NEW YORK: Jennifer Hagel-Smith, whose husband disappeared during a Royal Caribbean honeymoon cruise last summer, has hired Mike Paul, president of MGP & Associates PR.
"Any high-profile case like this needs crisis PR, reputation management, and litigation support PR," Paul said. "You've got the media calling from literally all over the world regarding this."
Paul will be working in conjunction with Hagel-Smith's law firm, as well as forensic scientist Henry Lee, who has worked on many high-profile legal cases, including the OJ Simpson trial.
Paul said that Hagel-Smith has not yet filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean, and would not speculate on when she might.
"From a PR perspective, the important message here is [that] whether it was Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, or Martha Stewart - look at the timelines of those cases," said Paul. "How long was the incident in the news, and how many days were you actually in court... It's usually months from a court perspective, and it's usually several years from a court of public opinion perspective."
Hagel-Smith's story hit the news after her new husband, George, was found to have disappeared during the cruise.
An investigation has not produced any conclusive evidence thus far, but witnesses heard George Hagel-Smith arguing with several other male passengers shortly before he is believed to have been pushed overboard.
Paul said he will not only provide behind-the-scenes advice, but also serve as a public spokesperson for Hagel-Smith in the media.
MGP won the business through referral.