Sunday, 7 April 2013

Shocking Memoir Confessions

Shocking Memoir Confessions - Many of us dream of being a famous celebrity, a star athlete or a well-known person in history. But that life, even with all the money and fame, is not always perfect. See whether you can guess what shocking confessions these stars revealed in their memoirs.

Amanda Knox Memoir "Waiting To Be Heard"

Amanda Knox's memoir and interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer will go on as planned, despite an Italian court overturning her 2011 murder acquittal.

Italy's highest criminal court ordered a new trial for Knox and former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on Tuesday, overturning their acquittals in the gruesome slaying of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Spokesman David Ford says an ABC News Primetime Special scheduled to air April 30 is moving forward as planned. It will be the first in-depth interview Knox has given since returning to Seattle.

Knox also has a memoir, "Waiting to Be Heard," due out on the same day as her television interview. Based on pre-orders, the book's ranking on moved from just above 2,400 Tuesday morning to 470 Tuesday afternoon.

HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis says the book plans have not changed.

Amanda Knox Overturned Acquittal

Italy's highest criminal court on Tuesday overturned Amanda Knox's acquittal in the murder of her roommate and ordered a new trial.

Both Knox and her Italian-ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, will face another trial for the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher back in November 2007.

Kercher was found dead with her throat slashed in her bedroom in the house she shared with Knox and others in Perugia, Italy, where the two women were exchange students.

Knox and Sollectio were acquitted of Kercher's murder in 2011 after initially being found guilty. An Ivory Coast man, Rudy Guede, was convicted of the slaying in a separate proceeding and is serving a 16-year sentence.

Prosecutors alleged Kercher was the victim of a drug-fueled sex game gone awry. Knox and Sollecito denied any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors urged the court to order a new trial based on DNA evidence that was cast aside by the appeals court. Knox spent nearly four years in prison before a judge set her free. The 25-year-old now lives in Seattle and attends the University of Washington.

Knox responded to Tuesday's ruling, calling it "painful."

"No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity," she said in a statement.

Clive Davis Comes Out As Bisexual In Memoir

The music mogul who played key roles in the careers of superstars like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson has come out as bisexual.

In his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, 80-year-old Clive Davis acknowledges his bisexuality, which he describes as "something that my children and close friends have always known, but that I knew I would need to discuss in a biography," according to USA Today.

The Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, who is twice divorced, writes, "After my second marriage failed, I met a man who was also grounded in music. Having only had loving relationships and sexual intimacy with women, I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have that with a male, and found that I could."

He says being bisexual is "misunderstood," noting that he's "never stopped being attracted to women."

"The adage is that you're either straight or gay or lying, but that's not my experience," he adds. "To call me anything other than bisexual would be inaccurate."

Davis will speak in greater length about his sexuality in a Feb. 19 interview with Nightline's Cynthia McFadden. He is quoted as telling McFadden that he has had two committed same-sex relationships over the past 20 years, although he does not reveal the name of his current partner of seven years.

"For over 50 years I never had sex with a male," he tells McFadden. "It wasn't repressed. I had very good sexual relationships with women."

In the book, Davis also opens up about Houston's 2012 death, describing the late pop diva as having been "in complete denial" about her own addiction problems: "I knew that if an addict does not want to get help, there ultimately is very little that anyone else can do." Clive Davis Won Five Grammy Awards For Producer, The Soundtrack Of My Life Clive Davis

R.a. Dickey Memoir Sexual Abuse

New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey openly discussed Tuesday the sexual abuse he said he endured as a child, which he chronicles in detail in memoirs due to hit bookstores later this week.

Dickey, author of "Wherever I Wind Up," said he was victimized by two separate perpetrators during the summer he was 8 years old -- by a 13-year-old female babysitter and a 17-year-old male.

"I started writing the book in 2005, and it was too painful then to write," Dickey said. "So I set it down a couple of years until I felt like I had the equipment to be able to hold it well and talk about it, in an effort not only for my own catharsis, but as a possibility to help other people. Sure, it's been difficult, but I feel like I'm OK with it.

"It's almost like the bullying stuff," he continued. "Unless you talk about it, unless it gets out there, unless you know there are people that care about you regardless of what has happened to you, unless you know that, it's hard to get to the place where you feel comfortable not only talking about that, but talking about what it's made you into.

"One of the hopes I have for the book, and will have as long as it's out, is that people will be able to draw something from it that may help them -- whether it's to talk about it more, not to be afraid, to be open with what's happened, and that there are people available that will love you no matter what. I kind of grew up in a place where I didn't necessarily feel that."

In the autobiography, Dickey also discusses finding a syringe in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse in 2001.

Mike Piazza Karate Lessons Roger Clemens

On the list of people who hold grudges against Roger Clemens, former Mets catcher Mike Piazza has some pretty legitimate reasons to be near the top.

 After being struck in the head by the Yankees pitcher back in 2000, Piazza finally decided to prepare a way to get even with Clemens. In his autobiography, Long Shot, Piazza details how he began taking karate lessons and mapping out his strategy for fighting Clemens the next time the two crossed paths.

“I would approach with my fist pulled back,” Piazza writes in an excerpt published by the New York Post. “I figured he’d throw his glove out for protection. I’d parry the glove and then get after it.”

However, Piazza and Clemens never fought — despite the infamous bat-throwing incident that took place between the two in the 2000 World Series. The reason for that, as Piazza explains it, is that he was worried about getting beat up.

“There were complications,” Piazza explains. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my [butt] kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.”

Piazza admits regret that he never did confront Clemens, lamenting how it became the story of that World Series. The Yankees went on to beat the Mets four games to one, clinching their third straight championship.

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