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Monday, November 05, 2007

The Lurid Story Of Louis Pearlman Begins Unraveling

The November issue of Vanity Fair has an in-depth exposé on jailed boy band svengali, Louis J. Pearlman, titled "Mad About The Boys." According to MTV, the article "not only exhaustively chronicles Pearlman's years of financial shenanigans and tall tales that landed him in his current hot water, it also alleges that Pearlman was a habitual sexual predator — harassing, abusing or worse — the teenage boys in his charge."

Here's a clip of AJ McLean (with Nick Carter) of Backstreet Boys vaguely commenting on the piece to MTV last week:



Rich Cronin of LFO (who had two Top 10 hits in 1999 with "Girl On TV" and "Summer Girls") asserts in the feature that he himself was a victim at the hands of Pearlman, and former singer Phoenix Stone claims Nick Carter was as well.

Carter's mother Jane is quoted as saying "certain things happened." When asked about it by MTV, Nick assumed a seemingly defensive tone and stated the following:

"There's a lot of people who maybe were involved in our stuff in the past who want to take an opportunity maybe because they are a little bitter, you know, maybe because of where they are right now. And they tend to, like, throw us under the bus, you know what I mean? Because of where we are right now. I mean, I'm not naming anybody but ... any attack on any one of us in this group is an attack on the whole entire group...Well, not necessarily an attack, but it does affect the whole entire group. Because we've all gone through stuff together, and it just feels like, it's unfortunate that people have to talk, 'cause they have nothing else to talk about."

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8 Comments:

  • At 8:19 AM, Anonymous John from PA said…

    Kind of makes you wonder if that's why Ikaika left O-Town after he was selected. Lord knows he was the hottest guy in the group. And then he was replaced by Dan, EWWWW!

    I read the article and it was very interesting. Who knew what kind of perv and embezzler Perlman really was. Ok, I guess the perv part was kind of obvious....

     
  • At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a MAJOR problem with the article, with Vanity Fair's publishing of the article and of all the subsequent comments from the press and blogs. Not ONCE has anyone seemed to realize the complete violation of victims' rights that have been perpetrated by the article. If it is true that Mr. Carter was mentioned by the article without HIS specific permission, then Mr. Carter ought to get a lawyer. I suspect that if the alleged victim of Mr. Pearlman's pedophilia had been a Joe Nobody getting on with his life the best way he knows how, and his name was brought up by a jeolous ex classmate or his estranged family, then the writer of the article and Vanity Fair would have kept his anonymity, respecting his own timing or need to be involved in the exposure of the pedophile. But Mr. Carter is a celebrity and as such, they have given him NO such respect or privacy. Shame on Vanity Fair!!!

     
  • At 11:42 AM, Anonymous O-Rangutan Town said…

    Holy guacamole! That is just revolting. I wonder if any of the BSB or N'Sync will come forward to confirm or deny?

     
  • At 2:41 PM, Anonymous All Or Orangutan said…

    I just remembered something about Ikaika. I think his problem was with the other guys in O-Town not with Pearlman since Ikaika was later a member of LMNT, one of Pearlman's unsuccessful boybands.

     
  • At 3:34 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    O-rangu-Town, I never followed O-Town much, so that's all news to me.

    Anonymous, interesting point.

    John from PA, I was mostly stunned to find out that Trans Continental Airlines NEVER EXISTED!!!!!! What a scam!

     
  • At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey i know lou personally and he is a very good man. Alot of people are trying to pull him down because he got alot of money and you are hating on him for that. He is not capable of doing the things that he is accused of. He will be out of prison once his appeal goese through in a couple of months. He is a good friend of mine and you will see my name when he gets out. I will give you a hint. I am his son.

     
  • At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Johnny "C" said…

    Hey... all i know is my dearest friend is dead from the effects of this ordeal..." Y is Frankie V dead"??? cause of the Fat boy moves!.... I got some inside 411 on all about Lou " the Pearl" Pearlman. I grew up with the whole company..35 years ago from 6th grade PS.21 in flushing, New York... till the end of days.. Stay tuned for the real verison my verison to be on paper a screenplay... "The Real Deal " my name is John Pangia..!!!
    I was around from when the fat boy was flying Blimps back in the days until he started " The Backstreet Boys " Does anybody know why Frankie Vasquez is dead?.. interesting fact frankie was found dead in the garage of his home he took his own life ater he learned he was betrayed by his long time Boss and friend " Lou " The Pearl" Pearlman... yo let me find out and ill tell the whole truth.. Frankie I owe you that my friend...

     
  • At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Adam said…

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