David Cassidy: Yet Another Sleazy Hollywood Dad Pimping His Daughter; Likes Lesbian Kissing Scene

August 31, 2009, - 1:28 pm

David Cassidy: Yet Another Sleazy Hollywood Dad Pimping His Daughter; Likes Lesbian Kissing Scene

By Debbie Schlussel


Longtime readers know I’ve been disgusted (but not surprised) by several sleazy Hollywood dads who pimp their daughters out for dollars.  It’s sick, and it’s part of the problem of why America’s kids are becoming sexualized and sexually active at younger and younger ages.  Hollywood fathers (and mothers) don’t have values.  And they don’t give a second thought to selling their daughter’s flesh for money. . . or a second thought about how it dumbs down American culture.


Non-Parent/Pimpdaddy David Cassidy & Daughter Katie Cassidy

It’s not just Miley Cyrus’ dad (and Sean Vannity friend), Billy Ray Cyrus–who helped his daughter plan and design her stripper pole gyrations on the “Teen Choice Awards.”  It’s also Jessica Simpson’s dad, Joe Simpson, talking about his daughter’s “Double Ds” like he’s gushing over a Playboy centerford.  And Britney Spears’ father, who talked about his daughter’s physique, too (but was nowhere to be found when she was drugging it up with two sleazy Muslim hanger-on-ers).  These, um, “dads” are creepy.

And now it’s absentee dad a/k/a sperm donor David Cassidy.  He brags that because he didn’t have custody of her, he “didn’t parent” his daughter, Katie Cassidy, star of this fall’s CW network re-do of the TV series “Melrose Place.”  And he thinks it’s cool that his beautiful 22-year-old is in a lesbian kissing scene.  The conceited Cassidy seems to be more concerned with the fact that some misguided women still idolize him.  Whatta schmuck. Here are a few excerpts of an interview the father-daughter duo did for the Sept. 7th issue of People:




His daughter is doing a lesbian kissing scene, and his response is, “I like that”?!  Sick.  Sad.  Dude, that’s your daughter, not somebody else in a porno flick.

Um, fathers are supposed to be judgmental.  They’re supposed to judge and discipline their kids . . . even if they don’t have custody.  That’s what being “a normal father” is, something the clueless and over-indulged David Cassidy will never get, sadly.  Maybe his lack of parenting and “judgment” is why his daughter went out in public in this get-up:


By the way, look at the photo of the two together (nice pimp suit, David).  It’s from the Alliance for Family Entertainment”s Family Television Awards.  Can’t wait ’til that organization tells us what they think  of her “family friendly” lesbian kissing scene on prime time TV and her father’s “family friendly” comments about it.

I have to admit that, as a kid in the late ’70s to mid-’80s, I watched Cassidy in after-school re-runs on “The Partridge Family” and had something of a crush.  I went backstage to meet him, then, when he appeared in a broadway show on tour that performed in Detroit.  But, since then, Cassidy–with his repeated revelations of drug abuse, multiple-marriages, and other queasy stuff in his tell-all books and interviews–has jumped the shark.

These latest comments seal the deal.  He’s disgusting.

**** UPDATE, 09/02/09: The mother of Katie Cassidy, Sherry Benedon, agrees with my take. Read her comment in the comments section. ****

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94 Responses

She really doesn’t need a pimp. She does well enough on her own. Be sure to wear a condom.

Michael Tatich on August 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I’m so glad I have a real Dad.

