What have the past few months been like for Ali Wise, the publicist who was arrested for hacking into socialite Nina Freudenberger's e-mails this past summer? According to Page Six the Magazine, which has apparently come back from the dead to report on this very topic, it has been utter hell. As Ali waits for a judge to decide her fate this October, she is, according to her "inner circle,"
"alternately sad, angry, and racked with feelings that her fall from grace is totally unfair."
Like, totally unfair. Like, she is just racked [sic]. Because the Truth, according to Team Wise, is this: Nina was stalking Ali first.
According to Ali's former boyfriend, Jason Pomeranc, Nina was sending him e-mails saying Ali was a slut for months; even though the correspondence was totally one-sided and he "begged" her to leave him alone, she couldn't help it because she was "insecure" about her own relationship with Josh Deutsch, Ali's ex-boyfriend, and also about being from Long Island, maybe. And the only reason Ali hacked into Nina's voice mails was because her curiosity was "piqued" by this stranger trying to destroy her good name. Yes, she used a Spoofcard, and yes, that is technically a felony punishable by four years in prison, but it was self-defense. The injustice will not be tolerated, and Ali's powerful friends in New York and Hollywood types are rallying to her defense. "Ali is not a stalker," designer Stacy Bendet told the magazine. "Nina was jealous." Jennifer Meyer Maguire, daughter of Ron and wife of Toby, sounded a more ominous note, predicting that a guilty verdict for Wise could have serious consequences, not just for publicists, but for America:
"If someone like Ali Wise goes to jail, then our system is a disaster."
We hope the relevant authorities hear these voices, consider Ali's version of events, and make a fair and reasonable decision. After all, we wouldn't want America's socialites to have to go on a hunger strike.