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Posted at 2:56 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Scott Brown recalls modeling career, troubled childhood in new memoir (VIDEO)

By Stephen Lowman

Scott Brown describes himself as being in “pizza, beer and popcorn shape” at his first photo shoot for Cosmo.

It was 1982, and the future Republican Senator from Massachusetts was a student at Boston College Law School. He was studying for final exams when Helen Gurley Brown, the famed editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, called him up and said he’d been named “America’s Sexiest Man.”

“I was sure it was a prank,” writes Brown in his memoir “Against All Odds.” “So sure that I said, ‘Yeah, right.’ And hung up.”

After another phone call, Gurley Brown was able to convince him it wasn’t a hoax. Soon he was in New York — and in the buff.

“Here I was completely nude, although my privates were hidden, in a roomful of strangers, men and women. I was totally unprepared….On top of that, I looked pale and I wasn’t physically toned; I probably needed to lose ten pounds.”

brown.JPGCosmo told him to come back in two weeks “more cut.”

It was an inauspicious start to a brief, but high-profile, modeling career.

He appeared on the Today show and the Phil Donahue Show. He got to cut lines at New York’s hippest nightclubs, including Studio 54.

He describes Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell and designer Calvin Klein trying to rip off his shirt the first time he went to the club. “I was pissed; I didn’t know who they were or why they were doing it. And I didn’t own many shirts.”

Another time he was ushered to a back room where disco star Rick James was sitting with some “leggy women” and surrounded by “piles of cocaine.” Brown was invited to partake in the drugs but declined.

“I ordered an orange juice,” he writes.

Prior to his modeling career, there had been very little glitz and glamour in Brown’s life. In the book, Brown writes candidly about troubling aspects of his childhood: divorced parents, frequent moves, an abusive stepfather, a mother who depended on welfare checks, and his own arrest for shoplifting.

In one of the most disturbing portions of the book, Brown describes an encounter with a camp counselor the summer after his fourth grade. While he was the bathroom, the counselor began “fondling” him. Brown was able to escape but not before the counselor forced himself on Brown in other ways.

By Stephen Lowman  | February 16, 2011; 2:56 PM ET
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Another time he was ushered to a back room where disco star Rick James was sitting with some “leggy women” and surrounded by “piles of cocaine.”
That is one helluva drug...

Posted by: ozpunk | February 16, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Porn star cred will probably help Brown win over "family values" Republican voters in 2012.

Posted by: angie12106 | February 16, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It is sad to see how prevalent sexual abuse is in our society. I don't agree with some of the Senator's politics but he is brave for disclosing his experience.

Posted by: cb7032 | February 16, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, he is awfully cute..i mean for a senator he is a doll. I can see gay men descending upon him like flies to honey...but really in a night club with cocaine and he orders an would think that by the time he was a grown up he would have figured out how not to be molested.....
In any event he is the cutest senator in a long time

Posted by: aldussault | February 16, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

While I do not support the Republican Party and it's crazy ideas, I have to admit that I've been an admirer of Sen. Brown ever since his election to the Senate. With the information Sen. Brown voluntarily provided about his early life, I admire him even more. Now, I know why he's so independent and intelligent, and willing to do what he thinks is right, rather than follow the party line. Anyone who overcame the hardships faced by Sen. Brown in his youth and achieved in life what he has achieved must be a good man. And, I say thank you to the people of Massachusetts for giving us such a good man to serve in the Senate. We could use 99 more just like him.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | February 16, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break. Enough memoirs from people under 75. So, we learne dhe went to college, was a model, and had a rough childhood. That's a full life.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 16, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

OJ kills people.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | February 16, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry things like this happen to anyone, but as a politician you should hold off talking about it until you're ready to die..especially if you want to be a right wing republican.

Posted by: october30 | February 16, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

...another unproven, no evidence, no witness, hearsay-ish "camp counselor fondled me" claim? To bad this guy hopped on the panicky bandwagon cash-in, I kinda liked him.

Posted by: DuaneAnthonyWebb | February 16, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

If Brown thinks one deviant camp counselor constitutes a "troubled childhood," he's still a child, but he seems to think for himself, and worthy of respect as a legislator. I hope he understands that much of prevalent Republican dogma is hoax and hucksterism, and the party probably isn't worthy of his services, but I wish him luck.

Posted by: lonquest | February 16, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Someone's planning to run for President....

Posted by: flabbergast | February 16, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I think it's so classy how some of the posters dismiss the veracity or the magnitude of his story because he's a Republican. I guess along those lines it would be fair to say Ted Kennedy's autobiography is suspect because he was probably drunk when he wrote it.

