Stewart Rahr is a self-made pharmaceutical billionaire who recently finalized a divorce from his wife of 43 years to the tune of $250 million in settlement.
To celebrate, the 67-year-old Rahr, who has a reputation as a partier, reportedly threw a private soiree in the back of a limousine with three young women, filmed it, and then emailed the video to his New York society contact list Monday.
The New York Post claims to have viewed and verified a portion of the home movie. The newspaper also got comment from Rahr's lawyer, who noted that “however inappropriate or offensive the footage might appear to some, all the women are consenting adults who were engaged in friendly, voluntary and lawful behavior.”
That's the legalese way of saying that the women involved were not underaged sex slaves. The non-legalese way of framing what "Stewie Rah Rah, No. 1 King of All Fun" (his words, apparently) did was best described by Gawker commenter theobserving:
(Warning: Profanity, mature themes, possible nightmares)
Gross, but astute. What other message could Rahr hoped to have send with his video? Analyze it all you please, but homemade limo porn isn't a genre that teems with subtle nuance. But for those who may have missed the subtext, Rahr's choice of soundtrack, Icona Pop's "I Love It (I Don't Care)," drives that point home.
A successful businessman and distinguished philanthropist, Rahr's public life has seen awesome highs and cringe-worthy lows. He was permanently tossed from a high-end restaurant after a colorful row with a manager over not getting his preferred table, the Post previously reported. During the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy Relief concert, Rahr interrupted Brian Williams live on air to pledge $1 million in support to victims.
Rahr sold his generic pharmaceutical distribution company, Kinray, to Cardinal Health in 2010 for $1.3 billion. Earlier this year, Rahr was honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation for his $10 million contribution, the largest single donation in the charity's history.