Rape suits against Donald Trump linked to former Tv producer

Norm Lubow, formerly a producer on the Jerry Springer show, apparently coordinated lawsuits accusing Donald Trump of raping small children in the 1990 s

Lawsuits accusing Donald Trump of sexually assaulting small children in the 1990 s appear to have been orchestrated by an eccentric anti-Trump campaigner with a record of making outlandish asserts about celebrities.

Norm Lubow, a former producer on the Jerry Springer TV show, has previously been involved with disputed accusations that OJ Simpson bought illegal drugs on the working day Simpsons wife was murdered, and that Kurt Cobains widow had the Nirvana frontman killed.

Court filings in California and New York against Trump, purportedly on behalf of the members of a woman utilizing the name Katie Johnson, have in recent weeks alleged that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee raped Johnson when she was 13. Trump vehemently denies the allegations.

Norm Lubow. Photo: Twitter

A publicist utilizing the pseudonym Al Taylor is acting as a representative for Johnson, and has been shopping around to media outlets a video of a woman who wears a disguise while recounting the allegations against Trump. Taylor said in telephone callslast month that he was seeking$ 1m for the videotape. Jezebel has published a segment of the video along with a detailed account of how the allegations against Trump were being pushed to reporters.

A telephone number and an email address used by Taylor have also been used by Lubow, according to three sources who have worked with them. A longtime associate of Lubow also told the Guardian that Lubow employed the identity Al Taylor.

Taylor told the Guardian that he helped the alleged victim Johnson put together her first suit against Trump, which was filed in California earlier this year. She is a friend of mine, he said, declining to stimulate her available for interview.

He then became threatening when asked more about his motives in trying the money for the video and about his true identity. Merely be advised: well sue you if we dont like what you write, he said. Well sue your ass, own your ass and own your newspapers ass as well, punk.

In 2011, Al Taylor claimed to cable news channels and rumor websites that he was negotiating a$ 1m deal for an exclusive Tv interview with Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in a high-profile trial in Florida of killing her young daughter. Anthonys lawyers denied the claims and the interview never took place.

Al Bowman with Larry King. Photo: Facebook

The Guardian has established that a photograph supplied to those media outlets to illustrate the interviews, purporting to be of Al Taylor, was in fact a picture of Al Bowman, a minor Hollywood promoter who has known Lubow for more than 20 years. Bowman, also a former Jerry Springer Show producer, claims to have been a chauffeur to celebrities such as Whitney Houston.

In telephone interviews, Bowman insisted that he knew nothing about the lawsuits against Trump. Bowman said he actually supported Trumps campaign for chairperson and intended to vote for him a claim backed up by a series of pro-Trump postings in past three months on his personal Facebook page. Bowmans accent and tone of voice appeared not to match that used by Taylor during the 2011 cable news interviews and in recent phone calls.

Bowman eventually said he knew the true identity of “the mens” involved in the action against Trump, and that it was a former colleague of his. Al Taylors real name is Norm Lubow, he said.

Speaking about the lawsuit against Trump, Al Taylor first introduced himself to the Guardian as the lawyer in California, before later elucidating that he was not a lawyer. My brother and sister were attorneys, he said. Lubows brother Owen is an attorney, as was their late sister Barbara. A message left for Owen Lubow was not returned.

There are further detailed the linkages between Lubow and Al Taylor. An email address for Norm Lubow that was provided by Bowman matched an email address that, according to two sources who have done business with Al Taylor, is also used by Taylor. A phone number for Lubow provided by Bowman matched a number used by one of these sources for reaching Taylor. A separate cellphone number used by Taylor, which was listed on the California lawsuit against Trump, has the same area code, 760, which incorporates the city of Palm Desert Lubows last known address.

Lubow, 55, did not return a subsequent series of telephone calls, text messages, emails and online messages over the past two weeks trying confirmation that he was indeed Al Taylor. Past media reports have also identified Taylor as a spokesman for the Erotic Heritage Museum and the Hustler strip club, both in Las Vegas. Messages left for Taylor at both the museum and the club were not returned.

