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Vladimir Putin Strips for Jesus ... And Frozen Lake Dip

1/19/2018 6:44 AM PST

Vladimir Putin is not losing his religion -- he IS getting half naked for it though ... in public.

The Russian President took off a perfectly warm sheepskin coat and boots to take a dip in an icy lake about 250 miles north of Moscow. He wasn't alone. Putin was commemorating the baptism of Jesus in Orthodox Christian tradition ... and people do it all over Russia every year.

This was the first time Putin publicly marked the Epiphany.

His favorite horse was spared from the bone-chilling tradition.

Roger Stone I'm Pushing Hulk Hogan for Senate 'Cause Fame Trumps All!!!

1/18/2018 1:03 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Roger Stone has one good reason for floating the idea of Hulk Hogan running for a U.S. Senate seat -- and that reason's sitting in the Oval Office right now.

We got President Trump's former adviser Thursday in NYC and got his reaction to Hulk telling us he's not interested, for now, in a political career -- and he's urging the former wrestler to reconsider.

Roger points out there are plenty of role models to prove there's a place for the Hulkster in D.C. -- Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump and Jesse Ventura.

As for past scandals ... Stone said, history proves Hulk can overcome it.

Kim Kardashian Slams Lamar Odom for Visiting Brothels ... After His Khloe Diss

1/18/2018 2:01 PM PST

Kim Kardashian went straight for Lamar Odom's jugular after he dissed Khloe Kardashian ... making fun of him for visiting brothels.

Kim replied to a tweet Thursday in which Lamar was quoted from his interview on BET's "Mancave" that read ... "I knew my marriage to Khloe was over 'when she was on her second or third NBA player.'"

Safe to say, Kim wasn't having it ... she responded ... "Or second or third brothel."

Lamar has been known to visit brothels in the past, most famously when he OD'd at one in Nevada a few years back. Khloe has dated NBA star James Harden, and is currently preggo with Tristan Thompson's kid.

No love lost here, apparently.

Danilo Gallinari to NBA: Stop Fighting!! ... Trust My Broken Hand!

1/18/2018 6:49 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

NBA players need to stop throwing punches and start shaking hands ... so says the guy who knows firsthand what can happen when you get in a fight on the court.

TMZ Sports spoke with L.A. Clippers star Danilo Gallinari ... who broke his hand throwing a punch in an exhibition in Italy this past off-season. He was also present when the Clips got in a scuffle with the Rockets earlier this week.

D.G. says he's vowed to stop the violence ever since the summer incident ... and says the rest of the NBA should follow his lead if they know what's best for 'em.

We also asked about whether Austin Rivers can actually scrap or if he's all talk ... and you gotta check out his answer.

Dave Chappelle Get Over My Louis C.K. Jokes ... It's All Love, Olivia Munn!!!

1/18/2018 7:14 AM PST

Dave Chappelle's got a message for Olivia Munn, and anyone else offended by his jokes ... get over it.

Dave was out with his pal, John Mayer, Wednesday night -- hitting Craig's and Delilah in WeHo -- when we asked him about Olivia calling him "tone deaf" for his jokes about Louis C.K. and sexual harassment. If you missed it ... Dave said Louis' alleged victims had a "brittle spirit," among other things.

The comedian had a very direct and positive response for Olivia.

Despite the criticism over his latest Netflix stand-up specials, Dave was still swarmed by fans and paps at the end of the night. As he said, "I'm very famous."

Fun Fact: John, who toured with Dave, didn't say anything about Olivia's criticism -- but happens to have a pretty cool song about Olivia. Wilde though, not Munn.

NFL's Landon Collins To Racist Sorority Girl: I Can Help You

1/17/2018 5:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

NY Giants safety Landon Collins wants to help the Alabama sorority girl at the center of a racist video scandal, telling TMZ Sports ... he'd even take her to dinner to educate her.

The woman Collins is talking about is Harley Barber -- who posted 2 disgusting video rants in which she spewed the n-word multiple times. To make it worse, she mocked Martin Luther King Jr. Day too.

Barber has since been expelled from the University of Alabama and kicked out of her sorority, Alpha Phi, but Collins tells us ... he sees this as an opportunity to educate and inform her.

This issue hits close to home for Landon since he attended 'Bama and played football there, and sent a message to his alma mater earlier Wednesday.

Talk about taking the high road ...

Tom Cruise Fails Again During 'MI6' Stunt ... Nothing Broken, We Think

1/17/2018 8:04 AM PST

Tom Cruise should really consider getting a stunt double, 'cause he screwed up another jump on the set of "Mission: Impossible 6" ... and might've injured himself again.

Filming resumed in London this week, and in this clip you see Cruise attempt to leap onto the ledge of a window ... but he slips on something before he gets out.

A cameraman on the scene says the actor was later seen using crutches, but there are no pics and we haven't confirmed.

It's strange -- Tom appeared to have nailed this exact scene last week, unclear why he did it again. As we reported ... he's fresh off a broken ankle from a failed jump on the set last year.

