In a twist of fate which could have been lifted straight from an episode of the hit HBO series, "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell is facing a lawsuit from an ex-manager who has also been described as her former gay best friend.
The New York Post reports that Clifford Streit, who apparently served as the model for the flamboyant character Stanford Blatch (played by Willie Garson), is demanding a 7.5 percent cut of Bushnell's total earnings from both the TV series and subsequent movies, a sum he figures is no less than $150,000.
Streit, who reportedly claims he was instrumental in getting HBO to produce "Sex and the City" based on Bushnell's New York Observer columns in the first place, served as the scribe's manager until 1999, when he was fired.
Bushnell's attorney quickly dismissed the lawsuit, according to the Post. "I can 100 percent say there is no basis for any claim and the action is completely and entirely frivolous," Victor Bushell is quoted as saying. "She doesn’t owe him any money. It’s a garbage lawsuit."
The Daily News notes that the pair reached a settlement five years ago in which Bushnell, whose alter ego Carrie was played by Sarah Jessica Parker on the show, agreed to pay Streit more than $230,000, but he says he hasn't received a payment since 2009.
In other "Sex and the City" news, details about "The Carrie Diaries," a planned prequel, are beginning to emerge. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that "Running Wilde" actress Stefania Owen has been cast in the role of Carrie Bradshaw's 14-year-old sister.
No word on whether SATC fans can look forward to an appearance by a young Stanford.
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