A self-professed Hollywood hotshot who claims to have managed Eddie Murphy’s early profession is a fraud, in line with a lawsuit.
Mark D. Lipsky, who has a prolonged profile on the Web Film Database and claims connections to Murphy, Arsenio Corridor and Chris Rock, allegedly scammed a Brooklyn author out of $35,000 in change for empty guarantees about turning his really feel-good memoir right into a movement image.
“He talked a great recreation,” writer Arshay Cooper advised The Publish of Lipsky.
Cooper, 35, is a motivational speaker who works within the metropolis’s public faculties. He self-revealed a e-book, “Suga Water,” about how he overcame being raised in poverty by a drug-addicted mom by becoming a member of his Chicago highschool’s rowing group.
Cooper and fiancee Stacy Bagaloo, 32, have been saving up for his or her wedding ceremony and a home when he encountered Lipsky by way of a good friend.
Lipsky and a companion, former funding banker Robert Agueli, satisfied Cooper they might supply a “distinctive and unprecedented alternative” to show “Suga Water” right into a film, say courtroom papers.
There was only one catch: the pair needed a $35,000 “improvement charge.”
When Cooper hesitated to half with the money, Lipsky and Agueli “started aggressively identify-dropping … [and] Lipsky bragged about his shut friendship with Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Rock and promised Cooper that he might achieve these A-Record celebrities curiosity in directing the movie,” in line with the Brooklyn Supreme Courtroom lawsuit.
So the couple parted with their financial savings.
Reference works say Lipsky labored on a number of Eddie Murphy films, together with the remake of “The Nutty Professor,” “Beverly Hills Cop III,” and “Coming to America.”
Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t know Lipsky, her rep stated.
Lipsky and Agueli promised to contain Cooper within the film-making course of and stated he would retain the rights to his work, he stated.
Cooper was so excited concerning the undertaking he arrange a contest for scholar musicians to contribute songs to the would-be movie’s soundtrack, and acquired a whole lot of submissions.
However after he handed over the cash, months glided by with no tangible progress. In April, Lipsky and Agueli’s WOF Leisure produced a script they admitted was “unusable,” stated courtroom papers. Lipsky and Agueli have did not return their cash, cost Cooper and Bagaloo.
“We gave them $35,000, and obtained nothing in return,” Cooper lamented.
The allegations are just like a 2016 lawsuit filed towards Lipsky and Agueli by Palm Aisles…