WENN acknowledges that it mistakenly facilitated the publication of unfounded allegations regarding the status and professional standing of Omar Amanat, a founding member of the board of directors of Summit Entertainment LLC, the independent studio behind the Twilight Saga trilogy of movies.
We have now ascertained that Mr. Amanat not only controls approximately twenty percent of a company that forms the largest shareholder in Summit Entertainment LLC, but additionally provided or otherwise introduced fifty percent of the equity in that company. He is absolutely not a "Twilight Biz imposter", but the antithesis of that description.
We also acknowledge Mr. Amanat's prominent reputation and business connections in the UK, and his extensive international charitable and philanthropic work.
We unreservedly withdraw any such allegations questioning Mr. Amanat's status and relationship with Summit Entertainment LLC and very much regret the publication of allegations which should never have been published by us in the first place.
We apologise to Mr. Amanat for any embarrassment or prejudice we may have caused to him and his reputation. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay him damages, which he intends to donate to the charity Malaria No More and to pay his legal costs.
The Executive Vice President of Summit Entertainment, David C. Friedman, has written to New York-based Omar Amanat threatening to sue if he continues to "misrepresent" that he is "currently affiliated" with the production company.
The letter, obtained by Deadline.com, claims Amanat has screened some of the vampire films at 'charity' events and talked some of the franchise's stars into making appearances.
It reads, "(Summit is) prepared to take action against you for, among other things, misrepresenting your authority to screen The Twilight Saga: New Moon at a charity event and misleading castmembers into thinking the screening was a sanctioned event and soliciting their participation in auctioning off a set visit for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which Summit had not... authorised."
The letter goes on to state, "You are not a director of Summit. You are not in any way involved in the management of Summit... Unless you immediately and satisfactorily confirm that you will cease all inappropriate misrepresentations, Summit will have no choice but to pursue appropriate actions against you."