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Mickey Shunick`s Bike Found Underwater

Aired May 29, 2012 - 19:00   ET


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST: Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you live from New York City. Huge developments tonight in the search for beautiful missing Mickey Shunick. Her bike discovered submerged underwater more than 25 miles away from where she was last seen.

Also, we`ve got the surveillance footage of a cyclist that Mickey`s family is sure is Mickey and also footage of a mystery white trunk. Her family joins us live to discuss these clues next.


VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, a crucial clue discovered in the desperate search for missing Louisiana college student Mickey Shunick. The bike she rode the night she vanished turns up in a swamp, as surveillance video shows three suspicious vehicles.

And is there an eerie similarity to the disappearance of co-ed Lauren Spierer? Mickey`s family joins us live tonight with the very latest.

And will pop star Justin Bieber`s next big tour date be in court? New claims the teen heartthrob got in a scuffle over the weekend that landed a paparazzo in the hospital. Are celebs now taking matters into their own hands and fighting back against overzealous photogs? We`re taking your calls.

And secrets of the sea. California tuna tests positive for radiation as new clues surface in the mysterious dolphin deaths on the shores of Peru. Plus, an island of trash in the Pacific.

Meantime, captain Paul Watson, the man fighting to protect our oceans, could be thrown in jail. What`s going on? I`ll talk to the captain live.

Plus, I`m joined by fitness magician Tom Holland in our ongoing adventure to slim. How you can buff up right on your couch.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Two fishermen found Mickey`s bike under the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Police released photos of three vehicles they say were in the area. Now they want to talk to those drivers.

BRETTLY WILSON, FRIEND: We just want her back. We want her safe. We want our friend.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She left here at this house around 2 in the morning.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was Mickey`s family who confirmed the bike is hers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For the first time in days, the Shunick family and investigators have something to go on.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We want our daughter back, and that would make everything better.

VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): There are some eerie parallels going with other missing women.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And in both cases white crew cab pickups are picked up on security cameras near where each woman disappeared.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They show her riding her bike home from her friend`s house.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Look at the similarity in the appearances of these young women.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The feds are looking at any unsolved case that is out there right now to try and connect the dots.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know that I`ll never look at a missing person`s case the same ever again.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight breaks in the case of missing co-ed Mickey Shunick who cops fear was abducted while riding home from a friend`s house.

Mickey`s bike has now been discovered underneath a bridge connected to Interstate 10 in a remote, swampy area about 25 miles from where she was last seen in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Mickey vanished 10 days ago, just two days before her 22nd birthday. As she biked home from a friend`s house at about 2 in the morning.

Police say fishermen recognized the bike, thanks to the media coverage of Mickey`s case. Just a little while ago, cops described how the bike was found with considerable damage.


CPL. PAUL MOULTON, LAFAYETTE POLICE SPOKESMAN: The bike was found submerged in water by the fishermen that was located with just a partial piece of it visible to the fishermen, part of them being able to identify it as the bike.

Once the bike was removed and it was examined by our detectives and our crime scene unit, the rear tire on that bike was damaged. It was the only damage, visible damage that we could see to the bike. Basically, the rim was bent, with the tire dislodged from the rim itself.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Police have also released crucial surveillance footage from the night Mickey went missing. Her family has confirmed that this is Mickey riding her bike sometime after 2 a.m. There are three vehicles on the video, and investigators think the drivers may know something. Two white four-door pickup trucks and an old four-door sedan.

Now, a young woman in Lafayette says she immediately recognized the newer white truck, the one you`re looking at right here, from a chilling encounter she had just two months ago. She says the driver was a middle- aged man who offered her a ride home and asked to pay her for sex.

Here`s what she told ABC.


TASHA PATTERSON, RECOGNIZED TRUCK ON VIDEO: He says he rides around time all of the time trying to pick up pretty girls.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Could this white truck also be linked to another young missing woman`s case? The FBI looking into possible links between Mickey Shunick and another beautiful young blonde co-ed, Lauren Spierer, who disappeared in Indiana.

This Sunday marks one year since Lauren`s disappearance. A seemingly identical white pickup is seen in surveillance footage from the night Spierer 20-year-old vanished. So why are police in Mickey`s disappearance downplaying the parallels in these two cases?

