In the most recent advancement in the drip, drip story of now-former JWT international CEO Gustavo Martinez, the offender has actually named a new law firm to safeguard him as various executives testify on his behalf regarding the information of the 2015 Miami conference involving the (now main) rape joke.

Files submitted yesterday in New York federal court mark the very first look of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, which is now main counsel for the defendant.

Four individuals proclaimed their status as Martinez s new attorneys which suggests that the back and forth will continue without any end in sight.


It s a rather anticipated advancement. The firm of Davis & Gilbert, LLP has been representing the cumulative parties called in the fit Martinez, J. Walter Thompson and WPP since it was initially submitted on March 10, and Martinez is no more a JWT staff member after stepping down. (Davis & Gilbert has actually represented different WPP parties in the past, and the 2 entities have a longstanding relationship.).

As formerly reported, JWT maintained the firm Proskauer Rose LLP to conduct an independent investigation into Johnson s allegations previously this month. That announcement came 2 days before Martinez resigned, so it s unclear whether the firm continues to deal with the case at this time.

So the case now basically move on two separate fronts, with one team representing JWT/WPP/Martinez as one collectively responsible celebration and one defending Martinez as a lone accused.

As we found out yesterday, 4 JWT officers testified relating to the Miami event at which Martinez joked about being raped in order to lighten the tension. The complete memorandums filed in support of WPP s movement for a protective order concerning the DVD consist of some colorful details about the pool party that caused that exchange.

From sworn statement by Charlotte Ibarra, who is currently manager of occasions at JWT New York:.

Upon our go back to the hotel, we immediately saw several police cars with lights flashing. We recognized that the authorities were there to deal with a crowd of individuals that were gathered outside the hotel to participate in a pool celebration that was going on in the club at the hotel.

The people on line were behaving in an unruly and disorderly manner. It appeared that many were already really drunk. Many people were wearing incredibly exposing clothing and some remained in swimwears.

Lots of people complained to me that they thought the atmosphere at the hotel was dreadful.

Condoms were drifting in the pool, which was unusually dirty. The windows in between the pool deck and the conference room had butt cheek imprints which needed to be washed away.

A minimum of among the elevators that services this room was broken by the party guests the evening before, causing a real issue in terms of getting 60 individuals to the high floor on which the conference took place. This preceded JWT Portugal CEO Susana de Carvalho s confusion over whether her travel luggage had been taken from her room after individuals had remained in her room taking her baggage and her personal products from the restroom. (It had been misplaced by hotel staff.).

That led Martinez to joke about Carvalho having a troubled night when her room had been very checked out.

Relating to Martinez s subsequent joke about being raped in the elevator by people who had attended the party the night before, Carvalho testifies: I was not at all offended by anything he said.

From Keni Thacker, JWT s senior occasion innovation specialist:.

I am African American and I took duty as Executive Producer of Differenter [the occasion in question] because diversity is a concern I feel enthusiastic about. The remarks Gustavo made throughout the Miami conference had nothing to do with race and I did not feel at the time of the conference or now that there was anything racist about them.

Gustavo s examine your luggage comment throughout the meeting was made in reference to a real incident that had actually taken place and to ease the stress amongst the meeting guests who had actually had a hard time dealing with the hotel. Thacker later on mentions that Martinez s remarks about odd characters on the hotel elevators were not associated with race; rather, they alluded to the half-undressed people who had actually been at the party and in the elevator. He then protects Martinez in general terms:.

If I had thought that there was anything racist in exactly what Gustavo stated at the meeting, I would have been the first one to speak with him about it or to grumble. I have actually never seen him relieve any individual disrespectfully regardless of race. In separate declarations, Carvalho and JWT New York CEO Lynn Power also defended Martinez. From Power:.

Given the context of the highly unusual events combined with Gustavo s do not have of command of the English language and the fact that he was making a joke about himself, we did not discover the comments he made offensive. Power then repeated the relieving the stress phrase, including the qualifier we would not have selected the same words he did.

Each individual likewise explained his/her awareness that these would be public statements, arguing that they did so in order to safeguard other JWT employees who do not want their images in journalism and also do not wish to be gotten in touch with by press reporters.

The filings indicate that hotel staff apologized and repaid JWT for an undisclosed amount due to the state of the swimming pool deck where they held the meeting in concern and the status of the elevators. Management informed Carvalho that an unknown variety of salespeople were disciplined for permitting a celebration of this nature to happen at the hotel.

We would note that these statements issue only one of the lots of events consisted of in the initial match. Anticipate more news to come, even if WPP eventually chooses to settle with Johnson.

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