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Golden Globes Hit With Fraud Lawsuit

January 14, 2011, 6:42 am GMT

Cinepoint Productions, who did publicity work for HFPA for 17 years, claims they were promised to get new contract when their contract expired in 2009 but the association never honored it.



Golden Globes Awards has just gotten bad publication just a few days before its 68th annual ceremony takes place this Sunday. Cinepoint Productions, a public relations firm which claims they did publicity work for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for 17 years, has just filed a lawsuit against the association in L.A. County Superior Court on January 13.

In the suit, Cinepoint accuses HFPA for not honoring their promise. The company claims they were promised that when their "contract with HFPA expired in 2009 it would be renewed, and Cinepoint did a lot of hard work relying on the promise," so TMZ reports. However, the association never fulfilled that promise and Cinepoint's contract was not renewed.

Cinepoint, which claims they took the Golden Globes from irrelevance to prominence, is seeking $2 million which is the fees they would have earned, plus punitive damages. HFPA has not commented on the matter yet.

In the meantime, people are looking forward to finding out who will take home prizes from the 2011 Golden Globe Awards which will be held on January 16 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Ricky Gervais will host the show for the second time, and Robert Pattinson, Justin Bieber, Zac Efron and many other A-list stars have been tapped to present the awards.

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