DETROIT -- The 23-year-old man who was linked romantically with Elizabeth Taylor in an international media scam denies he played any role in the hoax.
But Julian Lee Hobbs did admit Tuesday to lying in the past and said media attention since Sunday's hoax has 'strengthened my career ... by incredible odds.'
'Just being linked to Liz Taylor will go down in Hollywood Babylon forever,' he told the Detroit News in a telephone interview from California.
Hobbs, a lead singer in a Hollywood rock band called Marie Antoinette Lost Her Head, said he lied to the media about five years ago in an effort to boost his singing and acting aspirations.
'But when I left Michigan, I left the lies and my birth-given name behind,' said Hobbs, who now uses the name Rory Emerald.
After he ran away from home and dropped out of Lake Orion High School in 1984 to try to become an actor and model, Hobbs said, 'I lied a lot to get attention.'
'I lied to them (the media) like crazy because ... I wanted the media to recognize me. It was just part of growing up.'
Despite his past as a publicity hound, Hobbs said his credibility is solid in his new life in Hollywood and he denied being behind the Taylor hoax.
Hobbs said he and his 32-year-old girlfriend will be leaving soon for Europe or Australia to escape his newfound media attention.
Over the weekend, a woman identifying herself as Lisa Flowers claimed she worked for Chen Sam and Associates, the New York publicist that represents Taylor.
Flowers claimed that the 58-year-old movie star had undergone a biopsy and flown in her 'true love,' Julian Lee Hobbs, to be at her hospital bedside. Flowers said Taylor felt Hobbs could lift her spirits and aid in her recovery.
Both Chen Sam and Hobbs' attorney, George Peters of Ann Arbor, denied the story Monday.
Chen Sam said the woman calling herself Lisa Flowers used a secret code to intercept Sam's answering service.
No one so far has stepped forward to take responsibility for the hoax.