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What the Puck?

2/28/2007 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Wolfgang PuckThe clock is ticking for people who attended 13 events catered by uber-chef Wolfgang Puck, after one of Puck's employees was diagnosed with Hepatitis A. So why won't Puck fully disclose which events are at the center of this health crisis?

TMZ spoke with a Puck rep a few minutes ago, who said they made the Sports Illustrated public because of the large number of people who attended. The rep added that her company would not disclose the other 13 events "for privacy reasons."

The rep says that the other 13 parties were "smaller," though we're told that several of the events were high-profile, with celebrity guests. TMZ asked the question, what if a guest invited a friend and that friend had no idea that Puck was catering the party? The rep said that the people who planned the other 13 events have been notified and now it's the Health Department's business to notify the guests, not theirs. But TMZ pressed on -- what if the Health Department could not get in touch with some of the guests who brought friends?

The Puck rep had no answer and would not say how large the events were, and whether they were thrown by businesses or individuals. TMZ will press today to reveal the remaining 13 events.

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moneycangetyouwoman    

Times like this I'm really thankfull that Im not a celeb...but then again...whats a little Hepatitis when you have millions of dollars in your pocket?

2702 days ago
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Dottie    

Lawsuits up the a** and a tarnished reputation. Way to go Mr. Puck.

2702 days ago
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Dottie    

What the Puck is he thinking. These people have a right to know that they may have been exposed. This is incredibly irresponsible of him. I'm curious, could this be considered criminal, him not giving up info on these events and the guests that attended? Isn't he putting these people and the people that they may come in contact with, at risk?

2702 days ago
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TH    

This is yet another incidence of careless and disgusting attitudes by infected and/or filthy dirty workers contaminating the air people breath, the things they touch and the food they eat; usually these types of people are poorly educated and ignorant to such matters and their dire consequences. As long as these types of these people and incidents go unchecked, we will continue to see an increasing incidence of preventable and avoidable situations. I do not fault Puck with this. It is the individual who caused the problem's fault. That individual should be criminally charged, if found, and punished severely. In all probability, the infected person knew of their condition and cavalierly ignored the seriousness and how it would impact innocent victims they infected. Hepatitis in any form is dangerous and can cause life-threatening illnesses and shut-down of vital organs. I hope those who went to this event, even if they don't think they might be in the population of those infected, immediately seek medical help and receive whatever innoculation and/or medication and further monitoring.

2702 days ago
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Brit    

What the puck happened to his face?

2702 days ago
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newsjunkie    



2702 days ago
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newsjunkie    



PLEASE TELL ME FOXY BROWN, BOBBY BROWN, HKS, AND P DIDDY WAS THERE.....AND THAT GUY THAT SAYS HE HATES GAY PEOPLE.................BUT HEY, WE ALL MISUNDERSTOOD HIME RIGHT

2702 days ago
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JEWISH PRINCESS    

He may not have a legal obligation to notify those people from the "smaller" parties, but how about a moral one? Step up and be a man, Wolfgang. Any person who gets sick will have one hell of a lawsuit against him.
I'll bet his restaurants and food product lines are going to lose a lot of business now. And no celeb will take a chance eating his food now, either.

2702 days ago
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Sarah    

I like how they state, that some events were attended by celebrities and were high profile, should that make it anymore relevant as to whether they disclose the event. It is like saying since celebritites were there, their health is more important then if it had been just average people. YUCK!

2702 days ago
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laura    

Who gives a damn that the people who may be at risk were "celebrities". The average day Joe if in attendance at a party is less important?

2702 days ago
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T    

He's released the list to public health. That's all he is required to do. The people will be contacted, end of story...wow you guys are seriously hardcore. It's the same if you were exposed at Taco Bell...the CEO doesn't personally call everyone. The release info to Dept of Health...seriously.

2702 days ago
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omg    

Wolfgang Puck has been the food caterer to theseceleb parties...I say time for a change.
Get rid of PUCK!

Puck's sloppy work has exposed HEPATITIS to everyone!

2702 days ago
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Edguardo    

Bad decision, Wolfie.

This only has the potential to get worse. If someone does become infected without getting, or knowing about, the need to get shots, then your career will be over!

2702 days ago
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FromWNY    

Whats the big deal, Hep A is curable. I mean yeah it's gross and all, but its not detrimental like Hep C or something like that. Like they need to file a lawsuit, if they do it should just be for the copay for their doc. DUMB!!! Isnt there better news then this.

2702 days ago
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Brit    

I hope Paris was at one of the parties.

2702 days ago
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