cirrus1701 on August 31, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Beryl, I don’t believe I said any of those things above.I did not say Katie was a bigger “star” than David, but that was your interpretation. I have never before said publicly a thing in regard to her recording of ITILY. I believe I am the one who was there and know the details. This is certainly not a “perspective”, they are facts and the truth as they happened. No one told me of them (that would be a perspective), I actually saw these issues occur. I have lived them. It is what it is, and they are the facts. I am not trying to bash David, he gave me a wonderful daughter. I simply don’t agree with many of his choices regarding our daughter, and then not owning them. I am simply clearing up some of the rumors with the truth.
    Where did you ever see my “perspective” before? I have not given it. I didn’t mention the producer above either. I said where it was “recorded.” David, never, ever objected to her recording the song, she presented it to him upon his return from Europe. If he had, she would never have done it. In retrospect, I wish I would not have allowed her to. It became something it was not originally at concept, intended to be.
    Yes, I read his first book. Some is true, some is not, some of the truth is stretched. I called him out on some of it. David, like most entertainers says what he wants the public to hear.
    Laura, believe what you want. Yes, David is proud of his children, he should be. However, he did not parent Katie at all and not much with Beau. He was fortunate that I was a mother that put her children before everything and their physical and emotional well-being was my priority in life. He has thanked me for that. My intention had been to clarify misconceptions and tell the truth about some of them. It is difficult to hear and see people bad-mouthing anyone in my family. If they have done something to hurt another human being, or if I have, then we take responsibility for it. By all means, I am not perfect (how boring!)I have made my share of mistakes and I accept that and hopefully learn from them. Please don’t judge me unless you know me well and know the truth. I will say I have been a great mother to my children. I pride myself in that and have been told by so many people who know us. So, please don’t continue to put words in my mouth when I have not spoken them. I appreciate your thoughts and understand where they have come from. The media makes what they want to out of “anything”. I hope I have clarified a few of the inaccurate beliefs. Thanks for your time.

    Sherry on September 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm

      Sherry it’s nice that you want to come on here and comment and clear the air so to speak but i agree with Beryl in some ways, if it was just a tribute to her father than why was it in stores for a short time? Why is it still available on amazon.com, why wasn’t it something kept between the two of them or just the family? Also, what was with the vh1 show, bubblegum babylon? It’s nice that you want to put out there how little of a father David was, but at the same time you are making yourself out to be a huge saint of a mother who has raised their children to be perfect angels when a lot of us, those of us who have been around through the years as her career was kick started and everything, know the real truth. You weren’t trying to show Katie how the industry was, how the business was. She even said in her six degrees interview that you didn’t support her being an actress at all after the whole music fiasco and that she had to leave home at 18 to do things on her own. Also, clearly, you’ve forgotten how hard your daughter herself has worked to keep her life so very private. She’s very rarely caught by the paparazzi when she isn’t on set, the media never knows who she is dating etc etc, which I imagine is how she wants it. She wants her personal life and her work (acting) to be separate, and she’s done such a good job. I’m sure as a mother it’s a reflex reaction to defend your daughter and also yourself and your parenting skills, but you’re doing just the opposite. You’re putting out there knowledge (whether truth or fabricated…) that Katie clearly doesn’t want to be public knowledge. You’re kind of betraying your daughter unless she knows that you are saying all of this here, unless she’s told you or approved what you’re saying.
      I adore Katie and I think her career is going to be huge, she’s got such a very bright future ahead of her and it’s great that she is getting bigger and more roles are coming her way, I wish her nothing but the best of luck. But really, while trying to defend yourself and your daughter, you are just coming off childish and immature. Especially when things keep getting twisted, things that there is solid proof of (reality show etc etc)

      nicole on September 4, 2009 at 12:21 am


      Well, when ITILY was released you all swore up and down that the producer didn’t even know that Katie was DC’s daughter and that he met Katie for the first time while she was buying posterboard at a drug store in Calabasas. If that was true, then you’re lying now when you say that the producer of ITILY was a family friend you guys have known for years. The producer can’t simultaneously be a family friend and also be some guy Katie met for the first time while buying posterboard at a drug store. Which one is the lie?

      Beryl on November 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm

      Just keep using the CASSIDY NAME my daughter would never have bantered the name .

      M Raffery on June 23, 2017 at 6:10 pm

        What my comment meant to read was if she had been my daughter I would not have bantered the CASSIDY name .

        Give the guy a break on June 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm

If I ever had a daughter, I’d never let her cross the line and prostitute herself. A father is supposed to say “no” to inappropriate behavior. Sadly, a lot of fathers have abdicated their duty and no longer consider it their responsibility to bring up their children. What’s truly disturbing is our society no longer seems to mind not having fathers around.

