In the course of writing this column, we receive our fare share of verbose legal threats and understand how annoying it can be to deal with the petulant demands of high-powered attorneys. That said, we’re a bit disappointed to see our good pals at Page Six not only cave under pressure, but pass the buck on to us for their own erroneous reporting. In a retraction published yesterday, the usually on-target scandal sheet apologized profusely for picking up our scoop on Brittany Murphy‘s untimely split from both her publicist and manager, and parroted her flack’s line that the moves were Murphy’s decision.
Fair enough. There’s a reason Marty Singer is the best-paid lawyer in Hollywood. Decidedly un-kosher, however, is the assertion that we attributed the split to a certain declasse episode at a Hollywood party. We didn’t. The drug and caiter-waiter-banging-bonanza-of-a-blind item in question appeared in Ted Casablancas‘s column on E! Online and was subsequently dissected by the readers of Defamer. Although we did link to the item and the Defamer post, we never claimed the anonymous skank was Murphy; only that it didn’t reflect well on her image that a large number of her fans seemed to think it was. In Page Six’s defense, when they get something wrong–as they reliably do with our site address–at least they’re consistent.
Previously: Career, Interrupted