Archive for January 1st, 2009
Bernie Madhoff figured out how to bring home the bacon.
By Peter Cohan
Actor Kevin Bacon famous for the six degrees of separation theory — that is, Kevin Bacon is connected by film role to every actor through at most six other actors. For instance, Bacon was a guest on NBC’s Will and Grace when Will said to Bacon, “You did a movie with Val Kilmer?” and Bacon replied, “No, but Val was in Top Gun with Tom Cruise, and Tom was in A Few Good Men with me. Huh, that was a short one.”
Why am I talking about this? Bernie Madoff, who claims he stole $50 billion from investors around the world in a Ponzi scheme, is a mere one degree of separation from Kevin Bacon and his wife Kyra Sedgwick. New York magazine reports that the two “lost everything except for their checking accounts and the land they own” thanks to Madoff.
How did Bacon get sucked into the Madoff network? I don’t know. It could have been through his Hollywood connections — after all Steven Speilberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg are among the other Madoff victims and it would surprise me if Bacon didn’t know them.
By Bruce Alpert
New Orleans Times-Picayune
WASHINGTON — Attorneys for outgoing Rep. William Jefferson on Wednesday asked the judge in his bribery case for permission to use e-mail to help hunt down a key witness: one of the four wives of a former Nigerian vice president.
In the latest strange development in the Jefferson case, his attorneys said in a brief that they have been unable to deliver subpoenas to Jennifer Douglas Abubakar at her Potomac, Md., home or at her residence in Nigeria. Jennifer Abubakar in 2005 was listed as one of four wives to Nigeria’s then-vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
Jefferson’s attorneys said they have been told she is now “primarily based” in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, although they haven’t gotten a specific address. Nor has there been any explanation about why she’s living in Dubai.
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