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Hollywood helps 'uncensored' anti-Hillary film
Posted By Art Moore On 10/23/2007 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
In a scene from a new documentary, Hillary Clinton thanks Peter Paul for hosting an Aug. 12, 2000, Hollywood gala and fundraiser for her Senate campaign
Hollywood filmmakers normally inclined to support candidates such as Sen. Hillary Clinton are working quietly behind the scenes to put the finishing touches on a documentary alleging the New York Democrat committed felonies to get elected and assisted her husband in defrauding a major donor.
“The producers are essentially liberal Hollywood Democrats who fear exposure and retribution,” said Jim Nesfield, director of the Equal Justice Foundation of America, which is sponsoring the hour-long film, “Hillary Uncensored.”
Over the past two weeks, the trailer for the documentary became the No. 1-most viewed piece on Google’s video site, even though it was unlisted. The 13-minute video was posted July 18 but only recently became exposed through blog references, and it now has more than 860,000 views.
The full film – debuting Friday at Harvard University – tells the star-studded story of business mogul Peter Franklin Paul’s civil fraud suit against former President Clinton.
Paul claims President Clinton destroyed his entertainment company – Stan Lee Media – to get out of a $17 million deal in which he promised to promote the firm in exchange for stock, cash options and massive contributions to his wife’s 2000 campaign. Paul contends he was directed by the Clintons and Democratic Party leaders to foot the bill for a lavish Hollywood gala and fundraiser prior to the 2000 election that eventually cost him nearly $2 million.
The documentary opens with scenes from the Aug. 12, 2000, gala, with Cher singing to an audience of the Democratic Party’s top leaders and A-list entertainers such as Brad Pitt and John Travolta, who were there to salute President Clinton and contribute to Hillary Clinton’s first Senate campaign.
Paul provided five hours of home video to the film producers to document his contention that the Clintons reneged on the deal after the Washington Post published a story about his past felony convictions. The Clinton campaign, he said, then proceeded to cover up his massive contributions and act as if they didn’t know him. Later, according to Paul’s lawsuit, then-President Clinton, working through his aides, maneuvered to destroy Paul’s company, essentially releasing Clinton from any obligation.
Nesfield told WND there are four Hollywood veterans assisting in the documentary – two editors, a director and a music director.
A trailer for the documentary ‘Hillary Uncensored’ became Google’s most-watched video
“They were not aware of the story before,” he said. “Now, they have changed their minds about Sen. Clinton.”
After debuting Friday night at 8 p.m. at Harvard, the film will be shown Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and later that evening, at 7:30 p.m., at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. On Sunday, it will be screened at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.
Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., the film will be hosted by the Metropolitan Republican Club in New York City.
Nesfield said other venues and outlets for the film are developing, including television.
Paul told WND the film, using his hours of home video, “is unprecedented in allowing the camera to communicate the character of these people, without being diffused through spokesmen and spin.”
Anticipating criticism, Paul insisted the film is not being “directed by any right-wing group.”
“It’s not intended to have any ideological or political message at all, other than confirming what Machiavelli notices in Renaissance Italy, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” Paul said.
As WND reported, Nesfield’s newly formed Equal Justice Foundation of America launched a campaign in August to “Truth Boat” Hillary Clinton, claiming the mainstream media have protected her from incontrovertible evidence of illegal conduct.
Nesfield, a Wall Street whistleblower, called Paul’s fraud suit against the Clintons “the No. 1 civil case in the country exposing an unprecedented array of frauds and obstruction of justice by the Clintons that the media refuses to report.” Nesfield drew wide attention when he assisted then-New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer in an investigation of a mutual fund scandal in 2004 that cost investors more than $1 trillion.
He says his new foundation is self-financed, with no support from outside sources, including the Republican Party. The father of seven children, he describes himself as a traditional Catholic from a family of left-leaning union organizers. He says he has voted only once, choosing President Bush in the 2004 campaign.
Nesfield developed an interest in Paul’s case after becoming an investor in Stan Lee Media in 2000. He recently brought together a group of former investors in the company to reconstitute it for the purpose of exposing actions that led to the company’s downfall. The company, under Nesfield’s leadership, has filed a $5 billion suit on behalf of the investors against Marvel Entertainment, claiming Stan Lee Media co-owns Marvel’s superhero characters, including Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk. He also alleges fraud by company officials who, he believes, made Paul a scapegoat.
As WND reported last week, a California appeals court upheld a lower court decision to dismiss Sen. Clinton as a defendant in Paul’s lawsuit and refused to accept as evidence a videotape that allegedly shows her committing felonies.
Sen. Clinton, nevertheless, will be deposed in the case, along with her husband and a host of Hollywood luminaries Paul says were witnesses to the broken deal. A trial originally was scheduled for March this year but was delayed due to the appeal of Sen. Clinton’s dismissal.
The videotape submitted to the court – which documents a July 2000 phone call – allegedly shows Sen. Clinton, despite previous denials, taking an active role in the production of the fundraiser. Paul contends Sen. Clinton’s participation in soliciting performers and planning the event would make his more than $1.2 million in contributions a direct donation to her Senate campaign rather than to a joint fundraising committee, violating federal statutes that limit “hard money” contributions to a candidate to $2,000 per person. Knowingly accepting or soliciting $25,000 or more in a calendar year is a felony carrying a prison sentence of up to five years.
The videotape was added to the documentary during production after Paul retrieved it from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York. The tape was one of 90 Paul was ordered to turn over to the attorney’s office in 2001 as part of the investigation in a related securities case against him. But it has never been used as evidence, despite its relevance to the key question of Sen. Clinton’s involvement in the Hollywood fundraiser.
Watch video of July 17, 2000, phone call
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