Money manager to the stars, Ken Starr, had his criminal indictment increased from $30 million to almost double that at $59 million yesterday.
Singer Carly Simon, whom I knew had felt she’d been swindled by Starr, told me months ago that something fishy was going on in his office. Her friends, like Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi, were also Starr victims. So is their good friend and publicist, Leslee Dart, who told me she got away from Starr years ago. Simon indicates in the New York Observer this week that James Taylor may have been a client.
A lot of people will say they left Starr’s management a long time ago. It may not necessarily be the case.
In the updated complaint, there are four new victims. One of them is listed as a producer in his late 70s who lost $4.5 million. Another is a screenwriter in his 80s who lost over 8 million dollars. And there’s an actress in her 80s.
The movie producer is the man I wrote about last week, who visited Starr with his wife the day before Starr was arrested. The couple got no indication from Starr that anything was wrong. http://tinyurl.com/3a8g7yn
Unfortunately, they follow the pattern Starr established with the late Joan Stanton, who died last year at age 94. He’d been using her $80 million inheritance as a bank since 1987. Starr and Planet Hollywood owner Keith Barish settled with the Stanton estate respectively in January of this year and August of last year. http://tinyurl.com/36lbjsw
The settlements may have been so severe that they caused Starr to start looting other clients’ accounts.
Named also in this latest complaint is an unidentified big shot in Democratic party politics. What still has not emerged by name in the Starr complaints is the name of Marvin S. Rosen, who owns Marose LLC, was a Starr partner, and was glued to him at the hip. I told you about this relationship last week.
The tabloids, meantime, are having a field day with Starr’s fourth wife, Diane Passage, a former stripper at Scores. She’s an easy target, so why not? But it’s unclear how much Passage really knew about what Starr was doing. She’s named as a defendant in the SEC case but hasn’t been arested. She’s still holed at the couple’s new $5.5. million apartment on the East Side. She’s being supposed emotionally at least by family, and is trying to figure out a game plan. It’s doubtful that she will return to stripping, as the tabs are hoping. Rather, Passage is in a great position to write a book and have a movie based on this experience.
More to come…