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NYC Publicist Dies in Reported Suicide

Jeanine Pepler, 50, counted Candace Bushnell as a client

(Newser) - Jeanine Pepler, a publicist with high-profile clients like Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, has been found dead of a suspected suicide by hanging, following the similar suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain, Page Six reports. The 50-year-old hanged herself Sunday in her Long Island... More »

Publicist: Masterson Couldn't Have Raped His Own Girlfriend

Because it's not rape if you're dating or in a sexual relationship with someone, Jenni Weinman says

(Newser) - Four women have accused That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson of rape, and his publicist is catching heat for how she's defending him. Two of Masterson's accusers have told HuffPost Jenni Weinman is refuting and helping cover up (along with others in the Scientology community ) his... More »

Paula Deen's Publicist: I Quit

Surprise, surprise

(Newser) - What do you do when your celebrity chef client continues churning out dishes like Deep-Fried Stuffing on a Stick or Cheesy Ham and Banana Casserole three years after she learns she has Type 2 diabetes, only to start shilling for a drugmaker? If you're Paula Deen's publicist, you... More »

Dead Chasen Suspect 'Bragged About Killing'

Man told neighbors he was an ex-con who wouldn't go back to jail

(Newser) - The suspect in the murde r of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen who killed himself as police closed in didn't act much like a professional hit man, neighbors say. The suspect, named as Harold Smith, "had a screw loose," a neighbor tells AP . She heard him bragging about killing... More »

Hollywood Offers Up Ronni Chasen Murder Theories

And they are pretty wild, to say the least

(Newser) - Ronni Chasen's Beverly Hills murder continues to stump detectives , but Hollywood is offering up some pretty crazy ideas about what happened to the famed publicist. "One theory is that somebody close to Ronni had substantial gambling debts of up to half a million dollars, and she was being chased... More »

Publicist's Murder Was Planned

Police reviewing security footage from Buddy Hackett estate

(Newser) - Police probing the mysterious murder of movie publicist Ronni Chasen now believe the killing was planned, and not the result of road rage or a carjacking, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . Beverly Hills police suspect Chasen was killed by shots fired from a vehicle that pulled up beside her Mercedes... More »

Publicist's Murder Stumps Cops

Police have few leads on who killed Ronni Chasen

(Newser) - The death of celebrity publicist Ronni Chasen is a real-life Hollywood murder mystery, and police are stumped. Nearly half of the Beverly Hills Police Department is working on the case, the Daily Beast reports, but they have little evidence, no motive, and no witnesses. Chasen was found fatally shot in... More »

Hollywood Publicist Gunned Down in Beverly Hills

Police baffled by Ronni Chasen's murder

(Newser) - A real-life murder mystery is stumping police in Beverly Hills. Longtime Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, 64, was found in her Mercedes with five gunshot wounds early yesterday morning. She died shortly afterward. Chasen was apparently driving when she was shot, and her car crashed into a light pole on Sunset... More »

Angelina May Help Octu-Mom

Plus, former publicist defends "bullied" Suleman

(Newser) - Nadya Suleman may finally be getting some love from Angelina Jolie. The actress is considering donating “thousands of dollars” to her lookalike because she “knows how chaotic and costly raising a big family can be,” a source told Star. The only problem? Jolie “doesn't necessarily approve... More »

Latest Publicist Quits Nadya: 'She's Nuts!'

'You have no idea what I've had to do for these people'

(Newser) - The second publicist to try spinning Nadya Suleman's kid-filled life has been scared off, but not by death threats like his predecessor. Victor Munoz told US Weekly that "what ultimately destroyed the business arrangement was personal reasons," because "this woman is nuts. It's pretty much a free-for-all... More »

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