BRUCE Willis has sued a childhood friend, claiming he tried to extort at least US$100 000 from him by threatening to release private photos of the action star.
The lawsuit claims that Bruce DiMattia was “overcome by
greed” and was “jealous of his former friend’s success,” so he threatened to disclose personal information about the actor unless Willis bought him a car and paid him at least US$100 000.
DiMattia worked for Willis — and lived rent-free in a house owned by the actor — from 2002 until 2006, the lawsuit said.
He was responsible for maintaining Willis’ personal items and memorabilia and organising photographs and videos of the actor and his family.
DiMattia’s employment ended this year, but he has refused to move out of the house and still has Willis’ private photos and other property, according to the suit.
Willis is seeking at least US$1 million in damages, according to the suit filed August 1.
Willis’ attorney, Martin Singer, said the suit was served to DiMattia “within a day or two of being filed,” adding that the case would likely go to trial in a year.
DiMattia, who could not be reached for comment, has not yet named a defence attorney according to a court clerk. — AP.