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James Lipton not ashamed of sex trade past

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May 30, 2013 | 1:44pm EDT

Veteran actor James Lipton has no regrets about his past in the sex trade after stunning fans by recently confessing to running a brothel in Paris, France. The host of America's long-running TV talk show Inside The Actors Studio opened up about his experiences to Parade.com earlier this week (begs27May13), revealing he used to represent prostitutes as a way of earning cash after being set up in the business by a hooker pal named Regine following World War Two. He said, "I represented them all... I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. That's how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life." Lipton's comments came as a shock to many devotees, but, during an interview on U.S. TV show CBS This Morning on Thursday (30May13), he insisted he is "not ashamed" of his seedy background - although he doesn't like to be referred to as a pimp. He said, "A pimp exploits and abuses the women who work for him... (Regine) was my friend. I was of help to her. And we had some amazing adventures."

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