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Reese Witherspoon’s bills prove costly for organisers of Brisbane speaking gig which collapsed into liquidation

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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