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August 3, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON -- If Michael Phelps has positioned himself as the retiring elder statesman of U.S. swimming, on the receiving end of a tweet and a call from President Obama, Ryan Lochte might be edging toward the role of swimming's bad boy. Lochte proclaimed these Olympics "my time" for months in advance, then won two gold medals in six events. He swam his last event on Thursday night and promptly embarked on a media blitz, including appearances on NBC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Eurosport, E!
April 27, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Ruben Vives
From President Obama to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, there has been swift condemnation from political circles to a recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making remarks about blacks. "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said during a press conference in Malaysia. Sterling's alleged comments also met with criticism by L.A. officials.   Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling.  "These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles.
June 9, 2012 | Chris Erskine
I'm not sure of the singular form of paparazzi - papa...nazi? papa...ratzo? pizza...piehole? - but I have to confess a certain minor pleasure in turning the tables on one of them, known as they are for bursting into other people's lives and making them miserable. I'm talking about TMZ, the TV show and website, which gained prominence with the scoop aboutMichael Jackson'sdeath and hasn't shut up since. At the end of its new Hollywood bus tour, hosted by one of the scandal site's actual photographers, I asked him for a comment, at which point the ultra-cool 25-year-old turned sort of Jane Fonda-jittery as he got on his cellphone to the home office.
April 27, 2014 | By Victoria Kim and Bettina Boxall
A sign taped on the door of V. Stiviano's duplex near the Beverly Center on Sunday directed visitors to contact her attorney and further stated, "I have no comment. " A woman opened the door slightly and remained behind it while telling a reporter that she was getting ready to go to church and that she had to consult with her lawyer before speaking to the media. A flat-screen TV on the wall was tuned to a basketball game, and a tiny Yorkshire terrier yelped and bandied about. Another woman inside the house, wearing a pink hat with V. Stiviano written on it in white lettering, provided a flier with the attorney's phone number.
February 13, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The funeral of slain Riverside police Officer Michael Crain was broadcast live by almost all local broadcast stations as they preempted several hours of regular programming for the poignant, tearful ceremony attended by hundreds of mourners and several law enforcement agencies. But while KCBS Channel 2 and sister station KCAL Channel 9, KNBC Channel 4, KTLA Channel 5 and KABC Channel 7 ran continuous coverage of the procession and funeral, KTTV Fox 11 and sister station KCOP Channel 13 stayed with their regular programming, including "TMZ" and the Wendy Williams talk show.
April 5, 2009 | James Oliphant
He is the Republican Dream Date, a smooth-speaking, polished product of Illinois, as comfortable with Facebook as a face-to-face. John McCain's daughter gushed over him as the future of the party. He blogs for the liberal webzine Huffington Post, which said he sports the best abs in Congress. TMZ trails him like a pop star. And he is two decades younger than Barack Obama. Aaron Schock, 27, hasn't wanted for attention since being elected to the House of Representatives last fall.
October 21, 2009 | Richard Winton
The founder of has expressed outrage at revelations that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department obtained his telephone records as part of its investigation into who leaked information about actor-director Mel Gibson's arrest. Harvey Levin, in his first remarks since a Times article revealed how sheriff's investigators obtained his phone records, said it was a violation of state and federal laws. He also called it an abuse of power by a department embarrassed by TMZ's scoop of Gibson's profane and abusive behavior when he was arrested in Malibu in 2006.
November 19, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Through the made-for-tabloid legal dramas of Paris, Britney, Rihanna and Lindsay, Allan Parachini, the spokesman for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, was a ubiquitous figure, his mop of white hair bobbing above a sea of cameras as he explained the latest procedural twists on the courthouse steps. But this week, Parachini was fired from the post he had held for eight years based on what he says are false accusations that he leaked information to the chief chronicler of celebrity scandal,
June 28, 2008 | Harriet Ryan, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge ordered the gossip site Friday to remove clips of a private sex tape actor Verne Troyer says was stolen from his residence. Troyer, best known for his portrayal of Mini Me in the "Austin Powers" films, filed suit Thursday seeking more than $20 million in damages for posting portions of a tape the actor made with a former girlfriend. U.S. District Judge Philip S.
