What interested him more was the degree to which “the NFL wasn’t jumping” on the situation — which only got more interesting “as time went on.” The inside-the-elevator story, Levin said, “kind of found us.” TMZ got the second video first “because we have good sources and good reporters.” It was something “we were pursuing and looking to get the minute we knew about the incident,” he said.
One reporter wondered why TMZ puts its watermark on that video, and others.
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.
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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.
(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.
The officer who arrested Gibson, Deputy James Mee, became the target of a criminal investigation into whether he leaked the arrest report.
Records obtained during that investigation showed several calls between Mr Levin and Mee's home.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.But Loretta Pickus, the former general counsel at the casino, told me that it could not be determined with certainty which employee had recorded the footage with a phone. Then, on September 8th, TMZ published a second surveillance video from the Revel. Several of Levin’s colleagues told me that he is determined to maintain his youth.“TMZ is more of a personality than a voice,” he said, and that as such, it knows how to wear both silly and serious hats – like Couric and Lauer, who he said are “the people I really admire who I think have done this in broadcast.They can handle a serious story and they can get silly,” he said.“They have figured out the dimensions of what they do.