Had a conversation today with Albert Watkins
, the attorney for Casey Ray
Ray, if you'll recall, is the woman who in May found a copy of the script
for the Twilight
sequel New Moon
in a Dumpster outside the Chase Park Plaza hotel in St. Louis.
Watkins says a TMZ.com
news item about Ray -- mentioned on this here blog
yesterday -- is not true.
Earlier this week TMZ reported that Ray was ungrateful with the arrangement Summit Entertainment made with her after she -- on the advice of her attorney Watkins -- returned the script to the film company. Summit, in turn, rewarded Ray with tickets to last night's Hollywood premiere of the film.
According to TMZ, Ray is now complaining about the deal because she had to pay her airfare and hotel accommodations in L.A.
That's wrong, counters Watkins, who says that he, too, was contacted by TMZ.
"Casey and I told them that we would have loved it if Summit had paid
for her flight and hotel, but that was never part of the deal," Watkins
tells Daily RFT
. "They just took that one part of our conversation and ran with it."
adds that part of the deal with Summit has Ray receiving a copy of the
script signed by the actors in the film, which could net thousands of
dollars at auction.
"It was a very fair deal," he says.
But what was Ray -- a hairdresser with Salon K
in the Delmar Loop -- doing in the hotel's garbage to begin with?
"She was waiting for her boyfriend and just killing time," explains Watkins. "She's a Dumpster diver. Look, I'm not going to judge her hobby. She opened the bin and the script was lying there right on top. It's not like she was inside the Dumpster rummaging through the garbage -- though I'm not saying she wouldn't do such a thing."
Oh, btw, last night Ray had a great time at the premiere. Take a look for yourself in the photos after the jump.