Peter Bart Impersonator Continues Tirade, Promises TV Appearance

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The Internet prankster who has been posing as the Variety editor also challenges the real Bart to "a duel" in a series of mass emails.

Faux Peter Bart, an internet prankster, has stepped up his campaign against the Variety editorial director, challenging him to physical combat and promising to reveal more during a Friday TV appearance.

The hoaxer introduced himself -- sort of -- to entertainment journalists and insiders last week with the launch of www.peterbart.org, claiming he was the real Bart, gay and engaged to be married to Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly.

His website has been updated several times since, and his scheme now invokes celebrities like Tom Cruise, Barbra Streisand, Bono, Anderson Cooper and Jean-Claude Van Damme. The imposter now also claims representation by CAA.

He also has dropped his goofy claim to be the actual Bart, maintaining his lack of regard for grammar. And on July 4, he claimed to have emailed the following challenge to the real one:

"You are not a man of honor Bart, if you were you would not have done what you did to me.... However I challenge you to a dual first blood with foils. Given that you are a coward I expect you will go running to The LAPD who think you are scum. I am talking with a few people within The LAPD."

The real Bart didn't return a phone call seeking comment.

On Wednesday, though, pretend Bart emailed several journalists a copy of the email he allegedly sent real Bart, adding, "Doubt he will meet me man to man as he is a coward, an obscene coward."

Fake Bart also claimed several times that he would explain himself during a TV interview set for Friday, though he declined to name the show.

In an email to The Hollywood Reporter concerning the purpose of his alleged TV interview, fake Bart wrote: "You will know this is not about money but a dark primal need for justice."

Email: paul.bond@thr.com

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