Donald Trump is said to have paid actors $50 to attend his presidential announcement on Wednesday. The actors were reportedly headhunted by a New York-based casting agency.
The issue was first raised by Trump-activist and blogger Angelo Carusone and verified by The Hollywood Reporter and the Daily Mail.
Actors spotted from audience during Trump’s announcement
The hullabaloo began when Carusone spotted a familiar face from the audience who attended Trump’s announcement. Carusone saw an Instagram post from this man that shows him holding placards in support of Trump. The man was Domenico Del Giacco, whom Carusone said is a paid actor who formed the habit of posting his acting gigs on social media. With Giacco is another woman identified as actress Courtney Klotz. The Instagram account had since been deleted.
According to sources who have spoken with Carusone on condition of anonymity, the actors were headhunted by a casting agency known called Extra Mile NYC.
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Email from casting agency revealed Trump paid for actors
The Hollywood Reporter was able to obtain an email from Extra Mile Casting sent to background actors.
“This is an event in support of Donald Trump and an upcoming exciting announcement he will be making at this event,” the email reads.
“This event is called ‘People for a Stronger America.’ The entire group is a pro-small business group that is dedicated to encouraging Donald Trump and his latest ventures. This event will be televised,” the email stated.
“We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement. We understand this is not a traditional “background job,” but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought.”
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said there is no truth to the controversy.
“Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker. The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations. Mr. Trump’s message is, ‘Make America great again,” Lewandowski told The Hollywood Reporter.
Unnamed sources have also confirmed to Daily Mail that Giacco was paid to attend. The Daily Mail has also learned that Klotz is openly promoting herself across social media as a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild.
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