File Ben Stein's sexting scandal under "Stranger than Anthony Weiner." Fox regular Ben Stein, a married man best known for his role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, has been accused of sexting a 24-year old, pregnant woman. Said woman sent the texts to the New York Post. Unless they are forgeries - which Stein has not alleged - they look pretty damning to me.
From the Post's Page Six:
But one woman targeted by the supposedly harmless Stein told Page Six on Monday that the 69-year-old married grandfather is nothing but a manipulative leech who gave her money — and then begged to “touch” her even though she’s pregnant.
Probably the most damning of Stein's alleged texts published is the one that read: "When you get here i want to hug and kiss you. I understand you don’t want to f–k me. But i want to touch you and kiss you."
He also asked for "more sexy pics." I'll also say that the woman, a so-called "performance artist" who admits to having been an escort, strikes me as something of a grifter as the texts also show her asking Stein for money.
The sexts were published on July 21. Since then, Stein has made what looks very much like a non-denial denial. From SFGate.com's Daily Dish:
He compares the story to an episode of comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” and saying to the New York Post’s Page Six, “She is a person I have only met for less than five minutes at an airport. I have never touched her, I have never had any sexual contact with her.
“I should get a medal for helping this woman. This is a person who appealed to me for money. She said she would send me some examples of her performance art. Some of those examples were racy, and some were not. I just don’t get what I have done wrong. She is mad at me because she wanted more money. … I didn’t expect anything from her.”
What he does not appear to have said: "I never sent those sexts."
Stein shrugs the whole thing off as a non-story in a lengthy post on The American Spetator in which he explained meeting the woman and giving her money as a benefactor.
Anyway, as I told Page Six, I hardly hold myself out as a saint. I do many things that are not ideal and always have and probably always will. I am not kidding.
But my main sin in this case was being beguiled by this young woman whom I thought was my friend, as I had been her benefactor. I guess my other sin was not realizing that a story need have no merit at all for it to be picked up by a gossip column. I really am way too gullible.
Anyway, there is not even the faintest allegation that I ever saw this woman again after our brief meet and greet at SFO and I simply do not see what this is about except that “no good deed goes unpunished.
Well, at least he didn't claim his account had been hacked.
Ben Stein: creepo or good guy done wrong? I report, you decide.
(H/T Addicting Info)
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