Nov 14 2007
The book world is abuzzing with the complaint filed by Judith Regan, former head of Regan Publishing, a division of HarperCollins. No one can deny that Regan was a success. In her complaint, she alleges that she generated over $1B in sales. Fifteen of Regan’s books were NYT Bestsellers with five of them being in the number 1 slot.
But her success began unraveling with the backlash over the O.J. Simpson hypothetical confessional, If I Did It. Regan took the blame even though Rupert Murdoch’s signature was on the contract as well. Regan was subsequently fired over claims that she made anti-Semetic remarks.
The suit alleges breach of contract, sex discrimination, retaliation as well as accusations that Friedman, president and CEO of HarperCollins engaged in a calculated and defamatory smear campaign. She claims that the anti-Semetic claims were “fabricated”. (For some reason I thought someone had an audio recording of this?).
She also accuses NewsCorp of forcing her to lie about her affair with Bernard B Kerik during the vetting process of his nomination for homeland security secretary in 2004. Kerik later withdrew his name from the nominating hat by confessing to hiring an illegal alien as a nanny. In fact, Kerik had alot of other problems such as “alleging conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and lying to the IRS.”
The best part of this suit? Being on the sidelines. Get your popcorn, kids. This could be way entertaining. Pray for protacted litigation with lots of depositions and court filings. Hope that HarperCollins, NewsCorp and Regan don’t settle.