Tuesday, July 27, 2010

'Exorcist Star Is Boss From Hell!' : A Freddy In Space Exclusive Follow Up!

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Last week, I made a post on an interesting little article I found in tabloid magazine The Globe, wherein a former associate of Linda Blair's made claims that Blair treated him like crap, owes him a ton of money, showers twice a week, and has an incredibly filthy home - among other allegations. The man, Jeramy Cleghorn, says he worked and lived at her animal shelter for a year and "if people knew what Linda Blair was really like, their heads would spin too." Putting on my little investigate reporter cap, I decided to track Mr. Cleghorn down on Facebook and see if I could find out some more information as well as attempt to determine whether or not he was in fact telling the truth. I ended up chatting back and forth with Cleghorn for nearly two hours this past weekend and he shared with me some incredibly juicy details that even The Globe did not uncover or report on.

Though I obviously cannot 100% say whether or not these allegations against the horror icon are true, I will say that Cleghorn sent me a brief video walkthrough that he filmed of Blair's home, including her bedroom, which backs up some of his claims. Due to obvious breach of privacy issues, I cannot share this video with you guys, but believe me when I say that it proves that not only did Cleghorn work for Blair and live at her home for a period of time, but that her home is in fact a complete pigsty, as he reported in the paper. Whether or not you believe Cleghorn's other claims is entirely up to you, though he seemed nothing but genuine and honest when I chatted with him.

Here's what I uncovered.

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According to Cleghorn (seen above), one of Blair's volunteers posted an ad on Craigslist in December 2008, offering $10 an hour to work at the shelter, which he responded to. He told me that when he took the job, he "didn't even know who Linda Blair was" and that he had seen The Exorcist several years back, but "wasn't really impressed." When I asked him if he then went back and re-watched the movie upon getting hired for the job and realizing who the boss was or if he was totally unphased by his new boss' celebrity status, he had this to say - "I've met many celebrities in my life, been on T.V. myself a few times actually (he appeared in the background of a news report involving a man terrorizing a Burger King and was an extra on the set of Nash Bridges). It didn't really matter to me, my concern was working, getting paid, and taking care of my family - which the "job" failed to do."

I wondered what Jeramy's first encounter with Blair was like - if she was mean right off the bat or if she started off pleasant....

"Well my first day was busy - I was brought on because a winter storm was going to hit the area. The first time I remember talking to her was that night, she was talking about "her movie", and was aghast when I said I didn't know who she was. "I'M THE EXORCIST!" - her exact words."

In addition to the normal duties one would expect when taking on such a job - "Fed dogs, walked dogs, scooped the poop..." - Cleghorn revealed that Blair also used him as a personal assistant of sorts, having him fix her car and RV and even using him to scan and touch up photos for her various autograph appearances. Jeramy shared with me some of these photographs, which he says are "everywhere in her house, the mess that it is."

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So was Blair ever nice to her employees? Jeramy says she had her moments...

"That's a touchy subject. If I was busting my ass getting things done for her, she was nice. When it came pay time or trying to get time to take care of my family, she was a real bitch. She's a decent person as long as she's getting what she wants, I guess. Try to find Helen Darras (Butch Patrick's ex fling) - she has an interesting story on how Linda tried to extort her for several thousand dollars AFTER she donated thousands and both a washer/dryer set that cost over a grand alone".

Things got even juicier when I asked Jeramy to tell me his most shocking encounter with The Exorcist's demonic child star...

"How most shocking?? Catching her in her skivvies? ("One time a dogfight broke out in her bedroom when she was taking her bi-weekly shower. Marvin (another co-worker) and I ran in to break it up at the same time she came out of the shower in nothing but a pink thong and red bra"). Scaring the dookie out of her? Having to deal with a stalker sending threatening email's to her? Watching one of her dogs get shot up by shotgun? Never a dull moment at Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation."

