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'Screech' Begs Fans To Be 'Saved By The T-Shirt'


Dustin Diamond signs T-Shirts for a fee to save his

house as another teen idol with problems of his own,

Leif Garrett lends a hand.

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - More than a bell is needed to save Dustin Diamond this time around. Diamond, best known as geeky Screech Powers on the 1989-1993 teen comedy series, "Saved By The Bell," is selling T-shirts with his photo on them to try to raise $250,000 so he doesn't lose his gray two-story house under a foreclosure order.

"If the public didn't care, I, as an entertainer, wouldn't have been a success," he said. He's selling the shirts on his Web site: getdshirts. The foreclosure order was filed last month in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Diamond, 29, is trying to sell nearly 30,000 shirts at $15 each or $20 if he autographs the shirt with an expletive aimed at his mortgage broker. Diamond is attempting this last ditch effort to supplement the income he makes as a standup comic so he doesn't have to move from his Port Washington home, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Dustin Diamond pleads to save his house

The T-shirt has a photo of Diamond holding a sign that says, "Save My House." The back of the shirt reads, "I paid $15.00 to save Screeech's house." The third "e" was added to get around copyright laws, he said.

Diamond appeared on Howard Stern's satellite radio show last week to plead his case. "I'm doing great with my comedy, but this is definitely a low point," he said. "Real life comes in and affects you." You can hear the entire interview on Diamond's Web site.

Diamond is also waging a war on an expert in land contracts from New York Capital Exchange who he claims is to blame for his real estate woes. Diamond said, "Let's face it, if he can't find the time to work on a mortgage for a famous celebrity, how will he handle the average person?"

Diamond doesn't have a listed phone number and e-mails to the address on his Web site and at an alternative address were not immediately returned.

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You're right, Jinx. He appeared on "The View" a couple of months back when this story first broke the entertainment news. He said stand-up comedy doesn't pay well and he made bad investments with the little he did earn.

Although I agree, comedians are paid poorly, I thought it a little strange to run a campaign for his fans to pay his bills. However, I've seen people waste their money on more ridiculous things. Oh, hell, I've wasted MY money on sillier things so I'm trying not to judge him too harshly.

Perhaps, this past summer's publicity led him to better and more lucrative comedy bookings. If Mario Lopez continues to do well on "Dancing With the Stars," maybe ABC will call him for next season. How about an entire "Saved By The Bell" version of "Dancing With the Stars?" They could reenact when Lisa sprained her ankle and they did The Sprain.

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Mr. Diamond is a twit and a conceited ass and is only rivaled by the one Mr. Paulie Shore. I will pay the bank $20 to foreclose on this loser!!

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'Screech' Sex Tape: Diamond in the Buff


Dustin 'Screech' Diamond

Yes, it exists. Yes, it's graphic. Yes, you'll be able to download it soon. The sportsbook Website BetUS.com is claiming to be the unlikely frontrunner in an even more unlikely bidding war over the distribution rights to a homemade sex tape featuring Dustin 'Screech' Diamond.

In a press release Friday, the site boasts it's in final talks with the actor's representatives to acquire and release the 50-minute video, featuring the former "Saved by the Bell" star and two unidentified women.

BetUs.com says it trumped more mainstream competition by contacting Diamond's people directly, rather than going through notorious porn peddler David Hans Schmidt, known as the "Sultan of Sleaze," who had previously claimed ownership of the salacious footage.


Dustin 'Screech' Diamond

Publicly, however, Diamond maintains he has no connection with the tape's sale. "This is definitely not going on with my approval," he told CNN's "Showbiz Tonight" of the tape's release. "This is not something that I condone."

Diamond claims he made the sex tape "a while ago," to show a group of friends, whom, he says, make similar videos to sexually one-up each other. The group meets monthly and scores each others' footage, awarding points for different "accomplishments" caught on tape.

"Screech is a pop culture icon who's begging for attention," Christopher Bennett, BetUS.com spokesperson said in a statement. "You can't deny the irony of a grown child star appearing in a homemade adult film." Or the irony of the demand for a homemade adult film featuring the sine qua non of a Saturday morning nerd.


Dustin 'Screech' Diamond

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed--or finalized, pending approval by BetUS.com investors--though it's unlikely Diamond will have to resort to hawking any more autographed T-shirts for house-saving cash. (Diamond launched www.getDshirts.com earlier this year, in a bid to raise $250,000 to keep a bank from foreclosing on his Wisconsin digs.)

According to the gambling site, the video will be offered free of charge to its regular customers and will be available for download to nonmembers for $29.95. While celebrity sex tapes are nothing new, Diamond's video turn, by all accounts, trumps Paris Hilton's, Colin Farrell's or Pamela Anderson's candid camera antics.

In a 42-second clip of the tape, available on TMZ.com, Diamond narrates the "unbelievably graphic" action between himself and the two women, which, well, climaxes with Diamond engaging one of the participants in a sex act known as a "dirty Sanchez."


Dustin 'Screech' Diamond

The tape starts out with Diamond in a bathtub and a female voice informing him, "it's recording." By the end, Diamond is describing the scene in bleeped-out detail. "Gentlemen, as always, I have gone above and beyond the call of duty," he says on the video.

As for Schmidt, while it appears he can no longer profit from the tape, he did give a big plug to Diamond's onscreen performance. "It turns out, later in life, that the nerd guys and the geek guys become the big guys in the end, you know? No pun intended--or maybe pun intended at this point . . . if you buy the tape, you'll be able to see that," Schmidt told TMZ.com.

Not everyone is eagerly anticipating the footage. The Web hosting site Globat.com, which recently hired the actor as its spokesman, claims Diamond knew the tape was coming out and should have informed the company before coming aboard.


Dustin 'Screech' Diamond

"Through talks with his management, we knew they had something big planned--but never expected this," the company said in a statement. "We are reserving further judgment until further information is available."

Diamond, however, says the aforementioned "big plans" were forthcoming specials with ABC and Showtime. "That's the big stuff that we were going to be talking about, not a private tape," he told Tampa's MJ Morning Radio Show on the air. "The company did do a joke about big packages for their Website, but that's just a fluke."

"This is not something that is a marketing or a media stunt . . . it's causing hell with my household." Lisa Turtle must be so disappointed.

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Im thinking i'll pass on the upcoming video.......wow, when they get desperate ....they get desperate :blink:

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