NormanF on August 31, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Everything about Father and Daughter is staged let them make up show real love and compassion towards each other

    M Raffery on June 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

The race of western society to be Babylon, Sodom, Gomorrah, it goes on ever faster with the US and Europe leading on highway to hell.

HOW MANY people still have the ability to blush over such things as this? It seems we have lost any sense of innocence, of keeping some things sacred–all is fair game for exploitation.

Judgment looms for this nation and others who act as though G-d and right and wrong no longer exist/are irrelevant.

BB on August 31, 2009 at 2:29 pm

My parents, who celebrate their 48th anniversary on 2 September, would NEVER countenance any of this behavior. They raised eight of us to be citizens of this country, citizens who would contribute, period. My parents were tough, they had standards, and they backed one another up to the hilt- none of that nonsense of going behind one parent’s back either. I adore both parents to this day (I am their eldest) and appreciated their sacrifices, both now and at the time they were made- They will be married 48 years on 2 September. My parents are my heroes. These other “men” simply don’t have what it takes to be a MAN.

Agnes B. Bullock on August 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Agnes, God bless your parents!

    Bob Porrazzo on August 31, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I was sitting in class once and heard someone tell his friend something along the lines of “Remember, every girl you date is someone else’s daughter”. That really had an impact on me (Not that in my case it would have made a difference if there had been no impact).

However, I guess now this matters less and less.

I_AM_ME on August 31, 2009 at 2:59 pm

..who woulda thought that danny bonaduce would be the LESS CREEPY of the two???

RK on August 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Debbie, why are you so surprised? Were you really expecting to find decency in that moral swamp known as Hollywood? These people will do anything for fame and money. Including selling out themselves and their family. What’s really scary is how many “average Americans” actually admire these idiots.

White Rook on August 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Debbie, he’s, indeed a schmuck. He obviously accepts no responsibility for his role as a parent, even in absentia. He’s still her “father” and should have pushed for more influence. Though, from his comments, he probably wouldn’t have exhibited the necessary gonads to come to her defense. And, from her comments in the interview, it seems she wasn’t too comfortable about the coming scene, herself. To her at least that much credit is due. She is obviously a beautiful woman. Too bad she’s caught up in the Hollywood fantasy world of “debauchery on parade”. As a dad, I feel very sad for her and her probable future.

Floyd R. Turbo on August 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Alliance for Family Entertainment? That is no Parent’s TV Council.

And as far as David Cassidy goes, what would his father Jack Cassidy think? Then again during an appearance on a mid 70’s game show he like most Hollywood fascist enablers poo-pooed middle America.

Bob Porrazzo on August 31, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Oh and in terms of my dad, I do think he is a creep. One day, he tripped my mother because he wanted to see how she would fall…oh one other thing…I WAS IN HER WOMB!!!!!

Also my dad got confused for the Son of Sam in 1977 when that fool Berkowitz was scaring the crap out of NYC–now Bloomberg does that—ever notice that two lefty Jews seem to screw things up in NYC? BUT THAT’S JUST ME!

Of course he divorces my mom, I then see him every Saturday and get scared of talking to him because I think he was going to abuse me. he pays child support till 1992 when I turned 18 and I haven’t heard nor seen him since.

In 1982 he gets remarried, five years later his new wife Cathy gives birth to twin girls Melissa and Ashley. 6 years later Jonathan Michael enters. I can tell you the girls graduated from college…Villanova University. They want to be accountants…I hope it’s not for some foreign bank which can impose the NWO on us.

My life has been full of drama hasn’t it?

Bob Porrazzo on August 31, 2009 at 3:35 pm

This fits nicely with your scank alert!


I’m not sure if you have feelings about ‘gateway pundit’ but saw this and thought of you Deb.

Nipple tassel tee’s for your toddlers, and a dancing doll complete with her stripper pole!

wolf2012 on August 31, 2009 at 3:37 pm

This kind of crap happens when you elect a morally deficient, depraved political weasel like Slick Willy into the Presidency to set the standard for our society.

