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Sleaze now sorry he outed Clay for pay

I’ll preface this bit of news by saying I don’t watch American Idol. I think I may have caught a couple of episodes — Kate couldn’t take it and switched it off, lololol.

I think John Paulus is looking to extend his 15 minutes of fame. You might remember the sordid outing of American Idol finalist Clay Aiken last year. Paulus told The National Enquirer that he had a one-night stand with the Tar Heel singer.

The former Green Beret’s story was that he met Aiken at a hotel in North Carolina, after Aiken chatted him up online and asked him to be his “discreet bf (boyfriend).” Paulus allegedly saved a washrag with Clay’s, ahem, DNA on it as proof of the encounter. And now he’s sorry about it all. (MSNBC):

“I regret defying the trust of Clay;” Paulus writes on his blog. “I regret hurting him, his family and his fans; I regret that I started a blog that ridiculed him. … I apologize to Clay for that and I hope he will accept.” Aiken’s rep didn’t return The Scoop’s calls for comment.

Paulus also claims that in a “very callow and selfish moment” he passed along the story to the National Enquirer, then changed his mind and tried to get the tab to kill it, and even took legal measures to stop it, sending a cease-and-desist letter to the Enquirer. That’s not quite the way the editors at the tab remember it. “Our reporter couldn’t get him off the phone,” National Enquirer editor David Perel told The Scoop.

Of course, after that story broke, the devoted Claymate fans threw a tantrum and filed a complaint, citing ‘false advertising’:

They allege that employees of RCA, Sony/BMG, and Aiken himself “engaged in collusion to prevent public disclosures they believed might be harmful to their product”.

The angry ladies go on to state, “This is tantamount to a manufacturer concealing information about a defective product. Therefore these actions were both unfair and deceptive to consumers.”

There was no comment from the Aiken camp on this story.

As I mentioned when the first story broke, I don’t know whether coming out on his own would hurt Aiken’s career. What makes the matter difficult is that Aiken and his imagemakers courted the vanilla pop idol crowd, which would include a large slice of the bible-beaters. And we all know the fundies will turn on a dime on anything gay.

The Fox folks are keenly aware of the undercurrent of gossip about the initial scandal and issued a warning to entertainment journalists covering the last AI finale not to “question or solicit comment from Clay Aiken regarding his recent scandal will result in their being barred from the finale.”

* Claymate heartbreak?

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