TMZ Releases Video Of Ray Rice Punching Then-Fiancée Janay Palmer Out Cold [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 2:45p.m.: The Baltimore Ravens terminated their contract with Ray Rice today following the release of the video by TMZ.  According to ESPN, the Ravens had no other comment. [ESPN]  

  • TMZ released a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer out cold during an argument in an elevator. The video appears to have been shot by asecurity system in the Revel Hotel and Casino in New Jersey, where Rice attacked Palmer on February 15th. In the video, Rice is seen shoving or slapping Palmer against the wall of the elevator. She responds by lunging towards him, but Rice punches Palmer so hard she knocks her head on the side of the elevator and hits the ground. (What is perhaps most gut-wrenching is that Rice doesn’t look particularly shocked at what he just did.) When the elevator doors open, Rice drags her lifeless body from the elevator and she lies facedown on the floor. Within a few seconds, someone appears outside the elevator doors talking to Rice. Palmer eventually sits up, but appears to be in pain. The whole video — which resulted in a paltry two-game suspension for Rice back in July  — is extremely disturbing. But you know what? This is what domestic violence looks like, people. [TMZ]
  • Neil Patrick Harris and his longtime partner David Burtka married in Italy on Saturday after 10 years together. The couple are parents to three-year-old twins. Congrats! [People]
  • “Womanizer” indeed: Britney Spears’ boyfriend David Lucado allegedly cheated on the pop princess with porn star Cali Lee, who has appeared in films like “Fresh Outta High School 14″ and “Itty Bitty Boobies.” [TMZ]
  • What breakup rumors? Beyoncé and Jay Z were looking cozy this weekend in Portofino, Italy. [Page Six]
  • Twitter is going to begin publicly testing a “buy” button in tweets. [New York Times]
  • “Chicago Fire” actress Molly Glynn, 46, died suddenly on Friday when she was struck by a falling tree during a storm in Illinois. She leaves behind a husband and two children. [US Weekly]
  • “The Nanny” star Fran Drescher has married Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, her boyfriend of one year and the man who owns the patent for creating email. Mazel tov! [People]

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