Somebody’s going around pretending to be Peter Bart, and Variety Media is going after them in the courts, reports Variety. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, the company says that imposters are claiming to be the magazine columnist. Seems the would-be identity thieves had a peterbartproductions.com website up, but as of right now, it’s gone. The pseudo-Barts supposedly also were buying things on Variety’s dime as the trade mag’s former Editor-in-chief and sending out emails inviting folks to a press conference that never happened. “Defendants’ conduct constituted a credible impersonation in that it actually confused Variety‘s vendors, among others,” the complaint says. While the fake Barts’ real names are not disclosed in the action, Variety Media wants an injunction against their site. Bart himself is named as plaintiff in the suit along with Variety Media, which is owned by Jay Penske, owner of Deadline’s parent company PMC.
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