Who Is Nik Richie?
If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting TheDirty.com, it’s kind of like a Perez Hilton website for party girls, only with more salacious commentary and less doodling on photos. Fittingly, the site is run by one Nik Richie, who went to the Perez school of picking a nickname. Yesterday, Richie shot into the news when he married Shayne Lamas, the winner of “The Bachelor” season 12 and the daughter of Lorenzo Lamas. Richie and Lamas got married Britney Spears-style, at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The couple had known each other for less than a week and sprang for the $519 Michael Jordan wedding package. [CBS News]
Because the quickie wedding has “publicity stunt” written all over it, it’s gotten a lot of attention for Richie, whose real name is Hooman Karamian. And people are uncovering some pretty sketchy things about this dude’s past. After the jump, the dirty details.
- Though profiles on social networking sites have said that Nik Richie is a 22-year-old female and 25-year-old male, the real Hooman Karamian is a 31-year-old living in Scottsdale, Arizona. He operates TheDirty.com out of what appears to be a two-story house at the end of a cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood. [Zimbio]
- Karamian has a history of using aliases, calling them “stage names.” One of them—Corbin Grimes — was listed as the executive officer of several companies, including Capitol Imaging Group, Talent 2K, and 97 Radio. Karamian and several others at these companies were accused of scamming musicians from 1998 to 2004, by promising to get them their big breaks and taking lots of their money in the process. [Zimbio]
- Karamian married Amanda Toney, a managing partner in a marketing firm, in 2005. She served him with divorce papers last summer. Shortly before receiving the papers, he tweeted (under Nik Richie), “Back 2 Back weekends in Vegas … what am I doing with my life? I just want to find the one and settle down, maybe have some babies.” [Phoenix New Times]
- In 2008, Karamian was pulled over for speeding. The officer noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and that he was slurring his words. His blood alcohol level was tested at .165, twice the legal limit. He pleaded guilty to drunk driving, paid $2,000 in fines, and was sentenced to four days in jail. This is made even more ironic because TheDirty.com has specifically stated, “Think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, FOLKS.” And warned that people getting DUIs would have their mug shots “plastered up in our hall of shame.” Yep, that’s his mug shot above. [Smoking Gun]