Thursday, May 12, 2022

A Bit of Truth & Hala

In the twenty-two years I have been researching Valentino, many personalities have come along, some have stayed and some have departed. I am asked often about one of those personalities, Hala Pickford. Her's is a story not quickly or lightly told, but I am working on it at least from my viewpoint and the court records which are on file. 

When last I had any contact with her, some seven years ago, she had just received a new name and legal identity, based on what happened to her at the hands of those she called, "The Kookies". And particularly because of her legal involvement with Tracy Terhune, who she called, "King of the Kookies".

As I mentioned her in a comment about women Terhune has trashed, I began to think of the incredible price she paid. 

I think she was about 30 years old when she was driven into bankruptcy court because Terhune sued her for defamation (after she sought a restraining order against him). Hala could not afford a lawyer and lost the defamation case after receiving bad free legal advice and missing court dates. She owed Tracy Terhune some $130,00.00 She had nothing. After she became suicidal with the hopelessness, she ran away and home to family.

Terhune will tell and has told a different story. He will pound his bible, telling everyone how the judge in the case he brought against Hala Pickford said he never read such horrible defamation as Hala's blog. What Terhune does not say is that he was worse, way worse and Bret was in over kill on Hala. I read everything they wrote about her and it was the worst bullying rhetoric I have ever read. Ungodly. She fought back and wrote and wrote and wrote. What Terhune also does not say is that he went into that court room with his fancy lawyer, knowing she could not afford any legal representation. Shooting fish in the barrel is what he was doing. 

And when Terhune tells people he won big over her, he did not. The court records I do have reveal that of the $130,000 Hala owed Terhune, he settled... after her bankruptcy... for about 2500.00 and I do not know if he even got that. 

I do not know Hala's new name. No matter how things ended between the two of us, she never deserved what they did to her. Never. And when Terhune whines about that "Forewarning" I wrote long, long ago, this is what I was reporting on, this is what I desperately hoped would cease and this is the story I wanted to expose. 

I share two pages from the manuscript I have been working on about this important story from the Valentino world. 


22 comments:

  1. OMG... this is absolutely evil. What The heck îs wrong with those people? It' s like Evil itself drives them to do such horrific things to people Who are guilty of nothing else than trying to reveal The truth about Valentino's and Natacha's life. What în the world do they try to hide or what do they have to hide that makes them go to such extreme as destroying Peoples life? After all, The subject of Valentino îs 100 years old and The poor man îs dead for so long. It looks like some sort of Satanic brotherwood or something

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    1. I think you said it and it is about hiding certain aspects of Valentino and Rambova's lives. All of the records I refer to are housed in the Burbank and Glendale courthouses so anyone can fact check my numbers and statements. I knew Affairs Valentino would generate conversation and debate but never could have imagined what has transpired.

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  2. Hand Maid's TailMay 12, 2022 at 3:09 PM

    Can someone please tell me why this man hates women so much?

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    1. Bernstein WoodwardMay 12, 2022 at 5:03 PM

      I can’t fathom the why behind Terhune’s misogyny, but the how is plainly visible every day on his FB forum. He figuratively spits in the face of anyone who disagrees with him, but he is particularly unsparing if it is a woman. He seems to make special sport of Gribbin, whom he clearly resents for being more active than he is on his own forum as she singlehandedly keeps it from sinking. The ol’ gal can do no right. She is corrected and schooled within an inch of her life. And all she can do is muster a lukewarm self defense, always beginning with the anemic line “With all due respect ….”.

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    2. I think he believes because he buys up every snippet of Valentino's earthly relics, this by default gives him that delusional position of great authority. This might be the case if he did not act so deplorably to anyone who challenges his mountain of conceit. I often think how different it all would be today if he had just welcomed me and my initial interest, but he did not and he set himself up as opponent and defamer from day one. One of the first challenges presented by Hala Pickford was when she told him on her blog that he was not, "the King of Valentino". Things descended into hell rapidly. All he has to do to restate his position is to haul out some Rudy relic for some shock and aw factor. His behavior towards us and others over the years has been and is shocking in its cruelty.

