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09/12/2007

Out man to 'Out' mag: WTF?!?!

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 13-32Danny Fields, a former Warhol protege and punk rock pioneer, is suing Out magazine for $365,000 in actual damages and $100 million in punitive damages, over claims that editor-in- chief Aaron Hicklin misquoted him in the October issue in a way that makes him sound like a "sex predator." This from Page Six:

The gay-lifestyle mag quotes Fields, who is openly homosexual, as saying:

"The '70s was sure a lot of fun, but I was sure a lot of young. Boy, if you didn't get laid, then it was your own fault. I don't remember ever being inhibited by saying 'I'm the manager of the band. If you want to meet them, come to my hotel room and sleep with me, and I'll introduce you to them in the morning.' "

Fields told us yesterday: "I never said that. The implication is while my bands were playing, I was trawling the audience for kids . . . like I used the performances as an excuse to cruise and pick up underage teens. The quotes are also so ungrammatical. I would never even talk like that. I have advanced degrees in English literature . . . They gay-bashed me."

Hmm...thems be some pretty strong claims. And we're going to stay out of it, as there's no way of really knowing whether Hicklin truly fudged the acts, or if Fields was simply embarrassed by the truth once he saw it in print.

Here's just hoping for the sake of gay media that the mag won't be forced by court order to change their masthead to this:

Doubt

'MAG MADE ME INTO PEDOPHILE' [NY Post --P6]

**Towleroad and Queerty have more

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Your thoughts

It would seem the period and comma in the quote clear up what he was saing without painting him as a "sex predatpr."

Posted by: Patrick B | Sep 12, 2007 12:24:32 PM

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