So a nice juicy story for today and something I (1) witnessed in person and also (2) dealt with angry parents...
The background---Definite A lister who was on a tv show from late 80's to early 90's..now in mid to late 30's... teen hearthrob when on the show..
So this guy's favorite game was to go to Las Vegas and hang out by the pool and wait for the girls to come up and get his autograph and take pics, etc..Most stars in Vegas do not sit right out in the middle of the crowd especially when they were as popular as he was, but this was all part of his plan..When girls would want to take a pic with him, he would oblige, but what he would always do was offer to take a Polaroid of them and then autograph it for them..He also always took two pics if the girl was at all attractive and keep one for himself..He would generally do this for an hour and it was most often done in the early afternoon right after lunch..
The girls he found most attractive were usually between 14-16, with the majority of his "conquests" 15 or 16..The first time I ever noticed his interest in younger girls was by accident.. I was in Vegas with some friends and it was like 3pm or so and the casino was pretty empty and even more so in the VIP area, but there he was playing blackjack and he had two girls with him who were just sitting there, because they were to young to gamble..He had one on each side of him and I thought they must be related to him or something because they looked REALLY young..He knew one of the people I was with and introductions were made and he identified them as his friends..I mean this guy was like mid 20's at the time and these girls looked their age..
Anyway, I did not think anymore about it except for the fact I related it to a couple of people whenever his name would pop up in conversation..Two years later, another attorney referred him to me because some girl had gotten pregnant and she told the parents who she got pregnant by and the circumstances and they were at the time pissed and looking for blood and so he came to me..
So...back to the pool..After he had identified 3 or 4 potentials he would spend the next hour or so trying to chat them up and just kind of get an idea if they would be into an older guy like himself..If they sounded like they were into him, he would get more info from them and get their schedule for the next day or so...If her parents were at the pool, he preferred that and would actually chat them up and spend time with them..buying them drinks, etc..I guess he had learned prior to this that making the parents like you means the chances of you going to jail for statutory rape were much less..
The parents were often just as enthralled with this guy as their daughter..here was this A list guy spending time with them and weren't they just special?...Because they felt comfortable with him, they would let their guard down and did not think anything of him taking their daughter out to ride rollercoasters or to the mall, etc..It left them more time to be with each other and he is on tv so he could not be a bad person..Well there was rarely a rollercoaster or a mall in the girl's future, just a whole bunch of time in his suite..always with his Polaroid, often with a video camera, and sometimes with another young girl as well..
He had this game going on for a few years, and only in Vegas as far as I know..I only know what he told me and from what he shared, the parents only found out the real truth a few times and usually nothing happened because they were embarrassed and also they did not think anything could be done or just wanted to go back to Iowa or wherever they came from and forget all about it....He bought off a few parents and paid off some gambling debts for dad but basically just skated away onto the next victim..
Well the girl who got pregnant told her parents who the father was..she was 15 at the time..they were pissed and wanted to press charges..My client was lucky in that regard because the father wanted to talk to my client man to man before pressing charges and had a phone number to one of the producers of the show (I do not know how he got it or if the producer was also involved; at the time it seemed to me, the producer had maybe given the girl his card and maybe he had been part of this game, but he and my client and the girl said no; but I have always wondered where the phone number had come from)..well the producer got the call and found out the guy had not pressed charges yet and managed to sweet talk him enough to have him hold off until the actor could get contacted, and then after a few more calls I became involved..
There was just no way this could become public because this show was VERY highly rated and if there was a criminal investigation, the police would find out about the other girls and the show would collapse and people would lose their jobs, etc...
This was the kind of case where you just felt dirty every second you were involved...$$$ exchanged hands and a lot of ass kissing went on and promises were made and the parties signed an agreement with VERY strict confidentiality clauses..The girl/parents got money every year for 7 years as long as the story was kept quiet and no one admitted any wrongdoing..I believe at the time 7 years was also the statute of limitations for statutory rape in NV, but I do not know what it is now..I do not know if the girl had the baby or not..My client stayed away from Vegas and girls.....for about a year, and then I heard he started again, and then stopped because something else happened, but I did not want any part of it..as far as I know, after that last incident, he stopped doing what he had been doing...