Later that year, the site released video footage of Michael Richards making racist comments during a comedy-club routine.
In 2009, TMZ broke the news of Michael Jackson’s sudden death, and two years ago it revealed a recorded phone call between Donald Sterling, then the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and his mistress, in which Sterling urged her not to bring her African-American friends, including Magic Johnson, to Clippers games.“How does TMZ get this stuff?
When the elevator arrived in the lobby, Palmer was lying unconscious, face down, on the floor.According to a former security supervisor at the Revel, nearly eighteen hundred cameras streamed video to a pair of monitoring rooms on the mezzanine floor.In 1709, the first modern gossip magazine, began publishing blind items, in a section called “Saunterings.” (In 1905, the section’s editor attempted to blackmail Emily Post’s husband after learning of his infidelity.) Tycoons and politicians were the initial focus of the gossip trade; one British photographer bribed a gardener to gain entrance to Winston Churchill’s house, where he hid, waiting for the perfect shot, until Churchill spotted him and chased him away.With the rise of Hollywood, actors became gossip’s prime quarry; the magazine courted lawsuits by printing stories with titles like “Mae West’s Open Door Policy.”On the Fox News program, Kurtz asked Levin whether his willingness to buy material “tarnished” TMZ’s integrity. ”Kurtz noted that, amid all the gossip, TMZ had aired some consequential stories.” Kurtz asked.“It’s so funny to me that people ask that question,” Levin replied. I mean, that’s what you’re to do.” Indeed, the site has built a deep network of sources, including entertainment lawyers, reality-television stars, adult-film brokers, and court officials, allowing Levin to knock down the walls that guard celebrity life.
(He declined repeated requests for an interview.) TMZ has paid at least one mole inside B. S., a limousine service, to provide lists of celebrity customers, their planned routes, and the license-plate numbers of their vehicles. source—“a Hispanic gentleman”—at a gas station in Van Nuys, handing over an envelope filled with cash, and receiving in return a client list.TMZ would not discuss payments, or other internal matters, but called this figure overblown.) The video, which went viral, had the phrase “TMZ SPORTS” embossed in the center—a branding practice known as “bugging.”Investigators at the Revel, trying to discover who had taken the video, ascertained its timing by scrutinizing the clip’s audio track; while the phone was recording the footage, a general request for chips to be refilled could be heard on the casino intercom. TMZ, the declared, “has the league on the run.” Roger Goodell, the N. L.’s commissioner, ducked questions about why its own investigators had not obtained the footage, and said, “We don’t seek to get that information from sources that are not credible.” But the video was unimpeachable, and its impact was immediate. Sportswriters declared that TMZ had shaken the league “to its foundation.” smile, and a deep tan.The former security supervisor told me that casino officials also identified which computer had been used to review the footage. The league suspended Rice for two games, but by early September he was preparing to return to play. Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the N. For the TV appearance, he was wearing a tight black T-shirt, which showed off his physique—he works out every weekday before dawn, prior to going to the office.“I’d have to talk people off cliffs,” Weakland said.“I’d tell them, ‘We’re not going to reveal our sources, because we want you to be a source for us again.Last year, Page Six reported that TMZ paid two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for surveillance footage of Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, attacking Jay Z in an elevator at the Standard, in New York. In 2012, the site published a video showing four marines in Afghanistan urinating on dead insurgents, which prompted a criminal investigation and disciplinary action against the marines.