Karen Owen's Duke thesis may land her in a heap of trouble -- and a lucrative book deal
When your entire college sexual repertoire is spread across the Internet for the world to read, it might be a disheartening experience.
Of course, Duke student Karen Owen did write the entire report herself, made a handy PowerPoint presentation with photographs and passed it out to her nearest and dearest friends.
Even so, she probably did not expect it to become international news.
When she did speak on the record in an interview with Jezebel, a women's news web site, she said she "regretted it with all my heart."
Thanks to the ever-salacious public that has since made her list go viral, Owen may assuage that regret with plenty of cash. Jezebel reports that William Morris agent Ari Golds tried to contact her and HarperCollins is also champing at the bit.
The HarperCollins pitch said, "Even though I'm sure she's horrified that her, uh, presentation, which was intended for a small group of friends, has gone viral, she's a very good, funny writer, and I'm wondering if she has any interest in writing a book."
Owen could join that vaunted legion of women who have cashed out on their sex scandals. After Jessica Cutler was outed from the anonymous sex blog "The Washingtonienne," she secured a six-figure deal. Eliot Spitzer's escort Ashley Dupre reportedly managed a $2 million deal, though she never did write the book.
Owen could also take The Fix's Chris Cilliza's advice on how to handle social media scandals.
Buck up, Karen Owen, you'll be regretting your way to the bank soon enough.
| October 8, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
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