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Gabrielle Union's Bad Mood?
by Tiramisu (msloserrific)
at October 23rd, 2005 (02:11 am)

By Charlie Amter
Sat Oct 22,12:00 AM ET

So much for a happy birthday.


Gabrielle Union, who turns 32 on Oct. 29, has seen a scuttled party became a flashpoint between her high-powered PR firm and the owner of a hot Hollywood nightclub.

An email written by publicist Holly Shakoor of BWR Public Relations was quickly disseminated around Industry in-boxes Friday. In the missive, Shakoor, who represents the Bring It On actress, urges a boycott of Club Mood because of owner David Judaken's alleged racist comments targeted at Union--an episode akin to the infamous Hermes dissing of Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.

"I think you should all be aware of an incident that occurred with my client Gabrielle Union and the owner of Mood," the message begins.

"Mood was going to host her birthday party which is a week away. Once the owner found out she was African American he not only cancelled her party but he proceed to say that he 'didnt' [sic] realize Gabrielle Union was black. I thought she was the white volleyball player. I don't want her kind of people in my club.'

"I want to make you all aware of this so you can discourage your celeb clients from going and also doing any events with him."

Judaken, reached via phone Friday, vigorously denied the account in the email, calling Shakoor's characterization of their discussion "completely false."

"All the statements written in her email are untrue," he said. "To say that this event was canceled over race or creed is hurtful and slanderous."

The South African-born owner of the flashy club says he is considering legal action against the Beverly Hills-based PR firm, saying his reputation may have already been damaged by the publicist's claims and the proposed boycott. "This has an immediate negative impact on my business," he said.

BWR, for its part, released a statement late Friday seemingly backing off the call for publicists to discourage celebrity clients from booking events at the hotspot. "The information you have received via email was inadvertently forwarded from an interoffice email," the statement says.

"The interoffice email was relaying third hand information that we received regarding a client. This email was sent within the office and not intended to be forwarded outside of the company. It by no means reflects our official position on this matter. We expect this matter to be amicably resolved between the parties concerned."

Meanwhile, Judaken's rep, Greg Rogers, suggested a mea culpa was in order, saying the club owner "and his legal counsel are dealing with Ms. Shakoor and her public statements made on behalf of BWR Public Relations. They expect both a timely public apology, as well as a complete retraction of these statements."

According to Judaken, the dust-up between Union's rep and the club stems from his decision to book another event at his club the night Union and BWR had set aside for the actress' birthday blow-out.

Judaken says he simply got a more lucrative offer from another party looking to do an event at the club on the same date. He claims the Union party was "never finalized in writing or otherwise."

He also says he recognized Union (and didn't confuse her with volleyball star/model Gabrielle Reece) and his decision had nothing to do with her race.

Caught in the middle, Union has not commented on the brouhaha over her birthday bash.

The Nebraska native, who was the first African-American love interest on NBC's Friends back in 1994, currently stars in ABC's supernatural drama Night Stalker. She's also set to appear with Gwyneth Paltrow in the film Running with Scissors, which is due in theaters next year.




Posted by: sbullockrulz (sbullockrulz)
Posted at: October 24th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting....

I totally missed this article....it was probably a rumor that snowballed into false fact. If this is making news, however, Gabrielle's name is certainly gaining more popularity..."all press, is good press"?

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