Arsenio Hall Faces $2M Lawsuit From Scribe Who Says He Was Promised Head Writer Job

Paul Raff, whose credits include more than five years writing for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is suing the late-night host, The Arsenio Hall Show exec producer John Ferriter and CBS Studios over what he claims were broken promises for him to take a key job on the syndicated talker. In a suit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Raff claims that an August 2012 meeting with Arsenio Hall and Ferriter resulted in an agreement that Raff he would be employed as head writer of the show. The suit also says that “Raff agreed to make Ferriter his exclusive representative and Ferriter agree to counsel and direct Raff in the development of his career.” The terms of the rep deal were put it a contract, but the pact “was never executed, so the parties operated pursuant to an oral agreement.” The filing goes on to say that “in the spirit of loyalty to Ferriter,” Raff agreed to take a freelance job writing, producing and directing clips for Hall’s website and that Ferriter “repeatedly promised that the job would dovetail into the pre-production phase of the series in the summer of 2013.” Raff claims he and Hall “completed five clips for the website, but Hall failed to shoot more because he was lazy and afraid of failure.” The suit adds that Hall “liked every bit” of Raff’s writing and that Raff in a subsequent meeting “dazzled his interviewers with his creative abilities”. But no offer ever came. The suit, whose claims include fraudulent inducement and negligent misrepresentation, seeks at least $2 million and a jury trial. Attorney Lisa L. Maki is representing the plaintiff.

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