Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino made quite an impression at Allen & Co.'s rural schmoozefest this week. Both on Twitter and in an on-air segment, Gasparino complained about being mistreated by the private security guards hired for the Sun Valley conference. But sources told Valleywag that good time Gasparino was the instigator.
On Wednesday evening, after perhaps imbibing a little too much, Gasparino attempted to barge into a private event at Duchin, a bar within the Sun Valley Lodge. MSA Security, the firm hired by Allen & Co., stopped him and a producer for Fox Business News from entering. Then yesterday morning, Gasparino, seemingly still tipsy from the previous night, confronted the head of security, screaming: "How dare you put your hands on my producer?" He was given a trespass citation.
We heard he was given a trespass citation and kicked off the entire property for trying to cause a scene, which is when the photo above (provided to Valleywag by a tipster) was taken. The MSA representative on site in Idaho told Valleywag yesterday that he was not able to comment. Fox Business spokesperson Irena Briganti has not returned an email about the incidents from yesterday. Gasparino has not responded to an email from this morning. We will update the post if we hear back.
But that might explain why Gasparino appears to be filming his segments from the side of the road. In this appearance on Money with Melissa Francis he says, "I can stay here but I can't go over there," pointing to whatever's behind the wooden fence.
None of the fracas stopped a bulldog like Gasparino from trying to report. He spotted Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Christie dining together, speculating that the governor might have been in Idaho to do a little fundraising. Gasparino said he complimented the Facebook CEO before, Zuck "like, ran away from me," calling him "the most uncomfortable guy in his own skin."
Francis asked Gasparino if, like some of the other reporters, he had a drone to try to listen in on conversations or whether that was too "wimpy."
"Listen I go into bars and I talk to people," said Gasparino.
"I bet," Francis replied.
"When they're a little bit liquored up," he added, "it's the best."
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