9 Ex-Assistants Tell All About Their Rich And Powerful Bosses
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency recently stripped Lance Armstrong of seven Tour de France titles and wiped his record going back 14 years. The last thing that Armstrong needed, in his free fall from grace, was a personal assistant to bust out of the woodwork and portray him to the world as a truly despicable guy.
In a brutal expose for Outside magazine, Mike Anderson explains how he became Armstrong's assistant in late 2002. He paints an unflattering picture of his former boss as: leaving his wife in an "abrupt and cruel" fashion; returning from Europe with "money stuffed into his pants" from post-Tour races that Armstrong did for under-the-table cash; avoiding a surprise visit from World Anti-Doping Agency testers; muttering under his breath at a Livestrong event, "I hate these f***ing things"; and releasing a world of hate on any person who dared challenge him.
Anderson follows a great tradition of boss-skewering by assistants. For a powerful person, nothing is more scorching than a tell-all by an ex-PA, except perhaps one by an ex-lover (see: Mia Farrow on Woody Allen, Bobby Brown on Whitney Houston). Assistants bear witness to all their boss's daily quirks after all -- updating their schedules and hearing their secrets. And if they feel spurned, they can easily leverage their overlord's fame into their own with a juicy tell-all. Here are nine of the most famous cases of celebrities who were exposed by those once trusted with their most intimate assistance.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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