Actress Mia Farrow posted on Twitter Wednesday morning that Ecuadorian government agents paid her to travel to the country to speak in support of the Amazon rainforest in conjunction with its long-running legal dispute with energy company Chevron.
Brooklyn, New York-based PR firm McSquared, which represents the Ecuadorian government in the US, paid Farrow’s talent agency $188,000 and shelled out $330,000 to a speakers’ bureau representing actor Danny Glover last year, according to media reports.
The agency’s work with Ecuador came to light after a protest took place at Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting in May. The demonstrators were said to be indigenous people from Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest who were blaming contamination on Texaco, which was acquired by Chevron in 2001. However, a number of protestors at the site were actually paid actors, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
McSquared told PRWeek at the time that it was not behind the protest.
Farrow tweeted that she was paid to speak on the issue – but disputed the amount.