Former Ricin Suspect: 'I Don't Even Eat Rice'
Gives Piers Morgan the weirdest interview of his life
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2013 7:34 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Paul Kevin Curtis, the eccentric celebrity impersonator previously suspected of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Live yesterday, shortly after being released from seven days in prison. "I heard the word 'ricin' for the first time in my life by a federal agent Homeland Security while being interrogated for four hours," Curtis told Morgan. "I thought he said 'rice.' I said I don't even eat rice usually. You know, I'm not even a rice lover." Morgan tweeted that the interview was the "weirdest of [his] life."

"Christy McCoy, my attorney, was amazing," said Curtis. "In the jungle of law and court, you have monkeys, you have kangaroos, and you have lions. She was the lion queen." Curtis told Morgan he believed he was framed by an acquaintance—identified by the AP as martial arts instructor J. Everett Dutschke—who "has it out for [him]," though he wasn't sure why. "I'm a sort of up-in-your-face guy, but I'm quiet and reserved on the one hand, but I'm an entertainer on the other," he speculated. Authorities searched Dutschke's home yesterday, but no charges have been filed against him. Click to watch the full video of Morgan's interview with Curtis at CNN.

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Apr 26, 2013 7:32 PM CDT
Well I never even heard of ricin before they asked me about it. I thought rice was the only thing that you got from cooking it. There's sumthin' called ricin that comes off of rice? Who knew lol Seriously I was looking at this dude's Twitter feed & thinking, how cracked would he have to be to put up such boring stuff on Twitter & send off Ricin laced letters to Obama & Co.? To do the Ricin mailings with this stuff must mean the dude was seriously wacked seriously, I think this is more exciting
Apr 26, 2013 12:01 PM CDT
Dumb as dog shit! I know why they released him just 5 minutes of interrogation and they realized his mother probably used crack when he was in womb.
Apr 24, 2013 10:11 PM CDT
That's a smart man. It explains why he's employed as an Elvis impersonator...