From Towle Road:
AC360 snagged George Rekers rent boy Lucien for his first television interview, which aired on the program last night. While there was no mention of the "long stroke," the 20-year-old did reiterate that he gave Rekers sexual massages during their two week European trip. He also disclosed a signed contract between himself and Rekers which, according to the program, stated that Lucien "must the carry bags, provide a massage for at least one hour every day of the trip in their shared room. Plus, spend at least 8 hours day with him, including two meals." All that for $75 a day.
Dan Savage gives his take on this ongoing story which now sees Rekers threatening to sue.
Writes Andy at Towleroad:
I hope someone in South Florida is stepping up to give Lucien some good advice and offering him some support. The young man really sounds in need of guidance, though I do commend him for speaking out for what he believes and exposing this dangerous, anti-gay hypocrite.
Let's hope that someone steps up? No, let's demand that one of the big gay orgs—HRC, Lambda Legal, NCLR—steps up and provides Roman with the lawyer and the advisors he needs. Let's not treat this kid, who is just 20, like he's done something wrong, or like he's an embarrassment to the gay rights movement because—gasp—he was doing sex work, as has been reported, to pay his college tuition. This kind of hypocrisy—Haggard's kind, Craig's kind, Rekers' kind—needs to be exposed. And it's likelier to be exposed if the people who bring it to light aren't treated like pariahs and are instead offered real and tangible support.
Bringing something like this—this being the appalling, malicious hypocrisy of George Rekers—out into the open can't become a path to fame and/or fortune. It isn't and shouldn't be something that sets a person up for life, or something that an escort cashes in on as he leaves the rentboy business. Because that dynamic would undermine the credibility of anyone who does the right thing and steps forward when a powerful political or religious leader is saying one thing in public about homosexuality and doing quite another thing in private. But we can't leave people like Jones or Roman dangling, not if we want people like Jones and Roman to keep stepping forward.
And we do.
And Rachel lays into Rekers last night: