Producer Paid Off Everyone To Shut Up About His Affair

couple beach 7[Blind Gossip] Here is a discussion between two gossip columnists who wrote a blind item about a philandering movie producer, followed by the blind item itself.

From The New York Times:

When gossip columnists get a juicy tip but the sourcing is problematic, there’s a tradition called the blind item, in which the subjects are described in detail but not named. As in: What married media duo could not stop bickering during a two-and-a-half-hour interview with a reporter?

George Rush and Joanna Molloy have written a book drawing from their years of gossip columns for The Daily News and The New York Post.

That, at any rate, was what George Rush and Joanna Molloy were doing one day last week.

These cohabitants and co-authors of the Rush & Molloy column — which from 1995 to 2010 in The Daily News covered everything from the breakup of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman to the breakdown of Britney Spears — were sitting in their TriBeCa loft discussing an eyebrow-raising morsel in their new memoir, “Scandal: A Manual.”

It involved the alleged extramarital activities of a movie producer who is not named in the book, but who is described in some very specific (as well as borderline offensive) terms.

“That’s almost libelous,” said Ms. Molloy, who apparently hadn’t noticed the anecdote in a galley of the book, and was now giving her husband a cutting look.

“It could be more than one person,” Mr. Rush said. They mulled it over for a few minutes, going on and off the record the way people who are bilingual switch from English to their native tongue. At least, she said finally, the gossip item in question took place while the producer was with his last wife, not his current one.

And here is the blind item from the new Rush and Malloy book, Scandal: A Manual:

One producer kept a larder stocked with items he could trade in case you heard something bad about him or his movies.

And there were some bad things, such as the audio recording a foe had surreptitiously made of his bedroom performance. The producer even kept a former columnist on a $100,000 retainer to come up with trade-worthy items.

Sometimes we couldn’t resist giving the producer a little poke. His extramarital affair had become so flagrant that we ran a blind item about him nuzzling his mistress in a hotel pool. The producer saw the item and sent his staff to buy up every copy of the Daily News in the seaside town where his wife was on vacation.

His panic soared when a paparazzo offered us smoking-gun photos of the producer cavorting with his bikini-clad girlfriend in the surf. The producer took the pictures off the market, spending a small fortune.

He even hired his paparazzo tormentor to be an official photographer at his parties, insuring the pap’s long-term loyalty. Little did the producer know that Daily News editor Ed Kosner had already passed on the snaps, explaining, “Who wants to look at an old Jew in his bathing suit?”

Producer:

Former wife (may or may not be famous):

Current Wife (may or may not be famous):

Mistress (may or may not be famous):

Former columnist on retainer (may or may not be famous):

Paparazzo he paid off/hired (may or may not be famous):

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26 comments to Producer Paid Off Everyone To Shut Up About His Affair

  • fishfish123

    Harvey Weinstein
    Eve Chilton
    Georgina Chapman
    Blake Lively
    I don’t know the last two.

  • mugofmead111

    I can only guess Harvey Weinstein, whose current wife is Georgina Chapman. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s guesses.

  • katt388

    Harvey Weinstein. First wife was someone named Lily. Second wife Georgeina Chapman. Mistress maybe one or more of his leading ladies. Perhaps Paltrow, he used to call her his muse. No guess on the rest. He certainly has the ego and the money to fit this BG

    • mugofmead111

      If the pics are of Gwyneth, it’d be funny if the pictures were to ever surface. I bet there are a number of people who’d like to see Gwyneth taken down a peg.

  • tml

    Producer:Steven Spielberg
    Former Wife:Amy Irving
    Current Wife:Kate Capshaw
    Mistress:????
    Former Columnist on retainer:????
    Paparazzo he paid off/hired:????

