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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.


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.

Redskins Asst. Coach Pees In Gatorade Cup On Sideline ... Fan Takes Pics

10/24/2016 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1024_Ben-Kotwica_pee_sidelines_cup_redskins_launch_4NFL Fans in Detroit got more than they bargained for on Sunday when they saw a Redskins coach whip out his penis and urinate into a Gatorade cup on the sideline ... DURING the game! 

The urinator is Washington's special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica -- who tried to sneak over behind a trash can and relieve himself during the 3rd quarter of the game. 

Problem is ... the pee break went down right in front of a bunch of Lions fans who ALL saw the whole thing. The person who snapped these pics was at the game with her two minor kids. 

One of the people in the group says Kotwica was the 2ND coach to expose himself and pee by that trash can during the game. 

We reached out to the Redskins and a rep had no comment -- however, one team source tells us sideline pee breaks happen "all the time" with players and coaches and they always try their best to be discreet. 

We're also told Kotwica is NOT in trouble with the team and will not face any sort of discipline. 

Justin Bieber My Purpose is to Bitch You Out

10/21/2016 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber went from telling his fans their lives had meaning to unbridled contempt for them ... and it happened in a matter of seconds. 

Justin was performing in the UK Thursday and tried to go deep but his fans wouldn't shut up.  

So, the question ... if Justin Bieber gives you the option ... 'shut up or I won't talk,' which do you choose?

Tito Ortiz Chael Sonnen 'Ruined Me' in College ... It's Time for Revenge

10/20/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tito Ortiz says he's been DREAMING about revenge on Chael Sonnen for roughly 20 years ... ever since Chael "ruined" him during a college wrestling match ... and the time for payback is now.

Tito tells TMZ Sports ... back before they became MMA superstars, the two faced off when Tito was wrestling for Cal State Bakersfield and Chael was an Oregon Duck.

Tito says Chael caught him in a headlock and pinned him, and it "ruined me" -- leaving him wondering if he'd ever get a shot at redemption.

Well, now the time has come ... because the two are facing off at Bellator 170 in January and Tito says he's simply going to bash Sonnen's face in.

Check out the clip ... Tito also warns Chael to stay off the "juice cocktails" because he doesn't respect cheaters.

Blac Chyna Tyga & Kylie's Spies Stole My Son's Party Theme

10/20/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1019-blac-chyna-tyga-kylie-jenner-tmz-02Blac Chyna is pissed at Tyga for jacking her Ferrari birthday party plans for their son, and adding his own bells and whistles to outdo her ... and she smells a rat behind the whole mess.

A source close to Chyna tells TMZ ... she believes a production staffer on her reality show fed Tyga and Kylie Jenner all the details of her party for King -- which she spent 2 months planning. We're told Tyga and Kylie were invited to the Saturday event, but no-showed ... then threw their bigger copycat bash the next day.

Chyna says she's happy her son enjoyed the birthday double up, but as a mother ... it was a slap in the face. Plus, it's insult to injury if someone from her own show tipped off her enemy.

Co-parenting. It ain't for everyone.


Philly Strip Club Uh, One of Your Girls Stabbed Me ... You're Paying for That

10/15/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1014_stripper_glass_attack_getty_compositeA strip club in Philly rehired an ex-con as a dancer -- who then shanked a customer for refusing a lap dance ... so claims the guy who's now suing the joint.

Errick Epperson filed suit against Atlantis Gentlemen's Club, where he says one of their strippers broke a glass and stabbed him IN THE NECK this summer after he rejected her offer for a private dance.

Errick claims the dancer, Iraida Rivera, drunkenly solicited him and got super pissed, plunging a broken glass into his body. Errick says he had to have emergency surgery and will suffer the rest of his days on Earth.

He also claims, before the stabbing, Rivera was fired for bad behavior but rehired ... so the club knew she was bad news.

Now, Errick's looking for damages to make things right ... well north of $50k.

We reached out to Atlantis for comment ... so far, no word back.


Chris Brown Phone Accuser's Lying ... She Just Wanted Freebies

10/13/2016 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown says the woman in Africa who accused him of smashing her iPhone is full of it ... and there's video that appears to back his claim. 

Sources close to Chris tell TMZ the woman -- who claims Chris grabbed and tossed her phone -- was bugging Chris and co. at the airport for free tix to his show and for a selfie with the singer. Chris is telling friends at no point did he make physical contact with the woman or her phone. 

