Jason caught in a ‘malicious media attack’

2009-05-20 00:00

OUR local Idol says he’s caught in a malicious whirlwind media attack, after several papers nationwide reported that he had “bashed” Idols runner-up, Sasha Lee Davids, in a recent heat article.

“These journalists are twisting what I say to sell their newspapers — at my expense,” said the midlands boy and joint winner of this year’s Idols, Jason Hartman.

The drama started when the latest issue of heat magazine published an article revealing “how Jason really feels” about the embarrassing voting blunder that lead to him being declared winner with Sasha Lee Davids, for Idols Season V.

Several newspapers reported that the 29-year-old said it was “only right” for Sasha Lee to step down and hand him the title and that he initially denied having made the comments.

“I meant what I said,” said Jason. “But they’ve taken it out of context ... With the Sasha Lee thing, I said that, if I had been in her shoes, I would have handed the title over to her ... I didn’t say that that’s what she should do — it’s just what I would have done. That’s what they asked me.”

Melinda Shaw, editor in chief of heat, however, stuck by the article in a press release issued yesterday.

“He feels that the noble thing to do would be for Sasha Lee to face the obvious truth; that he won hands down and therefore deserves the crown,” Shaw said.

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