Hite Fabricated Person She Claimed Worked for Her
PETER ALAN HARPER
Nov. 14, 1987
NEW YORK (AP) _ Who is Diana Gregory, and why is she saying all these things about Shere Hite?
Two weeks ago, Hite, a controversial sexologist, admitted to The Associated Press that in a telephone call she had posed as a publicist named Diana Gregory to promote her new book, ''Women and Love: A Cultural Revolution.'' But she said she used the ploy only with an AP reporter.
Then on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Hite had invited one of its reporters to her Fifth Avenue apartment to meet the same Diana Gregory after the reporter expressed also skepticism about her existence.
A handwriting expert, the paper said, had compared Hite's writing with that of Gregory's and found it to be the same. The newspaper said their voices also were similar.
The reporter, David Streitfeld, said Friday that he went to the apartment Oct. 21, where Hite and her husband, pianist Friedrick Horicke, identified a woman in the living room, who was talking on the telephone, as Gregory.
The alleged Gregory continued talking on the phone, apparently making appointments for Hite, and pronounced Hite's first name as ''Sherry'' instead of ''Share,'' which is how Hite pronounces her name.
The reporter asked to see a driver's license or other form of identification but was thrown out of the apartment.
Hite was born Shirley Diana Gregory in Missouri.
On Friday, The New York Times reported that a woman who identified herself as Hite employee Joan Brookbank in a telephone conversation with one of its reporters sounded like Hite.
Asked why Hite could not come to the telephone, Brookbank said, ''She's awfully busy,'' the Times said. Then she asked, ''What is this, a witch hunt?''
After their telephone conversation, the newspaper said, Hite's husband called the reporter back to stress that Brookbank was a literary agent for his wife, but was not his wife.
Hite's latest book in the trilogy known as the Hite Report says it is based on a survey of 4,500 women who responded to 100,000 questionnaires sent nationwide.
Hite says, among other findings, that 70 percent of those married at least five years were having extramarital affairs. Her methodology and findings have been criticized by pollsters as unscientific.