Dennis Hof is the owner of Love Ranch, the brothel where former Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom was found unconscious after reportedly taking drugs. Hof also won’t stop talking about the ailing ex-NBA star. He has given multiple interviews about the incident since Odom was hospitalized Tuesday, which is much different from the way the Kardashian family handles personal matters.
Odom, 35, became involved with the Kardashian reality family when he married Khloé Kardashian, 31, in 2009. When it comes to the Kardashians, fans normally don’t find out what’s going on until it appears on an episode of the E! series. Even with something as tragic as Odom being hospitalized, people assume the Kardashians would remain mum so they could turn a profit when they finally do speak. For instance, they were accused this week of bringing their reality show cameras from "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" to the Las Vegas hospital where Odom is being treated.
Hof, 69, however, has made it clear he will take almost any interview opportunity. He said he and Odom are friends, so when the athlete said he wanted to stay at the brothel, formerly known as the Bunny Ranch, Hof sent a car for him and gave him the VIP suite.
But the stay didn’t come cheap: Odom blew $75,000 for a stay of five to 10 days. “Lamar wanted a long period of time” with the sex workers, Hof told TV personality Wendy Williams Thursday.
Hof was aware of Odom’s apparent drug addiction and told him not to bring the contraband into the brothel. “Everybody knows his history. He promised he wouldn’t have any,” Hof said, adding, “I want to take him at his word, although we all know that drug addicts lie.” Hof said the Kardashians asked him to stop talking to the media, but he told them to “go to hell.”
He explained this conversation further with HLN host Nancy Grace Wednesday. “I got a call from their publicist today, saying, ‘Are you going to do any media?’ And I said ‘yes, I’m going to go on the ‘Nancy Grace Show.’ And she said, ‘please don’t do that, we’d rather have Khloé say what needs to be said.’ I told her to go to hell.”
One reason he is being outspoken about the situation is that there is misinformation floating around, Hof told CNN’s Don Lemon Wednesday. “People are saying all kinds of terrible things,” he said. “I’m not going to sit back and let people tell tales about me ... I run a credible business and I’m a high-profile person. I’m not going to let people take potshots.”
Aside from being a businessman, Hof is also known for the HBO series “Cathouse,” which chronicled the exchanges between escorts and clients at the Love Ranch. The show’s first season, which had 11 episodes, aired in 2006. Two years later, Season 2 was released with six episodes. The show of course starred Hof, but also featured sex workers like Air Force Army, Cami Parker and Brooke Taylor.
Odom reportedly has a 50-50 shot of survival. The Kardashians are supposedly getting ready to say their goodbyes, a source told People magazine Wednesday, as he continues to “fight for his life” in Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
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