WE GET GROPED: A-List Stars Shun White House Correspondents Dinner

by Tina Daunt, The Hollywood Reporter

They may govern the free world’s leading nation and regulate the globe’s biggest economy, but when it comes to celebrities, Washingtonians are as starstruck as folks from Des Moines. That’s why the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has assumed an outsized importance on the capitol social calendar and one of the reasons many locals are feeling let down by this year’s dearth of A-list actors and film figures.

They may govern the free world’s leading nation and regulate the globe’s biggest economy, but when it comes to celebrities, Washingtonians are as starstruck as folks from Des Moines. That’s why the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has assumed an outsized importance on the capitol social calendar and one of the reasons many locals are feeling let down by this year’s dearth of A-list actors and film figures.

According to the source, “there are way too many A-listers who have had pretty weird experiences at the dinner. A lot of the people who have gone say they’ll never do it again. The room is so crowded. It’s uncontrolled. There’s no limit to the number of people trying to get photos and autographs — and there’s no way to hide from it. It’s like the stars are animals in a cage. People go crazy when they see them. They act like a bunch of kids at the Kids’ Choice Awards.”

Publicists tell their clients that it’s OK to attend the dinner — especially if they want publicity for a project — but that they should be wary. This is a crowd that gropes and grabs. A few years ago, one drunken guest actually bared her breasts to Ben Affleck as he was walking to the men’s restroom. (That was the last time he attended the dinner.) And it’s not just the megastars who get the unwanted attention, which often comes from the correspondents’ dates.

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