Private investigator sues Miami Herald reporter, claiming she made him hard on Jeffrey Epstein’s book
Private investigator sues Miami Herald reporter, alleges she kept him from his share of Jeffrey Epstein book contract and lucrative $ 1 million HBO deal
- Michael Fisten sued Miami reporter Julie K. Brown over the litigation
- He claims he ran out of money to help with her book
- Brown is the author of the upcoming Epstein book Perversion Of Justice
- Her lawyers say Fisten’s claim is false and ‘built on smoke and mirrors’
A private investigator has sued a Miami Herald reporter, claiming she scraped him for the proceeds he owed from her $ 1 million book contract and HBO series about the late sex predator Jeffrey Epstein.
Gumshoe Michael Fisten filed a claim in the arbitration court on Tuesday against reporter Julie K. Brown, accusing her of violating a profit-sharing “ partnership agreement ”. Herald reported.
Brown’s lucrative book and TV deals stem from the coverage she did for the newspaper’s award-winning series, but she went on leave to work on the book, and the Herald says it’s a private contract dispute.
In his lawsuit, retired Detective Fisten alleges that he and Brown signed an agreement in May 2019, which she subsequently renounced.
Gumshoe Michael Fisten (left) filed a claim in the arbitration court against reporter Julie K. Brown (right) on Tuesday, accusing her of violating a profit-sharing ‘partnership agreement’
According to the complaint, Brown signed a $ 1 million contract for her book on Epstein with Harper Collins last year and then split an initial $ 300,000 payment with Fisten.
However, Fisten claims that he has not received any other money since then and was subsequently dropped from the HBO deal entirely.
Epstein died in federal custody last year in what was considered a suicide
Brown’s attorney Jeff Sonn denies that Fisten owes anything from the HBO deal, saying the private attorney’s lawsuit is “ based on smoke and mirrors. ”
“This is a simple contract dispute, period,” Sonn said to the Herald.
He added that Brown plans to sue Fisten for breaching their contract by working as a consultant on a Netflix series and transferring information that should be exclusive to Brown’s book.
Sonn states that Fisten “delivered almost nothing new that was substantive to the book.”
Brown worked on the Herald’s groundbreaking series, also titled Perversion Of Justice, which blew the lid off Epstein’s sweetheart deal with federal prosecutors in 2006.
The series helped spark a renewed investigation that led to Epstein’s arrest by the FBI in 2019.
Fisten is a retired sergeant with the Miami-Dade Police Department who began investigating Epstein’s crimes in 2009
Epstein, who trafficked dozens of underage girls for years, according to prosecutors, died in federal custody last year in what was ruled a suicide.
Fisten is a retired sergeant in the Miami-Dade Police Department who began investigating Epstein’s crimes in 2009.
His attorney told the Herald that Fisten deserved more credit for exposing Epstein’s crimes.
‘[Brown] has received numerous awards, which she would not have received without Fisten’s contributions, ”said attorney Richard C. Wolfe.
Brown’s book will be released on May 11, 2021.
Epstein’s longtime gal pal Ghislaine Maxwell is currently being held without bail on charges that she participated in Epstein’s sex trade.
In a federal court in Manhattan filing Wednesday, federal prosecutors said Maxwell is expected to file a “ renewed bail application. ”
Maxwell has been charged with six federal counts, including seducing minors, sex trafficking and perjury.
She was arrested in June and has been in Brooklyn detention center since July, in the run-up to her July 14, 2021 trial. She pleaded not guilty.