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2000: Hurley mocked at premiere
Liz Hurley has been greeted by protesters at the Los Angeles premiere of her new film Bedazzled.

The 35-year-old actress has outraged fellow actors by filming an advert during the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike.

SAG members have been on strike since 1 May over "pay for play" conditions in adverts. The actors want this rule to be extended to Cable TV adverts which are currently paid at a flat rate and not based on how many times the advert is shown.

Liz Hurley claims that she was not aware of the strike when she filmed the Estée Lauder advert.

"It's very sad for me because they are my union and I do support the strike. I wouldn't have dreamt of working had I known there was a strike but the fact remains I didn't know. You can't rewrite history.

"I have apologised and said 'Hey I'm sorry, I didn't know" she said.

She has also made a $25,000 (£17,000) donation to the SAG to show her support.

More than 200 protesters were at the premiere. Banners declaring 'Liz = ugly scab' and 'Beauty fades - honour doesn't' were waved as the actress arrived at Mann's Chinese Theatre.

One protestor said: "She's upset a lot of people. Her reputation in this town is zilch."

Possible expulsion

A spokesman for the SAG said: "She has expressed her regret in a letter to the union but she's definitely going to have to appear before the board."

Ms Hurley faces a heavy fine and possible expulsion from the union, which would seriously damage her career.

"Without union membership, her chances of starring in another Hollywood movie are nil" said a SAG spokesman. The SAG strike started in May and has since gained support from another union, the American Federation of Television and Radio artists.

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Liz Hurley advertises Estee Lauder products
Liz Hurley advertises Estee Lauder products

In Context
In December 2000 Liz Hurley was fined £70,000 by the Screen Actors Guild for filming the advert during a strike.

She agreed to pay the fine but said she was "disappointed" by the decision.

The six-month strike against advertisers ended on 30 October. It had been one of the longest in Hollywood history.

George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon and Tom Hanks were among big names to lend their support to the strike.

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