The interview then took a Howard Stern-esque turn, with Jeramy revealing that the thong Blair was wearing at the time of the "catching her in her skivvies" incident was emblazoned with her company's logo, as all of her undergarments are, and that "she don't look like she did in 1982 ..... She has NO figure, looks like Skelator or the Cryptkeeper or something." He then sent me a picture he took during his stay at the Blair residence, wherein he is wearing what he claims to be Blair's thong ("straight out of the wash!") as an eye patch. I couldn't make this stuff up, folks....

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So, is Mr. Cleghorn going to sue Linda Blair for the almost $20,000 - almost double what's reported in the paper - that he claims she owes him?

"I've been looking into it, but the problem with that is she's dodging the IRS, refused to report my wages, and denies that I was an employee. She claims I was only a volunteer, but if so, why did she write me checks?? I haven't found an attorney that is willing to take the case, and I'm also trying to find an attorney to sue her for job-related injuries. I've been bit twice bad, and I've had three teeth broken out. The teeth thing is my biggest issue, but as I said, she didn't have insurance on the kennel (BIG NO-NO!)...."

"Her father died within three days of The Globe articles release, and with that, she has a trust fund she can access now, so there's more of a chance for me to get compensated now she has those funds, if she hasn't blown it all already. She's horrible managing her income."

Pretty interesting stuff, eh? So what do you make of all of it - is Jeramy Cleghorn telling the truth? Sure as hell seems like it to me....

Thank you Jeramy for taking the time to answer my questions and share your incredible stories. I hope you someday get the money that is rightfully owed to you. And for the sake of your future employers, I hope this wearing your boss' underwear on your head business doesn't become a trend with you!

16 comments:

LJ said...

Hmmm, he sounds pretty down to Earth actually. He readily admits it's tough to get an attorney to take a case like this, given Miss Blair's status, and he also readily exposes one of the biggest issues that any attorney would ask, why would she write him checks? I'm assuming he's got a decent amount of proof of his claims. Points off for going to The Globe, though. People are always naturally suspicious of any made in a gossip rag. I wouldn't be surprised if any or all of this is true, though.

Johnny said...

We may never know, I just felt the need to dig a little deeper and talk to the man after reading the Globe article. Like you said, he definetly seems down to earth and it seems like he's being totally honest.

Simon Dedalus said...

Interesting article here. I didn't find the globe story all that credible, but he actually seems like he's being sincere in his statements. Nice job tracking him down and getting more info.

Ok, now track down Linda Blair and get her side of the story :)

Johnny said...

Not sure that Blair is gonna want anything to do with me after I posted a picture of her thong being worn on a dude's head lol

Quanthor said...

Geez, we gotta regular Bob Woodward here. :)

Johnny said...

Jeramy just left a comment that I decided not to approve, because he reveals Linda Blair's phone number in it - not something I want to be spreading around. Here's the comment he left with the number blocked out :

The Globe was the only news publication that would even consider listening to my story-- I tried the major news outlets out here in the Los Angeles area with no avail. Anyone who wants to get Linda's response can call her (***)***-****. Good luck calling though-- it always goes to answering machine and she rarely returns phone calls (unless you're offering to send her a check that is). I'm contacting department of labor and filing a claim on the unpaid wages, still looking for a California attorney to help me get compensation for my injuries sustained from her dogs...
--- Jeramy

Funktion said...

"she don't look like she did in 1982 ..... She has NO figure, looks like Skelator or the Cryptkeeper or something."

HAHA, that's the funniest part of the whole article. No joke, judging from google images - Linda used to be a real piece. Wow
http://www.horrorhotties.com/images/categories/52.jpg

Johnny said...

I still wouldn't kick her outta bed!

Jeramy said...

Karma is a bitch...... Now Linda has two uncontrolled brushfires blazing at her doorstep-- Briggs Fire and Crown Fire are both only a few short miles UPWIND. Maybe Satan has opened the gates of hell to claim his own? We shall see, things aren't looking good for the former scream queen

Johnny said...