    • GossipProblem

      They divorced in the 80s. These gossip column people were active 1995-2010 so that doesn’t fit. Moneys on Harvey Weinstein

  • kookywooky

    Producer: Harvey Weinstein

    Former wife (may or may not be famous): Eve Chilton

    Current Wife (may or may not be famous): Georgina Chapman

    Mistress (may or may not be famous): Gretchen Mol? Gwyneth Paltrow?

    Former columnist on retainer (may or may not be famous): ?

    Paparazzo he paid off/hired (may or may not be famous): ?

  • DivaKarma

    Most likely wrong but..
    Steven Spielberg
    Amy Irving
    Cate Capshaw
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    ???

    • UKGoss

      Highly unlikely Spielberg and Gwynnie had an affair – he is her godfather! But then again, this is Hollywood and eyebrow-raising hook-ups happen quicker than you can say ‘Woody Allen’…

    • katt388

      I don;t think his mistress would be Paltrow I think he may be her godfather or at least she considers him to be ;ike an uncle. I still think it is Weinstein

  • ConfusedHarpy

    Producer: HARVEY WEINSTEIN

    Former wife (may or may not be famous): EVE WEINSTEIN

    Current Wife (may or may not be famous): GEORGINA CHAPMAN

    Mistress (may or may not be famous): No idea

    Former columnist on retainer (may or may not be famous): No idea

    Paparazzo he paid off/hired (may or may not be famous): No idea

  • KlatschHund

    this has Weinstein written all over it

  • sugarbread

    Harvey w

    eve Chilton
    georgina chapman
    Olivia munn/
    blake -boobs -n- leggsly- not so lively
    jj for columnist

  • ivyleaguer

    Jerry Bruckheimer.( I have seen his disregard for his martial vows up close and personal. shameless). someone else who agrees with me can fill in the rest of the people in the blind.

    • DancerInTheDark

      Never heard anything about him, care to tell more?

      I agree that this has Weinstein written all over it.

  • Whatzmyname

    All producers and directors cheat. Not even newsworthy. W

  • UKGoss

    Definitely Weinstein – he has the reputation to match, which is probably why the editor was so blasé about the photos (or perhaps fearful, as Weinstein is so powerful). If it was Spielberg, the blind would have said ‘director and producer’ as I consider him to be primarily a director.

    ‘The way people who are bilingual switch from English to their native tongue’ is an odd, intriguing phrase – and Weinstein’s current wife Georgina Chapman is English.

    • pixiehollow

      I think that bilingual clue applies to Paltrow. She does have a British thing going at times since she has been married to Chris Martin and living in the UK. Also her accent in Shakespeare in Love and Sliding Doors.

  • HuckleBerryFriend

    Producer: Harvey Weinstein
    Former Wife: Eve Chilton
    Current Wife: Georgina Chapman
    Mistress: Liliana Matthaeus
    Former Columnist: Richard WhatHisName (formerly from NYPost)
    Papp: Kevin Famous Photog to the Stars

    • mugofmead111

      Re: Liliana Matthaeus – Good guess. I just Googled her pics and I see that she even looks like Georgina Chapman.

  • DesertGhost

    I agree this is Harvey but not sure who the Mistress is. (If it is the awful Blake Lively, you deserved it Harvey!!)

  • mugofmead111

    Re: “The producer saw the item and sent his staff to buy up every copy of the Daily News in the seaside town where his wife was on vacation.” – I figure this was before the internet was as ubiquitous as it is now?

  • I Am PunkA

    Reminds me of this previous blind. And yes, I think it is the same parties basically.

    Former It Girl(Gretchen Mol) Resorts to Casting Couch
    http://blindgossip.com/?p=14844

  • jakjak436

    Producer:Michael Morris

    Current Wife (may or may not be famous):Mary McCormack (although she is definitely going to ditch him, good for her)

    Mistress (may or may not be famous):Katherine McPhee

    Pics leaked of Michael Morris and Katherine McPhee being all lovey dovey and Morris was trying to get those pics pulled. I have a hunch its them.