Fired L.A. County Superior Court spokesman fires back
Through the made-for-tabloid legal dramas of Paris, Britney, Rihanna and Lindsay, Allan Parachini, the spokesman for Los Angeles County Superior Court, was a ubiquitous figure, his mop of white hair bobbing above a sea of cameras as he explained the latest procedural twists on the courthouse steps.
But this week, Parachini was fired from the post he had held for eight years based on what he says are false accusations that he leaked information to the chief chronicler of celebrity scandal, TMZ.com.
In his only public comments since being placed on administrative leave last month, Parachini denied any inappropriate relationship with the gossip site and said the real reason for his termination was a conflict over access by the "old media" — specifically newspaper reporters — to bureaucratic data that would make most TMZ readers yawn.
-- Harriet Ryan
Photo: Allan Parachini. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press.