Bexy Communications Inc. has sued agent Phil Gersh and the Gersh Agency Inc. for allegedly failing to reveal that the late actor Anthony Perkins had AIDS before signing an agreement to host a television special.
Bexy, in a complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court, claimed Gersh either knew about Perkins’ illness or “had strong suspicions” about it before entering into an agreement with Bexy to have Perkins host a show tentatively titled “Heartstoppers … Horror at the Movies.”
The suit charged that Gersh also failed to reveal that Perkins refused to let a production doctor speak to his personal physician in connection with a proposed medical examination for Perkins’ participation in a film called “The Mummy.”
Bexy says it suffered “out-of-pocket” damages of $ 77,959.54 plus damages of between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 due to poorer ratings for the show.
The damage amount should be offset by $ 15,000 paid to Bexy by Perkins’ estate, the complaint said. Bexy also wants unspecified punitive damages.