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Eddie Hayes is an American lawyer, journalist, and memoirist and former Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx. Hayes is known for his role in settling the estate of Andy Warhol and representing several organized crime figures.
Tom Wolfe met him socially and they became close friends. Wolfe has acknowledged that he based the lawyer character Tommy Killian in the 1987 novel “The Bonfire of the Vanities” on Hayes. Hayes is known for his flamboyant dress, and has been inducted into “Vanity Fair’s” international best dressed hall of fame.
In the 2000s, Hayes collaborated with Bruce Cutler, best known as John Gotti’s former attorney, in defending a pair of New York police officers accused of organized-crime-related murders. In 2006, when Hayes published “Mouthpiece: A Life in-and Sometimes Just Outside-the Law”.