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Mia Farrow Was Paid to Protest Chevron in Ecuador

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 07:55 PM

Actress Mia Farrow is under attack for secretly being paid $188,000 to promote a lawsuit against Chevron for allegedly poisoning the jungle and harming indigenous peoples.

An Ecuadorian court ruled against the U.S. oil giant, ordering it to pay more than $9 billion in compensation.

That ruling has since been found by a New York court to have been based on fraud and bribery, with Manhattan lawyer Steven Donziger at the helm, Phelim McAleer writes in a New York Post op-ed.

Donziger denies wrongdoing.

"Basically the court found that the plaintiffs had bribed everyone in Ecuador from 'independent' experts to the judges, and also corrupted or lied to U.S. lawyers and scientific groups," McAleer writes.

Farrow initially escaped notice, he said, viewed mainly as a "naive pawn" simply seeking to help the native peoples who were being trodden upon by "the rich and powerful."

But the secret payment to Farrow was discovered after the American company that acted as the go-between for the government of Ecuador, disclosed the act to avoid prosecution, McAleer says.

Now, Farrow is the subject of media ridicule in the country, he writes.

During a January trip to Ecuador, Farrow had her photo taken with her gloved hand covered in oil. The amount she reportedly was paid for the visit is more than 50 times the average annual salary in Ecuador.

Farrow sent out a tweet admitting being paid, but saying the amount was wrong, McAleer said, but the tweet was deleted. She has refused to answer questions, he said, and blocked him when he tried to ask her about it on Twitter.

She did respond to fellow actor Nick Searcy, however:


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Actress Mia Farrow is under attack for secretly being paid $188,000 to promote a lawsuit against Chevron for allegedly poisoning the jungle and harming indigenous peoples. An Ecuadorian court ruled against the U.S. oil giant, ordering it to pay more than $9 billion in...
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