As revealed on prweek.com (2 June), Bell was placed on gardening leave by the agency. Sources said he was setting up a new agency with a senior PRO at Polydor Records.
Before joining Outside in 2002, Bell was a senior press officer at Polydor. He declined to comment when contacted by PRWeek.
Bell's clients at Outside included Sir Paul McCartney, Leona Lewis and, in the last few days, Katie Price. Price recently chose Outside to handle her divorce from Peter Andre.