Did Out “gay bash” former Factory boy Danny Fields? Fields says “yes,” and he’s out for the mag’s money.
The drama started back in October of 2006, when EIC Aaron Hicklin interviewed the music manager for their ’70s issue. In the piece, Fields chats about decade’s free loving.
The quote seems to intimate Fields used his famous connections, which include Iggy Pop and The Ramones, to bed younger lads. Fields, however, says Hicklin and his magazine misrepresented him:
My reputation is ruined because Out has called me virtually a sexual predator. It is atrocious… I never said that. The implication is while my bands were playing, I was trawling the audience for kids… like I used the performances as an excuse to cruise and pick up underage teens. The quotes are also so ungrammatical. I would never even talk like that. I have advanced degrees in English literature…They gay-bashed me.
In an effort to clear his queer name, Fields asked the magazine – for which our own editor has written – to produce the tape. Unfortunately, staffers couldn’t, because they can’t find it.
Fields now wants $365,000 in damages plus $100 million in punitive damages. The magazine allegedly tried to strike a deal, says Fields’ lawyer, offering Fields a “few thousand dollars” and 75-words to respond. Fields refused, of course, and now hopes to see Hicklin and friends in court. Hicklin couldn’t comment on the charges.
Maybe Out needs to split its stocks again? And find that tape!