James Lipton Fondly Recalls His Days As a Pimp

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03:  James Lipton attends the James Lipton and Stanley Cup in store event at NHL powered by Reebok Store on May 3, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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Lipton was in charge of "a whole bordello" full of prostitutes in Paris following World War II, he tells Parade. But he wasn't the abusive, pimp-slapping kind of pimp. "The French mecs didn’t exploit women," he says. "They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived." He adds, "It was a great year." (For him, not the women who were desperate enough to have sex with people for money.)