Friday, June 15, 2007

Precious Williams and 'vicious rumours'

Someone called "Simon Kelner's Nemesis" - Kelner is the bunny-eating editor of the Independent [click here] - has sent two items on Precious Williams:

1
There has been some talk here (generated by Nick Pyke no doubt) of the Sindy "declining to renew Williams's contract" back when she worked for them. All bullshit. I worked with Williams in 2000 and I know for a fact that she left the Sindy of her own volition before her contract was even up for renewal. I'm sure a call to Sindy HR would confirm this.

Although I enjoyed working with Williams I actually encouraged her to leave, because she was being treated like shit at the paper. I am one of a handful of ex-Sindy staff (of course the Sindy no longer really has staff, we're all exes) who have recently heard from Williams out of the blue asking precisely what Nick Pyke's problem is and how long he has been spreading stories about her. At first I thought she was being paranoid but now I am seeing where she was coming from with her questions. Williams has always seemed a very nice girl, if slightly wild on the drugs and dress sense front. Have always considered her quite fetching to look at.

2
I've asked around, because I am curious. Williams has (according to cuts and general gossip) written for the FT, the Telegraph, the Times, Sunday Times, the Express, the Mail on Sunday, the Mirror, the Sunday Mirror, the Guardian, the Indie, the Sindy, the Big Issue and "most women's magazines".

I couldn't find a single account of anyone trying to sue any of those publications over features written by Williams. I heard of a complaint where an interview[ee] didn't like what had been written about him and complained that Williams "had seemed such a sweet girl". I heard of another complaint from a celebrity who claimed Williams had embellished his quotes but then promptly withdrew his complaint when he remembered that the interview had been taped. Nothing else concrete. Weird how rumours spread, isn't it?

This reminds me of the vicious, hateful things I've heard said about the black 3Am girl, Eva Simpson. Although there are rumours flowing that Simpson is talentless, an air-head, embellishes stories and so on, in reality she is a hard-working, talented and unassuming lass. So's Williams in my experience.

12 comments:

Lorenzo said...

> Weird how rumours spread, isn't it?

There'd be a lot to say about it.

Anonymous said...

Simon Kelner eats a lot of bunnies? What is it with the Sindy? What with former exec Michael Williams's obsession with killing squirrels with his bare hands and Street-Porter's phobia about children (she'd recoil if a child so much as looked at her). What a weird bunch and quite scary that so many former Sindy staff have now unleashed themselves on Associated titles.

Anonymous said...

Kelner eats a lot. Full stop.

Anonymous said...

Simon Kelner's nemesis? I do hope so.......

Anonymous said...

So, why would Williams make the whole thing up about Jon Snow? If she was looking for fame surely there are sexier figures to link herself to, no? MoS insiders say that they approached Williams and that she didn't approach them. They also say that she dithered about doing an interview at all and didn't seem especially keen to be in the paper. She apparently told them she thought it was all very tacky. The picture I'm getting is not of a fantasist desperate for fifteen minutes of fame. Is it possible that Williams/The Mail on Sunday in fact didn't make the Jon Snow story up, and that it's true?

Arcati said...

The truth will emerge eventually ... I'm hearing all sorts of curious things. I have no doubt a head or two will roll ...

Duralex said...

If I were you, I'd worry about my own head too... Mr. Snow seems to want it badly, and apparently he's not the only one. :-)

Arcati said...
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Arcati said...

You had better keep your head screwed on then.

Anonymous said...

' I'm hearing all sorts of curious things. I have no doubt a head or two will roll ... '

Ooh, what sorts of curious things. Can you give us a hint?

Arcati said...

Just keep coming back for more, sugar. No one makes a fool of Madame Arcati and survives.

Lou Cypher said...

Heh heh heh... not only do they survive, but they're also killing you by inches...