Reed’s Manager Accused Of Threatening Behavior

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March 17, 2011 | 10:05pm EST

Rocker Lou Reed’s manager is under investigation by New York police officials amid allegations he threatened the life of a headhunter.
Adrian Smith, who helps to source staff for celebrities, claims he began working with Reed and his manager Tom Sarig earlier this year, when he was hired to find anassistant for the former Velvet Underground frontman.

But Smith encountered problems when he attempted to collect payment for his work after Sarig objected to paying a finders fee, which was 20 per cent of the assistant’s $70,000 annual salary.

The dispute escalated and resulted in a tense conversation between the pair on 8 March, when Sarig allegedly snapped to Smith, “Our guys in Israel are going to fly in and they will kill you.”

Smith filed a complaint with police immediately after the reported incident and Manhattan cops are currently looking into the matter, according to The Village Voice.

A representative for the Midtown North police division says, “We’re familiar with the case, and it’s an ongoing investigation.”

Reed is not believed to be directly involved in the case.