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December 1, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
And the winner of the 1990 Grammy is . . . Milli Vanilli? That Grammy nightmare could become reality--sort of--when the music industry awards are handed out in New York on Feb. 20. Though the lip-sync duo was stripped of it's best new artist Grammy from last year, Milli Vanilli appears in four categories on the first-round ballot that went out this week to the 6,000 voting members of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
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November 29, 1990 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Christian: I wish I had your wit . Cyrano: Borrow it, then! Your beautiful young manhood--lend me that. And we two make one hero of romance! --Edmond Rostand, in "Cyrano de Bergerac" The idea is far from new. A hundred years before good-looking Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan won teen-age hearts with someone else's artistry, French dramatist Edmond Rostand was writing about the handsome Christian using the voice and poems of homely Cyrano to win the lovely Roxanne.
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November 29, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing insufficient evidence, prosecutors refused to file sexual battery charges Wednesday against Rob Pilatus of the lip-syncing, scandal-ridden pop duo Milli Vanilli. "It's not that I question her credibility," Deputy Dist. Atty. Lynn Reed said after interviewing the 25-year-old woman involved. "But the conduct described did not rise to the level of a sexual assault or battery that we could successfully prosecute."
NEWS
November 28, 1990
Rob Pilatus, a member of the lip-syncing pop duo Milli Vanilli, was arrested for investigation of sexual battery Tuesday in West Los Angeles, police said. Pilatus, 26, was arrested at his home on North Beverly Glen Boulevard at 5:30 a.m., officers said. His alleged victim is a 25-year-old woman, police said. Pilatus, whose name was spelled "Pilatos" in the police report, was freed on $10,485 bail shortly after being booked, officers said.
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November 22, 1990 | ROBERT EPSTEIN
Scandal and reform. Then more scandal and more reform. Those turkeys keep coming home to roost. This week it's the non-singing singing group Milli Vanilli that's caught up in another show-business scandal. If it makes the Vanillis feel any better in this thank-goodness-it's-Thanksgiving week, there may be hope for them. Look what's happened over on the sports pages: * Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, banned for life for steroid use, is back in business.
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November 21, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was correct in demanding back the Grammy it awarded Milli Vanilli this year. But the difficult part is still ahead. What do you do now with the award for best new artist of 1989? Here are the options facing an academy subcommittee that will meet on Dec. 5 in New York: * Declare no new winner, which would leave a blank space in future Grammy programs as a reminder of the deception in the Milli Vanilli case.
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November 21, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
"One of the weird psychological things about doing what we did is that after you perform 100 concerts, slowly but surely you begin to believe you really are the singer," Robert Pilatus said. "It screws you up. You're out on stage and you catch yourself thinking that it really is your own voice." Milli Vanilli's first European tour started Sept. 5, 1989, and lasted 10 weeks.
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November 21, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
On Aug. 30, 1989, Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan met with top officials from Arista at the World Trade Center in New York.
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November 21, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We haven't seen any "Honk if you sang on Milli Vanilli's record" bumper stickers . . . yet. But given the rate Milli Vanilli jokes and gags are proliferating, you should probably check out the car in front of you. Judging by how quickly the nation's comics have jumped on the Milli Vanilli joke wagon, the lip-syncing duo may have a wing of their own in the Easy Target Hall of Fame--right beside Leona Helmsley, Donald Trump and Dan Quayle.
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November 21, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
G irl you know it's . . . Girl you know it's . . . Girl you know it's . . . Girl you know it's . . . It was Robert Pilatus' and Fabrice Morvan's worst nightmare come true. There they were dancing and moving their lips in front of 15,000 fans. And the sound system broke down. The machine wouldn't say the word true and, like a scratched record, began to repeat the opening lyrics of the lip-syncing Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True."
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