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Daily Mail at it AGAIN!

Posted in COMMENTARY-Passing parade, Links to Media, My Daily Mail complaint

It’s been brought to my attention that the Daily Mail published a piece a few days after the death of my ex that purported to be the result of an “exclusive interview” with me.  It ran under the name of Alison Boshoff (whoever she is) on May 8th, to be accessed all over the world.  It was headlined THE LOVE CHILD WHO BROKE LYNN REDGRAVE’S HEART: In the week the actress died, her ex-husband tells of his shame and regret.  As my readers know, I brought a complaint against them to the British Press Complaints Commission. Daily Mail Complaint detail.

Now, it seems, their MO has changed. Instead of planting their staff on location here in Hollywood, which costs money of course, they use the freelance services of agencies, such as Splash News.  In this case of a Daily Mail “exclusive”, there was a knock on my door, and I stood on the front step wrapped in a towel fresh out of the shower, and gave my responses to the news of Lynn’s death as honestly as I could to 2 guys who identified themselves as being from Splash News. (Now I wish they’d been from the A.P., an honest and respected outfit.)  They were certainly genuine and personable and sympathetic. That was it. They had a recorder and a small camera.  I expected to be quoted, and hoped to see my remarks appear in various places.

I count members of the press as friends, on the whole, because I know what it’s like to be one of them, and I believe it’s best not to slam doors in their faces.  I did not expect the Daily Mail to claim an exclusive interview, and then compose an article in their style of Propaganda, and rehash bits of old gossip, bestirring selected commentary from the hoi polloi at the bottom of the article, suggest I co-operated, and then leave the impression that I was paid for an exclusive interview.  Yes I could use the money, but I have never, ever, been paid for any interview at any time in connection with the divorce of Lynn and me. Which is how I came to start this website, to dispense the truth, and anybody is free to quote from it, and some do.  I hope to get a book out of my lifelong adventures in the celebrity trade as I have experienced it as part of my memoirs, and of course I’d want to get out of debt with it, but not this way.  Is it actionable, against the faceless editor bosses and publishers who make the decisions? Who knows. I do know I do not look forward to hiring attorneys.

And, by the way, I feel neither shame nor regret.