A book and movie’s been made about Heidi Fleiss the famous madam. She once ran a busy house and ended up in the big house. Told “Trick or Treat,” her johns, such as Charlie Sheen and Robert Evans, would say “Trick.” She did time. They did not.
She’s back making news. This time it’s financial, not consensual. After filing a lawsuit last year against a onetime friend of hers, her lawyer Robert Hantman is now requesting default judgment, to be heard in New York State Supreme Court before Judge Kaplan.
In 2016, per Heidi’s request, this former friend and sometime trusted assistant allegedly invested Heidi’s inheritance money into bitcoin. Claiming it made millions, Heidi claims the person refuses to return any.
At issue is entitlement to the investments. This ex-pal allegedly evaded process servers, and I’m told a summons was finally — creatively — served to her by sticking it in a bouquet of orchids in August.
Since then, Heidi has attempted to speak with the one she’s suing, but says, “This woman’s boyfriend warned me to never contact them again.”
However . . . more interesting . . . the hoped for sum is to establish an exotic bird sanctuary for Heidi’s macaw parrots. OK?
Says Hantman: “We hope for a speedy resolution, even though the money is for the birds.”
Going rates for celeb videos
Cameos once meant a walk-on. Stars did them in movies, TV shows. Alfred Hitchcock did them in his films. Now VIP bit parts come to you on your phone. The Chicago-based company is called Cameo.
Brett Favre will wish you a happy birthday for $300 . . . Comedian Jeff Ross: “Make money in your pajamas. Rip into your friends, they deserve it.” Also $300 . . . Caitlyn Jenner, $2,500, with proceeds going to her foundation, which combats discrimination against transgender people . . . Jon Lovitz, more like $150 . . . Chris Noth, $250. Some money goes to Food Bank of NY, but who knows how much? Warning: He cut his own hair in quarantine . . . The former Mr. Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold: “It’s fun to connect with people.” He’ll run you $125 . . . Ricki Lake: $100. “I do it to raise funds for my documentary ‘The Business of Birth Control.’ ” But she’ll let you be her co-producer . . . Tom Bergeron: “I joined Cameo to help support SAG-AFTRA members and a coronavirus relief fund” . . . Daymond John, the most reasonable in “Shark Tank” — $199. His DJ name is Sauce on the Side. I knew you’d want to know. And comic Alonzo Bodden’s $50. A bargain. Also flexible. “I got different kinds of funny. High-brow, NPR, down and dirty. You name it, I got it.” Cameo takes 25 percent of each shout-out. Worth shouting out is that the company’s reportedly worth $300 million.
Prez is asking
The 2020 Victory Survey’s out. Return address: “Trump Make America Great Again Committee.” Questions like “Who should set US policy?” Answers include “President, Pelosi, Dem candidate” . . . “Support President Trump’s tough negotiations with China and N. Korea?” Answers are “yes, no, undecided” . . . “Should the US stop dangerous caravans at the border and prevent illegal immigration?” Again, “yes, no, undecided.” Another’s “Rank priorities in terms of Importance.” Answers: Growing economy/Rebuilding military/fix health care/negotiate trade agreements/securing our border.
In these hectic times, let us heed the advice of Nostradamus, or let’s call him Nostredamnit: “Beware of any psychiatrist who validates your existence — but makes you pay for parking.”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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