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Globes to PR Firm -- We Got Your Fraud Right Here

1/15/2011 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is firing back at the PR firm that claims they were lied to and screwed out of millions of dollars -- saying it was some "troubling allegations that came to light" that led to them getting the heave-ho.


As TMZ first reported, the Michael Russell Group sued the folks that put on the Golden Globe Awards for breach of contract after the PR firm's contract was not renewed -- claiming the HFPA promised they would.

Reps for the HFPA tell TMZ the reason they didn't renew their deal with MRG was that some "troubling allegations of impropriety" came to their attention. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in 2009, the PR firm was sued for fraud, among other things, over a supposed charity gig where they allegedly misrepresented the involvement of several key sponsors and partnerships.

In the end, according to the reps, "the HFPA chose not to renew their contract."


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If it wasn't for the PR firm, this award show would be a bigger joke than it already is.

1378 days ago


The reason they chose not to renew the contract is irrelevant!!
If the firm had not been led to believe they would get a renewed contract, they stated they would not have done the $2mil worth of added work for the Golden Globes for which they have yet to be paid! The firm is suing for that $2mil plus punitive damages, they're not asking for anything they aren't entitled to, especially if they put off other work under the impression they would not be able to do take on extra work!!
If it wasn't for this p.r firm, the Golden Globes show would not have the viewers it sadly already does! It was a losing enterprise until this firm made it a show to watch!
Even if there was some other case in hand, and they have the right to not renew a contract, the GG people must have known way in advance and therefore misled the firm, to now also bash them by printing the allegations is beyond tacky!! They
should have settled it privately and just said thank you for your previous work, which was greatly appreciated, hm?!

1378 days ago


Interesting! Somehow I don't believe it would be in the best interests of the HFPA not to pay this PR firm for work they ACTUALLY APPROVED. It's really up to the scorned PF firm to prove whether or not the additional $2 million dollars of work was approved by the appropriate administrators at the HFPA to begin with. However, it could possibly be that the PR firm decided to perform the additional work as a form of "lagniappe" in order "to seal" a contract renewal. When they didn't get the renewal, now they want to be paid for all those "extras" they were willing to give away. More than likely, this will be settled "out of court" for substantially less than the PR firm is asking.

1377 days ago

Looking forward to the GG!

1377 days ago

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