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THREAD: Many people have posted threads over the past day or so about Ike Perlmutter thanks to this huge story breaking. 1)…
Lots of folks have tweeted about how much the Perlmutters have donated to Trump, his campaign and his foundation. 2)…
Honestly, I knew nothing about him until the story broke. I'm not a Marvel follower (go ahead, shoot me), and his name meant zero to me. Then I got a tip that Ike might not be such a great guy. In fact, he might fall more into the POS category. So, I did my thing: Google 3)
Let's talk about this BAT SHIT CRAZINESS RIGHT HERE:
Perlmutter is at the center of a bizarre legal battle involving a smear campaign, his Canadian antagonist, allegations of defamation and possible genetic larceny. And it all began over a tennis court tussle in Palm Beach. 4)
you really couldn't make this shit up if you tried. I'll break it down. 5)…
Perlmutter splits his time btwn NY and Florida, where he owns a condominium at Sloan's Curve, a waterfront Palm Beach complex where units range from $1 million to $6 million and offer exclusive access to a private beach, expansive views and state-of-the-art athletic facilities.6)
Perlmutter likes to play tennis, but controversy erupted on his precious courts thanks to another Sloan's Curve resident named Harold Peerenboom, a Toronto businessman who founded multinational executive search firm Mandrake Management. 7)
Peerenboom apparently became concerned around 2010 that the Sloan's Curve tennis facilities had been operated by a woman named Karen Donnelly for more than a decade without competitive bidding on a contract. So Peerenboom lobbied his fellow residents, to address the situation 8)
which led Donnelly and her company to file a defamation lawsuit against him for allegedly smearing her at board meetings. Peerenboom later would accuse Perlmutter of seeking to protect the tennis courts (and his friend Donnelly) by orchestrating and funding Donnelly's lawsuit. 9)
NOW IT GETS UGLY: In 2011, residents at Sloan's Curve received anonymous mailings critical of Peerenboom's politics in Toronto during the late 1990s. Peerenboom believes the letters were an attempt by Perlmutter to undermine him 10)
2012: Sloan's Curve's hundreds of residents received more anonymous mailings. In one letter, sent with a West Palm Beach postmark, Peerenboom was accused of sexual assault on a minor and bribery of the victim's mother to cover up the crime. (He denies all the claims.) 11)
The missives not only were sent to residents of community but also to Peerenboom's family, friends, co-workers at Mandrake and others. Peerenboom again suspected Perlmutter as the culprit and contacted the Palm Beach Police Department, which launched a criminal investigation.12)
2013 TOTAL BAT SHIT CRAZINESS x100: According to a ruling from a Florida judge informed by four days of testimony in April, Peerenboom admitted to his involvement in a 2013 scheme to collect Perlmutter's DNA under false pretenses. 13)
Peerenboom used Donnelly's defamation suit over those tennis courts to force the appearance of Perlmutter and his wife at a deposition. He says in court filings it was his attorney Douberley's idea to collect Perlmutter's DNA 14)
and have it compared to genetic material retrieved from the anonymous hate mailings. 15)
Marc Kasowitz, an attorney for Peerenboom, insists there was no "DNA theft,"the police were told what was happening and that they were fine with it, even suggesting they would use the results. He asserts neither a warrant nor a subpoena was necessary to collect discarded DNA. 16)
yeah, this Marc Kasowitz: Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back, Bitch 17)…
ENTER TRUMP: Perlmutter's camp also claims that Peerenboom has a private DNA data bank of many neighbors (he testified about going through their trash) and also has dined with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, with access to the drinking glass and silverware used by the POTUS candidate 18)
Kasowitz responds that his client doesn't know Trump and considers the implication he harvested Trump's DNA to be ridiculous and untrue. 19)
