Jamie McCourt’s former head of her family’s security team will have to shore up his lawsuit against the onetime Los Angeles Dodger CEO in order for him to move forward with all of his claims alleging she wrongfully cut him out of his share of millions they accumulated during a longtime business partnership, a judge ruled.
Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Mark H. Epstein issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday in response to a motion by the former wife of ex-Dodger owner Frank McCourt — who celebrates her 68th birthday on Sunday — and other defendants in the suit filed June 30 by plaintiff Jeff Fuller, seeking dismissal of various claims.
Fuller seeks a 50% split of property that he maintains is owed him after McCourt allegedly breached their agreement earlier this year.
Epstein ruled that Fuller can move forward with his allegations of breach of contract, that McCourt put her interests ahead of his and that he was allegedly the victim of both intentional infliction of emotional distress and malicious eviction.
“Fuller alleges, at least in part, that the McCourt defendants took part in converting his partnership assets and depriving him of income, and also forcibly ejecting him from a property he claims to have owned (at least in part) at gunpoint,” the judge wrote.
However, the judge said Fuller’s allegations for constructive trust, injunctive relief and specific performance were legal remedies and not causes of action. He gave Fuller 30 days to file an amended complaint.
In their court papers, McCourt’s lawyers describe Fuller as a “bonafide con artist who claims that he is entitled to half of the assets of his wealthy former companion.”
No partnership ever existed between Fuller and McCourt, according to McCourt’s attorneys’ court papers, which state that the plaintiff’s claims to the contrary are “a complete fabrication.”
The McCourts bought the Dodgers in 2004 for $400 million and Fuller was put in charge of their family security in 2006, the suit states.
“A trusted employee and loyal family man, Jeff Fuller enjoyed a highly respected reputation in the community as an overall high-level security analyst, consultant and strategist, the suit states.
By April 2008, McCourt and Fuller had “commenced a romantic dating relationship,” the suit states.
In 2009, after a bitter loss by the Dodgers in the playoffs, Frank McCourt fired his wife from her executive duties with the team for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate employee and Fuller was stripped of his job for doing the same with a superior, the suit states.
Jamie McCourt subsequently filed for divorce.
“Cohabitating exclusively with one another, Jamie McCourt would recount to Fuller her version of the details of the events of (the divorce) proceedings in court,” the suit states.
McCourt eventually told Fuller, “Look, if you dedicate your life to me, I will dedicate my life to you. You will never have to worry about money again,” the suit alleges.
Fuller relied on McCourt’s alleged promises that should the partnership ever end, the couple would split everything equally, the suit states.
“Whenever they were apart for any period of time, they spoke daily, as husband and wife,” the suit states.
During their time living together between Malibu and Napa, Fuller “sacrificed his own personal dreams to stand by and support Jamie McCourt,” according to the suit.
In 2012, Fuller and McCourt formed Good Shepard Motorsports LLC, a motorsports racing company that participated in professional off-road races, and the plaintiff invented a personality known as “Robert Acer,” the suit states. GSM began a humanitarian mission, the Robert Acer Project, to aid, educate, feed and support children of Mexico, according to the suit.
McCourt and Fuller went to Rome to see their friend, actor Will Ferrell, during the filming of “Zoolander 2,” and the plaintiff traveled back and forth from the U.S. and Paris managing the couple’s partnership interests after McCourt was appointed ambassador to France and Monaco by then-President Trump in 2017, the suit states.
But in February, McCourt unexpectedly told Fuller through an intermediary that she was ending their business partnership and armed guards ordered him off the Napa property in March, according to the suit.
McCourt’s ambassadorship to France and Monaco ended earlier this year.