This story has been discussed at length in various BI threads, but IMO it deserves its own thread. By now it's allover the internet, the only ones not commenting on it are Enty and RDJ...
Is a Secret Celebrity Tattletale Actually Robert Downey Jr.?
A certain anonymous commenter has become internet-infamous in the last few weeks by dropping some incredibly detailed, disturbing and very insidery gossip about Hollywood — regarding incest, pedophilia, and secret call girl rings that allegedly involve young starlets like Hayden Panettiere and Amanda Bynes — in the comments section of a popular blind item blog. Crazier than what he's saying is who many believe is doing the blabbing: Robert Downey Jr.
The blog Crazy Days and Nights, supposedly written by an entertainment lawyer (who goes by the handle "Enty"), has been around for a few years and is known mostly for its blind items and the biannual "reveals" of said blind items that the author rolls out every January 1 and July 4. But two weeks ago, things over there got really juicy.
It all started with a particularly sad blind item:
This former B list television actress who was on a really big hit network show just a couple of years ago now just seems to float mindlessly and flit between boyfriends. She comes from a broken home and abusive home. Her dad used to beat her and get into bed with her. Her mom just let it happen because she was being beaten herself and did not want to provoke. Well, now the actress who is still very young only seems to date boyfriends who are abusive and willing to hit her. Her last boyfriend (former A list athlete with B list name recognition) was so scared that he would kill her he broke up with her. Her new celebrity boyfriend does not punch nearly as hard but seems to love it. Probably getting out his anger because he is closeted.Many immediately guessed the actress to be Hayden Panettiere. (Her mother had actually pressed charges against her father for battery before filing for divorce last year. Also, Hayden's ex-boyfriend is a boxer, hence, the "punch" wordplay.) The mention of abuse and molestation made this blind item pretty dark, but things got even darker in the comments section when prolific CDAN commenter Himmmm chimed in with some very serious accusations:
So here goes: Yes, this IS Hayden.And that's just the half of it. The blind item and Himmmm's comments about Diana Jenkin's secret call girl ring got picked up by the celebrity gossip LiveJournal forum Oh No They Didn't, but things got even darker and more accusatory in the comments section of that post that the moderators locked it. Supposedly commenters had taken hints dropped by Himmmm in past posts and began making some allegations about the sexual perversions of actor turned Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider, and implications that Diana Jenkins' coffee table book Room 23 is actually a catalog of clients and call girls. But the commenters were mostly concerned with figuring out who Himmmm is. Initially, they thought it was a Hollywood insider, producer-type named Talley Griffith (a descendent of D.W. Griffith and Andy Griffith), but Himmmm found out about their guesses, denied it and gave some background info on his commenting account:
100% totally. I know this for a FACT. The wording of this item is NOT 100% correct - which may be intentional to deny it legally, but it is close. But there's far more to this than is being mentioned, revealed, or even hinted at. For all you GoogleSleuths out there just look up the past news stories about her Dad getting arrested on "domestic" issues - then her mom dropping it. It's not just about a fight, smack, or basic domestic issues. It's about sexual perversions, videotapes, witnesses, and the loss of MONEY and FAME.
I am a FORMER personal "friend" of a woman named Diana Jenkins. Doubt you know her, but she's the Rosetta Stone of every scandal and perversion from Hwood all over the globe. She's an Uber-wealthy divorcee whose hubby ran UK's Barclay's bank - and she ran the Arab investors for the bank! She's been running a high class call girl/party-girl ring for Arabs, Wall Street, DC, Royals, and Hollywood elites. She's also a MAJOR philanthropist, arts supporter, political donor, and social hostess to EVERYONE. Her best Hwood pals include Sean Penn, Clive Davis, Ari Emanuel, George Clooney, Cindy Crawford, and her "little pet" named Hayden. Diana is the connector of wealthy Arabs and Asians and Athletes with Hwood actresses/models. She also is a sick and twisted bitch. When Hayden and her own Mommy went on the outs, Diana Jenkins took that place in her life, by Hayden's choice.
