John Grisham: Old white guys looking at child p0rn shouldn’t be locked up

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I’ve only seen a handful of John Grisham’s TV interviews – like, Charlie Rose and The Daily Show – and he always struck me as a quiet, thoughtful, interesting man. Grisham is a bestselling author of like a bajillion books and at this point, he really doesn’t have to get out there and hustle on crazy book tours. And he might want to consider his policy on interviews too, because Grisham just gave an interview to The Telegraph which is, at best, stupidly controversial and at worst, wildly offensive. Grisham went off and started complaining about all of the men locked up for looking at child p0rn. You can read the full piece here, and here’s what he said:

“We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child. But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.” In a final rearguard action, Grisham added, “I have no sympathy for real paedophiles. God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting.”

Grisham cites the case of a “law school buddy” whose porn consumption led to three years in jail.

“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website,” he says. ”It was labelled 16-year-old wannabee hookers or something like that’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30. He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: FBI”.

[From The Telegraph]

If he had framed his argument in a different way – like, the prevalence of p0rn in our culture, the sexualization of teenage girls – I might be more sympathetic. But it sounds like Grisham is lamenting the fact that a couple of his friends are locked up because they were looking at child p0rn online. I don’t care if you’re drunk and/or stupid, it’s still a crime. And I have a HUGE side-eye for this statement: “it was 16 year old girls who looked 30… It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys.” Ah, so “looking at 10 year old boys” is less acceptable to John Grisham than “looking at 16 year old girls.” Because teenage girls deserve to be exploited but not the boys?

UPDATE: Here’s Grisham’s apology:

Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography—online or otherwise—should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable.

I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.

Well, at least he apologized. Eh.

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Wasco, California: Under Siege By Social Media Savvy Clowns!

The town of Wasco, California, has apparently been targeted by a mysterious clown. Or clowns. There appear to be several of them, lurking after dark.

These clowns appear to be skilled at social media use, too. They’ve been popping up on Twitter and Instagram, sharing photos of themselves around town …

Wasco, California Clown

Instagram and Twitter (bio: “IM [sic] THE REAL DEAL”) profiles imply that this is some sort of clown gang. One notes, “I’m not the only one out there.”

The clown mostly seems like an elaborate Halloween prank, and residents are treating it as such. Some of them don’t appear to be laughing … but others are.

“Some residents go in cars searching for him. They have flashlights and try to spot him in neighborhoods after he posts to Twitter,” Noah Sanchez said.

At the same time, “It’s kind of fun, though, to get us in the Halloween spirit.”

Some of their antics go beyond innocent Instagram photos, though.

Lt. Jason Matson of Bakersfield did tell Tech Times that reports “range anywhere from a guy carrying a gun to a guy carrying a knife running up to houses.”

A 14-year-old has been arrested and booked into juvenile hall for “harassing minors” while dressed up as a clown in town but so far, that’s the only arrest.

The boy told police he was inspired by social media … a copycat clown.

So who’s behind this spooky sight? How deep does the mystery go?

Last September, a similar trend took place in the United Kingdom, where a series of bizarre run-ins with the Northampton Clown left local residents on edge.

So maybe the events on both sides of the Atlantic are related? Not likely, but both made more than a few people ask: What’s that clown think he’s doing?!

All we know is most of us have to watch American Horror Story online to experience something like this, but Wasco is living its own chapter every night.

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19 Stars Who Have Spent Time in the Slammer (One for 3 Whole Hours!)

Jail. Prison. The clink. The slammer. Lockup. The brig.

Up the river. The pen. The pound. The black hole.

Call it whatever you’d like, but for the 19 celebrities listed below, the Big House has simply been called home at least once in their lives …

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The possession of drugs and weapons on his tour bus put Lil Wayne in jail for five months. That’s fewer months than children the rapper has out of wedlock.

With Teresa Giudice having been sentenced to over a year in prison last week, we thought we’d try to comfort The Real Housewives of New Jersey star by at least proving that she isn’t alone.

Plenty of famous people have spent time behind bars, for offenses that range from drunk driving to weapons possession; and for terms that lasted from two years to, well, three hours.

Who devoted a good portion of their lives to watching their back? Which star was without her freedom for a shorter duration than it would take to watch The Wolf of Wall Street?

Cycle through the above gallery and find out now!

