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Hollywood Scandals: Hooker issues


  
British actor Hugh Grant was taking America by storm as a leading man, the much-heralded “new Cary Grant” when he was arrested for soliciting (Actually it was “lewd conduct”) a street prostitute named Divine Brown just two weeks before the 1995 release of Nine Months, his first Hollywood film.


On the night of  June 27, 1995, Grant, wearing a  baseball cap pulled down over his face was cruising Hollywood Blvd. when he spotted a streetwalker that peaked his interest.
The hooker, Divine Brown (Born Estella Marie Thompson) was the mother of two small girls when she turned to prostitution when she couldn’t pay a $133 electricity bill.
Brown initially thought Grant was an undercover vice cop. "I was running from him. I thought he was a cop. He kept circling the block and pulling up in front of me. There were lots of beautiful girls out there that night, but he just wanted me. Eventually, I built up enough courage to confront him. I said: 'I'm going to call the cops if you keep stalking me.' He said: 'I want you. You're so beautiful. What's a beautiful girl like you doing on the street? He sounded a bit like Prince Charles but tried to cover up his accent. He kept talking about how pretty I was and how he was struck by my lips and my feet. "I said: 'You've got all these other women here. Why choose me?' He told me he was looking for a beautiful black woman. I always wanted to sleep with a black woman. That’s my fantasy.”
“He kept calling me Cherry Red because my lips were red, my shoes and clothes were red. Even my underwear was red. He kept complimenting me on my lips and my feet. I guess he has a foot fetish, too."
Brown told him that her usual charge for taking a trick to a nearby hotel room was $100 but Grant was only carrying $60 on him, so Brown offered him oral in his car for the full sixty.
According to Thompson, they had been in the car for about twenty minutes. After she began performing oral sex on him, the cops noticed the car because while she was serving Grant, he kept pressing the brake pedal with his foot, causing the brake lights to flash.
"He kept pushing his foot on the brake," she said. "He kept saying: 'Oh Cherry Red, Cherry Red. Then we got that knock on the window. The guy put his flashlight down on my head. I looked up, Hugh looked up and said: 'Oh shit. We both thought it was somebody just knocking on the window. Then a police officer said: 'Please step out of the car.'"
They were both arrested, booked and released a few hours later. The next morning the story was front-page news around the world.  She said she didn’t know who Hugh Grant was until reporters showed up at her house the next day and told her. A month after the arrest Grant was ordered by a circuit court in LA to pay a fine of $1,000, attend an AIDS awareness class and sentenced to two years of probation. Divine Brown was sentenced to 180 days in prison and fined $1,350 after pleading no contest. She wasn’t granted probation because she had already violated a prior probation by being arrested once before on prostitution charges.
A year after the Grant arrest, Brown was arrested again in September of 1996, at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Paradise for coming on strong with an undercover cop
"She didn't actually solicit” the officer said, “but the police officers knew what she was up to." She was fined $950 for loitering for the purpose of prostitution and resisting arrest.
Overall, the arrest was nothing but good for Brown. She appeared on nationwide television and radio programs, made a series well-paying television commercial and posed nude for big circulation soft-porn magazines in the states and in Europe as well. Reports are that she earned about $1.5 million from publicity related to Grant arrest.
Grant went on The Tonight Show and told host Jay Leno "You know in life what's a good thing to do and a bad thing to do. I did a bad thing." And later added “I was just an idiot. I didn't try to say, 'I've got this psychological problem.' I just said, 'I did it. There were very talented people who made that film and really brilliant actors. Only one booby who let them down, and that was me. Not only was I terrible in the film, but I then chose to get arrested in Hollywood a week before the film came out." Grant’s career was bruised but hardly ruined by the arrest.
Two years after the Hugh Grant fiasco, superstar Eddie Murphy fell into a tangled mess on May 2, 1997, with a transgender prostitute named Atisone Seiuli an American-Samoan transgender dancer.

