Sunday, April 14, 2024

How Ken Starr’s Wife Learned She Was Number 4, Not Number 3


I just read New York Magazine’s piece on Diane Passage, the (former stripper) wife of incarcerated and convicted swindler to the stars Ken Starr. The piece is very nice atmosphere wise, but is short on facts and kind of mixes stuff up. I wrote several stories about Starr and Passage after his arrest in May 2010, all exclusive. It was this column that revealed that Passage was wife number 4, not number 3. I also detailed Starr’s unusual settlement with third wife, Marisa. And I interviewed the missing first wife Sheila. The New York piece ignores all of that to make the story sound more exciting.

Also, the New York piece skips over several important elements including Starr’s swindling of the wealthy Stanton family, and the recent guilty plea of Jonathan Bristol, the lawyer who helped Starr pull off his $33 million takedown of celebrities like Mike Nichols, Uma Thurman, and Carly Simon.

PS What New York also failed to mention is that Passage, a plucky entrepreneur, went straight into a clothing line business with the daughter of Marv Rosen, Starr’s attached at the hip best friend and former Clinton fundraiser, whose Marose Fund was used by Starr to funnel his clients’ money according to prosecutors. Rosen has mysteriously disappeared from the Starr story entirely.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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