In an exclusive interview in the new issue Life & Style, on newsstands now, Melissa Rivers opens up about how her live-in boyfriend of three years, Jason Zimmerman, betrayed her trust.
In a shocking discovery, which will play out on the Feb. 21 episode of Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, Melissa Rivers tells Life & Style about the moment in September she found her boyfriend sleeping in front of his laptop, revealing a computer screen filled with live web-cam feeds from adult sites and instant messages from girls talking to Jason about his sexual compatibility.
“I was numb,” Melissa confides exclusively to Life & Style. “I’d always told him it was fine to watch porn. But to be talking to these women online — that was going too far. He was flirting and establishing relationships.”
The next day, a reporter claimed that Jason had been soliciting sex on Craigslist, though Jason insists he never actually met up with anyone.
Melissa says, “The reporter told me Jason wanted to have sex with this strange woman and this strange couple. It wasn’t for me to be included. It wasn’t a swinger thing. It was just for him — and it was humiliating.”
By the end of the day, she’d told him it was over. With time and, oddly enough, a relationship with a porn king — Vivid Entertainment founder Steven Hirsch, whom she’s been dating since November — Melissa has healed. “Porn is Steven’s business, not his life,” Melissa explains about her eyebrow-raising choice of beaus. “He makes me laugh.”
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