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Today in Awkward Dates: When Weezer Bassist Met Orientalist Hooker

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Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Jillian Lauren is this week's LA Weekly cover girl. She worked (worked?) in the Sultan of Brunei's harem when she was younger. Now she's married to Weezer bassist Scott Shriner and lives in Eagle Rock.

From our own Gendy Alimurung's interview with the former harem girl/current rock wife:

Six years after she came back, when she was working as a hairdresser in L.A., someone sold photos of her to E! True Hollywood Story, and she became THAT girl.

"We knew this thing was coming on TV," she explains. "It was called The Sultan and the Centerfold. And, we were watching it. And then all of sudden one of the women on TV starts talking. She said, 'There was one girl there who was very wicked. And she was a veteran. And she had slept with both the prince and the sultan. And she had her body tattooed in honor of the prince.' And I was, like, what? No, I did not! And then they had these pictures of me. And the pictures were the exact pictures that would be your nightmare. Which are the pictures taken at four in the morning, when you're really drunk, and you're back at your dorm room with your girlfriends jumping on the bed to Saturday Night Fever, doing that John Travolta move. With your finger in the air. Topless. Wearing a pair of panties."

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And not just one picture like that. Five. Eyes and nipples were crossed out with a black bar, but it was Lauren, irrefutably.

She shakes her head. "Thank God I was still drinking then."

[...] Her husband, Scott, walked into their first date knowing. He slid into a booth at Norms on La Cienega and said, "So, were you like a slave in Asia? My friend saw some crazy thing on TV."

"Yeah," she said.

She told him the truth. He fell in love with her regardless.

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