SHERRY: Maureen’s the instigator of this little soiree. She has her own publicity firm in New York …
MAUREEN: She meant to run all those people down, but you didn’t hear it from me.
Maureen refers to publicist, manager, and socialite Elizabeth “Lizzie” Grubman (born 1971). In 2001, after being asked by security to remove her vehicle from a fire lane, she intentionally drove her Mercedes Benz SUV into a crowd of outside an inn in the Hamptons, injuring 16 people.
Grubman was later charged with second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, and reckless endangerment. The trial gained widespread media coverage because of the circumstances and because of Grubman’s profile and attitude. She is alleged to have said, “Fuck you, white trash”, before ploughing her car into the crowd. Later allegations were that she received special treatment from the police.
In 2002, Grubman served thirty-eight days in jail after reaching a plea bargain. She maintains that the incident was accidental.