Gibson pleaded no contest in August 2006 and was given three years probation, fined
Gibson pleaded no contest in August 2006 and was given three years probation, fined $1,400 (£850) and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.||
Gibson pleaded no contest in August 2006 and was given three years probation, fined $1,400 (£850) and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Earlier this month, a judge agreed to expunge his drunk driving conviction after he successfully completed the terms of his probation.
Levin was happy to answer — maybe in part because it gave him the opportunity to note Gumbel’s former employer, NBC News’ show, sometimes uses TMZ video.,400 (£850) and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
(In a message to a TMZ staff member, the source asked to be paid five thousand dollars.) Russ Weakland, a former TMZ producer, told me that he sometimes negotiated payments with tipsters who were anxious about releasing sensitive information.
In 2009, for example, he took the call that led to TMZ’s breaking the news that Chris Brown had physically assaulted Rihanna.
That behavior happens “all the time, not just random websites – television shows,” he said.
These days, Levin added, when news outlets call them up asking, “do you want to sell” the video, he tells them, “No, just take it to Katie Couric and Matt Lauer.
isn’t really that different from the journalism practiced by other, more old-school outlets — despite suggestions to the contrary, made by some of those same outlets’ media critics or, in this case, sports-show hosts.
This morning, as always, Levin was utterly unapologetic when asked to respond to Gumbel’s comment, “without giving away too much of the secret sauce.” The first, widely obtained video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée (now wife) out of the elevator “didn’t leave much of a mystery” as to what had happened inside the elevator, Levin said.’ all the time.”Howard Kurtz, the host of “Media Buzz,” reminded his audience that TMZ had published memorable scoops, such as posting police records, in 2006, that exposed Mel Gibson’s drunk-driving arrest and anti-Semitic rant.Later that year, the site released video footage of Michael Richards making racist comments during a comedy-club routine.Palmer and Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, were arguing as the doors slid shut.When the elevator arrived in the lobby, Palmer was lying unconscious, face down, on the floor.“They have figured out the dimensions of what they do.