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Amanda Bynes believes there’s a microchip in her head, reading her mind

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As I discussed a few days ago, Amanda Bynes gave an exclusive interview to In Touch Weekly. In Touch has released the interview in sections, because… well, Amanda was and is a profoundly unwell young woman and I guess we need to be reminded of her sad cry for help. In the earlier part of the interview, Amanda claimed that she was engaged to a 19-year-old and they’re going to have babies. In this new excerpt, Amanda says someone implanted a microchip in her head. Sigh…

The new issue of In Touch Weekly gives a glimpse inside the troubled life of Amanda Bynes following her latest DUI arrest, with details of the concerning behavior Amanda displayed on Oct. 5 in NYC — her day spent with an In Touch reporter. The most disconcerting of her erratic behavior was when Amanda told In Touch’s reporter she believes she has a microchip in her head. “I want a dollar a day from every person who [is] reading my mind,” she told the reporter.

Amanda also insisted to In Touch that she needs a nose job after recently getting cysts removed from her face. “I look so hideous,” the beautiful star lamented to the reporter. “Everyone can use a little plastic surgery.”

While many of her ramblings throughout the day made little sense, Amanda made one thing perfectly clear: She wants nothing to do with her parents, Rick and Lynn. “I was miserable living with them,” she says. “I would have rather been in jail.”

[From In Touch Weekly]

Yeah…it’s sad.

As for how she’s behaving out there in the world, well… she’s still a danger to herself and others. On Monday night, she was at the Gilded Lily nightclub, “dancing alone, wearing sunglasses and keeping to herself … until random people started taking photos.” Amanda started yelling at people and then she violently attacked one woman. Amanda allegedly scratched the woman’s neck and arms. TMZ says the woman isn’t going to press charges. Why not? Getting the police involved might be just what this situation needs.

And then yesterday, Wednesday, Amanda shoplifted a hat at Barneys on Madison Ave. Barneys security says she put the hat on and walked out of the store. The hat had a security device and the guards grabbed her as soon as she left the store. The guards told TMZ that Amanda was acting “crazy” but they let her go before the NYPD got there. After that, “sources familiar with the situation” told TMZ that she didn’t mean to steal the hat, she had just left her purse in the car and she was going out of Barneys to retrieve it.

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Kate Middleton Moves in With Parents as Illness Worsens

Ever since the world learned that Kate Middleton is pregnant with her second child, the British press has been closely monitoring the Duchess’ health.

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As with her first pregnancy, Kate is suffering from severe morning sickness as the result of a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Kate has gotten so sick that royal officials have confirmed she’s currently living with her parents and receiving round-the-clock care from her mother.

“When you’re ill, the place you feel most comfortable is at home with your mum,” a source tells People magazine. 

“When she’s there, Kate can just relax and sit on the sofa and not have to worry about a palace full of rooms.”

Kate’s been forced to cancel public appearances several times in recent months, which may be why Buckingham Palace is being so open about the severity of her condition.

There’s already been some backlash from the public about Will and Kate’s decision to move to Anmer Hall in rural Norfolk and the timing couldn’t be worse for the Duchess to disappear from public life for a long stretch of time.

On the plus side, doctors say the worst is probably over. Kate is believed to be about ten weeks pregnant and symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum usually begin to subside at around 16 weeks.

There’s still no word on when Kate might resume her schedule of public appearances.

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Just days after giving birth, Kate Middleton appeared in this blue dress and women the world over rejoiced to see her sharing her postpartum body proudly.

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Teresa and Joe Giudice: Still a United Front Despite Looming Prison Sentences!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice remain “very unified” despite facing prison terms, their producer Andy Cohen opines.

The Watch What Happens Live host said that even the prospects of her getting locked up for 15 months and him for 41 haven’t broken them … yet.

Teresa and Joe Giudice on the Beach


Teresa and Joe Giudice pose here on the beach. They don’t seem to care much about their pending legal problems, do they?

“They seem very unified,” Cohen said. “I ask her on Thursday night if she blames Joe for her sentence and term, what she says is pretty interesting.”

Part two of Cohen’s two-part interview with the Giudices airs this evening on Bravo. In the first, we already saw plenty of highlight reel moments.

Joe admitted he used his wife in the fraud scheme that was their undoing, while Teresa said she didn’t understand her plea deal or what Joe was doing.

