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Goodell: Rice Video 'Extremely Graphic, Sickening'

Commish says NFL was 'never granted opportunity' to see clip

(Newser) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is coming under increasing fire for his actions—or, as some are saying, inaction—surrounding the Ray Rice domestic-violence controversy after a second video of Rice emerged Monday, this one actually showing the alleged assault on his then-fiancee Janay Palmer (now his wife). Goodell told Norah... More »

Ravens Release Ray Rice

That video of him slugging then-fiancee did not go over well

(Newser) - Hours after video surfaced of Ray Rice punching then-fiancee and current wife Janay Palmer in a casino elevator, the Baltimore Ravens have released the controversial running back, reports the Baltimore Sun . The terminated contract represents a stunning turn of events for Rice, who was suspended by the NFL for just... More »

Tom Cruise Blasts Mag Over Suri Accusation

He didn't 'abandon' daughter, complains his lawyer

(Newser) - Tom Cruise is furious over an article in Life & Style magazine claiming he "abandoned Suri," reports TMZ . The lawyer of the newly divorced star dispatched an email railing against the magazine, calling it "a bogus cover headline that Suri has been 'ABANDONED BY HER DAD.... More »

NFL's Junior Seau Dead

Standout linebacker victim of a shooting, possible suicide

(Newser) - NFL great Junior Seau has been found dead in his California home, and cops tell TMZ that they're investigating an apparent shooting, if not a suicide. The 43-year-old standout linebacker—a defensive force of nature with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots—last made headlines... More »

Joe the Plumber to CNN: You're Just Like TMZ

Question about his views on homosexuality outrage Wurzelbacher

(Newser) - Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher went on CNN to talk about his congressional run today, and it wasn't exactly a friendly encounter. When host Zoraida Sambolin brought up a past quote in which Wurzelbacher said he wouldn't let his gay friends "anywhere near my children,"... More »

DeGeneres Has Chest Pain Scare

But she says she's fine; 'I have a baboon heart,' she quips

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres says she's doing fine after feeling chest pains yesterday—and she wants to "thank" TMZ for spreading the news that paramedics were called after she felt unwell during a producers meeting yesterday. "What happened was last night I was having chest pains. So this morning... More »

Inside the $3B 'Gossip Machine'

Authorities want to protect privacy, but thwarted by a 'river of cash'

(Newser) - The behemoth gossip industry relentlessly ferrets out any and all scurrilous details about celebrities, churning out "rivers of cash" that amount to about $3 billion a year, and often tossing privacy laws by the wayside, reports the New York Times in a lengthy look. And thanks in part to... More »

Rehab Worker in Lohan Dustup Fired

She 'broke confidentiality rules,' says clinic

(Newser) - A rehab clinic worker who accused an apparently drunken Lindsay Lohan of assaulting her has been fired. "Regrettably, one of our employees violated strict confidentiality guidelines by publicly identifying patients in a media interview and by disclosing a privileged document," said a statement from the clinic. "The... More »

Mel Gibson: 'I Want Jew Blood on My Hands'

Same anti-Semitism, different day

(Newser) - Another day, another shocking claim about Mel Gibson. The latest: He allegedly told Oksana Grigorieva, “I want Jew blood on my hands,” she tells authorities. Apparently Gibson was angry at, as Radar puts it , “a high-profile Hollywood figure who is Jewish” who had “publicly humiliated” Mel.... More »

TMZ Snags Seagal 'Sex Slave' Nude Pics

Plus: More victims emerge, and get a classy nickname

(Newser) - It seems every non-celebrity—and celebrity, for that matter—these days has nude pictures lying around, and the woman accusing Steven Seagal of keeping sex slaves on staff is no different. TMZ has the full, albeit censored, pictures of Kayden Nguyen, who is suing Seagal for treating her like a... More »

LiLo: I'm 'Fine,' Not Dying

Troubled starlet refutes report that life is in peril without rehab

(Newser) - Refuting a report that her lifestyle is endangering her life, Lindsay Lohan says she's "fine." Friends are worried that if the 23-year-old trainwreck doesn't get herself back into rehab soon, "she's going to die," TMZ reported last week. But Lohan herself tells the Gossip Cop website,... More »

TMZ Employees Do Drugs on the Job: Lawsuit

Gossip tables turn on gossip site

(Newser) - Oh, how the tables have turned: TMZ finds itself the subject of one of today's juiciest gossip items, thanks to a former producer's wrongful termination lawsuit that paints the picture of a drug-fueled workplace. Christian Shostle claims he returned from a medical leave for depression to find his co-workers drinking... More »

TMZ's JFK Pic a Hoax

Photo from Playboy, 'Kennedy' a model

(Newser) - A photo touted by TMZ as a candid snapshot of John Kennedy partying on a boat with topless women has been revealed as a fake. The photo is plenty real—it appears in a 1967 Playboy spread alongside a story entitled "Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball... More »

Schwarzenegger Owes $80K in Taxes

Governator didn't pay his taxes in 2004, 2005

(Newser) - We’ve found the Governator’s weakness: paying taxes. Arnold Schwarzenegger owes Uncle Sam $79,064 in back taxes for 2004 and 2005, according to documents filed in LA County Superior Court. Those would be the first two full years of Schwarzenegger’s rule over California. TMZ checked with the... More »

Sex Tape Got Prejean to Settle Suit

TMZ says it's had too-racy-to-post video for months

(Newser) - Today’s decision by former Miss California Carrie Prejean to drop a lawsuit against the pageant came after one of its lawyers showed Prejean a sex tape that TMZ says it obtained “months ago but decided not to post … because it was so racy.” As part of... More »

TMZ Chief May Sue After Cops Pull Phone Records

Invasion 'breaks federal law, breaks state law,' Levin says

(Newser) - Not so fun being on the other side: TMZ founder Harvey Levin is promising legal action after learning that Los Angeles cops went through his phone records during a leak investigation related to Mel Gibson’s 2007 DUI. TMZ broke the original story. Though the Sheriff’s Department says it... More »

Governator: 'Swift Action' for Wife's Serial Car Phone Use

But TMZ catches Maria Shriver on cell behind wheel after Schwarzenegger promise

(Newser) - California’s ban on using cell phones (other than hands-free) while behind the wheel is loosely enforced at best, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is promising “swift action” after TMZ brought wife Maria Shriver’s serial violations to his attention today. Schwarzenegger made the promise via Twitter to TMZ boss... More »

Erin Andrews' Alleged Stalker Makes Bail

Michael David Barret must submit to home confinement

(Newser) - The traveling salesman who allegedly taped Erin Andrews in her hotel room and attempted to sell nude images of the ESPN reporter will be released on bail but confined to his home and forbidden to use the Internet. Michael David Barrett appeared in federal court in Chicago today and will... More »

Angelou Alive, Well, Despite Reports

TMZ reports poet's illness, Twitterers add 'RIP'

(Newser) - Contrary to reports by TMZ and scores of Tweets and re-Tweets, Maya Angelou is alive and well. The gossip site reported over the weekend that the poet missed a Los Angeles awards show because she had been hospitalized. In fact, she hadn't been invited to the presentation. The mix-up exhibited... More »

Two Cops Targeted in Rihanna Probe

LAPD officers sent home over potential photo link

(Newser) - A pair of LAPD officers have been put on paid leave as part of the department’s investigation into who leaked a picture of Rihanna’s battered face to TMZ, the Los Angeles Times reports. One, Rebecca Reyes, is a 9-year veteran of the force; the other, Blanca Lopez, is... More »

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