Well, it’s been a while but Slick Willy is back in the news.
For all the wrong reasons.
You may not know the name Steve Bing, so let me fill you in.
Bing was a big-time Hollywood producer, big Clinton friend, big donor (at least $10 million dollars) to the Clinton Foundation…..and now?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Early reports say Bing “fell” from his high-rise luxury apartment, which stretches 40 floors.
Many are suspecting something may be amiss.
…..Accident? (seems low on most people’s lists)
No one knows right now.
But here’s what is being posted as speculation runs wild:
Bing was a long-time friend of Bill Clinton and other notorious playboys.
Here is the NY Post with more details, as reported back in 2015:
Clinton had been close with Burkle, a self-made billionaire, for well over a decade. Burkle, 62, had long kept his private plane stocked with girls as young as 19.
Another member of their circle was Steve Bing, a wealthy playboy with a private jet. (Bing is best known as the father of Elizabeth Hurley’s child, and Hurley was later linked to Clinton by her ex-boyfriend Tom Sizemore. Hurley has denied an affair.)
One former Clinton aide told Purdum that Bill’s seedy social circle was, at best, perplexing. “I just think those guys are radioactive,” the aide said. “I stay far away from them.”
In the run-up to Hillary’s 2008 bid, other aides and associates were alarmed by even more rumors: that Clinton had hooked up with actress Gina Gershon on Burkle’s jet; the sightings with a powerful Canadian businesswoman; the random one-night stands while traveling. Purdum wrote that an executive ran into Clinton, Bing and a gaggle of gorgeous young women in an elevator in Manhattan. He was shocked to see an ex-president in such company. “I don’t know what the guy was doing,” he reportedly said, “but it was so clear that it was just no good.”
By 2010, Bill’s friendship with Burkle was publicly done. Though Bill had made an estimated $15 million while working as Burkle’s pitchman, he’d begun distancing himself in 2007 and formally severed the relationship after Hillary was up for secretary of state.
Here's what Yahoo News reported:
Steve Bing, philanthropist, film producer and prominent Democratic political donor whose producing credits included "The Polar Express" and "Get Carter," died Monday.
Bing, 55, fell to his death from a high-rise building in Century City, according to a law enforcement source who was not authorized to comment. Foul play is not suspected, the source said.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said it responded to a call around 1 p.m. regarding the death of a man in his 50s in the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City. The site is a 40-floor luxury apartment complex called Ten Thousand.
"This is the only information we have at this time," said Capt. Gisselle Espinoza, an LAPD spokeswoman.
Known to be media-shy, the real estate scion was a Harvard Westlake graduate who inherited a $600-million fortune at the age of 18.
Bing, a major Democratic donor and a friend of President Bill Clinton, went on to Stanford but dropped out in his junior year to pursue filmmaking. Rangy and silver-haired, the 6-foot-4 producer often was seen dressed casually in jeans and gym shoes.
Clinton joined those online expressing their sadness. "I loved Steve Bing very much," Clinton tweeted. "He had a big heart, and was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in. I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, I hope he's finally found peace."
People Magazine confirms Bing donated at least $10M to the Clinton Foundation (guess it wasn't enough):
Bill Clinton is paying tribute to Steve Bing, one day after the wealthy financier and film producer died at the age of 55.
“I loved Steve Bing very much,” the former president, 73, wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “He had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in. I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, and I hope he’s finally found peace.”
Bing, who often contributed money to political causes, gave at least $10 million to Clinton’s foundation and reportedly paid for the plane used by the former president to rescue American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee from North Korea in 2009, according to Los Angeles Magazine.
Authorities are investigating Bing's death after he was found at the base of a luxury apartment building in Century City, California on Monday, according to Deadline.
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A Los Angeles County Coroner spokesperson previously told PEOPLE a man was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:10 p.m. in a reported suicide although a final determination for a cause of death and identification of the deceased was pending.
Bing wrote the script for 2003’s Kangaroo Jack and is credited as a producer on films such as Get Carter and Every Breath. He was also a financier on The Polar Express, Beowulf and Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stone concert film Shine a Light.
Bing’s ex Elizabeth Hurley posted a tribute to him on Instagram Monday and shared a gallery of sweet photos of herself smiling alongside Bing. Hurley had a son, Damien, with Bing, though he contested her paternity claims at the time.
"I am saddened beyond belief that my ex Steve is no longer with us. It is a terrible end," she wrote. "Our time together was very happy and I’m posting these pictures because although we went through some tough times, it’s the good, wonderful memories of a sweet, kind man that matter."
Bill Clinton himself has posted his "condolences" on Twitter:
So....what are your thoughts?
Oh and Bill?
Just one note from me: