Lizzie Grubman

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Elizabeth "Lizzie" Grubman
Lizzie Grubman.jpg
At the Digital Life technology conference in New York City, 2005
Born (1971-30-01) June 1, 1971 (age 42)
Nationality American
Alma mater Northeastern University
Occupation publicist
Parents Allen Grubman and Yvette Grubman

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Grubman (born January 30, 1971) is an American publicist. She is the daughter of entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman and his first wife, the late Yvette Grubman.[1]

Career[edit]

Grubman is well known as a publicist for celebrities. She founded her own company in 1996, and has represented Britney Spears, Jay-Z, and the Backstreet Boys.[2]

The 2005 reality show PoweR Girls on MTV centered on a group of young publicists working for Grubman's PR firm.[3][4] The title is a reference to a 1998 cover story in New York magazine that profiled Grubman and several of her rivals, noting that "Lizzie was clearly the most powerful girl of all.".[5] In 2009, Lizzie Grubman started Lizzie Grubman Management. She currently manages Maksim Chmerkovskiy of Dancing with the Stars, Lil' Kim, Kylie Bisutti, to name a few.

Personal life[edit]

Grubman attended four high schools, including the New York City prep schools Horace Mann, Lenox, and Dwight.[5][6] She briefly attended Northeastern University, but dropped out before completing her sophomore year.[1][5][6]

In 1995, she married Eric Gatoff, an associate at her father's law firm.[1] The pair subsequently divorced in 1997.[7]

2001 incident with an SUV[edit]

On July 7, 2001, after being asked by security guards to remove her Mercedes from a fire lane, Grubman drove her SUV into a crowd of people outside of the Conscience Point Inn at 1976 North Sea Road in the Hamptons, injuring 16 people. Grubman was later charged in a 26-count indictment with felony crimes including second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, and reckless endangerment.[8]

The subsequent trial garnered widespread media coverage,[8][9][10] not only because of the particular circumstances of the crash, but because of what Richard Johnson, editor of the New York Post's Page Six, referred to as "the overreaching drama of class warfare."[11] Grubman was alleged to have made an inflammatory statement before striking her victims with her vehicle: "F*** you, white trash."[12] Later, allegations arose that she received "special treatment"[13] at the hands of police, who did not perform a Breathalyzer test[13] despite allegations, and later, criminal charges, that she was intoxicated at the time of the incident.[8][14]

Grubman has said that the SUV incident was an accident.[15] However, an expert hired by the plaintiffs in a civil case against her who reconstructed the accident based on data from the car's "black box" said that in his view her actions were likely intentional.[2]

In the criminal trial, Grubman faced up to eight years in prison, but served thirty-seven days in jail and received five years' probation after reaching a plea bargain.[16]

2006 marriage[edit]

Grubman married Chris Stern on March 17, 2006, and gave birth to their first child, a son named Harrison Irving Stern, on December 12, 2006.[16][17] On January 22, 2009, Grubman gave birth to son Jack Alexander Stern, two months before his scheduled due date.[18] According the December 29, 2010, New York Post, Grubman and Stern have separated and have been living apart, though no divorce papers have been filed.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c WEDDINGS; Eric Gatoff and Lizzie Grubman, The New York Times. Accessed September 10, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Accident expert says Grubman intentionally ran down people in 2001". USA Today. April 27, 2004. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Power Girls". MTV. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  4. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (March 7, 2005). "Lizzie Grubman’s Star Vehicle". New York. Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c "Reversal of Fortune". New York. July 30, 2001. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b Harris, Lynn (August 7, 2003). "Thin Lizzie". Salon. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Astrology: Lizzie Grubman, birth date 30 January 1971, born in New York". Astro.com. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Grubman's gamble: Beat the DWI". Court TV. July 17, 2002. Retrieved November 24, 2007. "Grubman's lawyer, Stephen Scaring, said the defense will focus on disproving the driving while intoxicated charge a grand jury returned last September against the 31-year-old celebrity party organizer.... Grubman was also indicted for felony charges of vehicular assault and second-degree assault" 
  9. ^ Ripley, Amanda (July 15, 2001). "Rage Of The Hamptons". Time. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  10. ^ Gootman, Elissa. "Times Topics: Elizabeth S. Grubman". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  11. ^ Martin, Rick (July 15, 2001). "NOTICED; A Publicist Scorched By Fires She Fanned". The New York Times. Retrieved November 24, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Reproduction of State Supreme Court Complaint, filed by the victim Scott Conlon". Court TV. July 16, 2001. Retrieved November 24, 2007. "In particular response to the request of the plaintiff, in his capacity as security supervisor at the aforesaid Conscience Point Inn, for the defendant LIZZIE GRUBMAN to move the motor vehicle, the defendant uttered the statement: 'Fuck you, white trash'." 
  13. ^ a b Springer, John (July 2, 2002). "A year after Hamptons horror, publicity princess could be poised for a plea deal". Court TV. Retrieved November 24, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Reproduction of State Supreme Court Complaint, filed by the victim Scott Conlon". Court TV. July 16, 2001. Retrieved November 24, 2007.  See page 2, items 10, 11, and 12.
  15. ^ Gregorian, Dareh (August 17, 2007). "FINALLY! THE 'LAST' OF LIZZIE". The New York Post. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  16. ^ a b Hamm, Liza (December 14, 2006). "Lizzie Grubman Gives Birth to Baby Boy". People. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  17. ^ Lizzie Grubman Pregnant With Twins! In September 2008, Lizzie confirmed she was pregnant with twins. Lizzie miscarried one of the twins at four months. The Insider, September 2, 2008
  18. ^ Lizzie Grubman Welcomes Son Jack Alexander Celebrity Baby Blog, January 23, 2009
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