Posted by: dumbfatsow | February 16, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

That's it? Just a fondle?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | February 16, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Well. . .sexual abuse is no joke, I'm here to tell you. Senator Brown, like other famous people who reveal abuse or neglect in their childhoods, is going to help lots
of people by talking about it in public.
Children who are abused feel guilty about the abuse and often carry this feeling and
repressed memories into their adult lives.
The truth sets them free and their bravery
can help children to learn that this is NOT "normal behavior." Thank you, Senator

Posted by: wwIIbaby | February 16, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"He describes Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell and designer Calvin Klein trying to rip off his shirt the first time he went to the club. “I was pissed; I didn’t know who they were or why they were doing it. And I didn’t own many shirts.”

What might they have been doing? Humm how long do I have to think?

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 16, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

He's a Republican, so I don't believe a word of it.

Just positioning himself for a run at the White House in 2012.

OTOH, if it IS true, most kids who are molested grow up to molest kids themselves. I'm just saying.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | February 16, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to be mean..but why is he telling us-the public-this now?

Posted by: meyer390 | February 16, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Life is what you make it. "lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas." Obviously, when we select to do certain things, pursue certain careers, and spend time in certain places: There will be consequences. None of us can escape those realities. That is just the way it is.

Posted by: rdominguez42 | February 16, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

If true it is really sad Brown used this horror to sell a book but is supporting his Party who are redefining rape to weaken the law and deny victims medical benefits. Most of the Republicans refer to woman/girls when speaking about rape, but it would have been helpful if Brown has spoken up it happens to boys/Men also. But Brown came into office for the money he could get by selling votes, getting is daughter a high paying job and now the book sale. Nothing done for the citizens who voted him in office.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | February 16, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the future senator was sexually abused as a child explains a lot about his exhibiting himself sexually as an adult.

Posted by: HughBriss | February 16, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Is the GOP satisfied with Scott Brown?

Thomas Chi

Posted by: ThomasChi | February 17, 2011 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Now the dots are connected and now I know why Mr. Brown is a Republican - he wants to abuse the middle and poorer classes. Sigmund Freud would have a field day with this guy.

Posted by: Rlupodimare | February 17, 2011 2:02 AM | Report abuse

He voted against most of Obama's legislation since his election in 2008. There are people in Massachusetts who want Brown out in 2012.
Sorry to sound cold but, I honestly think he's just vying for sympathy to be re-elected. I'm not fooled.

Posted by: SonyainTX | February 17, 2011 4:28 AM | Report abuse

The hypocracy of the left-wing political bloggers never ceases to amaze me. According to these political hacks, he's vying for attention by writing about his molestation. If he had a "D" after his name, there would be slobbering admiration for his courage.

Posted by: bethg1841 | February 17, 2011 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Anything to sell a "book" and make a buck.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | February 17, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Scott Brown is TOAST. The Democrats in Massachusetts will have had 2 years to organize their brownshirts to take him down (they will accept no surprises this time), and Conservative Republicans will not show up to vote for him as they are already tired of this loser.

Given his record and drama so far, are we sure Brown is not a Kennedy after all?

Posted by: pgr88 | February 17, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

As a liberal I must say how sad that is.
A 10 year old child should never have their innocence robbed. And live under threats.
My heart goes out for such a thing.
While I disagree with his politics, i will not ever give up my compassion or humanity for such suffering.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for many on the right who abandoned any civility or decency or humanity about the shocking abuse suffered by Lara Logan. the kind of things coming from the right towards her was unforgivable and gives lie to any who proclaim themselves so godly and religious.
When ideology trumps civility and simple human compassion and feelings then those people are inhuman and crossed to some dark world.

Posted by: vwcat | February 17, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The hypocracy of the left-wing political bloggers never ceases to amaze me. According to these political hacks, he's vying for attention by writing about his molestation. If he had a "D" after his name, there would be slobbering admiration for his courage.

Posted by: bethg1841 | F

While I, a lefty, agrees about the hypocrisy, and while I abhor the stupid 'both sides do it' meme, in this case it is true.
I have seen the right cross the line and then turn around and complain about my side doing it.
Both sides are hypocrites. both sides are nasty and mean if something happens to someone from the other side and always allows ideology to always triumph.
And that is why our country is crumbling. why we are failing.
We are too busy with ideology and being mean that we are failing to be adults and care for each other and this country and its needs.

Posted by: vwcat | February 17, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

RINO TRAITOR brown, whose irresponsible lunatic-left d-crat socialist supporting votes have lost him ALL support from the Tea Party, conservatives and responsible Americans, will now play the sympathy card to try to keep onto his seat (the former TedKennedySeat™ ).


Q: What's the ONLY difference between RINO TRAITOR brown and a lunatic-left d-crat socialist?
A: One of them has an old pick-up truck.

Posted by: TeaPartyNation | February 17, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

how very convenient to come forward as a sexual assault victim in your PUBLICITY STUNT called an Autobiography.

I'm more inclined to believe his motivation for disclosing it in his PUBLISHED BOOK before telling his family have more to do with sales than with truth. There is nobody to corroborate his story, and he never reported it.

Oh, and the cocaine. So.... he didn't inhale?


Posted by: trambusto | February 17, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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