Call me: 1-877-JVM-SAYS, 1-877-586-7297.

Straight out to Tom Shunick, Mickey`s father.

Mr. Shunick, as always, our hearts go out to you. We want to help find your daughter. Thank you for joining us tonight, sir. I know this has been a horrific ordeal for you and your loved ones.

I guess my first question tonight, sir, what did you think when you saw the surveillance video of Mickey, the person you believe -- is certain is Mickey, as well as this information that that same bike was found 27 miles away from where she was last seen?

TOM SHUNICK, MICKEY`S FATHER (via phone): Yes. I`m sure that -- I`m as sure as I can be that it`s Mickey. I mean, that`s her. I can just tell by her posture on that bike.

As far as her bike being found, you know, along I-10, you know, that doesn`t surprise me. I don`t know whether it was somebody local or not, but I mean, to get to I-10 from, you know, where she was last seen would not take somebody very long.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now this bike was found underneath a bridge, submerged in water. A bridge that`s connected to the Interstate 10 with no area to pull over. To me, sir, that says that the answer to your daughter`s disappearance lies somewhere along the I-10.

And have police told you anything about their search of the I-10, which not only covers Louisiana, but Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and then, in the other direction, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and all the way to California? It is a coast-to-coast freeway. Have they told you what they`re doing to check out whether this individual...

T. SHUNICK: Just a little bit. You know, they don`t want to tell me, you know, too much, but there are some surveillance cameras that they would have seen somebody if they`d gone through it, and they`re checking all those.

I just, you know, saw the news release a second ago while I was waiting here, and they say that they don`t think it was thrown in. They think that somebody put it in.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That`s upsetting. Yes.

We have some other news, and sir, we`re going to bring in some of our experts, but I`d like you and your daughter, Charlie, to stand by and please stay on the line, because you are crucial in our exploration of this mystery to try to find your daughter.

Here`s another really disturbing development. A young woman in Lafayette, Louisiana, the same city, immediately recognized the white pickup truck in the Shunick surveillance video. Twenty-one-year-old Tasha Patterson told police two months ago she was approached by a middle-aged white male in that same truck. She believes it`s the same truck. Listen to what her mother told Nancy Grace.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, my daughter was coming home from a doctor`s appointment at 2 in the afternoon on South College Drive and the man gave her a drive to Walgreens six blocks -- about six blocks down the street.

And during the ride the man -- she told the man that she was looking for work, which (UNINTELLIGIBLE) for. When she`s about to exit the vehicle, he tells her, "Listen, doll," if she`d have sex with him for $80.

During the course of the ride he also told her that he likes to go driving around Lafayette, looking for pretty young girls to pick up.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mike Brooks, HLN law enforcement analyst, this raises the prospect, the possibility that Tasha and Mickey were targeted by the very same individual.

MIKE BROOKS, HLN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: There`s a possibility. And first of all, I want to tell our viewers, don`t ever get into a truck with someone you don`t know like this woman did. And at least she`s living to tell about it, but we don`t know if this truck is related or not. There`s a good possibility. They don`t think that the white truck is related to Mickey disappearance and to Lauren`s disappearance. They don`t think there`s similarities between the two disappearance.

But still, Jane, this truck could be the key to the disappearance of Mickey. And law enforcement should know. I mean, if this guy is out and about all the time, cops in Lafayette may recognize this. It could be a lead. They may know who this guy is. And a lot of times when people are going around, where are they going to stop? If you`re riding around and you stop at a gas station. You go into a convenience store. Maybe there`s additional video that they haven`t released yet. I mean, these are just things that I hope are out there to assist law enforcement, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Mickey`s friend Brettly was on our show last week, and he explained -- he was the last person to see and interact with Mickey before she vanished. He explained what happened the night that his friend disappeared. Let`s listen to Brettly.


WILSON: Mickey was pretty tired. Her sister had come in the night before. They were both ready to go to their brother`s graduation the next night. And so she was ready to go way before anyone else was.

The end of the night came. Everyone decided they were going go separate ways. They didn`t want food. They wanted to go home. They didn`t want to go somewhere else. So me and Mickey took off towards my house, and I offered to get her food at a nearby Taco Bell.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: I want to bring in Charlie Shunick, Mickey`s sister.

