When in Denver, do as the Denverites do ... but President Barack Obama drew the line at smoking pot.
Obama was in town Tuesday night and hit up a few "man of the people" type spots.
As Obama shook hands with a few of the bar patrons, one guy yelled out, "Do you want a hit, man?"
Obama -- once a self-admitted pot enthusiast -- laughed it off of course ... but you have to wonder if the answer will be the same in January 2017.
Rails on Tabloid
Marriage Conflict story is a LIE!
7/9/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney is going nuclear on The Daily Mail, claiming it flat out made up a story about his fiancee's mother objecting to their wedding on religious grounds.
George is especially pissed off about the line in the story that Amal's mom told half of Beruit that if she married someone outside the Druze religion she could be excommunicated. The story also referenced reports that such brides sometimes end up dead.
Clooney starts off by saying Amal's mom is NOT Druze. And more fundamentally, she's not against the marriage.
Clooney didn't stop with the specific story. He went on to accuse The Daily Mail of habitually lying, saying "If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or that the marriage will take place on the set of Downton Abbey, or that I'm running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don't care."
He clearly cares a little.
The Daily Mail has removed the article and apologized. They say they have launched an investigation into the matter.
Strong-Arms Photo Agency
To Squash Malia Photos
7/8/2014 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Malia Obama went to a famous L.A. restaurant Monday night -- a restaurant regularly frequented by celebs and paparazzi -- and when the White House found out a photog took her pic, they went into DEFCON 1 to KILL the photos.
The 16-year-old went to Gjelina in Venice, CA with some friends. The photog got the pic as Malia walked out and then sent it to the AKM-GSI agency to sell. The agency posted the pic on its website for media outlets to purchase, but several hours later The First Lady's Office called AKM-GSI and asked them to please take the pics off the website and delete them from their files.
We're told Michelle Obama's people told the agency they had promises from various media outlets not to photograph the 2 girls when they were not in the presence of their father.
AKM-GSI then agreed, sending an email to the media with the subject, "URGENT SET KILL NOTICE."
The text reads, "Please delete the set of Malia Obama from your archive. The set was sent around earlier today. We cannot distribute this set."
Now here's what's interesting. Malia has been in L.A. over the last few weeks, doing an internship on Halle Berry's TV show for part of the time. Then she showed up at a famous restaurant -- Secret Service in tow -- with photogs all over the place.
So is this a case of the President and First Lady taking precautionary action, or is this a concerned famous mom and dad flexing their muscles?
Workin' The Pole
During Zac Efron Makeout Sesh (PHOTOS)
7/9/2014 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Rodriguez is treating herself to an early birthday present -- Zac Efron -- the two were all over each other Monday during a night of hard partying in Sardinia.
Michelle -- who turns 36 Saturday -- and the 26-year-old "Neighbors" star hit up a club in Porto Cervo off the coast of Italy ... and if there was any doubt they're banging, well ...
The photog says Michelle was drinking and smoking and had to steady herself at times ... grabbing onto an overhead pole while Zac slobbered all over her.
So we gotta ask ...
Drinking Was a Problem
But I've Changed
7/9/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The relationship problems between Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian are more about alcohol than partying ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.
As you know Kourtney threw Scott out of their house recently because she was fed up with the way he parties. Now we know the way ... and it involves booze.
We're told Kourtney was upset because when Scott went out he got wasted, and when he came home it wasn't pretty. It's not that he did it every night, but when he did she went ballistic.
Here's the good news. Kourtney has no problem with Scott going to clubs. In fact ... he makes a lot of money doing appearances, and it's good for the Kardashian business.
For Scott's part ... he's promised Kourtney he'd stay away from the bottle when he went clubbing, and so far so good.
Disick took home a nice paycheck -- around 50k -- for his gig Saturday night at Harrah's Pool After Dark. Our spies say he didn't have a single drink all night but did smoke a bunch of cigarettes.
And he wore some cool shoes.
As we previously reported, Scott and Kourtney have been working on their marital problems with the pastor who married Kim and Kanye. Our sources say Pastor Wilkerson has been a good influence on Scott and he's cut back on the drinking big time.
We're told with baby #3 on the way, Scott is ready to settle down and be a good dad.
No offense, Mason and Penelope.
Torched Apt Sells for a Million
After Amazing Makeover
7/9/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ashley Greene's ex landlord finally unloaded the Sunset Strip apartment the 'Twilight' star set on fire last year -- for $1.1 million -- but Ashley could still be on the hook, financially, for the blaze.
The 2-bedroom, 1,800 square-foot Hollywood apartment had to be completely remodeled -- the photos show the transformation -- after it was burnt to a crisp back in March 2013. Our real estate sources tell us the repairs cost $303,000 ... and the building's HOA insurance ended up footing the bill.
As we previously reported -- Ashley, her brother, a friend and her 2 dogs were inside the apartment when a lit candle started the fire. One of the dogs died.
By law, the new owners had to be told about the fire and the dog.
Ashley's still dealing with lawsuits from her old landlord, the building owner, several neighbors, and even the doorman -- and the HOA is still trying to get her insurance to reimburse the $303K.
