A controversial report earlier this week by SAG anti-merger activist Michele Santopietro posted on several social media sites that SAG general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland and SAG Communications Director Pamela Greenwalt threatened Santopietro and a second SAG member, Samantha Hartson, with arrest has now collapsed as the two actors now differ significantly in their explanations of the event. It is no longer clear that anyone was ever threatened with arrest.
It does look as if an overly zealous property manager got a bit hot and bothered by the presence of leafletters outside his building but it’s not clear that this had anything to do with the ongoing merger debate in SAG.
The building manager’s name is John Carter, so maybe this was all part of a guerrilla marketing for that new movie. Who knows.
In light of the serious issues under discussion, however, it is unfortunate that this saga was played out here and on various social media. Obviously had there been any attempt to intimidate SAG members by SAG staff that would have been a very serious matter. Rather than try to sort out the constantly shifting stories from Hartson and Santopietro, I would like to apologize to my readers for the confusion I may have caused in trying to sort out what happened.