First of all, again, my heart goes out to you. I can`t even imagine what you`re going through with your sister missing under these circumstances. But Brettly, Mickey`s friend mentioned that Mickey was very tired. It`s 2 in the morning. She had at least four miles to bike to get home.

Is it possible that she was tired enough to accept the offer of a ride? Is that something she`d ever done in the past?

CHARLIE SHUNICK, SISTER: I mean, absolutely not. I think even if someone had a gun to her back, she would run. She would -- you know, she would have fought. She would never get into a vehicle, never. If she was that tired, she wouldn`t have gotten on her bike and driven out there in the first place. She would have just driven her car.

And if she was that tired to drive home or if she would accept a ride, she want have just asked Brettly to bring her home. I mean, there is just absolutely no possibility that she would do that.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: What do you make, Charlie, of all of these new developments that have come in, this breaking news about the bike being found underwater and the surveillance video?

C. SHUNICK: It was either a crime of opportunity or someone just made a mistake and they`re scared and trying to cover their tracks there.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: You mean -- what do you mean, a mistake?

C. SHUNICK: Like maybe a drunk driver or someone who was speeding hit her or cut her off or saw her and was able to get her off her bike somehow, or, you know it just seemed like a good idea at the time and when they drove her off or whatever it was the next day, they freaked out and didn`t know what to do.


BROOKS: Yes, Jane, I have to agree that Charlie could be onto something here. There was damage, we`re hearing, to her rear tire, where the tire was ripped away from the rim, and the rim was bent, which said to me was the first thing I was thinking when I heard that is she was riding those four miles she had to go to go home.

Somebody could have come up behind her who was driving under the influence, run into the back of her, panicked, picked her and the bike up, put it in the trunk. And they go somewhere and they get rid of the bike. Then what happened to her? That`s the question.


CALLER: Hi, it`s Brian in Ohio, a common theme I`ve noticed with the young girls` abduction is in one way, shape or form, there`s a bar involved. And I know Jane well knows that nothing good happens outside a bar at 2:30 in the morning.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But I believe currently that the bike was dumped beneath the bridge and not dumped from the bridge. A lot of things come into play, obviously. The amount of traffic. Regardless, the I-10 is very heavily traveled. There is no shoulder up on that particular bridge.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: One of the big questions: how did Mickey`s bike end up under water, under a bridge in a remote, swampy area? Now take a look. This is the route that Mickey would have taken the night she disappeared, but instead her bike is found in the opposite direction 27 miles away under a bridge along Interstate 10.

So there are many questions here. How did the bike end up under the bridge and under water? How did the bike get so far away from Mickey`s home?

Jim Hummel, I think it would probably be safe to conclude she didn`t bike there herself. She was headed in the opposite direction at 2 in the morning. She was very tired. There`s no way she could have biked herself, in all probability, 27 miles in the wrong direction, Jim?

JIM HUMMEL, REPORTER (via phone): Absolutely not. And just listening to Corporal Moulton there, there`s no shoulder are, and it`s a very weird road to be on just driving because there is no shoulder. So absolutely not on her bike.

But that`s the million-dollar question there, is how did it get out there? In that media briefing today, Corporal Moulton did say, though, that they`re confident that the bike was brought there. It wasn`t thrown from over the bridge into the -- into the basin there. That`s (UNINTELLIGIBLE). But it was brought there. They do not believe it was thrown from the bridge. So they really didn`t elaborate on why they`re so confident that wasn`t the case.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And I`m very perplexed that I`ve just read and we`ve got some wire copy just in that the volunteer search for Mickey has been called off, which I find perplexing, unless police have some information.

Remember, they found the bike. They are obviously processing it for fingerprints. They`ll take those fingerprints and run it through their computer system to see if it matches up with any criminals.

Bill Warner, private investigator, your thoughts about what they can learn from the bike?

BILL WARNER, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR: Well, from what I understand, the bike was found near the Whiskey Bay Basin exit. There`s an exit off of I- 10 under the bridge. That`s where, probably, the bike got thrown into the water. And this person or persons who had basically -- seems like to me, kidnapped Mickey, get back in I-10 and the bridge is eastbound. Yes. ..