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  3. Bernstein WoodwardMay 12, 2022 at 4:55 PM

    The persistent unanswered question here is why Terhune has taken overly intense fanship of a century’s deceased film star and transmogrified it into a frightening life mission. Is he not aware of how alarming his investment appears, especially when compared to the silence and inaction of the individuals who are descended from Valentino’s brother? If those individuals don’t care, why should Terhune? He cannot claim kinship to Valentino, and yet he conducts himself as though he is Valentino’s deputy.

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  4. The more I learn about Tracy Ryan Terhune & David Bret, the more I've come to see how truly horrible their behavior has been. Hala sounds like a strong willed young woman who was systematically and viciously torn apart by those two monsters.
    As another person on the last thread alluded to: How can other women in this day and age allow themselves to be manipulated by Terhune? Aren't they aware of these happenings with Hala? Don't they see how this man (& and his crony Bret) are so hateful?

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    1. Hala's story is long and horrifying. She and Terhune were sparing online and then he posted a Christmas morning hit post on her on his blog in which he mentioned personal facts about her under age sister. Hala set up a mediator to negotiate the removal of the mention of her sister and he, in turn, demanded she take down every single mention of him, his death service, etc. She argued it was extortion, she had her free speech, etc. When Terhune mentioned she lived then near the Burbank Sizzler restaurant, she had no idea how he found where her home was and marched into court alone to request a restraining order. As soon as she sat down in the courtroom, his lawyer dropped a huge pile of papers in her lap; Terhune was suing Hala for defamation. It is sickening how Terhune continues to spin all that happened to make himself look like the victim and then the victor. He was and is neither. Hala took it pretty far and although Terhune likes to cry how I "put myself in the case", etc. that is what he did many times. He tried for years to get some legal injunction to stop my book through his case against Hala. Claiming once to the court that she self-published it. She could not because it was and is my book. I watched Hala's physical deterioration over the three years she was immersed in Terhune hell. Did she win by walking away?

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    2. 5:09: Hala's "strong will" was a daunting force. As I wrote, we were and are very different people and ours was not an easy relationship. But we were united by our common enemy and fought the fight for a while together.

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  5. Still... I mean there are not things în your books that are so outlandish and that cannot be proven 1. Valentino was not gay, this was not even an issue until The 1960s and his contemporaries confirm this în their accounts. On the contrary, he was quite The womenizer I would say. 2. Natacha Rambova was the love of his life and he was very sad about their divorce. Again, this was eyewitnessed by his friends and contemporaries 3. He hâd syphillis, a sexually transmited disease he took from The "signorine", prostituate în Italy when he was a teenage-this was confirmed by Valentino's great-great niece Jeanine Villalobos annd by a letter Rudy himself sent to his friend, Bruno. 4.You proved George Ulmann was a very good friend and manager of Valentino while he was alive and after his death and that Alberto lied about The Will. This was also confirmed by Court document and contemporary accounts. So, nothing shoking or outlandish or completely new

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    1. Well said. I think though at the time, no one had come along to say any of that. At that time, about 2003, saying Valentino was not gay and that Ullman was a good man, etc., constituted blasphemy to Terhune and Bret. I also uncovered a crime. A lot has changed over the years thankfully, but then, their prison guard level of policing their false Valentino and Rambova narrative was the law of the land. Not so much now at all! And that is a great direction to see.

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    2. Excellent on all points, Casandra.

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  6. Several years ago I recall seeing video footage of Terhune literally running across a courthouse parking lot in pursuit of Pickford, who was walking with her father. He invaded the space of the obviously terrified woman, and her father was irate. Terhune was yelling at her unintelligibly with a puffed, sweating face contorted with rage. If this isn’t evidence of a deeply sick individual who should be removed from his duties as crypt emcee post haste, I don’t know what is. Instead though, I think we can all count on seeing photos from the upcoming August 2022 crypt parade of Terhune, grinning his toothless grin, with his arm draped around whichever one of Jean’s daughters is the one who continually shows up for these things.