Leslie P. is not just a poor victim in this trainwreck. Trust me. She's at LEAST 50% responsible (if not more) for encouraging, enabling, and at times even participating in her hubby's twisted fucking life. Leslie's kinks cross the line into depravity, illegality, and inhuman sickness. As in: Ryan ONeal, John Phillips, Tish Cyrus, and Dan Schnieder territory. (Far worse than Pimpa Joe Simpson!)
She's not just had chances to stop it or walk away with the kids, but she elected to not protect her kids - and give in to the hedonistic sickness in her bedroom (all for her own greed). You think Dina Lohan is bad?
Leslie's guilt is compounded by trying to save her daughter's "IMAGE" (so as not affect her earning potential); and hoovering her own mountain of drugs, booze, fame, and fucking (of everything with legs)...Leslie IS as bad as her hubby - maybe worse because she KNEW it was wrong but didn't stop it and at times fueling it.
It's easy to argue that Hayden is forever a victim which drives her own insane life choices - and I'm not a psychologist - but she has taken it further into becoming a willing perpetuator of it (and saying she loves it). Not just the physical and mental violence she enjoys, but her insatiable appetite for the most bizarre shit she can indulge in to "top" herself. She was offered help by some who genuinely cared for her and worried for her. She mocked them and tore off on her own streak. Now? She craves it and considers nothing taboo. NOTHING! Just ask Mario Lopez (right Enty?).
Here's the Himmmm deal:Now the general consensus is that Himmmm is Robert Downey Jr., mostly because of things that Himmmm revealed about himmmmself, namely that he was once a mess and nearly destroyed his own Hollywood career but has gotten back on track since getting sober. Additionally, Himmmm will occasionally give a wink to everyone by confirming or denying blind items specifically about RDJ:
Many years ago this account was started by 4 guys who were all pals and worked together DEEP inside the biz. Two were famous (rock star and movie star) and the other two were true creative geniuses. Over the years, 3 of them posted on this one account on CDAN. Think of it like Menudo (but without gay Latinos). In a way, we were all Himmmm. Kind of like V in V for Vendetta.
The poor bastard (lol) getting all the heat who was supposedly outed as "him" took the heat to protect ME and my career/privacy. He used to work with me, and his family is part of the biz too. He's an amazing writer, producer, director and musician. He's the pal who got me hooked on Blinds because his family goes back DEEP into old, old Hwood. As in the OLDEST Hwood ever. He's from back East/South, and could explode your brain with the stuff HE knows about real HWood.
Pretty much nobody but me has posted here in the last year (except my CTO who was HimJacker and my wife as Herrrr). Otherwise, it's me. I don't have time to do this all day every day, but try to chime in when I can. It's the only vice I can get away with :-)
We had a serious meeting after this crap spread because it could cause REAL WORLD issues for all of us, especially ME. Err, I mean Himmm. Which IS me. (Shit, I sound like Ted C. now!).
Anyway, people can speculate all they want. That's their right. I will never come out and say my name, and I'll retire this hobby first. Some on CDAN know who I am, and I thank them for their secret-keeping. I am NOT any better or more special than ANY of you (Maja, BigMama, Reno, RocketQ, etc.). I do this for fun, and occasionally to try and right some wrongs (even my own). I don't use an anon name because it's false info I share...I have to be anon because it is TRUE!
I have no issue with ANYTHING people voluntarily do in their private life as long as it is consenting - (kids and animals cannot consent!), and NOT hurting another mentally or physically. I'm no saint, especially in my youth but am close these days-lol. And all I'll say about another old topic? I am NOT a cross-dresser! My wife happens to collect vintage clothing and it's tough to surprise her when you share a home and office. But I admit I DO look good in pumps and a dress,:-)In another blind item — this one supposedly about Amanda Bynes — Himmmm revealed a bit more, in an effort to make people feel a little better about Hollywood after all the darkness he'd been spouting:
Yes,FYI: There are some AWESOME and GOOD people in Hollywood. Sadly, you don't get ink for being good. (That's twisted, yes I know).RDJ has actually worked with most of these people. Here's what we could find just scratching the surface:
But consider Hwood as a microcosm of the world: Recall the Your Turn about the gross/sick teacher pedos? You knew TONS of them right? But imagine trying to list the GOOD and moral teachers? Would take forever.
