The man former
New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey identified as his
gay lover said Thursday he believes McGreevey is not gay.
Appearing on Larry King Live, Golan Cipel, an
Israeli citizen hired by McGreevey first as a campaign
aide and later as his homeland security adviser, said
that McGreevey's 2004 resignation speech admission that he
is ''a gay American'' was ''part of the spin.''
Cipel had threatened to sue McGreevey for sexual
harassment shortly before and after McGreevey's resignation.
A lawsuit was never filed. ''I think McGreevey had no
choice. There was a sexual harassment lawsuit against
him. And he didn't know what to do, and his advisers
told him, 'Come out first,' and he would be perceived as the
victim'' and thereby gain control of the story, Cipel said.
While he said
McGreevey did make sexual advances toward him on several
occasions, Cipel said the former governor also frequently
spoke about heterosexual encounters, including sex
with prostitutes on trips to Germany and the Dominican
Republic. ''I believe that Jim McGreevey is
bisexual,'' Cipel said.
Cipel, 37, in his
first extended national television interview since the
publication in September of McGreevey's memoir, The
Confession, also urged the gay community ''not to
embrace McGreevey,'' saying the former governor
committed sexual harassment against him and others.
Cipel, who has
repeatedly denied being gay, again insisted that
McGreevey's often graphic portrayal of their relationship in
the book is untrue. In the book, McGreevey, 49, writes
that he was forced to resign after Cipel threatened to
reveal his homosexuality unless he was paid millions
to keep quiet.
released a statement Thursday night saying, ''I stand behind
the truth and accuracy of every word in this book.'' He said
he and Cipel had a consensual relationship that lasted
for months. ''My only wish for Golan is that he find
peace and acceptance in his life,'' McGreevey said in
works as an educational consultant and a childhood
antipoverty advocate and lives in Plainfield, N.J., with his
partner, Mark O'Donnell. Cipel has been living in