Did Cindy and George Anthony accept payment for interviews or did their spokesman Larry Garrison take payments behind their backs?
Larry Garrison is no longer the Anthony family spokesman. Today, depending on who you talk to, the Anthony’s either fired him, or Mr. Garrison resigned as their official spokesperson.
The Anthonys lawyer, Mark Nejame accused him of accepting payments without their knowledge for booking Cindy and George on various news shows. They say they didn’t personally receive any of the money. He provided an invoice to NBC for $6500.00 signed by Larry Garrison. He says Garrison pocketed the money. This comes after Mr. Nejame appeared on Nancy Grace and stated George and Cindy have never been paid a dime for any their appearances. (Even if this were true, and I don’t believe it for a minute, where did the money come from for the air fares, hotel rooms, food, limos, etc. when they went to these interviews?) Nancy Grace called him a liar.
So was Mr. Garrison taking “secret” payments or is he being set up as a scapegoat? As their spokesman and the person setting up their interviews, I would imagine he had the power to sign invoices and accept payments in their name. Did he pocket the money at the risk of his reputation? Take a look at the people he has represented and the book and movie deals he has negotiated in their names. It would be professional suicide. I wonder if other celebrities and quasi-celebrities have been similarly duped? Or is it just the Anthonys? I’m not saying he isn’t a slimeball. Seems like most of the people the Anthonys have chosen to surround themselves with are slimeballs. I’m just saying I find it hard to believe he would risk losing everything in order to steal a few bucks from the Anthonys. (And why did the Anthonys associate themselves with him in the first place if they weren’t planning on exploiting their own story? That’s what the man does. That’s his job.)
A quick search on Google pulls up a wealth of information about Mr. Garrison. He doesn’t hide who he is and what his motives are.
According to the information on his websites he is an executive producer, author, actor, consultant, and journalist. His sites are below:
http://www.silvercreekentertainment.net/index.html note: this is an entertainment company. What other reason would the Anthonys hire him for other than to make money on their story. Call him a “spokesman” or whatever–he is a promoter of sensationalism, pure and simple.
His resume is quite extensive. Take a minute and scroll through it. No question about what he does for a living. You can read it below
He clearly states his mission in his autobiographical book , “Newsbreaker”.
Maybe when asked what I do, my answer should be that I provide the public with the news stories it cannot get enough of — the kind of stories people talk about at the office water cooler, at hair salons, or over casual lunches. Most of the content is not really that important in the grand scheme of things, but everyone knows the stories because they can’t resist their pull. I am not owned by any of the big news organizations anymore. Rather, I supply them with the stories viewers want to know about. If the story and conditions are right, I’ll develop it into a book or movie. ….”Newsbreaker” by Larry Garrison.
My point is this: With a mouse click I knew what Mr. Garrison was about and could easily discern his motives for pursuing a relationship with any given client. Are George and Cindy saying they had no idea his job was to exploit their situation for a profit–a profit for both him AND the Anthonys? Give me a break! Are they really trying to say they had no idea he was accepting payment for their interviews? The news shows said they don’t pay for interviews but they pay for photos and video associated with the interviews. Nejame said they didn’t give Garrison any photos. So where did the pictures come from?? No, the Anthonys would never exploit their granddaughter.
Cindy says she feels angry and betrayed because Larry had gained her trust. Nejame says he led his clients into a snake pit. (go back and read again what he does for a living) And, who isn’t Cindy feeling angry and betrayed by? Pretty much everyone she comes in contact with! There are no good guys other than her and her family. The world is against them. Nothing is ever her fault. She never does anything wrong. People are always taking advantage of her. She’s an innocent victim—- Just like her daughter.
Even Tim Miller, who in my opinion goes out of his way to be kind, was fed up with this family. He told eyewitness news “he’s never had a case like this where the family offers only criticism instead of actually helping in the search.”
What’s so disturbing about all this to me, has nothing to do with the firing of Garrison, or the charges of Nejame, or the rantings of Cindy about how many ways she’s been wronged. What disturbs me is that none of it, absolutely none of it has anything to do with the disappearance and search for Caylee Marie Anthony. Cindy says she thinks Caylee is alive and kidnapped–why isn’t she talking directly to the kidnappers every time a camera or microphone is stuck in front of her face? Instead, it’s all about Cindy and her quest for–what? Attention? Sympathy? Understanding? Revenge? Why in bloody hell isn’t every second of her time on camera focused on Caylee? How many families of missing children long for the national exposure Cindy Anthony has been given day in and day out? How many of them would waste that time in front of a country wide audience whining about personal grievances?
I’ll tell you what I think—Cindy’s afraid the truth about the money she’s been making off this baby’s tragic life is going to come to light. She’s doing damage control. Someone needs to take a close look at Cindy’s bank account.
Mr. Garrison released the following statement saying he resigned he did not get fired.
“Due to the erratic behavior over the last several months exhibited by the Anthony family, Larry Garrison is resigning as their spokesperson. It is my opinion that others have manipulated them into situations, that would not dignify the family. I can no longer be part of that behavior. I wish them all the peace and resolution they so deserve. The truth always comes out in the end, and in this case ‘The truth is better than the spin,'”
You can read the story about Larry Garrison being fired/ resigned here.