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Nik Richie, aka, Hooman Karamian Served with Divorce Papers by Wife Amanda Toney

Looks like it's splitsville for Hooman Karamian, aka Nik Richie, the gossipmonger and trash-talker behind the Web site The Dirty.com, and his wife of about four years Amanda Toney. According to court filings, Toney, who is a managing partner in the Scottsdale marketing firm The Taka Group and was once a Marketing Manager for Razor Magazine, hit Karamian back in May with a petition for dissolution of marriage.

Apparently, Karamian's hasn't been too swift in responding, so Toney served him with an application for default on July 29. Though Karamian had 10 days to answer that latest filing, there's no record yet that he's done so.

In her original paperwork, Toney stated that the pair were married on November 11, 2005 in Maui, Hawaii. The docs describe the marriage as "broken beyond repair." There are no kids or community property, and Toney is not asking for any spousal support.

I gave Toney a call to ask for a comment, but she declined. I scanned Karamian's site and his Twitter page, but I don't see any direct references to the breakup. However, he does make some general comments on marriage and relationships that are slightly interesting considering the circumstances.

"Happy for the bride and groom," he states after leaving a wedding recently, "even though I could not grasp the concept."

Odd. He grasped it for four years.

Then there's this, from a July post, "Back 2 Back weekends in Vegas... what am I doing with my life? I just want to find the one and settle down, maybe have some babies..."

Whatever his long term plans for love, Karamian's true identity was revealed in September of last year when he pleaded guilty to a DUI, and reportedly did a short stint in Tent City. For the most part, he's sort of a low-rent Perez Hilton with a frat-boy mentality, disseminating images of drunken Scottsdale revelers in the bog, with the occasional naughty snap of some B-lister like Matt Leinart or Charles Barkley to his credit. Hey, it's a living. 

In November, I got a chance to chat with Karamian, as his PR flack was hawking a lame, fake-outrage story about some college-girl Halloween costume made to look like one of the Twin Towers.

I took the opportunity to ask him about the time he posted the names of certain prominent individuals to his site, claiming they were johns in a local prostitution sting. He had to take the names down shortly after he put them up. He shrugged off the fumble, saying,"I never claimed myself to be an investigative reporter if that's what you're asking."

I also confronted Karamian about Maricopa County Superior Court documents that state he once did business as "Corbin Grimes." Grimes was once listed as a CEO for a company called Capitol Imaging Group, which promised to score contracts for up-and-coming musical acts. Some of CIG's former clients claim CIG didn't come through for them.

Before his flack ended the call, Grimes chuckled in response, saying, "This is so funny...The saddest part about this is that I'm the biggest supporter of the New Times."

Thanks for that support, Hooman, or Corbin, or Nik, or whoever you are this week. If ever we can return the favor, give us a jingle.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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