Studios and networks have cut ties with publicist Peggy Siegal following reports that she used her connections to get accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein into high-profile Hollywood events, Variety reports. Siegal was reportedly fired from Netflix’s Emmy campaign, and was dismissed from working on Annapurna Pictures’ Where’d You Go, Bernadette? movie premiere. Sources also said FX Network would no longer use her for “promotional duties and tastemaker events.” Siegal did not not respond to Variety’s requests for comment. According to the The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter, Siegal accepted money from Epstein while she facilitated his return to society after he pleaded guilty to a sex crime involving a minor in 2008.
In a statement, Siegal said she and Epstein became “social friends” before his 2008 plea deal and would invite him to screenings because he was “somewhat of a film buff.” She denied knowing about his alleged abuse of underage girls and said she believed Epstein “changed his ways” after his 2008 prostitution conviction. “Had I known that he had been accused of abusing underage girls, I would not have maintained a friendship with him,” she said. “I am deeply embarrassed by my relationship with him and that I allowed him to use me.”