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  •  Major Update: CNN to cover this story tonight (7+ / 0-)

    Anderson Cooper is going air an interview with Rekers' rentboy, and it looks like they'll be covering the McCollum angle:

    McCollum’s office told us Rekers came to their attention "by recommendation from another academic after an exhaustive search" and that Rekers "had exceptional credentials and he had provided testimony in similar cases on two separate occasions, one of which was a Florida case in Federal Court." The statement goes on: "The contract was executed at the direction of the Department of Children and Families, and the ACLU did not object to his position as an expert at the hearing. He has completed his testimony and is no longer involved in this case."

    Money well spent for Florida taxpayers? Hardly, says "Lucien" the male escort. He told me there is "no doubt" in his mind that "Rekers is a homosexual." He says he asked him "Are you gay?" after they returned from their trip, but that Rekers told him "no."

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    •  Looks like CNN just scrubbed the story (8+ / 0-)

      But fortunately I saved the blog post:

      I just spent a couple of hours with a 20-year-old male escort we’ll call "Lucien". This was his first television interview about what he says "really" happenened on his 14-day European vacation with George Rekers. You can see the whole interview tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°.

      'Lucien' tells Randi Kaye what "really" happenened on his 14-day European vacation with George Rekers
      Why should you watch? Because Rekers is a Baptist minister and sits on the board of NARTH, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality . NARTH is dedicated to helping people cope with what it calls "unwanted homosexuality." George Rekers has spent decades trying to turn gay people straight. His record shows he’s touched almost every piece of anti-gay legislation in Florida and much of it around the country. In fact, we’ve found the state of Florida paid Rekers about $120,000 to testify as an expert in the legal battle to uphold the ban on gay adoptions in Florida. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum now seems to be trying to distance himself from the star witness his office paid to defend Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban.

      McCollum’s office told us Rekers came to their attention "by recommendation from another academic after an exhaustive search" and that Rekers "had exceptional credentials and he had provided testimony in similar cases on two separate occasions, one of which was a Florida case in Federal Court." The statement goes on: "The contract was executed at the direction of the Department of Children and Families, and the ACLU did not object to his position as an expert at the hearing. He has completed his testimony and is no longer involved in this case."

      Money well spent for Florida taxpayers? Hardly, says "Lucien" the male escort. He told me there is "no doubt" in his mind that "Rekers is a homosexual." He says he asked him "Are you gay?" after they returned from their trip, but that Rekers told him "no."

      Here’s the background. "Lucien" says Rekers hired him by answering his ad on the website, RentBoy.com. He says Rekers would have been exposed to all kinds of naked men in compromising sexual positions on the website before getting through to the ads for male companions.

      "Lucien" showed me the contract he signed with Rekers. It does show he was hired to carry Rekers luggage because he needed help with that, but #3 in the contract terms spells out that Lucien "will provide George Rekers a massage for at least one hour each day of the trip in their shared rooms using the same procedures ("Lucien") provided to George Rekers in Florida." "Lucien" told me he had given Rekers two "sexual massages" in Florida at hotels before they even left for Europe and that Rekers had requested the massages be "sexual." "Lucien" says he gave Rekers what he called the "long stroke" which included touching his genitals. He said the massages took place in their shared rooms in both London and Madrid. For his services, "Lucien" was paid $75 a day plus the cost of his air travel.

      In a statement, George Rekers said "I hired him as a companion and to help with luggage, and that I did not hire him as a prostitute for any sexual purpose." In a separate statement, Rekers said, "Professor George Rekers requires an assistant to lift his luggage in his travels because of an ongoing condition following surgery... Dr. Rekers found his recent travel assistant by interviewing acquaintances. There was nothing inappropriate with this relationship. Professor Rekers was not involved in any illegal or sexual behavior with his travel assistant."

      Lucien wasn’t paid for our interview and says he has turned down payments from other organizations for his story. He isn’t looking to make money on this. He says Rekers became sort of a "father figure" to him and he feels sorry for him. He told me George Rekers has asked him repeatedly not to talk to the media and not to tell anyone about his "sexual massages" but "Lucien" is talking because he wants people, especially in Florida, "to know who Rekers really is."

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