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President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning Sentence

1/17/2017 1:38 PM PST
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0117-obama-manning-tmz-apPresident Obama just commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence and she will be freed in May ... the White House announced Tuesday.

Chelsea Manning -- a former Army intelligence officer who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks -- was convicted back in 2013, and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Obama's commutation means she'll be out May 17, after just 7 years served.

Manning, a transgender woman, attempted suicide twice while in prison.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said last week he would agree to extradition to the U.S. if Obama released Manning from prison. Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

It's unclear if a deal has been struck.

Coco's Baby Mommy and Me ... And Her Boobs

1/17/2017 1:25 PM PST

0117-coco-austin-bikini-baby-chanel-photos-launchCoco's baby daughter doesn't need any stinking floaties when she hits the beach ... not when she's got mommy!

Coco took 1-year-old Chanel out for a day in the sun Tuesday. We're not sure if the little girl was thinking safety, or just lunch.

She was definitely in perfect position for both.

'Soul Man' Sam Moore Performing at Trump's Inaugural Concert

1/17/2017 12:35 PM PST
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0117_Sam-Moore_tmzGrammy-award winning "Soul Man" Sam Moore will perform at Donald Trump's Inaugural Concert.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend was added to perform during the "Make America Great Again!" concert slated for the night before Trump gets sworn in.

The legendary singer announced that "As an American, I am honored to perform for President-elect Donald Trump. I was a participant in the civil rights movement and have seen many positive changes and advancement in my 81 years of living in this wonderful country."

Sam's announcement came the same day we reported the inauguration committee was going to keep featured performers for the Inaugural balls under wraps.

Chuck D Quit Attacking Steve Harvey! We NEED an Inside Man with Trump

1/17/2017 12:12 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117_chuck_d_steve_harvey_tmz-2Chuck D doesn't think people should be going after Steve Harvey for rubbing elbows with Donald Trump ... because he thinks it's vital to have someone keeping tabs on the Prez-elect.

The leader of Public Enemy tells TMZ ... certain members of the black community need to sit face-to-face with any perceived adversary so they can find out what's really going down with the new administration ... and let everyone else know.

On the flip side, Chuck says it's great so many artists and entertainers are protesting this year's inauguration ... but it doesn't have to be everybody.

Translation -- we gotta stick together for the next 4 years ... but having an inside man or 2 will only help the cause.

Donald Trump Inauguration Gospel Star Travis Greene Proud to Say ... I'm Performing!!!

1/17/2017 12:14 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee doesn't want to say who is performing at the inaugural balls ... but one of the singers sure does.

Gospel and Grammy nominated singer Travis Greene -- who will open the Liberty Ball -- says God told him to perform, and he has no reservations.

He told us he's getting blowback on social media, but he's figured out a way to deal with it. For the record, his team tells us he's also getting support for his decision.

Travis will be singing his hit (and 2016 Grammy nominated song) "Intentional."

Donald Trump Sued By Accuser For Defamation 'Apprentice' Contestant Holds Presser

1/17/2017 12:39 PM PST
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0118-donald-trump-summer-zervos-tmz-getty-01One of the women who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault has finally pulled the trigger on a lawsuit against the President-elect.

Former 'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos filed a defamation suit in NYC Tuesday, claiming Trump defamed her when he publicly called her a liar, claimed the assault never happened and referred to her allegation as "totally made up nonsense."

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she also calls him out as a "sexual predator."

The suit goes on to claim Trump used his platform as a presidential candidate to denigrate and verbally attack Zervos and other accusers.

She's asking for a retraction and/or an apology, plus damages.

Zervos and her attorney, Gloria Allred, announced the lawsuit with a news conference ... where she reiterated her claim Trump sexually assaulted her during a 2007 business meeting.

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Rob Schneider Is In DEEP, DEEP Trouble Over This Super Offensive Tweet

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Donald Trump Featured Entertainers Booked But Under Wraps

1/17/2017 10:33 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117-donald-trump-walter-washington-convention-center-03Donald Trump's inauguration committee has booked multiple performers to sing at 2 inaugural balls, but the committee is not releasing their names for fear they will get intense blowback and back out.

Sources connected to the inauguration tell us the 2 events are the Freedom Ball and the Liberty Ball, both of which will take place at the D.C. Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The committee, we're told, now knows the drill. Performers like Jennifer Holliday accept the invite but then get cold feet after fans and others go on the attack. So the committee is doing everything possible to keep the names under wraps.

