Liberace’s lover jailed for up to 20 years

After repeatedly failing drug tests, the pianist's most famous gay lover is facing jail time of up to two decades

Liberace’s lover jailed for up to 20 years
24 January 2014

Liberace’s most famous gay lover is to face up to 20 years in jail after repeatedly failing drug tests.

Scott Thorson, 54, spent five years with the pianist and wrote about his experiences in the book Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.

He was sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada jail yesterday (23 January) for failing a string of drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions.

Judge Flanagan originally gave the dead star’s lover a suspended prison sentence in July, and gave Thorson a second chance in September after he tested positive for methamphetamine.

‘I’m just asking for another chance,’ Thorson said in court. ‘I can’t help who I am. I’m in show business. I attract these cameras.’

Judge Flanagan said he was ‘not impressed’ with Thorson’s ‘so-called celebrity status’.

‘You’re just like any other addict who has committed a crime against a victim,’ he added.

He published his memoir the following year after Liberace’s death in 1987.

In 2013, the book was adapted into a film starring Damon as Thorson and Michael Douglas as Liberace.

In 2008, Thorson was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to felony drug and burglary charges.

He was sentenced to five years’ probation last year after being caught using stolen credit cards at a hotel in Reno, Nevada.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

French mayors demand gay marriage ‘withdrawal clause’

Right-wing politicians say they should not be forced to conduct marriages between same-sex couples
Dad walking across America for suicide gay teen killed in crash

Dad walking across America for suicide gay teen killed in crash

Grieving father had been walking 5,000 miles across the US when he was hit by a driver believed to be asleep at the wheel
No thumbnail available

Teacher accused of turning pupil lesbian

Educator in Florida, US, appeals for help after investigation into her conduct left her career in tatters
No thumbnail available

Straight actress says we need more lesbian romance on the small screen

Actress of American comedy-drama series Orange Is The New Black, Laura Prepon, wants more gay romance on the TV
No thumbnail available

A gay dad’s answer to the evangelical Christians targeting 5-year-old kids

As a 60s child, Rob Watson learned from the Good News Club. Now he doesn’t want kids exposed to them
No thumbnail available

Some anti-gay parts of US defense bill dropped

Several anti-gay amendments dropped from U.S. defense bill but not ban on sodomy
No thumbnail available

Castrated trans 24-year-old with HIV denied medical treatment in India

State-run hospital refuses to admit 24-year-old, saying third-sex patients need judicial permission
No thumbnail available

The band 3 Doors Down agrees to perform at Boy Scout Jamboree in place of Train and Carly Rae Jepsen

GLAAD says group should not support organization that 'actively discriminates against gay Americans'
London protest planned against Gambia president who wants to behead gays

London protest planned against Gambia president who wants to behead gays

African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group is calling all supporters of the Gambia LGBT community to come and fight against anti-gay laws
No thumbnail available

UK election exit polls indicate strong showing for LGBTI MPs

Britain will have the most LGBTI MPs in the world