LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A request for dismissal has been filed in a lawsuit by Charlie’s Sheen’s former mother-in-law and a real estate agent whom she alleged owed her a $43,750 referral fee in connection with a Mulholland Estates home the actor bought two years ago.
A clerk for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin said today that the court papers were filed Wednesday, but that they did not indicate whether the dispute between plaintiff Moira Fiore and the agent, Marty Trugman, had been resolved. The attorneys could not be immediately reached.
However, both sides had discussed a possible settlement at the end of the first day of a nonjury trial before Fruin on Jan. 11. Testimony was scheduled to resume today.
Fiore’s suit alleged breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation. Her daughter is Sheen’s ex-wife, Brooke Mueller. Fiore knew Trugman because he was the listing agent for part of the time when she, Mueller and a third person put up a Los Feliz home they owned for sale, according to trial testimony. Mueller testified that the money her mother expected to obtain through the commission was to benefit the twin sons she had with Sheen.
“My mother does not need the money, with all due respect,” Mueller said. “It’s a matter of principle.”
The suit alleged that in February 2011, Trugman verbally promised Fiore a 25 percent referral fee for aiding the agent in finding Sheen as a buyer for the home formerly owned by “Black Swan” producer Mike Medavoy. Sheen and Mueller were estranged at the time.
The “Wall Street” actor already lived in the area and wanted to buy the home for Mueller and their sons so the two families could live close together, testimony showed. He purchased the property in April 2011 for $7 million, but Mueller never moved into the residence.
Although Fiore was a licensed real estate agent in Florida and not California at the time, her lawyer, Allie Weinstein, maintained the California Business and Professions Code allowed her client to collect such a referral fee from a agent in this state.
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