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The Golden Globes’ lead publicist for 17 years is suing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for $2 million, claiming breach of contract and wrongful termination, among other charges. In Michael Russell’s complaint, he accuses the organization of “payola schemes” that included accepting bribes in exchange for recognizing particular films, and that its red-carpet access is for sale to the highest bidder. Russell and his co-plaintiff, Stephen Locascio, named the H.F.P.A. and its president, Philip Berk, in their complaint, filed Thursday in the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Calls to the H.F.P.A., and NBC, which airs this Sunday night’s Golden Globes, were not immediately returned.

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