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Guy Claims He Helped Plan Balloon Boy Hoax

10/17/2009 8:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A man who claims he once worked for Richard Heene says Heene was obsessed with becoming famous, wanted to get his own show, and had an idea for a massive media stunt that involved a "weather balloon" that "resembles a UFO." Sound familiar?



Robert Thomas claims, in an interview with Gawker, that Heene believed such a stunt would "be the most significant UFO-related news event to take place since the Roswell Crash of 1947."

Thomas said Heene was "driven by ego and fame" after appearing on "Wife Swap." He says Heene's idea for a show was something like "'MythBusters'-meets-mad scientist."

Thomas says he worked for Heene from March through May 2009.

Thomas came out earlier in the day saying he had proof the entire incident was a hoax and wanted to be paid for it. Gawker openly admits they did in fact pay Thomas.

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Jennifer    

When will the police be arresting these morons.

1747 days ago
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nicole leollee    

and then..

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buddha    

The craft had two tethers connected to it from what I see on the home video. The question I would pose to the family would be, How often do they conduct tests on the float or inflate the craft to float? From what i believe, it doesn't seem to be very often as they had their child videotaping it. So if the craft is not used very often, why would the father not check the tethers? Why would he put it in the hands of his wife? When you inflate anything with helium, you always check to see that it's tied down. Neither tether was tied down.

As a matter of fact, looking at the video now, it does hold it's altitude (about 10-15 feet high) for a few seconds before the left side gives and then the whole craft lifts up... I get the feeling the father/wife and/or children had their feet on the tethers, one tether was let go, and then the other, by lifting their foot off of it.

1747 days ago
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balls    

balls

1747 days ago
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WOW!    

It's like the wife didn't have a say in all of this. Even if she objected, he would have over-ruled.

1747 days ago
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nicole leollee    

sooo..whats goin on with the box.

1747 days ago
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monica    

ok well where is the info.the guy was payed 4 what.

1747 days ago
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too sad    

there you have it, the
SHERIFF must be looked into, i bet he was paid off too ,
get internal affairs on the case PRONTO .
no one should be paid for this
and it is not even close to a ROSWELL incident, what an egotistical arrogant schmuck to think that .

1747 days ago
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Patrick M.    

This is Richard. I may not have cable but I do have the internet and I must say I am alarmed at some of the things coming out. Any other inquiries are to be made to my spokesman who I will introduce tomorrow.

I came across this site and this is unreal.

- First of all, this was not a hoax. Falcon WAS missing when the balloon lifted off. Why would we make a hoax with out kid?

- When Falcon was talking about the show, this is what happened: Earlier in the day when we were working on this craft, I told Falcon that someday we would be famous and have our own show and when that happened, he would have to hide in the attic to escape his fans. Are we clear?

- This guy claiming to have worked for me was a fraud. Yes, he will show you my handwriting where I allegedly talk about a plan but it was all a joke at the time.

- Any other questions regarding this incident will be forwarded to my spokesman who I will introduce tomorrow. I will answer more questions tonight.

and please don't come within 200 meters of my house. Read the note.

Yours truly,
Richard Heene

1747 days ago
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Dirtbag    

The sheriff's dept. should look at the entire video of the launch - not just the 39 seconds that Richard Heene released to the media.

1747 days ago
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The man the smiley face serial killers decided to set free    

The Heene family reality show ‘Flying High’ airs live Friday, January 15th, 2010 on E!
On the first and final episode Falcon finds himself in trouble when he pries open a crate labeled ‘FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NEVER OPEN THIS’:

“I only opened it cause my dad asked me to find some missing paperwork for our new show, and I remember my parents hiding some in our basement, here are some folders I found:

Folder #1: “How I raped the IRS for 30 glorious years, candid confessions and taunts, by Richard Henne”

Folder #2: “ Mayumi Heene, my creepy & glaringly illegal porn stash, the definitive collection.”

Folder #3: “This family’s infallible plan to exploit Falcon for quick cash by faking a ufo abduction.”

1747 days ago
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Dirtbag    

No quite a smoking gun but they should be charged with releasing that balloon.

1747 days ago
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Loulou    

balls sucks balls

1747 days ago
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Patrick M.    

Here is Richard on Youtube! This just came out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXHHjoGmExw

1747 days ago
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too sad    

richard heene HERE ???

or FAKE ?

talking out of ass .

1747 days ago
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