Report: TMZ paid more than $100,000 for Ray Rice videos

The Detroit News
Ray Rice

Celebrity gossip website TMZ paid more than $100,000 for two videos from the elevator incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and then-fiancee Janay Palmer, according to the New Yorker.

The incident took place at the Revel hotel and casino in Atlantic City in 2014 and the videos led to Rice’s suspension from the NFL.

The New Yorker says the videos were sold to Los Angeles-based TMZ by a surveillance officer at the Revel. Loretta Pickus, the former general counsel at the casino, told the New Yorker that it could not be determined which employee recorded the video footage with a phone.

On Feb. 19, 2014, TMZ published a video of Rice dragging Palmer’s limp body from the elevator. The New Yorker says TMZ paid $15,000 for this video.

On Sept. 8, 2014, TMZ published the second video, on which Rice is seen punching Palmer in the head. The New Yorker says TMZ paid “almost” $90,000 for this video.

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