Writer Behind J.T. LeRoy Comes Clean

Laura Albert, the writer behind J.T. LeRoy, has finally confessed to the hoax.

She says that her psychiatrist encouraged her to write when she was in therapy.
In terms of her attitude to perpetrating a hoax, the article says: When asked if she felt any shame about misleading people, she replied: "I bleed, but it's a different kind of shame... If knowing that I'm 15 years older than (LeRoy) devalues the work, then I'm sorry they feel that way."

Although it was fairly clear that the young man was fictional, even when Geoffrey Knoop (the partner of Laura Albert, and half-brother to LeRoy's 'public face', Savannah Knoop) confessed to his part in the scam, he said he doubted Albert would ever admit it, and was quoted as saying:"For her, it's very personal. It's not a hoax. It's a part of her."

Seems he was wrong.

Previous posts on J.T. LeRoy:
February 07 2006 Knoop Confesses JT Leroy Was a Hoax
October 10, 2005: Is JT Leroy A Hoax?
January 9, 2006: JT Leroy: An Update

(Thanks, J.)

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Posted on Thu Sep 28, 2006

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Hmm, apparently the 'submit the word' fits again. Twice in two consecutive posts... so :

"Already"? She should've waited for 2 more weeks, to make it a full year since your first post about it. It would've given us something to celebrate about. smile

Posted by DukeLeto  in  Bucharest, Romania  on  Thu Sep 28, 2006  at  06:02 PM
uhm, i think i'm missing something here. would someone be kind enough to explain to me: LeRoy is supposed to be male, but Laura Alberts voice on the phone and Savannah Knoop in person, both female?
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Fri Sep 29, 2006  at  11:43 AM
nevermind, i just read a review of one of the books...
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Fri Sep 29, 2006  at  12:47 PM
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