Well, since he asked in the first place...ok.
But, to reiterate, for the future, I think TOs should be stuck to in
tournaments, regardless of circumstances-- in the interests of equity,
and in the interests of keeping things moving along.
Certainly I don't think the prominence on the site of the person in
question should play any role in the decision.
IMO, this is why they should be automatic in tournaments-- people
can always find reasons to make exceptions.