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The Bribery Business

August 11th, 2009

doj-pressIt won’t be news to know that some aspects of business in tinseltown are corrupt, but the level of such has been revealed at the start of the trial of two producers and their $1.7m bribe.

Gerald Green, executive producer of Christian Bale starrer, Rescue Dawn, and his wife, wanted the contract to run the Bangkok International Film Festival for which they would stand to make $10m. So between 2003 and 2007, they made various payments to the Governor of the film festival and the head of the Thai tourist authority, totaling $1.7m.  If convicted they could face a maximum of 5 years in jail.

Bribery in foreign countries isn’t uncommon with a lot of industries and nor, it seems in movies. Indeed, during the making of Matthew McConaughy starrer, Sahara, in Morrocco, payments of over $237,000 were made to smooth the way with locals.

Heads are up in Hollywood though, as it’s thought once the fed’s discover illegal practices within an industry, they investigate the industry as a whole.

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