Power Press agent Peggy Siegal’s Jeffrey Epstein Issue
She’s the very best in the biz at putting movies and stars on the media map. However in the recently, New york city media maven Peggy Siegal has actually discovered herself in the spotlight.
The effective PR female constructed a financially rewarding profession promoting movies, filmmakers, and stars– assisting numerous win Oscars– and ended up being understood for tossing regular hot-ticket Manhattan movie occasions, with effective friends like Michael Douglas, Gay Talese, Vera Wang, and Barbara Walters. And thanks to a Rolodex loaded with Academy members, Siegal’s been the long time go-to flack for movie business wanting to snag Oscars for their movies and stars. It was Siegal who taught Leonardo DiCaprio how to work it after he scored his 4th Oscar nom– and sure enough, he snagged a statuette the 5th time around. Now, after 5 years in business, some reporters believe the Epstein scandal is threatening to thwart her long and intensely refined profession.
Siegal’s difficulties started with a New York City Times story that declared that she ‘d silently reduced Epstein, founded guilty of acquiring a woman of the street under age 18, back into society after he initially left prison, welcoming him to occasions and even establishing celebrity-packed lunches at Epstein’s house. The Times piece was followed by an even harsher piece in The Hollywood Press Reporter In the middle of growing outrage, Range reports she’s been visited a few of the studios that use her frequently: Annapurna, Netflix, and FX– all of which have no discuss the matter. Nevertheless, one studio executive informs Los Angeles: “Do not think whatever you check out. No one’s fired her.”
Right after the scandal broke, Siegal worked with crisis PR specialist Matt McKenna and has actually mostly remained quiet. In a written reaction to the Hollywood Press Reporter piece, she firmly insisted that she ‘d had no concept of the depths of Epstein’s wickedness: “Had I understood that he had actually been implicated of abusing minor ladies, I would not have actually kept a relationship with him … I did not think that the charges were extremely severe due to the fact that I understood he was permitted to work from his workplace every day.”
However while some stay hesitant, others have actually stepped up to (silently) safeguard the embattled press agent. “Great deals of individuals enjoy her,” firmly insists one New york city home entertainment bigwig. “She’s fantastic at what she does. What about the 30 press agents who worked for Harvey Weinstein? No one’s avoided them. Peggy’s worked extremely difficult and has a great deal of fans in Hollywood. This is a blip.”
” Peggy has actually never ever been subtle– which’s why individuals employ her,” includes one well-connected Academy member. “This market has a really brief memory. If you provide outcomes, one bad choice will not keep individuals from utilizing you. You simply abstain for a while. Take A Look At Mel Gibson. The base test well be the Toronto Movie Celebration– that’s where all Oscar projects begin. I can’t think Peggy would sit that out. Everybody might ice her for a while, however I anticipate she’ll get her accounts back for the Oscars. Scott Rudin owes her a lot. And Leo DiCaprio will most likely have her working on the Tarantino movie. Nobody’s going to state no to Leo.”
Filmmaker Paul Schrader ( Patty Hearst, First Reformed) published this (a bit abridged) on Facebook a couple of days ago: “I have actually understood Peggy because American Gigolo in1979 I have fantastic love for her and have actually constantly discovered her to be completely unprincipled. That’s who a press agent is. There is absolutely nothing political correctness about the profession. It’s the exact same task as a lobbyist. One can not promote or safeguard criminal activity however whatever else remains in the grey location we as a society have actually designated to them. Naturally some will state ‘she should have understood much better’- however what individual is above their very task description? The number of press agents are now working to promote anti-black, anti-homosexual, anti-woman policies? Netflix, FX, Disney, Annapurna, would you like to see a list of those PR experts and lobbyists? I wager a few of them are on your payroll.”
Writer Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 com, a long time Siegel buddy, reported on Tuesday that Siegal’s A-list crowd ended up on Monday for a New york city premier she had actually arranged for the upcoming CohenMedia film Tel Aviv on Fire Siegal herself was a no-show: however her pal, director Barry Levinson, played host to a crowd of manufacturers, authors, and reporters, consisting of Gay Talese and Nick Pileggi. However the most unexpected visitor at Siegel’s occasion was reporter Vicky Ward, who’s having her own media minute for damning reporting she did on Jeffrey Epstein for Vanity Fair back in 2002 that infamously never ever made the light of day after then-editor Graydon Carter dropped it. Obviously Ward’s contempt for Epstein does not affect her regard for his long time pal and staff member. Ward informed Friedman: “I believe Peggy was fooled by Jeffrey.”
Friedman ended his piece completely assistance, composing: “Peggy’s crowd is eagerly anticipating an Oscar season loaded with these sort of movies.”
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