Scott Thorson, Liberace’s famous ex-lover who penned the inspiration for HBO’s hit film Behind the Candelabra, has been sentenced to 8-20 years in prison.

Scott Thorson Charged With Identity Theft And Burglary

Thorson, 54, was arrested in November, 2013, after failing to appear in Nevada court for previous charges. In February, 2013, Thorson was arrested for burglary and identity theft and admitted to using meth. As part of his probation deal, he vowed to stay sober, but failed two drug tests and was instructed to attend a substance abuse program. After skipping the court ordered rehab and missing a court date, Thorson, real name Jess Marlow, is now back in prison. The judge had warned him that he would not be given any more chances, and Thorson reportedly failed yet another drug test recently, exhausting the judge’s patience and earning himself the 8-20 year sentence.

Thorson’s legal problems have attracted media attention, in n small part due to the premiere of Behind the Candelabra, staring Matt Damon as Thorson and Michael Douglas as Liberace. The biopic premiered in May of 2013 making Thorson somewhat of a household name. In June, just after the film had aired, Thorton was arrested and bailed out by Dennis Hof, who owns Nevada’s The Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a brothel. Hof heard about Thorson from his employees who had seen Behind the Candelabra and urged Hof to help him.

“Madam Suzette and the girls saw the show on Sunday night and they said ‘Dennis, we have to help this guy.’ So we got involved,” Hof told E! News at the time.

Hof was reportedly in the courtroom on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and spoke out against the sentencing.

“To get [8-20] years for what he did just isn’t right. He has an addiction problem and needs constant supervision to beat his problem. But I will never give up on him, I guess I know where I will be spending part of my weekends, visiting him in prison. I hope that he makes it out alive,” Hof told the National Enquirer.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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