It was only last year that Amanda Bynes—tossing bongs out of windows, lighting dogs on fire—was briefly one of the most unpredictable celebrities in America. But last September she entered into rehab and since then she's only been in the press on her own terms. That is, until today: TMZ is reporting that Bynes was picked up for a DUI early this morning.
Buzzfeed's story about the history of TMZ quickly gets to the foundation of TMZ's power: It's often not what the gossip site does publish, but what it doesn't. Early on in the article, writer Anne Helen Petersen makes mention of the "TMZ Vault," the affectionate name for Harvey Levin's trove of scandalous, unpublished, and presumably leveraged material. But why should its contents stay secret?
Last night outside Supperclub in Los Angeles, the rappers T.I. and The Game had a fairly intense standoff with the LAPD after a few of their friends were badly beaten by club security. The only thing that prevented a brawl might have been the prying eyes of TMZ.
According to a report from TMZ, Zac Efron "mysteriously" ended up in downtown Los Angeles after midnight on Sunday. And while mysteriously cruising the streets of Skid Row with his bodyguard, poor, beautiful Efron was "cold clocked" in the mouth while trying to defend his bodyguard against an attacking group of "transients."