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    1. Yes, I have that video which Hala took on her cell phone as she ran as fast as she could through the courthouse and into the parking lot with her father. Terhune arrived in court that day to protest her declaring bankruptcy and brought an expired bench warrant which was issued on Hala when she did not show up for one of his many court appearances. He chased Hala waving the warrant yelling, "You're going to jail!" over and over. He planned on making a citizen's arrest. The warrant had no meaning because of her bankruptcy filing. Her father stopped and confronted Terhune saying, "Get back or you will get hurt." Hala's father then tells Terhune, "You tried to drive her to suicide." And Terhune replies, "That was Bret." As Terhune is clearly terrifying Hala, he tells her father that she is "harassing" him. Kind of a wild statement to make considering his actions. I wrote about the video back then and he threatened to sue me and said it was a lie. I then described what he was wearing, etc. and he shut up on it. Hala wrote the entire episode to me within a few minutes of the chase, saying she did not want to forget a detail. I also have her deposition. When her father asked Terhune what it would take for him to stop harassing Hala, he told him she had to guarantee, "Affairs Valentino would never happen again." She had no authority over my book at all at that time.

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    2. Sinatra's ToupeeMay 12, 2022 at 7:01 PM

      This sort of behavior is beyond Cuckooville. The same M.O. exists today in the exclusive VSC. The self anointed members use the most abominable tactics to intimidate and destroy other people with whom they disagree, yet they whine like entitled children or lecture like schoolmarms when they experience some of their own medicine. Karma's a real ring a ding ding beyotch.

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  7. Wherever Ms. Pickford is today, I wish her well. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that we would welcome her here on this blog. She would be in excellent company, considering the amount of people TRT has insulted and alienated over the years.

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  8. I have seen segments here and there over the years of the "cryptfest" on YouTube and elsewhere. To me it feels like a cheap vanity project for one Tracy Ryan Terhune and not a dignified memorial for Rudolph Valentino. Obviously Terhune uses this annual occasion to give his own pathetic self image a desperately needed boost.
    If an event like this is going to occur on an annual basis, it would seem that the role of "Master Of Ceremonies" could be shared each year amongst various regular participants. But no....Terhune must be in charge every year. He seems to fancy himself as the "high priest" of the cult of Valentino and, by goodness, no one else can take his role. This is not healthy. Quite the opposite. It's the reflection of a person who has no self esteem and needs to cling to something, anything. In this case it's the long dead bones of Valentino.
    Couple this disorder with his extreme hatred of females that spills out in so many awful ways and you have a very dangerous individual who needs to be recognized as such and avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, as in the case of Ms. Zumaya and Hala, attempting to avoid him leads him to act more like a stalker.
    Please be careful of him one and all!

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    1. And yet Terhune and Bret call me the stalker. Absurd projection. I believe it was in 2014, Renato and I were in LA visiting family and had lunch in Van Nuys with my son-in-law's sister. I posted a picture of myself having lunch and since that moment Terhune has accused me of stalking him. Unbeknownst to me I guess he lived nearby. Had I known I would have run in the opposite direction!

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    2. Bernstein WoodwardMay 12, 2022 at 9:20 PM

      Excellent points made by Casandra and Lucky Lady. Although I have a very dim opinion of the annual memorial ceremony, it could doubtless be improved by fresh perspective and offering the emcee role to a different person each year. Alas, it would appear to be locked in as Terhune’s vanity project for as long as he draws breath. Even he must see that under his stewardship the caliber of the presentations hits a new bottom each year. Terhune seems to have taken a fancy to one Valentino fan (a pest exterminator by trade as I understand it - how this equips him to appear as a Valentino scholar is beyond me), whom he tasks with reading a Valentino themed document each year. The fact that this fellow delivers the reading at the lectern from his cell phone as though at a sitcom audition is both hilariously low rent, but also deeply disrespectful to Valentino. Valentino and Rambova were the antithesis of tacky.

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  9. “That was Bret.” No honor among degenerates, is there? Terhune didn’t miss a beat shifting blame to his “dear friend and colleague.” I wonder how many times Terhune has hosted the distinguished pornographer as a dinner guest in his home, or arranged for him to deliver a speech as a Valentino authority at the memorial. My guess is zero. Terhune is clearly mortified by the suggestion that he and Bret have a special relationship. And yet he gleefully enlists the swine’s infinite willingness to post obscene filth whenever it serves his purposes.

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  10. These two men have got to be the most evil men I have read about. All over a book? Apparently in my opinion they hate successful woman , that is what I think.

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  11. Terhune is using Bret as his evil mouthpiece. I read somewhere that he does not even want Bret to set foot in the U. S. One would serve papers to stop him from doing so. Friends? I do not think so.

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