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight`s "Viral Vid." Two little girls surprised at a game by their dad back from Afghanistan.





WILSON: I don`t think you realize -- what a special person this is and how many people she has touched, and what you`ve done.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: That was Mickey`s dear friend Brettly, the last person to see her before she took off on a bike headed home.

Now, detectives investigating Lauren Spierer`s disappearance in Bloomington, Indiana, a year ago have reached out to police in Mickey Shunick`s disappearance. One fact that immediately jumps out, the presence of two seemingly identical white pickup trucks in each of the cases.

Now, we`re going to show you that. On the right, you`re going to see a white truck caught on surveillance along what is believed to be Mickey`s bike route on the night she was last seen.

On the left, a white truck also seen on surveillance at the spot Lauren Spierer vanished a year ago after a night out with friends.

Indiana cops tracked down the owner of that vehicle. They determined it had no connection with Lauren`s case. Detectives in Mickey`s disappearance downplaying any link, but can it simply be dismissed as a huge coincidence? Two identical white trucks. Two missing young women who look alike, fit the same profile. Their disappearance is a year and 850 miles apart.

Bill Warner, private investigator, what say you?

WARNER: Well, this seems to be going on way too much. Besides Mickey and Lauren, there`s three or four or five other petite, blond females that have just vanished off the face of the earth. All the same size, all the same look, identical almost. They could all be sisters, and this keeps happening over and over again. And there`s no resolution. There`s no answers for the parents. There`s nothing, zero.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, you mentioned it, and we`re going to get into these other missing young women, in addition to Mickey Shunick and Lauren Spierer. Again, a number of women seem to fit a very specific pattern and profile.

Holly Bobo. You remember, we covered this case at length. And Kelli Bordeaux, two such cases. They`re both petite and blond, about the same age. What`s most disturbing is that they went missing almost exactly a year apart. Holly went disappeared on April 13 of last year. Kelli vanished April 14 of this year.

So now take a look at these four women who look very, very similar. All vanishing under sudden circumstances. Mickey Shunick, Holly Bobo, Lauren Spierer, Kelli Bordeaux. All disappeared around springtime. Mickey from Lafayette, Holly from Darden, Tennessee. Lauren vanished from Bloomington, Indiana. Kelli near Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

So Bill Warner, you`re a private investigator. You`ve been looking into these disappearances. Is it coincidence?

WARNER: No. Not when it happens over and over again. I`ve researched this. I`ve found a dozen girls who fit this profile. I feel that this person or persons who is abducting these women is looking for a very specific type, young, petite, blond females and it`s -- it`s just not stopping.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Mike Brooks, HLN law enforcement analyst, these are young, attractive women. Unfortunately, they are natural targets. Could it be that just the most likely victim is a young woman who is pretty and petite?

BROOKS: Right. Young, petite, vulnerable. Absolutely. If you look across the country, you`re probably going to see a lot of missing persons cases, Jane, with the same kind of similarities.

You know, but Mr. Warner is right. This is something you have to take a look at. And law enforcement, via e-mail, they`re in an investigation.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Flashing lights, invasive cameras, peering lens of the paparazzi.

JUSTIN BIEBER, SINGER: They`re going to see that I`m just a regular 16-year-old.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: As celebrity photographers jockey for that perfect shot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You get stuff that no one else. What you want to see, the paparazzi underworld is a shady, shady business.

ADAM LAMBERT, SINGER: Just like anybody out there you should have a right to your privacy.

PAULA ABDUL, JUDGE, X FACTOR: Every little step makes you feel a little safer.

BIEBER: Well, I`m kind of still in shock.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (inaudible) the line between the public`s right to know and the stars` right to privacy.


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HLN HOST: Did Justin Bieber go ballistic on a peeping paparazzo?

The L.A. Sheriff`s Department investigating Justin Bieber after a photographer claims the teen heartthrob assaulted him.

Bieber reportedly outside a shopping center when the paps started snapping some shots; that`s when all heck broke loose. The photographer was taken to a nearby hospital and then he was released. He filed a police report calling Bieber the culprit. Bieber apparently lost his shoes in whatever happened.

