InTouch magazine carried the interview with Shawn Southwick’s young lover Hector Penate. Penate is a Little League baseball coach with some acting form and apparently an ambition to become famous. Not famous for acting, he decided to get famous by having sex with Larry’s King’s wife and talking about it to In Touch. In Sandra Bullock’s family they probably call it “doing a Michelle McGee”.
Penate, who is variously listed on websites as 29 or 31, talks of meeting King and King bragging – almost – about his affair with Shannon Engemann, Southwick’s younger, prettier, blonder sister.
“I still think to this day that Larry is in love with Shawn’s sister” Hector Penate, 29 or 31, told In Touch.
Penate says he began bedding 50-year-old Southwick in 2007. Penate was baseball coach to the Kings’ two young sons, Chance, 11, and Cannon, 10 in May 2010.
“We had sex in Larry’s bed” Penate said. “A lot. I had sex with Shawn while Larry was on TV. Our sex life was real good.”
Ooh. Yuk. Please go and get some self-respect Hector. Was the interview payment really big enough to cover that gaping hole in your pride?
Penate also claimed that Shawn Southwick wanted to have a baby with him. “She was trying to fertilize her eggs to do that” he said.
Wellll….that sounds downright unlikely frankly. In 2007 Southwick was 47 already. 47-year-old eggs are not the most fertilizable. And it’s hard to see why Southwick, who has two sons and was/is married to their millionaire father, would be interested in generating a pregnancy and a whole load of legal hassle/divorce just to make little Hectors. I mention the millionaire part because – oh, I’ll just say it – because the kind of 36-year-old woman who marries a 63-year-old millionaire is often more interested in his money than his sweet nature. One may assume that even if she was sleeping with Hector, Shawn still had an eye on Larry King’s money.
Southwick has accused Larry of giving little sister Shannon a million dollars worth of gifts. And now Hector Penate claims that Southwick gave him gifts too – a BMW7 Series for example – and paid the rent for his apartment.
Penate went further, claiming that Southwick told Larry King to sign the lease on Penate’s Studio City, California, apartment. “She controlled him,” he said. “He just sat there and signed it.”
Hector can’t have it both ways though – either Shawn controlled King or King wasn’t much bothered about her because he was in love with his sister-in-law Shannon.
On Larry King and the alleged affair, Penate says King clearly hinted that he was having sex with Engemann:
“He told me one time, ‘Have you ever seen Shannon?’ After I said that I had never met her, he said, ‘Oh, oh – she’s really gorgeous!'” The implication being, presumably, that King had a better deal with his sister-in-law Shannon than Hector had with his wife Shawn.
All this is not only tacky – it also feels like one of those film moments where two protagonists pull a gun on each other at the same moment. You sleep with my sister! cries Shawn. You sleep with our son’s baseball coach! cries Larry.
Whatever is going on in this high-profile, big-age-gap marriage with its equally big-age-gap extra-marital affairs, the Southwick-King saga took a breather in late April 2010. Perhaps both parties felt they needed to fall back on the ropes after sparring in public for days.
They halted divorce proceedings – both had filed for divorce – and King’s lawyer, Dennis Wasser, released a statement.
“It was decided that there will be no divorce activity for two weeks” Wasser said. “Several issues need to be discussed and resolved.”
You can say that again.