NFL officials belatedly contacted the Revel Casino Wednesday ... attempting to find out if someone sent the Ray Rice elevator attack video to a League official back in April.
We're told the NFL is trying to find who was in a position to send a video to the League.
Sources familiar with the internal investigation tell TMZ ... the NFL was told casino employees burned 3 DVDs for distribution shortly after the incident. One DVD was burned for the Risk Management department at the Casino.
A second DVD was burned for Casino Security Investigations. We're told this DVD was supposed to be forwarded to local police.
As for the third DVD ... it's curious. We're told it went to a state law enforcement agency. Our sources would not reveal which agency or why the State of New Jersey was involved.
Our sources say just before the casino closed down ... the original version -- not the dub -- was sent over to Risk Management so it could be secured. We're told the risk manager who had received the first copy had left the casino, so her replacement received the original. We do not know if the replacement ever got the dub her predecessor received.
We're told the NFL contacted the casino Wednesday AFTER a report surfaced that someone at the NFL received a DVD back in April.
Bringing the Pain
9/11/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After Dr. Phil Taping
9/11/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Sons of Guns' star Stephanie Hayden opened up to Dr. Phil about her father allegedly raping her and her sister -- and seconds after the interview she fainted and blacked out.
Stephanie sat down with Dr. Phil last week in Los Angeles -- and sources tell us Stephanie fell unconscious into her husband's arms as she walked away from the interview.
We're told someone called 911, but Stephanie had regained consciousness by the time EMTs arrived.
She had mentioned being stressed about discussing Will Hayden's rape case.
As for the interview ... we're told she divulged details for the first time ... about the abuse she claims to have suffered.
The interview airs Thursday. Her father remains behind bars.
Check Out Her
9/11/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj took a seat during her performance at Tuesday night's "Fashion Rocks" event in Brooklyn ... and if you know what's going on with her butt in this photo, you know more than we do.
She's definitely got buns, hun.
Before Dropping Baby
9/11/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mila Kunis -- who's about to pop out a little bambino -- found the easiest way to babyproof her L.A. mansion ... just get rid of it ... and make a million bucks in the process.
Kunis sold her Laurel Canyon digs Wednesday for $3.825 million -- slightly less than her asking price.
She bought the 4,900 sq. ft. 5-bedroom crib back in 2008 for $2.885M.
As we've reported ... her fiance Ashton Kutcher is currently trying to unload his pad in Lake Hollywood Estates for $12 mil. They've already bought a place together in the Bev Hills area for $10.2M.
I'm About to Go to Pieces
Finally Checks Into Prison
9/11/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida -- who went AWOL Wednesday -- showed up at a federal prison in Kentucky overnight to begin serving his 8-year prison sentence ... after posting a video saying he's "about to go asunder."
Nida surrendered at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky ... where he was supposed to be on Wednesday morning.
In his Instagram video ... Nida doesn't explain where he was or why he was late turning himself in ... but he did have a cryptic message for his fans.
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Brawl Erupts at Nightclub Gig
9/11/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
12:45 PM PT -- A rep for the VIP Room tells TMZ that Chris Brown was "completely oblivious" to the incident and it occurred roughly 50 feet away from Brown and his group. The rep says the entire ordeal was completely unrelated to Brown.
A bottle-throwing brawl erupted at a club where Chris Brown was performing early Thursday morning, and police want to know if he was involved ... TMZ has learned.
According to our sources, it all went down at the VIP Room in the Meatpacking District where Chris was performing for a New York Fashion Week after-party.
Police arrived at the club at around 3:20 AM, after reports of a bottle-throwing melee, but no arrests were made. We're told one victim suffered an eye injury as a result of the bottle-tossing.
Law enforcement sources tell us they are not sure if Chris was directly involved ... but a witness tells us he was in the club, in a V.I.P. section, when the brawl broke out.
Brown tweeted about the fight saying, "There was no brawl involving me or anyone from my camp last night at VIP room. The devil is in full effect at all times. God is the way."
