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Robert Blake Expresses Reluctance to Be Interviewed

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May 18, 2005 | 12:23pm EDT

Robert Blake sat down for his first live full TV interview since his murder Acquittal May 16--and quickly informed newsman Larry King that he didn't want to be there.

Former Baretta star Blake was cleared of the 2001 murder of Bonny Lee Bakley in a criminal court in March, and sat down with King to discuss his new life for a free man.

But just three minutes into the hour long interview, Blake told King, "I gotta tell you the truth - I don't really wanna be here. Don't take it personal, please, just hear me out. This is not my style to do one-on-one.

"I mean, I wish you had a bus full of ladies with blue hair from Pasadena sitting out there so we could make 'em laugh...But there's some stuff that I would like to say and I couldn't find an audience. Oprah (Winfrey), whoever I went to they (were reluctant). So that's why I'm here."

But Blake quickly became defensive when viewers called in with questions pertaining to his wife's murder, asking King, "Are we gonna stay on this? How comes when you have everybody else on they talk about their careers, the movies they make?"

During the occasionally-profane interview, Blake jokingly compared his former attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach to a "dog with a d**k at each end" and thanked his fans for their support.

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Meanwhile, Blake is also blaming the media for thwarting his hopes of reaching a settlement with the family of his slain wife BONNY LEE BAKLEY.

The 71-year-old actor, who was acquitted of the 2001 shooting death in a criminal court in March (05), is now facing a civil trial brought by Bakley's furious family.

And Blake - who claims to owe the US government more than he's now worth - believes that his alleged offer of $250,000 (£131,500) as a settlement wasn't taken because the media failed to report it.

He says, "I offered $250,000 of the money that really belongs to (the US government) and I didn't even get a response. That's what makes me believe that maybe the family doesn't even know about any of this.

"Would you rather have the lawyers get all the money, or would you rather have Bonny's family get all the money? All I know is that when it's over, the lawyers will be rich and everybody else is gonna be broke.

"For three or four years now, I have been the media's lab rat. I have been their komode... I wouldn't be here if the media would've said anything that I said when I walked out of the deposition several times trying to get through the fact that this is madness. Let's give the money where it belongs.

"They're quoting everybody. There's a whole litter of lunatics out there. Pig-face bags of rat guts that are telling all kinds of lies and the media's soaking it up."

As for the whereabouts of his wife's real killer, he adds, "It's been four years and I don't have the answers. Do you want me to really go into Bonny's past so people can accuse me of trashing her? She had an awkward, interesting, different kind of life. There were a lot of things that she told me but I don't know. Somebody may rat somebody out in that kind of world.

"I will always be sorry and deeply saddened for what happened to Bonny."

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