HFPA Members Suggest Suing Attorneys for ‘Damaging Advice’ to Golden Globes Group (Exclusive)

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(This article has been updated since publication with an additional statement from the HFPA board members.) In the latest sign of the crisis engulfing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over diversity issues and NBC’s cancellation of the 2022 Golden Globes ceremony, some members are now pushing to sue the organization’s lawyers for providing “improper and legally damaging advice.” Many are also renewing calls for the current board to resign over its handling of the firestorm surrounding the HFPA. Several longtime members have sent emails this month to other members or directly to President Ali Sar, expressing disappointment with the state of the organization, leveling specific charges against HFPA attorney Gregory Goeckner and an outside media lawyer for the group, Joe Calabrese of Latham & Watkins. “In the spirit of ‘never let a crisis go to waste,’ isn’t it appropriate for us to sue our lawyer, and his buddy, Gregory?” longtime member Noemia Young wrote addressing another member, Diederik van Hoogstraten, last week in an email sent to all members, obtained by TheWrap. While Calabrese’s name does not appear in the email, two HFPA members confirmed that “our lawyer” referred to Calabrese. Goeckner joined the HFPA in June 2013 following a...

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