Since Nik Richie started the Scottsdale-based “The Dirty” website in 2007, the website has attracted a lot of attention for its rumors.
However, Richie (actual name Hooman Karamian) has never experienced a summer like this one. After publishing Anthony Weiner’s most recent sexts and penis photos, Richie told reporters that his organization needed new infrastructure to handle the tens of millions of page visits. This month, a less uplifting but nonetheless intriguing tale about a former professional football player suing Richie brought the attention to a new peak.
The reader-generated content of The Dirty combines the vilest aspects of the Internet, including gratuitous T&A photographs, cruel, anonymous comments, and mixed-up information. But if the latter expression is taken widely, it also publishes news of general interest. Join us for a quick look back at some of his most significant scoops:
- This image of Anthony Weiner’s foot has been cropped. We weren’t very interested in seeing more of the image. No one did. Nobody was actually interested in finding out just how foolish a former congressman could be. But we did learn, thanks to The Dirty. And Weiner’s bid for mayor is (supposedly) in the past.
- In addition to receiving a salary, playing professional football permits you to occasionally attend wild parties where teenage girls use beer bongs and converse with you. For Matt Leinart, a former player for the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, that was the situation a few years ago. However, someone was too skilled with a camera and an Internet connection, and they broke the party rules by alerting The Dirty.
- Some individuals enjoy Ashton Kutcher, an actor. Demi Moore is adored by many individuals. So when the two celebrities got married in 2005, the audience was ecstatic. Additionally, The Dirty Army trashed the three of them in several hundred comments after The Dirty published the celebrity gossip about Kutcher cheating on Moore with Sandra Leal.
- The Dirty first reported on a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who allegedly had STDs and slept with the whole football squad back in 2009. However, the reader-submitted scoop proved untrue. Last month, the cheerleader Sarah Jones obtained a $338,000 judgment against The Dirty. This month, a federal judge issued a decision that Internet publishers around the nation took note of, upholding the judgment.
- Richie used his website to let people complain anonymously while he kept his identity a secret up until he was shamefully arrested for DUI in Scottsdale and the Smoking Gun website learned about it. Richie revealed his identity in a post on his own website a few months later, giving dozens of admirers and detractors the chance to label him a douchebag and worse.
- When she declared on stage that she was against homosexual marriage during the 2009 Miss America competition, Prissy Carrie Prejean stirred much controversy. After that, the pageant canceled Prejean’s contract after semi-naked images of her appeared on Richie’s website.
- Locals may remember this one: Richie’s website allegedly posted some of the former Tempe vice-employment principal’s photos on the same day that the Arizona Republic and other media sites published articles on her double life as an escort in 2009.
- Rumors that Congressman Ben Quayle had assisted Richie in writing articles for The Dirty while the site was young followed him around as he sought office. Richie acknowledged those rumors on his website on August 9, 2010, identifying Quayle as the author of The Dirty who employed the Brock Landers synonym.
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- Scottsdale police regularly detain want tobes, small celebrities, and regular Joes for DUI, but Charles Barkley’s arrest on New Year’s Eve was noteworthy. Additionally, The Dirty broke the news “hours” before it was reported by the news media, at least according to Richie’s website.
- The sultry Fox Sports sportscaster Erin Andrews was captured naked via the peephole of her hotel room door, and The Dirty wasn’t the first to post them. But for some reason, the site’s posting of a few dozen nude pictures and a smarmy note to Andrews asking if this was the post her lawyers wanted removing received a ton of Internet attention. “The Dirty” Website is given below for viewers.