D'ARCY SUES NPR, MOMA
Veteran art reporter and film correspondent David D'Arcy has filed a $5-million lawsuit against National Public Radio and the Museum of Modern Art, claiming that he was slandered after he reported a story about the long-running controversy over the ownership of Egon Schiele's painting, Portrait of Wally [see Artnet News, Mar. 8, 2005]. According to the New York Post, D'Arcy says MoMA retaliated against him for his report, complaining to NPR and mischaracterizing D'Arcy’s story to make him appear to be "a reckless, dishonest, unethical and irresponsible journalist." The museum prompted NPR to post a "false correction" on its website, D'Arcy claims, by threatening "to cut off the news organization from stories and museum events." MoMA declined comment, while NPR told the Post that it had never been pressured by MoMA to fire D'Arcy and that an inquiry into D'Arcy's report found that it did not meet NPR standards.