We've got a call in to Tom's camp for an injury update, but our advice -- let the stuntmen do their thing, Tom. It's all good ... we promise.

Ann Curry Verbal Sexual Harassment 'Pervasive' at NBC

1/17/2018 5:59 AM PST

Ann Curry makes it clear ... the conduct that got Matt Lauer fired from anchoring "Today" was no surprise to her ... because she says that was the culture at NBC.

Curry appeared on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday to talk about her experiences with Lauer and others.  She clearly knew the anchors were going to zero in on her former co-host yet seemed reluctant to open up ... though she did.

Curry left the show in 2012 after a tumultuous run as Lauer's co-anchor. It was rumored the 2 had an intense dislike for each other and many thought Lauer was behind Curry's ousting.

Buzz Aldrin to Delta I Need You Like the Man on the Moon

1/16/2018 11:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Buzz Aldrin went ballistic on Delta Airlines after missing his flight.

We got the second man to step foot on the moon Tuesday at LAX, and Buzz was furious that the plane had pulled away from the gate. He blamed it on a Delta employee, but the agents were unmoved.

The Delta employees offered Buzz the next flight, which got him so angry he rose from his wheelchair in a rage.

We don't know if the agents were aware they were messin' with an astronaut, but he was one step short of pulling a Jackie Gleason ... To the Moon, Alice.

James Franco Time's Up on Sunset Blvd. ... What a Disaster

1/16/2018 8:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

James Franco's art and life are getting uncomfortably close ... 'cause the Time's Up movement is breathing down his neck on Sunset Blvd.

A new billboard recently went up in Hollywood for Franco's movie, "The Disaster Artist" -- which sits just in front of a Time's Up billboard no more than 100 yards away.

Unclear which one went up first -- it's awards season, though ... so movie promotions are popping up all over L.A. Either way, it's awkward placement.

As we reported ... Franco's been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 5 women. The accusations initially surfaced during the Golden Globes where the actor rocked a Time's Up pin.

He's now avoiding public events, such as last weekend's Critics' Choice Awards ... where he won for best actor. 

Seal Cops Investigate Sexual Battery Allegedly Groped & Forcefully Kissed Actress

1/16/2018 4:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Seal is under criminal investigation for sexual battery, just one week after he publicly encouraged sexual abuse victims to come forward ... but the singer denies any wrongdoing.

Actress Tracey Birdsall tells us she and Seal were neighbors in Los Angeles in the fall of 2016. She says the two developed a close friendship -- and only that -- until an incident at Seal's home. Tracey says she was in Seal's kitchen to retrieve a salad spinner she'd lent him when all of a sudden, he lunged at her.

Tracey tells us Seal forced himself on her, attempting to kiss her. She says she shouted, "What are you doing?!" and the singer replied, "I'm kissing you!"

Birdsall claims Seal then began to belittle her for what she was wearing (a tank top and shorts) -- insinuating she was asking for it -- and he began to grope her breasts. She says she demanded he stop.

Tracey tells us Seal then invited her to sit on the couch next to him ... she says she was in shock and complied. Birdsall claims Seal once again began to make fun of what she was wearing and groped her again. Tracey says she left shortly after that and did not have contact with Seal again.

Birdsall says it wasn't until she saw Seal's comments about Oprah and Harvey Weinstein -- where he encouraged women to share their own stories of sexual misconduct -- that she decided to report it to the cops. 

A source with the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. confirms a report was taken Saturday for sexual battery ... the incident is under investigation.

A rep for Seal tells us, "Seal vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct more than a year ago. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations."

Ashleigh Banfield Aziz's Accuser is 'Appalling' She Just Had a Bad Date

1/16/2018 7:21 AM PST

HLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield skewered the woman who publicly attacked Aziz Ansari, saying that she has sullied the #MeToo movement and her remedy was simply to get up and leave his apartment.

Ashleigh called the anonymous accuser's attack "appalling," mocking her comment that the date was the worst night of her life. The anchor said her sexual encounter with Aziz was not sexual assault or harassment ... it was simply an unpleasant date.

Ashleigh goes on to say she had the option to walk out the door rather than continue to engage in sexual contact with him. What's worse, Ashleigh says the woman is gunning to ruin Aziz's life over a bad date.

President Donald Trump Chivalry is Dead as a Doornail

1/16/2018 7:11 AM PST

President Trump's apparently more worried about his hair than his image ... fully covering his noggin with an umbrella while his fam braves the elements.

45 boarded Air Force One Monday in West Palm Beach, Florida ... and trailing behind in the rain and heavy wind was 11-year-old son Barron, and First Lady Melania Trump. The Prez spent the weekend at Mar-a-Lago ... probably not taking etiquette lessons.

Awful but also not surprising ... considering Trump's notorious for doing this under the biggest spotlight. Remember when Trump left Melania for their meeting with 44 and Michelle?

Bad look, hombre.

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