Celebrity Hall of Shame

Nik Richie Claims TheDirty.Com Pulls In $130,000 a Month; Owes $1.5 Million After Default Judgment


Nik Richie bragged on a radio show recently that his Web site is bringing in big bucks -- catching the attention of a Houston lawyer trying to collect on a $1.5 million judgment.

As we related last month, Richie lost an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit to a Texas woman after his Web site, thedirty.com, published a picture of the woman along with comments about her herpes infection.

Attorney Chris Bell, who represents the woman, says Richie used a "risky strategy" by not showing up to court last October. A judge entered a default judgment against him, ordering that he and his company, Dirty World, each pay the woman $750,000.

Richie (a.k.a. Hooman Karamian) should be showing up for a debtor exam, scheduled in Phoenix for May 14, Bell says, during which he'll be made to answer questions about his finances.

But as Bell points out, Richie told Los Angeles' KROQ radio on April 30 that his Web site pulls in about $130,000 a month.


"I do pretty well," Richie tells KROQ.

Richie bragged that the 6.5-carat diamond ring he bought his new wife, reality star Shayne Lamas (the marriage in Las Vegas appears to have been a publicity stunt), cost $130,000. And his Web site, he says, brings in enough to buy such a ring each month.

That's a cool $1.56 million a year.

Ironically, Richie also brags in the interview that he can publish scandalous items that others won't because, "I have the best lawyers -- I'm good at that stuff."

He may have good lawyers, but we're betting he didn't consult them before going on KROQ.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.