Back in June 2012, Brown was directly involved in a similar brawl with Drake and his crew at W.i.P. Nightclub in NYC.
She's the Straw That Slurred the Drink
9/11/2014 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sonja Morgan was a drunken, slurry, kissy mess in NYC last night ... and best of all -- she did it all on camera.
The "Real Housewives of New York" star was leaving the VIP Room in NYC Wednesday night -- WASTED -- and desperately wanted to tell us how she was the life of the party. Problem is ... she was too wasted to get the words out cleanly.
Actually, that's not a problem -- it's awesome. Just watch.
We'd say Sonja was in rare form ... if it weren't for the fact she does this a lot.
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Seven-Figure Offer for
Alleged Sex Tape
9/11/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea allegedly recorded a sex tape that could make her millions upon millions -- according to a Hollywood porn boss, but Iggy tells TMZ she can't cash in on the vid ... because it's NOT her!
Vivid honcho Steven Hirsch tells us he has seen some footage which he says appears to be Iggy with an ex-boyfriend -- and from the little he's seen ... he's sure it could easily top Kim Kardashian's legendary sex tape in sales.
Hirsch says he's already reached out to the 24-year-old "Booty" rapper to open negotiations on what could be a multi-million dollar deal -- but the problem is Iggy's camp says Hirsch's eyes are playing tricks on him. They tell us the I-G-G-Y is not the chick on vid doing the dirty ... and they're ready to sue over the alleged footage.
Of course, without Iggy signing off on it ... the vid can't be legally released. It also means she won't collect years and years of mailbox money ... like Ray J still does.
I Blame Liquor For Attack
I've Sworn Off Hard Liquor
9/11/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice says hard liquor was the fuel that triggered his elevator rage and he hasn't touched the stuff in months ... sources close to Rice tell TMZ Sports.
Rice told the Baltimore Ravens he and Janay Palmer had been drinking HEAVILY before the altercation. Rice is telling friends he becomes a different person when he boozes it up ... so he's changed his life.
But he hasn't changed that much, because we're told he still drinks wine ... just not hard liquor.
Our sources say Ray and his wife have gotten deep into religion since the February incident -- they were both baptized in March when they decided to become Born again Christians.
We're also told they've also done religious mentoring with other couples ... including NFL players and their wives.
As for Ray, he issued a statement Tuesday saying he's trying to "work through this" -- noting, "We have a lot of people praying for us."
From Bride of Kelsey
to Bride of Frankenstein
9/11/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Camille Grammer was barely recognizable as she walked the runway for Betsey Johnson Wednesday night during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Salon at Lincoln Center.
Corpse Bride 2? She's all yours Tim Burton.
Clinic Claims No Biopsy
No General Anesthesia
9/11/2014 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The surgery clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating is calling BS on a report suggesting her death was caused by a biopsy that should have only been performed at a hospital.
Yorkville Endoscopy broke its silence after the New York Daily News story ran ... saying a biopsy was NOT performed during the ill-fated procedure.
The Daily News story claimed a doctor who arrived with Rivers was performing the biopsy after doctors spotted something on her vocal cords, and her vocal cords seized ... leading to a fatal chain of events.
And Yorkville went on to say they do NOT administer general anesthesia, saying they use "light to moderate sedation."
New York authorities are still investigating cause of death.
Breaks Up With French Montana
I'm Not Over Lamar
9/11/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian has called it quits with rapper French Montana ... because she still hasn't fully recovered from her disastrous breakup with Lamar Odom.
Sources close to Khloe tell us ... she ended the relationship, telling French she can't emotionally handle it.
Khloe filed for divorce from Lamar back in December after the former NBA star's long battle with cocaine ... then started dating French in April.
We're told Khloe felt she and French had gone way too far, too fast. He bought her a Jeep for her birthday.
She and French still get along and will hang out here and there ... but that's about it.