According to reports, the owner of the Nevada brothel where Lamar Odom was found unconscious says Khloe Kardashian's publicist has asked him to stop speaking to the media — a request that made him furious.
Dennis Hof, the owner of the Love Ranch in Crystal, recounted what he told the reality TV star's representative.
"I said, 'Excuse me, this is my place of business, and I know what happened, and Khloe Kardashian is not going to speak for me. And would you do me a favor? Tell Khloe Kardashian to go to hell,'"
Hof told NBC News.
Hof told NBC News he expected he might receive a concerned phone call from Kardashian asking for details about Odom's stay at the Love Ranch, such as whether the former NBA star was "taking any sleeping pills."
"what I got was a publicist called me and said, Dennis, 'thanks a lot, you been doing any media?'"
When Hof replied that he was speaking to various news outlets, the publicist replied,
"Just send that information to me and Khloe will be speaking about Lamar."
"It pissed me off," he added. "People like the Kardashians, that's what they want is media ... I'm shocked at how dumb America is to follow these people."
Kardashian's publicist did not immediately return a phone call from NBC News, but in a statement to the tabloid Us Weekly, said, "We reached out to Dennis politely asking him to respect Lamar's (and Khloe's) privacy during this difficult time, and refrain from talking to the press. This is a very painful situation, as I know you are aware, and the idea that anyone would use it to seek publicity is really sad."
Odom has suffered brain damage and a stroke and is on a ventilator, according to sources.
"It's a mess. It' a tragedy,"
After three days of "fighting for his life" in a medically induced coma, Odom reportedly regained consciousness on Friday, resumed breathing on his own, and spoke a few words. His turn for the better continued Saturday. While he remained in critical condition in Sunrise's intensive care unit, Odom reportedly became "more conversational" and improved to the point that he was "texting and 'speaking sentences' from his hospital bed."
According to the hospital, Lamar's recovery could take months but he will survive his near death experience. Although, it will be a long, hard road, doctors say ... and TMZ reports that Khloe will be with him the entire way.
Regaining mobility promises to be a daunting task, but according to E! Online, it's one Odom has begun to take, with some help:
E! News has exclusively learned that Odom passed a swallow test, a promising sign of neurological function and an important step because doctors took out his breathing tube and needed to ensure he could swallow on his own.
We've also learned that Odom was helped out of bed for the first time since being hospitalized Tuesday night. He was moved with assistance into a chair and his breathing showed no signs of distress. He continues to wear a mask to aid the flow of oxygen but he's breathing on his own.
Khloe Kardashian "won't leave his side," a source says...
"He's woken up and his heart is stronger, but there is still concern about his organs."If things were not bad enough, and as if Lamar didn't spend enough money there ($75,000+ to be exact) while Lamar was unconscious in the ranch bedroom, a "mystery man" came and cleaned out his pockets. Owner Dennis Hof claims he has no idea who the man was.
We will keep you posted as Lamar recovery progress continues...