Geffen Would Be A Horrible Owner Of The Los Angeles Times
David Geffen ranks among the ten most powerful persons in the entertainment
Back in December of 1998, I interviewed a videotape editor who
talked about Geffen and his friend Barry Diller, another leading homosexual
power in Hollywood. Shortly afterwards my website was hacked and I was
off the air for a couple of weeks. About $40,000 damage was done to
the company who hosted my site.
well placed source told me soon afterwards that Geffen and Diller were
responsible for the hacking of my site. The host of my website, Ron
Levi, told me, "You have some powerful enemies." He booted my sites off
his servers and severed his business relationship with me (that was
putting about $3,000 a month in my pocket).
SCSI Post editor Montel Bradford told me Friday, December 4, 1998 (and
I published the interview that day):
"I’m the nicest guy in the world. I have nothing against gay people.
But I didn’t want to blow the gay mob. I do have a problem with people
discriminating against people based on their sexuality. The gay mob
employ the boys who are in the know. Barry Diller is another huge gay
mafia guy. He hit on me at the premiere of Grease [Greg was a background
dancer]. The Grease producer, Carr, was my manager. He was the one David
Geffen told me that I had to blow.
"I used to star in films with Patrick Swayze and stuff, but unfortunately
the mainstream is just as seedy. Unfortunately, when you
star in a major movie, guys like David Geffen come up to you and hit
on you and say, ‘if you blow this guy, then you’re going right to the
top.’ So I’m basically blacklisted from the mainstream industry [because
he wouldn’t blow the gay mob].
"I starred in the movie Skatetown USA. My real name is Greg Bradford
but in adult I use Montel Bradford. I did the TV series Facts of Life,
and I did the movie Zapped where I played Heather Thomas’ jerk boyfriend.
I got Willie Ames’ part."
The Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) lists Greg (Montel) Bradford
for the following:
1.Vendetta (1986) .... Joe-Bob
2.Lovelines (1984) .... Rick Johnson
3.Let's Do It! (1982) .... Freddie
4.Zapped! (1982) .... Robert Wolcott
... aka Wiz Kid, The (1982) (USA: working title)
5.Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979) .... Stan
Notable TV guest appearances
1."CHiPs" (1977) playing "Chad Sullivan" in episode:
Officer Needs Help" (episode # 4.11) 1/18/1981
2."CHiPs" (1977) playing "Bart" in episode: "Valley
Home!" (episode # 3.3) 9/29/1979
Montel Bradford: "I’m working in adult because it is the only avenue
left for me to be creative. I see lots of crap but I believe that adult
can become a mainstream thing if they make sure that the sex scenes
advance the story line and develop the character."
On December 28, 1998, I faxed a copy of Bradford's interview to David
Geffen's office. The next day I received this letter, via messenger,
to my largely hidden home address:
Geffen - Owner Of The Los Angeles Times?
Law Offices Of Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman &
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2100
Los Angeles, CA, 90067-4590
Re: David Geffen.
Dear Mr. Ford:
We represent David Geffen. I have received an e-mail
message that you sent to Mr. Geffen's office on December 28, 1998, regarding
"Greg Bradford." Mr. Geffen does not know, has never met,
and has never heard of you or Mr. Bradford.
The entire statement you attribute to Mr. Bradford in
your e-mail is unequivocably false, and is both personally and professionally
defamatory to Mr. Geffen.
Please be advised that if you or Mr. Bradford publish
such false and defamatory information in way, or attempt to provide
such information, or do provide such information to any media or publishing
source, in print or otherwise, we will immediately file a civil action
against you, Mr. Bradford, and the media source or publisher who publishes
the false and defamatory information, and will seek compensatory and
Finally, should you propose to write or issue any other
story about Mr. Geffen, please check with this office so that we may
ascertain and advise you as to its truth or falsity. If you fail to
accept this opportunity to check the facts, malice will be demonstrable.
cc: Bertram Fields, Esq.
Bernard Weinraub writes in the New York Times: "HOLLYWOOD, March
5 -- The first full-scale biography of David Geffen, which depicts the
billionaire entertainment industry figure as brilliant but cunning and
corrosive, has outraged Mr. Geffen, stirred tensions at his studio,
DreamWorks SKG, and placed pressures on media companies as diverse as
Time Warner, Dow Jones, and Bertelsmann."
NYMag.com: "While King's book is a meticulously reported and often
fascinating account of Geffen's Zelig-like presence in American pop
culture, a bodice-ripper it isn't. King seems to hold back intentionally
when it comes to anything intimate, including Geffen's much-speculated-about
sex life. (Geffen's comment about his relationship with Cher -- "I f---ed
her countless times" -- is, alas, as detailed as it gets.) King is more
focused on the melodramas of his business dealings, especially an ongoing
pattern in Geffen's life of forging powerful relationships, then sabotaging
them, or at the very least getting supremely pissed at his closest friends."
From the 4/1/00 edition of the Daily Mail, an article
by Daniel Jeffreys:
Given their Out There affiliation, Jinks and Cohen knew
just where to take the American Beauty script to get it made - to fellow
Out There sympathiser David Geffen, Steven Spielberg's partner in Dreamworks.
