January 7, 2010

Johnson's pal takes a shot at Tequila

Posted: 11:42 PM ET

NOTE: Tila Tequila will be our EXCLUSIVE guest on LKL Tuesday.

( - First grief, and now anger.

Casey Johnson and Tila Tequila are pictured one month before Johnson passed at the age of 30.Casey Johnson's longtime girlfriend Courtenay Semel has broken her silence after the heiress's death to lash out at another woman close to Johnson - reality star Tila Tequila.

"The thing I find the most sickening is that the media is giving [her] the one thing she craves: attention. Tila, you knew her for a week," Semel told PEOPLE.

Just weeks beforeJohnson was found dead in her Los Angeles home at age 30, Johnson made tabloid news when she said she was engaged to Tequila, the star of MTV's over-the-top matchmaking show "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila."

And it was the 28-year-old Tequila (real name Tila Nguyen) who announced Johnson's death on her Twitter page.

Since then, Tequila has posted a series of bizarre messages on Twitter about her relationship with Johnson, and attacked Nicky Hilton and Bijou Phillips in an apparent dispute over what to do with Johnson's dogs. (Tequila has declined interview requests.)

Billy Bush, host of Access Hollywood, Tweeted in response, "Gross ... claims 2 b mourning fiancée but seems 2 b pumping her new gossip blog."

Semel, the daughter of the former chairman of both Yahoo! Inc. and Warner Bros., Terry Semel, had her own share of gossip-column-making spats with Johnson, but says the focus now should be on dealing with the loss.

Tequila is defending herself on the Internet, fighting off claims she ignored warning signs in the days leading up to Casey Johnson's death.

"I was the ONLY one who was constantly checking on my Wifey cuz I knew something was wrong," she wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "I was out of town 2 meet my Brother. I have all the text messages to prove it!"

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Vitoria   January 8th, 2010 1:28 am ET

Tia look like a snake and Cry like a crocodile ,how much money does she expects to cash in by calling her fiance " my wife "
For sure she is an opportunist and a very disturbing person ...

R J   January 8th, 2010 4:37 am ET

Where in the world was Miss Tequila and her fiancés family also when this poor Little rich girl was up there dying by herself ? I think it’s just a shame the way she was found in a mess apparently – how sad…was this a suicide ? How come the facts in the media are so sketchy ? Was there an autopsy? I think Tila and Casey’s
friends should come together and give respect to each other in this crisis, and pay their respects to this heiress, regardless of little ‘catfights’ over the dogs.

Ted   January 8th, 2010 10:38 am ET

Casey Johnson, poor rich girl who had so much money and so little brain! RIP.

Joe G. (Illinois)   January 8th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

It’s like arguing about the 3 second rule while dealing with Americana Gossip.. It don’t matter who, when or why.. What matters is that it’s Americana Gossip and still good.

Nicole   January 8th, 2010 6:59 pm ET

It seems as if Tila Tequila has always been moving upward and onward. I am ashamed to say I watched her "reality show" on MTV. At that time I remember thinking at the end she didn't want a woman at all, just air time. Looking at it from an outsider's point of view the women she has "committed" to or sought after in these past few years have been wealthy. I think it's ashame Larry King would have her on his show. Casey Johnson had friends and family that probably would portray her in a much different light then a person who is searching for fame from every direction. I'm not saying they wouldn't tell the truth about her drug abuse or whatever was happening in her life but they wouldn't be looking to just make a buck. I agree with Victoria's posting and if I were grieving for someone (especially my "fiance") they most certainly would not look like crocodile tears! I hope the appearance is canceled and you would have enough integrity to have a true family friend or family member come on and give their opinion.

