The Woman Who Impersonated Fake Writer JT Leroy Shows Zero RemorseWhen alleged former West Virginian truck stop hustler/HIV positive transgender male writer JTLeroy was discovered to be a hoax, the fictional construct of a San Francisco scribe named Laura Albert, I was torn about it. I had read all of Leroy's books, and on one hand I half-admired Albert for conning a bunch of celebrities into being friends with "JT" and exposing their dangerously large yet fragile egos. On the other hand, Albert clearly hurt many people by perpetuating this falsehood for half a decade, and even roped her androgynous then-sister-in-law, Savannah Knoop (pictured here as JT with Laura), into pretending to be JT for countless publicity appearances.Now Knoop has written a book of her own about impersonating JT Leroy called Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy, and after reading an interview with Knoop on Radar's website, instead of feeling torn about it, my feelings on the Leroy fiasco have hardened into disgust. Knoop comes off in the interview as simpering, dim and really naive. First off all, she claims that through the hoax, she and Albert were truly striving for "authenticity." Knoop tells Radar's Jessica Wakeman, "For Laura and me and Geoff [Savannah's brother and Laura's husband], our intention was never to hurt people. For ourselves, [the hoax] rang true to what we'd aimed for." So, the three of you were seeking "authenticity" through deception? Because your fabricated runaway with an appealing backstory "rang true" in some deep way? Then Knoop goes on to say that because they didn't mean for the hoax to hurt people, it didn't hurt them. "I think, yeah, a few people [felt hurt]. Maybe "hurt" is the wrong word. Shaken," Knoop claims. (If I found out that a friend of mine was lying about literally every facet of their persona, I wouldn't be hurt at all!) Then she says that she didn't write the memoir in order to "tell-all" and the aspects of her friendships with celebrities like Asia Argento and Carrie Fisher included in the book were really about "personal relationships." Honestly, Knoop's responses in this interview make her sound somewhat stoned, and her lack of remorse for getting caught up in this gross deception is deplorable. The fact that she's trying to cash in on those few remaining shreds of notoriety (she's starting her own fashion line!), is the most pathetic part of all. Ghost Writer [Radar]