Entergy is saying that it will investigate allegations that local actors were paid to sit in a city council meeting regarding a then-proposed New Orleans Power Station in support of the project.
The company said the allegations are troubling but are adamant that the company did not “pay, nor did we authorize any other person or entity to pay supporters…”
However, the company said they are investigating and would take action if warranted. “to determine if anyone retained by the company has acted in any way inconsistent with these values. We will take swift and appropriate action if warranted.”
A local actor told WWL-TV reporters that he was paid to wear a shirt that supported the project at the March meeting and was told to stay quiet. The council eventually voted to approve the proposal.
Actor Andrew Wiseman, who had a role in the show Treme, said after the meeting that he was one of those paid supporters.
“Just sit down, wear a t-shirt, don’t talk, don’t open your mouth,” Wiseman said he was told.
Wiseman says he heard about the gig through one of his acting buddies. He said they weren’t told what they were going to be doing before they walked in the council meeting. After the meeting, he was paid $120 in cash.
This week The Lens issued a report citing more actors saying they were paid. Some of them told The Lens that they recognized about a dozen local actors in the seats.
Full statement from Entergy:
The recent allegations that some supporters of the New Orleans Power Station may have been paid to attend or speak at certain public meetings are troubling and run counter to the values of our Company. While we reiterate that Entergy did not pay, nor did we authorize any other person or entity to pay supporters to attend or speak at Council meetings, we recognize that our interactions with our stakeholders must always be based on honesty and integrity. To that end, we are in the process of finalizing our investigation to determine if anyone retained by the company has acted in any way inconsistent with these values. We will take swift and appropriate action if warranted.