Is this the Fyre Festival of book releases?
A mysterious “Hollywood publicist” has been promoting a literary launch from a little-known author that is supposed to be one of the publishing events of the year, featuring big-name guests like Paris Hilton and Khloé Kardashian.
The party promoter even promises a gourmet spread by Wolfgang Puck and claims that media heavy hitters, such as Page Six, have already RSVP’d.
The only problem: many of the stars on the guest list have apparently never heard of the party.
The Nov. 16 launch for the self-published book called “Sunny Collins: Sex in the Garden of Fame and Fortune” by Jacob Diamond is set for a venue in Hollywood — which actually turns out to be a gym building — and is supposed to be sponsored by Amazon Prime, according to the publicist promoting the party, who goes by the name “Jackson Ford.”
That claim of backing from the streaming giant also appeared not to be true, as a source close to the company told us, “Amazon is not affiliated with this event in any way.”
A source told Page Six that Hilton, 38, and another celeb who is supposed to show up, actress Lisa Rinna, 56, had never heard of the event and would not be attending.
A rep for Kardashian could not be reached and Puck’s rep told us, “We are definitely not doing this.”
When Page Six emailed “Ford” for more information about the alleged mega party, he replied that Amazon is “turning the book series into an Amazon Prime TV series.”
That’s a claim the source close to the company denies. Reps for the company declined to comment.
The questions around the dubious book party only grow due to the fact that “Jackson Ford” is the name of a character in the book, which is a novel about a woman named Sunny who meets a man who teaches her “the ins and outs of being a con artist.”
Diamond told us, “Every main character in the book is a based on a real person.”
A flyer for Jacob Diamond’s eventInstagram
If any celebs were to show up, they would — allegedly — get a host of VIP goodies.
Each big-name guest is supposed to receive a $500 gift certificate for a personal trainer at Plyo Fitness Hollywood, three bottles of select Sunora Bacanora Tequila, a $20,000 gift certificate to My Med Spa in Plano, Texas, and two first-class tickets to Dallas, where a “limousine service will take them to their suite at the Ritz Carlton hotel.”
About the only claim made by “Jackson Ford” that Page Six could confirm was true is the location for the event.
Steve Machuca, a manager of Plyo Fitness in Hollywood, acknowledged that they agreed to let Diamond use their gym for the glamorous soiree.
Machuca was surprised to hear that big-name guests would not be coming.
“He told me there would be celebrities coming, but I did not know that it’s not accurate that these people aren’t coming,” he said. “I had no idea.”
Machuco said the gym planned to give away $500 gift certificates to all of the guests, in addition to providing the event space and staff.
The party had also secured something no true “Hollywood” bash could do without — a red carpet.
A Texas-based company named My Med Spa’s had agreed to provide money for activities connected with the red carpet, along with prizes, according to spokesman Randy Stanley.
Stanley believed Amazon was also a partner in this event.
“That’s why I actually jumped in with this,” he told Page Six, adding that Diamond even showed him what appeared to be contracts with Amazon.
Stanley said he had only been in touch with Diamond and had not spoken to “Ford.”
Jacob Diamond at Elton John’s 27th annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing partyGetty Images
The event’s poster also claimed British singer Leon Else would be performing.
Else, 30, told Page Six, “I was invited, but I declined.”
When Page Six contacted Diamond he claimed he was “confused by what was going on,” and insisted that “Ford” had sent him numerous emails from celebrities and their reps confirming that they would be attending his event.
In an Instagram Stories post on Friday, he also claimed TMZ requested press credentials for the event.
“I have a huge team of people that I thought I believed in and trusted, and if somebody is doing something they’re not supposed to do then they need to be fired,” he said.
Diamond has claimed himself in the past that Amazon was interested in his book. In an Instagram video he posted in February 2018, Diamond said he was visiting the company’s headquarters in Seattle for some “meetings” to “hopefully” turn “Sunny Collins” into an “Amazon original programming TV show.”
Diamond became emotional throughout an interview and asked, “So, Lisa Rinna is not coming? Because I got an email saying she was.”
We confirmed with the author that sources told us Rinna indeed would not be attending, and Diamond declined to forward us the alleged email that disputed what we were told.
Diamond appeared to place all the blame on “Ford.”
He claims he met “Ford” at Elton John’s Oscars party around 2014, and that’s when “Ford” started representing him.
But Page Six has discovered that “Ford,” Diamond’s supposed publicist, may not even exist.
Page Six was unable to track down any photos of “Ford” at John’s party — but Diamond has been photographed at the famed soiree a few times.
Diamond confirmed he has been interacting with “Ford” via the same email address Page Six used to reach out to the alleged Hollywood publicist. The publicist could only be reached via email, and would not speak to us over the phone.
The email photo of “Jackson Ford” and model/influencer Pierre-Olivier BeaudoinInstagram
In the pictures, he appears to be a well-groomed, blond man — whom Page Six has identified as French model Pierre-Olivier Beaudoin, who told us he was unaware that his photos were being used without his permission to invite American press and celebrity talent to Diamond’s event.
“I confirm that I never used the name of Jackson Ford,” Beaudoin told us. “This is so weird. And this is all my pictures.”
Page Six asked Diamond and “Ford” why “Ford” used Beaudoin’s image.
“Ford” did not respond to our request for further comment. “Ford” did not respond to our repeated requests for a phone interview. Diamond also repeatedly declined to connect us with “Ford” on the phone.
Diamond declined to comment on “Ford’s” photos or true identity.
After speaking with Diamond, Page Six contacted “Ford” via Gmail in regards to Diamond’s event, and he told us, “I am no longer working on this event. The client has decided to go another route with representation.”
On Thursday, Diamond updated the flyer on his Instagram. The new version no longer featured the Amazon Prime logo or Else’s image. The party appears to still be scheduled for Saturday.