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Old 07-19-2012, 07:36 PM
Bret Easton Ellis and ICM vs. Nikki Finke

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr...i-finke-351851
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Bret Easton Ellis' Agency Hires Top Litigators in Nikki Finke War (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni


The war of words between author Bret Easton Ellis and blogger Nikki Finke is taking a new and possibly serious turn.

Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that ICM Partners, the talent agency that represents Ellis, has hired litigation attorneys Howard Weitzman and Lawrence Iser to represent it in legal matters related to Finke, and the lawyers have fired off two separate letters to her website's owner demanding that she stop harassing agency employees.

The letters, according to sources who have seen them, claim Finke has been calling various ICM partners demanding that the agency sever ties with Ellis and provide his contact information in the wake of a feud that stemmed from him writing on Twitter that he and the reclusive blogger live in the same condo building. (Gawker later claimed that the duo live in a West Hollywood building where Deadline owner Penske Media Corp. bought a unit in November, but it's not clear if Finke actually lives there.)

Sources who have seen the cease-and-desist letters say the letters also claim that Finke has told top ICM employees she would reveal their home addresses and where their children go to school. Finke also is alleged in the letters to have told at least one agent that she would write things damaging to the agency on the Deadline blog that the agency's executives believe to be false.

In a statement to THR, Penske Media Corp. attorney Bryan Freedman denied that the allegations in the letters are accurate. "There is absolutely no validity to any of the claims that have been alleged in the letters," Freedman said. ICM, Weitzman and Iser declined to comment.

The legal moves are the latest in an expanding battle that began after Ellis tweeted June 22: "I'm not sure if this is good news or bad news but I just found out that Nikki Finke lives in the same building as I do in West Hollywood." Ellis followed up with another tweet July 13 claiming, "Nikki Finke called one of the agencies that reps me and threatened to sue me AND destroy them as well. Fortunately the agency was ICM."

The New York Observer then reported that Finke had called ICM agent Binky Urban and, failing to reach her, "gave her assistant what was characterized to us as an epic, otherworldly screaming-at, the likes of which the assistant had never previously experienced." (According to the lawyer letters, Finke has asked that an ICM assistant be fired.)

Ellis then followed up with a tweet Monday claiming Finke also was targeting people who work at their condo building. "The hectoring, threatening, vaguely litigious emails she sent to our buildings [sic] owner and management was a truly awful thing," Ellis wrote. And in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter published on Wednesday, Ellis said Finke "went ballistic, and her reaction was harassing and unacceptable."

Now ICM, which had nothing to do with the tweets, seems to agree. Weitzman and Iser are veteran Hollywood litigators, having handled cases for a diverse clientele including recent matters for Michael Jackson and Bethenny Frankel.

Hollywood agents and executives have long complained privately about being harassed by Finke, who began writing her blog in 2006 and sold it to Penske in 2009. According to reports, Finke has a history of litigation and threats of lawsuits (her parent is suing THR, and she reportedly has sued E-Trade and threatened Women's Wear Daily, among others).
Oh, this is gold. That bitch is finally going to get what she deserves.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:55 AM
Wait, how the fuck did this start?

Cause a writer tweeted that he lived in the same building as her?

Fucking Hollywood.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:37 PM
Somewhere RiverMadDogHatter is weeping
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:49 PM
Wow, I read Finke's box office reports fairly often, didn't realize she was quite so... completely insane, as it sounds like she is.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:27 PM
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Wow, I read Finke's box office reports fairly often, didn't realize she was quite so... completely insane, as it sounds like she is.
I read her box-office reports as well (everything else she writes about is trash), but yeah, she's a certified crazy person. Her "reporting" on the theatre shooting last weekend was one of the most disgusting and self-serving things I have ever witnessed from a blogger/journalist. She literally made the whole thing about her.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:35 PM

One of my all-time favorite heroes (if it wasn't for Less Than Zero & The Rules of Attraction, I don't know how I would've gotten through high school) defending himself from some un-balanced, middle aged, talentless, blogging twat who decided to sue him because she got butt-hurt over nothing more than an observation...RIGHTEOUS.



SHIVER ME TIMBERS...

MEETING THAT MAN IS DEFINITELY ON MY BUCKET LIST.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:12 AM
Deadline is a great source of information/gossip but Finke is a loon, always has been. Her character in Entourage (played by Carrie Fisher) was going to be much crazier but Finke put her foot down on (or up) Doug Ellin
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:28 PM
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I read her box-office reports as well (everything else she writes about is trash), but yeah, she's a certified crazy person. Her "reporting" on the theatre shooting last weekend was one of the most disgusting and self-serving things I have ever witnessed from a blogger/journalist. She literally made the whole thing about her.
Amen. I don't even read her box-office stuff because I can't stand it when she injects her idiotic commentary about this film or that. I remember her making some whoppers during/after the 2007-08 Oscars. Plus, it seems to me like she picks a fight with nearly every person possible.
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