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Fired 'Playboy' editor sues, claiming age bias

By wire services
Published May 21, 2004

CHICAGO - A Playboy editor who was fired after more than 30 years with the company filed a federal suit, claiming he was dismissed because the magazine wanted a younger staff to attract younger readers.

The suit, filed Wednesday by John Rezak against Playboy Enterprises in U.S. District Court in Chicago, seeks unspecified damages, including back and future pay.

Rezak, 54, was an associate managing editor when he was fired in November.

His suit said Playboy Enterprises wanted more readers ages 18 to 34. According to the complaint, executive vice president Howard S. Shapiro said in March 2003 that the company believed the only way to change the "demographics of the magazine was to change the demographics of the people who put the magazine out."

Rezak said in the lawsuit that he offered to move to New York, but the company told him he was not invited, citing a "difference in sensibility and a duplication of skill sets." The lawsuit claimed Rezak's duties were then assigned to someone much younger.

Truck driver charged with stalking opera legend Sills

NEW YORK - An unemployed female truck driver who traveled from Detroit hoping to "marry Beverly Sills" wound up in jail instead, charged with stalking and harassing the opera impresario.

Victoria Glover, 39, arrived Tuesday to meet and, she allegedly claimed, marry the legendary soprano who now works at the Metropolitan Opera as chairwoman.

She was met outside the Met by police, having already reportedly harassed Sills over the phone and repeatedly trying to contact her.

"I am Jesus Emmanuel," Glover said in twice-a-week calls to the Metropolitan Opera between November 2003 and February, and five times a day between May 10 and Monday. "I am coming to New York to marry Beverly Sills."

She also allegedly sent the star a letter.

"I love you," it said. "Please marry me Beverly, so I don't go mad. I can't live without a woman. I want no one but you. Don't worry, God said we can be married."

Marie Glover, 86, the woman's grandmother, said from Detroit on Thursday that her granddaughter would not hurt Sills.

"She didn't go there to harm the woman," the grandmother said. "She took a little gift. . . . She likes operas and she has her operas."

She said she didn't know how her granddaughter became so taken with Sills.

Asked about the name Jesus, she said her granddaughter believed God was talking to her.

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