This low point coming on the heels of Bieber`s new hit "Boyfriend" from Def Jam, check it out.




VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, boyfriend happened to be with his girlfriend star Selena Gomez when this altercation or whatever it was happened. Could the 18-year-old singer actually face charges? Or is this just another example of out-of-control paparazzi doing anything for that money shot? What do you think? Do celebs have a right to privacy (AUDIO GAP)? Get used to it, people.

Call me, 1-877-JVM-SAYS, 1-877-586-7297.

Straight out to Dylan Howard, editor-in-chief, Buzz Media. Dylan, do we know what set Bieber off?

DYLAN HOWARD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BUZZ MEDIA: Well, Justin Bieber, Jane, faces up to six months in jail if he is found to have assaulted this paparazzo. And I can tell you at this hour that the case has been referred to Los Angeles prosecutors, that because the L.A. County`s Sheriff`s Department has been unable to speak to Justin Bieber who has traveled to Norway.

Now, Jane, also today, this morning I spoke exclusively to Jose Ceros, who we can reveal is the paparazzo who was the target of Justin Bieber`s aggression on Sunday. Now, he was very guarded and caged; wouldn`t answer too many questions. He did, however set the record straight and say that he hasn`t engaged a lawyer, but he wouldn`t detail what injuries he sustained as a result of his confrontation with Justin Bieber.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, maybe Bieber is just testing out his new skills. Just days before allegedly scuffling with his photographer, the Biebster was hanging out with the one and only Mike Tyson. And this video from YouTube, shows the singer boxing with the former heavyweight champ in Vegas and he is also seen with boxer Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent in recent times.

And I have to wonder, Kirstin Benson, L.A. editor,, is it possible like many stars who appeal to very young audiences that he`s trying to sort of toughen up his image and that he actually may have gotten involved with this confrontation with this pap to burnish his image and make him seem tougher?

I mean Britney has done it. Christina Aguilera`s done it. They`ve all tried try to sort of jump from being idols for kids to adults and often that means getting tougher.

KIRSTIN BENSON, L.A. EDITOR, HOLLYWOODLIFE.COM: I don`t think he did this on purpose. I don`t think he was like, you know what, Selena, we`re going to go out today and I`m going to kick down this paparazzi.

This paparazzi is a black belt. He -- for him to be taken down by Justin Bieber, who, no offense, is maybe 160 pounds, is absolute nonsense. And then he had chest pains and he`s a black belt and Justin Bieber like lost his shoe.

I think this was a case of Justin getting attacked basically by a paparazzi. I don`t think that Justin was doing this to toughen his image at all.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Mark Eiglarsh, criminal defense attorney, former prosecutor, we don`t know -- I wasn`t there in the parking lot to see what happened. But we`ve heard reports that witnesses say that there was a lawyer who went up to this paparazzo after this event to say hey, you should follow this up because you could get rich.

I have no idea if that`s happened. It`s appeared in some reports. I can`t independently confirm it, but would that be the first time a lawyer might have suggested, "Hey do this" because you could make money and maybe I could represent you.

MARK EIGLARSH, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: No, Jane, a lawyer would never do something like that. Ok. Seriously, yes that probably did happen. And let me just say this. I think this is a stinking money grab, ok? This guy, I was told, I read reports, he stood in front of Bieber`s car. Now Bieber apparently, politely asked him, could you move? He did not.

At this point I would refer to this alleged victim to section 236 of the California penal code. That`s what we call false imprisonment, when you detain someone without their permission. What should Bieber do? Just sit there and wait and wait and wait and this guy can just hold him indefinitely?

At some point Bieber then escalated the scenario because he left him no alternative and asked him would you please move. And at that point a physical altercation took place. So I think this thing should go away and stop this money grab.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let me say this. First of all, I`ve been on both sides of this equation in the sense that I`ve been a reporter who has followed famous people with a microphone. I`ve never blocked their car. If I happened to be standing in front of their car, I would back out and try to get my shot while I backed out. I would never block. That`s dirty pool in my opinion.

But we all have encounters with obnoxious people and we don`t all resort to fisticuffs. I was just in L.A., my gosh, there is a road rage incident every time you turn around. But that doesn`t mean that it`s justified to take the law into your own hands and I`ll throw that back at you, Mark.

