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Star Jones Defends Super-Rich Friend Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship to Evade Taxes


Star Jones Defends Super-Rich Friend Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship to Evade Taxes

It’s not just rich techies, like the co-founder of Facebook, who are renouncing their citizenship as a strategy for hoarding money and evading taxes, it’s Democrats as well.

Hob Nobber  Denise Rich, a Democratic fundraiser, has renounced her United States citizenship in favor of an Austrian one so that she can avoid paying taxes. Yes, Wesley Snipes is in jail for not paying his taxes, but it seems that if he’d only renounced his citizenship as the one percenters are doing, he’d be home free.

Although most people consider tax evasion an unfair way of leaving the rest of America to foot the bill, on the Today Show this morning,Star Jones, a close friend of Rich, defended her while her co-panelists Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Donny Deutsch were unapologetically calling Rich’s actions “despicable.”


Matt Lauer made the segment even more awkward when he pointed out that Jones wasn’t a disinterested bystander on the topic, but a good friend with Rich. Many viewers wouldn’t have known of their close relationship if Laurer hadn’t pointed it out, and put Star Jones on the spot. Jones continued to defend Rich, insisting that she just wanted to be closer to her children. Deutsch made the obvious point that Rich didn’t need to renounce her citizenship in order to be close to her kids. She could’ve done that with a plane ticket and a passport. Jones even went so far as to call tax avoidance a “byproduct” of her decision to spend more time with her kids.

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Lauer also pointed out that former President Bill Clinton had pardoned Rich’s husband, Marc Rich, making the point that the U.S. government had been very good to Mr. and Mrs. Rich.

Jones then got defensive, and made the following comment:

I’m not going to let you call somebody I love, who I’ve been supportive of, who’s been supportive of me, despicable, and not call you out on it.

At least we know what team Jones plays for now. She went gangbusters to defend that rich woman.

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  1. leh

    July 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Why is this woman even on TV – go back and be a lawyer!

  2. BigWill

    July 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    HIV is synthetic. It has been developed over a number of years and it has an affinity for people of color. What the science and medical evidence concludes is that the HIV enzyme seeks out a receptor site in the blood of the Black genome. The receptor site is the CCR5 Delta 32+ (positive) gene that all people of color have. In the same sense, on the other end of the spectrum, is the 15 percent Caucasian population of the world, which is CCR5 Delta 32-(negative) gene. That means that under no circumstances, whether HIV came through the air, intravenous drug usage or any form of sexual activity, would the virus be transferable in Caucasian sector of the world’s population, which is basically of northern European descent.

    I is speculated by some experts that, in a worse case scenario, 85 percent of the world’s population could potentially perish under these designer viruses and designer synthetic biological agents. What we’re looking at here—because of this identified gene of the Black genome, this CCR5 Delta32+ (positive)—we are potentially looking at the eradication of all people of color.The bible states “My people perish for lack of knowledge. The true devil doesn’t wear red tights, a cape with horns protruding from his forehead instead, the devil incarnate are diabolical Caucasian scientist (men and women) in white lab coats.

  3. Awakened 1

    July 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    GOOD JOB STAR ! !… Those other tv guest panelist only called Mrs. Rich Dispicable, as to also mean that they were JEALOUS that they did not have the balls or courage to do such an action. Americans are so got dayum gullible and stupid with that entire TAX SYSTEM, which is grossly unfair. It was never even meant for us to pay Taxes per our US CONSTITUTION. Shit, I had that type of loot and the US was taking a Substantial part of my income, then I too would consider doing the same.

  4. Gcole

    July 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Awakened 1, you’re either still in a dream state or you’re a damn fool. Denise Rich’s husband commodities trader; tells you anything? A scamp who got political pardon from buddy Bill Clinton. Super rich like them and Mitt Romney always want to evade taxes, hiding their money overseas, leaving the rest of us to carry the country’s tax burden.
    Poor Star Jones is just trying to stay in the news and hang on to rich white friends.

  5. Edward

    July 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    People should not have t pay taxes. Why should people money be taken to give to the freeloaders. Most of these people sitting on their lazt asses collecting a welfare check and food stamps and do not want to work. If the person is disabled and need help I can see giving them some help. But some of these people just come across the border and make and drop babies and the rest of us have to pay to school their children and give them a pay check for section 8 housing too. Enought is enough. The government tax people so we can waste it on the military budget, using it to killing people all over the world. We should all hold our money and not give it to the government to waste it.Some of these people coming here from these so-called communist countries, get interest free loans, to start business, pay for their education, and we the hard working Americans cannot get a break. We are giving Isreal 5 billion dollars per year to make trouble for the rest of us, and we are getting killed because of their action. Let every man and woman who can work take care of themselves. If I have to do it so should they. This is a nation run by PIMPS, and they want us to fund they while they are pimping us.

  6. Sue

    July 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Why is anyone surprised? Star Jones is brown nose personified. The only ethical position she’s ever taken publicly was to speak out against Basketball “Wives”. For that, I applaud her despite the fact that she backed off of her initial position on the hood rat show. Otherwise, she is what she is.

  7. phoenix

    July 11, 2012 at 2:19 am

    It is no surprise this naive woman would say such a thing to defend ways that only the rich can afford to avid what hard-working people can not do. At this point their should be alot of people rescinding their citizenship in light of the Congress and Snate disrespecting the President by not supporting him in his effort to regain a hold on this recession.

    This country is eroding by its blatant arrogance to go around the world thinking it is a perfect place to live when everyday civil liberities are being snatched by politicians, but at the same time they protect the elite amongst this society to support their positions in life. How sad itis to depict the notion that this country is the land of opportunity but propagates money is power and it surely is with the lacking of morals that makes one more successful than not.

    Star is one of those Blacks who is simply unhappy personall as a woman therefore she has rsorted to making money,being famous and at the same time forget she is Black and would notbe able to do what here rich friend can do….Wesley Snipes followed people who just do not understand, Blacks can’t do what White folk do…it is simple. So quit trying to be like them and come back to your communities with that money and build your own world. Have your own towns, government and land. But that is something so simple and yet, so complexed for those who have assimilated to being like the very ones who systemically and institutionally practices racisma in its most covert way…….through politics.

  8. Phillip Battle

    July 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Phoenix your the truth—— and in your opinion- how can we show strength as a people of substance- as we have historically have showed the world our resilience as a strong people. Now is our time once again to show ourselves that we are as strong as ever—- let’s keep our monies in our pockets Christmas 2012 can be as or more historic than a black president – who in my opinion was put there to take the light of the thievery of the Bush Klan. Money is the answer to the amount of RESPECT- and we as a people don’t control none of it.

  9. La

    July 13, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Nothing respectable about Star! She goes in whatever direction the wind is blowing a dollar……

  10. Brenda

    August 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Most people in the USA make less than $250,000 a year with both husband and wife working, they people pay 35 to 38% in taxes. My husband and I both work and we pay 35% or more each year. The rich don’t pay no where near this much beacuse of all the tax breaks they get. If they want to renounce their citizenship let them but they should not have an property in america the Gonverment should seize it and they should be put on a list where they can’t visit the USA just like a terrorist. If they really want to visit make them pay. Star Jones you are such a fool.

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