Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Lasorda Mentioned in Upcoming Autobiography

Speaking of LA Times "puff pieces"...

The LA Times' California section reported today that Dodger legend Tommy Lasorda will be mentioned in an upcoming call-girl autobiography as a celebrity who used her escort service.

In "Secrets of a Hollywood SuperMadam," an autobiography due in bookstores Thursday, [Hollywood madam Jody] Gibson names two dozen celebrities she says patronized her call-girl service.

Many of the names also appear in her phone books, a payment log and other records from the case that have been unsealed by Los Angeles Superior Court and can now be viewed in unredacted form.

A review of the court file shows that Gibson listed actor Bruce Willis; former Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda; Steve Jones, the Sex Pistols guitarist and KDLE-FM (103.1) radio jock; and the late film producer Don Simpson, among others.

Willis and Lasorda said through their lawyers that they never used Gibson's service and had no idea why their names appeared in her records. They accused Gibson of exploiting their fame to boost her book sales.

"I have never heard of this woman and don't know why she would accuse me of something like this," Lasorda said in a statement issued by his attorney, Tony Capozzola. "But if she prints these lies, I intend to sue."

Willis' attorney, Marty Singer, said: "The story is a complete fabrication. [Willis] doesn't know this woman. He's never even spoken to her."

A former lawyer for Simpson said the producer, who died in 1996, never patronized Gibson's business.

Whatchoo talking 'bout, Willis (and Lasorda)? Not to go all lawyer on us, but only Simpson's former lawyer seems to make the distinction between "using Gibson's business" and "whether X knew Gibson." For the record, Jones went on to say it could have been true, but he wasn't certain.

All I know is, I've lost my appetite for lunch.


Orel said...

DT is too classy to wallow in this muck. But we're not!

Steve Sax said...

Sorry. I think my zeal to post a Diff'rent Strokes reference outweighed any class or decorum standards.

Rob said...

Orel: neither, apparently, is the Times.