Three days after the New York Post caused a sensation with an article portaying Sly Stone as homeless and living in a van in LA’s Crenshaw district, Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman is setting the record straight:
My source says that Sly’s attorney, Robert Alan, rented him a very nice home in Woodland Hills, California with four bedrooms, a pool, etc. (Alan declined to comment.) Sly just refuses to go there. Another friend tells me, “Sly always liked living in Winnebagos. He never liked being in a house.”
There’s an even more egregious aspect to the Post article. Per Friedman, Alan was willing to confirm that article author Willem Alkema (not the paper itself) paid Stone $5,000 for the interview.* According to Friedman, another $2,000 was doled out once the paper ran with the piece, though the columnist notes it’s unclear where the additional money came from.