Mosocw: Actor Richard Gere made an appearance on Tuesday at a celebrity-packed business forum in Moscow that sparked controversy after two female business assistants were offered as a contest prize.
Synergy business school organizers warned The daily telegraph that "there should be no information about Richard Gere" in their coverage because of a condition in their contract that allows them "to invite only the Russian press." Gere, 69, was the keynote speaker at the Synergy Global Forum, which also hosted Malcolm Gladwell, the author, and Steven Seagal, the actor.
Tickets ranged from £ 175 ($ 304) to over £ 5000 for VIP access.
The Hollywood leader told the crowd at the Olympic stadium that Moscow, once gloomy and repressive, was now a "city of light" that "looks like a part of Europe."