Jarhead on August 31, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Well he certainly dresses like a pimp. I wonder where he gets his suits painted.

tempus fugit on August 31, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I think it is interesting, while probably only to me, on the parenting styles that produced the subject articles by Debbie re:Cassidy and daughter and Jenna Bush Hager. This is from someone that has never been a parent but has been a child/teenager/adult molded by a strong parent.
My observational skills or lack of them are exposed but it seems that Mrs Hager is the result of her fathers “lets
change the tone in Washington and can’t we just get along style with libs. He allowed those opposed to him and his policies to rail against him without response and did little to stick up for his tenure in the oval office. From this I gather is one reason his daughter fell a bit far from the
tree or Bush if you will. She saw liberalism as just as valid as conservatism since no one took a strong stand one way or another at home. Conservative values were not a constant in her life.
The David Cassidy situation is as Debbie spells out.
The daughters mother used loose standards in selecting David
as the father to be and probably used those same standards to raise her daughter. My apologies to the step father as I know nothing of his relationship with the rearing of the young lady.
I hope both young adults mature and become ever better citizens
I realize this is an oversimplified exercise in none of my business but Debbie brought it up.

Rollie Robinson on August 31, 2009 at 4:50 pm

What can you expect. He looks like an effing QUEER.

joesixpack31 on August 31, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    joesixpack31 – don’t be so politically correct. Heh….

    Jarhead on August 31, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Hollyweird is scum. The beat goes on. As parents don’t raise serious people and these non-serious people raise more children, the house of cards will fall.

CaliforniaScreaming on August 31, 2009 at 7:10 pm

What the hell is wrong with people? I know that it’s only acting but still.. he should not sound PROUD of it, he should at least say, I don’t like it but it’s her job

mindy abraham on August 31, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I agree but……He doesn’t get much work as it is let alone express some sort of value system.

    Rollie Robinson on August 31, 2009 at 7:40 pm

she didn’t exactly go out in that outfit, it was for a rock and republic fashion show where the models were children of ‘rock stars’. she was 16 at the time, and i don’t agree with what she’s wearing nor do i think it looks good but her mother pushed her a lot to do things like the r&r show, and i think its gross that r&r would design clothes like that and allow a 16 year old who isn’t a real model, model them. that being said the things david has said in that interview are disgusting and he needs to be a better father to katie.

jamie on August 31, 2009 at 10:57 pm

I am in the horse biz, as is David. There is a popular resturant just outside of Saratoga called the Wishing Well.
If you want to see something gross, watch DC try to eat corn on the cob.

He was too stupid to know that the whole resturant was looking and laughing at him.

Rick Barton on August 31, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Is your son’s name Peter? I know from conversations with him that his father is in the horse biz…if this is true you should probably not be writing about David and pay attention to what is in your own backyard….

    Terri Morlang on September 1, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hard to believe that you are so rude as to watch someone eat and make fun of them and attach your real name to the comment. Sounds like a personal issue – what’s the matter, is he more successful in the business than you are? You will never be appreciated by millions as he is so go on with your immature comments if it makes you feel just a little better about yourself.

    Lori on September 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Jeeeeeeeez. I hope I don’t feel this sick tomorrow when I wake up.
Once again, I have to ask. Can anybody read that story, look at that picture and honestly say that David Cassidy doesn’t NEEEEEEED a hard kick in the mouth?

Joe on September 1, 2009 at 12:14 am

David Cassidy is about the most has been thing you can come up with. He has not done a thing since the 70’s. I can see why he3 is trying to live through his 22 year old daughter in a bizarre way.

sorrow01 on September 1, 2009 at 12:38 am

I guess you guys have no idea what David Cassidy is all about. You read one article and jump to conclusions?? Maybe you should read his biography. Go to his website Davidcassidy.com. He still has the most loyal fans. His new show has got EXCELLENT reviews as well. But then what do you all know? Get your head out of your asses!

Tiffany on September 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

As for the lesbian kissing.. it is acting!!!!! Sounds like you all are anti-gay??? A zillion other shows including daytime has these kind of scenes now. Get with the program people!

