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For Love or Money's Rob Booted from Law Officeby David Bloomberg -- 06/12/2003
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In my article about For Love or Money's Rob Campo and his sleazy military past, I noted that it was pretty stupid for Rob to go on national television given his background and the certainty that it would be brought up. My specific words were, "He was probably sitting pretty in private practice, and likely his current bosses and clients didn't know anything about his sordid past. Now they do. Now everybody does. Not very smart, Rob. But then, if there is one word I would definitely not associate with Rob at this point, it's "smart."
Well, those words appear to have been somewhat prophetic. It was announced late yesterday that now Rob has been canned by his law firm.
Technically, he was not actually employed by the firm, but was associated with them and apparently had office space in their building. "Had" is the key word, as the firm has said that they will not be referring work to him any more and have asked him to get out.
It wasn't even a nice private firing. The head of the firm, Sanjay Mathur, has what is basically an open letter about Rob on their website. They say that Rob did not "volunteer the negative information that related to his experience at the JAG Corps nor was this information known to us." They do say that they conducted a criminal background check, but didn't know about the JAG-related complaint. It seems to me, however, that they should have been tipped off that something was amiss due to the fact that he left the Marines with the same rank he had when he entered, and from what I've read, pretty much all JAG officers are promoted when they complete training, and then usually again shortly thereafter.
The notice continues that the recent news about Rob's Marine activities are "alarming" and it was made even worse by the way he acted in the second episode of the show. No argument there.
Perhaps to cover their own butts, in the final paragraph they say that although they have known Rob to "be an intelligent and hospitable person and a person who has acted mannerly with our staff and clients, he has allowed himself to become ill perceived." This makes it sound like it's all perception. Perhaps for them, it is, as they note that their firm "vigorously enforces the rights of individuals" and many of them are women. So I guess being accused of grabbing a woman's breasts and then seeing him treat women like crap kind of goes against their standards. I'm sure his "defense" that he just didn't remember anything from the Marines incident and that his buddies said the woman in question was probably just upset because he couldn't get it up didn't exactly help him in the image department.
In addition to being given the boot from the law firm, Rob has also had his bio information removed from the official For Love or Money NBC website. I guess they didn't want to continue to claim that he had been a JAG, etc. Perhaps he apologized to NBC and said it was all because of a former girlfriend who hurt him, and… Gag.
It will be interesting to see what Rob does now. He will have a difficult time using For Love or Money as a stepping stone to stardom now that everybody knows what kind of person he is. And he may have a tough time getting clients for his law practice for the very same reason.
All this and we've only been through two episodes of the show. Imagine what next week might bring…
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