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KATHY SOLOMON DEBUNKS ENQUIRER STORY; THAT DOESN'T STOP "ET"

     ProServ President JERRY SOLOMON released a statement from
his ex-wife, Kathy, in which she denies a report in the National
Enquirer that skater NANCY KERRIGAN, a client of Solomon's, was
responsible for the break-up of their marriage.  Solomon and
Kerrigan have publicly acknowledged their relationship.  Kathy
Solomon:  "To read quotes in the tabloids concerning things that
I have not said is appaling and hurtful to me and my son" (
WASHINGTON POST, 11/8).
     THE TABLOID MACHINE CHURNS ON:  "Entertainment Tonight"
picked up on the Enquirer story.  "ET's" Mary Hart reported
Kerrigan "is wrapped up in a steamy scandal that threatens to
tarnish her carefully polished image."  ADVERTISING AGE's Jeff
Jensen said the story could affect Kerrigan's image and
marketability:  "If this news generates a firestorm of
controversy around Nancy Kerrigan, she's going to really have to
do a lot to extinguish it.   But in the process, she's going to
sustain some serious burns that are going to impact the rest of
her career" ("ET," 11/7).  Michael Levine, a spokesperson for
Kerrigan:  "They never spoke to Kathy, yet they lead their piece
with a quote from her.  Now the mainstream press has picked it
up.  'Entertainment Tonight' did it without even checking.  My
reaction to them is, 'Shame on you'" (N.Y. POST, 11/8).
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