Remember the J.C. Penny scandal of the week before last? Recap: New York Times style writer Cintra Wilson managed to offend the masses by calling Middle Americans fat, J.C. Penney shoppers fat, and even managed to insult their mannequins with the barb, “[J. C. Penney] has the most obese mannequins I have ever seen. They probably need special insulin-based epoxy injections just to make their limbs stay on.” She apologized for her behavior once with the rawtha dismissive: “You know I didn’t mean it that way, so please remove the knot from your panties and when you’re ready, join me for a cigarette and several Pucker martinis,” followed by a more “heartfelt,” “I very much regret that my J. C. Penney article in the Times caused any wounded feelings whatsoever, particularly to people who already feel they take more than their share of abuse from our very shallow and ridiculous society. I sincerely apologize.” Er, yeeaahhh… Keep reading »
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Ever since Michael Jackson died, there’s been a steady stream of folks who have said that he was murdered, most of them bearing the last name Jackson. LaToya was quick to tell News of the World newspaper, “Michael was murdered. It was a conspiracy to get his money. We don’t think just one person was involved.” And a week before that, the King of Pop’s lawyer divulged to Life & Style, “He feared somebody wanted to kill him. He was even concerned people would kill him to somehow try to take control of the Beatles back catalog.”
It sounded far fetched. But it now looks like they could be right.
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After alleged murderer and former “Megan Wants A Millionaire” contestant Ryan Jenkins was found hanging from a coat rack in a Vancouver motel room yesterday, the mother and ex-boyfriend of Jasmine Fiore, the woman he allegedly murdered, sat down on the “Today Show” to talk about this crazy mess. The ex, Robert Hasman, claims he didn’t know about Ryan, but said he’d been exchanging intimate messages and emails with Jasmine. In their last text, Jasmine supposedly told him she was coming to Las Vegas so the two could reunite. Keep reading »
Ryan Jenkins, the man wanted in the death of Jasmine Fiore — and a contestant on VH1′s “Megan Wants A Millionaire,” which has since been canceled — was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. It’s believed he took his own life. Jenkins has been on the run from authorities, who wanted to speak to the man about the death of his wife. Fiore’s body was found in a dumpster, stuffed in a suitcase, without her teeth and fingers; her body was identified via her breast implants. All signs — including Jenkins’ evasion of police — pointed to her husband as the killer. [Vancouver Sun] Keep reading »
Earlier this week we told you about Liskula Cohen, the model who was pissed off because an anonymous blogger was calling her mean names on the internet. A judge ruled that Cohen had the right to know the identity of the blogger behind “Skanks In NYC,” so she could sue them for defamation, and ordered Google to fork over the email address that the blogger used to start the site. At the time, Cohen said she hoped the person wouldn’t end up being someone she knows and considers a friend. Well, after doing some internet sleuthing — using Google, I assume? — Cohen discovered that her nemesis was, in fact, a frenemy! The woman behind “Skanks in NYC” is a “social acquaintance” — her name hasn’t been revealed — who Cohen describes as “an irrelevant person” whom she’d bump into at events and restaurants. So what did Cohen do with this new information? The answer may surprise you. Keep reading »
- The Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, CT, changed its legal claim that a 40-year-old mom of two who was raped at gunpoint in their parking garage was not to blame for her own rape. In a lawsuit against the hotel, the victim had claimed that the hotel did not adequately protect her from her attacker, who she said had been seen acting suspiciously in the parking garage before the incident. In response, Marriott said the victim had “failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities.” [AP] — We’re really thrilled that the Marriott dropped the blame-the-victim hooey they were trying to pull.
On August 25, Sheryl Weinstein—the woman who says she had an affair with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff—releases her book, Madoff’s Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie and Me. The New York Daily News got an advance copy, and plucked some choice details. Evidently, Sheryl and Bernie started boinking in 1993, at a hotel in Washington, DC. (Their first date was at a hotel two blocks from his Upper East Side penthouse apartment.) Her initial thoughts? “This man was not well-endowed.” Sheryl discussed his peen size with several friends, who took to calling him “Winky Dink.” [NY Daily News]
Oh, but that’s not all the Bernie Madoff affair news out today. Keep reading »
“I also feel sorry for the other woman. I am sure she is a fine person. It can’t be fun for her, though I do sometimes question her judgment. If she knew the newspaper had those E-mails back in December, why did she want him to come in June? But I can’t go there too much. All I can do is pray for her because she made some poor choices.”
— Jenny Sanford, in an interview for the ever-important September issue of Vogue, speaking of Maria Belén Chapur, the Argentine woman with whom her husband, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, was discovered earlier this year to be having an extramarital affair. [via WashingtonPost] Keep reading »
Talk about revenge gone seriously wrong. A woman in Kuwait was incredibly mad about how her ex-husband treated her. So when she found out he was getting remarried, she decided to set the female-only tent at the wedding on fire by dousing rags in kerosene and lighting them up. (In Kuwait, the men and women are separated into different tents during nuptials.) We’re not exactly sure what she thought would happen, but the tent instantly went up in flames. About 43 women and children were killed, and another 52 were injured. The bride was OK, but her mother and sister died. Some people were even trampled as everyone rushed to get away from the flames. [Guardian UK] — So, so incredibly sad. Keep reading »