Ellen Pompeo Called Out TMZ Over Its Coverage of Kobe Bryant

Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is singling out TMZ for what she sees as its disrespectful and crass coverage of Kobe Bryant's death. According to a series of tweets, Pompeo claims that TMZ reported Bryant's death before members of his family were told and that they actually found out about the helicopter crash through social media. Pompeo called out TMZ founder Harvey Levin for the outlet's methods, adding that the site regularly posts images of abused women and exploits them to make a profit.

Ellen Pompeo Called Out TMZ Over Its Coverage of Kobe Bryant

"I wonder why police departments give @HarveyLevinTMZ all this sensitive info," she wrote. "I wonder why @HarveyLevinTMZ puts out photos of women who have been attacked or assaulted…. Who were victims ? Exploiting women who have been abused… why is this guy still in business at all?"

She went on to say that what TMZ did to Bryant's family constituted "emotional abuse" and called for an end to the site's macabre coverage.

"So many questions I have," she continued. "If we are not tolerating abuse anymore… shouldn't we be calling this out? Exploiting women who have been abused… exploiting the brutal sudden death of peoples [sic] loved ones is certainly emotional abuse… I call times up [sic] on his behavior."

"We should be furious about the history of this media outlet regarding women… it's not news, it's exploitation," she finished. "So many peoples [sic] lives will never be the same after this tragedy… but you got your scoop. Hope you sleep well at night @HarveyLevinTMZ I'm sure you do…."

When Twitter users suggested that there are certain employees that may have leaked the information, even going as far as to say that first responders may have tipped off TMZ, Pompeo didn't back down. She said that she knows that certain airlines alert paparazzi and others don't. Though she didn't name names, the responses prove that she did what she set out to do: "provoke thought."

"The airline employees get paid, because let me tell you, there are very specific airlines who always have paps and very specific ones that don't," she claimed, continuing, "How did [TMZ] report it before law enforcement got to the families? It's not really that hard to figure out. What I'm saying is that there is a history with this outlet specific [sic] specifically having pictures and having stories that only the police have."

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