Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Paris Hilton Sued in Miami Federal Court for Refusing to Promote Movie

Even though she became a household name as a result of a movie in which the acting was lackluster and the direction questionable in its technique, Paris Hilton has refused to take part in publicity for another bad production in which she starred. Ms. Hilton played a sorority queen at fictional South Beach University in the 2006 masterpiece National Lampoon’s Pledge This. When the time came to work the interview circuit, she refused to promote the film because she was angry that a lot of nudity ended up as, I am sure, integral moments in plot development (the irony in her indignant protest is quite amusing). Paris Hilton is now being sued in Miami federal court by The Entertainment Group Fund. The alleged breach of contract cost the company lost revenue and profits and they are suing Ms. Hilton for an undisclosed sum.

The Entertainment Group Fund has a strong incentive for seeking money from Paris Hilton. It is an affiliate of Worldwide Entertainment Group, which is being accused of stealing $300 million from investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission first sued Worldwide Entertainment on these charges in 2005, and Ms. Hilton’s settlement money sure would be handy in paying off at least a slice of that debt. Perhaps Ms. Hilton can continue the chain of suing someone in hopes of paying for another suit … I’m sure Nicole Richie has done something worthy of a small claims court appearance.

Personally, I do not understand why Paris Hilton needed to do any publicity for Pledge This. I would imagine that a woman who has proven her acting chops in films such as House of Wax and The Hottie and the Nottie would drive people to the theaters based on reputation alone. I guess Meryl Streep is safe in her respected position among American actresses, at least for now.

At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio who specialize in celebrity and entertainment law. If you don’t feel like promoting your next straight-to-DVD movie, give us a call and we will help you resolve the situation.

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