On the news each day, all we hear are BAD THINGS and bad people. It's what sells and intrigues. We ALL love Blinds and gossip because we're human. Flawed, but human. Sometimes you just need to realize that Hwood is no more fucked up than the rest of the world - we just get more coverage - in a 24/7 scandal cycle.
So yes, a few awesome Hwood people I know personally: (They have flaws and are not perfect, but they are GREAT people who are the opposite of the other sick fucks):
John Hughes (was the best)
Natasha Gregson Wagner
Neil Patrick Harris
Tommy Lee Jones
Kevin Kline & Phoebe Cates
and yes...even Mel Gibson (faults and all.)
And about 2,000 other people whose names you'd never recognize.
They're not angels, and not perfect - neither am I. But they are REAL people who know what it means to be a real friend. :-)
David Kelley on (Ally McBeal)
John Hughes (Weird Science)
Natasha Gregson Wagner (Two Girls and a Guy)
Bryan Lourd (RDJ's agent)
Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes)
Tommy Lee Jones (U.S. Marshalls)
Susanna Hoffs (Less Than Zero)
Kevin Kline & Phoebe Cates (Soapdish)
Drew Barrymore (they share an agent)
Steve Martin (Bowfinger)
Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes)
John Favreau (Iron Man)
Molly Ringwald (The Pick-up Artist)
Susan Downey (his wife)
Miranda Cosgrove (they presented at the Kids Choice Awards together in 2010)
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy)
Richard Lovett (works at RDJ's agency)
Alan Horn (COO of Warner Brothers)
Elton John (RDJ did the video for his 2001 song "I Want Love")
Ron Meyer (president of Universal Studios; in 2011 he was part of the 25th American Cinematheque Award Honoring RDJ)
Mel Gibson (their friendship goes way back; Gibson helped RDJ secure insurance on a film when he was trying to make his comeback and RDJ spent most of his speech at the American Cinematheque Awards to request that people not blacklist Gibson)
Whether this commenter is or isn't RDJ, what we know for sure is that he seems to be on a mission to out pedophiles, which is kind of noble, and gossip about whores, which is kind of bitchy, and we love Himmmm for that.
Source: Is a Secret Celebrity Tattletale Actually Robert Downey Jr.?
The mystery of "Himmmm"
The gossip blogs are alight today with the breaking news that some dude who leaves a lot of comments at a site called Crazy Days And Nights under the screen name "Himmmm" is "really" Robert Downey, Jr. Nobody has any proof, of course, and there has been no comment from RDJ -- possibly because the story is too new, possibly because it's true and he'd rather not have to lie, possibly because it's not true and he thinks it's too funny for words.
Normally, I just laugh at these things, because really, who the fuck cares beyond the entertainment value? But one of the more interesting things about "Himmmm" is that he seems to have made it a point to go after people who have done Really Bad Things. He's most famous for popping in and letting other commenters play 20 Questions about who's being talked about in the most recent blind item, and confirming when someone gets it right. (In gossip-mag parlance, a "blind item" is a piece of gossip which very pointedly does not name any names, although usually a lot of hints are given.) One of the more infamous series of comments was on a blind item about a starlet who supposedly liked to get smacked around in bed because of some pretty horrific abuse in her past; "Himmmm" provided a lot of names, details, and suggestions as to who to look into for more dirt, and generally outed as much reprehensible shit as he could.
I put "Himmmm" in quotes because if anybody running the story had bothered to read any past comments, they'd realize that the account belonged to more than one person. "Himmmm" at one point posted that the account was started by four friends -- one a famous musician, one a famous actor, and two less-well-known creative types -- and that three of them have used it to post comments. The writing seems to bear this out. There are at least two people that have posted on the account, possibly three.
One of them is a very polished essayist, who either is a professional writer or should be. Essayist likes to tell stories about Old Hollywood. He contributes a bit of eulogizing and a charming anecdote to the post marking the passing of Elizabeth Taylor. Essayist is definitely not the one commenting on all the blind items; he's posted rarely, if ever, for about a year.
