Bart is back at Variety

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

company policy.

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

conflict-of-interest charges.

The resolution to the scandal sparked controversy itself when NAACP

president Kweisi Mfume allegedly declined a donation from Cahners,

telling an 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.

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