Pandora: Gossip tome fails to see British light of day
Thursday 28 May 2009
An intriguing battle of wealth, power and influence from across the pond threatens to spill over to the United Kingdom.
One of New York's most notorious society scribes, Michael Gross – author of 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building and Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women amongst others – has been forced to withdraw all UK publication rights of his recently-published book, Rogues' Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money that Made the Metropolitan Museum, and issue a request that online dealers Amazon do not sell the work to British residents, for fear of action from a libel tourist.
Gross is said to have run into trouble after Annette de la Renta – the well-bred wife of fashion designer Oscar – took issue with several claims made in the book.
After hearing her complaints, Gross agreed to amend further editions of the book, and include a denial requested by Mrs de la Renta. There has since been no more legal correspondence about US publication.
But, says Gross, in the wake of his dealings with de la Renta – whose associates include a range of high-profile media big-shots – he has found himself, in stark contrast to his previous works, almost entirely unable to gain reviews of his book.
"I've done interviews that have been pulled – including one with (esteemed critic) Daphne Merkin – and the most high-profile reviewers suddenly withdrew, he says. "The powers that be just don't want people to know how things really work and I just cannot afford the risk of taking it over to the UK."
Rupert's nightmare neighbours
Gracious. We do hope that Rupert Everett's coping with his local rodent infestation all right– from the sound of things, it could be rather nasty. The urbane actor has become the subject of increasingly alarmist reports, after his New York neighbours told the press of the "giant rats" that were stalking the street, apparently terrorising its glamorous inhabitants. "You can hear shrieks from fighting rats, and from girls walking by who see them," said one. One of the said shrieks, she added, came from the well-glossed lips of supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Quelle horreur!
The writing's on the (elevator) wall
A veritable whodunit, now, from the echoing halls of Millbank. Or should that be elevator shafts? On a flying visit to the home of Conservative HQ, Pandora came across some rather unusual graffiti adorning the walls of the lift: Black, child-like scrawl, three letters, "BNP". Who could be responsible? The BNP plead innocence. "It was probably the Conservatives" (Pandora doubts this is the case). Say the Tories: "We only occupy one floor of a seven-story building, with a multitude of visitors. We can't be held responsible for all of them." A clue: the graffiti was very high, above the door. The culprit must be tall.
Mullin's immodest introduction
Guto Hari, BBC-man-turned-Bozza-spinner, took to the stage at Hay to introduce Chris Mullin's address. He hailed the latter as "this year's Alan Clark" following the acclaim of his tell-all diaries. "I could do with his sales," observes a wry Mullin to Pandora. "But unlike Alan, I can't claim to having bedded three women in the same family."
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 3 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 4 Penis size: Study revealing 'what's normal' sends international media into meltdown
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
Ayesha Ali death: Mother and her girlfriend found guilty of manslaughter of eight-year-old
George Clooney and Amal fail to get special treatment at New York restaurant
Cindy Crawford 'un-PhotoShopped' viral Marie Claire image was doctored, claims photographer
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...
£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...
£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...