You remember the second-largest Kentucky Retirement Systems placement agent and his high-roller lifestyle?
Looks like Blackstone is having another problem or two because Matt Damon, Bob Barker and other animal rights activists are calling Blackstone to task for alleged mismanagement of SeaWorld, which has led to animal cruelty.
Once again The Blackstone Group is at the center of a headline-grabbing controversy.
After the tragic death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau last week, Hollywood’s animal rights advocates grabbed the moment to criticize the attraction’s new owner. Private-equity giant Blackstone bought SeaWorld and nine other theme parks from Anheuser-Busch InBev for $2.3 billion last October.
TV host Bob Barker, a long-time animal-rights supporter, staged the first call for SeaWorld to shut down. “I must appeal to you to take strong action now so that it never happens again,” he wrote in a letter to Blackstone’s COO, Tony James, the day after Brancheau’s death.
Matt Damon later told Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of his new film Green Zone, “I think they should just shut them all down. I’ve never been a fan of places like that.”
You’ll probably want to read all about it if you’ve been following our coverage of Louisville Metro Animal Services and our blurbs about the KRS.