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Stallone Claims ‘Con Man’|Took Him for $1.4 Million

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Sylvester Stallone claims in court that an unlicensed contractor, "an incompetent con man," rooked him for $1.4 million in lousy work on the actor's home.

"If you want to hire an incompetent con man to do construction, then Mohamed Hadid is your man," Stallone's Superior Court complaint begins. "Unfortunately, Sylvester Stallone is one of Hadid's victims, and has been damaged in excess of $1 million as a result of Hadid's fraudulent scheme to profit from construction at Stallone's Los Angeles County home. Using the monikers Construction Enterprises and Services, LLC and HD Development, LLC, Hadid perpetrated his fraud on Stallone through a series of lies concerning his qualifications, experience and intentions, as well as through recommendations by Hadid's friends, including 'Housewives of Beverly Hills' personality [nonparty] Lisa Vanderpump. It was ultimately revealed, however, that Hadid not only lacked the qualifications and abilities to live up to his recommendations-including the unfounded recommendation of Ms. Vanderpump - is nothing more than an incompetent scam artist with non of the promised qualifications or abilities he touted. After inducing Stallone to hire him by promising top quality construction for an agreed price, Hadid instead oversaw the performance of seriously substandard, defective and unsafe construction, bilking Stallone out of $1.4 million. Hadid is an unscrupulous, unlicensed predator who has left a trail of innocent victims in his wake."

Among Stallone's laundry list of complaints: "Hadid charged Stallone more than $10,000 for a high quality kitchen island while actually installing a cheap wood veneer/plywood product that is defective and virtually worthless. They also installed incomplete and unsafe hearing, ventilation and air-conditioning ductwork and equipment, as well as unsafe and incomplete electrical installation. Hadid was responsible for installing cheap, uneven, unmatched and ill-functioning hardware on door and cabinets, in addition to cracked, untempered and improperly installed glass work. ... Hadid's handiwork included an inoperable and unsafe fire pit that does not comply with the building code. ... Hadid provided cracked and deteriorating wood, painted and other finishes and chipped, cracked, damaged and misaligned doors. Far from the top quality job promised, Hadid's work was riddled with defects, abysmal quality and poor workmanship."

Stallone adds that "this is not the first time Hadid has failed to comply with his commitments to customers and that, contrary to Hadid's representations, Hadid had no license or training to perform the work for which Stallone contracted."

Stallone sued Hadid, Construction Enterprises and Services LLC and HD Development LLC. The only information about the defendants in the complaint, other than the allegations against them, is that they operate in Los Angeles County, and that Hadid is the "major, if not sole, shareholder and principal of both CES and HD."

Stallone demands disgorgement and at least $1.4 million for fraudulent concealment, breach of contract, negligence, and punitive damages. He is represented by Martin Singer with Lavely & Singer.

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