Statements made by Lubow over the past two decades on a variety of topics have been called into question.

In 2014, utilizing his comic pro-marijuana pseudonym Reverend Bud Green, Lubow claimed to have arranged the replacement of US flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with white flag. The following month, however, German artists came forward with video proof that they in fact were behind the stunt.

In 1998, guests on Springers notoriously wild talkshow alleged that Lubow had encouraged them behind the scenes to stage opposes and invent outrageous narratives during recordings of the program. The accusation was denied by Lubow and other prove staff.

Also in 1998, Lubow appeared wearing a disguisein the controversial documentary film Kurt and Courtney under the name Jack Briggs alongside Bowman, the minor Hollywood promoter whose photo was afterward used by Al Taylor for television interviews. Bowman said Briggs was Lubow.

Norm Lubow in the documentary Kurt and Courtney. Photo: YouTube

In the cinema, director Nick Broomfield said Lubow and Bowman had introduced him to Eldon El Duce Hoke, a Seattle-based musician who claimed Courtney Love offered him $50,000 to kill her husband Kurt Cobain, the vocalist and guitarist in the rock band Nirvana. The accusation about Hoke, which became lore among some Nirvana fans following Cobains suicide in 1994, was denied by Love.

According to the New York Post, in 1995 Lubow, utilizing the name Ron X, also claimed to tabloids that he had sold narcotics to OJ Simpson on the working day Simpsons estranged spouse Nicole Brown was murdered. Lubow denied the Post report.

An lawyer brought in to file Katie Johnsons suit against Trump in New York said any issues around the credibility of Al Taylor should not cast doubt on Johnsons allegations.

The attorney, Thomas Meagher, a patent and intellectual property lawyer who said he had never been involved in a case of this kind before. Meagher said he became involved after reading on a minor rumor website that Johnsons legal action in California had faltered and that she was seeking representation. Meagher acknowledged that Al Taylor was acting as a go-between for the woman said to be suing Trump.

Their federal suit filed last month in New York alleges that Johnson, identified this time as Jane Doe, was sexually assaulted by Trump in 1994 at the Manhattan home of Jeffrey Epstein, the dishonored financier and associate of the UKs Prince Andrew who was incarcerated in Florida in 2008 for soliciting sexuality from an underage daughter.

The New York lawsuit was accompanied by a supporting affidavit from a woman utilizing the name Tiffany Doe, who claims to have worked for Epstein at the time and find the young girl for the two men. The accusations made in the suit have been reported by several media outlets.

The legal action in Manhattan follows a near-identical suit in California that made the same accusations against Trump and Epstein. That suit was promptly thrown out after a federal judge ruled that the complaint quoth ordinances that did not apply to it. Epstein has through representatives also denied the allegations.

Alan Garten, an lawyer for the Trump Organization, described the allegations against Trump as a complete fabrication that appeared to be politically motivated. This is basically a sham suit brought by someone who desires to impact the presidential election, said Garten.

Trumps team said the lawsuit was badly flawed. I dont even know if there is a plaintiff, said Garten. I dont know a lawyer worthy of the bar who would set his name to this lawsuit. Meagher, however, insisted that he had fulfilled the plaintiff and separately spoken to her over video-conference. She definitely exists, said Meagher.

After repeated questions to Al Taylor asking him to confirm he was Norm Lubow ran ignored, a text message was eventually sent to the Guardian from a cellphone previously answered several times by Taylor.

It said: This is Katie Johnson. Why do you keep asking for[ Lubow ]. I do not know and have never met anybody by this name. If you are really a reporter like you claim are and not just a crank call like thousands of other calls I have gotten since my phone number was published throughout the world, then why dont you ask how it feels to have the debase who raped me when I was only 13 years operating for President of this great country?

It sickens me every time I insure his evil face on Tv. I am not after fund, I want retaliation for what this evil pedophile did to me. He doesnt is in favour of President, he deserves to be in jail…

If you really are a reporter like you told my lawyer Tom Meagher, then please publish my statement for the millions of other Rape Victims who have no voice. Thank you, Katie Johnson.

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