Judge Tears Up Lou Pearlman’s Heart, Sends Him To Prison For 25 Years

May 21st, 2008 // 9 Comments

Former boy-band impresario/pervy Ponzi scheme masterminder Lou Pearlman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fleecing investors and banks out of $300 million over the course of 20 years, with the judge at his sentencing waving a book filled with letters from “his family, his close friends and people in their 70s and 80s who have lost their life savings” who wanted to see Pearlman serve hard time. Pearlman tried to delay his sentencing so he could get back on his feet–and out of bankruptcy–via profits from his latest boy band, the German/English/American US5, and their inevitable conquering of the American market. However, the judge was apparently familiar enough with the music industry’s recent woes to realize that Pearlman was trying to pull yet another fast one with that little bit of posturing. The Timberlakes-in-training that the world will be missing out on, after the jump.

It’s like 2000 never ended, isn’t it?

Boy band mogul Pearlman sentenced to 25 years [Reuters]

  1. Chris Molanphy

    I love the guys that wear orange jumpsuits like a bitch
    Prison food makes me sick
    And I think it’s cool with managers in the clink
    By the summer, by the summer

  2. phaballa

    Rhythm of Life is a WAY better US5 video. And ‘In Da Club’ is also amazing, but for a real treat, watch their homage to the Backstreet Boys in ‘Just Because of You’.

  3. Weezy F Baby

    @phaballa: the scratching!

  4. Anonymous

    this post title made my day. feels like i never left high school.

    ps why did the beegee’s ok this song, let alone sing appear in their terrible video?!

  5. phaballa

    @Weezy F Baby: Everything about that video is amazing. I mean, they can’t sing, this is true. They lipsynch like crazy. But they’re REALLY good dancers! And the smaller blond one has already had a gay-blowjob-in-a-public-bathroom scandal!

    I maybe know a little too much about US5.

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  7. Jon Can Dance

    What the hell is Vinnie Chase doing in this video? He should be re-cutting Medellin after the disaster in Cannes.

  8. jasonelias

    25 years huh? See there are repercussions for creating N*Sync.

  9. TheMojoPin

    All I can picture is someone screaming “SHUT THE HELL UP, COLONEL!!!” while “God Only Knows” plays in the background.

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