SAG dancers’ committee chair seeks probe

Maguire, Wilson under fire again for financial reporting

This article was corrected on Sept. 24, 2001.

The chair of the SAG-AFTRA dancers’ committee has asked the national board of the Screen Actors Guild to investigate what she calls “discrepancies” in SAG reports to federal agencies.

Kathleen Haigney, in a letter sent to the board last week, alleged that associate national exec director John McGuire and finance director Gerald Wilson have not provided her with any explanation of the differences in 1995-98 figures in SAG’s LM-2 report to the Dept. of Labor and its tax return filings with the IRS. She based her allegations on a review of the documents earlier this year.

“In my opinion, the behavior of these senior employees gives an appearance, to the membership and to the general public, of a corporate culture at SAG fraught with deception, incompetence, complacency, lack of accountability, possible criminality and the appearance of conspiracy and cover-up,” Haigney said.

Haigney said McGuire should not be in charge of the investigation “when there’s the slightest suspicion of his involvement, even in the form of as yet proven allegations.” She also said Wilson should resign and that Hollywood branch exec director Jerre Hookey should replace McGuire as SAG’s top exec until a new national exec director is named.

SAG’s Gotham prexy Lisa Scarola and New York treasurer Michael Carbonella have called for the firing of Wilson due to allegations of giving false financial information to Guild elected leaders (Daily Variety, Aug. 6).

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