Steve Harvey, host of the popular game show “Family Feud,” as well as a formidable icon in American pop culture, is being sued by a former employee over charity fraud.
The plaintiff alleges that Harvey refused to pay him the thousands of dollars he said he raised for Harvey’s charity. Todd Frank, Harvey’s agent, denies the allegations, according to Fox News.
“It sounds fake,” he said regarding the claims made by ex-employee Vincent Dimmock.
According to TMZ, Harvey hired Dimmock to raise $20 million for the Steve and Marjorie Foundation as well as other ventures. Allegedly, Dimmock struck a deal with Harvey in April to raise the millions, and was promised in return %12.5 of everything he brought in.
Dimmock claimed that he had access to high-level executives, A-list entertainers and political figures, including a former President. These impressive leads led to pledges of $20 million.
Dimmock delivered on the first million but Harvey refused to pay him his commission. According to the lawsuit, Dimmock believed that Harvey never intended to pay him.
Other details came out about Harvey during the lawsuit, such as the number of entertainers and media figures whom Harvey disparaged during an investor meeting in May in which Dimmock took part. In that meeting, Dimmock alleges that Harvey cast blame on Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry for giving him bad financial advice.
Harvey also blamed Barack Obama for his “disastrous meeting with Donald Trump,” which Harvey said left him in bad financial shape—caused not only by that meeting but also through another P.R. gaffe in which he mocked Asian men, said Dimmock.
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