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"Benjamin Button" Writer Sues Over Ponzi Fraud

12/26/2008 4:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The writer of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Forrest Gump" and "The Horse Whisperer" has sued his investment manager after suffering "massive losses" as a result of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.

In a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Eric Roth claims his "trusted investment manager," Stanley Chais, was responsible for managing hundreds of millions of dollars from various clients. The suit claims Chais "simply handed over the entirety of these funds to BMIS [Maddoff's company], all the while collecting enormous fees for his so-called 'management' of these investments."

Roth, who was was just nominated for a Golden Globe for "Benjamin Button," said earlier this week he lost all his retirement money, telling the L.A. Times, "I'm the biggest sucker that ever walked the face of the Earth."

In the suit, Roth blasts Chais for failing to diversify the investments and failing to heed warning signs that it was all too good to be true.

Roth is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

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kath    

Ah ha SUCKER!

1940 days ago
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Tangie    

Brad Pitt is the worst actor in the world. And the name of this movie is quite possibly the dumbest......

1940 days ago
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Admitted Democrat    

If it looks too good to be true....DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK!!! If you are smart enough to win an Oscar but dumb enough to get ripped off like this, then I am trul sorry but you deserve what you get. Bernie Madoff is a true sociopath in every sense of the word, but you were the one who turned over complete control.

1939 days ago
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laughin' in Malibu    

Geez, Kath. Do you have any idea how many people lost millions of dollars with this crook? Go back to reading comic books until you can grasp what's happening the real world. Hey, but you were FIRST!

1939 days ago
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THEMOMMA    

KATH IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ........ IT WAS ALL GOOD WHEN THE BIG CHECKS WERE COMING IN BUT WOOOOAAAAH " YOU MEAN THIS GUY WAS BREAKING THE LAW?" TIME FOR ALL THE SUCKERS TO SUE I GUESS !!! WELL WAA WA WAAAAAAA THEY WONT BE ABLE TO GET BLOOD OUT OF THAT TURNIP !!!!!

1939 days ago
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Mags    

I thought F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote "The curious case of Benjamin Button".

1939 days ago
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Tangie    

kimbermom...you're the one who doesn't have a clue about the real world, honey. Most people aren't millionaires. We are suppose to care about some greedy fat cats losing money? The real world is war, starvation, poverty, no jobs. You sound like a twit and you seem pretty stupid about life.

1939 days ago
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Tangie    

#3 Wilma--Indeed, it is a dumb name for a movie or a book for that matter. My favorite bad name is "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar" !! The worst!

1939 days ago
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Mags    

Oh please!!! Kath, themomma and the others, you would fall for this scam faster than a lead piano!!! The easiest people to fool are those who think they are too clever to be fooled. Do you even know what a Ponzi scheme is, and how Maddoff executed it?

1939 days ago
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stia    

Oh, like the people who lost millions didn't screw anyone over to get those millions......I say BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

1939 days ago
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Reality    

Hahahahaah!!! LOSER!!! Serves you rich idiots right. I think McDonalds is hiring, good luck!

1939 days ago
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Bob    

Big rewards = big risk. Never invest more then you can afford to lose. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Which one of these did all those who lost money not understand. I notice none complained about earning too much.

1939 days ago
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Jason    

Good. I think it's hilarious. Rich people are such AHoles anyway. Hope he lost his @$$. Welcome to the Real World, mofo.

1939 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

And here I used to think having my dirt bike ripped off back in the '70s was a big deal.

1939 days ago
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billyboyhere    

Oh come now, the royalties alone he will now make with Buttons release yesterday will be more than enough for this guy to live more comfortably than the average retireee times 50. So no sympathy there. And suing his "investment advisor"=-----why? Need someone to beat up on because you and countless others cant get their hands on the real culprit, Madoff? You'd all like to string him up after you butcher him like the hog he truly is.

Just today i read a Rabbi has requested to have him ex communicated from the Jewish Faith...says it isnt what Jewry supports, stealing...uh, excuse me Rabbi but last time I checked neither do Christians. Dont send him to us, we dont want him either.

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