Y ou would think that for a gossip columnist like me, being in the middle of a major sex scandal would be a career highlight. And it was. Unfortunately, it was also many other things.
Reubens was observed exposing himself and a detective arrested him in the lobby, the affidavit said. Reubens, 38, who lives in Studio City, Calif. Three others were arrested on similar charges.
Instead he set off a chain reaction of national media attention and sent his highflying career plummeting into a tail-spin while parents across the nation wondered just what questions their children might ask. On July 26, at P. Police, carrying out a routine undercover operation for morals offenses to keep the community on the straight and narrow, charged that Reubens exposed himself and masturbated twice during a showing of a heterosexual porno flick called Catalina Tiger Shark.
Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the s, and started his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor. InReubens began appearing in a show about a character he had been developing for years. Pee-wee became an instant cult figure and, for the next decade, Reubens was completely committed to his character, doing all of his public appearances and interviews as Pee-wee. His feature film, Pee-wee's Big Adventuredirected by the then-unknown Tim Burtonwas a financial and critical success, and soon developed into a cult film.
Pee-Wee HermanBilly Baloney. Paul Reubens is an American actor, writer, film producer, game show host, and comedian, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the s and started his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor.
Paul Reubens plugs his hometown of Sarasota and even does a little economic development in a just-published New York Times Magazine story exploring his life and efforts to revive his Pee-wee Herman character through a new Netflix movie debuting in March. Though the site of Reubens' arrest for indecent exposure an event that garnered international media attentionthe artist credits his childhood home for ingraining in him "his adoration of the offbeat," Jonah Weiner writes in the article "Pee-wee's Big Comeback. As the winter home of the Ringling Brothers circus, Weiner notes, "Reubens' childhood neighbors included lion tamers, high-wire artists and little people.
A clean-shaven Reubens, dressed in a dark green suit, made the no- contest plea during a minute hearing before Sarasota County Judge Judy Goldman. Then the actor made a quick exit from the courtroom without making a comment. To fulfill a requirement of 75 hours of community service, the actor known as the bow-tied Pee-wee agreed to produce and write an anti-drug public service announcement and distribute it for free.
Sheriff's spokesman William Stookey said Verizzo, 38, will serve her unpaid suspension after she returns to duty, probably in mid-August. According to a written statement in which she explained her actions to her superiors, Verizzo said Reubens called her at home on the night of his arrest and said he didn't have enough cash to post bond. If the department feels there was a mistake on my part, it was unintentional.
MacDonaldbut when it comes to the biggest impact on our culture, both pop and otherwise, Pee-wee wins. His scandal back in is one of the classic examples of the American media circus—perhaps the classic. It had everything: comedy, tragedy, sex, stardom, hubris, not to mention a horde of people trying to cash in on it.
The former Sarasota resident who starred in the "Pee-wee's Playhouse" children's TV show and two "Pee-wee" movies won't be allowed unsupervised contact with minors during the probation period. However, Reubens, 51, agreed to register as a sex offender for the duration of his probation. The charge resulted from a search of Reubens' home in November Police seized about 30, images from his photography collection and personal computers.