did Fred ... and security quickly dragged him away to the side stage.

Fred was hardly rocked by the kick, which came up just a bit short, and he calmly announced to the audience ... "What a p***y. Couldn't even pull it off." As the stage handlers attempted to contain Shaggy, it appears another person in ICP's camp got into it as well.

No word on what Shaggy's beef might've been with Fred -- the two have collaborated in the past, but it's anyone's guess what triggered this. We'll leave it to the Juggalos to decide.

Terry Bradshaw Steelers Screwed Up ... They Shoulda Offered Le'Veon More Money!!

10/6/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Terry Bradshaw says Pittsburgh REALLY crapped the bed when it came to Le'Veon Bell ... telling TMZ Sports the Steelers shoulda offered him WAY MORE MONEY!!!

The Steelers reportedly gave their All-Pro running back a three-year, $47 million deal -- and Bradshaw says it's no wonder why Bell spit on that offer.

"He's worth a lot. He's worth a lot more," Bradshaw tells us. "There's nobody like him in the NFL."

Don't worry too much, Steelers fans ... Terry says Pitt should still make the playoffs without the RB. But, even if they don't ... Terry tells us don't blame it on Le'Veon!!!

We also asked if Ben Roethlisberger should get involved to help both sides hammer out a deal -- Terry told us, when it comes to the QB, "You stay out of contracts! Stay out of it."

T.I. Kaepernick Doesn't Need the NFL

10/6/2018 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Colin Kaepernick's star power is bigger NOW than when he was playing football -- and he doesn't need the NFL's platform to be effective in his off-the-field mission ... so says T.I. 

There are some people who believe without being on an NFL roster, people will lose interest in Kaepernick -- and he'll eventually become irrelevant and fade away. 

But, not T.I. -- who appeared on "TMZ Live" and explained why Colin's more influential now than ever ... and suggested going back to the NFL might actually take his focus away from the social justice issues he's been tackling. 

That said, if Colin does get signed and goes back to the league, T.I. says he'll support Kaepernick 100% ... knowing football is still a major passion for the guy. 

Ex-UFC Star Brendan Schaub Rips Greg Hardy ... His Run Will End Soon!!

10/6/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Greg Hardy's had a nice run to start his fighting career ... but it'll all come crashing down as soon as he stops "fighting bums" -- so says ex-UFC star Brendan Schaub.

We got the UFC fighter-turned-MMA analyst out at LAX ... and he pulled no punches when it came to breaking down Hardy's fight career -- both present and future.

"There's other guys I would market over Greg Hardy for a number of reasons," Schaub says.

"He's not young, he's fighting bums."

Brendan says he sees Greg's run -- which has already featured 3 devastating knockouts in 3 bouts -- coming to an end as soon as he gets to "those real killers in the UFC."

In fact ... Brendan tells us if Shawne Merriman and Hardy go toe-to-toe in a scrap that they both want -- Schaub says he's got "Lights Out" in the match.

"I'll take Shawne," Brendan tells us. "He's a better football player, so maybe he's a better fighter."

Ryan Lochte Reveals Serious Alcohol Addiction ... Seeking Treatment

10/5/2018 12:22 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Lochte is now acknowledging that he has a "serious" alcohol problem after a booze-fueled incident at a Southern California hotel and he'll be seeking treatment, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've confirmed ... Lochte was involved in an incident at a hotel in Newport Beach on Thursday morning in which he drunkenly tried to kick in his own hotel room door around 3 AM. 

Hotel security responded to the scene and cops were called. No arrests were made and Lochte smoothed things over with the hotel in regards to the damaged door. 

But, now we've learned ... Lochte is realizing he's been battling an "alcohol addiction" and needs to address it before the problem gets worse. 

"Ryan has been battling alcohol addiction for many years and unfortunately it has become a destructive pattern for him," Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow tells us. 

"He has acknowledged that he needs professional assistance to overcome his problem and will be getting help immediately. "

"Ryan knows that conquering this disease now is a must for him to avoid making future poor decisions, to be the best husband and father he can be, and if he wants to achieve his goal to return to dominance in the pool in his 5th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020."

This incident is not the first time Lochte has gotten into trouble after a night of boozing -- he was arrested in Brazil back 2016 after a drunken incident at a local gas station. 

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