Ronn talks to the press today about his lawsuit against his former HR director Melissa Weiss—or, as Ronn calls her, "YOU STUPID CUNT." Ronn tells PRWeek [Disclosure: where I used to work] that Weiss' charges of labor violations at 5WPR are false, and that Weiss "was fired for actively trying to poach employees to other agencies," not as retaliatory measure for doing her job. He also "declined to discuss the authenticity" of his shouty, insulty emails to Weiss. Duly noted.
In the wake of the publication of those emails, Ronn's old acquaintances are coming out and expressing their (hard) feelings about him. Today, a selection from PR pro Ann Higgins, blogging at The Ethical Optimist:
I had the distinct displeasure in working with Ronn for a brief period of time at KCSA. He did, in fact, embody the worst idea about a PR professional and a manager. In fact, I would up telling my CEO that I refused to work with him...which did not sit well. It was also probably the only time in my career that I have cussed out a co-worker...
At the higher echelons of the public relations industry, it's a fairly small world. Your word and your reputation count, even among your competitors. Ronn's is basically Mudd, and has been for a long time. Now, with the radioactive half life afforded by the Web, his infamy is available for all — prospective employees, clients, etc., — to see ... for some time to come.
This was evidenced by no less than 20 emails and links I received from colleagues and folks who'd also worked for Ronn when the Gawker.com piece hit. Each forward was preceded by a comment along the lines of, "couldn't happen to a nicer guy...haha."