|Kim Kardashian and her Badunkadunk of a PR Problem
By: Shawn Paul Wood
A terrible thing happened on the way to the celebrity magazine book rack: Kim Kardashian — the dolt who started it all — discovered that people had stopped caring about her. This includes her "publicist" Jonathon Jaxson, whom she decided to sue for $200,000 for (get this) defamation of character. Because it's so golden already. After all, she is being
|rightfully mocked by everyone from Michael Bublé to Country Music Award hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley and of course the cast of "Saturday Night Live."
Back to the news. It's not often that a PR professional gets sued, but since we aren't dealing with one here, let's move on. It turns out Jonathon believes Kardashian's failed 72-day sham of a marriage to Kris Humphries was a publicity stunt. I KNOW! RIGHT?!
The model/actress/perfumist/fame wench/sex tape impresario/enabler of her ridiculous family has decided to put the kibosh on all this publicity stunt brouhaha and hire an attorney:
...So says the Botox-infused pot to the kettle. Anywho, if only that settled things enough to keep the media from ogling this story.
Taken from a NY Post article: "Everything that he [Jaxson] is saying is false and nonsense," says Kardashian's lawyer, Marty Singer. "This guy is in it to promote himself for his 15 minutes of fame."
"First and foremost I have received no legal documents pertaining to this information that was conveniently leaked to [the press]," Jaxson tells E! News. "My opinions regarding her wedding and divorce were just my personal opinions as a commentator at the media's request because of my previous working relationship with her." Oddly enough, according to the same E! News article, it seems that Jaxson is on the heels of a book release. About his time with the Kardashians. Just like the aforementioned bootleg video, the love keeps on giving.
According to Jaxson, however, the remarks he made to reporters about Kardashian's wedding have been truthful and only came about after he was asked while doing the media rounds for his (aptly titled) tome, Don't You Know Who I Am Yet.
Unfortunately, some stories never find the end of their news cycles. I suppose as long as there are vultures with cameras and microphones, people like everyone in this chick's family will have 15 minutes more of pseudo-fame. And publicists who will pimp those minutes for as many opportunities as possible. Ah yes, birds of a feather flock together... and then crap all over the windshields of us all. Thank you, paparazzi media.
"My book isn't a book about the Kardashians," he adds. "It chronicles one's 15-minutes of fame, and I am very candid about my work in Hollywood and those I worked with and those I met along the way as a former Hollywood publicist." Jaxson also insists he never misled anybody about his association with her, which lasted from 2007 to 2009, and he claims he never signed any confidentiality agreement.
Shawn Paul Wood
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