Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Ken Starr Case Goes to $59 Mil with New Hollywood Victims


Money manager to the stars, Ken Starr, had his criminal indictment increased from $30 million to almost double that at $59 million yesterday.

As I told you when this first began on June 1st, the number is going to keep getting larger. http://tinyurl.com/2b8cndv

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…

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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