Learn about the real-life scandals the American crisis manager and lawyer Judy Smith handled, which later went on to inspire the ABC television series 'Scandal.'
Judy Smith is a well-recognized crisis manager and lawyer and is the founder, president, and CEO of the crisis management firm Smith & Company. Her work on crisis management is well known among the public, which also went on to inspire the ABC political thriller show 'Scandal.'
Judy Smith is herself engaged in the series 'Scandal,' of which she is a co-executive producer and technical advisor. Since the show began airing in 2012, she's been balancing her work both in crisis management and the show. Many people are curious to learn about her 'real-life' scandals, most of which have been pretty significant; therefore, we are going to discuss them below.
Judy Smith serves as the Founder and CEO of Smith & Company as a Crisis Management Expert and entrepreneur. She's been working in the crisis management sector for over 25 years and also served as an advisor for quite a number of corporate, celebrity, non-profit, and government clients. Additionally, she provided strategic counsel to help individuals and organizations navigate challenging issues too.
Judy Smith served as an advisor quite a number of corporate, celebrity, non-profit, and government clients for over 25 years.
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Before Judy Smith founded Smith & Company, she served as Deputy Press Secretary and Special Assistant to President George H. W. Bush. During her period working with the president, she guided the Bush administration through the controversies surrounding the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
In terms of talking about Judy Smith's 'real-life' scandals, she acted as a spokeswoman for the family of Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2002. Chandra had disappeared in 2001, and later revelations emerged that she had an affair with a U.S. congressman from California at that time named Gary Condit. Smith also worked for Paula Deen, the Southern cooking mogul who got tangled in racism accusations.
Judy Smith was hired by Jill Kelley after Kelley began receiving threatening emails allegedly sent by Paula Broadwell, the woman who was having an affair with CIA director General David Petraeus. Similarly, Judy also worked for Jesse Jackson Jr., who was accused of spending more than $750,000 in campaign funds to buy luxury items, memorabilia, and other goods in 2012.
Judy Smith also worked in the scandals involving sports players and celebrities. In 2009, NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth hired her after killing a 59-year-old man in a drunk driving accident. Similarly, another NFL player, quarterback Michael Vick worked with Smith after he was charged in a federal case involving a dogfighting ring in 2007.
Judy Smith also worked in the scandals involving sports players and celebrities.
The late basketball legend Kobe Bryant also sought the help of Judy Smith when he was caught up in a scandal in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel worker. A 19-year-old woman pressed the charges in 2003, which were dropped in 2004. A civil lawsuit was settled out of court for the case in 2005.
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