Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A federal lawsuit filed in Tampa on Wednesday by a California couple alleges fraud after they say they gave $320,000 toward the construction of the "Super Power" building that has yet to be completed.
Wednesday, January 23
Editor's note: This story was updated at 2:50 p.m. to include comment from the Church of Scientology. A federal lawsuit alleges the Church of Scientology misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from a California couple that were intended to construct a new building in Clearwater, TBO.com reports. The suit, filed by Luis A. Garcia Saz and his wife, Maria Del Rocio Burgos Garcia, at Tampa's federal courthouse Wednesday, claims the couple gave $320,000 to the church toward the construction of its "Super Power" building that remains incomplete more than 14 years after a groundbreaking ceremony. The suit alleges less than half of the total $200 million in contributions for the downtown building have been spent on construction, …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Recently filed court papers allege the Church of Scientology spent up to $30 million on perks to influence judges and attorneys in the wake of church member Lisa McPherson's death in 1995.
A former Church of Scientology official claims the organization spent up to $30 million to cover up the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson in Clearwater, according to an ABC Action News reports. The Tampa attorney who represented McPherson's family after she died, told the news station he has sworn statements from Scientology's former No. 2 in charge, Marty Rathbun, alleging that the church spent lavishly on perks to try to influence judges and attorneys in the McPherson case. Attorney Ken Dandar is now being sued by the Church of Scientology, which says Dandar failed to adhere to a settlement agreement from the McPherson wrongful death suit that said he would never again represent someone suing Scientology, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Terms of the settlement between the Clearwater resident and the Tampa Bay area radio personality are confidential, TBO.com reports.
Clearwater Beach resident Hulk Hogan has settled his lawsuit against Tampa Bay area radio host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, TBO.com reports. Hogan had filed suit in state court against Clem over a video that showed the pro wrestling star having sex with Clem's ex-wife, Heather Clem. In it, Hogan accused Clem of making the 2006 video without his knowledge. The terms of the settlement are confidential, TBO reports, citing a news release from Hogan's publicity firm. Clem issued a public apology on his radio show Monday, according to TBO. Hogan has also filed a federal lawsuit against the onlilne gossip site Gawker.com, which has posted a segment of the video. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, has lived in the Clearwater area for more …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem slams his longtime friend, wrestling superstar and Clearwater resident Hulk Hogan, over a lawsuit Hogan filed against Clem regarding a sex video with Clem's ex-wife.
Longtime Clearwater resident Hulk Hogan is embroiled in a legal battle and a feud of pro wrestling proportions with a local radio host over a sex tape. Hogan filed a civil lawsuit in Pinellas County Circuit Court earlier this week against shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and Clem's ex-wife, Heather Clem, TBO.com reports. The suit accuses the two of videotaping Hogan and Heather Clem having sex in her bedroom about six years ago. Hogan also filed a lawsuit in federal court against the owners of the celebrity gossip website Gawker.com, which recently released an excerpt of the video. Clem spent Tuesday morning on his 102.5 FM radio show bashing Hogan, a longtime friend, and saying that Hogan was aware he was being recorded, TBO reports…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The 32-year-old patron has filed suit against Bliss Cabaret, claiming he only spent $625, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
A 32-year-old St. Petersburg man is disputing a $50,000 charge rung up on his credit card at a Clearwater strip club, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lokesh Jones has filed a lawsuit against Bliss Cabaret, a full-liquor topless bar at 3860 Ulmerton Rd., claiming that several charge slips contained forged signatures and were for thousands in bartender tips, the Times reports. Jones said he instead spent "$625 on bottles of Michelob Ultra and a few strippers in a private room." Jones' attorney, David Sockol, told the newspaper: "It's not like he was out there making it rain," Sockol said, with a nod at the strip-club ritual of sprinkling dollar bills. "It's one thing to be an idiot and show off to a couple of strippers. It's another thing …