HOLLYWOOD — The Screen Actors Guild’s Gotham prexy and treasurer have called for the firing of longtime SAG director of finance Gerald Wilson due to what they allege is his giving out false financial information to Guild elected leaders.
SAG New York prexy Lisa Scarola and treasurer Michael Carbonella listed 15 allegations of “reckless and criminal behavior” in a letter to associate national exec director John McGuire.
Scarola and Carbonella have clashed repeatedly with McGuire and Wilson and have refused to sign the required
LM-2 financial report on the New York branch, which was due to be submitted to the Dept. of Labor last November; they refused to sign due to alleged lack of information from Wilson.
“We believe that Mr. Wilson’s conduct violates the law, and we are asking for your swift attention to this matter,” Scarola and Carbonella said in their letter.
SAG spokesman Greg Krizman said, “Complaints against staff are reviewed at the senior level. We have no comment at this time.”
The accusations against Wilson include allegedly providing untruthful information about the 20-year lease for SAG’s proposed new Gotham offices at 360 Madison Ave.
SAG’s leaders agreed in 1999 to sign the $56 million lease, or $1 million more per year than the lease of the current branch headquarters in Times Square, but Wilson advised the finance committee to terminate the lease earlier this year — before reversing that decision, according to Scarola and Carbonella.
The letter said that SAG’s national board made the 1999 lease decision “under false pretenses.” The panel discussed the lease, which calls for the branch to move next summer, for a few minutes at its meeting last week, but the issue did not come to a vote.
The Scarola-Carbonella accusations also cover alleged inaccuracies about SAG’s general ledger, expense reports, repurchase agreements, investment accounts and bank accounts.