Former gay-for-pay actor and failed GOP candidate Antonio Sabàto Jr. is back in the headlines again, but not because of anything he actually did.
60-year-old Wendy Peterson is a disabled former restaurant manager from Holly Hill, Florida who believed she was having a steamy online romance with Sabàto, who she thought was an oil rig worker named Gabriel Bosun.
“I can’t believe it fell for it,” Peterson told local media. “This is pretty bad.”
As it turns out, Bosun allegedly used Sabàto’s photos to trick Peterson into falling in love with him. And it worked! The whirlwind computer romance began in January and lasted for several months before she eventually caught on.
It was a bold move on Bosun’s part, too, as there was always a chance Peterson might recognize Sabàto from his 2003 soft core gay film Testosterone or his 2005 made-for-TV gay drama Deadly Skies.
But Peterson says part of the reason why the relationship lasted for as long as it did was because she never actually talked to Bosum over Zoom or Facetime.
Then last month, she agreed to relocate to Texas so she could marry him.
“We were going to move to Houston,” she said. “He thought I would be a good stepmother to his daughter.”
She says Bosum deposited three checks into her bank account to help fund the move and she began making all the arrangements. Then one evening she saw a local news story about another woman who had been tricked into being a money mule for an international crime ring. When the 68-year-old woman, who was scammed out of $2 million, shared photos of the man who had duped her, Peterson was shocked to see it was none other than Sabàto/Bosum!
She immediately logged into her bank account and saw the checks he had sent her had all bounced and she was now $11,000 in the red. When she contacted Bosum about it, he allegedly told her he had no idea what went wrong.
“He claimed he didn’t know why it happened and said he would look into it,” Peterson said.
Then he asked if she would apply for a $150,000 small business loan on his behalf. And that’s when she called the authorities, who are now looking into the matter.
As for the real Sabàto, he had absolutely nothing to do with any of this and hasn’t commented on the matter. Instead, he’s been busy on Twitter peddling COVID-19 conspiracy theories…
COVID-19 was man-made.
— Antonio Sabato Jr. (@AntonioSabatojr) May 27, 2021
Posting anti-vax messages…
Stop forcing this vaccine I will never take it, EVER!
Have a blessed day ??
— Antonio Sabato Jr. (@AntonioSabatojr) June 2, 2021
And doing AM radio interviews about how being a Trump supporter killed his career in Hollywood…
? @AntonioSabatojr joins to share the story of why he left Hollywood. #TheMorningAnswer@JenniferHorn @Stinchfield1776
? https://t.co/sjHe4A5oLI pic.twitter.com/7o7VISok59
— AM 870 The Answer (@am870theanswer) June 1, 2021
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.
Sabato was a D list celerity in his prime. Not much demand for an aging has been now a days.
So, in short, he was never wrapped up in this and the headline is a complete lie, trying to implicate the man in something he never had anything to do with.
Sigh. Let’s try to be better than this.
Except the article made it clear he wasn’t implicated.
Go away “Cam/Terri/et al”
What do you expect from this TRASH site?????? NEEEEEEXT!!!!!!!!
Miss Terri = stinking, rotting, diseased sack of feces.
Sweetie, we all know that when an account plays the “I know you are but what am I?” game, it’s you, the same old troll, (MissTerri, centerist, TheREALTruth, LiquidSilver, HeywoodyaBlowme, etc.
Your troll game is sad and weak.
Hdtex and Cam both posting at the same time again – HMMMMMM!!!!!! Hi-LAR-ious!!!!!!
Naw, we just see through you, Cam. Go away, sad clown. Go away. Or somebody might drop a house on you, too.
Whiny c unt.
Am I awful to think that a grown woman who “falls in love” with a person sight unseen has an deep pit of self-denigration?
It reminds me of pen-pal romances when prisoners get married to outside women who sought them out.
Or, even people who repeatedly hitch up with partners who disrespect them, or worse.
They are tortured souls who use others to hurt them as punishment that they, perhaps unconsciously, feel that they merit.
Notice the ages of these women? There are some lonely old women out there. I’m one of them but I’m way too cheap to get involved with someone who asks for money. I’ve stopped answering my telephone unless it’s family and their names pop up. I block all other numbers.
Would it be too much for Antonio to at least express empathy since it was his pic that was used? Antonio is such a low life and a failed political career to match his failed acting career.
It wouldn’t be “too much” but I hardly think he has a responsibility to do anything here; it’s not his fault someone chose to use his image for their scheme.
Other than that, many moons ago I thought Sabato was an attractive, appealing (based on performances and interviews) personality; too bad he got ahold of whatever James Woods, Jon Voight, Kevin Sorbo, etc, are taking. I don’t think he qualifies as a “gay for pay” actor for playing gay characters in films, unless that was supposed to be tongue in cheek.
I remember seeing him at Macy’s in 1998. He was doing a underwear signing for his Calvin Klein promo. It was pretty crowded waiting their turn too. That was definitely the peak of his hotness.
Um…I don’t know if Testosterone could accurately be classified as a “soft core gay film.” It’s a legit studio movie. Although it’s not a very good movie, implying it is soft core porn is an exaggeration. Please scale back the sensationalizing, Queerty.
Antonio made some bad choices. I can impathighs with him.
“Sabato”! What a great name for a movie star! Someone should use it.
This just shows how many really stupid people there are in the world:
Sabato. The poor scammed woman and others like her (since it is REALLY easy to pick out catfish and scammers), and sad trolls like Mess Terrier. They are sad, but still amusing on some level.
Miss Terri is trying to capitalize on it’s obese body of rotting flesh. Major problem is you can smell it’s decay even over the internet.
Man About Town
Can you imagine moving from Florida to Texas to marry someone you’ve never even spoken with, much less actually met? Mind-boggling!
I know she is 60, but that ain’t too far from my own age. She could have just done a Google reverse image search.
Oh, he was on GH in the 1990s? Next…!
His height of fame was being one of many Calvin Klein 90’s undies models and having a semi famous dad. So a privliged idiot from day one.
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