Alec Baldwin Files Fraud Suit Against Art Gallery

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Actor Alec Baldwin has filed suit against a prominent New York art gallery owner, alleging Mary Boone of the Mary Boone Gallery, swindled him by selling him a counterfeit painting.

The suit, filed in New York on behalf of Mr. Baldwin by Hueston Hennigan LLP, alleges Mr. Baldwin contacted Ms. Boone when he was seeking to purchase an original painting by noted contemporary artist Ross Bleckner. Instead of the promised painting, the suit alleges, Boone delivered a counterfeit with gallery stamps placed to deceive him. Mr. Baldwin, the suit says, consulted with Sotheby's and eventually learned the delivered painting was a fraud.

John Hueston, Mr. Baldwin's attorney, said, "Through this suit, Mr. Baldwin seeks not only to recover his own losses due to Ms. Boone's blatant fraud, but he sees this as an opportunity to help address counterfeiting in the world of fine art sales."

Mr. Hueston served as counsel to billionaire Bill Koch, who brought several successful suits arising out of counterfeit wine sold to him by various individuals and auction houses. In one suit against a wine seller, after a three-week jury trial in New York, a jury delivered a verdict in Mr. Koch's favor on all counts, along with a substantial punitive damages verdict. Mr. Hueston also is the former federal prosecutor who led the Enron Task Force prosecutions of Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling.

Mr. Baldwin is represented by Hueston Hennigan LLP attorneys John C. Hueston, Moez M. Kaba and Steven N. Feldman. Both Mr. Kaba and Mr. Feldman were members of the Koch trial team which, as discussed above, was led by Mr. Hueston.

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