Liberace's Ex-lover Named Bunny Ranch Madam, Mascot

Bob Johnson

CARSON CITY, Nevada — Liberace’s infamous ex-lover Scott Thorson, is now the official mascot and Madam of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, the Nevada brothel has announced.

The troubled celeb was officially spared the threat of a 20-year prison sentence yesterday after a Reno, Nevada criminal district court judge instead placed him on five years probation, and turned him over to the Bunny Ranch for further “rehab.”

“I am proud to announce that Scott Thorson is now the official mascot and Madam of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch,” Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof said. “Scott has been through hell and back since being with Liberace, and this is the start of an exciting new chapter in his life.”  “And I know I don’t have to worry about Scott chasing any of the girls around,” he quipped.

Thorson, 54, is the author of the book “Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace,” a memoir detailing his six-year romantic and controversial relationship with the late entertainer which ended in 1982 with his filing a $113 million palimony lawsuit. The book was the basis for the recent Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO movie “Behind The Candelabra” starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson.

The ex-Liberace love has been plagued by drug, health and legal problems since his split with the star. He was stuck in a Reno jail cell since February on burglary and ID-theft charges when he was “adopted” by Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof. Hof put up the $15,000 to bail Thorson out, and then bankrolled a high-priced legal team to win his freedom.

“Scott was taken advantage of as a teenager by Liberace, and all of his problems can be traced back to that,” Hof said. In fact it was the persistence of two of Hof’s employees that brought the brothel baron (running legal seven brothels throughout Nevada) to Thorson’s rescue. Bunny Ranch manager Madam Suzette, and working girl Krissy Summers watched the HBO film, decided they wanted to help Thorson and asked Hof to step in. “He was abused at such a young age. He was victimized by Liberace. It wasn’t fair,” Summers said. “I begged Dennis to do something for Scott, and I am so glad he did.” 

Once freed, Thorson was immediately pampered by the dozens of prostitutes at the Bunny Ranch, as they treated him to a complete beauty-makeover including $1,200 worth of botox injections and a personal trainer, the brothel said. The Bunny Ranch also arranged for Thorson to have regular drug counseling at a nearby clinic and obtain treatment by top specialists for colon cancer.

Thorson said he is thinking about is his newfound freedom and second-chance at life thanks to “a group of golden-hearted hookers and their equally generous boss.” “I feel truly blessed to have met Dennis and the girls at the Bunny Ranch,” Thorson said after the court hearing. “I’ve been given a second chance that I am going to make the most of.”

“He can stay at the Bunny Ranch forever,” Hof said. “Scott is family now.”