We're told Trump will attend and speak at both balls and do a "first dance" with Melania.

As we reported, Paul Anka was going to sing a modified, stylized version of "My Way" for the first dance, but had to back out because of an ongoing child custody trial.

Tickets, we're told, will go on sale for $50 a pop.

Lamar Odom Apologizes to Khloe for Drug Benders ... Vows to Get Her Back

1/17/2017 11:41 AM PST
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Lamar Odom says he's grateful to Khloe Kardashian for staying by his side through his drug addiction and recovery ... and he wants her back.

Odom opened up about his battle with drugs on "The Doctors" -- and after completing a 30 day stint in rehab, he says one thing is perfectly clear ... "I want my wife back."

"Khloe is important to me," Lamar said ... "She's been through all of this with me and she stood right by my side so I just wanna repay her."

The issue, of course, is that Khloe not only filed for divorce ... and got it finalized ... she's already moved on to another NBA star, Tristan Thompson.

Still, Odom says he has a message for Khloe and the other family members he cares about.

"I just want to tell them I'm sorry for all that wasted time and wasted energy ... that in my addiction I didn't know who I was ... so I couldn't take care of myself. I damn sure couldn't take care of anybody else."

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Plies Busted, Baby Arrested for DUI

1/17/2017 11:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Plies ran off on da plug twice, but couldn't outrun cops ... 'cause he just got busted for DUI.

The Florida rapper was arrested early Tuesday morning and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail for allegedly being messed up behind the wheel.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they slapped on the cuffs after Plies was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence.

He was released on a $500 bond the same day. Sounds like he wanted to get back to vibin' at the Ritz-Carlton.

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Blake Lively's SHOCKING Confession -- Nobody Saw This Coming!

Uhhhh.... since when did this happen? We are totally speechless!

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Betty White 95 Years Young Today ... Working on Her Birthday!

1/17/2017 9:47 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117_betty_white_birthday_composite-2Betty White hit 95 today and she's still going strong, doing what she's best known for ... working her butt off in Hollywood.

Sources close to Betty tell TMZ ... she's preparing for a guest spot on the sitcom "Young & Hungry" on Freeform TV. So, instead of relaxing on her bday, we're told she's doing a table read and running around on set. Impressive.

As for Tuesday night, our sources say Betty has very low-key plans ... just a small get-together with friends. We're jealous of those friends.

Happy birthday, golden girl!

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World's Oldest Gorilla on Record Colo Dead at 60

1/17/2017 10:44 AM PST
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0117-colo-gorilla-launchLess than a year after Harambe's tragic death, another gorilla has died at an Ohio zoo, but this time of natural causes.

Colo, known as the queen of the Columbus Zoo, died in her sleep Tuesday. She was 60.

While she was less famous than Harambe she had a rather special call to fame as the oldest gorilla to be born into and live in captivity. She also lived a lot longer than most gorillas, whose usual lifespan is 40 years, and got a special shout-out from Betty White back in December when she turned the big 6-0.

The zoo is planning on cremating Colo and burying the ashes on their premises.

The primate is survived by 3 kids, 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandkids. #RIP.

Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Accused of Voodoo Death Threats

1/17/2017 10:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116-jeff-hughes-instagram-2Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes is being accused of not only making death threats against an ex-buddy, but attempting to curse him ... if you believe in that kinda thing.

Jesse's former friend, Andrew Julian Vega, got a restraining order against the rocker. In the docs, he says Jesse threatened to shoot him and blow his lungs through his back. He also says Jesse glued a voodoo doll on his gate, stabbed it with a knife and wrote in red paint, "Andy is next."

People connected to Jesse and Andrew tell us the bad blood started over a girl ... naturally.

In the docs, Andrew says he's nervous Jesse will hurt him or his young daughter. A judge granted the restraining order ... forcing Jesse to stay 100 yards away from them.

We've reached out to Jesse, so far no word back.

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Steve Harvey My Bad Apologizes to Asian Men

1/17/2017 9:12 AM PST

0117-steve-harvey-tmzSteve Harvey caved and apologized after joking that Asian men are not attractive.

The "Family Feud" host mocked Asian men on the 'Steve Harvey' show last week during a segment in which he poked fun at some self-help books ... including one titled "How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men."

The comedian tweeted an apology Tuesday, saying, "I offer my humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community, last week. It was not my intention and the humor was not meant with any malice or disrespect whatsoever."

It's interesting -- Steve said on Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" ... comics cave when sponsors are on the line.

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