Boy-Band Svengali Even Sleazier Than Previously Thought

AP061027035494.jpgThe upcoming issue of Vanity Fair will take a look at the predilections of disgraced boy-band maestro Lou Pearlman–currently cooling his jets in a Florida jail while awaiting a trial on bank fraud charges–and you may be shocked to hear that his interests in young men went beyond their abilities to sing, dance, and make the little girls cry. In addition to allegations that he was “definitely inappropriate” with the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and a description of his clumsy pickup techniques (one person recalls him spreading his legs while wearing a white terrycloth robe and matching underwear, then uttering the not-quite-Mae-Westian come-on “You’re a smart boy. Figure it out.”), ex-members of lesser boy-band lights recall events that echo the very special Gordon Jump episode of Diff’rent Strokes:

Tim Christofore, a member of Take 5, recalls that during a sleepover at Pearlman’s house, the music czar swan-dived onto his and another boy’s bed and wrestled with them wearing only in a towel, which came off. “We were like, ‘Ooh, Lou, that’s gross.’ What did I know? I was 13,” Christofore told Vanity Fair.

Rich Cronin, lead singer of LFO, recalled Pearlman told him of an “ancient massage technique that if I massage you and we bond in a certain way, it will strengthen your aura.”

“Strengthen your aura”? Wow. With sub-singles-bar persuasion techniques like that, you’d think that people would have been a little more skeptical of Pearlman’s make-money-fast schemes.


  • extracrispy

    I knew it! That guys just looks like a creepy child molester.

  • dog door

    yvan eht nioj

  • Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    I’m TOTALLY stealing that line.

  • sweetivy

    eww. just eww.

  • ragandboneshop

    “during a sleepover at Pearlman’s house” ???? Man, it all goes so very very wrong right away.

  • dog door

    this is just going to make more trouble for those of us who want to put together boy bands for all the right reasons.

  • brainchild

    any mention of his telling some boy band members to just “take one for the team” and i’m not talking about a punch in the stomach… well not that kind of punch in the stomach.

  • thewriteguy

    Lou Pearlman and Karl Rove — separated at birth?

  • Maura Johnston

    @thewriteguy: I think you mean “hatching.”

  • phaballa

    Talk about people who should’ve had their kids taken away… Jane Carter, WTF. Who basically sells their kid to Lou Pearlman, is aware of the abuse that goes on, and then… sells her OTHER kid to him? And then tells the press about it. She’s a real winner.

  • Aleb

    Well, something had to strengthen. Right?

  • mike a

    Look at it this way – he’s in the grand tradition of gay impresarios/predators like Larry Parnes, Joe Meek and Kim Fowley (who didn’t swing that way but did like his girls young). Except, you know, with a much less talented artistic lineup.

  • Jon Can Dance

    I didn’t even know they made terrycloth underwear.

  • tigerpop

    Ick. My aura needs a shower.

  • mackro

    Sounds like Pearlman was the parallel to Johnny & Associates in Japan:


  • musicquizking

    I own that Take 5 record! I should be beaten for that.

  • MrStarhead

    I believe he had an ex-boy band-er living with him as a … uh, manservant up until he skipped the country.

  • Dickdogfood

    Take a look at this portrait of him:


    Now ask yourself: where is his other hand?

    (Thx Nicolars for bringing this to my attention.)

  • Anonymous

    @Jon Can Dance: I think Ghostface has a few pair of them.