February 29, 2012
University Denies Report Calling Hawking A Strip Club Regular
Cambridge University has confirmed reports from an American website that renowned physicist and professor Stephen Hawking had been spotted at a gentleman's club in California.
However, they denied that the 70-year-old author of A Brief History of Time was a regular at the Freedom Acres swingers club in Devore, as had been reported by RadarOnline.com last Friday.
Tim Holt, a press officer for the university, said on Tuesday that the original story was "greatly exaggerated" and that it was "not true" that Hawking, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's Disease and is confined to a wheelchair, regularly visited the establishment in question.
"He visited once a few years ago with friends while on a visit to California," Holt added. "He cannot have been a regular because he does not live in California."
In their original report, RadarOnine.com quotes an unidentified individual who they said had been a member for almost five years. Their source said that he had seen Hawking at the club "more than a handful of times."
"He arrives with an entourage of nurses and assistants. Last time I saw him he was in the back 'play area' laying on a bed fully clothed with two naked women gyrating all over him," the source told Radar Reporter Amber Goodhand. "I have spoken to him on several occasions and have even shared drinks with people in his group“¦ and he'll even take photos with people in the club as long as it's in a neutral area."
According to the Daily Mail, Hawking has been linked to sex clubs in the past. He had also been previously photographed with dancers at a London establishment owned by Peter Stringfellow, and has in fact had his picture taken with Stringfellow himself at one such nightclub.
The UK newspaper published quotes from Stringfellow in which he called Hawking "The Man," adding that the scientist was "easily one of the most intelligent men in the world with one of the finest brains and on top of that so brave he takes my breath away -- but he´s very human with it."
"I remember asking him if he´d like to have a conversation with me about the universe or if he´d just like to watch the girls. The answer was quite simply, ℠The girls,'" Stringfellow added.
Image Caption: Hawking in 2007, experiencing zero gravity. Credit: NASA
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