Alec Baldwin Settles Art Fraud Case
Alec Baldwin has dismissed his fraud suit against art gallery owner Mary Boone, after reaching a seven-figure settlement, an amount that represents a full trial victory.
Mr. Baldwin sued Boone in September 2016 in the New York Supreme Court, after discovering that she had delivered a freshly-painted facsimile of a painting to him instead of the original, authentic work he agreed to purchase. Mr. Baldwin had paid Boone $190,000 for a painting by noted contemporary artist Ross Bleckner, but became suspicious after the piece he received appeared brighter and smelled of fresh paint. Instead of revealing that the painting was a copy by Mr. Bleckner, Boone attempted to deceive him. She alleged she had had the painting cleaned as a courtesy.
The settlement, which also includes additional works of art by Bleckner, was reached after Hueston Hennigan undertook aggressive pre-trial discovery and prepared for trial, which was set for 2018.
Representing Alec Baldwin were John Hueston, Moez Kaba and Steven Feldman.