EXCLUSIVE: Ted Field and his Radar Pictures haven’t exactly been strangers to legal action in recent years, and today Fernando Sulichin has added a potentially pivotal fraud claim to his ongoing lawsuit over a bridge loan for Kickboxer: Vengeance. In a proposed motion for an amended complaint now seeking at least $2.25 million, the Snowden producer and his Central Films Media Holdings are looking to be in a position to pursue punitive damages over the $500,000 bridge loan they claim Field obtained under misrepresentation for the remake to the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme-starring movie Kickboxer.
“Among Field’s other false representations made as part of his scheme to solicit funds, Field represented to Plaintiffs, in writing, that he was the ‘CEO’ of Defendant Acme Kick Productions, LLC, a recipient of the funds,” says the now three claim complaint (read it here), which is set to go to trial January 23 in L.A. Superior Court. Lawyers for Sulichin are seeking a hearing on December 14 on the motion. “As Field was forced to admit during his deposition –and as he well knew at the time he claimed to be ‘CEO’ — that material representation was false,” adds 11-page filing citing breach of contract, breach of guaranty and fraud.
Field and Radar Pictures did not respond to request for comment on today’s motion. They have, however, denied in court the allegations presented in the initial jury-seeking complaint last fall. The original filing over the $500,000 bridge loan executed on November 25, 2014 was entered before the court on October 1, 2015.
This is the second known lawsuit over financing for the John Stockwell-directed remake, which was released on September 2, 2016. Back in June, executive producer Kenneth Nutley sued Field, Radar and Acme Kick Productions for fraud over a $1 million bridge loan he provided the production. Like the Sulchin loan, Nutely apparently never got his cash back as promised.
“Plaintiffs arc informed and believe and based thereon allege that the Picture was facing financial difficulties, but after repeated and aggressive solicitations to Sulichin from Field and Radar, and given their friendship, Field’s self-proclaimed substantial assets, and Field’s representations as set forth herein, Plaintiffs agreed to enter into the Agreement and thereby agreed to advance further funds to Defendants for the Picture,” today’s filing states in language similar to the Nutley suit.
Having not received a repayment on the loan “no …later than 30 days” after the contract was signed almost two years ago, Sulichin wants a variety of damages on each of the claims of “an amount of no less than $750,000.00.”
Matthew Rosengart and Adam Siegler of Greenberg Traurig, LLP are representing Sulichin and Central Films Media Holdings in the matter. Beverly Hills-based Freund & Brackey LLP are representing Field and the other defendants.