Hollywood Gossip Columnist Nikki Finke Threatening To Sue Bret Easton Ellis
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:
Anyone in the movie industry who fears they have to "watch out" for Nikki Finke is a complete and total old-school fucking Hollywood loser.— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) July 13, 2012
So, what happened? Word around the block is that is was sparked by this tweet by Ellis, from June:
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...— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) June 23, 2012
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.
Nikki Finke called one of the agencies that reps me and threatened to sue me AND to destroy them as well. Fortunately the agency was ICM.— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) July 13, 2012
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.
Nikki Finke accuses staff in our building of "outing" her to me. A joke. None of them know who the fuck she is. I found out at a dumb party.— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) July 17, 2012
I love that Bret Easton Ellis is on Twitter.
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