Ashley   January 9th, 2010 3:40 am ET

actually if u were following the story ud know casey wasnt rich at all infact she had barely ne money her parents cut her off from what iver read but her nd tila were in a fight she spent most of her time at tilas

Linus4real   January 9th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

posted by linus4real on Jan 09, 2010
I feel so sorry for Tila. Casey's family along with Nicky hilton and the rest have treated her like crap after Casey's passing. I for one wonder why they are so scared of what Tila will say! Casey was engaged to Tila and the way Nicky took the dogs is just horrible and showed that money cant buy class! Tila and Casey had been living together and thats why tila had the dogs and should have told them to piss off. I think tila showed alot of class as she did not have to release the dogs to them but did so to avoid drama. Larry will let the world see between the lines. look forward to see what Tila has to say and hope that it will give the poor girl some healing! Tila comes from a hard backgound and it's so sad that the johnsons and hiltons with all thier money and power cant show the same class as a girl from the streets. Tila is so misrepresented in so many enterainment news shows and blogs. it will be nice to see Larry set the record straight. RIP Casey and my best to you tila! hope you find some comfort in knowing you do have people on your side!

msd   January 10th, 2010 2:41 pm ET

If you have this vile pig vermin Tila on your show, you will hit a new low. Do NOT give her a platform. she needs to go away, and quickly. I will never watch the show again. Have you seen the pictures of her "greiving"? Nice outfit, poor sad widow.

Jennifer   January 10th, 2010 3:05 pm ET

Larry, Please do not have Tila on your show!!! You are giving this whore the attention she wants. Have you even read her blog? She is a sociapathic, attention seeker and you are feeding into her illness! Please reconsider! You have to take a stand against these girls who do nothing worthwhile in the world and yet become rich and famous! You are feeding the beast and it needs to stop. Tila is a vile excuse for a human being!

please don't bring her to the show   January 10th, 2010 3:20 pm ET

please don't bring her to the show she's a famewore she doens't have any talent just days after casey died she was posing voor the paps outside her house like a whore smilling at the paps she even tell them she wil call them she don't care about casey she wants to be on the show for fame and money she a waste of time please cansel the show

char   January 10th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

If you bring Tila Tequila on your show, it will be the last straw of straws. I will never watch you again Larry King, never.

getreal   January 10th, 2010 5:06 pm ET

Yes, Tila is clearly using this as a media opportunity, but really, Courtenay Semel and Jazzmine Lennard are the last people who should be throwing stones from their glass houses. They are using this as an opportunity to make themselves look like decent people who cared about Casey when it's clear no one in this picture did. They're all a bunch of self-centered attention seekers who have accomplished nothing in life.

Please   January 10th, 2010 5:14 pm ET


Let Casey and her parents mourn in privacy, Tila just wants revenge and to use your show to hurt parents who just lost a child. I think that is punishment enough to them already, they don't need it from Tila too.

PLEASE BOYCOTT THE SHOW IF SHE IS ON!!! Don't give her the viewer ratings, she thinks she is a commodity, Larry cancel with her, PLEASE!

I will never watch your show again if you let this vile piece of trash come on and blast her mourning parents. It is not right. The loss of their daughter is enough pain.

cb   January 10th, 2010 5:28 pm ET

Let's discuss further..

Tila Tequila – a woman who is nearly thirty, yet acts thirteen, with NO talent whatsoever (and don't tell me that running around half naked over-publisizing yourself by doing outrageous things for shock value means that one is smart) – who goes on her own website and pretends to be a fan of herself, defending to the death all her lies. That's who you want to bring on your show for us to watch. A classless vile woman, who let a girl die recently, and clearly ran until someone else found her, all the while pretending she was away all of a sudden on New Years Eve no less. She was giving us that info before anyone even accused her. A pathetic woman who has brought on every bit of attention she could conjure up since this death of Casey Johnson for her own fame seeking benefit, telling papparazzi where she'll be and when, telling them she'll be on your show – trying everything to get people interested so when such things happen, ratings will go up and you all will actually think she's a commodity. Trust me, WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANOTHER MINUTE OF THIS joke. Enough is enough.

Even if she was on, nothing would truthfully get accomplished. She is well known as a pathelogical liar. And with clauses in her contract of what you can and can't ask... Really? Come on. We've all seen this before – it'll be a build up to nothing! She'll talk in circles, pretend to be all innocent, lie... What's the point.

