Accused child molester Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, quipped to reporters— after his client waived his right to a preliminary hearing— about a report which says a witness saw Sandusky rape a boy in a Penn State locker room then informed head football coach Joe Paterno and two university officials but failed to notify police.
If you believe that, said Amendola, "I suggest you dial 1-800-REALITY."
Little did the often criticized lawyer know that he inadvertently gave a number for a real gay phone-sex line for "the hottest place for triple-X action."
Oh yes he did..
Amendola's public gaff occurred during a press conference outside the Centre County Courthouse Tuesday where the lawyer tried to explain that the grand jury report which detailed the sex-abuse charges against the former Penn State defensive coordinator was flawed.
The report says the witness (Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary) saw Sandusky—who faces more than 50 charges sex-abuse charges—rape the boy.
The lawyer's unfortunate choice of phone number is a gay-sex phone chat service.
"Get ready for bulging, bursting pleasure," the introduction for the phone service boasts.
Amendola seems intent on digging a big ditch for his client to climb out from and has been harshly criticized by other attorneys for his unorthodox counsel and advice.
The case has been a major blow to the school and brought shame to Paterno's program and Amendola's strategy is being scrutinized.
The defense lawyer gave Sandusky permission to be interviewed by NBC's Bob Costas and The New York Times. In those reports, Sandusky acknowledged showering with boys and other unsuitable activities. He also admitted he liked being around young people.
"There will be no negotiations," claimed Amendola. "This is a fight to the death."
Marci Hamilton, an attorney for a 29 year-old man who claims he was abused more than 100 times by Sandusky between 1992 and 1996, said she is baffled by Amendola's behavior.
"He's very unorthodox,' she said about Amendola allowing the interviews. "I don't know if that's good or bad."