Axium's fallout gets juicy

Defamer got a look at allegations against Hollywood payroll firm Axium filed in court documents, and teases "We're talking multiple identities, cash payments to former supermodels for 'consulting' and all sorts of other general shadiness not seen since the halcyon days of Enron. Trust us, it's GOLD." Sample:

The documents, portions of which we have placed below for your consumption, allege:

That Axium funds were used to pay for an apartment and automobile for former SI Swimsuit and soft-core porn actress (link NSFW) Amber Smith. She also allegedly received numerous "large payments" by her work as a "consultant."

If you work in and get paid by Hollywood, this is a big deal. A bigger deal, of course, is the tentative deal on a new contract between the directors and the networks and studios. Mark Lacter examines the coverage at LA Biz Observed and says, "if the agreement is anything close to enhancing Internet compensation the writers will be under enormous pressure to work out a similar deal."

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