Eddie Murphy: Sinner or
Saint?Bondage may not be Eddie Murphy's
favorite kind of sex, but the movie star-comedian sure
has gotten himself in a bind.
For the last 8 years, I've investigated rumors that
Eddie Murphy was seen with transvestites. I've also
tracked down allegations that he'd been arrested or
detained by police after picking up cross-dressing
When I hear the same story from a variety of sources
over a long period of time, I tend to think there's some
fire behind all the smoke. Still, I've never been able
to confirm any of these rumors and allegations. There's
been no hard evidence. My sources haven't even been able
to tell me which division of the LAPD handled these
incidents--much less produce any record that Eddie
Murphy had been arrested or detained.
All that changed at about 4:45 a.m. on May 2. Murphy
was driving his wife's Land Cruiser on a part of Santa
Monica Blvd. where homosexual prostitutes congregate.
After a few moments, he stopped to pick up a a
20-year-old transsexual hooker named Atisone Seiuli, who
goes by the name of Shalomar. Murphy's exotic passenger
gave the following account of her brief interaction with
the 36-year-old superstar to a reporter:
"[Eddie Murphy] put two $100 bills on my leg and
said, 'Here's $200. He asked me if I did this for a
living, being a transsexual prostitute. I said yes.
"Eddie said, 'Do you like to wear lingerie?' I said
yes. He said, 'Can I see you in lingerie?' I told him,
'Whenever I have the time.' He said, 'I'll make the
"Then he asked me, 'What type of sex do you like?' I
said I was into everything."
Before anything else could transpire, a police
spotlight zeroed in on Murphy's vehicle-and two officers
from the LA Sheriff's Department pulled him over.
When the cops approached, Eddie claimed that he was
just giving his friend a ride home. According to
Shalomar, the cops chuckled and said, "Yeah, right!"
They then spent some thirty minutes talking amiably to
the man who'd played a cop in the hit film 48 Hours.
Not surprisingly, the officers wound up letting
Murphy go, without pressing charges. Shalomar was
another story. After running a computer check, the cops
found that there was a warrant out for the he/she hooker
for violating probation on an earlier prostitution
charge. Before hauling Shalomar off to jail, the cops
smiled and shook hands with Murphy, who must have
figured he'd dodged another bullet. Not this time!
A magazine photographer with a well-deserved
reputation for sniffing out a hot story had videotaped
the entire incident. Without that tape, I have no doubt
that the sheriff's department would have denied all
knowledge of this incident, but now there was tangible
proof of what had been swept under the rug for so long.
Time for Eddie Murphy and his spin doctors to do their
version of the Hollywood Shuffle.
One of Murphy's publicists insisted that his client
was a good Samaritan, who'd simply offered a downtrodden
prostitute a ride home. "Nothing happened at all, the
publicist claimed, "but Eddie said he will never do this
Sorry, I'm not buying such a lame excuse, and I doubt
that too many people will. I'm not trying to paint Eddie
Murphy as a criminal. In terms of being a pervert who
needs to be locked up, he's certainly nowhere in the
same category as Michael Jackson. However, there was a
sting operation in place--and he should have been
arrested for soliciting prostitution.
The double standard in the way stars are treated
hardly comes as news. But the thing that bothers me is
the man's hypocrisy in trying to explain the incident
away. Listen to what Murphy told a reporter from STAR.
"If I had a fascination and curiosity with
transsexuals and transvestites, I'd put on high heel
shoes, a pretty dress and some lipstick and I would do
it at my house and not on some street corner.
"I've always felt bad for people in these situations,
homeless, working the streets. "I have given away
hundreds of thousands of dollars to help out those who
need help the most."
Don't get me wrong. I've got nothing against Eddie
Murphy. I've run into him a number of times, and found
him to by a pretty nice guy. Still, this "I'm a saint"
act turns my stomach.
Eddie Murphy has never been known as a great
altruist, and his comedy act has included a good deal of
humor that some have labeled anti-gay. Beyond that, a
hip guy like Eddie knows as well as anyone what's going
on at that particular corner of Santa Monica Blvd. at
4:45 a.m. But, as I've said, the poor SOB now finds
himself in quite a bind.
When Hugh Grant got busted on Sunset Blvd. having sex
in his car with a hooker named Divine Brown, he came on
The Tonite Show and amicably fessed up his sins to Jay
Leno and several million viewers. Hugh Grant was soon
forgiven, and even complimented for being honest and
Think about the huge media event that took place when
Ellen DeGeneres confessed that she was gay--both on her
TV show and in real life. There was some outcry by a
religious groups, but most people had little problem
accepting this very public coming out.
Eddie Murphy is in a far more difficult situation
than either Ellen or Hugh Grant. He's always had a macho
image, and has been especially popular among teens. He
can hardly be expected to go on Oprah and admit to
having a thing for transvestite hookers. Instead, he's
going to paint himself as the second coming of Mother
Meanwhile, all sorts of transvestites have already
started coming out of the woodwork with Eddie Murphy
stories. Several claim to have had sex with him, and at
least one has passed a polygraph test. Also, a number of
cops on both coasts who claim to have stopped Eddie with
male hookers have been talking to the press. True or
false, I fully expect many more embarrassing stories to
surface in the future--which will keep Eddie and his
spin doctors working around the clock.
Murphy, who has a beautiful wife and three children,
knows how to say to say all the right things about being
a devoted husband and father. "When you have a family,
and you're spiritually grounded, everything kind of
fixes itself," Murphy remarked in a recent interview.
"If you have God in your life, it makes all the
Maybe so, Eddie. On the other hand, when a
superstar's secret perversions become the subject of a
major sex scandal, that can also wind up making a very