Rex is on vacation this week, as are most of his channels of gossip.
So, continuing from where we left off last week, here are a few more of the memorable nuggets from 2009 — with updates.
State Sen. Paul Stanley resigned from office after the firestorm of publicity surrounding the conservative family values legislator’s inappropriate relationship with an intern.
And as the seedy tale of Stanley’s extramarital affair and the alleged attempted blackmailing of the lawmaker by the young woman’s jealous boyfriend unfolded before him, Rex watched the lawmaker twist and turn in the wind before finally succumbing to the inevitable and throwing in his boxers, er, towel.
As for Stanley today, there’s been no confirmation to the persistent rumor that he has offered to counsel Tiger Woods in his time of need.
If there is one thing that Rex likes to see, it’s people like Gordon Grigg getting what’s coming to them.
The feds caught Grigg early in 2009 for running a Ponzi scheme. His last-ditch attempt to keep the fraud alive was by attempting to convince investors that he could get them into high-yielding notes issued by the government as part of the Treasury’s Troubled Assets Relief Program. The Securities and Exchange Commission sued him in January, accusing him of duping at least 27 investors out of about $6.5 million.
The investors told the court that Grigg preyed on their emotions, catching them off-guard during times of personal crisis and then sucking them in by talking like an old-fashioned tent revival preacher.
Federal Judge Aleta Trauger threw the book at him, sentencing him to 10 years, well beyond what the federal sentencing guidelines suggest. Instead of incarcerating him right away, Trauger let him explain why he should be allowed to “self-report,” a common practice for white-collar criminals.
Grigg had said that he wanted to “prepare his family and children” for his extended sabbatical from their lives. His current wife, for example, was pregnant at the time of his sentencing. Of course, when she got pregnant Grigg had already been exposed as a charlatan and was staring down a long stretch in the pokey. He also has kids from a previous marriage and from a mistress.
Trauger, who was clearly a second away from having Grigg cuffed and stuffed right there, gave him the 30 days with his family after prosecutors didn’t object. It turned out, though, that that bit of mercy really was just rubbing salt into a fresh wound.
After sentencing, he was about to be fitted for a “tether,” also known as an ankle monitor, when federal authorities discovered that he had no home phone, just cell phones. The devices require landlines for monitoring. Grigg didn’t have one, so he went to jail and stayed until his wife could get one installed.
The time in jail didn’t push back his 30-day self-report — it ate into it. Grigg got a quick taste of what his next 10 years would be like.
Who knew that the upscale all-girls high school Harpeth Hall had a chapter of Future Farmers of America? Rex didn’t until he saw a little nugget last fall from HH alum Reese Witherspoon on the InStyle.com Web site.
Asked if she liked to cook, Witherspoon, replied, “I do. And Jake [Gyllenhall, her beau] is a great cook. He does a lot. We spend the weekends outside L.A, in Ojai, where I have a farmhouse. We have chickens, and we grow cucumbers and tomatoes. I love it. It reminds me of where I grew up in Tennessee.”
Rex guesses the only chicken she saw when she lived on Woodmont Boulevard was Kentucky Fried or in the salad at the Belle Meade Plantation cafe. Thanks for playing up the country bumpkin image of Nashville, Reese.
Reese and Jake have since broken off their relationship.
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