EIGLARSH: Jane, I don`t disagree with you. But let me just tell you this. This smells like he`s trying to get money. He grabs his chest, this alleged black belt and all of a sudden he goes to the hospital? Clearly, he put himself in a scenario where he then, I believe, escalated the scenario; didn`t move. When you`re in front of someone`s vehicle and someone asks you politely to move, you move.

This whole thing of having to go to a hospital because you have chest pain, am I the only one who sees how transparent this is?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let me just say this. I agree with you in the sense that these paparazzo, paps -- whatever you want to call them -- they do go to extreme lengths and often they try to get a reaction. I mean this is exactly what they`re looking for something to happen. A celebrity walking down the street with their girlfriend and not doing anything may not fetch as much as a confrontation like this.

Just last week, Will Smith slapped a reporter on the red carpet for getting way too friendly and inappropriate. Check this out from YouTube and Life News.


WILL SMITH, ACTOR: Oh, my gosh -- hey, what the hell is your problem, buddy?


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Whoa. Did you see that? I mean, whoa. This guy tried to kiss this superstar. It looks like on the lips. That is, I think they`re kind of sort of channeling Borat except they`re not as clever as Borat. I think that that kind of behavior in an attempt to get a reaction is way below dirty pool. I just think it`s disgusting.

Let`s go to Kimberly. Kimberly, you`re on the phone.

KIMBERLY, WEST VIRGINIA (via telephone): Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: What`s your question or thought, Kim, West Virginia?

KIMBERLY: Yes. I think that he has every right to do what he did because he has privacy too. Just because he is a star doesn`t mean anything -- he deserves privacy just as much as me or anybody else that`s here.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, good point.

Halle Berry has had so many clashes with photographers. Most of them involve them being around her daughter. Check this out from ABC.


HALLE BERRY, ACTRESS: I`m doing something honorable. I`m not harassing people. You`re a piece of (EXPLETIVE DELETED).


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Dylan Howard, editor-in-chief, Buzz Media. However, people love to hate the paparazzi but they actually then look at the video and read the magazines that are derived from the paparazzi doing exactly what they do, getting these celebrities when they`re not posing.

HOWARD: For as long as there will be an appetite for these kinds of photos and video, there will be an industry that operates in Hollywood of paparazzos. But I must say Jane, there are laws in California which has the highest proliferation of paparazzi photographers that prevent invasion of privacy.

For example, paparazzo photographers -- and they all know this -- cannot shoot into private property. They cannot shoot from a higher venue down into a home, so as to avoid situations like this. The one thing about Justin Bieber that attracts me is (inaudible) he allegedly had this altercation but according to witnesses, who spoke to local media last night on the television here in Los Angeles. He sped away from the scene with reckless abandon for the law in front of many young children according to some eyewitnesses.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I mean gosh, he is a teenager. You know, Mark, I`m going to give you the last word because I`m just that kind of girl.

EIGLARSH: Ok. Well, thank you, darling. He sped away from the scene because some idiot stood in front of his car and wouldn`t let him go and he was forced to confront him. He sped way and there happened to be kids there. The suggestion that maybe any of these kids were jeopardized I think is pushing this a little bit too far. And I think he is the victim here.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let me give you my opinion.

EIGLARSH: Go right ahead, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It comes with the territory when you`re famous. Nobody`s going to feel sorry for Justin Bieber or Halle Berry or Julia Roberts or any of these other people who have these confrontations. It`s part of being famous. There`s an upside and there`s a downside, too.

Thank you, fantastic panel.

Nancy Grace working on another story coming up in minute -- Nancy.

NANCY GRACE, HLN HOST: Jane, the case of 26-year-old American missing groom who plunges to his death on the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas, tonight homemade video is emerging of four men. Three of them Russian, all four meeting the honeymoon couple that night in a bar on the ship caught on the video bragging about the groom`s death just hours after his bloody fall. The four having some sort of celebration while the rest of the ship turns upside down looking for George Smith, the groom and his new bride weeps inconsolably at this hour Jane.

