Skip to main content

In a real life David vs. Goliath battle, there’s an active and very aggressive effort by a major corporation to prevent the publication and distribution of a book by the former spouse of one of the founders. The Goliath is Nu Skin, a Provo, Utah based MLM.

The David in our story is one Adam Baker, ex-husband of Sandie Tillotson, company co-founder. Baker’s book is called Formerly Filthy Rich - My Scandalous Life with a Billionaire Cougar.  It details his six year marriage to Tillotson in shocking detail, and that the company’s founding story is a myth, riddled with corruption, unsavory political influence, and downright fraudulent products.

In a real life David vs. Goliath battle, there’s an active and very aggressive effort by a major corporation to prevent the publication and distribution of a book by the former spouse of one of the founders. The company is Nu Skin, a Provo Utah based multi-level marketing company, that’s listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Nu Skin sells skin care and nutrition products via MLM, which if you’re not familiar with, is a distribution network based on recruitment of others in your “down-line” to buy products, on which you get an over ride. At the very least it’s an unsavory method of doing business, and has a failure rate of somewhere near 96%. Nu Skin is among the biggest and most successful MLM companies, a Goliath.

 The David in our story is one Adam Baker, ex-husband of Sandie Tillotson, company co-founder, and admittedly the boy toy, or trophy husband, if you will. Baker’s book is called Formerly Filthy Rich - My Scandalous Life with a Billionaire Cougar.  It details his six year marriage to Tillotson in shocking detail, and here’s where the pain is for Nu Skin and Tillotson. Not only does Baker contend that the company’s founding story is a myth, but that it is riddled with corruption, unsavory political influence, and downright fraudulent products. As for Tillotson, he paints a picture of a ruthless scheming tyrant, who uses a charity for publicity while hating the people it serves. Baker also alleges that her sexual tastes run to younger men --which of course is her business, and in one shocking tale, under age ones as well—which is not just her business, and possibly criminal.

That’s the background, and given that, it’s easy to see why the company has dispatched its legal team to force Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and LuLu to stop distribution of the book. In addition, at least two web sites and a blog have also been turned off.  But Baker’s gotten some press, and a couple of radio interviews, and the story is beginning to take on a life of its own, especially in Utah, where there are enough people with connections to Nu Skin to recognize the truth when they see it.
 Baker says that Tillotson stripped him of all assets in the divorce, forcing him to even pay her attorney fees. The last seems incomprehensible, given that Tillotson’s worth perhaps $1B. He’s contacted the ACLU and others looking for some help, but so far has no takers in his First amendment battle.

In the meantime, he’s fighting a battle for the right to say in public what he knows, his slingshot firing at the Goliath, hoping for the one shot that hits home.

Baker’s blog is at Formerly Filthy Rich Blogspot, or you can just google the book title for more information.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  I thought DKos had sworn off doing book pitches (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Catte Nappe

    and blurbs looking to encourage book sales.

  •  First Amendment (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Catte Nappe, raincrow, VClib, Andhakari

    applies to governmental actions that infringe on free speech rights, not divorce cases...so it's little wonder that the ACLU has declined.

    "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

    by Old Left Good Left on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 02:50:32 PM PST

  •  Can I have my 5 minutes back? (0+ / 0-)

    Clicked on the link thinking there has to be more to this story. Blech.

    "I'd like to find your inner child and kick it's little ass." -Don Henely

    by Olkate on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 02:56:11 PM PST

  •  Funny - for a trophy husband (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    drawingporno

    you'd think there'd be pics of him all over, couldn't find any...one would presume he's hot...  ;)

    New favorite put-down: S/he's as dumb as a flock of Sarah Palins

    by sleipner on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 05:05:06 PM PST

  •  Whatever, (0+ / 0-)

    The book title is not available at Amazon.  Not available at Barnes and Noble.  So no matter what anyone thinks of it or the motive of the poster, the book is not available.  If it was available, it is not now.  So hardly a sales pitch.  I don't see why we need to be mean to a new person who might be having a pretty hard time.

    •  But it is available on EBay (0+ / 0-)

      And the author has a website.

      I think this is a scam. There are too many things that don't ring true. Sorry but his tale is not believable. It has a goodly number of the conspiracy theorists' stigmata, spiced by tales of wild sex.  

      And diarist is either a credulous fool or the scammer himself, newly signed up.

      Waste of time.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 11:22:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Book Distribution isn't one of the.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....hottest topics on the Daily Kos.  

  •  Maybe not a scam, but def self-promotion (0+ / 0-)

    I attempted to verify at least some of the info in this diary, out of morbid curiosity, since I once looked into the NuSkin MLM scheme. Here's what I turned up:

    Indeed, there are links on Google to Amazon (US, UK, France and Germany are the ones I checked) to the book, but those pages are no longer available. Reviews of the book are still available. A link to B&N also returns an error 404 -- no page exists.

    Baker has at least two blogs: the one at blogspot the diarist mentions and another at wordpress.com. He has also posted concern troll comments at sites mentioning NuSkin to promotehis book.

    A writer at examiner.com, who says he is a friend of the author, has written two columns breathlessly declaring this a "book burning" and a free-speech issue. (Like the diarist, the columnist also refers to the conflict as a David-and-Goliath battle.)

    The same column is also at freerepublic.com and even at a site in Ukraine!

    There are references to the book, and the "banning," on twitter and various aggregator sites. Exmormon.com also has a thread about it.

    I have found no other third-party references to the book or the "banning," at least so far.

    Baker has made radio appearances touting his book.

    Baker has self-published the book through Amazon's self-publishing system. I am not sure whether distributing the same book through B&N is acceptable under Amazon's publishing terms. He is now offering it as a download from his own website.

    This is not a First Amendment issue, but it is a legal one. If anything Baker has printed could be construed as libel, then his publisher(s) could also be culpable. Under such circumstances, I can't blame Amazon or B&N from pulling the book from circulation.

    As a personal comment, I wonder how carefully Adam Baker considered the cover photo of his book. It is here, and it supposedly is Baker as a child dressed as a bird for the Ice Follies. I'm not kidding. The juxtaposition of that photo under the title "Formerly Filthy Rich" is just a bit, well, unprofessional, shall we say?

    The gentleman values harmony, not uniformity; the small man values uniformity, not harmony. -- Confucius (early pundit)

    by wheatdogg on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 06:43:22 AM PST

    •  one last tidbit (0+ / 0-)

      The examiner.com column refers to NuSkin's attorneys as Peer Brown Gee & Loveless of Salt Lake City. The firm's name is actually Parr Brown Gee & Loveless.

      The gentleman values harmony, not uniformity; the small man values uniformity, not harmony. -- Confucius (early pundit)

      by wheatdogg on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 06:46:52 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site