Fire up the TiVo for tonight at 6:30 pm. At that time, ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson will air its interview with Allen Stanford. According to an ABC News article promoting the interview, among other things, Stanford “cried, denied wrongdoing and threatened to punch his questioner in the mouth” during the interview.
Stanford also vowed he would “die and go to hell if it’s a Ponzi scheme,” as alleged by the SEC. “Baloney. Baloney,” Stanford told ABC News. “It’s not a Ponzi scheme. If it was a Ponzi scheme, why are they finding billions and billions of dollars all over the place?” Stanford also reportedly states in the interview that the only reason the SEC went after him is “I’m the maverick rich Texan where they can put the moose head on the wall.”
In response to an ABC News report that Stanford was under investigation in connection with the alleged laundering of money for a Mexican drug cartel, he states in the interview, “If you say it to my face again, I will punch you in the mouth.” He later backed off, saying “no, I’m not going to punch you in the mouth. But I’m just saying that’s an absolutely, absolutely ludicrous thing to say.”