Monday, May 20, 2024

Ken Starr, Jailed Money Manager: The Original Stories


Here are just a few links to the exclusive stories I broke about Ken Starr, the money manager who swindled his celebrity clients. CNBC and its producers have a lot of nerve–their “American Greed” story on Wednesday night about Starr wouldn’t have been possible without this reporting. It’s funny, too: I remember when Starr was arrested, I called Jane Stanton Hitchcock, whose mother had been ripped off by Starr. Hitchcock refused to get involved in the story. Her case had already been settled with Starr, she’d had restitution, she said, and had turned the case over to the Feds. Her brother, Tim, helped me a lot in the reporting. (He seemed to be absent from the CNBC piece.) What a joke. In the CNBC piece, she’s Jessica Fletcher out to uncover a mystery. And I loved it when it was mentioned casually by one of the talking heads about Starr’s wives, and the money paid out to his wife number 3, and how wife number 4 Diane Passage discovered so much about her marriage and her husband’s prior divorce. I was sitting in her living room when we read the papers together. I published the information in this column.  Here are some links. What can you do? And if only CNBC knew who some of the people were who were really ripped off by Starr. But those secrets I agreed to keep a long time ago. Good sleuthing, CNBC.


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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