It's the s---storm of the century.
John Bolaris finally got his day in court Friday, in Miami, and testified against the Russian crime syndicate charged with crimes including using women to scam and drug unsuspecting tourists like him. But the former Fox 29 meteorologist says that experience was marred by a Philadelphia magazine online report that he defecated himself, as one of his alleged scammers testified in court.
"Number one, it didn't happen," Bolaris told us over the weekend. "If it did happen, I would say it happened," he said. "I was so taken back and thrown for a loop. All the good and all the agony, this is what comes out before I testify," he says of the report by Philly mag's Victor Fiorillo.
"I am trying to have some dignity," said Bolaris, who has yet to find work in television since Fox 29 let him go last year.
"I did the right thing. I fought back because I was the victim of a crime. I know in my heart I was scammed by a well-orchestrated crime ring," said Bolaris about the March 2010 weekend in which he says he was drugged by two Latvian women and woke up to find his American Express card had been charged $43,000 for a painting he didn't remember buying.
While it upsets him, he knows why the story has become a punch line. "On face value, it looks like a 'Hangover' type movie. It's easy to sit outside and make fun of it," he said. Bolaris noted that it was his initial complaint to authorities that kicked off the government case against the criminal syndicate.
He credits fiancee Erica Smitheman, to whom he proposed live on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius, with keeping him together during this time of unemployment and mockery. Smitheman supported him by sitting in the courtroom Friday.