Well, no matter how much of a terror she may be as a boss, I certaintly don't wish any harm upon her or her dogs.

Ash said...

She's an idiot. She wasn't "THE EXORCIST" at all as she claims. She was the one needing exorcised, Max Von Sydow was "THE EXCORIST."

K-Fleet said...

The worst celeb horror experience I've ever had was with Bitch Blair. I dropped $50 to get two autographs and walked away from the table with none. First, she wouldn't let me have one of the pics she'd just taken off her table (it had been there for hours/days), and then she wouldn't sign the Exorcist poster I had brought because it had a crucifix in it. I stood there like, "Are you fucking kidding me?" She said, "There are other people waiting, just give him back his money." She truly doesn't give a shit about horror or it's fans, and should be banned from all conventions and gatherings.

Johnny said...

Thanks for sharing, K-Fleet, and i'm sorry you had such a shitty experience with her, as so many seem to. She seems like a very unpleasant person all around.

willy jerk-off said...

I dont care if she does look like the cryptkeeper i`d still love to get my knob up her bum.

Nanya said...

A successfull photographer once told me: In order for an artist (or artistic person) to be successfull, he/she MUST be a businessperson as well. Or be able to afford to hire someone to take care of the business part.

However, if an artist's career has dwindled, and they need to switch to 'REAL' work (or start a business), they can't afford to hire anyone! And with their artistic mindset they're not able themselves to handle the organization, finances, administration, legal aspects etc. I believe that is the case with Linda Blair. Actually she should take on a simple job, and in the meantime educate herself in those earthly matters...! (On the other hand, she DOES get huge donations from a.o. Simon Crowell, so now she really has to get a business partner!)

I believe Jean Shrimpton, famous fashion model in the 60's, started an animal shelter after her career was over (I read an article once abt that, plus picture). But later on she married and she and her husband bought a hotel, which they still run. So that worked out fine, probably due to the fact she had a husband to help her.

Another artist, a top model in the 60's, Celia Hammond, also got into animal rescue. She gave up modelling and must have had enough money and help to 'do it right', cause her's has become a real organization, with several locations and with staff. Linda Blair should check out her web site. Depending on volunteers alone will not work!

From what Jeramy told you, LB is definitely in trouble. And it won't get better if she doesn't get some good advisors and staff working with and for her! Tell her before it's too late.

Idealism is not enough to make a difference.

kelly said...

well, I can say from a personal perspective that I meet Ms. Blair at Texas Frightmare Weekend 2014 in Dallas, Tx. and she was the sweetest, most endearing person I had the pleasure of meeting the entire TFW weekend.

In fact, while she was signing/autographing my original The Exorcist one sheet as well as my original Hell Night on sheet (among a few other items ie. VHS, DVD, BluRay, etc.) she asked me (while signing the items) "Where I are from?", "What do you do (job wise) in San Antonio?" (my answer was "My day job is a server at a restaurant but I also have a side-project as a monthly horror themed movie night entitled Blood Thirsty Thursdays at a local cinema called the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and in fact we showed The Exorcist for it's 40th anniversary which was also BTT's 3yr anniversary." She replied, "That sounds very exciting and congratulations on your 3rd year with Blood Thirsty Thursdays!"

After she finished signing my items she promptly asked if I would like to take a picture with her, and of course I jumped at the chance to do so.

With that said, I'm not saying anything that Jeramy Cleghorn may or may not be true, but my experience meeting her (finally, after 35+ years) was something I will never forget.:0

OH! And she will be in San Antonio, Tx. this coming weekend for the Alamo City Comic Con Sept. 26th-28th and I have been personally chosen to be her "personal assistant" while she attends ACCC, so... I guess we'll (and I) will have to wait to see if she's as "bad of a person to work with" as the article states.

Kelly Warren Hammond