The Courier Mail
25 July 2016
LEGALLY Blonde star Reese Witherspoon’s expensive styling, appearance fee and busy schedule proved costly for organisers of a speaking gig which collapsed into liquidation last month.
The actor was scheduled to appear in Brisbane this month as the headline speaker for Simpatico Connection’s $3000-a-head conference to “inspire women”.
But only two weeks after a cheeky Instagram post announcing Witherspoon’s visit, with the star featured with photoshopped koalas, the event was cancelled and the company is now being wound up with debts of about $2.24 million.
A recent creditors meeting heard that only $191,844 worth of prepaid tickets were sold, falling shy of Witherspoon’s fee of $US1 million ($1.34 million) organised through her agents, Creative Artists Agency.
Stanley Morgan Solvency Accountants liquidator Brendan Nixon said Simpatico was also charged a fee of $US92,550 for Witherspoon’s “stylists, personnel, security”.
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