LOS ANGELES (CN) – Damien Leveck, a film editor, claims Paulist Productions and Forgiveness LLC defrauded him of wages and wrongfully fired him while he worked on a film called “Forgiveness.”
In his Superior Court claim, Leveck says he worked as a creative adviser for Apple until he “was courted by Frank Desiderio of Paulist and Forgiveness to be an in-house editor for film projects.”
He claims Desiderio offered him $60 an hour, but the paychecks were hinky from day one – first, without deductions and without overtime; then his pay rate was cut to $50 an hour – then to $30 an hour. Then, he says, the defendants denied him two months wages completely, “claiming Plaintiff was working on a pro-bono basis.”
Leveck claims Desiderio told him the pay cuts were necessary because Desiderio had lost $2 million on a previous film, called “The Jesus Experience.”
Leveck claims that while all this was happening, he was working 12 to 20 hours a day on the film, “Forgiveness.”
During this time, Leveck says, Desiderio was soliciting members of his church to invest in the film project on which Leveck was being cheated.
“Mr. Desiderio was selling stock in the film at a minimum investment of $30,000,” the complaint states. “Mr. Desiderio was fraudulently inducing members of the church to invest in the project by claiming that the church would benefit from the donations. Mr. Desiderio received investments from the parishioners ranging from $30,000 to $60,000. Mr. Desiderio made it clear that Father Liam Kidney was in no way to know about the investments.”
Represented by Todd Harrison, Leveck demands punitive damages for wrongful termination, fraud, conversion, breach of contract, interference, and Labor Code violations.