The three-year legal saga between David Bergstein and Aramid Entertainment’s David Molner took a further turn today as the producer and film financier sued Aramid and others for extortion. The three-claim complaint (read it here) alleges that after Bergstein refused to pay his former friend Parmjit Singh Parmar the $5 million the broke health care entrepreneur was demanding, Parmar switched loyalties to Molner. “Parmar proceeded to publicly provide Molner with the illegally recorded telephone conversations and other confidential information that Parmar had obtained through his position as Bergstein’s trusted confidant. By and through Parmar’s insidious conduct, Molner came into position of information detrimental to Bergstein to which Molner would never have had access, nor been entitled,” claims the dense 25-page complaint filed today in LA Superior Court.
Seeking unspecified damages and legal fees, the filing claims that this information fueled Aramid’s “war against Bergstein” and the various lawsuits related to the producer’s 2010 bankruptcy. The filing goes after Parmar for the extortion, Aramid and Screen Capital International for aiding and abetting civil extortion and everyone for conspiracy to commit civil extortion. Bergstein’s lawyers, which now include former LA County Deputy DA Alan J. Jackson, say in a discovery process “Parmar inadvertently produced communications between himself and Molner revealing the conspiracy between them to damage and entrap Bergstein dating all the way back to 2010.” Oh yeah, and there’s NSA and FBI agents, a role in a Sidney Lumet movie, foreclosed mansions, further betrayal and more B-movie material than a Roger Corman classic also to be found in the jury trial-seeking complaint as well. Seriously. Alex Weingarten, Eric Bakewell, Logan Elliott and Vartanoush Defterderian of LA’s Weingarten Brown and Alan J. Jackson of downtown firm Palmer Lombardi & Donohue are representing Bergstein.
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