Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss says she will sell her story for $ 1 million and name every high-powered customer of her prostitution business. That client list is rumored to include some of Hollywood’s hottest talent and top studio exex.
At the same time, a development exec, who until recently worked at Joel Silver’s company Silver Pictures at Warner Bros., reportedly has offered Fleiss a $ 300,000 option on her story.
Fleiss said: “I’m so angry about a certain Hollywood person tapping my phone and extorting money from me, thinking it’s a game, that I would divulge every name if a publishing company would come up with $ 1 million.”
The 27-year-old L.A. native says she paid $ 6,000 to an unnamed person to get back tapes he made off her telephone. When she received the tapes, she says they had been doctored with voices of famous people she never spoke with — something she says a major studio would have no trouble doing.
Fleiss refused to name the studio in question, or the phone tapper.
A key to the story may be Fleiss’ ex-boyfriend, a director of TV movies named Ivan Nagy who once had a deal at Columbia.
Sunday, Variety and the Los Angeles Times broke Fleiss’s story. She was arrested at her home following an elaborate sting operation in June and is awaiting arraignment on Aug. 9.
The daughter of a Los Feliz pediatrician, Fleiss is a well-known Hollywood hanger-on who threw lavish parties at her home for celeb friends like Mick Jagger, the Times said.
The Times identifies Matt Tabak as a screenwriter offering Fleiss a $ 300,000 , 30-day option on her story. In fact, Tabak until recently worked as a development exec for several companies.
When the rumors began cropping up, the list of alleged Tinseltown tricks was limited to a few studio exex. Now, the list seems as long as the credits of a movie.
“People are using this as an excuse to sink certain people,” says one studio exec, “but from what I’ve heard, if this woman goes public with the names, there may be casualties all over town, including actors, producers and directors.”
Fleiss’ list of employees is rumored to include secretaries at major talent agencies.
In previous incidents of this sort, the lists of johns rarely found their way into the press. Beverly Hills’ “Madam Alex,” aka Elizabeth Adams, and “Mayflower Madam” Sydney Biddle Barrows both kept customer names to themselves.
Barrows doubts anybody will be exposed. “It’s all hype, because the D.A. won’t expose these men. The D.A. is buddies with the big lawyers in town. They’re all leaning on him.
“She should hope there are a lot of big names, because it could save her the way it saved me,” says Barrows. “The fact that I was a lady and kept my mouth shut, that helped me.”
That might prove difficult if publishers with checkbooks begin lining up at Fleiss’s doorstep.