We've been looking into the bizarre legal feud between fellow billionaires and Palm Beach neighbours Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter and Canadian Harold Peerenboom for a few years now. As has the Hollywood Reporter which, yesterday, broke out all sorts of new details.
For those new to this, there was an argument between newcomer to the community Peerenboom over the way the local tennis club was run. That's about it.
Anyone someone started an organised hate campaign against Peerenboom to neighbours at the Sloan's Curve complex, his family and friends and even local convicts smearing him. The Perlmutters were blamed, but there is also the allegation it was a false flag operation. In previous articles, Ike Perlmutter and his wife Laura Perlmutter's DNA was taken without permission for comparison, Marvel Comics was
Marvel Comics was legally ordered to hand over any such e-mails involving Peerenboom, aside from those involving Ike's wife and alleged co-conspirator Laura Perlmutter. And now Perenbom is alleging that Marvel employees took part in this smear campaign, including Marisol Garcia, Perlmutter's personal assistant and Robert Grosser, Marvel's internal security officer, something they deny.
Ike Perlmutter has become part of the Trump administration, Mar-a-lago close to Sloan's Curve, which has meant for the first time in decades, Perlmutter has been seen on camera. Is this how he came by new information? Perlmutter's attorney claims he received a full police report via a public records request once the Palm Beach police investigation had ended, revealing a discovery by Homeland Security.
Because Perlmutter's team have now added into evidence that customs and police intercepted from Canada to Florida a "hate mail kit" containing letters inside sealed envelopes with addresses preprinted, and three sets of latex gloves so as not to leave DNA of fingerprints. Which was just the kind of material used in the alleged smear campaign from the Perlmutters against Peerenboom.
The new filing claims police and Homeland Security carried out a sting operation to see who would claim the package, but no one did, the package being sent, and delivered to a David Smith, who the filing claims is a former employee and partner of Peerenboom's company Mandrake. Which could finger a former business associate of Peerenboom as the person behind the smear campaign that Peerenboom ascribes to Perlmutter.
However, the Perlmutter filing alleges that this was a false flag operation, an attempt by Peerenboom to smear himself, but add Hebrew slang and details relating to the Perlmutters and actually smear Ike Perlmutter.
The new filing also involves Perenboom's new lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, who is also currently representing Donald Trump as outside counsel over the probe into whether or not his campaign colluded with the Russians. With Perlmutter's filing stating that Peerenboom and Kasowitx knew about David Smith's involvement from the beginning, as they frustrated attempts by Perlmutter's team to find out more about Mandrake employees. And they knew about the police report, but continued to make allegations against the Perlmutters.However, for the first time, Perlmutter's team have admitted that in June 2011, he and his assistant disseminated to his friends, neighbours and Sloan's Curve board members copies of newspaper clippings about Peerenboom.
However, for the first time, Perlmutter's team have admitted that in June 2011, he and his assistant disseminated to his friends, neighbours and Sloan's Curve board members copies of newspaper clippings about Peerenboom.
But that this is as far as it went and did not involve the hate mail campaign of false allegations against Peerenboom. And that this was concocted by Smith and Peerenboom to frame the Perlmutters.
Kasowitz' firm told THR that the allegations against Peerenboom and Kadowitz in the filing are false – though note the admission of the mailings sent by Perlmutter. That Peerenboom had nothing to do with the seized package and involvement by David Smith who they call a "disgruntled former colleague" is unknown.
Perlmutter's attorney calls for the courts to put an end to "Peerenboom's scheme to extort the Perlmutters" and to cancel a deposition for Laura Perlmutter set to begin in June.
Are we finally getting closer to wrapping up this long-running affair? Or is this just the end of the beginning?