By Claire Ferris-Lay
US actress threatened to sue over reports she would attend glitzy QE2 bash
Actress Lindsay Lohan threatened legal action against a UAE party planning firm for reportedly using her name as one of the celebrities attending its New Year’s Eve event on the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) ocean liner.
The US actress claimed that Global Event Management (GEM) “intentionally, falsely and negligently harmed” her after media reports said she would be among guests at the Dec 31 party.
“It has come to our client’s attention that you, your associates, and/or agents have been using the name ‘Lindsay Lohan’ referring to an individual who will be attending your party on New Year’s Eve,” the star’s legal representative said in a letter to GEM. “You have intentionally or negligently infringed upon our client’s property rights, including but not limited to her privacy.”
The letter threatened legal action if Lohan’s name continued to be used in connection with the party.
GEM was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Arabian Business.
Lohan was just one of the celebrities rumoured to be attending the New Year’s Eve bash, which marked the ship’s first public outing since it was purchased by Dubai in 2008.
Canadian actress Pamela Anderson was said to bringing her star power to the celebrity party but her representatives later confirmed said she would be spending the evening in Las Vegas.
The black-tie party was designed to mark a “new lease of life” for the 43-year-old QE2, a spokesperson for GEM said. The ocean liner has been idle since its purchase by Dubai World subsidiary Istithmar World for $100m in 2008.
The ship is currently moored in Port Rashid in Dubai, where she arrived amid much fanfare in November 2008. The intention was to convert the ship into a floating hotel, which would have seen her moored at Palm Jumeirah.
These plans stalled in the wake of Dubai’s debt crisis in 2009, which saw Istithmar’s parent company Dubai World restructure $24.9bn in debt.
The investment company said in 2010 it was considering a number of options to maximise the value of the ocean liner, but had abandoned a plan to send the ship to South Africa.For all the latest lifestyle news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
The whole organisation of the event was disappointing and not worth the money paid...especially the access to the ship for the VVIP section!
Global Event Management have a fancy name but not much substance as far as the calibre of the event was concerned. They need to step up their game and in an honest way and not according to this article invent the hype!
The comment that DKM left is so true re Global Event Management. I have been to a few of their events such as the F1 ball 2 years ago. They promised a whole load of things. The event was terrible, none of the celebs that they promised turned up and the food was shocking. It looked like it had been done on a shoestring. As for the "Here & Now" concert that they organised last year - another underwhelming performance from the event managers at GEM.