Yashar Ali’s troubled relationships with prominent figures detailed in new profile

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The profile, published Wednesday by Los Angeles Magazine, delves into Yashar Ali's troubled past relationships with prominent figures and celebrities.  He is pictured above in his Twitter profile picture

The profile, published Wednesday by Los Angeles Magazine, delves into Yashar Ali’s troubled past relationships with prominent figures and celebrities. He is pictured above in his Twitter profile picture

Journalist and Twitter “power broker” Yashar Ali has been accused of paying $179,000 to a Getty heiress and was once evicted from Kathy Griffin’s home, according to a lengthy new profile describing his “blocked history” and becoming famous.

The profile, published by the Los Angeles Magazine on Wednesday, delves into Ali’s troubled past relationships with high-profile figures and celebrities.

It also likens the popular social media personality to the “Talented Mr. Ripley” and includes claims that Ali is a “conman” who can be “vengeful and very vindictive.”

The 41-year-old is well-connected and has approximately 800,000 followers on Twitter. He tweets an average of 60 times a day.

Born and raised in Chicago, Ali started out as a Hollywood production assistant before becoming a political aide and advisor to now-California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Ali has made a name for himself over the past five years as a powerful journalist and social media star, whose most recent coverage — which he usually breaks on Twitter and Substack — has included the removal of Sharon Osbourne.

While the profile details his journalistic firsts and influence, the magazine also notes Ali’s pattern of behavior to make friends with powerful people and be part of their inner circles.

It also details some of Ali’s later fallouts, including one with Kathy Griffin, and his legal battle with heiress Ariadne Getty.

The 41-year-old, who has approximately 800,000 followers on Twitter, started out as a Hollywood production assistant before becoming an advisor to now-California Governor Gavin Newsom.  Ali has made a name for himself over the past five years as a powerful journalist and social media star, whose most recent coverage has included the takedown of Sharon Osbourne

The 41-year-old, who has approximately 800,000 followers on Twitter, started out as a Hollywood production assistant before becoming an advisor to now-California Governor Gavin Newsom. Ali has made a name for himself over the past five years as a powerful journalist and social media star, whose most recent coverage has included the takedown of Sharon Osbourne

The 41-year-old is well-connected and has approximately 800,000 followers on Twitter.  He tweets an average of 60 times a day

The 41-year-old is well-connected and has approximately 800,000 followers on Twitter. He tweets an average of 60 times a day

Ali befriended heiress Ariadne Getty after he landed a staff job in Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign in 2008 and became his chief of staff the following year. Getty’s family has supported Newsom’s political career.

Ali began flying regularly between San Francisco and LA to see Getty at her $14 million Beverly Hills home.

Unnamed sources told the magazine that Ali began borrowing large amounts of money from Getty in 2012.

Getty filed a lawsuit in 2017 to get the money back, which she says totaled $179,000.

Despite reaching an agreement to repay the money in monthly installments, Ali has reportedly made only two repayments and the debt is still outstanding.

In 2017, Ali befriended Kathy Griffin after the comedian came under fire for her stunt involving Trump’s severed head.

The magazine describes how Griffin sent Ali a DM on Twitter and they realized they were both in the same high school in Chicago.

They initially chatted about a possible interview to clear up the Trump case, but Ali eventually became Griffin’s unofficial adviser and publicist.

Griffin let him stay at her Bel Air mansion when he said he was coming to LA in 2018.

Sources told the magazine that Ali ended up staying for nine months before Griffin asked him to leave in 2019.

In 2017, Ali befriended Kathy Griffin after the comedian came under fire for her stunt involving Trump's severed head.  Griffin let him stay at her home in Bel Air when he said he was coming to LA in 2018.  Sources told the magazine that Ali ended up staying for nine months before Griffin asked him to leave in 2019.

In 2017, Ali befriended Kathy Griffin after the comedian came under fire for her stunt involving Trump’s severed head. Griffin let him stay at her home in Bel Air when he said he was coming to LA in 2018. Sources told the magazine that Ali ended up staying for nine months before Griffin asked him to leave in 2019.

Ali befriended heiress Ariadne Getty after he landed a staff job in Gavin Newsom's gubernatorial campaign in 2008.  Unnamed sources told the magazine that Ali began borrowing large amounts of money from Getty in 2012.  Getty filed a lawsuit in 2017 to get the money back, which she says totaled $179,000

Ali befriended heiress Ariadne Getty after he landed a staff job in Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign in 2008. Unnamed sources told the magazine that Ali began borrowing large amounts of money from Getty in 2012. Getty filed a lawsuit in 2017 to get the money back, which she says totaled $179,000

Griffin and her staff reportedly became concerned when Ali essentially became a recluse in his bedroom and began receiving official government mail at her address.

Griffin’s friend, journalist Joan Walsh, said of the comedian’s relationship with Ali: “I completely believed she was uncomfortable and maybe even scared, and I felt for her.”

Ali insists he only stayed six months and that was because Griffin insisted.

Griffin declined to comment on Ali, but her rep released a statement saying, “Sometimes you make a new friend and that friend turns out to be a completely different person than you thought they were.”

A former unnamed colleague in Newsom’s office said Ali had always attached himself to high-profile people.

“He has always attached himself to rich, powerful people and elected officials and has made himself indispensable,” said the colleague.

“I’m not really afraid of him, but he can be vengeful and very vengeful.”

Another former colleague said, “There’s a bit of the talented Mr Ripley in him.”

Born and raised in Chicago, Ali started out as a Hollywood production assistant before becoming a political aide and advisor to now-California Governor Gavin Newsom

Born and raised in Chicago, Ali started out as a Hollywood production assistant before becoming a political aide and advisor to now-California Governor Gavin Newsom

Ali, who was interviewed for the profile, was asked by the magazine about people who would like to respond to him.

He sent the reporter a list of 40 names and phone numbers of high-profile people, including Busy Phillips, Piers Morgan and Meghan McCain.

When asked specifically about his feuds with the likes of Getty and Griffin, Ali said he had signed NDAs with them that limited his ability to respond.

“I’ve struggled a lot over the past decade with getting into all kinds of codependent relationships,” he said.

“Wanting to fix things and fix too much was one of my dysfunctional behaviors. It’s something I’ve talked about extensively in therapy and something I’ve been working on, but it… still makes me sad just thinking about it.”

In the interview, Ali also seemed to elaborate on his fame and popularity on social media.

“I’m vulnerable on Twitter and that creates trust,” he said.

“I share things that I personally care about, and I also share the things that people would consider messy. Someone I’ve never met tweeted to me recently, “In our household, we call you by your first name.” As in, ‘Today Yashar said this, and today Yashar said that.’ Whatever that is, journalists don’t have that. I don’t know of any journalists who have that, and that’s fine. I’m unusual.’

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