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Posts Tagged ‘The Smoking Gun’

Her Dad is a Manhattan Doctor, Not Andy Kaufman

Leave it to Andy Kaufman to pull off, without even trying, the opposite of all those Twitter death hoaxes. Call it a “life hoax.”

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Several days after the New York City awards show that caught the attention of each and every member of the Kaufman-obsessed world, The Smoking Gun has the real story. The woman who claimed Monday to be Kaufman’s daughter is an actress:

The woman who appeared onstage this week claiming Andy Kaufman was alive – and that she was his daughter – is a New York City actress whose actual father is a Manhattan psychiatrist, TSG has learned…

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Court Document Reveals Details of Arianna’s AOL Windfall

So it was nowhere near $100 million, the loosely reported territory that had many unpaid Huffington Post bloggers seeing red at the time of the site’s acquisition by AOL. Still, for Arianna Huffington, the February 2011 transaction amounted to some very nice Brentwood trickle-down.

TheSmokingGunLogoPer a nine-page internal AOL document filed in court and obtained by The Smoking Gun, Huffington scored around $21 million when AOL purchased HuffPo. Eighteen million in cash and the rest in the form of AOL stock options with a 20-month vesting period:

Additionally, her employment agreement – which was then being negotiated – called for Huffington to receive another $3 million in equity grants (stock options and restricted stock units)…

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Chuck Philips’ Story a Sham?

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The Smoking Gun reports that the records the LAT used to uncover “new details” in Tupac’s murder were fake. According to the LAT:

Los Angeles Times Editor Russ Stanton said today he will launch an internal investigation into the authenticity of documents used in a story last week asserting that the newspaper had uncovered new evidence implicating associates of rap impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs in a bloody 1994 assault on hip-hop superstar Tupac Shakur.

Stanton ordered the review after the editor of the celebrity-centric website, The Smoking Gun, told the newspaper that he had reason to doubt The Times’ account and in particular the FBI records that were supposed to buttress the story.

The website this morning posted a story saying the records — purportedly statements by an unnamed informant to an FBI agent, which the newspaper posted on its website — appeared to be forgeries. The Smoking Gun (www.thesmokinggun.com ) said the documents seemed suspicious for multiple reasons, including the fact that they appeared to be written on a typewriter, rather than a computer, and included blacked-out sections not typically found in such documents.

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