Sex Work

James Lipton Says He Was Once a Pimp in Paris

In his new book "Inside Inside"


James Lipton, the host of talk show Inside The Actors Studio, once worked as a pimp in Paris, France. The revered TV presenter, who has sat down with Hollywood's biggest names for in-depth chats about their life and work over the last 13 years, has revealed he once procured clients for French hookers.

He says, "This was when I was very very young, living in Paris, penniless, unable to get any kind of working permit… I had a friend who worked in what is called the Milieu, which is that world and she suggested to me one night, `Look, you'll be my meck… We would translate it perhaps… as pimp. We were earning our living together, this young woman and I, we made a rather good living, I must say."