A video shot by a fan seems to back up Chris' story -- you can see him walk past the woman, and her phone is undamaged after the exchange. 

We're told Chris and his team think the woman was simply out for free tickets and when that failed, she tried a quick money grab.  

Kim Kardashian Robbery Secret Recording in Paris Apt. Sparks Police Investigation

10/13/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Moments after Paris cops responded to the Kim Kardashian robbery scene, someone recorded video inside her apartment and whoever shot the footage is in big trouble ... TMZ has learned.

The video shows Kim on a couch, wrapped in blanket while FaceTiming with someone. Police are combing the luxury pad for evidence ... apparently unaware that someone in the apartment is shooting video, which would be a major violation of French privacy laws.

Our sources tell us Kim's legal team is now working with French authorities to determine who was behind the camera. The issue is, in France it is illegal to film someone in a private setting without their consent. We're told police believe this video fits that description.

The video was posted on websites this week, but Kim's legal team shut it down immediately by sternly reminding the outlets the footage is illegal.

If Kim or others who were present can finger the camera operator, and cops locate the culprit ... he or she could face a year in prison and be fined the equivalent of about $50k.

UFC's Sage Northcutt Mickey Gall Wants to Break My Bones??? ... 'That's Funny'

10/13/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC rising star Sage Northcutt doesn't seem fazed by Mickey Gall's violent smack talk -- laughing off his bone-breaking threats as pure comedy ... while training with UFC champ Tyron Woodley.

As we previously reported, Gall threatened to "hurt [Sage] bad" when they face off at UFC on FOX 22 in December .. adding, "I'm gonna break his bones."

Since Tyron and Sage are friends, we hit up the champ to find out how Northcutt's preparing for the fight -- when Super Sage made a surprise appearance and reacted to Gall's comments personally.

Check out the clip ... it's clear Tyron thinks Mickey may have bitten off a little more than he can chew.

Billy Bush NBC Bosses Had No Problem with 'Guy Talk' ... 'Til Friday

10/12/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1011-billy-bush-tmz-02Billy Bush has been all but fired by NBC for his part in the "Access Hollywood" Donald Trump outtakes, but his bosses had no problem with Billy's offhanded remarks about women ... for years.

Sources connected to "Access Hollywood" tell us, Billy and others would talk openly in the newsroom about women ... and some of it's even on tape. We're told some of the comments -- "Man, you look hot today," "Look at her legs," and "Man, she looks hot today!"

Billy was particularly impressed with Gigi Hadid and Taylor Swift's legs. He also, somewhat infamously, asked J Lo point-blank about her butt ... although that comment was at least on camera.

The point is ... we're told no one complained, and Billy wasn't the only one making those kinds of remarks.

What's more ... we're told a number of people knew about the Trump/Bush conversation when it went down in 2005, and again ... no one complained.

We're told Bush is upset because he feels like a scapegoat ... no one at NBC had a problem with him until the footage leaked, and when NBC had a PR problem they just cut him loose.

Donald Trump Slams McCain Again ... He's Got the Dirtiest Mouth!

10/11/2016 5:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump is not backing down from ripping Republicans who yank their support for him, and he just took at big swipe at John McCain.

Trump was on Bill O'Reilly's show Tuesday night, and when Bill tried to ask if he planned to patch things up with GOP heavyweights pissed about the leaked "Access Hollywood" tape ... The Donald went off.

Trump pretty much called Sen. McCain a foulmouthed hypocrite, and he got a shot in at Paul Ryan too ... just for good measure.


Kim Kardashian Robbery Costume Pulled From Site

10/11/2016 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1011-kim-kardashian-robbery-costume-COSTUMEISH-01The public has spoken, and does NOT want to see people dressed up as Kim Kardashian, bound and gagged by armed robbers for Halloween.

Costumeish founder Johnathon Weeks says the backlash was so severe by Tuesday afternoon, it became clear the Parisian Robbery Victim costume wasn't gonna fly. It's been yanked from his website. 

Weeks says this is the first time they've removed a costume from their online store -- and there have been plenty of borderline tasteless options in the past, including Cecil the Lion and crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford.

The move won't ruin Halloween for too many -- Weeks says he'll be fully refunding all SIX people who actually forked over the $69.99.


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