Friday, June 21, 2024

Madonna: Kabbalah Center Hires “Masters of Disaster” PR Firm to Protect Image


Madonna–or rather the Kabbalah Center of Los Angeles–has hired a killer pr firm to help protect her image now that the truth about Raising Malawi has come out. Chris Lehane, of Fabiani and Lehane, confirmed to me that the Kabbalah Center hired him and his parter Mark Fabiani. Sources tell me that Madonna has actually hired the firm, using the Kabbalah Center as a “front.”

The pr pair has a nickname in the pr world– “Masters of Disaster.” Their clients have included Goldman Sachs, Lance Armstrong (for his doping accusations), Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Fabiani is the clean up guy, who makes it all go away. And right now, Madonna and Kabbalah are in hot water.

Despite attempts today in the New York Times to throw former Raising Malawi chief Phillippe van den Boscche under the bus for financial scandals in the charity. Madonna still has a lot of explaining to do. As I wrote last summer, it was van den Bossche who was questioning where all of Raising Malawi’s money was going.

van den Boscche left Raising Malawi, and returned, and I wrote about it. Consequently, on September 15th, 2010 a law firm representing the Kabbalah Center claimed in a letter to this reporter that van den Bossche still worked for SFK and Raising Malawi and that there had been no issues over money. Really? The Times today says van den Bossche “left in October amid criticism of his management style and cost overruns for the school.” So what’s really going on? The Times also says that van den Bossche is the boyfriend of Madonna’s trainer, Tracy Anderson. But sources tell me the couple has broken up for some time. “They did everything they could to isolate Phillippe,” says a source. “Tracy went back to Madonna.” More to come…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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