Larry, how would you feel if your troubled daughter passed away, and a fame whore who knew her for a few weeks was running around on- line calling her "wifey", denouncing the family name, trying everything under the sun for publicity for her own self, tarnishing your daughter's legacy even more, and leaving a trail for Casey's baby to see when she grows up. How would you feel? That should be enough said.

This girl goes on-line and creates blogs pretending she is so shocked about things, in front of cameras acts all sweet, when she and everyone knows the turth. She is one big act. Please put a stop to it.

This girl has a very evil side. I don't think we've ever seen anything so disgraceful. Please do NOT put this on air, not only for the Johnson family in mourning, but we don't need any more psychos in the world learning this behavior.

Please rethink your booking of Tila Tequila. I am a longtime fan of you and your show, but I honestly can say, if this happens, I will never be able to watch you again. Enough is enough – It's just that disgusting to me.

Thank you.

Radarlovee   January 10th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

Please Mr. King, rethink your decision to have her on your show. This woman obviously needs some serious help, and giving her a forum in which she can freely spit her venom is detrimental to not only her, but the family and friends of Casey Johnson who have been subjected to various attacks on every facet of their lives. Please do not add fuel to the fire of what is already a dangerous situation.

Nona   January 10th, 2010 6:21 pm ET

Larry, we are begging you to please not give this girl anymore attention than she has already received from the tragic death of Casey Johnson.

It is known that she was using Casey for the fame it would get her. The two didn't know each other. Tila lied about their engagement ring. She lied about the entire relationship. Now Tila is exploiting this girl's death by calling paparazzi to come to her house where she poses for them, giggles, and tells them she'll call them later.

She calls it grieving in a different way, but she isn't grieving at all. She had her publicist calling and e-mail to many places, trying to set up interviews only hours after Casey's body was found. Tila was on Twitter promoting her own website the day Casey was found.

Please do not allow this. The Johnson family, who only wanted their daughter to go to rehab so she could regain custody of her child, are asking you not to do this. Tila is going to blame the Johnson family. Casey was close to going to rehab, but Tila showed up in her life and ruined any chance of that. She knew Casey was vulnerable and she exploited it. She enabled it by providing access to drugs and alcohol. She made sure to tell Casey that her family didn't love her, thus making it even more difficult for Casey to accept their offers of rehab.

Tila is continuing to say horrible things about Nicky Hilton, the godmother of Casey's daughter, and Casey's friends and family. The ones who tried time and time again to get Casey help.

If you do decide, against many people's wishes, to have Tila on your show, PLEASE don't go easy on her. Do not allow her to lie the way she has been doing. Do not allow her to exploit Casey anymore.

Tila is going to exploit this and continue lying, because she knows Casey can no longer defend or speak for herself.

Deb   January 10th, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Linus4real it is a shame that u have such low self esteem that you would support and pity a mentally disturbed pathological liar who has no shame in reveling and enjoying the attention a person's death has brought her..Tila has no concept of what love is and sociopathic narcissists rarely do not love someone and drag their name and family through the mud, nor do you get off on attention that it brings. Thankfully Casey had good friends like Nicky who cared and did the right is disgusting that Tila has exploited the death of Casey and is responsible to some degree for Casey's downfall. It really makes me wonder what kind of person could support or be brainwashed by Tila, no one I would ever want to know that is for sure:)

sara   January 10th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

Linus4real – Tila showed CLASS?? What are you smoking? Did she show class by aggressively putting herself in the spotlight when this 30-year-old girl died? Did she show class by making a half-naked video bragging about Casey's lineage? Or was it when she called the paparazzi to her house (yes- I know one of the photographers who received a call from her). Or was it classy when she did a little photo shoot for the photographers? She posed with flowers and climbed a tree. Or was it when she went on an insane curse-word-filled tirade on any possible website she could infiltrate? Look into this filthy Tila Tequila some more – you'll find she's the antithesis of class.

