Celebrities defend Pee-wee

August 01, 1991|By Knight-Ridder

Celebrities have rushed to the support of Paul Reubens, known as Pee-wee Herman, who was arrested Friday night on charges of indecent exposure in a Sarasota, Fla., adult-movie theater. "I've been his friend for nine years. This is terribly, terribly sad," said Joan Rivers. "If it is true, which I hope it isn't, I'm sure he's going to go for help, because he's sensitive and he's smart."

Longtime pal Cyndi Lauper noted, "Paul has already been unfairly tried by the media. The alleged charge is a petty victimless occurrence. I am disappointed by the unfair coverage and concerned that this incident took priority over the summit in Moscow."

And Bill Cosby said, "Whatever he may have done, he hasn't done that to the children." If Reubens is guilty, and requires treatment, Cosby added, "the cost to our society in taxes is going to be far, far less money than what will be required to clean up the banking industry . . . or the AIDS epidemic."

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