Saturday, April 20, 2024

Lou Pearlman– Disgusting, Greedy Creator of Backstreet Boys, NSync, Dead at 62


One of the most awful people in the world has died in jail. Lou Pearlman, 62, the disgusting, greedy creator of the the boy bands Backstreet Boys, O Town and ‘NSync, is dead.

Pearlman was serving time for a 2008 conviction for running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of $300 million. He was also alleged to have participated in unsavory acts against underage performers. He denied it. He was sued by almost all his acts in federal court for a variety of malfeasance.

Sleazy and sweaty, Pearlman had a stroke in jail in 2010. US Weekly says he then lost 75 pounds. Apparently that wasn’t enough.

Pearlman’s whole sordid history can be read here. I’m not putting up his picture because I can’t look at him.

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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