Michael Trigg, whose Valencia-based company makes products to enhance lovemaking, such as "clitoral arousal gel," is in high dudgeon. He has sued several institutions in Los Angeles Superior Court; one of the defendants is La Jolla Playhouse.
Trigg says he contributed $100,000 to a for-profit, web-based purveyor of charity auctions, Charitybuzz.com. In return, he was told he would get a few lines (a speaking part) in a major motion picture or popular TV show and a 20-minute meeting with Harvey Weinstein, co-chief executive of the Weinstein Company. The Weinstein firm was a partner with Charitybuzz in the deal. La Jolla Playhouse was to be the ultimate beneficiary of Trigg's donation.
But, claims Trigg, his "few lines" became two words and a nod in a film that was different than the one he expected to be in. After raising the roof, Trigg ultimately was permitted to utter two words. Still, he sued Charitybuzz, Weinstein, and La Jolla Playhouse for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment.
According to a news release sent out yesterday (July 16) on Business Wire, Trigg says La Jolla Playhouse told him that, "in effect," it was not the playhouse's problem that it received tainted money.