“Alright, whatever, I was taking out false loans,” Joe said. “They were handing me the paperwork. Whatever the forms were, she had better credit.”

“So, we used her,” he confesses, though he says, “she never even came to closings, she’s never been to closings. She might have signed one document.”

Teresa is still in denial about prison, but Cohen denies that she is planning to divorce her husband after all this, calling them a pretty cohesive unit.

Can that hold up to even more intense circumstances that are sure to follow – not to mention the long distance element created by prison? We’ll see.

Cohen also spoke about The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, which was taped earlier Monday, and sought to defend Teresa to an extent.

“The reunion show was really intense, there were a lot of rumors online that Teresa showed up four hours later, that’s not true,” Cohen told Extra.

“It was a typical reunion show which means it was really dramatic, emotional, intense,” he said. “Obviously there was an undercurrent” regarding Giudice.

After all, “something incredibly serious that’d just happened with Teresa,” which made it even more intense in a sense, “but we all got through it.”

Tonight, we should also see him address Joe Giudice’s alcohol problem, which was brought up during his sentencing last Thursday in New Jersey.

“We also talk about whether he has a problem with alcohol,” Cohen said, “and some other kind of allegations that they made in court about the show.”

As always, you can watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online to see how we got here, and be sure to tune in to WWHL tonight for this interview.

Teresa Giudice: Table Flipping


And now for the classic. Teresa’s face is priceless as she famously flips the table. Bravo. Bravo.

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Joe Giudice on his crimes: ‘Alright, whatever, I was taking out false loans’

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I finally had the chance to watch Teresa and Joe Giudice’s interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, which aired Monday. As I mentioned yesterday, these two remain deep in denial and delusion about their culpability in defrauding lenders out of millions. It fact Teresa continued to insist “I don’t spend money that I don’t have.” and “I always pay my taxes.” It now makes perfect sense to me that they received prison time, and I believe the judge was lenient. One of the most telling exchanges happened when Andy pressed Joe about his role in providing false income statements to banks in order to obtain loans. Joe described it as if he was a passive participant in the process:

Andy asked Teresa how aware she was of the fraudulent loans
This was a long time ago, whatever Joe handed me to sign, I signed.

Joe on if he was aware of what he was giving Teresa to sign
Just whatever the bank gave me for her to sign.

Andy: But you were taking out false loans
Alright, whatever, I was taking out false loans.

Andy: they were phony W2 forms
They were handing me the paperwork, whatever the forms were. She had better credit, so we used her. She didn’t even come to closings… basically I would get the paperwork, sign it and it would be done.

Yes, those are legal things as far as tax returns and things like that.

As some of you mentioned yesterday, Teresa seemed drugged while Joe looked drunk. In part two of the interview, to air Thursday, Joe sort-of admits he’s an alcoholic. This comes as no surprise to anyone who watches the show or pays attention to these two. Joe has a DUI and received jail time in 2010 for using his brother’s identity to obtain a driver’s license while his own license was suspended.

Bravo now has a 30 second teaser for the new interview in which Joe admits “I might have a little [drinking] problem. I’m not going to lie.” As Radar points out, Joe’s own lawyer has said his client often smells of booze and that “When [Joe] comes into my office, he smells of alcohol.” In the teaser, Andy asks some tough questions about whether RHONJ is scripted, about whether Teresa resents Joe, and if Joe is worried about being deported. You know these two are going to stick together and weasel out of every direct question, they’ve done that for years.

Andy Cohen also has a brief interview with Extra [via US] in which he talks about the RHONJ reunion. He claims that it’s not true that Teresa was four hours late, and he calls the reunion show “typical” in that it was “really dramatic, really emotional, very intense.” He also claims that no decision has yet been made about the roles, if any, that Teresa and Joe will have in upcoming seasons. You know RHONJ producers are just waiting for lawyers to give the go-ahead to film these two. There’s no way either side isn’t going to capitalize on this.

Oh and Teresa is said to be totally in denial about her upcoming stint in prison. Of course she as. An insider tells Radar that she hasn’t even looked at any of the material on the facility where she’s likely to be staying, a minimum security prison in West Virginia nicknamed Camp Cupcake. The source claims “She is hoping she will get a last-minute reprieve.” Good luck with that.

E! reports that Teresa and Joe are no longer talking to their lawyers and have hired a “legal crisis consultant,” who is considered a “conviction expert.” As part of their plea deal, they cannot appeal their sentence.

