Boxing Promoter Threatens Publicist
Within hours after learning of the press release by publicist Rob Russen announcing his consideration of a lawsuit vs promoter Bobby Bostick for failure to pay for services rendered Bostick called Russen and said "I'm going to make you a party to the Kermit Cintron lawsuit and I'm going to sue your for slander" in an attempt to intimidate the publicist..
Article posted on 10.08.2007
"What Bostick fails to understand is that I saved all of his phone messages, his emails and his taped interviews in which he had nothing but praise for my work," Russen states. "This is America and anyone can sue anyone. But, in this case, his own words will make him look like a fool if he takes me to court.".
"In order to commit slander one must say something to harm another's reputation," Russen continues. "Bostick's reputation is severely lacking or non-existent. Just do a Google search for yourself and see what you find. He likes to huff and puff like he's the big bad wolf but he's just a big bag of hot air. Ask country star Mindy McCready or boxing manager Jimmy Adams about Bostick's reputation."
"When he called threatening to sue me I knew I had gotten under his thin skin," Russen said. "After listening to him threaten what he was going to do I just said 'bring it'. He'd be wise just to live up to his commitments instead of constantly playing big shot and trying to intimidate everybody."
Publicist Contemplates Suit vs Promoter Bobby Bostick
Reputable publicist Rob Russen figures he has waited long enough to be paid for services rendered to boxing promoter Bobby Bostick and Bobby Bostick Promotions. Bostick, who boasted during one of the press release interviews he did with Russen that he would spend "$6 million" to protect his promotional rights to IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit Citron in a contractual dispute with Main Events has failed to pay fair and reasonable fees for services he requested and highly approved of at the time they were delivered.
"I find it odd that a man who claims to be a man of God and backed by millions of dollars has a problem making payment for services that he requested, approved and raved about their quality," Russen says.
"Not only did he rave about the first press release he was anxious to do several others,"
Russen adds. "But after the second one I submitted an invoice for payment and he literally disappeared. Then when I submitted two more demands for payment, including a final demand, he send an angry email full of vim and vigor and falsehoods attacking my character. It's odd how he had been perfectly happy with me and my work right up until the time I demanded payment."
Normal procedure for publicists is to be prepaid either per retainer or per release created and distributed. From the beginning Bostick assured Russen that money was no problem and that he would be paid.
Now, it appears, Russen's only chance to get paid is to take Bostick and Bobby Bostick Promottions to court. Expect such action to come in the near future.
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