Tiffany on September 1, 2009 at 9:31 am

That sucks. We saw David Cassidy fill in for Michael Crawford
at a Vegas show about 12 years ago and he really did a super job. I really enjoyed his dad’s work in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Well, you can tell he was definitely an absentee
dad. Pretty typical of our Hollywood crowd.

I think our society is “getting with the program,” and we’re
doomed. American class and values are at an all time low.

Daniel on September 1, 2009 at 10:48 am

All of you who are so outraged probably don’t realize the acerbic humor that David has. When he said that he thought the scene was great, he was probably joking. Or maybe it was just his way of saying it is “acting” folks and Katie is a pretty good actress. Don’t get so bent out of shape by one article. He has done a fabulous job of raising his son, so one slanted article should not condemn him as an unfit parent. Those who said he has done nothing since the 70s sure don’t know anything about his successful career since he left the Partridge Family.

Cindy on September 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Wow, well you people know nothing about David Cassidy. When Katie first started the busisness he was totally against it and wanted her to finish school first. Now she is an adult and he is supporting her. Lay off, he is a hugh highly under-rated talent check out the new show Ruby & the Rockits.

Robert on September 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    This is such a true statement. I know because I’m friends with the family (have been since the mid-90s). So I was there to see this happen.

    It caused a HUGE riff in the family. But now that she’s an adult, what else could David do? I feel bad that someone can write such a slanderous article like this and think they can’t be sued. I wish these writers would check facts before they write.

    Yvette on July 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I remember the report of him being takent to court because he was a lazy deadbeat dad who was trying to get out of paying child support to his daughter, while living in houses in Vegas and Florida, and making millions in the horse biz. Now that his daughter is famous on her own and getting good roles and is in demand, he is using her to get himself onto red carpets. What a user! He’s like Jon Voight who shunned Angelina until she became famous and then announced she was his daughter. Too little too late. Katie would be wise to keep distance.

Clarissa on September 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    If you remember that he was taken to court, perhaps you have forgotten the outcome? It was determined that he was already paying more per month than the court would have ordered. He was not ordered to pay more.

    I think it was a case of Katie’s mom getting a little greedy, but the court did not agree.

    Cindy on September 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Dude, the guy said this stuff in the People article – it’s there in print! So he pretty much laid the groundwork of sinking himself. LOL loved the post about him eating corn!

RJanssen on September 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm

What a creep to be trying to portray himself as the devoted father now. Her REAL dad is the stepfather who stepped in and raised katie as his own daughter and did the job that David Cassidy SHOULD have done. He may be her biological father but the stepfather is the emotional and genuine father.

Esmie on September 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I haven’t read the article in People, but the author of this blog should remember that this sort of interview is usually edited to produce the most sensationalist quotes possible – just a few words missed off the end of a sentence can completely alter the meaning. Without reading a transcript of the entire interview, (not just the published part) seeing facial expressions, hearing voice intonation…how can this blogger possible know the context of the conversation as a whole?

janecanaries on September 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I’m one of the “misguided” women and I LOVE David Cassidy. He is an open minded person and if you knew anything about him, you would know that he’s a peace loving man who lives and lets live (means he doesn’t judge others).

Sorry, I think your blog stinks.

velhodiri on September 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Let’s see. Katie is 22 years old. I am sure she is making her own decisions on what parts she takes & what one she doesn’t. Here we go again with this “It’s the parents fault”. Pfffftttt, he sure isn’t gonna say he isn’t going to support what she is doing during an interview rather he likes it or not.

Sumer on September 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Remembering David’s dad, Jack Cassidy, it’s doubtful that he’d feel any different towards Katie than he did as it concerned David himself. He loathed being “David Cassidy’s father” on the one hand, but reveled in it on the other. Anything & everything to bring attention upon himself. David’s ego has grown by leaps & bounds over the years and will no doubt continue unabated. He distanced himself from Katie when she was young & had nothing to give but her love and now, he’s become close, if only to draw attention upon himself. Sounds like something he learned from his own dad. As far as David’s filling in for Michael Crawford in Las Vegas (“EFX”), it shouldn’t be forgotten that he’s first & foremost an actor-singer-songwriter-showman. Daniel’s having enjoyed the show is a testament to David’s professional talents & not his personal ones. They’re not quite one & the same. And while it is true that David’s done a fairly good job in raising his son, it’s also true that for years he only acknowledged having one child, his son. Who knew he even had a daughter? Where was he then?

