If you can guess the people in this celebrity blind item, then my hat’s off to you! Something tells me we’ll know many of these people over the next couple of weeks. Celebrities who used the Ashley Madison website are already doing damage control. Read the deets after the break.
A Hollywood actor, an NFL star and a top politician are among dozens of celebrities frantically calling up pricey damage limitation experts over the Ashley Madison hack, sources tell Daily Mail Online.
Well-known figures in the entertainment, sport and political industries are apparently phoning up experts to help them manage their reputations out of fear they will be publicly outed as cheats.
Among these stars are an actor from a recent action film, a top NFL player, a TV drama actor and a TV reality star – all of whom are male, say the sources, who have insider knowledge on the matter.
A top politician in the South, a Coca Cola executive and a former West Coast politician are also reportedly seeking out help after the cheating ‘site – which has some 37million users – was hacked.
‘One of the people is a top player in the NFL. And one executive works for Coca Cola,’ one of the sources told Daily Mail Online exclusively. ‘Another is a politician who ran a Southern state.’
The second source added: ‘One is a politician on the West Coast who is no longer active.’
One of the reputation management companies to have been swamped with calls from panicked celebrities over the past few days is California-based Reputation Management Consultants.
The firm has received dozens of ‘desperate calls’ from ‘some very famous and wealthy people’.
CEO Eric Schiffer told Daily Mail Online on Friday night: ‘We’ve received unbelievably desperate calls from famous politicians, top celebrities and extremely wealthy executives freaking out.
‘They have to quickly remove all ties to Ashley Madison and protect their online reputation.
‘We’ve never taken more calls or email inquiries in such a short time.
‘Lives are getting destroyed worldwide, and people are scared and don’t want to be next.’
He added that in just 24 hours, dozens of ‘major players’ called up the firm, which charges clients from between $10,000 and $100,000 per month to ‘repair and protect their online reputations’.
One of these celebrities was apparently so distraught about the possibility that his marriage would be destroyed if he was outed as a cheat that he cried down the phone line for five minutes.
And another said he would be fearful for his life if his relatives found out about his actions.
‘One of our clients is concerned about getting killed by his family members if he is found out,’ Mr Schiffer told Daily Mail Online. ‘It’s crazy. We’ve never had so many celebrities call us in such a short space of time. It makes sense when you think about how many people are on [Ashley Madison].’
Mr Schiffer, who is also the chairman and CEO of Los Angeles-based Patriarch Equity, said his reputation management company judges each potential client’s case on an independent basis.
They ask questions such as ‘is the client innocent?’ and ‘can their reputation be rebuilt?’
And they do not take into account ‘how famous or wealthy’ the client is, he said.
Mr Schiffer, whose firm also caters for numerous Fortune 1000 companies, said that in the case of the Ashley Madison hack and subsequent data leak, some celebrities may never be found out.
This is because they likely used a little-known email address on the ‘site – which they shared only with several friends – and neither their names nor credit cards were used to set up their account.
But he admitted: ‘Eventually though, they perhaps will [be found out].’
You know, this seems obvious to me, but perhaps it should be stated outright: IF YOU ARE A PUBLIC PERSON, YOU SHOULD NOT CHEAT ON THE INTERNET. Nothing goes away on the internet, and if you’re high profile, then people can recognize you.
I’m having a hard time feeling sympathy, although I was debating this with someone the other way: should Ashley Madison have given in to the hackers and shut down their site? It seems unlikely the site will survive anyway. I’m just waiting for the lawsuits to start. You can read the entire article on the Daily Mail’s website (the link is below- the hyperlinked text).
– Item from The Daily Mail