Vanity Fair editor-in-chief hires exiled Esquire writers

The writers who recently embarrassed Esquire for spiking a story about an alleged sexual predator have landed at Vanity Fair as contributing editors.

Maximillian Potter and Alex French went from writing the news to being the news earlier this year when their investigative story for Esquire on the allegedly predatory sexual behavior of Hollywood director Bryan Singer was spiked by Hearst Magazines president Troy Young and chief content officer Kate Lewis.

Singer had denied the claims and threatened legal action.

Jay Fielden, then Esquire’s editor-in-chief, pushed for publication but was overruled. Fielden left Esquire in June and many top editors and writers followed him out the door.

Potter and French then took the spiked story to Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeff Goldberg, who ran it online Jan. 23 and in the March print issue.

There have been no lawsuits filed against the Atlantic since the piece was published and sources said none have been threatened.

Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones was only too happy to offer shelter.

“They picked up both me and Alex,” Potter told Media Ink on Thursday. “There’s a couple of topics we’d like to explore.”

“It’s non exclusive,” he said of the new deal. “We could do other work, but they’re giving us a good opportunity.”

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