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"Big Brother" Champ

Sued for Embezzlement

CLAIMS EXTORTION

8/3/2011 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A partner in one of the biggest restaurant groups in Hollywood claims two of her fellow partners -- both reality stars -- stole the business blind ... but one of the guys is coming right back at her and alleging extortion.

Shereene Arazm claims former "Big Brother" winner Mike "Boogie" Malin (pictured left) and his business partner, VH1 reality star Lonnie Moore (pictured right) "illegally siphoned away [money]" from the Geisha House, LLC restaurant group for years in order to "support their lavish party-boy lifestyles."

In her suit, Arazm claims, "They gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars that never belonged to them, they used some of the stolen monies to pay for sex, and they traveled the world at Arazm's and the restaurant group's expense."

Arazm also alleges in the docs, Malin used company resources "to have multiple sexual encounters with various older men during which Malin would live out fetish role play fantasies."



But before Arazm filed her lawsuit, Malin -- who now co-stars with Moore on the reality show "Famous Food" -- launched a preemptive strike Tuesday  ... filing his own lawsuit claiming Arazm and her lawyer, legal pit bull Marty Singer, were trying to extort him.

Malin clams he received a draft of Arazm's complaint -- written by Singer -- a week ago. Malin claims he was told by Singer that he either had to pay up quickly or Arazm's explosive lawsuit would be filed and all the dirty laundry would be aired.

Malin claims Singer's threat constitutes civil extortion. Plus, Malin alleges Arazm and Singer had people hack into his emails and illegally tap his phone.

Both parties are seeking millions of dollars in damages.

Singer tells TMZ, "The lawsuit filed by Malin was simply a preemptive strike since Malin and his partners knew they were being sued for serious wrongful conduct. The claims in the suit are completely false and fabricated. We fully expect to get the suit promptly dismissed."

UPDATE: Moore released a statement saying, "I don't care how many celebs a lawyer represents, and how many times they are referred to as a 'pit bull.' That does not give them the right to make up lies, threaten blackmail and extort."

He adds, "I believe in our legal system and look forward to the truth exposing Mr. Singer and the others for what they are."

Malin says he feels the same way ... and says, "As far as Ms. Arazm's allegations that I am a washed up reality star, you can tune in tonight at 8 PM on VH1 and watch our show, 'Famous Food.'"

49 COMMENTS

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1.

AyeJay    

That's a serious butt chin.

987 days ago
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northern gypsy    

wow...this sounds like it's going to get ugly !!!
it's only "extortion" if it's not true...
lets see what the judge decides...

987 days ago
3.

Phreaky    

Many saw this coming - they lived like royalty, and acted like they were.
No surprise here.

987 days ago
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lksmith6    

why do you have a fake photos of the felon Casey Anthony on your site,even if it were her,she is not a celebrity and the majority of the public do not want to see here anywhere on anything...Not one should profit from the death of a child...Like I said she is not a celebrity ,she is nothing more than a convicted felon and should be treated as such... Everytime I see her ugly mug on your site I will comment...

987 days ago
5.

Greg    

Who would have thought that being in business with a guy that refers to himself as "Mike Boogie" would end badly?

987 days ago
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Amy    

I worked for those guys and its true! they would go to vegas all the time and come back with stacks of cash. they are as shady as it comes

987 days ago
7.

LittleJoe    

The guy on the right: Another Baldwin i did not know before?

987 days ago
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destini    

Damn so she's accusing Mike of being gay as well? He was shady as hell on BB so I could see him throwing parties, but not gay. Guess that's Hollywierd for ya

987 days ago
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middleagedcrazy    

Relieved and saying 'go for it' on the extortion charges. I think the legal extortion games (a la Singer and Allred) really have to be publicly aired. A little embarrassment is worth stopping this illegal and immoral practice.

As far as the charges against the business, let the lawyers and accountants duke it out.

987 days ago
10.

Terry    

Ya these guys are some pretty big time playboys there whole click is. there in there 40s hanging out with young girls like between 18 and 24 gross!!!!! There is a point where it become pedophilic guys. Not suprised at all by the charges. That whole click is up to no good!!

987 days ago
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snowy    

Mike Boogie is a disgusting excuse for a human being so this doesn't surprise me at all

987 days ago
12.

CCC    

Live big while you can. Life is short so you might as well rip everyone off and live the good life. Uh Oh! The party's over?? Time for a Big Brother reunion. After all, it will lead to even more money.

987 days ago
13.

Sonja    

Hmmm, that helps explain his hard core 'bro's before ho's', and anti-woman game play on Big Brother.

987 days ago
14.

toasty    

lit bit you are wrong, caseys eyes are blue/green. also there are contacts that can be worn to make brown eyes blue. but i don't think it is her either. she would not be out walking around without protection. or is she that dumb? who knows.

987 days ago
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toasty    

what show is lonnie from? i don't know him.

987 days ago
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