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CEO threatens New Yorker, business journalist

October 2, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has sent a letter to New Yorker asking that an article about his management style be removed from its website and retracted in print.

Alex Ben Brock of The Hollywood Reporter writes, “The Hollywood Reporter has obtained a letter from Relativity and Kavanaugh lawyer Carol Genis to New Yorker editor David Remnick and writer Connie Bruck that calls the article, headlined ‘Cashier du Cinema,’ a ‘false and malicious’ attack ‘loaded with numerous statements of fact which are false and defamatory.’ The article ‘was obviously designed to inflict serious harm upon Relativity and Mr. Kavanaugh,’ the letter states, before demanding that the piece be removed from the magazine’s website and retracted in print.

Read the Full Letter Here.

“A request for comment sent to The New Yorker and Bruck, a veteran and well-respected business reporter and author, was not immediately returned.

“In addition, Kavanaugh tells THR in an interview that his staff attempted to correct several inaccuracies in the article when the magazine called to fact-check prior to publication. Specifically, he takes issue with the magazine’s characterization of who is in control of Relativity. The article states that Kavanaugh was forced to put up essentially 100 percent of the company as collateral to protect Burkle’s most recent investment.”

Read more here.

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