As the backlash against the killing by police of George Floyd continues, a private investigator has been hired by a group of TV networks to trawl through the social media accounts of famous actors to dig up racist posts.
Los Angeles-based PI Edward Myers is working for CBS, MTV and VH1 to weed out offensive posts made by on-air and production talent, who work for the networks, before anything is made public and embarrass the companies, according to gossip column Page Six of the New York Post.
On his Web site, Myers describes himself as an “investigation and risk assessment specialist” and offers services such as “surveillance and counter-surveillance,” as well as “intelligence gathering.”
"Edward Myers is an investigation and risk assessment specialist with over 30 years of combined experience in both the public and private sectors," says the Myers Group website.
"He has been court certified as an investigation expert and has presented as a guest speaker to corporate security professionals, private attorneys, state and federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents on a range of matters, including complex business and municipal fraud, workplace violence, threat assessment and litigation intelligence.
Page Six reported that letters have gone out to stars alerting them that Myers — who has worked as an investigator for LA County’s “hardcore gang division,” which handles the most difficult gang murders, and for Jeff Bezos’ private security chief, Gavin de Becker — will begin his probe soon.
The move comes after a spate of celebrities were recently fired over resurfaced racist posts. Last week, Bravo fired “Vanderpump Rules” stars Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens for offensive tweets, and on Wednesday the network canned “Below Deck Mediterranean” star Peter Hunziker for a racist Instagram post. Meanwhile, the CW fired Hartley Sawyer from “The Flash,” and MTV let go “Teen Mom’s” Taylor Selfridge for similar offenses (although Selfridge claims she quit).
Among the TV stars Myers may be looking into include those who worked on shows including “Dating Naked,” “Jersey Shore,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Teen Mom,” “Game On,” “Vice” and “Love & Hip Hop.” No word on whether CBS’s “Magnum, PI” is among those being vetted.
Myers and network reps have not responded to media inquiries about the use of a private investigator.
George Perry Floyd Jr. was an African-American man killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After his death, protests against police violence toward black people quickly spread across the United States and internationally.
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