Reporter Dropped Dime on Locklear, Pocketed $25K

Former US Weekly magazine editor banks on bad driving with TMZ
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2008 4:26 AM CDT
Reporter Dropped Dime on Locklear, Pocketed $25K
Actress Heather Locklear.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

A former magazine editor collected $27,500 from a gossip internet site after making the 911 phone call that led to Heather Locklear's DUI bust, reports ABC News. Jill Ishkanian, a one-time editor at Us Weekly magazine, called the cops after spotting Lockyear in the parking lot of a California supermarket. Ishkanian snapped photos when the cops arrived and unloaded them to TMZ.

The fact that Ishkanian witnessed Locklear's "erratic driving and reported it to police did not mean she was disqualified from reporting the story," said the former editor's attorney. "Like any intrepid reporter, she was ready for the story." (Read more celebrity stories.)

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