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June 30, 1995 | EDWARD J. BOYER
On the opening day of convicted Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss' trial Thursday, a former National Basketball Assn. owner and the president of Nabisco's Mexican subsidiary testified that they spent tens of thousands of dollars on prostitutes that Fleiss provided. Film and television producer Howard Shlenker, who once owned the Denver Nuggets and held a financial interest in the Houston Rockets, testified that he wrote at least five checks totaling $17,000 in 1992 for sex with women Heiss provided.
September 24, 1993 | PATRICK MOTT and ANN CONWAY
In a painfully inevitable move, the now-ubiquitous so-called "Hollywood Madam," Heidi Fleiss, recently announced that she would be lending her name to a high-fashion women's lingerie and sleepwear line. Is this the ultimate expression of media-circus-turned-marketing-strategy? Or is the little lady just trying to make good? HE: Well, gee, she certainly has an impressive entrepreneurial pedigree.
Northridge sculptor Russell Michael was putting up a handmade gate in Beverly Hills in September when he looked down at a neighboring property and saw what looked like an encamped army of the more sensationalist press. Realizing that he was looking at the property of alleged madam to the stars, Heidi Fleiss, who had been arrested in June on pimping, pandering and narcotics charges, he wrote a note and slipped it into her mailbox.
September 22, 1999
Heidi Fleiss was released from the federal prison in Dublin, Calif., Tuesday after serving more than three years for money laundering, tax evasion and attempted pandering in connection with her high-priced Hollywood call girl ring. Fleiss, 33, was arrested in June 1993 after four of her employees were caught in a vice sting. Her clients were said to include celebrities and top businessmen, but the names in her book were never made public.
Los Angeles County prosecutors declined on Thursday to file pandering charges against television and movie director Ivan Nagy, a former boyfriend of alleged Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. Although the district attorney's office refused to say why charges were not being brought, Nagy's attorney insisted that there was no evidence to support allegations that his client was operating a pricey call-girl ring. Nagy "is not a panderer," lawyer Barry Levin told reporters.
March 29, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
It's hard not to get gushy and effusive over a piece of work like "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss." Starring Jamie-Lynn DiScala (nee Sigler, a.k.a. Meadow Soprano) as the infamous Hollywood madam, the two-hour biopic plumbs artistic depths formerly reserved for the collaborations of Paul Verhoeven and Joe Ezsterhas -- after whom the Sopranos' neighbors' dog, incidentally, is named. Coincidence? OK, yes.
April 9, 1995 | Shawn Hubler, Shawn Hubler is a Times staff writer who broke the story of Heidi Fleiss' call-girl ring in 1993.
He is probably the last man anyone would picture as the Hollywood Madam's dad. Pediatrician, scholar and lecturer, Paul Fleiss told other people how to raise their kids. Even now, in homes across Los Angeles, mothers quote his signature advice: "Just love 'em," the doctor would say with a smile. "You can't love your kids too much." It's an adage that carries a bittersweet irony.
August 16, 2003 | Akilah Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Actor Tom Sizemore was convicted Friday of seven charges of abusing his girlfriend, former "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss. The 41-year-old television and movie star faces up to four years in jail. Sizemore was acquitted of nine other misdemeanor charges by jurors who heard Fleiss weep repeatedly when she testified that Sizemore committed vandalism, threatened her, struck her and harassed her by phone.
February 4, 1996 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Heidi Fleiss. You know the name and lots of people knew the number. Unfortunately, several of those people were the wrong people, and consequently she now faces seven years in jail for pandering, conspiracy, tax evasion and money laundering. British filmmaker Nick Broomfield lays out the whole sordid mess for our perusal in "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam," a documentary that opens theatrically Friday after a cable airing last year.
August 22, 1993 | CELES KING III, Celes King III is a local businessman and state chairman of the California Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. and
As Nero fiddled while Rome burned, the local news media are opting to focus on the trivialities of the Southland while the substantive problems burn away at the vitality of our region. There it is, right on the front page and leading each news broadcast: Heidi Fleiss, the alleged Tinseltown madam to the stars, getting herself into a criminal pickle. So what? Prostitution is the world's oldest profession.
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