Norm Lubow in the documentary Kurt and Courtney. Photograph: YouTube
In the film, director Nick Broomfield said Lubow and Bowman had introduced him to Eldon El Duce Hoke, a Seattle-based musician who claimed Courtney Love offered him $50,000 to kill her husband Kurt Cobain, the singer and guitarist in the rock band Nirvana. The allegation about Hoke, which became lore among some Nirvana fans following Cobains suicide in 1994, was denied by Love.
According to the New York Post, in 1995 Lubow, using the name Ron X, also claimed to tabloids that he had sold drugs to OJ Simpson on the day Simpsons estranged wife Nicole Brown was murdered. Lubow denied the Posts report.
An attorney brought in to file Katie Johnsons lawsuit against Trump in New York said any issues around the credibility of Al Taylor should not cast doubt on Johnsons allegations.
The attorney, Thomas Meagher, a patent and intellectual property attorney who said he had never been involved in a case of this kind before. Meagher said he became involved after reading on a minor gossip website that Johnsons legal action in California had faltered and that she was seeking representation. Meagher acknowledged that Al Taylor was acting as a go-between for the woman said to be suing Trump.
Their federal lawsuit filed last month in New York alleges that Johnson, identified this time as Jane Doe, was sexually assaulted by Trump in 1994 at the Manhattan home of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier and associate of the UKs Prince Andrew who was jailed in Florida in 2008 for soliciting sex from an underage girl.
The New York lawsuit was accompanied by a supporting affidavit from a woman using the name Tiffany Doe, who claims to have worked for Epstein at the time and procured the young girl for the two men. The allegations made in the suit have been reported by several media outlets.
The legal action in Manhattan follows a near-identical suit in California that made the same allegations against Trump and Epstein. That case was promptly thrown out after a federal judge ruled that the complaint cited statutes that did not apply to it. Epstein has through representatives also denied the allegations.
Alan Garten, an attorney for the Trump Organization, described the allegations against Trump as a complete fabrication that appeared to be politically motivated. This is basically a sham lawsuit brought by someone who desires to impact the presidential election, said Garten.
Trumps team said the lawsuit was badly flawed. I dont even know if there is a plaintiff, said Garten. I dont know a lawyer worthy of the bar who would put his name to this lawsuit. Meagher, however, insisted that he had met the plaintiff and separately spoken to her over video-conference. She definitely exists, said Meagher.
After repeated questions to Al Taylor asking him to confirm he was Norm Lubow went ignored, a text message was eventually sent to the Guardian from a cellphone previously answered several times by Taylor.
It said: This is Katie Johnson. Why do you keep asking for [Lubow]. I do not know and have never met anybody by this name. If you are really a reporter like you claim are and not just a crank call like thousands of other calls I have gotten since my phone number was published throughout the world, then why dont you ask how it feels to have the pervert who raped me when I was only 13 years running for President of this great country?
It sickens me every time I see his evil face on TV. I am not after money, I want revenge for what this evil pedophile did to me. He doesnt deserve to be President, he deserves to be in jail…
If you really are a reporter like you told my attorney Tom Meagher, then please publish my statement for the millions of other Rape Victims who have no voice. Thank you, Katie Johnson.