Heath Ledger, Mary-Kate Olsen — and Blackwater

What stories could private security firms in your community tell about dealing with the rich, famous and powerful? Consider The New York Times‘s fascinating peek at how Mary-Kate Olsen (left) and other swells use security firms such as infamous Blackwater Worldwide when they get in a jam. “They’re operating with their own set of rules,” says Lou Palumbo, who owns an agency providing security to celebrities and heads of state. “They’re under the impression that concessions are made for them every day. They want us to do damage control.” And that’s just one more reason why I hate interviewing celebrities.

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