Music Manager More Interested in Boys Than Bands

Goodell said that when he was 13 or 14, Pearlman took him and his brother Ryan, then 17 and also a member of Take 5, to a strip club.

"It was one of those days where we had gone through our normal routine and ended up hanging out together at Lou's," he said. "The strip club came up and we ended up going ? That was weird, but it wasn't happening all the time. My mom had a sense that things shouldn't be like this, 13-year-olds shouldn't be going out with adults and hanging out until midnight."

At the time, one parent of each of the five boys lived in a house with the boys on a rotating basis. Goodell said his mother didn't know about the strip club incident at the time.

On another night, a brother of one of the boys was injured in a car accident. His mother left for the hospital in Miami and dropped off the boys for the evening with Pearlman. Pearlman screened a Star Wars film, but the movie was interrupted with a pornographic video.

"Because we were minors there was always at least one parent at the house. That night was the only night I ever stayed at Lou's house," said Ryan Goodell, 27 and now a second year law school student in Los Angeles.

"We were watching Star Wars and all of a sudden a porno came on. It was literally 10 seconds and then it got turned off. We were all teenagers snickering and he made some excuse," Ryan said.

"Who knows what he was thinking. Was he trying to be the cool 'Big Poppa' uncle?" asked Ryan referring to the nickname Pearlman used for himself. "Or was he trying to get a sense of how we would react?"

Ryan said that despite the incident with the pornography and the strip club, he is skeptical of some of the stories he has heard.

"Maybe it's just that Pearlman was only willing to take that extra step with guys like Mooney who were older than 18, which is why I never saw it. But some of these guys always wanted to be in bands and never got into them and you have to question their motives ? If the things they say they saw happen are true, and they didn't say anything at the time, that is just wrong."

Many of the boys interviewed by Vanity Fair and ABC News said that Pearlman would often offer them massages that he said would "balance their aura" or "help build bigger muscles."

"The aura massage thing," said Christofore. "He always said he had a way to feel up on your arm or bicep so that when you curled your arm it would make your muscles look bigger. He was a weird, touchy guy and would sometimes rub kids' abs."

The boys from Take 5 resent Pearlman for other reasons, however. They said that when the Backstreet Boys and 'NSync, backed by their record companies, sued Pearlman to get out of their contracts and collect moneys owed them, Pearlman switched tactics in promoting Take 5. In an effort to keep the bands making him money, but not enough that the labels would support them in a protracted legal battle, the members said Pearlman never let them get too big and barely paid them after five years of extensive touring in Europe and Asia. They sued Pearlman before breaking up the band and leaving Florida.

None of the members of the Backstreet Boys or 'NSync would speak to ABC News or Vanity Fair.

Jane Carter, mother of Backstreet's Nick Carter and his brother Aaron, a solo act managed by Pearlman, however, spoke to the magazine.

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