Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers: This Week: Lizzie Grubman, Angelina Jolie and the Agassi/Graf Announcement

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers: This Week: Lizzie Grubman, Angelina Jolie and the Agassi/Graf Announcement

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A Nightspot's Nightmare

Lizzie Grubman could have tried defending herself, but she would have just been spinning her wheels--and, let's face it, that has gotten her into enough trouble already. The Manhattan-based uber-publicist slammed her SUV into 16 innocent bystanders at a Hamptons hot spot, landing in a bloody mess that even she couldn't talk her way out of. No, she needed another uber-publicist to help her do that. Enter Howard Rubenstein. "She's remorseful," said the rep's new rep. "She's bearing up as well as can be expected." (Not that it's a consolation to her victims.)

Bouncers at the ironically named Conscience Point Inn tell police that the petite power broker, daughter of entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman, got into a verbal scuffle with them, at one point saying, "F--k you, white trash." Later that night, she allegedly kicked her car into reverse, slamming into the patrons and security guards at the door. The PR queen, whose clients include Britney Spears and Jay-Z, insists that she wasn't familiar with the car's quick acceleration. But the D.A.'s not buying the accident excuse; Grubman's facing 25 years in prison on felony charges of assault, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene. Meanwhile, many Hamptons residents say this incident just illustrates the celebrity snobbery they deal with all summer long. "Those people think they can walk all over the people out here," said a staffer at the nearby Neptune Beach Club. Cyril Fitzsimons, owner of the eponymous beach bar, knows Grubman and thinks the class talk is overblown. …

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