May 21, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Oscar De La Hoya, who moved from Olympic boxing gold medalist and world champion to become the face of his own promotional company in the sport, has checked himself into a rehabilitation facility, TMZ reports. De La Hoya, 38, was in an undisclosed substance abuse facility in California, according to the website. Several of his associates at Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions either declined to comment or did not return messages seeking more information about De La Hoya's treatment.
April 26, 2014 | By David Zahniser
This post has been updated, as indicated in the notes below. A recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making racist remarks was met with swift condemnation from Los Angeles city leaders and prompted a call for the city to formally denounce him. Mayor Eric Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who represents a portion of South Los Angeles, went further, saying the council should take a formal position denouncing the remarks and demanding action from the NBA. [Updated at 4:07 p.m. PDT, April 26, 2014: Garcetti issued further remarks: "These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles.
April 26, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
The Los Angeles Clippers have issued a formal response to racist statements allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling on an audio recording that was reported by TMZ late Friday . Clippers President Andy Roeser says in the statement that the team does not know if the man recorded is Sterling but that the statements do not reflect Sterling's "views, beliefs or feelings. " Furthermore, Roeser claims the woman on the tape is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Sterling family that claims she embezzled more than $1.8 million.
April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday evening that racist remarks allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling were “truly offensive and disturbing” and said the league intended to conduct an investigation into the recording's authenticity that would “move extraordinarily quickly,” possibly concluding in the next few days. Silver would not comment on possible repercussions for Sterling should the league be satisfied it was his voice on the recording.
March 27, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Zac Efron was involved in an altercation with transients in downtown L.A. in the wee hours on Sunday, and as with most things that happen in the big city after midnight, the details are, well, fuzzy. First, here's what police said on the record: Efron and a friend were waiting at Temple Street near the 110 Freeway when officers were flagged to the area by a third party, L.A. Now reported. The cops arrived around 2:30 a.m. and found evidence of an altercation. A police spokesman had no other details about what had gone down, but authorities confirmed that the "High School Musical" star had tangled with at least one transient after becoming "stranded" in the sketchy area.
February 28, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Robin Thicke isn't quite ready to give up on Paula Patton, if his recent actions are any indication. The singer, whose separation from his actress wife became public with a joint announcement Monday, expressed his intentions to the crowd at his Thursday concert in Fairfax, Va. "For y'all that don't know, me and my wife separated, but I'm trying to get my girl back," he said on stage . "She's a good woman. " Previously, caught on video at Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport, he told a TMZ cameraman that he was "just trying to get her back, man. " All that's in line with reports that it was Patton, not Thicke, who drew the line when it came to initiating their split.
February 24, 2014 | Christie D'Zurilla
Alec Baldwin says he's leaving public life, delivering that news in a very public way with a lengthy missive in Monday's New York magazine. "I'm aware that it's ironic that I'm making this case in the media - but this is the last time I'm going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again," Baldwin told writer Joe Hagan in the piece, which can be read in full at New York's Vulture site.  ------------ FOR...
September 4, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Omarosa Manigault wasn't the only celebrity reacting to Michael Clarke Duncan's death - but she was among the most intensely affected, as Duncan was not only her boyfriend but quietly her fiance. Duncan, who was 54, died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after nearly two months of treatment following a heart attack suffered July 13. Omarosa and the "Green Mile" star were secretly engaged with a wedding set for January, according to TMZ. No investigation into Duncan's death was planned, the coroner's office told L.A. Now. "I am devastated," the "Apprentice" alum told Radar Online.
October 25, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
Image has always been at the forefront for the McCourts , going through public relations directors Derrick Hall , John Olguin and Gary Miraneau , hiring media manipulation specialist Sitrick & Co., before turning to Tipper Gore's former press secretary and later Dr. Charles Stein berg . All that money spent, and a la John & Kate, we now await the next titillating TMZ revelation to top Frank's "Dear Jamie" letter....
November 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White said Monday he's confident welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will stage a rematch with challenger Johny Hendricks in a timely manner and not take an extended break as the fighter referred to late Saturday. White added to The Times in a telephone conversation that St-Pierre is refuting a TMZ report Monday that the personal issues he alluded to Saturday night have to do with an unplanned pregnancy and the illness of his father.
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