News & Reviews
HarperCollins battle with Judith Regan becomes legal punch-out
One week after publisher HarperCollins terminated the flamboyant Judith Regan for allegedly going on
an anti-Jewish rant during a talk with another executive, her lawyer
came out firing on Friday, denying the accusations and saying that
Regan’s company rival Jane Friedman
"couldn't find a legitimate way to get rid of Judith, so they made one
Regan, who ran imprint ReganBooks until about a month after getting
caught up in the wake of the canceled OJ
Simpson book If I Did It,
is now in the middle of a bloody punch-out between lawyers.
Regan’s lawyer Bert Fields
announced today (Dec. 22) that Carmen
del Toro, who worked as a temporary assistant for Judith Regan,
overheard the much-publicized conversation and said that Regan
absolutely did not say the words "Jewish cabal" or make any other
anti-Semitic statement during that discussion.
This sets up what could become a long legal battle, with HarperCollins
trying to make the firing of Regan a race-baiting scandal while Regan’s
lawyers will approach it as a wrongful termination case.
"This is nothing more than a smear campaign designed to destroy Ms.
Regan's reputation and to try to find a way to get out of paying her
the money owed under her contract," said Fields. "They will succeed at
a division of News Corp, which last month apologized for trying to
publish If I Did It, a description of how Simpson would have killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman that Regan bought.
Company CEO Rupert Murdock
had agreed to green light the distasteful book that Simpson
acknowledged was "blood money."
Back to News & Reviews Home