Outside Organisation director Stuart Bell placed on gardening leave

Sir Paul McCartney's PRO this week left his agency in mysterious circumstances.

Stuart Bell: former director of Outside Organisation
Stuart Bell: former director of Outside Organisation

Stuart Bell has been placed on gardening leave by The Outside Organisation, where he has worked as a director since 2002.

He handled McCartney’s media throughout his high-profile divorce with Heather Mills.

It comes a week after the agency was taken on by Katie Price, as her husband Peter Andre filed for divorce. Tabloid sources told PRWeek that Bell had been handling media for Price throughout last week.

Outside Organisation MD Penny McDonald would not be drawn on the reasons for Bell’s departure or his next move.

In a statement, she said: ‘Stuart is currently on gardening leave. Everyone wishes him well in what will be a very challenging climate.’

She said that Outside’s music director Chris Goodman and other senior members of staff would handle Bell’s existing clients.

Before joining Outside in 2002, Bell was a senior press officer at Polydor Records.

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