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Golden Globes Sue Back, Accuse Former Publicist of Fraud

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Good luck trying to sue the Golden Globes for shady goings-on, because, as the awards organization's former publicist has just found out, you're going to get sued right back for fraud. Claiming a confidentiality agreement was broken, among other charges, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association "sued Michael Russell, his partner Stephen LoCascio and Russell’s public relations firm on Monday," says the AP.

As described in the language of the suit, the HFPA's allegations against Russell and co. read like a film script: "Without a shred of evidence, (Russell’s firm) manufactured a fanciful tale of Hollywood intrigue that harkens back to the early days of rock ‘n roll radio, with its colorful reference to 'payola.'"

That's right--Russell said that the HFPA trades favors for little golden orb statuettes, and the cliched honor of "just being nominated." The HFPA says that's hogwash. Actually, they say that Russell and his associates "attempted to divert money and gifts from sponsors to benefit some of their other clients." Even in Hollywood, no one said shadiness was mutually exclusive.