By eug | eugonline November 14, 2005 at 7:43AM
I've crossed paths with the person known as JT Leroy (pictured right in Toronto last year, photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE) briefly on a few occasions at film festivals: Cannes, Toronto, AFI Fest...having read JT's exceptional writing and always intrigued by the public persona, its hard to ignore the steady stream of recent stories charging that JT Leroy is a fraud, or an imposter, or something like that. So who really wrote those books, and "Elephant", and the new film...
A new WWD story continues the rumor that the real JT is a woman named Laura Albert -- or Emily Frasier or Speedie -- (pictured left). At the Toronto party for "The Heart is Deceitful", which will be released next year by Palm Pictures, the woman sitting next to "JT" was identified to us as "Emily," and described as "a member of his family."
The whole long affair appears to be one of the great literary hoaxes of our day, and it fooled a whole lot of people as well as media.