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Grazer's editorial writers each paid $500

Brian Grazer‘s stint as guest editor of the L.A. Times opinion section fell victim to a conflict-of-interest scandal within the paper. But whatever happened to the articles he commissioned?

In the wake of the dust-up, which prompted the resignation of editorial page editor Andres Martinez, the seven contributors were each paid $500 by the newspaper and had their pieces returned, no strings attached.

The pieces themselves cover a wide spectrum: one on the moral issues of airport lie-detector ma-chines by academic Paul Ekman; an essay on the new science of mind by Nobel laureate Eric Kandel; a piece on race and gender in the upcoming presidential election by NYU chair of sociology Dalton Conley; an item on celebrity allegations by Hollywood litigator Marty Singer; a piece on status and fashion by Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley; a piece on Los Angeles by former Times design critic Sam Hall Kaplan; and a graphic and short essay on war by artist Shepard Fairey.

Kaplan quickly set up his article elsewhere, and it was published by the Downtown L.A. News. Conley is in the process of finding a berth for his piece. No word on whether the others will follow suit.

As for Grazer, since the section was scratched he’s gotten the Ron Howard-directed movie version of “Frost/Nixon” cast with stage stars Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, and signed Russell Crowe to star in the Ridley Scott-directed “Not-tingham.”

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