Carrie   January 10th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

Your schedule says differently. It does not mention a Tila appearance...what to believe. I hope you don't put her on the show. On her blog she has vowed to expose the truth about the Johnson family and Casey's friends. Negativity and vindictiveness are not appealing. I would like to see a true tribute to Casey Johnson. If her family and other friends who knew her throughout her life are not ready, please respect this and have THEM on at a later date. Tila and Casey may or may not have been engaged and in love. One thing is true though, Tila ONLY knew Casey for a month, if even that. She's full of inconsistancies unlike others who knew Casey. Please don't give Tila the attention she craves!

Holly   January 10th, 2010 6:50 pm ET

Larry oh Larry...why are you giving this pathetic woman (Tila) a platform on your show? If the love of my life passed away suddenly, the very last thing I would feel comfortable doing would be giving an interview on the National news. Casey Johnson (may she rest in peace) met Tila Tequila at the lowest point in her life & Tila took advantage of that and exploited her and continues to do so. I have dealt with family members & friends who have had drug problems and sometimes, the ONLY thing you can do is force them to hit rock bottom..that is what I believe the Johnson family did. If you've never dealt with an addict, you would call what the Johnsons did cruel, but if you have, then you understand and support tough love. Tila knew Casey had a problem and NEVER did a thing to steer her towards making her life better. On the contrary, she put on naked web cam shows with Casey (who clearly was not in her right mind), she tweeted about her "billionaire heiress",etc. If Tila REALLY knew Casey & loved her the way she says she did, she would have known that Casey detested being known as the Johnson & Johnson heiress. She has given many interviews where she has said she just wanted to be known for who she was, Casey Johnson. Tila Tequila is a disgusting human being who is exploiting someones death for her own benefit & I won't watch it. I truly hope you'll reconsider having her on the show and perhaps celebrate Caseys life by accepting donations for the Diabetes Foundation that she and her father created.

Pixie Lotto   January 10th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

Shame on you Larry King for not having the decency to cancel this disgusting piece of trash Tila from an upcoming show. Since when do pathological liars hellbent on being vindictive and making a mockery of Casey's death deserve yet another platform to spew her lies and venom? In case you haven't done any research on Tevil's background, she is a well known desperate attention seeker who has lied and brutally slandered people on an ongoing basis. She also encouraged her underage deluded followers to commit suicide with her. She has made a mockery of violence against women, suicide, false pregnancies and oh the list goes on and on and on. Tila has played a big part in the downfall of Casey and she has ruined the memory of this young woman by making her death all about herself. How can you allow Tila on your show when she has caused such pain to the Johnson family? Casey's death was confirmed yet Tila was on twitter claiming Casey had not died but was in a coma. Can you imagine Larry how that must have made an already grieving family feel?? I am disgusted that LKL would lower themselves to the bowels of hell and allow Tila on your program. Shame on you! I have about as much respect for LKL as I do for Girls Gone Wild or the Jerry Springer show. Absolutely disgusting!!

kerry   January 10th, 2010 7:06 pm ET

wow, larry. scraping the bottom of the barrell, eh? i can only hope you're having her on your show so you can out her for the liar and disgusting person she is.

andi   January 10th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

This whole thing makes me sick. Shame on LK. I thought u were a more on the level show than to let this human garbage on there.

linus4real   January 10th, 2010 8:50 pm ET

Deb, I did'nt know that much about the whole thing till i started doing reseach on the whole thing. If you want to take the time and lookl at all the vidio's and all that has been said by the different news outlets you'll see the turth is there and it does'nt speak well for the Johnson family or Nicky. But all that aside Tila was engaged to Casey and should have been treated with more respect. And as far as my self esteem I am very happy and proud of who I am and my own position in life. my comments were only made after a long search thou all the news and blogs to get the whole story! it's to bad that you like most of the media outlets only go by the little bits you come across. and most of the enterainment news outlets is only doing what they can to sell there programs and dont look for the real turth just sensatiioiam. And the Johnsons showed thier true colors just yesterday when a football game was more important than going to see thier daughter home, FEEL SO BAD FOR POOR CASEY!!!! I stand by my remarks because unlike you I did my research and made an imformed comment based on fact not just what the tabliods are saying!. Money and power buy alot in this world I hope it does'nt buy Tila's silince or Larry kings show! hope he will get the real truth and let us all see how horrible some people are! RIP CASEY, and I hope Tila stays strong and finds comfort!

