Friday, September 21, 2012

Dummy!

Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd. No hell to fury, like a woman scorn'd ..... The Morning Bride, William Congreve 1697
Document by spurned mistress YaVaughnie Wilkins sparks fight with former lover Charles Phillips

Thursday, September 20, 2012
YaVaughnie Wilking and Charles in happier days
This billboard at 1674 Broadway on the northeast corner of West 57th Street portrays Oracle President Charles Phillips (an Obama apointee) with a woman identified as YaVaughnie Wilkins. Wilkins is not Phillips wife of record. Phillips is a member of Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. (Sam Costanza for New York Daily News)

Nice try, hotshot!

Charles Phillips, the former president of Oracle Corp. and a member of President Obama’s Economic Advisory Board, sent the Harlem International Film Festival a cease-and-desist letter this week trying to block Thursday’s premiere of “The Glamorous Lie,” a documentary by his ex-mistress YaVaughnie Wilkins.

Wilkins, who in 2010 vindictively plastered shots of her and Phillips on pricey billboards in Times Square, Atlanta and San Francisco after their 81/2-year relationship ended, didn’t let the letter scare her.

Neither did the Harlem Film Festival.

Nasri Zacharia, a festival spokesman, says the staff for the tiny, 100-person Maysles Cinema, set to screen the film at 7 p.m., was initially worried because the still-married Phillips’ lawyers also targeted the theater.
“We were on hold for a while, and the theater where we are screening the world premiere was concerned, but we managed to alleviate the problems,” says Zacharia.

He says Wilkins agreed to take responsibility for all liability and is “standing behind the film.”

Wilkins tells Confidenti@l that her ex-beau’s “cease-and-desist letter is saying it’s an unauthorized documentary, but my lawyers are countering that he’s a public figure and I have a right to tell my story.”

This isn’t just a lover’s spat.

Wilkins is in a civil court battle with the film’s director, who she claims is now in cahoots with Phillips. Her ex, she said, tried to buy the documentary to kill it.

“If Charles thinks there is something in there that misrepresents our relationship, then he should do his own documentary and tell his own story,” says Wilkins.

Amen, sister.

A spokesman for Phillips, who is now the CEO of software company Infor, did not respond to a request for comment.

But back when he was the butt of Wilkins’ rage after he decided to reconcile with wife Karen, he said this: “I had an 81/2-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins ... The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended and we both wish each other well.”

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