Here’s the preview clip for Thursday’s segment:

Teresa and Joe Giudice seen leaving the Federal Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey

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Gerard Depardieu claims in his memoir that he was a ‘rent boy’ at the age of 10

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It’s difficult to remember a time when Gerard Depardieu was one of the most beloved French actors out there. He was considered one of the great French actors, loyal to French audiences but willing to do some English-language work too. But over the past few years, Gerard has had some issues. There were some arrests and drunken shenanigans. He seemed to have a profound drinking problem (he recently claimed that he drinks 14 bottles of wine a day). He also gave up his French citizenship, moving first to Belgium and then to Russia. He’s become tight with Vladimir Putin, even publicly criticizing Putin’s enemies on Putin’s behalf. The whole thing is a mess. A mess that could fill a book! Gerard has written a memoir called It Happened Like That (Ca C’est Fait Comme Ca) and it is full of…um…well, he’s lived quite a life. Some highlights from the early excerpts:

*He worked as a “rent boy” when he was just 10 years old. Depardieu claims he started performing sexual favors for cash when “he was just 10 but could easily pass for being 15… I’ve known since I was very young that I please homosexuals,” he reportedly wrote, adding that he “would ask them for money” when they approached him for sex. Later in life, he started mugging his clients. “At 20, the thug in me was alive and kicking… I would rip some of them off. I would beat up some bloke and leave with all his money.”

*He served three weeks in jail when he was 16 for stealing a car.

*He was a grave-robber – he and a partner would dig up bodies and steal the jewelry.

*His mother tried to abort him with a knitting needle: “I survived all the violence that my poor mother inflicted on herself with knitting needles and things. The third child that she didn’t want, was me, Gérard. I survived,” he says.

*He helped deliver his younger sister Catherine when he was seven years old.

[From Us Weekly & The Irish Independent]

What can I say? You’re not a “rent boy” at 10 years old, you are the victim of pedophiles (NOT homosexuals). I don’t care if they paid you – 10 years old is too young to consent. And being victimized by pedophiles is probably what made him a gay-bashing hustler at the age of 20.

To promote his book, Gerard gave an interview to The Telegraph several days ago where he basically bitched about France. I’m sure that will go over really well, dude.

The French film star, Gérard Depardieu, has said France was a “filthy mess” and at risk of becoming a parody of itself. In an interview with news magazine Le Point to mark the publication of his autobiography, Mr Depardieu said the French desperately needed a change of leadership to halt the nation’s decline under President François Hollande.

“If we continue like that, France will be a new Disney World, it will be France World, people will wear berets, and Chinese tourists will come and touch their moustaches and their big noses,” Mr Depardieu said. Explaining why he chose not to live in France, Mr Depardieu said: “I’m a free man. At the age of 65, I don’t want to pay 87 per cent tax.”

In France, he said, “people are jealous of success” and he left the country because he thought “they were going to shave my head, like a collaborator in 1945”.

Under the Socialist government, he said France had become “a small thing which people don’t talk about any more”. Mr Depardieu, who recently made the astonishing admission that he starts drinking in the morning and consumes up to 14 bottles of wine a day, said he supported Nicolas Sarkozy.

“Sarkozy made mistakes but I would say that they are like those of King David, they can be remedied,” he said. “Nevertheless I like France, the spirit of France. We invent things, look at Marie Curie or the Concorde,” he said, praising French food and wine.

[From The Telegraph]

Does the highest income bracket in France really get taxed 87%? Yikes. There are some other translations which have Gerard saying 75% tax, which is still really, really steep. Anyway, I don’t have an opinion of Gerard’s France-bashing. It’s not my country! But I’m sure Gerard probably has awful things to say about America too. He’s probably saving those comments for an interview with an American outlet!

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Teresa Giudice didn’t realize she would go to jail for her crimes ‘I was shocked’

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Part one of Teresa and Joe Giudice’s very special post sentencing interview aired last night on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. (It’s not yet available on demand so I’ve only seen clips and recaps so far.) Teresa continues to live deep in denial, claiming that she got in this mess because she signed contracts blindly and is a “trustworthy” [sic] person who believes what people say. From what I’ve seen, there weren’t any new revelations from Joe and Teresa, and Teresa is focusing on how shocked and hurt she is that she’s actually going to prison for defrauding creditors and the US government out of millions. Teresa also said her oldest daughter Gia, 13, promised to help her dad, Joe, take care of her three younger sisters while Teresa was locked up. That part was sad. Deadline has a good recap where you can read more and I’ve added some quotes from People:

Doesn’t directly answer question about whether she’s in denial
Andy asks if she’s in denial. Teresa says she needs to read things before she signs them in the future. Or, get a lawyer. “I do need to read things [and] understand things before I sign them. I’m a trustworthy person and sometimes I take what other people say … I can’t do that anymore.”

