Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 | 4 p.m.
I have six extraordinary, real insider stories to start the new week:
IS FARRAH TELLING THE TRUTH? A promotional visit by sex-tape vixen Farrah Abraham to a Las Vegas strip club last summer has come back to haunt her. Vivid Entertainment chief Steven Hirsch has offered the star of two of his bestselling sex tapes a $1 million polygraph challenge.
“Is she even capable of telling the truth?” he asked this weekend while challenging her to take and pass a sanctioned lie-detector test.
“Farrah has seemingly made a cottage industry out of telling lies,” he blasted. She now says that she was drugged and raped more than once while she was promoting her first sex tape, “Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom,” last year.
Farrah says she surrounded herself with the “wrong type of people” while making promotional appearances for Vivid to promote the tape at adult conventions and strip clubs. Three of Farrah’s appearances were here in Las Vegas.
He continued: “We challenge Farrah to take our sanctioned polygraph test to prove whether or not she was telling the truth. If she passes the polygraph test, we will give her $1 million. If not, I want her to publically state that she was not being truthful and agree to forego all future and past royalties on both of her tapes. We look forward to her response.”
Vivid has distributed two movies featuring the former “Teen Mom” reality TV star: “Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom” and “Farrah 2: Backdoor and More,” which are both available at Vivid.com. She has until 6 p.m. today to respond to the challenge.
MODELS, MILLIONAIRES & MILEY: One of the world’s largest-ever, multimillionaire, high-roller events is to be staged at MGM Grand on March 1 and combined with a 50-supermodel contest at Hakkasan and Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz Tour” concert. Miley opened her new North American tour in Vancouver, B.C., over the weekend with what can only be described as “outrageous production numbers.”
In a very high-cut bikini outfit, she writhed atop a 20-foot-long swinging hot dog wiener. She slid down a huge inflatable tongue in another dangerously dressed outfit, the former of which then floated into the arena audience.
Cautionary parental advisory notices are posted because of the adult nature of the acts, one of which features her in thigh-high latex boots and a bikini briefer than those on a Rio beach on hands and knees licking dollar bills thrown onstage. She embraces one dancer dressed as a marijuana joint and kisses another female dancer. Two of Jeff Beacher’s Madhouse characters are on tour with Miley.
I’ve learned that 50 beautiful models from 19 countries will compete in the premiere of the Miss Las Vegas International Model Search with $50,000 in cash prizes sponsored by MGM and Hakkasan.
Nine extremely wealthy high rollers will compete in a $1 million blackjack tournament before the model pageant organized by former Miss Universe Director of Pageant Affairs James Gibson. Donald Trump was best man at his wedding after the real estate mogul’s acquisition of the Miss USA/Universe Organization.
Of the 50 contestants, 27 are from the United States. Hakkasan resident DJ Tiesto will be joined by Lorenzo Lamas, Leon Lett, Darcy LaPier, Peter Loftin and yours truly as judges, with four others pending. The first models presentation in I Am Swimwear will be at a red carpet event outside Hakkasan on Feb. 28.
NEW STRIP SHOW? Is former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander set to bring his one-man show to the Strip for a limited engagement starting in April? My reliable sources in Los Angeles tell me that if all goes as planned, Jason will sign final contracts today for “An Evening With Jason Alexander and His Hair.”
An official announcement might come as soon as this week, with tickets going on sale this weekend. My colleague Editor at Large John Katsilometes landed the full scoop.
Plans call for Jason, who now has a full head of his normal hair courtesy a toupee, to perform three shows every weekend — every Friday, Saturday and Sunday — in the main Harrah’s showroom after the 7 p.m. performances of “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Jason has performed on the Strip with his one-man “The Donny Clay Experience.” He developed both shows to overcome his longtime bald image of George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” which went off the air 15 years ago but still grabs great ratings in never-ending reruns.
Jason, who won a Tony Award in 1989 for his run in New York with “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway,” describes his new Las Vegas-bound show as part standup, part improv, part singing and a Q+A with the audience.
CYBER ATTACK: Reliable sources tell me that FBI computer experts investigating the Venetian and Palazzo cyber attacks believe that more than a decade-long log of customer and player data were compromised — and in some cases erased.
They add that the computer shutdown is similar in scope and size to the breach of credit information and personal information hacked at Target. One question being investigated is what access fired employees had to the computer system.
TICKET TROUBLE: Producers of a once-leading Strip show are desperately trying to solve an ever-increasing decline in its ticket sales. They are so concerned over the slippage since the first of the year that they’ve talked simultaneously of drastic fixes to it and at the same time planning a replacement show. The nightly computer imagery of available tickets at the box office shows rows of empty seats.
9-1-1 EMERGENCY: Just asking which star of a Strip production gave his cast, crew and producers a heart scare when the performer fell to the floor clutching his/her chest while coming off stage. 911 medics were called immediately and decided after applying oxygen and medical procedures that the artist did not have to go to a hospital for treatment.
In fact, the show went on as scheduled the next night, but the star was advised to pull back from the onstage intensity. Producers asked medical personnel to keep the incident hush hush.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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