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Sarah Jessica Parker Whores for Woman Beater

Don Hazen: Why is Parker standing by Chris Albrecht, the former CEO of HBO who's had a long history of assaulting women?
There seems to be an epidemic of all sorts of violence against women -- beatings, stabbings, shootings. Often wives and girlfriends are the target. Even People Magazine had a recent feature on high school girls who get trapped in relationships where their "cute' or "popular" boy friends regularly pulverize them. But it seems so hard for prominent people to hold their pals even the slightest bit accountable for bad behavior.

One guy who seemed to pay the price for women battering was Chris Albrecht, the former CEO of HBO, who developed mega shows like The Sopranos and Sex in the City. He was forced to resign last May after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend in a Las Vegas parking lot. Then it came out that he had payed at least $400,000 to a women in 1991, who worked under him, who accused him of choking her during a disagreement in her office. We don't know what happened in between.

But in the Hollywood world of many chances, Albrecht has landed firmly on both feet as a major player as head of the global business unit at IMG, a growing Hollywood talent agency, owned by big finance guy Theodore F. Forstman. The NY Times reported the new life for Albrecht in a god-awful puff piece by Andrew Ross Sorkin in the business section yesterday. The article did not quote a single person who uttered anything remotely negative about the newly re-empowered Albrecht and his past behavior. And in a great show of enterprising energy, Sorkin gives a key quote framing the new role and image of Albrecht to......... the Goldman Sachs partner who helped broker Albrecht's deal. I bet that guy offered a lot if insight. Quite a journalist that Andrew Sorkin.
Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.
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