The other day we reported how Taylor Lautner was going to be the new face of Bench in the Philippines. Well it looks like that’s not going to happen despite it being put out on several reliable news sources that quoted information given by local entertainment reporter Ricky Lo (who has now backpedaled).
“Prior to Lo’s clarification, Joyce Ramirez Director for International Publicity of PR Asia Worldwide, the agency behind “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick’s endorsement for another local clothing brand, Penshoppe, and his much-talked-about Manila visit two weeks ago, also dispelled the alleged Lautner-Bench collaboration, telling abs-cbnNEWS.com in an interview, “It doesn’t exist.”
“There’s no authorization from the U.S. agency. It’s illegal to use the name of an international artist without endorsement contracts,” Ramirez added.
In a separate press statement, Ramirez—who is said to be in constant communication with US-based WME Entertainment, the agency that represents Lautner, reiterated, “His lawyers are now discussing all probable legal rights they have against the brand who used Mr. Lautner’s name for the free publicity.”