TMZ stated they had obtained the photo legally, but would not say how.

Shortly after the photo's release, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced that it was investigating the leak and 'possible sale of the photo of Rihanna with a bruised and battered face after TMZ published them because the photo had been considered evidence.

Seven months prior to the official launch of TMZ, America Online (AOL) had hinted that it was planning to launch a Hollywood and entertainment-centric news site that would be produced in conjunction with Telepictures Productions and had shown interest in launching a website featuring a focus mainly on celebrities.

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Telepictures (which TMZ is operated by) stated: "Subject to certain performance adjustments and the reimbursement of expenses, revenues are split evenly between the parties [...] Telepictures received payments of On May 29, 2012, co-founder Jim Paratore died of a heart attack during a cycling trip in France.

Paratore was known for his work in television production, producing several daytime and syndicated programs, particularly while serving as an executive at Telepictures (which co-produces the website's companion syndicated television series).

TMZ Live is a live-chat program from TMZ that features Levin and fellow TMZ executive producer Charles Latibeaudiere, and occasionally assignment manager Mike Walters, editor Kelly Berning and/or clip clearance producer Dax Holt Other TMZ staffers (mainly those who regularly appear on TMZ on TV) also appear on the broadcast as contributors to provide additional outline of the story as well as to provide opinion.

The live webcast takes place at the TMZ offices in Los Angeles, and is broadcast on Monday through Fridays from approximately to p.m.

Northern Trust CEO Frederick Waddell sent a letter to members of the House Financial Services Committee, stating that the bank will repay the money "as quickly as prudently possible." TMZ was the first to break the report of the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009.

The report was treated with caution by mainstream media sources at the time, despite being cited on rolling news channels.Kelly and Terry Richardson, both of whom had previously been accused of sexual assault.requesting that the TMZ website be held in contempt for its publication of the entire manuscript of If I Did It, O. Simpson's purportedly fictionalized account of the murder of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.On May 3, 2007, TMZ was the first to break the story, and exclusively obtain documents, stating that socialite Paris Hilton would be sentenced to 45 days in jail as her sentencing for driving with a suspended license after losing her license from driving under the influence of alcohol four months prior.TMZ was the first to publish a police photo, which at the time was being considered for evidence, of pop-singer Rihanna after an altercation with her then-boyfriend Chris Brown in February 2009.TMZ was the first to break the story that actor Mel Gibson had been arrested for driving under the influence; he was later confirmed to have been driving with an illegal blood alcohol level.