Annie on September 1, 2009 at 5:37 pm

And what exactly is wrong with a girl kissing another girl?

George on September 1, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I am a Katie Cassidy fan and I agree that her father is now using her to boost himself. I read interviews on line where he also moaned about how he father was never there for him, and then he seems proud of the fact that he did the same with his daughter growing up, with his “I didn’t have to parent her” remark. I watched the new sitcom he is in, and don’t like it. His character is totally annoying. Katie is getting better roles, more serious than he gets, and she will be a bigger star than him. That would be belated justice for her! Go Katie!!

Theresa on September 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I am also a big Katie fan. I cannot wait for Melrose Plae to start. She has become so successful on her own, we don’t care about her has been teen idol father.

Kelli on September 1, 2009 at 8:23 pm

It is so easy to judge someone when you don’t know them or haven’t been around in their lives. Those of us who have been around through David’s career know the story behind Katie’s life and her relationship with her father. Only the ones involved know the whole story and to me it is their personal business. It is hard to judge other people’s lives unless you know the truth or are a part of the equation. David has been around for 4 decades in the business and very successful at it How many other actor/singers can say the same thing? Not many that I am aware of. I just want to add that it takes a lot of guts to take on the role that Katie has chosen with Melrose Place. I wish her all the luck with it and hope it works for her.

Mickey on September 1, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Katie was conceived out of wedlock by a groupie and David Cassidy and you are bashing him? Katie’s mother raised her to be just like her. Her mother tried to introduce her into the business as a young teen re-recording TPF hit “I Think I Love You” while bashing David in printed interviews all over Europe. David did not support his young daughther being manipulated just for her name and would not support her in the early career. For this he took a beathing from the media. Katie’s mother is the one that used her daughter and now that David is trying to do the right thing and lend her some support he is getting bashed? Give the guy a break – he paid almost $4K/month for 19 years while remaining quiet all these years. The mother is the one that should be under fire here. If you followed David’s career all these years you would be aware that he has a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor. He is probably one of the most misunderstood, under-rated talents in the business.

Lori on September 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I think some of these posters are just jealous! Try getting a life. David and Katie are ENTERTAINERS it is what they do for a living!

Jane on September 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Obviously, the person who wrote this blog is nothing better than a writer for the National Enquirer. I think she needs to get a real life and a real job. You are a complete joke!

