The spin physician representing Amber Heard throughout her authorized battle towards Johnny Depp is going through his personal PR nightmare — after it emerged he has a historical past of DUI arrests and a repute as an alleged intercourse pest.
David Shane additionally just lately made inappropriate feedback to a Put up reporter, calling her “stunning” and later asking her to fulfill him at his lodge earlier than a deliberate interview.
Heard, 36, just lately employed the PR guru and his firm, Shane Communications, to take care of her court docket showdown with ex-husband Depp, who she has accused of being a boozed-up sexual abuser.
Shane additionally has a troubled previous, nonetheless, together with two DUI arrests in California that noticed him sentenced to 2 days in county jail in addition to compelled right into a program for individuals with alcohol issues, data present.
Since then, he has additionally been accused in a sequence of on-line posts of being a serial intercourse pest, with one lady detailing how she obtained him kicked off the unique relationship app Raya after complaining about him.
Former mannequin Hollie Doker, 32, informed the Each day Mail that she was the writer of a now-widely shared 2018 Fb put up that accused Shane of attempting to “take full benefit of me in his apartment in west Hollywood” after the 2 went to upscale sushi restaurant Nobu on their second Raya date.
“He began getting actually aggressive, like ‘come to my bed room, let’s have intercourse,’” she recalled, saying she “even lied to him and informed him I used to be on my interval as a result of I simply felt so uncomfortable.”
“He mentioned ‘I took you on these wonderful dates to those actually nice eating places,’ insinuating that I owed it to him.
“At that time, he began getting tremendous aggressive and he pushed my head down, in direction of that [his crotch]. I informed him no and I obtained up,” she informed the outlet.
“He obtained indignant and was like ‘I’ll name you a f—ing Uber,’” alleged Doker, who couldn’t be instantly reached Monday by The Put up.
Trade insiders informed the Mail that Shane has such a horrible repute with girls he has been dubbed “the strolling #MeToo case of the PR world.”
Lately, he tried to get a feminine Put up reporter to hyperlink up with him at his lodge on the empty promise of a gathering with Heard, amid her testimony about allegedly being sexually abused by Depp.
When he first met the reporter within the Virginia courtroom two weeks in the past, Shane twice touched her gently on the shoulder and informed her, “You look stunning.”
He then supplied the reporter an unique sit-down with Heard — however informed her to first meet him at his lodge, screenshots from their messages verify.
After the reporter, who’s in her early 30s, didn’t agree to fulfill him there, the sit-down with Heard fell by.
The “Aquaman” actress ditched her former PR agency and employed Shane a number of weeks into the bombshell trial after getting annoyed with the press protection she was receiving, The Put up reported on the time.
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In accordance with its LinkedIn web page, Shane Communications was arrange in 2021. Its “about us” part was offline Monday, as was a lot of Shane’s personal on-line presence.
Previous to going it alone, Shane misplaced two senior jobs — with Hewlett Packard and Silicon Valley tech agency Juniper — in 2010 and 2012, the Mail mentioned, the identical years he was arrested for DUI.
Within the first, he was sentenced to 2 days in county jail after withdrawing a not responsible plea in 2010 in San Mateo County for one the place he accepted a conviction with out having to confess guilt, in line with data obtained by The Put up.
He was additionally positioned on probation for 3 years and put by an alcohol remedy program, the court docket docs present.
Shane was vice chairman of communications at Hewlett-Packard which was already finishing up an investigation into his habits earlier than he left the agency, sources informed the Mail.
In 2012, Shane was arrested and charged with DUI once more, in Palo Alto.
He once more misplaced a job, this time as vice chairman of communications at Silicon Valley tech agency Juniper.
“Scandal at Juniper Results in Exit of VP David Shane,” tweeted native commerce journal, SiliconAngle, in December 2018 — although the story it tagged has since been taken offline, with the Mail reporting it was scrubbed as a consequence of authorized letters.
A spokesperson for Juniper informed The Put up on Monday that it “doesn’t talk about former or present personnel issues publicly.”
“As an organization, we’ve got all the time taken inner allegations of any variety very severely and are dedicated to fostering a protected and inclusive tradition,” the spokesperson mentioned when requested about Shane.
In accordance with the Mail, a choose granted a petition to dismiss Shane’s 2010 DUI and hearings had been additionally held in 2019 for the PR professional’s report to be cleared within the 2012 case.
Neither Shane nor his legal professional responded to requests for remark from The Put up earlier than publication, however known as the Mail’s story “defamatory.”
Shane’s lawyer, Rebecca Kaufman, additionally informed the Mail that the PR guru “adamantly denies Hollie Doker’s allegation.”
Kaufman insisted that her Mail interview “dramatically conflicts with Ms. Doker’s unique account that she posted over three years in the past,” with out elaborating how.
“It’s simple to get distracted by nameless, false accusations, however the focus ought to be on the deserves of the defamation case pending in Fairfax County, Virginia and the related info offered at trial,” she mentioned, referring to the continued authorized battle between Heard and Depp.
Raya additionally mentioned it might not touch upon Doker’s allegations.
However a spokesperson for the relationship app famous, “Within the uncommon situations we obtain a report concerning predatory, harassing, violative, or in any other case inappropriate habits by a member, we take it very severely and have a zero-tolerance coverage.
“Within the occasion such a report is decided to be fairly credible, we take motion to take away the offending member from our group,” the assertion mentioned.