Saturday 24 February 2018

Actor Robbins knew nothing about sold-out UCD event

Jason O'Brien

HOLLYWOOD actor Tim Robbins knew nothing about a "sold-out" event in an Irish university last week where he was expected to be the star attraction.

Hundreds of fans of the Oscar-winning star were left disappointed last Friday when he didn't appear at University College Dublin.

The university's Law Society had heavily advertised the event -- maintaining Robbins would receive an honourary life membership -- and it was a selling-point as the society recruited new members during the preceding Fresher's Week, with the 600-capacity Astra Hall booked.

Other recent recipients of honourary life membership from the Law Society include MIT lecturer Noam Chomsky, supermodel Erin O'Connor, comedian Bill Bailey and former politician Michael McDowell.

However, the Law Society's auditor, Kieran McCarthy, has now issued an apology to Robbins' management team, confirming the star was never aware of the event.

It was claimed on Friday that the 'Mystic River' actor had cancelled at short notice because of scheduling difficulties, and would be back to accept the honourary life membership within a month.

But in the apology -- seen by the Irish Independent -- Mr McCarthy has confirmed he had no contact with Robbins or his manager, and that Robbins was not aware of the event.

He added that Robbins "was never attending the law society in UCD to accept an honourary life membership".

He also apologised to the Law Society's members.

Repeated efforts to contact Mr McCarthy were unsuccessful yesterday.

Merck Mercuriadis, the actor's manager, confirmed yesterday that the actor was never aware of the Law Society event.

He also confirmed Robbins had not agreed to attend any Law Society event in the future. "Tim's not only a good Irishman but he is someone who has built his career by putting integrity first," Mr Mercuriadis said.

Mr Mercuriadis said he had dealt with the UCD Law Society on behalf of clients in the past, and did not understand how the event had been pushed through and so widely advertised when Robbins had never confirmed.

Irish Independent

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