Charles Keating Was "the Scum of the Earth," Says Porn Titan Larry Flynt

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Savings and loan swindler Charles Keating, who died Monday in Phoenix at age 90, hated pornography. Or so he claimed.

The devout Roman Catholic made a name for himself in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, and beyond, as a scourge of smut, founding an influential anti-porn organization that eventually became known as Citizens for Decency through Law.

But Keating also reputedly possessed a massive porn collection.

In the 1993 book Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions, authors Michael Binstein and Charles Bowden tell a story of a reporter who went to interview Keating about his preoccupation with porn.

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Larry Flynt was for many years the bete noir of swindler and anti-porn crusader Charles Keating

For the edification of the unnamed journalist, Keating whipped "some color photographs out of his desk of women having sex with pigs," referring to them as "the latest imports from Denmark."

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Those who have seen the 1996 Milos Forman film The People vs. Larry Flynt, know that Keating's hypocrisy focused for a time on the publisher of Hustler magazine, who started off in Ohio, just next door to Flynt's home state of Kentucky.

Keating (played by James Cromwell in the film) led an effort to run Flynt out of town on a rail. Local prosecutor and Keating ally Simon Leis succeeded in getting Flynt convicted on obscenity charges in 1977, though Flynt only spent about a week in jail and the conviction was overturned on appeal.

Keating eventually moved to Phoenix and began a financial and real-estate empire that ended with the collapse of Lincoln Savings and Loan, the Keating Five scandal, and Keating's conviction on state and federal charges of fraud and racketeering.

For Flynt, 71, the best revenge seems to be survival and success. Though the publishing industry has been in decline for several years, Flynt's privately held portfolio of businesses includes casinos, gentlemen's clubs, adult broadcasting, retail outlets, and x-rated video-on-demand, among other lucrative ventures.

See Also: Charles Keating's Techniques Were Replicated By Those who Helped Trigger the 2008 Financial Collapse

CBS Sunday Morning reported in January that Flynt told them he was worth a half-billion dollars.

Flynt spoke with me today via phone from his home in Los Angeles to discuss Keating's recent demise.

What were your thoughts on hearing that Charles Keating had died?

Well, I never say anything bad about anybody who's passed on, but no one deserved it more than him. All those years in the '70s when he was having me prosecuted for having published obscenity, he was stealing money from those little ol' people in Lincoln Savings and Loan. He's the scum of the earth.

He spearheaded the prosecution of me [in Cincinnati]. Unbelievable. An old story you might appreciate -- I talked to an attorney who attended a party at Keating's house....He was showing the movie Deep Throat at his home.

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bilgeez
bilgeez

Im a Republican but I NEVER voted for McClown when I lived in AZ! He is the biggest RINO ever! He, K(ch)eating and DiConman all deserve to fry in Hades! The People of AZ are stupid to keep re-electing this sad excuse of a senator. Flynt has more integrity than the three of those pukes put together. 

keffington11
keffington11

That Larry! He's got Keating beaten by a mile in the morals department.

Robin Denise
Robin Denise

You know his partner in crimes against America, NEIL Bush ??? Wonder if he'll come to the funera

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Remember that John McCain was thick as thieves with this Scum - he's just as bad and held Keatings balls while he fugked the taxpayers of this country!  Without McCain, there would have been no S&L Crisis - he paved the way with his malfeasance in office.

Ultimately, it is the fault of the US Voters - they elected McCain and Deconcini.  History will not treat those two kindly.  We had a choice in 1984 when McCain first ran for office - we would be in A LOT DIFFERENT place right now if the voters had made the right choice.  Harry Braun.  However, the voters couldn't stomach voting for a Dem.  I hope they learn their lesson

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Jennifer Salazar
Jennifer Salazar

Interesting how Larry Flint is calling someone ELSE "scum of the Earth". Which one is he? The pot? Or the kettle?

missioncreep
missioncreep

I had a two hour telephone conversation with Russ Meyer who also despised Keating for trying to destroy him. He told me he never recovered financially from having to defend himself in court. 

beaverhunt
beaverhunt

I've never met a hustler "asshole of the month," but I know very well a "fart in the wind" named guido.

ibcingutoo
ibcingutoo

Not to mention that McSame was a great friend of Keating.



Keating was the original Bernie Madoff.  He just did his dirty deeds using Savings & Loan organizations.



leonardclark
leonardclark

Thanks once again for a very informative article on the hypocricy of right wing do gooders that persecute people for what they do in their bedrooms and....at the same time ....flat out steal all the life savings from old people.

Leonard Clark :)

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Dead or alive, he was and was a piece of crap.

Davina Wilkins
Davina Wilkins

I love the stories The PNT is running to coincide with Keating's passing. I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and guess ya'll didn't like the guy;)

Jukes
Jukes

I certainly don't admire most of Mr. Flynt's businesses, but I have to say I admire him.  He's always been a straight talker and has paid a high price standing for what he believes in.  Yet you never hear him whining like most of the people who like to imagine they're being persecuted by liberals.  Not surprising he's a lot more moral a person than Charles Keating. I'm glad to know he's outlived most of his enemies.  I wish him many more good years.  

hjoemora
hjoemora

I worked on his house that was built on Lincoln Dr. I saw that he had a young Negro lady in a tutu  working for him . 

yoyowordup
yoyowordup

@ExpertShot And now we've voted in Obama . . . twice . . . and he's fucking us every day.

keffington11
keffington11

McCain said he was a nice grandfatherly man, Keating. McShameful!

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