Liberace's Ex-Lover Says He's Finally Sober

By McCarton Ackerman 06/07/13

Scott Thorson speaks out about his addiction battle that stemmed from his romance with the famous pianist.

Thorson and Liberace in 1982 Photo via

Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson is finally sober after a tumultuous battle with addiction and crime that started during his five-year romance with the world famous pianist, he tells The Sun. Thorson, 54, was just 17 when he first met the then 58-year-old world famous pianist, who built him a 70,000 square foot Vegas mansion and showered him with lavish gifts. But Liberace also hired a plastic surgeon to make his lover "look more like his son," and had a doctor put him on a cocktail of diet pills that contained "pharmaceutical cocaine" and Demerol. After Thorson became addicted to the drugs, he says his former lover threw him out. "In the movie it says he offered me rehab, but he didn't," says Thorson. "When I became addicted and he was worried I was out of control and would tarnish his image, he threw me out like I was a piece of trash. I was living in the penthouse in LA and they hired guards to throw all my personal belongings off the balcony and discard me.” His addiction continued to spiral after a 1982 "palimony" suit against Liberace was settled, leading to several overdoses, a suicide attempt and being shot five times during a 1991 robbery in Florida. Now battling colon cancer, he says he is clean and sober for more than three months. In a bizarre twist to the story, Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof bailed him out of a recent prison stint and has since put him up at the brothel. "I've survived to tell my story. They have built a great team around me and I am drug free for the first time in many years. It’s been about 110 days," he says. "I haven't lived the dream like this since I lived with Liberace." The biopic, Behind the Candelabra, in which Liberace and Thorson are played by Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, drew 2.4 million viewers when it aired in the US on HBO last month.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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