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Randall Emmett, ex of Lala Kent, accused of abuse and fraud

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If you don’t know Randall Emmett for his empire of “geezer teaser” movies that (briefly) feature older stars like Bruce Willis and Al Pacino, you might recognize the Hollywood producer as Lala Kent’s ex-fiancé from Vanderpump Rules. But according to a June 30 report from Los Angeles Time, Emmett is also known for something else: the alleged mistreatment of several wives, assistants and business associates. The TimeThe lengthy report includes several allegations of abuse and fraud against Emmett, who has denied all allegations through a spokeswoman.

According to Time, several women accused Emmett of inappropriate behavior that took place online or in person. An aspiring actress has alleged that he said she “would have to perform sexual favors” in order to get an acting job with him. Over a three-year period, the producer allegedly received massages and oral sex from her, digitally penetrated her, and masturbated while she stood naked in his office. Emmett later reportedly signed a settlement agreement to pay her approximately $200,000 (although he denied doing so).

Lala Kent alleges that Emmett “tackled” her and threw her to the ground when she tried to grab her phone and prove he was cheating on her. “That’s when I knew, for sure, he was hiding a lot,” Kent said in the article. Additionally, he allegedly paid women to sign non-disclosure agreements that kept his sexual relationships a secret. A woman who first told the Time that she signed two of those deals later said through Emmett’s attorney that she lied to “paint the worst possible picture of Randall.” Prior to her retraction, she had alleged to the Time that Emmett had abused a friend of his, Samantha Rakell. Emmett’s team also provided an affidavit in which Rakell said she once lied to Time journalist Amy Kaufman to make Emmett “look abusive” – ​​yet, according to the Timeno one from the outlet had ever interviewed her.

The Time also spoke with ten of his former assistants, who accuse him of a series of allegations, including asking them to carry drugs, make payments to women and put thousands of dollars in charges on their cards personal credit. “Randall was different from just being a mean boss,” former assistant Martin G’Blae said. “He made people do dangerous things – and illegal things. You were to be his punching bag – and his mule. G’Blae, a black man, alleged that he was tasked with carrying a safe that he initially did not know contained a “large bag of cocaine”. A source close to Emmett said the assistants have been reimbursed for their credit card costs, but G’Blae, who left in September 2020, alleges that he has not yet been fully reimbursed for his expenses in as Emmett’s assistant.

Meanwhile, Emmett and his company would face nearly 12 lawsuits totaling more than $25 million in outstanding loans and disputed payments. The Time secured copies of lucrative deals that give stars of Emmett films — including Willis, Pacino, Robert De Niro, and more. – lavish vacations and accommodations, despite behind-the-scenes allegations that the company was struggling to pay crew and other staff.

Last year, the Writers Guild of America West won $541,464 from Emmett’s company after it filed a lawsuit for writers who alleged they had been wronged for working on one of his projects. “Its normal mode of operation is sketchy,” said Teresa Huang, one of the writers involved. “He just spins all these plates in the air and doesn’t care how they crash.” Speak TimeEmmett responded to Huang’s statement by attributing the allegations to a “smear campaign” orchestrated by Kent in the custody dispute over their child.