FAST FORWARD TO 2016: more than three years since Perlmutter had his DNA lifted, the Peerenboom dispute has taken new crazy twists. Peerenboom is suing the Marvel billionaire for defamation over those anonymous hate mailings — 20)
which include the portrayal of Peerenboom as an anti-Semite who endorsed Hitler's "Final Solution" (he denies the claims), 21)
plus inciting letters purportedly sent from Peerenboom to more than 1000 inmates in prisons across Florida and Ontario, Canada. (States one such letter: "While your [sic] in jail, I am writing to your mom, telling her exactly what kind of scumbag you are.") (WTAF?) 22)
There were over 1,000 emails related to Peerenboom on Marvel's servers," says Kasowitz. "[Perlmutter] was using Marvel staff to dig up dirt on Peerenboom, whom they called the 'troublemaker.' 23)
OOPS Laura Perlmutter: In March, NYT reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin detailed a small portion of the dispute and perhaps unintentionally tripped on a sensitive subject, writing, 24)
"Mr. Peerenboom's legal team said that a private lab had found a direct DNA match on the outside of one of the sent envelopes, implicating Mr. Perlmutter's wife, Laura." 25)
THE BATTLE OVER THE DNA: Black calls the report a "phony story" and alleges in a Perlmutter countersuit filed July 12 that after Perlmutter's DNA was surreptitiously collected, Speckin didn't have the laboratory equipment required to conduct genetic testing and analysis. 26)
So the samples were forwarded to another firm, Nevada-based Genquest DNA Laboratory, which came back with exculpatory results. In other words, claim Perlmutter's lawyers, the stolen DNA didn't match what was found on the hate mail. 27)
FAST FORWARD TO 2017, it ain't over yet: In Non-Trump Lawsuit, Trump Lawyer Accuses Trump Friend of Obstruction 28)…
Marc Kasowitz is busy defending Donald Trump from an investigation into possible obstruction of justice. 29)
Meanwhile, Kasowitz continues to represent Toronto businessman Peerenboom in a bizarre feud with Perlmutter, chairman of Marvel Entertainment. Peerenboom blames Perlmutter, a friend of Trump's, for being responsible for a series of anonymous mailings a half-decade ago. 30)
May 30, Perlmutter trumpeted the discovery of a package that was sent from Canada to Florida and intercepted by Customs and Border Protection. The package included a "hate mail kit" sent by someone else which Perlmutter hoped would vindicate him from Peerenboom's allegations. 31)
Kasowitz & other attorneys at his firm now filed a blistering response to Perlmutter, and in a motion for sanctions, Peerenboom's side accuses the Marvel chairman of bad acts 32)
including false representations in pleadings, obtaining stolen files, threatening a police investigator, pressuring Florida elected officials, and more. 33)
he said, he said, craziness. FAST FORWARD TO JULY 3, 2018: Marvel's Ike Perlmutter Sued for Allegedly Sending Court Filing to Hollywood Reporter 34)…
As if the legal saga between Marvel chairman Isaac Perlmutter and Canadian businessman Harold Peerenboom couldn't get any more heated, a new defamation lawsuit has been filed over court materials allegedly sent by a star litigator to The Hollywood Reporter. 35)
In May 2017, The Hollywood Reporter covered a significant development in the case: Marvel's Ike Perlmutter, a Trump Friend, Hopes Homeland Security Helped Solve Bizarre Mystery 36)…
In the new lawsuit, Peerenboom alleges that statements in the filing were false and that Perlmutter has since testified under oath that he did not believe the allegations against Peerenboom and his lawyers.

The basis for the defamation claim? 37)
According to the complaint, "Defendants published these false statements in May 2017, and thereafter knowingly and intentionally both through email to third parties and by sending the false statements to THR, with the knowledge and intent that THR would republish them widely 38)
to the public throughout the United States, and by publishing the false statements with additional false comments on the Roy Black Firm's website, available nationally and internationally." 39)
THANKS TO MY TIPSTER, yes, I will go ahead and file Ike in my POS pile. end)
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