My boyfriend, who always votes for the third party candidate, says that the only difference between Democrats and Republicans is their price tag. He’s forever explaining to strangers that Republicans would never get caught with only $90K worth of bribe money in their freezers. And maybe he’s right? Democrat Sheila Dixon, the first female mayor of Baltimore, has been convicted of fraudulent misappropriation. She stole $630 worth of gift cards intended for the poor. Apparently, she solicited the cards from a wealthy developer and then instead of donating them, bought stuff for herself. That’s great, Sheila. Now I’ll never shut my guy up. Couldn’t you just have had an affair? Or at least switched party affiliations before pushing the self-destruct button? [Newser] Keep reading »
Model Jasmine Lennard came home to her Hollywood home after six weeks away to find her apartment trashed, her closet and jewelry box ransacked, and a used vibrator in her bed. Nice, right? Especially after all the cautionary stories about celebrity burglary victims lately. Then Jasmine got a text from her friend, Courtenay Semel. “There’s a problem, Jaz. Casey Johnson just got into bed with me and she is wearing your underwear …You need to call police. There are documents here, your shoes and your clothing—you need to call the police.”
Casey Johnson is a semi-boldfaced name — heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and daughter of New York Jets owner Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson. She’s made herself a gossip column fixture for accusing her aunt of seducing her boyfriend and having a fiery relationship with her on-and-off-again girlfriend Courtenay, who once set fire to her hair. Keep reading »
Rachel Uchitel, the woman rumored to be swinging Tiger Woods’ club (if you know what I mean), is not happy about her sudden notoriety. Especially since she claims that she never even slept with Tiger. In a very long interview with the NY Post this morning, she denies the claim and offers to take a lie detector test to clear things up. She says that she explicitly told The National Enquirer that the story wasn’t true, and that at least one of their sources for the information, Ashley Sampson, was shaky. “[The source of the story] is not even a friend of mine. I’ve met her twice in my life. I’ve got some really horrible things that I can say about her and her past,” says Rachel. “She had a personal reason to make this up. She got herself invited on a trip that I went on [to Europe]. She conducted herself in a manner that was so embarrassing that the trip ended after a day.” [NY Post]
But let’s back up for a moment. Who is this girl? Keep reading »
Newsweek turned to some unusual candidates to weigh in on the top headline-grabbing sex scandals. Porn star Sasha Grey, former madam Heidi Fleiss, and sex columnist Dan Savage, in addition to Rachel Maddow and Jonathan Ames, throw their two cents in on Mark Sanford’s mistress, Eliot Spitzer’s daliances, and John Edwards’ affair. According to Grey, perverted politicians aren’t the problem, it’s their wives. “Americans act so shocked when they hear about politicians, celebrities, and athletes having affairs,” Grey posits, “but I have to believe that many women who are married to men with power are aware of affairs, and accept it.” Instead, Grey suggests, we should all embrace our freaky side. “Consensual sexual preferences shouldn’t govern our politics, media, or way of life,” she opines. “Ideally, we should all openly have something extra on the side.” If she’s right, 2010 should be a doozy. [ Newsweek] Keep reading »
Meet Michelle Braun, the highest of high-end madams. Also known as Nici of the ultimate call-girl ring, Nici’s Girls, she is facing six months under house arrest. Lucky for her, she also got a book deal, so she should have plenty to do while she’s housebound. She’ll be writing chapters about men who pay $500,000 for a “girlfriend,” and about her celebrity clients, like Charlie Sheen, who may have paid for services by trading her a very expensive painting that she told an undercover investigator she’d received as a gift. The investigator also relayed a report from one of Michelle’s former employees who says Nici’s Girls turned down Courtney Love and her boyfriend’s request for a three-way.
But if that’s not interesting enough to you, she also has something to say about the carefully cultivated Playboy public relations position that, sure, their Playmates are glad to show you their boobs and more, but in all other ways keep things classy. Michelle says that a myriad of Playboy Playmates are also hookers. Keep reading »
Caster Semenya, the South African 800-meter runner who got hell for looking “manish,” will get to keep her gold medal. If you remember back to August, her gender came under extreme scrutiny after she won the World Championship race and she was forced to submit to gender testing—and the leaked results alleged that she is intersexed, possessing both male and female anatomy. Which sparked a media maelstrom, letting fly accusations of racism, bigotry, and fairness. But in a decision that does little to answer the questions or quell the ongoing debate, the International Association of Athletics Federation declared today that Semenya’s win stands. Meanwhile, they’re suspending South Africa’s Olympic Board for not disclosing their knowledge of her gender identity, and keeping Semenya’s test results under wraps. I really wish the whole issue had stayed that way—I mean, even athletes who’ve voluntarily changed sexes are allowed to compete. Semenya was born with that body and triumphed in last summer’s race, and she is now suffering for it. Which just doesn’t sit well with me. [AP, Vancouver Sun] Keep reading »
Last weekend, the once-anonymous writer behind the Secret Diary Of A Call Girl books revealed her real identity. Now everyone in the world knows 34-year-old neurotoxicologist Dr. Brooke Magnanti penned the insanely popular blog, Diary Of A London Call Girl, under the nom de plume “Belle du Jour.” (Which, of course, turned into a Showtime TV show starring Billie Piper.) As is to be expected, newspapers tracked down Magnanti’s dad, Paul, and he professed shock at the news that his daughter slept with people for cash while earning her Ph.D.
But then Brooke Magnanti’s dad dropped a somewhat awkward bomb in the middle of this call girl tale: He and his daughter have been estranged for years because she was upset that he’d slept with over 150 prostitutes, some of whom were drug addicted. Keep reading »
Another day, another beauty pageant sex scandal. And no, this post amazingly has nothing to do with Carrie Prejean, who evidently has eight sex tapes, or Kari Ann Peniche, of Eric Dane/Rebecca Gayheart fame. (Is it just a coincidence that they have the same name spelled differently?) This time around it’s Anya Ayoung-Chee, Miss Trinidad/Tobago 2008, who’s been caught on camera in four separate clips. Two of the vids show her getting down and dirty with her boyfriend, Wyatt Gallery. A third and fourth clip show her in a threesome with an unidentified woman. At first, people thought the third was Hiroko Mima, Miss Japan 2008, but Gallery spoke up to say that wasn’t her. The video was shot back in 2007—a big year for beauty queen sex tapes, evidently—and supposedly was swiped from Gallery’s computer when he brought it in to be repaired. “I feel horrible and embarrassed for Anya, her family and myself,” he’s said. When will the tiara set learn not to record their hanky-panky? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
When Muammar Gaddafi went to speak at the U.N. General Assembly in September, he drew controversy — he was protested, shut out of local housing, and his nearly two-hour speech was disparaged in the news. But the Libyan leader may have found a new way to speak his message to the people.
While attending a U.N. global food summit in Rome, Gaddafi reportedly brought some 200 women to a local villa, where he lectured them for two hours about his country and women’s roles in the Islamic faith. Keep reading »