Friday, March 21, 2008
Last summer, Austrian media sources reported that David Caruso's stalker, Gabriele Huber had been captured. After learning that she was about to be indicted for threatening to murder David Caruso and his companion Liza Marquez, Huber fled to Mexico. With the help of the FBI, Austrian authorities located Huber through her credit card usage and returned her to Austria. Fortunately for David Caruso and his family, our State Department has denied Huber entry into the U.S.
In November, The National Enquirer picked up on the story and published it in their November 12, 2007 issue on page 50. It seems that several years ago, Huber flew to Miami for the express purpose of stalking and locating David Caruso while he was shooting CSI Miami episodes. She attempted a hook-up with the actor in a Miami restaurant. When she ponied up to the bar where Caruso was sitting and offered him graphic sex, he took one look at her and had the good taste to decline. Following Caruso's rejection, Huber literally spiraled out of control and began mailing hundreds of letters to him demanding an autograph. When none was forthcoming, she went off the deep end and launched her Internet hate campaign against the actor. She has disparaged Caruso, his companion Liza Marquez and made pornographic suggestions about his two year-old toddler.
Inundating multiple sites, boards and forums hourly, seven days a week with salacious and malicious gossip and rumors, Huber almost succeeded in her single-handed efforts to destroy his reputation and subject him to public ridicule. That is, until his fans jumped in and started defending him with their own blogs, comments and fan sites. Now, not a day goes by that Huber's rumors and innuendos are not countered by Caruso's defenders.
In the meantime, Huber continues to flood the Internet with gossip, fabrications and out and out lies about Caruso's career, his private life and his character. If a blog mentions the words "David Caruso", Huber spams the comments section using multiple pseudonyms to disguise her identity and create the illusion that she has support for her hatred.
For the last four months, Huber has relentlessly pounded Internet sites with rumors about Caruso's personal life. When fans challenged her allegations demanding proof, she ultimately abandoned the rumor in favor of her current one that has Caruso supposedly behaving badly on the set of CSI Miami. The latest rumor has absolutely no veracity either.
Using her latest pseudonym "Onsetsnitch", Huber has stepped up her libelous attacks of David Caruso. Just last week, Topix moderators banned Huber's i.p. address from the David Caruso forum. If you find yourself reading a story about David Caruso with a negative spin, you are more than likely reading one planted by his indicted Austrian stalker, Gabriele Huber. The woman is addicted to David Caruso with a very sick love-obsession and the Internet is where she acts out.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
On Sunday, March 16, 2008, "The New York Times Magazine" published an article titled "Rumor's Reasons." The author, Farhad Manjoo delivers an excellent account on how rumors are perpetuated on the Internet and why they are so difficult to rebut once they are spread.
Citing the "Obama-is-a-Muslim" rumor as an example of pop culture's obsession with Internet gossip, Manjoo relates how blogger Andy Martin stated on-line that "Barack Obama [was a] Muslim who has concealed his religion." Most reputable journalists ignored the story "which offered no proof." The story however took on a life all its own and "bounced about blogs, mutating over the course of a couple of years..."
In spite of denials by "news organizations and fact-checking Web sites," the Obama rumor has stuck around and simply will not go away. Change the name from Barack Obama to David Caruso and you have the same scenario that this blog and Dojo's excellent blog face every day. Gabriele Huber, Caruso's indicted Austrian stalker, plants a rumor on multiple sites and shortly thereafter, it takes on a life all its own.
According to Manjoo, "digital technology" is partially to blame for this cultural phenomenon. The difficulties in separating truth from fiction are also psychological. Manjoo theorizes that when efforts are made to refute a rumor, the mere mentioning of it could serve to further it. Norbert Schwarz, a University of Michigan psychologist, demonstrates the role our brains play when it involves separating truth from fiction:
"To determine the veracity of a given statement, we often look to society's collective assessment of it. But it is difficult to measure social consensus very precisely, and our brains rely, instead, upon a sensation of familiarity with an idea. You use a rule of thumb: if something seems familiar, you must have heard it before, and if you've heard it before, it must be true."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/magazine/16wwln-idealab-t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine&oref=slogin
Is it wasted effort then to try to quash the rumors that Caruso's stalker smears all over the Internet? Unfortunately as Manjoo states, oftentimes a "well-executed refutation [will not] kill the rumor." He seems to be suggesting that once a rumor is started it rarely dies. It may change form, but it never really disappears. Recall the stalker's "hot Miami night club executive" rumor and how she has now changed it simply to Caruso has taken up with "another woman." The rumor remains, albeit changed, in spite of any proof.
At the moment, we are engaged in a battle between what is true about David Caruso and what the stalker fabricates about him. Caruso's fans do not accept the stalker's "True Lies". Manjoo, though, is not too terribly optimistic on the chances the truth will win out in the end:
"There's an arms race between truth and fiction, and at the moment, the truth doesn't appear to be winning."
On the other hand, I am convinced that people deep down truly know right from wrong. That belief is and always will be the motivation behind this blog.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Well, Gabrielle Huber, Caruso's indicted Austrian stalker, is probably patting herself on the back today as her new rumor is spreading like wild fire. That is if she is able to actually reach her back while lying on it to render services in the name of Austria's Emperor's Club. Here are some of the comments she has posted on the Hot Gossip Momma site which has picked up on her latest effort to disparage David Caruso claiming that he is difficult to work with:
Yesterday, March 17, 2008, 6:40:33 PM Vixen
Caruso is not only a primadonna but an idiot. He should get some hep or should change from diet coke to diet pepsi!
Yesterday, March 17, 2008, 2:47:20 PM julie
I might watch the show if David Caruso wasnt on it. He is like a red headed piece of cardboard. I love when Joel McHale makes fun of the sunglass thing. Its a shame some people can get paid so much money to be so bad.
Yesterday, March 17, 2008, 11:15:10 AM GillianH
Caruso has the acting range of a rock. It doesn’t surprise me about his ego, his acting is so over-the-top. He is laughable and the rest of the cast especially Emily Proctor are aweful.
Yesterday, March 17, 2008, 10:25:24 AM Anonymous
EAT S**T!!This is the ASSF**-LOOKALIKE of elton john!!
All of the above posts were made by Vixen (Gabriele Huber). Too bad she doesn't have any real supporters with the exception of the ones she creates in her deranged mind.
This latest rumor has neither merit nor substantiation. For years, Caruso's co-stars have complimented him for his on-set professionalism and behavior beyond reproach. Now that Huber has abandoned the HOTMINCE rumor (hot Miami night club executive), she has moved on to promoting this new one. Don't believe it because four months from now, she'll have to plant another one.
Remember the "caruso was drunk on a plane" and "caruso and eva la rue affair". Those rumors died as well.