The real shocker? That a Broadway star would have sex with a FEMALE.
Former "Beauty and the Beast" star James Barbour faces two months in jail after confessing in graphic language yesterday to sex with a starry-eyed, 15-year-old actress wannabe - including one tawdry grope session in his Broadway dressing room a half-hour before curtain.
Barbour's pretty wife, Dana, looked pale and tense yesterday as she sat through his racy, misdemeanor confession in Manhattan Supreme Court.
But the green-eyed, 6-foot-4 musical-theater actor rendered his monologue with a breezy, almost cheerful crispness.
"I took her back to my dressing room" at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street, Barbour told the judge, describing a June 2001 incident when he was 35 - 20 years older than the girl he later claimed to be "mentoring."
At the time, Barbour - perhaps already in his waistcoat - was about to go onstage as the dashing Edward Rochester in the commercial flop "Jane Eyre."
The girl - now a 22-year-old successful stage and TV actor - had been brought to the theater by her trusting parents, who wound up waiting outside the door while their daughter was groped.
"I placed my hand - I mean her hand," Barbour continued, flubbing his line, "on my p- - -s and my hand on her v- - - -a."
"On her what?" asked the court stenographer, leaning in to hear him.
"On her v- - - -a," he repeated helpfully, projecting more clearly.
Barbour next admitted to a second romp with the girl, this one a month later in his West 98th Street apartment.
"We engaged in oral sexual conduct. I knew she was 15," he said.
Barbour admitted that his behavior endangered the girl's welfare. The Los Angeles resident will remain free pending his Feb. 29 sentencing to 60 days in jail and three years on probation.
With good behavior, he'll serve just 38 days, said his lawyer, Ronald Fischetti.
Then follows three years' probation, during which he must attend sex-offender treatment and inform any directors or producers he works with, in writing, that he has engaged in sexual conduct with a 15-year-old.
He won't have to put that last bit in his Playbill bios.
"I'm just happy to have this behind me," Barbour said as he left the courtroom.
While his victim's star has risen - she's had recurring bit roles on "The Sopranos" and played minor parts in two Broadway plays - Barbour has been working primarily at a small reparatory theater in Sarasota, Fla.
Lead prosecutor Maxine Rosenthal has repeatedly criticized Barbour's defense team for harassing the victim - including threatening to publish her name in Variety so he could better research her sexual history. He'd also laid his furry mitts on a previous teen, she claimed, although that case, involving a 13-year-old, is too old to prosecute.
Barbour had countered that the girl came on to him and only came forward with the accusations on the brink of the five-year statute of limitations - after hearing that he'd inherited money upon the death of his mother.
35 year old has sex with a 15 year old and gets 60 days in jail?! Some 'justice'.
EDIT: with source! (and source #2)
Edit #2: The gay joke is a re-word from the 2nd source and does not reflect my personal opinions !