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Chevron Shakedown Update: Sharon Stone Embarrasses Ecuador

The actress is in a legal tussle with MCSquared PR, the U.S. firm hired by Ecuador and spending big bucks to get A-list celebrities on planes heading to South America, where they can support the regime’s notorious “Dirty Hand of Chevron” campaign. According to a story this week in The Hollywood Reporter, Stone was set to head to Ecuador last April 7th and meet with government officials, but hours before the trip, she canceled, because MCSquared issued a press release claiming the actress would be part of the anti-Chevron theatrics.

That wasn’t part of the deal, her lawyers stated in a court document (MCS is suing Stone for nearly $350,000 for the canceled trip, wanting payment for her fees and for very expensive expenses):

At no time did Ms. Stone agree to support this campaign, advance any other political agenda of the Ecuadorian government, or advocate against Chevron. In addition, Ms. Stone subsequently learned that MCS failed to disclose that it was conducting public relations activities in the United States on behalf of the Republic of Ecuador in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires a foreign agent to register with the U.S. Department of Justice.

It’s another blow to Ecuador President Rafael Correa, the mini-Chavez who is up to his ojos in the failed fraud scheme to shake down Chevron for billions. And this comment from Stone attorney Andrew Brettler (to THR reporter Eriq Gardner) had to sting:

“Stone was discharged from performing her obligations under the agreement as a result of MCS’ material breach of contract,” namely by putting out a press release without approval mentioning the “Dirty Hand of Chevron” campaign. Brettler adds, “It falsely portrays Ms. Stone as agreeing to travel to Ecuador for the purpose of advocating against Chevron, which is one of the world’s largest companies employing over 60,000 people, and which is headquartered in her home state of California.”

She has more than simple basic instincts, no? Also on the Chevron front, the company has put together this three-minute video, “The Legal Fraud of the Century,” that is a bullet-point rundown of a breath-taking plot that has exploded in the faces of the schemers.

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