We confirm that homemade video in the hands of the FBI.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Some tuna exposed to radiation in Japan from last year`s tsunami and nuclear disaster had been showing up off the coast of California.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were 15 of them caught off the coast of San Diego last year. When they were about one year old they were exposed to radiation from the Fukushima accident and they carried it all of the way across the Pacific.

These scientists were surprised to find any levels of radiation at all. They thought it would have dissipated by the time those fish arrived on the West Coast of the United States.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight breaking news, from Peru to California, and it`s a travesty. Blue fin tuna caught off the coast of California found to be polluted with nuclear radiation and we have new clues into what killed hundreds of dolphins off the coast in Peru.

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year that caused the nuclear disaster sent all kinds of poisons into the water and now we have blue fin tuna caught off the coast of San Diego, testing positive for radiation. Who knows what other sea life is contaminated.

Now, the U.S., government says do not be concerned, the levels aren`t harmful to humans, but how are they so sure of that?

And one expert now says it was sound waves for seismic testing in the search for oil deposits under water that killed all those, almost 900 dolphins in Peru. Those poor dolphins got the bends from those seismic sounds under water according to this one expert in our oceans.

It`s almost hard for a living creature to survive anymore. Now, the one person who is risking his life to save the creatures of the sea is now being persecuted. He is Paul Watson, the star of Animal Planet`s "Whale Wars" check this out.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: An epic tale of the world`s most wanted environmental heroes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get out of here and stop your whale operations.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Captain Paul Watson and his vigilante organization, his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: My hero, Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society joins me live from Germany. Captain, you have been fighting for the survival of all of the creatures of the sea including blue fin tuna and now we`re learning that fish were contaminated with radiation. They were caught off the coast of San Diego. What`s your reaction to that, Captain?

PAUL WATSON, FOUNDER, SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY: I think there`s a lot about the Fukushima disaster that we`re not being told. The Japanese people themselves are being kept in the dark by the Japanese government. I think it`s a lot more serious than anybody really knows.

And I think it`s a very serious thing that we`re finding radiation in this fish in the Pacific, because if you`re finding it in the blue fin tuna, you`re going to find them in the fish right across the entire ocean. So that is a very serious concern.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, Paul I am so glad we were able to make this interview happen because you just bailed out of jail. You are in Germany. You were detained at Frankfurt Airport after Costa Rica issued an international request for your arrest because you tried to save sharks from these poacher fishermen who slice off their fins and let them bleed to death in the ocean. And of course, shark population around the world is being decimated because people make a profit off of cutting off the fin to make this shark fin soup which has no taste and which so many people are trying to ban. There`s a movement to ban it here in New York.

Personally, I think you should be given a medal and not put on trial. But how is it going? Is it possible you could get extradited to Costa Rica?

WATSON: It is possible, and I`m restricted. I can`t leave Germany right now. But this goes back 10 years ago to 2002 when the Guatemalan government asked us to stop poaching operation in their waters. And we did and then Costa Rica then laid these charges ten years later because a couple of the poachers complained that we put their life in jeopardy.

We didn`t hurt anybody. We didn`t damage any property. Meanwhile they were involved in a highly illegal activity. So it was quite a shock when ten years later I get this warrant for my arrest. By the way --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: You are my hero, Captain Paul Watson.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: This pool party gets an unexpected guest in tonight`s "Laugh Break".





VELEZ-MITCHELL: It`s week two of our "Adventure to Slimness", you and me doing this together with our personal healthy eating advocate Kathy Freston.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Here is the bottom line. The entire theme of what we`re doing is no major changes. Little tweaks to your lifestyle every single day.

TOM HOLLAND, FITNESS EXPERT: No. Exactly. There`s nothing natural about working out for an hour. I don`t know why someone said you had to go to the gym for an hour. You`re going to do a workout here that would take the time it takes you to get to the gym.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. You and I on an adventure to slimness and we have been adding more fruits and veggies to what we eat. We`re drinking eight glasses of water a day. I`ve been eating breakfast for the first time in years. Are you doing it, too? I hope so.

We need to get up and move around. That is obviously key and I have my fitness magician, Tom Holland, here with me. Doesn`t he look fabulous? Tom has exercises we can do no matter where you are. That`s the key because let`s face it. Most of us -- I sit at my desk reading wire copy for hours on end.

