Yesterday we discussed the fact that Andrew Ross Sorkin’s new book mentions that during last year’s crisis, Lloyd Blankfein started boycotting CNBC (by turning his TV off), on account of “rumor-mongering” by Charlie Gasparino. Chaz conceded that while LB might’ve been unhappy with his ace reporting, the Goldman CEO never uttered the filthy term in connection with CG’s name, or even thought it. Knowing Gaspo, we figured he’d solve this problem the way he solves all his problems, namely with the busting of knee caps and the suggestion that ARS is the perfect size to fit in the trunk of a Buick. Unfortunately he’s apparently been advised to keep the brass knuckles in his dresser drawer for the time being, and has instead sought legal counsel to deal with “this guy.”
Former Caxton-Iseman Capital assistant Fatima Monahan pleaded guilty yesterday to using C-IC founder Frederick Iseman’s credit card on high-end clothing, shoes, food, household items and gift cards in 2006, and was ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution. Monahan filed a $24 million sexual harassment suit against Iseman and the firm last April, in a possible attempt to deflect attention from her own wrongdoings.
In the civil suit, Monahan claims Iseman “told her of intimate acts he had with several women, directed her to make inappropriate purchases, required her to organize his collection of explicit pictures, and to purchase and deliver to his apartment a book titled “The Mammoth Book of Erotic Fantasies.” (Not to be confused with “The Erotic Book of Mammoth Fantasies,” a favorite of Lloyd Blankfein and required reading of all new hires. And speaking of wooly mammoths, Joe Torre has a blog about his new life in L.A. The second entry, from August 17, is an observation on dogs. It closes with the line, “Okay, gotta run. I need to get Butch to the groomer’s before his hair starts getting poufy,” ‘Butch’ being a euphemism for the Torre unit).
Woman Who Sued Caxton-Iseman Pleads Guilty to Theft [Bloomberg]
Joe Torre’s Blog [MLBlogs via NYM]
CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo has sold a book about ‘sucess’ for an advance several knowledgable sources said was approximately $500,000, according to Leon Neyfakh of the New York Observer.
This would be Maria’s second book. Her first, Use the News: How to Separate the Noise from the Investment Nuggets and Make Money in Any Economy, came out in 2002. Earlier this year, her CNBC colleague Charlie Gasparino published King of the Club, a book detailing the rise and fall of former New York Stock Exchange head Dick Grasso.
‘Money Honey’ Indeed! [Observer.com]