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'CSI' Writer Accused of Televised Revenge Plot

5/22/2009 7:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is one of the best lawsuits we've seen in a while -- a writer for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is accused of naming some seriously perverted characters on his show after a real-life couple who allegedly screwed her in a real estate deal gone bad.

According to the suit, filed moments ago in L.A. County Superior Court, Scott and Melinda Tamkin claim "CSI" writer Sarah Goldfinger sought revenge against them by allegedly using their names and likenesses to craft a recent episode of "CSI."

Here's the rub -- the Tamkins claim their fictional counterparts "engaged in a reckless lifestyle of sexual bondage, pornography, drunkeness, marital discord, depression, financial straights and possibly even murder."

The Tamkins claim CBS acknowledged the problem and changed the names "at the eleventh hour," but because the first names matched, and the original last names had already made it to the Internet -- the damage was already done.

Now the Tamkins claim their good names have been sullied -- and are suing CBS, Goldfinger and the production company behind the show for at least $6 mil.


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Ha the CUE girl!    

Sarah HAS ALWAYS USED REAL NAMES in many, many, many, of her CSI Scripts!!!!. How do I know? Because I KNOW some of those characters PERSONALLY!

We never had a problem with it though. Sarah is cool.

Tmz, keep it coming!

1958 days ago

Ha the CUE girl!    

Adding that SARAH has gone public naming her real characters to the ones in CSI Scripts shows, on a LIVE Radio interview in (2008) with millions listening!

She never kept anything a secret!

Sarah is cool & I do know some of her characters on a personal bases! It's an honor I think!

Tmz, keep it coming!

1958 days ago

Ha the CUE girl!    

Sarah Goldfinger came through helping a little girl suffering from Cancer! Sarah's Script donation really helped to raise money for that precious little one! Sarah, never forgot her roots!


Tmz, keep it coming!

1958 days ago

Ha the CUE girl!    

Making it CLEAR that, the people mentioned Tamkin, was at NO time were ever mentioned & WHO are they???? Biz seekers for stardom??

Sarah, ALWAYS got permission from the Real Persons! So, I really doubt their claims! Sarah, has much better characters to use right back here! She's a talented writer that can create far reaching characters than the Tamkins!

Tmz, keep it coming!

1958 days ago


Sorry I missed it, but I stopped watching CSI.

1958 days ago

Not buying the crocodile tears    

Please email me, TMZ .... I am not afraid to come forward!!

1957 days ago


I know the Tamkins personally - nicest people.
Saw the episode - what a crappy writing!

Goldfinger is screwed...

1957 days ago

Not buying the crocodile tears    

Is anyone moderating these comments?? Harvey, et al, I have very good dirt on the Tamkin family regarding their shady real estate deals. Please email me or pass on my info to Sarah. This is like the 3rd or 4th message I've sent you and you've only published one. Can't someone there confirm???

1957 days ago


Read all the other sites...The business transaction ended amicably. How much did CBS/CSI make off this episode? The Tamkins can never know how much they lost (potential clients). They should sue TMZ for being such idiots and getting the story wrong!!!!

1956 days ago
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