When Annie Leibowitz went bankrupt last year, much was made of the Vanity Fair super lenswoman’s profligate, Marie Antoinette style spending habits. Luxury refurbishments to her multiple houses, buying seats on planes for her mail order purchases and often spending her own cash on shoots to ensure the most lavish props and settings all spelt financial catastrophe!
Well yesterday when NY financial advisor Kenneth Starr was arrested on fraud charges, it seemed like the problem wasn’t soley down to a touch of the Elton Johns. Annie was a client of Starr’s for a number of years, and it was he who was responsible for her dealings with Art Capital, the company who she ended up selling her entire archive to, and a partnership which ended in an acrimonious court case.
The charges levelled against Mr Starr include funnelling investments from his clients to his own interests, and, in some cases, directly transferred money from their accounts to his own. Blimey! Annie Leibowitz was amongst other stars like Uma Thurman and Martin Scorsese who have been affected by Starr’s swindling. She remained calm, commenting to the press - . “News of Kenneth Starr’s arrest does not come as a complete surprise to me, and I will follow this story with great interest,” The plot thickens . . . .(!)