- Olivia Wilde got custody papers at CinemaCon when she went on stage to present her latest movie.
- Operation servant defended the woman who served Wilde.
- He shared what he had to do in the past for celebrity service.
CinemaCon delegates were shocked Tuesday when the actor and director got hurt Olivia Wilde has filed legal papers During a presentation about her latest movie.
She was given a Manila envelope marked “Personal and Confidential” after it was dropped on stage by an unknown woman. Wilde asked, “Is this mine?”
A source said The Hollywood Reporter That the documents were prepared to “establish jurisdiction” over the two children she shares with Jason Sudeikis, but that Wilde’s ex-fiancé would “never condone her inappropriate service.”
Mike Kern, a California processing server not involved in the case, told Insider that the operations service company’s approach was justified. He said his own company, Direct Legal Support in Los Angeles, often had no choice but to resort to such drastic measures.
“If these people are not available, and their manager does not want to help us, we will do whatever is required to provide the service for them,” Kern said.
He’s served celebrities and knows how hard it is
The 52-year-old, who said he provided documents to celebrities such as Woody Harrelson and the creator of “Girls Gone Wild” Joe Francishe said that individual access to certain stars can be very difficult.
“They’re rich and live in gated communities or have real estate,” Kern told Insider.
He added that some people are “deliberately hiding” to avoid presenting their papers while they are being sued.
Meanwhile, even if he could approach them in person, he said they might refuse to accept documents, which were usually summons or complaints.
“Whether they’re celebrities or not, I’ve come to people’s doors, and they’ve said, ‘I’m not taking it.’ In that case, the leaves fall at their feet.”
It is not uncommon to serve celebrities at public events
As was the case with Wilde, Kern said he submitted papers for bold names at public events such as music festivals and film premieres.
“You find out they’re going to be on the red carpet or at a book signing,” he said. “If they’re doing a concert, you get tickets in the front row and serve them by dropping papers on the stage.”
He will occasionally invest in premium tickets to sporting events.
“If he’s a sports star, you might get tickets to the Lakers or the San Francisco Giants,” he said, adding that he once served as a football player for the Los Angeles Rams.
He said that in most celebrity cases — which may include divorce, breach of contract, tax evasion or a traffic accident — the recipient is a “cooperative”.
“They don’t want it to be broadcast on social media,” he said. “They’ll try to keep it low.”
Kern said his company often “spots” celebrities and other wealthy people who are hard to spot, adding, “We’ll sit outside their gates for hours until they do something like go to a coffee shop. Then we’ll serve them there.”
But he said operations servers must adhere to strict rules set by the state.
“There are a lot of advance texting laws here in California that can get you in trouble,” he said. “However, in the past, people used FedEx or UPS uniforms to get people out the door.”
According to Kern, lawyers pay him and his workers between 80 and “hundreds of dollars” an hour.
“You can charge $100 an hour to wait in your car,” he said. “But if you’re changing the cemetery, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., the price goes up.”
He said many operations servers earn an annual salary in six figures.
“You can make that amount of money in your first year,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kern told Insider he’s been a victim of violence — but not at the hands of a celebrity.
“When I was much younger, I turned my back on this guy, and he hit me on the head with a baseball bat,” he said.
As for the woman who worked on Wild Papers at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, he confirmed that she is acting professionally: “She got the job done.”