Jennifer   January 10th, 2010 9:00 pm ET

Larry, Please do not have Tila on your show!!! You are giving her the attention she wants. Have you even read her blog? She is a sociapathic, attention seeker and you are feeding into her illness! Please reconsider! You have to take a stand against these girls who do nothing worthwhile in the world and yet become rich and famous! You are feeding the beast and it needs to stop. Tila is a vile excuse for a human being!

Tina   January 10th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Linus please. How dare you judge the Johnson family when you know nothing of them and gullibly accept the lies of Tila in forming your opinion of them. You obviously are not aware of how griefstricken Mr Johnson is right now as well as his other family members and there was a tribute to Casey before the game which was quite appropriate no matter what Tila wants you to believe. The only thing Tila is grieving about is the fact she was never legally married to Casey as a way to get her talons on her family's money. As of today Tila is once again promoting herself on a day that should be respected for Casey. I guess some people can be easily fooled but many people can see Tila for what she is, but apparently you are not one of them. I am at a loss for words at that. Wow

linus4real   January 10th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Tila did not do a photo shoot....! thoses pic's that were posted came from a vidio that was made outside her place! and everyone says she did a photo shoot. but if you watch the vid u will see how tired and confused the poor girl is! and yes she showed class! And I'm sure that being at the football game was so much more important then flying her body home!!!!! get f**king real ! Thats class???? then I hope I never have any because my daughters body would have been more important than any game would be! anyone that believes different is as heartless as the Johnsons!!!! We we'll all see when Larry does his interview!

chbl   January 10th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

"Linus4real" is Tila Tequila- She does this sort of thing on every website. You can so easily hear it, in the rants anymore. It's funny at this point but she is certifiably insain no doubt...

What the entertainment industry has subject audiences to over the last seven years or so is pathetic, with all these talent-less people and reality shows etc... We watch because there is nothing else on anymore, not becasue we actually really like it. We laugh at these people -yes, but not with them. We would far prefer good programming return to the airwaves with good writing and good acting etc... But then Hollywood would need to do an overhaul and actually hire people based more on talent – less on who knows who...
Considering the state tv is in and what we are subject to, I would not be surprised if LK did have this poor excuse for a human being on.

I certainly will not be watching any longer if he does. That would be stooping to lows where I could no longer respect...

Seriously? Larry King is having on Tila Tequila??? Pathetic.

linus4real   January 10th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

lmao see thats how most of you think...! but I assure you that i'm linus4real and not Tila...... but I would rather be called Tila then johnson.....! just like Casey .........

Eemah   January 10th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

I don't understand why she would be on the show. When MJ died you had people who knew MJ for years and were respectful to MJ and his family. Tila only knew Casey for 1 month. What exactly is she going to share with your viewers? She has been really nasty with her comments about the Johnson family. Do you really want this type of thing on your show after such a tragic death?

Eemah   January 10th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

Only Tila would say something like, "but I would rather be called Tila then johnson....! just like Casey.......". Who cared whether Casey wants or wanted to be called Johnson other than Tila? Spreading misinformation around the internet isn't helping your cause. Being nasty about the Johnson family is making you look bad. The public can see through you. Everyone knows you're doing this only for attention. Good luck with your website but you should care more about your soul.

linus4real   January 10th, 2010 11:55 pm ET


Eemah   January 11th, 2010 1:06 am ET

No I don't care to follow you under Tila or linus4real.

Irej   January 11th, 2010 1:08 am ET

Okay, I guess I am one of the only ones who thinks this could be pretty awesome. If he handles Tila even just a TINY bit like he handled Carrie Prejean this will be absolutely hilarious. I, for one, will be operating under the assumption that Larry intends to humiliate her and call her out.

