LATEST: Studio bosses behind Sex And The City: THE MOVIE have come to the rescue of a die-hard fan, after discovering the woman had been conned out of $19,000 (GBP9,500) for what she thought was a ticket to the movie's New York premiere and afterparty.
New Line Cinema executives rushed to replace the missing ticket to the event on Tuesday (27May08), after being alerted to the plight of London-native Ella Sherman by a New York newspaper reporter.
Sherman had purchased the Sex and the City experience - which did not include travel arrangements - in an online auction on Ebay.com in April (08) through travel company Destination on Location.
The company promised to whisk the winning bidder to a posh Manhattan hotel for a five-night stay, a ticket to the premiere and after-party, shopping sprees and leisure time at members-only club the SoHo House.
The company also claimed a percentage of the money would be donated domestic violence charity Artists Against Abuse - a charity they claim is star Kim Cattrall's favourite.
In an e-mail before the big purchase, Sherman received notice from workers at the company saying: "We are in contact with Kim Cattrall and are awaiting what her degree of involvement will be."
But days after receiving confirmation of her winning bid from company founder Joanne Konstantinakos, Sherman was notified the tickets would not be granted, because the company itself had become the victim of a fraudulent seller.
And though Sherman - who has yet to be reimbursed - will be attending the premiere after flying in to the Big Apple from her home in Singapore, she insists the goodwill hasn't made up for her losses.
She tells the New York Post, "It was supposed to be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. But it's a fiasco. It was the after-party that was the big thing for me."