Cirque du Soleil Founder to Sue Author of Lurid Sex Tales Book

June 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A major legal battle is unfolding between two of the world’s most colorful characters and it’s threatening to develop into a lively media circus. Guy Laliberté, billionare, former street performer and the eccentric founder of the Cirque du Soleil, has his sights firmly set on the equally eccentric author of unauthorized biographies and tell-all books, Ian Halperin and it’s about to get ugly.

Halperin’s tell-all book about Laliberté, entitled “The Fabulous Story of the Creator of the Cirque du Soleil,” is drawing ire from Laliberté, who claims several key allegations about his sexual exploits in the book are untrue.

Laliberté issued a legal letter to Halperin and his publisher, Transit Publishing demanding that all copies of the lurid book be pulled from stores within 24 hours or he will file a lawsuit.

Halperin, in typical defiant fashion is not backing down one bit from a threat of a lawsuit, telling Page Six of the New York Post, “We intend to fight this vigorously and take this as a gross infringement on freedom of the press.” “Everything in my book is true and can easily be proven. If he continues to harass me, I will launch a slander suit.”

Point, counterpoint. So, what happens next? Increased book sales for Halperin most likely.

Titillating excerpts from the book were recently published in the popular Montreal news magazine, Macleans, which caused a media stir in his home country of Canada. The excerpt detailed a wild life led by Laliberté of sex, drugs and infidelity, including renowned all-night Bacchanalian parties, involving movie stars, politicians and hookers.

According to fashion model, Myra Jones who was quoted in the book, Laliberté’s legendary parties had “[d]rugs, the best music spun by famous DJs flown in from Europe and the USA, and the wildest sex you could ever imagine.”

Robert DeNiro and Paul McCartney were said to be past guests of Laliberté’s decadent parties.

Laliberté doesn’t dispute the wild parties, but he does take exception to a claims made in the book that he had sex with his ex-girlfriend, Brazilian model Rizia Moreira and mother of three of his five children, after a night of partying and having sex with other women.

Moreira is quoted in the book as saying, “He’d come home after sleeping with other women and have sex with me,” she complained in the book. “If he had told me, I never would have had sex with him.”

Currently, the books remain on store shelves and Laliberté is supposedly readying his lawsuit against Halperin and his publisher. But Halperin is not one to shy away from media attention.

His most recent book, “Hollywood Undercover,” detailed accounts of Halperin infiltrating the Hollywood scene under different aliases and characters, and he then proceeded to post YouTube videos of his exploits, before the book was released. Most notably, Halperin went undercover at a Church of Scientology site, claiming to be gay and asking for the Church’s famous “homosexual” cure.

Halperin also wrote unauthorized biographies about the lives of Celine Dion and James Taylor.

Meanwhile, Laliberté’s breathtaking circus troupe, Cirque du Soleil just celebrated its 25 anniversary and is busier than ever, with acclaimed international performances wowing audience members.

Laliberté also plans to fly into space on a Russian Soyuz spaceship, in September to visit the International Space Station.



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