The Man Who Conned Oprah
The Smoking Gun has a new section on The Man Who Conned Oprah.
It seems that James Frey's book, "A Million Little Pieces," charmed her and made its way into her book club. In it, the author portrays his years as an alcoholic, junkie, criminal, and outcast, detailing among other things his criminal career of drug busts, melees with officers, jail terms, etc..
TSG's investigation indicates ... he made it up. His criminal record consists of a DUI arrest (for which he served no jail time, and the police report describes him as cooperative). A drug ring in which he was supposedly involved turns out to be some college students who plead out to misdemeanor pot charges (and he's not mentioned in the investigation, to boot).
His attorney threatened to sue TSG ... which would raise the interesting question of whether you can commit defamation by DENYING that a person is a cop-assaulting drug-dealer, and asserting he was actually an unoffensive, rather popular, student.