By: Lucia Moses

Beaupre Alleges Mistreatment Over Chiquita Scandal

Former Cincinnati Enquirer Editor Larry Beaupre is seeking $15 million from parent
company Gannett Co. Inc., which he alleges made him the scapegoat for the Enquirer’s
botched Chiquita Brands International series in 1998.

In the latest effort to assign blame in the series, Beaupre claims that Gannett
mistreated him during its handling of the stories after Chiquita threatened to sue.
(Gannett eventually retracted the stories and reached a confidential $10-million-plus
settlement with Chiquita after discovering that an Enquirer reporter broke into Chiquita’s
voice-mail system.)

Although Beaupre learned about the voice-mail messages when other Gannett executives did,
‘They have allowed him to take the public and internal blame,’ Beaupre attorney Samuel
Seymour said. ‘They promised to defend him, and they didn’t.’ Seymour said he will seek to
make public the terms of the confidential settlement to show they were aimed at discrediting

Gannett denied the allegations, maintaining that Beaupre was directly involved in editing
the stories. Beaupre has been on administrative leave for about a month from his job as a
Gannett news executive.


Lucia Moses ( is associate
editor for Editor & Publisher magazine.

(c) Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher

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