Fest offers $100,000 reward for info related to publicist's death

The Palm Springs Film Festival has offered a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals connected to the killing of publicist Ronni Chasen, who was instrumental in bringing Hollywood talent to the fest’s awards gala.

“Ronni has played the most important part in the Awards Gala’s success,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. He called Chasen “a very good lady, a good friend…and a genius at her craft. Her death is very, very sad and mystifying.”

Chasen was likely knee-deep in preparations for the Palm Springs fest at the time of her death. The fest runs Jan. 6-17.

Chasen died Tuesday morning of five gunshot wounds suffered while she was driving home from Monday night’s premiere and after-party for “Burlesque.”

A day after the news devastated Hollywood, Beverly Hills police have yet to publicly identify a motive or any suspects in the killing.

On Tuesday, publicist Michael Levine announced the creation of a reward fund that aims to raise $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone connected to Chasen’s death.

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