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Televangelist Melissa Scott Finally Admits She was Porn Star Barbie Bridges?

NO SHE DOESN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This headline was posted on Adultfyi.com. (http://www.adultfyi.com/read.php?ID=34619)

AFYI took the story from www.anorak.co.uk. Anorak.co had pulled PART of their story from a Marie Clair article, and something got lost in translation.

In the story in Marie Clair, the Pastor NEVER admits she was a porn star. She does what she has always done when that question is asked, she doesn’t answer it. She skates around the issue. The WRITER of the article decided that the Pastor was porn star Barbie Bridges.

So although I believe the writer of the article is correct, titling the article “Televangelist Melissa Scott Finally Admits She was Porn Star Barbie Bridges” is not just misleading, it is totally in error.

Here is some of the  Marie Clair article if you would like to read it for yourself…

The Preacher’s Unholy Past

Pastor Melissa Scott presides over a televangelist empire. Hard to believe that she was once a triple-X plaything known as Barbie Bridges. Gretchen Voss uncovers the true story behind Scott’s divine reinvention.

By Gretchen Voss

Most folks drive right past the gritty stretch of downtown Los Angeles that houses University Cathedral, a former movie palace whose marquee now advertises weekly evangelical sermons. But on any given Sunday, several hundred parishioners converge here for a rousing service that has them swaying and shouting Hallelujah!, enraptured by the low, breathless calls for salvation from Melissa Scott. The unlikely stunner who leads this congregation, Scott, 40, struts the stage clutching a red-leather Bible, periodically flinging her endless chestnut locks. Her doe-eyed image is beamed to local cable stations — she is a late-night staple — courtesy of six TV cameras flanking the pulpit. “Before I found God’s word, when things got bad, what did I have? I had friends and family forsake me,” she cries, directing her followers to Deuteronomy 33:25. In unison, they bark, “Tough shoes for a tough road!” Ninety minutes later, she slips offstage and is whisked by security out of the building through a private passageway.

Scott knows a thing or two about tough roads. Four years ago, she lost her husband, Dr. Gene “Doc” Scott, the wildly popular “shock jock of televangelism” — nearly 40 years her senior — to complications from prostate cancer. In his heyday as pastor, Doc Scott reportedly collected $1 million a month in donations and amassed an empire that included two horse ranches, a 35,000-square-foot mansion in Pasadena, a private plane, and a collection of luxury cars. Shortly after his funeral, Doc Scott’s comely young wife assumed University’s pulpit. But after her first sermon, someone anonymously mailed churchgoers Easter cards featuring snapshots of a porn star named Barbie Bridges, who looked remarkably similar to Pastor Melissa Scott. One image showed the woman with her legs spread wide, Virgin Mary and baby Jesus postage stamps covering her privates. Another featured a “See you Sunday!” banner plastered across her bare chest; underneath, it read: “The Church Where You Can Do Anything … Anything.”

The mailing sparked a revolt. Scott’s Wikipedia page was so vandalized, it had to be removed; Web newsgroups devoted to the church were overrun by users posting more damning photos. (“Who else wants to bang the bejesus out of Pastor Melissa Scott?” inquired one.) Already stinging from the regime change following Doc Scott’s death, some demanded her resignation. Others claimed she was a walking billboard for the redemptive powers of faith. But Scott would cop to nothing, dismissing the incident as an expert Photoshop job, part of a sick smear campaign by religious nuts. She even trotted out a Hollywood attorney to threaten her congregants with lawsuits should any more anonymous missives materialize. It seemed as if Scott had joined the long, sordid list of disgraced televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, and, most recently, Ted Haggard, ousted from his Colorado church following allegations that he solicited a male prostitute. But unlike those toppled icons, Scott clung to her denial and carried on preaching.

In the years that followed, Scott avoided answering any more questions about Barbie Bridges — until now.

Asked about the Barbie Bridges matter, Scott smacks her berry-stained lips and scoffs. “It’s definitely a freak show. I’ve seen a good portion of the stuff on the Internet, and honestly, I almost have to laugh at it,” she says, flashing the smile again. Pressed further, Scott sighs deeply, then adds, “Okay, I was never an actress in a pornographic movie. So what does that do? You defend that, what else do you start defending?”

That said, Melissa Scott really was a porn star, as confirmed by several acquaintances who knew her when she worked the adult-entertainment circuit as Barbie Bridges. Though it’s unclear when she adopted the moniker, by 1994 she’d already nabbed a title — Miss Nude CanAm Exotic — under the name. She posed nude, as Barbie Bridges, for Penthouse lensman Earl Miller and famed erotic photographer Suze Randall. At the time, Scott was married to Paul Pastore, who worked for an exotic-dancing agency called Fantasy Creations before launching a porn distribution outfit called Barbie Bridges Enterprises. (Among its titles: Backdoor Diaries and Heidi’s High Heeled Hookers.) “If she doesn’t want to talk about [her past in porn], then I’d rather not talk about it. Whatever she wants to do and say, that’s fine with me,” says Pastore, reached at his West Hollywood office, where he still works in adult entertainment.

Read the whole story here  Marie Clair article

 

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