Trump Card – A Birdie Blind Item
At the center of this story is a former, mid-century child actor.
Several decades later, he was accused by three young male actors of molesting them in his capacity as mentor/coach.
Why was he never prosecuted?
He had a trump card: his own abuse, back then, by a major industry figure/founder.
It was never a question of if, but how much, as far as this subsequent figure (at the time) was concerned. He was there to protect the legacy of the accused, and the many, many people who benefited from it.
In fact, a renaissance was in full gear.
He wouldn’t see that scuttled by some “nut case” with “multiple personalities.”
This is to say: if you listen to his side of the story, none of it ever happened, or if it did the boys probably enjoyed it.
As far as he was concerned, the former actor, and the boys were members of a certain underworld organization.
It may or may not be fictional, but only men of a certain type are eligible for membership – he talked about it often, and in public.
Some people thought him daft.
In any event, he believed that the actor – who had seen better times – was willing to face the worst kind of allegations just for a cut of the money.
I’m not sure who you’ll believe, but if you look at the reason the actor became a former actor, basically, and ironically who is responsible, you may be inclined to believe the boys (all now in their thirties or forties).
Major industry figure/founder: Merv Griffin
Underworld organization: Velvet
The story of Tommy Kirk
Life for fresh-faced, slightly goofy Tommy Kirk seemed sunny in those 1950s movies at Walt Disney Studios. He was one of the studio’s top stars and even was part of the Mickey Mouse Club in the “Hardy Boy” series with Tim Considine. He was wholesome, clean cut and quirky-things that easily won over Disney audiences.
But as Kirk grew out of those kid roles in the early 1960s, life started to drastically change. Like most child stars, the transition from family movies to teen movies can be difficult. Studios and audiences don’t like you because you aren’t as cute and are going through the awkward years of growing up. However, it’s harder for a child star when they are gay.
It was becoming apparent that adult Tommy Kirk was gay and this didn’t fit into Walt Disney’s family-friendly, perfect studio.– Read more here