Jimmy on September 1, 2009 at 11:16 pm

After reading this blog the posts, I decided to clear up a few misconceptions. Not in defense, but as to give you the true facts. I have not bothered before, as I believe everything will eventually “come out in the wash”, and rarely read them. I am Katie’s mother, and a friend sent this link to me.
First to correct “Lori”, I was never a “groupie”, not even a fan of David’s. David himself, has made that quite clear several times. I knew David prior to his success and we were good friends for 15 years before I unexpectedly had Katie. Your 4K a month is off by about 3500K per month (yes, that is the right amount of “0’s”), and so is your court information. It was never about money. I have never “bashed” David, that would just hurt our daughter. As far as Katie’s career, BOTH David and I did not want her in this biz until she was out of school.(I will credit him somewhat for that). I enforced it, David was not part of her life at that time. She recorded ITILY as a tribute to her “father”, not for any other reason. It was done at a friends studio when she was 14. David had NO input or opinion. And “Lori”, FYI, no one knew David was Katie’s “father” (except family, it wasn’t important) until she had to re-register for school when we moved. So there goes your theory of “manipulating”. I realize there are many huge fans of David’s (some of the above) who will never fault him for any choices he makes. That’s ok, his fans are important to him and rightfully so. Just please watch the derogatory comments of those you do not know. As far as the outfit shown above, she was in a modeling show at 16. If you think for one second I would let her out on the street in that “get up”, you can’t possibly be a parent yourself. It was one show, “rock stars daughters”, depicting the attire worn in the industry, nothing more….and I had my qualms about it, even then.
No one in our family ever “pushed” Katie. Acting was her choice very early in life, and she stuck with it. However, knowing the business and the problems with children thrown into it, I prepared her for the future. Community theater, studying her craft, etc. so she would be ready to begin her career at 18. It’s a tough industry and she needed to be “aware”. Katie also had a very normal, grounded childhood, and always participated in normal childhood activities.
I’d like to thank the writer, Debbie, for this story. These thoughts were mine as well. David is right, he never parented her, and therefore she is an amazing young woman (as are her 2 sisters). The fact that David, as her bio dad, feels he needs to “yes” Katie, and not give her good advice in life even as an adult, is pathetic. I, myself, was shocked that he said that publicly.(Thank you Clarissa.) It doesn’t matter though. Katie has had a very stable upbringing by myself and her step-dad, Richard, who parented her since she was 3. Thank you, “Esmie”, for your comment and crediting her real father figure, her step-dad. We were strict parents and had high standards for all the girls. Katie, as her sisters, has wonderful values, morals and is a genuine lovely young lady whom we are very proud of. She’s not “caught up” in Hollywood, it is her work. When she comes home to our house, she still takes out the trash and washes her dishes. Playing the character on Melrose that she does, would not have been my choice, however, she is a fine actor, and that is what she is doing. She is working. Knowing David, I predicted long ago that if she were successful, and over 18, then David would befriend her and convince her of whatever he wanted to. He is very good at that. I know him very well, and I pray daily that David does not hurt her again. His motives concern me. “Clarrisa” has it exactly right. And “Robert”, are you aware his show (Rockets) is loosely based on Katie’s life, called Ruby (her name in Supernatural), and all the brothers asked Katie to sign off of it, since it’s concept was conceived from her own life? Pretty sick. You think for a second that is not using one’s own daughter? (Thank you, “Theresa”) As far as I am concerned, knowing the facts well, David has a show thanks to his daughter. His name has not been seen in print for many years, unless following hers. It’s also interesting that he can attend a “media” event such as shown above, but did not attend her high school graduation, in which he promised her he would, and broke her heart. Hmmm…go figure.
Beau, is a great boy, but be careful who you attribute that to. I watched him grow up. So, before you attach blame on Katie, or me her mother, know the facts. “Michael”, I find your comment is just plain disgusting and offensive I worked very hard to raise children with good values, family morals, and gave them a good foundation both spiritually and emotionally, and I am very blessed by all 3 of them. Please don’t knock Katie’s work choices (she has input), degrade her or my parenting, unless you know the our relationship and know the industry…and I do, I am her mother and they are both very complicated.
Please, if you have a need to copy and paste, do not edit my comment. Thank you.

Sherry on September 2, 2009 at 2:25 am

    If you really are Katie’s mother, I fully respect and appreciate your taking the time to clear things up. You should be very proud of your daughter as she is both beautiful and talented. As a parent I am sure you did your best to instill very strong values and protect your daughter as any of us would have. I apologize for the groupie reference, so you were just friends with him for 15 years, although he is someone you apparently loathe. However, I am having diffulties believing that her mother would comment as you did. I only say that because there is a published magazine article in Dag Allemaal (Belgium) No. 45 dated November 25, 2002, (Katie was 14, I think) that leads the reader to a different “perspective”. And no I am not a crazy fan, I worked on a thesis years ago and was given the topic of “Idols” and remembered this from my research – couldn’t tell you why. Her mother and Katie allegedly gave an interview that contradicts a few of the statments above. In addition, I don’t think Katie’s mother would comment on David’s and his wife’s upbringing of their son. It doesn’t make sense that she would have “watched” him grow up if David did not have contact with Katie. And, by the way, you are bashing him, perhaps without realizing it but that is commom of teen idols, past and present. I know this, I did the research. LOL

    Lori on September 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

This woman clearly has never met David in her life – he’s a great guy who cares about his children, and is proud at how well Kate has turned out. As for the comment that David needs a good kick in the mouth, well someone should kick them in the mouth. This person clearly doesn’t know either David or Kates’ mother.

