Two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants are now under protection, the venerable accounting house said, after photos of their homes were posted online along with other personal information.
PwC told NBC News that Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, who were responsible for guarding the envelopes backstage at the Oscars, have been given their own security guards. A PwC official also noted that the two accountants “are not going anywhere” and will remain with the firm.
The Motion Picture Academy has said it will no longer have any involvement with Cullinan or Ruiz. The bulk of the attention has fallen on Cullinan, who is widely believed to have blown the handoff of the Best Picture envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
Cullinan and Ruiz are partners at PwC. People quotes a PwC spokesperson saying: “I can confirm they have been taken off the Academy Awards but they will still remain partners at the firm.”
People cites a source saying that Cullinan, who reportedly posted a now-deleted photo of actress Emma Stone holding her Oscar backstage, was told not to use social media during the ceremony.
People’s source is quoted saying: “Brian was asked not to tweet or use social media during the show. He was fine to tweet before he arrived at the red carpet but once he was under the auspices of the Oscar night job, that was to be his only focus.”
People notes that the Emma Stone photo had a time stamp showing it was posted at 9:05 p.m., moments before the presentation of the Best Picture trophy.