– Manager, Well Known A-list Public Figure
Threat assessment / risk assessment is an integral part of our ability to provide successful management to a client’s overall safety and security. Research has shown us that nearly all modern-day public figure attackers have communicated inappropriately with their victim or other public figures prior to attacking. With this in mind, our office dedicates enormous resources to the collection, review and assessment of threatening or otherwise bizarre communications. Our Case Agents have reviewed, assessed, monitored, and catalogued thousands of communications sent to our clients over the years. Our efforts in threat assessment / risk assessment have resulted in the prevention of encounters that may have resulted in violence.
Our firm consults public figures, individuals, and corporations on matters pertaining to safety and privacy. Services include:
Galahad is sought to consult clients on ways to improve their overall safety and privacy in all areas of their personal and professional lives – at the workplace, offices, studios, homes, while on tour, during film shoots and travel abroad, etc. We are often retained to work with our clients’ personal assistants and train them how to handle threatening or bizarre communications directed towards the public figure. Since personal assistants are generally at the “front lines” of receiving inappropriate communications, it is important they know what to look for and how best to deal with persistent and inappropriate pursuers. Although few assistants have security and/or law enforcement background, they are asked (by the very nature of their work) to deal with security related issues not within the realm of their expertise or experience.
We want to help high-profile public figures in general by working with their personal assistants to provide critical information, procedures and strategies they can use to keep the client safe. Galahad provides a pro bono training program for persons actively employed in the field of public figure personal assistants. The certification training program in “Basic Public Figure Safety & Privacy” gives personal assistants the tools to effectively deal with a wide range of safety and privacy challenges directed toward their employer.
Persons currently employed as a personal assistant for a public figure, celebrity, or high-profile corporate officer should contact our office immediately to take advantage of this important information.
A safety program is not complete unless it includes provisions for ensuring clients privacy rights are maintained and are not vulnerable to unnecessary invasions of privacy, tabloid harassment or aggressive intrusions by the media, and personal contact with unwanted pursuers. We work with clients to reduce their likelihood of being located by searching a wide variety of public records and taking the necessary steps to make this information private, conduct reviews of publications where address or personal information may be listed, and consult on matters related to tabloid pursuit and harassment to minimize their invasive and illegal tactics.
Stalking is defined by the California Penal Code Section 646.9, which provides that “any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family” is guilty of the crime of stalking.
Stalking as defined in the United States Code, Sec. 2261A. Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act, provides whoever travels across a State line or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States with the intent to injure or harass another person, and in the course of, or as a result of, such travel places that person in reasonable fear of the death of, or serious bodily injury to, that person or a member of that person’s immediate family is guilty of the crime of stalking.
More simply put, probably the best term to define stalking is unwanted pursuit. The act of stalking can occur between strangers, intimates, co-workers and includes many different behaviors, but all share two common features: they involve actions not wanted by the victim and they threaten or cause fear to the victim. A person is liable for the crime of stalking when one or more of the following elements is involved: