After three years of nonstop work and tens of millions of record sales, in December , he invited the five singers and their families to an expensive restaurant to officiate over the ceremony where they would each receive their share of the vast fortune their career had generated so far. The floor fell away beneath them. We immediately started calling lawyers. Bass, along with director Aaron Kunkel , created the YouTube documentary The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story to reveal how this extraordinary character became a pop kingmaker and eventually lost everything, cataloguing in unflinching detail the damage he caused, the people he ripped off and the lives he ruined. It is part disaster movie, part warning from recent history.
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Black is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights  and writer of 8 , a staged reenactment of the federal trial that led to a federal court's overturn of California's Proposition 8. Black's father Raul Garrison walked out on his polio -stricken mother,  Roseanna, and his two brothers, Marcus Raul and Todd Bryant, when he was young. Growing up surrounded by Mormon culture and military bases , Black worried about his sexuality. When he found himself attracted to a boy in his neighborhood at the age of six or seven, he told himself "I'm going to hell. And if I ever admit it, I'll be hurt, and I'll be brought down". He came out in his senior year of college. In , he directed and was a subject in the documentary On the Bus about a Nevada road trip and adventure at Burning Man taken by six gay men.
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But breaking record sales and performing for millions was just the beginning of the story. The music business can be a tough industry, especially when you are young and naive. But for Lance Bass, the bass singer of the group, the worst thing about being a pop star was the lie it made him live.