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SMITH: Sebastopol man behind house party gone wrong makes news again

The darnedest things happen.

Remember when, just three years back, a young guy rented a Russian River vacation house under false pretenses and was hosting a monster party when the deck collapsed?

A teen girl suffered a serious injury to a foot. Accusations and denials flew like snowballs, and the county went to work writing tougher rules on vacation homes.

Five bucks to whomever can remember the name of the fit, blond, well-dressed fellow who'd rented the house outside of Guerneville.

He was Nick Gruber of Sebastopol, then a 20-year-old El Molino High alum who'd told the rental agency the sweetest story: He was in the Army and before being deployed to Afghanistan wanted to take his girlfriend to a hideaway and propose to her.

Heck, I'd have rented him my house.

But Gruber was lying like a Stumptown log. Hundreds of hard-drinking teens and 20-somethings laid siege to the rental and down came the deck, onto somebody's Lincoln Towncar. That was in January, 2010.

I mentioned a year later that it flabbergasted the rental agents to recognize someone in tabloid stories about designer Calvin Klein's new partner.

It was Gruber, described as an adult-film actor and underwear model. He and Klein, 48 years his senior, became quite the thing.

Now Gruber has taken a new partner and he can't talk enough about the tell-all book he's working on, "Obsession: My Life with Calvin Klein."


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