LOS ANGELES: Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart returned to work
this week after weathering a media storm surrounding alleged ethnic
slurs and a conflict-of-interest claim sparked by a Los Angeles magazine
Cahners Business Information, Variety's parent company, issued an August
29 release saying that Bart had been given a 21-day suspension beginning
retroactively on August 17, and would give his salary from that period
to unspecified charities.
Bart will also attend diversity training, and will publish Variety's
ethics statement soon after resuming his post today (September 10).
Earlier this month, Los Angeles magazine published a 14-page profile of
the Tinsel-town icon entitled "Hollywood's Most Hated Man," in which
author Amy Wallace claimed that Bart had made slurs against homosexuals,
blacks, women, and Japanese people in her presence, and also that she
had anonymously received a copy of a script allegedly penned by Bart but
credited under his wife's maiden name - a serious infraction of Variety
After days of individual interviews with Variety employees and a rumored
behind-the-scenes campaign by pro-Bart Hollywood players aimed at
Cahners executives, the 69-year-old editor was cleared of the
The resolution to the scandal sparked controversy itself when NAACP
president Kweisi Mfume allegedly declined a donation from Cahners,
telling an Inside.com reporter, "We're not looking for money; we're
looking for justice." The NAACP also "declined to offer any suggestions"
for other appropriate charities, said spokesman Mike Buckley of Cahners'
PR firm Brunswick, based in New York.