Don't disappoint me, Larry!

linus4real   January 11th, 2010 2:55 am ET

rasing his fist in the air
" thats it we got it" a beeming Johnson said as he was standing in the locker room hallyway after the jets won saterday! according to the NY Daily! I guess I was wrong??? but then again i dont know real class!!! So much more important than escorting his daughters body home dont you think? wow thats enough to make you wish you were a Johnson family member huh???? Makes me sick!!!

please don't bring tila to the show   January 11th, 2010 9:23 am ET

please don't bring tila to the show she a waste of time bring the johnson fam to the show, she's very nasty to the jonhson rip casey johnson

don't bring her to the show don't bring her to the show don't bring her to the show don't bring her to the show don't bring her to the show, don't bring her to the show

Anna   January 11th, 2010 9:36 am ET

Tila's MO is to make up all these alternate personalities (and she even goes to the trouble of creating Twitter/MySpace accounts for them too) so she can post favorable comments about herself on her own blogs. Trace those IP's; guarantee you they come from Studio City, CA where Tila resides (when she's not posing for the photogs in trees, barely dressed). You can even see it right on her very own blog. There will be a rush of positive comments for Tila, then nothing but negative ones (and the negative ones far outweight the positive anyway)–and what do you know, if you go to her Twitter account, there she is, posting madly (and she is madly crazy and needs psychiatric help for sure) away. The Twitter posts stop and what do you know, the positive comments begin again on her pathetic little blog (which oh by the way, she has ADMITTED to deleting negative and actionable comments regarding Courtenay Semel, Nicky Hilton, and Jasmine what's her name). Anyway this endless cycle repeats and the evidence is all right there if you follow her through cyberspace.

I'm sure you'll have her on the show anyway b/c the story is too good, the gossip too juicy, and the possibility of a Tequila flameout too tantilizing for CNN to ignore but don't expect me to watch. She is a disgusting, lying piece of trash. Just like her lies about how she had "text messages" to prove she was checking on Casey. Why didn't she drive over there and check on her? If she was out of town as she tries to claim (she wasn't) then why doesn't she get a friend to go check on Casey? She could even have called 911 if she was so worried about her. She didn't. Probably because Casey had already dumped her and she knew she was already ancient history with Casey. Now she's claiming to be a "widow" and calling Casey "wifey"? The woman is a pathological liar and a sociopath who cares for little but her own need for fame, no matter how she gets it. I hope the police are thoroughly investigating every step this vile, vile woman made during the time Casey was dying/dead.

please don't bring tila to the show   January 11th, 2010 9:46 am ET

i can't stand this tila i never in my life saw somenone act like the way tila did after casey johnson was found dead rip, she was just smilling taking pictures showing her tits to the paps and twittering all day there is something very sick about tila
don't bring tila to the show larry

R.I.P casey johnson
be strong johnson fam and little ava

Expat American   January 11th, 2010 10:49 am ET

The American obsession with reality television, sensationalism and tabloid trash is to blame for giving people like 'Tila Tequila' a stage and a voice. What is it about these 'reality celebrities' like Tequila, Hilton, and the like that is so interesting? What exactly have they accomplished? It's odd that there even exist people who idolize them and want to be them!

I blame Richard from ‘Survivor1’. Had he never dropped his trousers, rich foolish ‘reality celebrities’ wouldn’t dominate the media.

Curse you Richard for dropping your trousers!

Canadian   January 11th, 2010 1:09 pm ET

Watched LKL for years. If this hits the airwaves another fan bites the dust.

Casperella   January 11th, 2010 8:39 pm ET

Im looking forward to tomorrows program, its going to be a gong show!

WOW   January 12th, 2010 6:30 am ET

You can trace my IP, and it's not Studio City. haha this is all blown way out of proportion and EVERYONE is forgetting they all had a common denominator that needs to be honored and given a moment of silence. So FRIENDS AND FAMILY of Casey Johnson, please take a note.

Eemah   January 12th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

Wow I don't think anyone isn't trying to give Tila the opportunity to have a moment of silence. Only problem is she won't take it.

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