First came the pre-emptive strike. Via Page Six and Richard Johnson, we learned that a Jan. 19 letter had been sent to New York magazine editor Adam Moss, on behalf of Relativity Media and founder Ryan Kavanaugh, urging the magazine not to run a feature by Benjamin Wallace:
Lawyer Anthony Glassman wrote: “Mr. Wallace has intentionally cherry picked random allegations spanning Mr. Kavanaugh’s teenage and adult years… He clearly plans to weave together harmful fiction with banal truths to create a narrative that Mr. Kavanaugh and Relativity are untrustworthy with a long history of unethical behavior.”
Then came the article itself, in this week’s issue and posted online per usual by New York magazine at 9 p.m. ET Sunday night. “The Epic Fail of Hollywood’s Hottest Algorithm” is another stellar reconstruction of West Coast intrigue by Wallace.
In short order came the statement from Relativity chief communications officer David Shane:
New York magazine has published a defamatory story about Relativity which deplorably embodies that old newsroom saying, ‘Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.’ The article is filled with unsubstantiated gossip and allegations which opportunistically fit its predetermined narrative about Relativity and its founder, Ryan Kavanaugh. Prior to the story’s publication, we provided the magazine with actual facts and data that its editors and reporter chose to ignore. We remain focused on completing and receiving approval for our plan of reorganization and look forward to our emergence as a stronger company under the leadership of Ryan, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti.
Given Spacey’s arrival, one wonders what Buddy Ackerman might have to say about all this.
[Shown: New York magazine Gluekit Collage]