Lizzie Grubman

Lizzie Grubman
Elizabeth Grubman

(1971-01-30) January 30, 1971 (age 49)
EducationNortheastern University (attended, did not graduate)
OccupationPublicist, manager, socialite
Spouse(s)Eric Gatoff (1995–1997)
Chris Stern (2006-present)
ChildrenHarry Stern
Jack Stern
Parent(s)Allen Grubman
Yvette Grubman

Elizabeth Grubman (born January 30, 1971) is an American publicist, manager and socialite.[1] She is the daughter of entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman and his first wife, the late Yvette Grubman.[2] In 2002, Grubman served 38 days in jail for an incident where she intentionally backed a Mercedes SUV into a crowd, injuring 16 people.[3][4]

Early life

She is the daughter of entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman and his first wife, the late Yvette Grubman.[2] Her parents divorced in 1988.[5] Her mother had multiple sclerosis, and died of ovarian cancer at 58 in 2001.[5]


Grubman is well known as a publicist and manager. She founded her own company in 1996, and has represented Britney Spears, Jay-Z, and the Backstreet Boys.[6]

The 2005 reality show PoweR Girls on MTV centered on a group of young publicists working for Grubman's PR firm.[7][8] The title is a reference to a 1998 cover story in New York magazine that profiled Grubman and several of her rivals, noting that "Lizzie was clearly the most powerful girl of all.".[9]

Personal life

Grubman attended four high schools, including the New York City prep schools Horace Mann, Lenox, and Dwight.[9][10] She briefly attended Northeastern University, but dropped out before completing her sophomore year.[2][9][10]

In 1995, she married Eric Gatoff, an associate at her father's law firm.[2] They divorced in 1997.[11]

2001 incident with an SUV

On July 7, 2001, after being asked by security guards to remove her Mercedes from a fire lane, Grubman intentionally drove her father's Mercedes Benz SUV[12] into a crowd of people outside of the Conscience Point Inn at 1976 North Sea Road in the Hamptons, injuring 16 people. Grubman was later charged in a 26-count indictment with felony crimes including second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, and reckless endangerment.[13] The subsequent trial garnered widespread media coverage,[13][14][15] not only because of the particular circumstances of the crash, but because of what Richard Johnson, editor of the New York Post's Page Six, referred to as "the overreaching drama of class warfare."[16] Grubman was alleged to have made an inflammatory statement before striking her victims with her vehicle: "Fuck you, white trash."[17] Later, allegations arose that she received "special treatment"[18] at the hands of police, who did not perform a Breathalyzer test[18] despite allegations, and later, criminal charges, that she was intoxicated at the time of the incident.[13][19] In the criminal trial, Grubman faced up to eight years in prison, but served only thirty-eight days in jail and received five years' probation after reaching a plea bargain for leaving the scene of a car accident.[20] Grubman has said that the SUV incident was an accident.[21]


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  2. ^ a b c d WEDDINGS; Eric Gatoff and Lizzie Grubman, The New York Times. Accessed September 10, 2007.
  3. ^ O'Donnell, Michelle (April 27, 2004). "Crash Is Still Haunting Grubman". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Gootman, Elissa (October 24, 2002). "Grubman Gets Jail Sentence And Scolding From the Judge". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b [1]
  6. ^ "Accident expert says Grubman intentionally ran down people in 2001". USA Today. April 27, 2004. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
  7. ^ "Power Girls". MTV. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
  8. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (March 7, 2005). "Lizzie Grubman's Star Vehicle". New York. Retrieved September 12, 2007.
  9. ^ a b c "Reversal of Fortune". New York. July 30, 2001. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
  10. ^ a b Harris, Lynn (August 7, 2003). "Thin Lizzie". Salon. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  11. ^ "Astrology: Lizzie Grubman, birth date 30 January 1971, born in New York". Retrieved October 21, 2013.
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  13. ^ a b c "Grubman's gamble: Beat the DWI". Court TV. July 17, 2002. Retrieved November 24, 2007. Grubman's lawyer, Stephen Scaring, said the defense will focus on disproving the driving while intoxicated charge a grand jury returned last September against the 31-year-old celebrity party organizer.... Grubman was also indicted for felony charges of vehicular assault and second-degree assault
  14. ^ Ripley, Amanda (July 15, 2001). "Rage Of The Hamptons". Time. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
  15. ^ Gootman, Elissa. "Times Topics: Elizabeth S. Grubman". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
  16. ^ Martin, Rick (July 15, 2001). "NOTICED; A Publicist Scorched By Fires She Fanned". The New York Times. Retrieved November 24, 2007.
  17. ^ "Reproduction of State Supreme Court Complaint, filed by the victim Scott Conlon". Court TV. July 16, 2001. Retrieved November 24, 2007. In particular response to the request of the plaintiff, in his capacity as security supervisor at the aforesaid Conscience Point Inn, for the defendant LIZZIE GRUBMAN to move the motor vehicle, the defendant uttered the statement: 'Fuck you, white trash'.
  18. ^ a b Springer, John (July 2, 2002). "A year after Hamptons horror, publicity princess could be poised for a plea deal". Court TV. Retrieved November 24, 2007.
  19. ^ "Reproduction of State Supreme Court Complaint, filed by the victim Scott Conlon". Court TV. July 16, 2001. Retrieved November 24, 2007. See page 2, items 10, 11, and 12.
  20. ^ Hamm, Liza (December 14, 2006). "Lizzie Grubman Gives Birth to Baby Boy". People. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
  21. ^ Gregorian, Dareh (August 17, 2007). "FINALLY! THE 'LAST' OF LIZZIE". The New York Post. Retrieved September 10, 2007.

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