The New York Times credits celebrity PR powerhouse Peggy Siegal with helping to rehab the image of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Described as NYC’s "most prominent professional hostess," the 71-year-old Siegal used her “gate-keeping powers to usher Mr. Epstein, a friend, into screenings and events,” reported the paper.
The unpaid relationship developed over the years with Epstein quizzing Siegal about films and other topics.
“I was a kind of plugged-in girl around town who knew a lot of people," she told the paper. “And I think that’s what he wanted from me, a kind of social goings-on about New York.”
The NYT showed a more aggressive side of Siegal in its Feb. 13, 2016 profile, where it branded her as “Hollywood’s secret weapon in New York.”
It called her “irrepressible, truncheon-blunt and forever pushing the boundaries between ‘no’ and ‘maybe.”'
Siegal “has employed sharp elbows and inexhaustible energy reservoirs to claim a unique social position in New York and the Hamptons: as a host for clubby, insider-only film screening and dinners for the influential, she stands at the crossroads of Hollywood power and New York society (or what’s left of it), functioning as a spin doctor, salonista, celebrity confidante and occasionally, bouncer.”