The rest of the posts are in what I think are two different, but similar-sounding, voices. One of them is slightly less coherent than the other. That one comments mostly on music-related items, mentions having his 12th birthday at Frank Zappa's house, storyboarding an Audioslave music vid, etc. This "character", whoever he is, fits with the description of one of the pals as a famous musician. His comments typically serve up gossip about who's banging who in the bathroom at the CMAs, but nothing much more scurrilous than that. I think this is also the one who mentions secretly being on opioids for chronic pain due to tumors, and withholding the information from the public at large, which suggests that he's one of the two in the public eye. Assuming he's telling the truth about having at least one kid roughly the same age and with the same name as Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, he is not RDJ -- RDJ only has sons, and neither of them have the same name as Cornell's.
The third voice is profoundly snarky. The thoughts expressed are generally longer and more coherent than Who's Banging up there, and he drops in the occasional $10 word. This voice is the one who has made it a point to confirm and give dump trucks full of detail on blind items where, if the allegations are true, the people involved desperately need to be hit in the head with decades of legal, moral, and social consequences. And interestingly enough, this is the voice that occasionally gives a teasing confirm/deny on blind items that are supposedly about RDJ. None of those blind items are particularly important one way or another, and he usually makes light of them. (One of them was that "someone" was supposedly a cross dresser; "Himmmm" said no, but his wife does collect vintage clothes, followed by a flippant admission that he does look fabulous in a dress and heels -- this after RDJ would have filmed a sequence for Sherlock Holmes 2 with the great detective in drag.) Commenters have been swatting around the rumor that "Himmmm" was RDJ since October of last year; since then, "Himmmm" has posted the occasional reference to Downey's life or latest films, although it's not really possible to say whether this is a joking callback to the rumor or a reward to commenters for unofficially guessing right.
Aside from that, the third voice has also occasionally dipped into his own past -- anonymized, of course -- and he does sound genuine when he speaks about being a reformed addict. One of the three voices is also pretty passionate about defending Mel Gibson (Gibson paid Downey's insurance rider on his first comeback film after his drug troubles, because no one else would), although another one is rather lukewarm about it, and mentions coming from a showbiz family (Robert Downey, Sr. was a known indie director and occasional actor). None of these things are unique, of course, and obviously if I could find them out from like two hours of Googling stuff, someone more nuts than I am with more time on their hands could find out even more.
I cannot tell you that one of the "Himmmm" posters is in fact Robert Downey, Jr. I don't know the dude personally. I can tell you that the poster who does most of the unearthing of Very Bad People doesn't not sound like RDJ. The read I get off him these days is that, sober, he can still be a seriously arrogant guy -- but he's less of an actual asshole now, and, especially with the drugs out of the picture, the arrogance is mostly justified. He's smart as hell, he's physically unable to keep the sarcasm contained most of the time, and he has the idea, probably correct, that he can't possibly do more damage to his life with his opinions than he previously tried to do by being loaded 24/7. Whoever's posting as "Himmmm" doesn't seem to be trying to keep an identity under wraps so much as making damn sure they all have plausible deniability. A particularly intelligent move, considering some of the stuff they "confirm". On a lot of the worst ones, "Himmmm" gives a great deal of explicit detail, none of which can be corroborated unless "Himmmm"'s identity can be pinned down, but which makes sure anyone who has to deal with any of the alleged scumbags in the future has ample warning.
I will tell you that I won't be surprised in the slightest if RDJ, decades from now, writes a tell-all book admitting he was "Himmmm". Among other fascinating things.
[For those of you who stumbled across this because of the "Himmmm" thing: I have no official qualifications as a profiler, nor do I work in Hollywood. I have a degree in sociology from a small state college out in Arizona, and I work in IT. I just have a boatload of opinions, and a reputation for having something akin to spooky psychic powers when it comes to people, especially after I get a chance to scrutinize them.]
Source: Unsolicited Advice: The mystery of "Himmmm"