LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) ICM Partners, a major Hollywood talent agency, has cut ties with FedEx amid public backlash over the company’s business dealings with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the gun industry.
That ICM had agreed to stop doing business with FedEx was disclosed by American film and television actress. Piper Perabo, best known for playing CIA Agent Annie Walker in the spy drama series “Covert Affairs” who shared the news on Twitter, and was confirmed by Forbes.
“ICM Partners, one of the big talent agencies in Hollywood, just stopped using @FedEx in light of @FedEx discounts to @NRA,” she tweeted. “Thank you ICM.”
Calls for tighter gun control measures in America emerged with force last month after a mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day that left 17 people dead and 14 others injured.
In recent weeks, companies including Hertz, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have ended benefits and discounts for NRA members. FedEx had come under similar pressure, but had declined to cut ties with the group.
The company’s decision follows a scathing Think Progress report on the shipper’s ties to the gun industry that lead to a public backlash. The report revealed a confidential company document detailing with the courier service’s relationship with the firearms industry.
The internal company document outlined in great detail precisely how FedEx had secretly agreed to bend its own rules on gun shipments for powerful forces in the gun industry, including all major gun manufacturers and the NRA itself.