HOLLAND: Absolutely.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I`m not going to get to the gym, so what can you do?

HOLLAND: You don`t have to. If you have a chair and you have a TV, you have a complete home gym.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Then I`m done.

HOLLAND: I`m going to show you literally you can work your entire body Jane with just a chair and it modifies for everyone. So if you`re a beginner, intermediate, advanced, it doesn`t matter.

So we`re going to start with lower body. Start sitting. We can all do that. So you at home, do this with us. Complete body workouts. You`re going to sit.

Now for the beginner, you`re just going to stand up and push off. So that`s the beginner. Sit back down and now we`re working our lower body so that`s easier, obviously, for the average person. But if you`re just starting out, perfect way to start. Now, no hands. Ok.


HOLLAND: So there`s your intermediate and you`re just going to do 10 to 20 of these during commercial breaks. You`re working your entire lower body.

Now, let`s go harder. You`re tougher.


HOLLAND: One leg out, right leg out. Get up -- feel that? There`s your modification. Where did you feel that? In the glute, right?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Can you see it? You know, that gets very, very intense.

HOLLAND: Step up. Now, put it down. You`re working your balance. You`re working your core. You`re working everything.

Now we have a new alternate leg, 10 to 20. If you`re at home, small changes just a couple of minutes a time done throughout the day.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It`s not easy. You think it`s easy --

HOLLAND: It`s not easy. Do it at home with us right now, you`re going to be flopping all around. Awesome, right? And you`re working balance and coordination, Jane, which is so important.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, how can I explain this to people at work? When people are like -- what`s it like to --


HOLLAND: I think they know you by now, Jane. Do it at home. Do it at home or do it with people that you know.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: People think I`m crazy. Why change their mind?

HOLLAND: Exactly. But it makes a huge difference Jane, a couple of minutes.

Now we want to go abs. Everyone wants abs.

Let`s just lean back a little bit and just alternate, bring the foot up and squeeze as you pull up. Squeeze those abs. Feel that. Like really pull that knee towards your -- a little bit. There`s the beginner, right.


HOLLAND: Now we want to go harder. So now both lean back. There you go. So now you have your intermediate. Now, if you`re advanced, straight. That`s it. One minute.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I can do this during a meeting. Like --

HOLLAND: Exactly.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok. Bring me up to date on the latest story.

HOLLAND: Tom is coming in. You know --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But it`s hurting. It`s already hurting.

HOLLAND: You feel it. You feel it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I can feel it.

HOLLAND: A couple minutes done throughout the day. Huge, huge results.

Now upper body. We`ll finish with the upper body maybe. So again, modification, push off and come down. So arms. Bend those elbows, back of the arms. Everyone wants a great back of the arms, right?

Now you get to modify it by how much body weight you put on your feet. If you want to make it harder, go on your toes. There you go.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Oh, on your toes. Oh, wow that`s hard.

HOLLAND: Want to make it real hard Jane? Now, balance.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: What? Are you crazy?

HOLLAND: That`s what we`re working up to. Right there. You`ve got it. Very good. Now, bend the elbows a little bit. You don`t even have to -- back down and up. Good. Very good.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That is a workout.

HOLLAND: You feel your legs, your abs, your upper body right there.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It`s a workout.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: We`ve been like this through the entire commercial break. It`s killing me. I cannot tell a lie, we did that five seconds before we came back.

But, on a serious note, I have made the mistake -- what I love about your technique is that it`s low consumption. It`s not expensive. It`s free.

HOLLAND: You`re going to do it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I made the mistake of buying the exercise bike that became the glorified coat hanger, starting to put things on. Oh, I`ll use it tomorrow. Use it tomorrow. This, there`s no cost to it. It`s free.

HOLLAND: Small changes done over time. Small changes, Jane. A couple of minutes throughout the day, your viewers are going to be amazed. Next week they will feel stronger doing what we just it did.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I love it. Let`s do one more -- should we do it one more time.

HOLLAND: Now add the two together. Do the arms and the legs at the same time. So pull up and down. We`ll work on that next week. That`s your homework.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: This is -- I`m telling you, if you do this, what, 15 minutes a day.

HOLLAND: Two to three minutes done a couple times a day. You feel the change.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Nancy Grace is next.