” 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.
Such information helps TMZ’s crew of a dozen or so paparazzi know when and where to “drop in on” a celebrity who is transiting through an airport.
One day’s list, from June, 2010, included the flight details for Robert Redford and Jack Kevorkian; another one, two months later, had the itineraries of Julius Erving, Kathy Ireland, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Rice expressed regret, saying, “Me and Janay wish we could take back thirty seconds of our life.” What happened during those thirty seconds? So then, for months, Harvey was, like, ‘Blueberries!
’ 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.
(In a 2015 e-mail, a TMZ employee asked colleagues if anyone had yet established a source at Uber.) Justin Kaplan, a former production associate at TMZ, recalls meeting a B. The process had been so well honed, Kaplan told me, that “we barely said a word to each other.”At least one employee of Delta Airlines supplies TMZ with the names and itineraries of celebrity passengers travelling through Los Angeles and New York.
Thirty-five hundred years ago, Mesopotamian scribes used cuneiform to record the impeachment hearings of a mayor who had been accused of corruption, kidnapping, adultery, and the theft of manure.(On the day the Fox interview aired, TMZ’s home page featured an “exclusive” about Iggy Azalea, the Australian rapper, who was threatening to sue an adult-film company over the release of a sex tape.) Levin’s face lit up.“We’ve been around for nine years, and if you look at the stories that we’ve broken they are stories that literally every newscast in America has put on the air,” he said.We want you to trust us.’ ”On February 19th, four days after the incident at the Revel, TMZ posted a fuzzy clip of Rice dragging Palmer’s limp body from the elevator.(According to a former TMZ photographer, the site paid fifteen thousand dollars.