February 21, 2009. MediaTakeOut.com told you yesterday that the heat is being turned up on TMZ because of their release of the Rihanna bruises pic. But now things are getting even hotter.
Here’s what the website MediaBuffet.com is reporting:
Insider TMZ turncoats spilled the numbers Levin’s minions are believed to have shelled out for pix taken of Rihanna immediately after the alleged Chris Brown attack. The source of the photo leak, a law enforcement insider close to the investigation, reportedly raked in $62.5k, double the salary of the person suspected of leaking the pic. Sources state TMZ pays a relative or friend of the snitch within 24 hours of receipt of a photo to cover their tracks.
And there’s more, apparently there are some LEGAL ramifications to leaking the pic. Here’s what else is being reported:
The most unfortunate aspect of the entire incident is not only the total disrespect for the victim, Rihanna, but the legal ramifications related to jury pool pollution the public revelation of this photo obviously has on the possible upcoming criminal case against alleged attacker, Chris Brown. “Brown, even if guilty, could walk free because of the unauthorized release of this photo,” says and LAPD source. Insiders say LAPD brass is “furious, subpeonas have already gone out.”
The fallout for TMZ has begun as advertisers are pulling back from their relationships with TMZ due to the controversy.