The LA police were watching a Seiuli from a clandestine position when they saw her  getting into Eddie Murphy’s SUV Toyota Land Cruiser.  At 4:55 AM, the cops pulled over Murphy’s Toyota Land Cruiser. According to Seiuli, Murphy had already placed two $100 bills on her legs and asked if she liked to wear lingerie. When Seiuli said yes, Murphy supposedly asked, “Can I see you in lingerie?’ I told him, ‘Whenever I have the time.’ He said, ‘I’ll make the time.'” Seiuli also said they discussed what kind of sex Seiuli liked, to which she replied “everything.”
Then the cops flashed their lights on and surrounded the car. Murphy was questioned
for a half hour and then released since nothing illegal had occurred. According to Murphy, his wife and children were away, and he had insomnia, so he went for a drive to buy magazines. “I saw this Hawaiian-looking woman and said, ‘What are you doing out here?’ She said, ‘I’m working’ I said, ‘You shouldn’t be doing that [soliciting].’ And bada-bing… I’m never giving anyone a lift again. It wasn’t like I was looking for someone. It was a person I assumed was a girl at the corner.”
“What people don’t know is, for years and years at night I’d get in my car, I’d drive all over Manhattan, I’d give derelicts money, I’d stop and talk to homeless people. I’d go to corners where there are prostitutes and give them $5,000 and $10,000 to go home and get off the street. … When I’m doing something charitable, I’m not doing it for publicity. … It’s out of the goodness of my heart.”
Seiuli was cuffed and arrested due to an outstanding warrant for prostitution. The incident made the wire reports. The National Enquirer paid Seiuli fifteen thousand dollar bond in exchange for details on the incident and her dealing with Murphy. A book followed, called In the Closet with Eddie Murphy, which carried several interviews of transgender hookers who claimed that Eddie Murphy was a regular customer.
Murphy sued the National Enquirer and the Globe  for $5 million each for libel, slander, and invasion of privacy for publishing interviews with trans prostitutes who claimed to have had sex with him. He settled the suit with the Globe and dropped the suit against
The National Enquirer but had to pay their legal fees.
On April 22, 1998, Seiul was found dead on the sidewalk outside of her apartment building clad only in lingerie. The prevalent story was that she had been tossed out of her apartment window, five floors to the ground, crushing her skull. Supposedly she was murdered so she wouldn’t testify about her alleged ongoing relationship with Murphy  in Murphy's lawsuit against the National Enquirer and Globe tabloids for $10 million.

Seiul 

The police version of her death is more likely to the facts of how she died. Seiul locked herself out of her apartment and tried to use her robe as a rope to slide down from the roof then swing to an open window.
Former child star Danny Bonaduce had his own transvestite prostitute problems in 1991. Bonaduce was at a low point in his life. 



He said  "I was living in the Hollywood Hills motel and somehow my Mom found out where I was. I had a really bad drug habit at this point. I was so addicted to smoking crack that I could no longer wait for the pipe to cool down. So I had giant burns on my fingers and lips because I would pick up a red-hot pipe and stick it in my mouth. And I would literally hear the searing of flesh burning. It was awful. My mouth looked like a pumpkin at Halloween. So my Mom knocks on the door, and I know what I look like, and I'm so bummed that she's there. It was an uncomfortable visit because we're both trying to act like nothing is wrong. So she finally left, and I went back to my drugs and there's this knock on the door and it's her again. And she said 'I just wanted you to know that I love you.' And I made some comment and went to shut the door and she stuck her foot in the door. I said, 'What?!' And she said, 'No, it's important that you know that I love you, because you're going to die really soon. And as your mother, I want to know that the last thing I told you before you died, was I Love You.' So she leaves and I went back to get my drugs that I hid behind the medicine chest. And I looked in the mirror and there I am, 110-115 pounds, all these burns all over me, my hair is ratty, and I thought, 'Oh my God, she's right. I'm dying.' So I moved in with her.
 On March 9, 1990 he was arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida for attempting to buy cocaine. He was in town to host an event for D.A.R.E., an anti-drug campaign aimed at children. He was sentenced to 15 months’ probation and community service.
A year later, On March 31, 1991 Bonaduce met a 24-year-old  transvestite prostitute named Darius Barney at an intersection near his home. “When I picked him up” Bonaduce said “I thought he was a girl. I picked him up, he got in my car. As soon as he got in and the dome light hit him, it was obvious. He wasn’t a good transvestite…He gets in the car and I said, ‘Oh, sorry, wrong car.’ And he says, ‘Well you took me off my corner, give me $40.00.’ I said ‘Dude, wrong car, hop out!’ This went on for six or seven minutes and he still wouldn’t get out. So I get out of the car, opened his door, and pulled him out of the car. But when I did, I see he’s this huge guy, about 220 pounds. I weighed 150 pounds! I attacked him first, not because I wanted to, I just thought I was going to have to and I’m too small to take the punishment from a 220-pound man.”
Nearby neighbors called police after hearing screams. The hooker had a broken nose
and a cut on his face. When the Phoenix police arrived on the scene,  Bonaduce was driving away and the cops followed him home. The actor's wife let the police in, and the cops found the actor, oddly enough, hiding in a closet. He was booked for investigation of felony flight, aggravated assault and strong-arm robbery and was released on $8,400 bond. Bonaduce later pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was ordered to pay Barney's medical bills.