She’s scared she won’t be able to be there for her daughters
“I am scared … not being there for my daughters. I can’t even imagine not being there. I’m their mom,” Teresa says. “They need their mom. It’s not the same with a father. A mom is a mom.”

Teresa didn’t think that she would go to jail
Teresa says she did not understand she might go to jail after she accepted her plea deal. “I thought my lawyer was going to fight for me. That’s what lawyers do. That’s pretty much why you hire an attorney…. I was shocked. Believe me, whatever I needed to do I would do.” Ditto Joe: “I expected me — I didn’t expect her.”

On why they stole the money, they don’t answer the question
“Why did you do it? Did you need the money? Was it a matter of keeping up with the Joneses?” asks Andy. “That’s what the judge said!” they both counter, like they meant it to sting. Teresa says she did not pay full retail for the $3,000 purse she got so much grief for carrying the other day on the show. By way of demonstrating how frugal she is, Teresa adds, “I would buy a used home.”

How her family took the news
Teresa says after the sentencing, back at home… “My mom started crying. I was like, ‘Mom, don’t cry; be strong for me.’ She couldn’t believe it. She said, “You’ve always been a good kid.” My heart was breaking seeing her be upset. … I saw [oldest daughter] Gia; she was crying. We hugged for long time. … She said, ‘Mommy, don’t worry, I’ll help Daddy with the girls. That will make me a better mom; that will prepare me for when I’m a mom.’” The other three daughters have not yet been told.

On how she will cope without hair and makeup
“You like to get your hair and makeup done. How do you think you’re gonna do in prison?” Andy asks Teresa. “I’m gonna do fine,” she insists. “I don’t care about that. I’ll just slick my hair back and get on with my day.”

[From Deadline additional quotes from People]

TMZ reports that Bravo paid the Giudice’s handsomely for this interview. In fact Bravo allegedly paid them $325,000, which should go directly toward paying the $400,000 in restitution they still owe the court. Bravo denies this figure, but you know they paid them a ton of money.

I’m not buying Teresa’s “woe is me” act. She had plenty of time to look over the figures and to understand the seriousness of the situation she was in. Teresa is willfully ignorant and she’s been that way for years. In fact I remember interviews with her four years ago when blamed the bankruptcy on her husband’s real estate investments and insisted that she lived within her means. She never admitted that her spending was a problem and she refused to take any responsibility. She had enough time to turn it around to the point where she could have avoided jail time, but instead she expected everyone else to handle it while she played the victim. The Giudices failed repeatedly to submit accurate asset statements to the court, to pay the restitution they owed and to pay their taxes. The judge saw this, and that’s why Teresa got sent to the slammer.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: The Family Man

Friday night on Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Episode 2, we knew Danny’s brother Matt would play a major role. The big question was how, and why.

He seems to be intricately involved in why Danny is being targeted for money, for one reason or another, but who is this week’s mystery man, Marco?

After apparently breaking into Danny’s home, Marco has been taken into custody, where he Danny that his brother, Matt, owes him over $18 million.

Danny informs Marco that it has been at least three years since he saw or spoke to his brother and does not know a thing about any of the cash.

Not pleased with this answer one bit, Marco tells him that he had better find the money and pay him back, or else. Or else what? Danny is unfazed.

At least on the surface. He throws him in jail.

That’s only a quick fix, unfortunately, as Marco gets sprung faster than Danny would have hoped, that’s for sure, and the two confront each other again.

As he’s leaving the station, he tells Danny that he refuses to leave until he gets paid … and oh yeah, he has Matt. So that’s a pretty big twist there.

William Mapother was terrific and is a big reason to watch Hawaii Five-0 online this week, as who doesn’t love a mini-Lost reunion in Hawaii, right?

Meanwhile, Jerry was digging into the book store that he believed to be a front for a money laundering operation, which could make for a big arc, too.

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