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Paris Hilton Accused of Being Washed Up, Must Consult With Publicist

During an interview with Good Morning America, Paris Hilton was asked whether she thought the celebrity starlets of today — the Kim Kardashians of the world — had eclipsed her. Her new show on the Oxygen Network, The World According to Paris, isn’t exactly lighting up the Nielsen ratings, even if her perfume lines and other businesses are rolling in the cash.

The question was so offensive to Hilton that she had to walk away, consult with her publicist, and then return. When she was back on camera, she gave an answer about being in “this business” (being famous for nothing?) for 15 years and knows about the need for reinvention. The clip is above. What do you think of Hilton’s response? Kudos to her publicist for coming up with that one on the fly.

[via Mediaite]

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Los Angeles Business Journal Looking Into Sitrick Lawsuit

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PR maven and agency owner Michael Sitrick is being sued by a former employee and current employees for “self dealing,” and devaluing the Sitrick Employee Stock Ownership Plan, PRNewser reported last week.

UPDATE: Joseph Giunta, general counsel for Sitrick And Company / Mike Sitrick writes in and says Sitrick, “was not sued by a former employee and current employees…He was sued by one former employee. Not a single current or former employee has joined in the suit and though he claims to have sued on behalf of the ESOP, the court has not granted him that right.”

It looks like the story will remain in the media. A reader sent in this ProfNet query today:

My story is about a lawsuit between Sitrick & Co. and a former employee, suing on behalf of the employee stock ownership plan. First, I would like to talk to any former (or current) employees. Second, I would like to talk to PR professionals about how a crisis-management firm should handle its own crisis. Contact: Joel Russell, jrussell@labusinessjournal.com

Sitrick has worked with a number of high profile clients over the years, from Halle Berry and Rush Limbaugh to Paris Hilton and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles during a sexual-abuse lawsuit.

Toyota Hires Even More PR

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Toyota strengthened its PR bench within the Beltway last week, adding agencies Glover Park Group and Quinn Gillespie & Associates to a roster that already included Powell Tate and Golin Harris.

Now, Southern California Toyota dealers have hired Sitrick and Co., a crisis firm known mostly for their work with high profile clients like Michael Jackson, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Paris Hilton. The agency also handled PR for rapper Chris Brown after his altercation with then girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammy’s last year. Agency namesake Michael Sitrick reportedly bills at $700 an hour.

The dealers hiring an agency does make sense, as media reports on the Toyota recall often quote dealers, who are more likely to give a straightforward take on the matter, as opposed to Toyota corporate executives, who have been fully briefed on talking points and are more likely to give the company line.

“The true and accurate story has not gotten out there. We want to make sure that, when the media reports on the issue, they get the correct facts and get the dealers’ point of view,” Sitrick told Automotive News.

Sitrick and Co. was acquired by consulting firm Resources Connection Inc. in October 2009.

Paris Hilton Dumps Latest Boyfriend Via Publicist

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Friday afternoons are a perfect time for “fluff” news stories — on the other hand, many employ the strategy of using the end of the week to release important news they want no one to pay attention to — either way, how about this story: Paris Hilton dumped her latest boyfriend, Doug Reinhardt, via her publicist.

The following statement from Hilton’s spokesperson was sent to People.com:

In response to the inquiry on whether Paris Hilton has split up with Doug Reinhardt, yes, this is true they are no longer together. They remain friends and ask that you please respect their privacy.

Poor Doug didn’t even know what hit him! When E! Online asked him about it he said, “No, that’s not true. Everything is OK between us.”