I Was Set Up
In Rolls-Royce Rear Ender
7/9/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katt Williams and cars on PCH are bad news this week -- the comedian crashed his Rolls-Royce into a car-full of people he says taunted him and cut him off in traffic ... and Katt claims they caused the accident on purpose.
Katt tells us ... he was driving on PCH Monday night when a beat up Honda pulled up alongside him and started taking cell phone pics, and as he put it, "talking s*** and trying to start a fight."
According to Katt ... the Honda swerved in front of him ... forcing him to slam on the brakes. Katt says he couldn't stop in time and the Rolls rear ended the lesser car. He's convinced the Honda people were looking for a payday.
Cops tell us the Honda driver was taken to the hospital with minor back injuries.
The Honda driver accused Katt of speeding ... but cops didn't buy it. They tell us they believe Katt -- who found more trouble on PCH 24 hours later.
We broke the story ... Tuesday evening Katt's security guard tased a guy who kicked Katt's car.
VERY Winded On Stage ...
Ain't Nobody Jumpin' Around
7/9/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hit with Even More Baby Mama Drama
7/8/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z, Roc Nation Sued
Sound Guy Claims
He Created the Magic
7/8/2014 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A sound engineer who claims he was a key producer/creator of Roc-A-Fella's entire body of work between 1999 - 2000 wants a declaration from a judge -- he's as much the owner of the 6 albums as the label itself.
Chauncey Mahan claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he was the sound engineer who was one of the first masters of Pro Tools production software and was instrumental in creating the sound for a number of Roc-A-Fella's biggest releases, including The Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty album.
TMZ broke the story ... Jay Z and Roc Nation filed an extortion police report earlier this year, claiming Chauncey was holding boxes of master recordings hostage ... demanding $100,000 for the music.
Jay Z set up a sting operation where his people met Chancey at a storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, and unbeknownst to him the LAPD was there and seized the boxes. Cops still have them.
Chauncey now wants a judge to say he was so essential to the creation of the music ... he's a co-owner of the copyright. As such, it would give him the right to get the masters back.
It's interesting ... Jay Z and Roc Nation dropped their extortion complaint against Chauncey.
Stopped by Cops After Bizarre Taser Incident
7/8/2014 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katt Williams got pulled over in Malibu Tuesday evening by Sheriff's deputies investigating his security guard for tasing a random guy on Pacific Coast Highway,
Law enforcement sources tell us the guy started kicking a car driven by Katt's assistant ... who was following Katt while he rode a Can-Am Spyder. When Katt's security guard got out of the car ... we're told the stranger got aggressive, and the security guard zapped him with a taser.
The guy then waved down Sheriff's deputies in the area and explained what had happened. Deputies tracked down Katt ... pulled him over and questioned him and the guard about the incident.
We're told, as of now, no one's getting arrested -- not Katt's security guard or the guy he tased.
One of our photogs spoke to Katt on the side of PCH just a few moments after the incident, and his version jibes almost 100% with law enforcement.
He did add that the guy claimed to be a lifeguard, and hurled the n-word during the altercation.
Here's what's funny about this -- we initially got a tip that Rihanna had been pulled over on PCH. Turns out "Rihanna" was really just Katt's assistant ... who must be smoking hot.
Well played, Katt.
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I Could Get $5 Billion
... For the Clippers
7/8/2014 2:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:50 PM PT -- The hearing is over ... and Donald was his usual unlikable self in the court room.
During the hearing, he trashed his wife Shelly ... saying, "It’s ludicrous to think she could run a corporation. She’s beautiful, but she can’t run anything”
He also called Shelly's lawyer a "smart ass."
Donald told the court he believes he could strike a BETTER deal than Shelly for the Clippers -- saying he could fetch between $2.5 and $5 billion for the team.
Cue the band ... Donald Sterling is finally in court to "face the music" in a Los Angeles courtroom.
Sterling snuck into the courthouse -- dodging reporters and photogs outside -- and took a seat for his trial to determine who gets to sell the Clippers.
Shelly Sterling is also in court. She did not hide as she silently walked into court earlier this morning.
Donald is expected to testify today ... after skipping day one of the trial. Shelly's attorney had called Donald out and claimed he was "on the run."
Stay tuned ...
Files For Divorce
From Rick Salomon
7/8/2014 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pam Anderson is pulling the plug on her marriage to Rick Salomon ... TMZ has learned.
This will be Pam's second split from Salomon, whom she married in 2007 and stayed with all of 2 months. She got the marriage annulled. She was also married to Tommy Lee and Kid Rock.
Pam went public in January, saying she married Salomon again.
Interesting timing ... Salomon, a world-class poker player, won $2.8 million in the World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop last Tuesday. Pam filed on Thursday, so under the community property laws she gets half by the skin of her teeth ... unless there's a prenup.
In case you don't recognize Salomon, he's the one who co-starred with Paris Hilton in the famous sex tape, "One Night in Paris."
2:00 PM PDT -- Pam's not publicly known for being religious (more like the total opposite) ... but she just posted this message on Facebook. It appears to be a prayer from Rev. Maryum Morse from the Agape Center.