11/01/06 The teen hustler who became a cult literary sensation has been unmasked as an elaborate hoax by San Francisco couple Laura Albert (almost confirmed to be the real writer behind the hoax) and George Knoop. Since his rise to fame with his autobiographical novel Sarah, which described his life with his prostitute mother in truck stops in America, Leroy spawned a cult amongst American hipdom. ‘He’ co-produced Gus Van Sant’s film Elephant (2003) and his collection of short stories, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), was turned into a film by Asia Argento.