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Golden Globes Trial: Ex-HFPA President Says No Meeting Notes Were Destroyed

Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is covering the trial for Deadline.

Former HFPA president Dagmar Dunlevy testified in court today she couldn’t recall that any minutes of meetings or tape recordings were destroyed when she was in executive positions at the Golden Globes organization. That contradicts testimony from earlier in the trial from HFPA managing director Chantal Dinnage and former HFPA president Mirjana Van Blaricom, who testified Friday that key minutes from meetings about a 1993 perpetuity agreement at the heart of the case were “missing”. 

Dunlevy, who took the stand in the late morning of Day 9 of the trial between the HFPA and Dick Clark Productions over who owns the TV rights to the Golden Globes, told DCP lawyer Marty Katz that she never authorized or knew of destroyed tape recordings or minutes of HFPA meetings involving either the board of directors or the general membership.

I think you are putting too much importance, sir. This is a little group of journalists.

Dunlevy told Katz on the stand.

Earlier on Tuesday, current HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly and lawyer Bryan Freedman took the stand. Lawyers are now reading Dick Clark’s deposition, the one Deadline revealed exclusively Friday, into the official record before court breaks for lunch.

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