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Ted Williams

I've Been Financially Raped

8/19/2011 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Ted Williams has filed a lawsuit that will make you cry.

Williams -- the homeless guy who became famous for his voice of thunder -- claims when he hit it big earlier this year, he couldn't handle the pressure and was plagued with "significant drug and alcohol abuse" and was "totally incapable of understanding what was happening to him or handling [his] own affairs."

Williams got hooked up with Zev Suissa, Randy Thomas and Joe Cipriano -- also known as the defendants.  According to the lawsuit, the trio took Williams for a ride, knowing he was suffering from severe substance abuse.

The suit claims Suissa, Thomas and Cipriano got Williams to sign a "one-sided, onerous, burdensome, non-negotiated and blatantly unfair" deal that gives them a huge chunk of any money Williams makes. 

Williams now wants a judge to void the contract.

Short story ... sounds like he signed his life away.


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16.

Phil    

that's the worst thing about coming into money, either in his psychological state or someone who just doesn't know how to handle money or to find the right people you can actually trust.
snakes are everywhere.

1128 days ago
17.

RY    

Did he ever get sober? I know getting sober is something you don't just jump on and keep doing but a lifelong thing that you have to keep at... did he ever manage or were these guys that were taking advantage of him helping with his drug/alcohol problem?

1128 days ago
18.

batterup    

If you gave this guy more than 100 bucks, he would OD within an hour.

1128 days ago
19.

DLo    

If only he had stuck with Dr. Phil. Poor guy.

1128 days ago
20.

themillieblog    

I was happy for him but he got a second chance in life and ended up taking up drugs again. It's a shame, he has a talent.

1128 days ago
21.

Jodi    

They took advantage of him. They knew he didn't know anything about the legalities of the law and used that to literally "steal" from him.

The man has a gift and I hope he can get out of this shyster deal and find a lawyer who will work with him legitimately.

Hey Harvey....you're a lawyer why don't you try and help him out?

1128 days ago
22.

realitychecker    

Funny how Ted is complaining about his finances. I just read in the Baltimore Sun Ted canceled a paying gig in Baltimore for this weekend. The event promoters would not pay for the additional costs of Ted's new girlfriend, so he canceled at the last minute. Guess he's not suffering too much if he can turn down paying jobs. Crack is wack.

1128 days ago
23.

Godz_Greatest_Gift    

Someone should have advised him to get a lawyer when he first obtained a large sum of money. He should not have signed anything intoxicated! If you like drugs, you should have sense enough not to make business decisions while not fully functioning.

1128 days ago
24.

INeedFacebookFriends.com    

i going as Ted Williams next Halloween.

1128 days ago
25.

misty    

http://itsthisgeneration.blogspot.com/

1128 days ago
26.

Edwood    

Hello mommy!

1128 days ago
27.

endday    

If its true God don't like ugly, I think the contract should be fair and reasonable to all persons included www.churchofchrist.org believe john 8:24,repent luke 13:3,confess matt 10:32, Be Bapistized mk 16:16

1128 days ago
28.

Big Mamma Cornbread    

I will remember to stay calm and not sign my financial rights away...thank you .

1128 days ago
29.

CriticXtreme    

White folks wanted to pimp you and you blow it! You got in the fame game on a day when it was a slow day. You should have capitalized on being put in the over blown media microscope. I have no love for you and your punk excuses.

1128 days ago
30.

niles    

He was given extensive offers of real help and financial advice. Unfortunately, he chose the easy way with instant "riches", limousines and nightclubs. He was an easy mark for unscupulous wheeler dealers and conmen.

1128 days ago
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