Lily Allen is sounding off on the New York Times after agreeing to an interview recently and allowing one of their photographers to take pictures of her London home under an agreement that they not resell the images to tabloids, only to find them appearing in the British tabloid OK!. The British pop singer writes on her blog at MySpace (@lilymusic):
Now, last week, when I was in LA I got this email from Murray Chalmers, who does my press in the UK “this is exactly why I want everyone to use photo contracts! I don’t know who these at home pics were done for but they have been sold to OK which is a pain in the arse as it looks like we have done OK…”
There was then a link to OK’s website with the tagline “World Exclusive, At home with Lily Allen”. Needless to say I was mortified, in fact I was in tears, 6 photos of inside my home for everyone to see, and a made up interview that was very misleading. All this because I’d let the NYT photographer into my home. I was furious and got on the phone immediately. I assumed we had one of these contracts in place, but the American PR agency assured me the NYT have an unwritten agreement with the PR’s and nothing like this has ever happened before, they were as upset and angry as I am.
In the end I got an apology from OK, but the NYT refuse to accept what they have done is morally wrong. Everybody assures me this is completely unheard of for the NYT to act in such a cheap and disgusting way.