Scott Thorson, Liberace’s former lover, might not get to watch Behind the Candelabra – the new HBO flick about the flamboyant pianist – because he is back to jail again.
Scott Thorson, 54, who wrote the book on which the new biopic is based, was arrested on February 22 at the Ponderosa Hotel in Reno, Nevada, and charged with four counts of first-degree burglary.
Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Druckman told The National Enquirer magazine that Scott Thorson – who now goes by the name Jess Marlow – found a wallet containing credit cards and used them at several Reno businesses.
“After he purchased some things, he checked into the hotel and the victim was notified that somebody was suspiciously using his credit cards,” said Rebecca Druckman.
The cardholder went to the Ponderosa and informed them of the fraud, and the police were called.
Scott Thorson was arrested, booked and held on $125,000 bail. A subsequent court hearing was scheduled for March 28. If convicted on the first-degree burglary charges, he could face several years in prison.
In 1988, a year after Liberace’s death from AIDS, Scott Thorson wrote the book Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace, which documented his six-year romantic relationship with the flamboyant entertainer.
Scott Thorson said he learned that producer Jerry Weintraub was interested in the work in 2008, when he was previously behind bars for a drug-related robbery.
Behind The Candelabra movie stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson.
Scott Thorson, who is suffering from anal cancer, claims he was not appreciated by the filmmakers. He said he was snubbed by the cast and crew when he visited the set and received just a small amount of money for the use of the book.
“Now, Scott probably won’t be out of jail before the show airs,” said a friend.
”And if he goes to prison, he could die behind bars.”