Former Los Angeles Dodger CEO Jamie McCourt was sued by her family’s former head of security and onetime paramour, who alleges she wrongfully cut him out of his share of millions they accumulated during a longtime business partnership.
Jeff Fuller’s Santa Monica Superior Court lawsuit allegations against the 67-year-old former wife of ex-Dodger owner Frank McCourt included breach of contract, intentional interference with prospective business advantages, intentional infliction of emotional distress and malicious eviction.
Fuller seeks a 50% split of property that he maintains is owed him after McCourt allegedly breached their agreement earlier this year. A representative for McCourt could not be immediately reached.
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 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 states.
Fuller relied on McCourt’s 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. “The word `I’ was noticeably replaced by the word `we.’ `Mine’ and `yours” became replaced by the word `ours.”’
During their time living together between Malibu and Napa, Fuller “sacrificed his own personal dreams to stand by and support Jamie McCourt,” the suit states. “Building her brand bigger and bigger in the world of finance and politics, (Fuller) continued his efforts at causing her ascension up the political ladder, sharing a new healthy life with her.”
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, the suit states.
“From the years 2011 to 2020, they celebrated every single Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s holidays together as husband and wife in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,” the suit states.
The two went to Rome to see their friend, actor Will Ferrell, during the filming of “Zoolander 2,” the suit states.
Fuller 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.
“Maliciously evicting Fuller with no due process, McCourt’s armed agents threw plaintiff straight out onto the streets dusty with no money to his name and with his daughter’s mental health needs at issue,” the suit states.
McCourt “eradicated, eliminated and erased Jeff Fuller from their mutual partnership so that he would receive nothing for 13 years of dedicated effort,” the suit alleges. “Following Frank McCourt’s playbook, (Jamie) McCourt planned that she would use all of Fuller’s hard-earned assets held in trust by her to break her fiduciary duties owed to Fuller.”
Fuller hired attorney Lisa Bloom to represent him in his legal dispute with McCourt, but Bloom cited an unspecified conflict and withdrew her representation, according to the suit.
McCourt’s ambassadorship to France and Monaco ended earlier this year.