Dale Leary died of apparent suicide this week as investigators widened a probe into the middle-aged marketing and tech executive’s relations with a string of young female foreign-exchange students he hosted in his Cutler Bay home.
He had married one student from Spain just after she turned 18 then, detectives believe, coaxed his new wife into luring her even younger teenage relative across the Atlantic into a web of sex acts and porn.
In a short statement to Buzz Feed News, Wenner acknowledged the encounter but described it differently: “I met him twelve years ago and did flirt with him. He refused my advances, but still went on to have his assignment from Men’s Journal published.”After this article was published, Wenner sent Buzz Feed News an additional statement denying Ryan's account."I met Ben twelve years ago and I attempted to have a sexual liaison with him," Wenner's statement reads. I had no intention of making him feel uncomfortable.
His piece was subsequently published in any case; no work was promised and no work was lost.
Wenner had been out as gay for 10 years by that point, and Ryan said he was aware that he might have expectations, but the young writer figured he could hold the line.
Then suddenly, said Ryan, his host pounced.“I had Jann Wenner’s tongue in my mouth,” Ryan said.
“He told me he had slept with everyone who had worked for him.
“Preferential treatment.” I was forced to kiss him.
His mouth was dry and he was a serpent-like kisser, lashing with his tongue. Ryan’s boyfriend at the time, James Harris, lived near Wenner’s townhouse, and Ryan went right over.
Sitting in Wenner’s corner office, Ryan did his best “to seem incredibly knowledgeable and professional,” while Wenner leaned back with his feet on the table. Ryan said Wenner called now and then to check in, then again one evening with an invitation to his Upper West Side townhouse.
The publisher greeted his guest, fixed him a drink — “like a sidecar; one of those old, fancy, mid-century lowball glasses,” Ryan recently recalled — and sat with him on a couch.“He once grabbed me around the hips and said, ‘Ten more pounds and you’ll be perfect.’ This was in front of everybody at a meeting and I wanted to die. Reached by Buzz Feed News, Hagan said he had no additional comment. In 2014, an article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia provoked a widespread controversy when it turned out the accuser’s account was false and the magazine had done little to try to verify it. Then he sold off Men’s Journal, and later, Us Weekly, to American Media.