As, The Operator, a new biography of Geffen makes clear,
Geffen is a predatory homosexual who has devoted considerable energy
to projects that target heterosexuality.
He is allegedly the main force in the Velvet Mafia,
a loose association of powerful gay men who use their influence in Hollywood
to advance gay issues.
Sources say Geffen has frequently changed scripts if
they seem to be too sympathetic towards heterosexual love or if they
show any hint of antipathy towards gays.
In 20 years of filmmaking, Geffen has become infamous
for making or breaking careers based on whether the people involved
are gay and willing to be part of his extremely active sex life.
His summer parties at Fire Island, a gay resort 30 miles
outside Manhattan, are legendary as the place the Velvet Mafia meet
to indulge in extraordinary bacchanals.
HIS GUEST list begins with designer Calvin Klein and
includes other Velvet Mafia members such as Barry Diller (who helped
create The Simpsons), George Michael and Sandy Gallin, the super-powerful
talent agent who discovered Madonna, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts.
In recent years, several guests at Geffen's Fire Island
house have described weekend-long orgies, fuelled by drugs, at which
Geffen and his powerful friends ran a 'meat market', selecting young
men for either sex or stardom.
'If you weren't incredibly handsome and well-built,
there was no way you would get in,' says a New York movie agent who
has been to several Geffen parties. 'Dress was minimal or nonexistent,
and Geffen would prowl with his friends, squeezing men like they were
When Jinks and Cohen took American Beauty to Geffen,
the billionaire producer was ecstatic.
He rushed the script through the approval process -
virtually unheard of for a screenplay by a writer with no previous movie
hits - and maintained a close personal interest in casting.
Geffen, Jinks, Cohen and Ball all attended half a dozen
Oscar parties after the triumph of American Beauty. One producer who
is close to Ball said they had good reason to be happy.
After all, he said, they have created a film that is
both a masterpiece and the most corrosive satire of heterosexual life
that has ever made $100 million from the very people it vilifies.
And that is the hard truth about American Beauty. It
exists and triumphed because, for some gays, it is not enough to win
civil rights and equality of opportunity.
They want more: a society in which heterosexuality is
so condemned that homosexuals can win any increases in power they might
Coverage - NY Times Vs. LA Times
file from Dec. 12's (2006) Zocalo
discussion between Sharon Waxman and Laura Holson of The New York
Times and John Horn and Patrick Goldstein from The Los Angeles Times.
It was moderated by Variety's Dana Harris.
Goldstein looks like he's dying of AIDS.
has a soft spot for billionaires. You should read the way he sucks
up to Barry
Forty two minutes in.
Dana: "Is David Geffen the ideal buyer?"
John: "He says all the right things. As long as he doesn't make
all of us write terrific things about Dreamgirls. If you look at what
he says, it's all very appealing. He says that he wants a cultural and
philanthropic legacy. He wants to do something that has some value for
the company, I mean the city."
Patrick: "If you are so lucky as to free the newspaper from the
obsession with quarterly earnings and predictions of future profits...and
give the ownership to someone like David Geffen who clearly has made all
the money he needs to make in this life and is clearly looking for a legacy
and for a contribution to the city. In theory, that is a great way to
go. I've written about David Geffen for as long as I've written about
entertainment. We've definitely had our ups and downs over the years.
But you'd have to say when you look at his history..., this is a man who
is always associated with quality."
I ask the first question of the night. "What makes you think Geffen
is a fan of free inquiry? The guy's a bully,. The guy is a blackmail artist.
The guy's a thug. The guy is a lowlife."
Patrick: "He's a thug? I have a list on my wall of people I think
of as thugs and David Geffen wouldn't come close to being on that list."
Sharon: "Patrick, come on. David Geffen is the one man...who you
ask around town, people are afraid of him. They do not pick fights with
him because David Geffen has nothing to do... He has a very long memory.
He bears a grudge. He will mount a campaign against someone to get back..."
I chatted with a reporter after the event and we agreed that LA Times
staffers are like a battered wife who dreams about being rescued.
Times staffers are so desperate that they'll imagine good things about
a vindictive man such as Geffen.
The Tribune is a professional newspaper operation and the LA Times has
been vastly improved by the Tribune's weeding out of hundreds of staffers
and installing some pros in key positions. The Times is a more interesting
paper to read today than it has ever been.
Geffen And The L.A. Times
Kim Masters writes Dec. 28,
I've heard from multiple sources in L.A., including an editor at the
Times, that Geffen told a Timesman that were he to succeed in buying
the paper, his first order of business would be firing a reporter in
the business section who had crossed him. If Geffen has that on his
to-do list—much less at the top—he is the wrong man at the wrong Times.
Yes, he has a canny eye for quality, from Joni Mitchell to Jackson Pollock.
But he could make Wendy McCaw, the multimillionaire owner who has decimated
the Santa Barbara News-Press, look Pulitzer-obsessed.
Those who have dealt with Geffen while covering this business should
find that obvious. Geffen is famously vindictive. One reporter now at
the Times once called me in tears after an encounter with him on the
phone (one truly has to be on the receiving end of his verbal savagery
to appreciate it). And does anyone think he'll tolerate articles that
annoy him or his friends? And he has lots of friends—from Hollywood
to Washington, from Steven Spielberg to Hillary Clinton.