Laura Lambert on September 2, 2009 at 4:23 am

Katie is how old? 22 years old right… last time I checked that’s four freakin’ years older than 18. I’m so sick of media making something out of NOTHING. “Reporters” will do anything for a headline anymore… go get a real job instead of perpetuating more hate from both sides. So sick of this bullsh*t.

Cari on September 2, 2009 at 9:52 am


I admire you for coming on here and putting the record straight so to speak. It must be so frustrating to see, hear and read rumors and half-truths about You, David and Katie over the years.
I am a David Cassidy fan but I can take an unbiased reasoning and an acceptance that he is not God, and has his faults and flaws like every other man I know. ( and woman lol)
I’m interested to hear more about the Ruby concept. Would it have been possible for you or Katie to have stopped production of this show, if you felt it was too much of a parallel to real life events? Just curious.
Anyhow I wish Katie every success and best wishes for her future career in the business. xxx

polly on September 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

Let’s not forget all the obvious plastics surgery.

verbatim on September 2, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Do you have proof of this? David has always been very open about his life, but I guess you have not read his book?

    Joyce on September 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

      And we know that celebrity’s books never ever have anything but the truth in them, right?? Wake up, they want to sell books and make people like them! Celebs are as open about their lives as they want you to believe.

      Gillie on September 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I always love it when Sherry gives her perspective on things. Her perspective is always the same: Sherry = all things good and wonderful; David Cassidy = all things evil.

I am not a mindless DC follower by any means and do believe that he is a deeply flawed human being. However, your (now) claim that Katie recorded I Think I Love You as a tribute to her dad is revisionist history, not to mention hilarious. For those of us who were around at the time, we remember you being on a full-steam effort to launch Katie as a pop star at the tender age of 14. Website, press, reality show…the whole deal. The producer was not a family friend, this was no “tribute” song, and it was done over David’s very strong and vocal objections. Now that you know that the whole thing was massive folly that you should have nixed at the outset, you say that it was a harmless little tribute to her father. Absurd.

And your continual claims that Katie is a bigger star than DC and that his name “has not been seen in print for many years, unless following hers” is completely delusional. He is not the big star that he once was, but he has been working continually for decades and is name is in print a thousand times a week (with no mention of Katie). As a matter of fact, it’s the other way around. Katie’s is rarely if ever mentioned without the phrase “daughter of David Cassidy.” You come off as a nut every time you say that. Please stop.

Katie is a lovey, nice young woman and I’m sure that she has a wonderful future ahead of her. David has clearly not been a good parent to her, and is probably not capable of parenting her now, especially since she’s now 21 years old. Having them be sort of friends might be the best thing that can be achieved under the circumstances.

Beryl on September 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Advice to women, do not get involved with a celebrity man if you yourself are not one. No matter what happens, you will not have a prayer against his adorers. Reading the posts I have to wonder if it’s only because the subject is David Cassidy that what he did is not wrong at all? It amazes me how the benefits of celebrity works. Do you think David Cassidy gives a f-ing sh– that you morons defend him. He and other celebs could care less about you!! Just your money in their pockets!!

Gillie on September 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Why would Katie Cassidy’s Mother get on a blog to defend herself and disagree with people who don’t see it the author’s way? I don’t believe its her. One blog of who knows how many others out on the web, pick this one to defend herself & bash her daughters own father & is fans? If you’re legit, then maybe you should air out your feelings in a respectable magazine of some sort. On this blog? I don’t buy it. Just my 2 cents.

Sumer on September 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Only those involved in the situation would know what is what, something outsiders cannot possibly know & therefore should not comment about. Sherry, as Katie’s mother, is involved and yet, those of you who have posted negatively have chosen to attack and disparage her for her response. David Cassidy fans such as yourselves are pathetic hypocrites in the truest sense of the word. You & he truly deserve each other!

Annie on September 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm

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