HFPA Denies ‘Payola Schemes’ Allegations

A $2 million lawsuit is ‘completely without merit,’ reads a statement.


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association issued a statement Friday regarding the $2 million lawsuit filed by former Golden Globes’ lead publicist accusing the organization of “payola schemes.” It reads:
“[Co-plaintiffs] Michael Russell and Steve Locascio’s allegations are completely without merit. This is no more than the case of a disgruntled former consulting firm, whose contract was not renewed, attempting to take advantage once again of the Globe’s international stage for their own gain.”