Hollywood Gossip Columnist Nikki Finke Threatening To Sue Bret Easton Ellis

Nikki Finke Threatening To Sue Bret Easton Ellis

via Observer

Nikki Finke, the head of Deadline, is really mad at Bret Easton Ellis, and is reportedly threatening to sue the American Psycho author. Ellis, for his part, doesn't seem worried:

So, what happened? Word around the block is that is was sparked by this tweet by Ellis, from June: 

The thing is, Finke, a controversial Hollywood gossip maven, enjoys her privacy. A lot. To the point where, at one time, Gawker offered $1,000 for a current photo of her. (Gawker verified that, while Finke isn't listed as owning any units in the building, the company she works for, Penske Media, does.)

Word around the block is that Finke was furious that her place of residence was outed on Twitter, and called up International Creative Management, the agency that represents Ellis, and threatened to sue. She apparently tore into the agent's assistant after failing to get the agent on the phone, which, you know... not cool. 

While Ellis was radio-silent on the issue for the past few days, he gave us a bit of an update a few hours ago, noting that Finke is writing "hectoring, threatening, vaguely litigious e-mails" to the building's owners. 

I love that Bret Easton Ellis is on Twitter. 

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine July 17, 2012 - 8:16am

He can be a dick, but I love Ellis for this.

Also, is it just me, or do those two kind of look alike? Maybe Ellis is Finke! Put a wig on him and blammo!

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 17, 2012 - 8:46am

That's a bizarre observation, Josh, but you're entirely right.

And yeah, this guy never ceases to amuse.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics July 17, 2012 - 8:57am

This article has just convinced me to start a twitter, even if the only person I follow is Mr. Ellis. I hope she does sue, and the judge laughs in her face.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like July 17, 2012 - 9:53am

It's ironic that a gossip columnist would be crying about her privacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

isn't it?

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics July 17, 2012 - 10:02am

Irony or hypocrisy.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like July 17, 2012 - 10:06am

Well, celebrities are already public figures; online reporters are not necessarily, so it may not be full-on hypocrisy, unless she's claiming to be doing it in the name of totally open society or some other principle.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this July 17, 2012 - 9:48pm

Good point, WilliamX1. Thanks for contributing!

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig July 18, 2012 - 10:23am

His twitter page is a strange and confusing place, but I kind of love this story line (that's what I'm calling it). 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig July 18, 2012 - 10:26am

JY--She's a particularly notorious one, though. I think there is a difference between what public figures do in public and what they do in private. If you invade ANYONE's privacy, and then guard your own to this level, you're at least a bitch.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like July 18, 2012 - 11:57am

^ If she's the "give away details of the celebrities' kids' school schedule and eating habits" -type, then I can't say I have sympathy.