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Corso Named in Lawsuit

From: jared@valuserve.com (Andromeda.net- Anderson, Jared)
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 18:08:56 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 00:20:07 -0500
Subject: Corso Named in Lawsuit

Source: LOS ANGELES TIMES (11-16-97)

"THE COURT FILES -- A Tale of Ghostwriters and
Alien Landings"

By ANN W. O'NEILL

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE: When you're promoting your life story,
especially when that story turns into a bestseller about flying
saucers, it's not a good idea to let your son butt in on the press
junket, assault the publicist and threaten the life of the producer
who owns the movie rights.

That's allegedly what happened after Col. Philip J. Corso's
ghostwritten memoir, "The Day After Roswell," was published this
summer, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Named as defendants are Col. Corso and his son, Philip Jr., accused by
producer Neil Russell of failing to promote the book after a dispute
over money.

The hardback spent three weeks in August on the _New York
Times_ bestseller list, rising to No. 12 before dropping off the
radar. A favorite of UFO buffs, it propounds that the laser, the
microchip and fiber-optics were developed from technology gleaned
from an alien spacecraft that crashed 50 years ago in the desert
near Roswell, N.M.

During a 21-year military career, Corso was a key intelligence
officer who served on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff in Korea and
as a national security advisor to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Russell says in his suit that he bought the rights to Corso's life
story in 1992, then decided it would be lucrative to publish a book
and then release a movie version.

The dispute began at a meeting in April or May when, the suit
states, Corso's son "demanded extraordinary amounts of money" pending
the book's release.

Afterward, the suit contends, Corso Jr. interfered with
interviews, assaulted Russell and a Simon & Schuster publicist, and
threatened Russell's life--all at the colonel's behest. The colonel,
meanwhile, is accused of trying to negotiate a better movie deal with
someone else.

Because of the Corsos' behavior, the suit alleges, Simon &
Schuster and its Pocket Books division canceled negotiations for
future book deals.

Russell and his production company are seeking unspecified
damages, as well as punitive damages and a restraining order
preventing the Corsos from calling or threatening Russell and his
family.

Neither Russell nor his lawyer, Martin J. Singer, had any
comment. Corso's publicist at Pocket Books had no comment and said
she didn't know how to reach him. Other attempts to reach Corso were
unsuccessful.



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