Suit goes after ‘Affair,’ Cosmo

A pair of Montecito real estate agents have sued the producers of “A Current Affair” and the publisher of Cosmopolitan magazine over stories that allegedly imply they were involved in a murder.

Janet Allison St. Clair and Geoffrey St. Clair, in a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, said that friends and relatives of the late Lester Berman had conspired to defame them in statements to Cosmopolitan and “A Current Affair.”

The suit seeks an injunction barring harassment and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. According to the suit, Berman invaded their home on July 14, 1992, and attempted to murder Geoffrey, who, “in self defense,” caused Berman’s death.

“A Current Affair,” produced by STF Prods. Inc. and Twentieth TV, did a story on the case last year. Cosmopolitan ran a story last May entitled “Sex, Lies and Sudden Death in Santa Barbara.” Both allegedly also libeled the St. Clairs by stating that Geoffrey acted as a real estate agent without a license.

Also named as defendants are Berman’s son Gregory, who, the suit alleges, assaulted Janet St. Clair with a motor vehicle last November; friends Morrie Goldstein and Matt McLaughlin; and Cosmo writer Christopher Knapp.

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  1. Cathie Gallez says:

    This is a cold case file…I talked with Lester on that morning. He was going to pick up his son Jack. Lester was not a violent man. Something is not right. Someone knows it.

    • Shirley Ruisla says:

      Do you know Mr. Berman’s long time office manager, Cathy Fisher? I was his legal administrator and I want to contact her, but I can’t find her. Working for Mr. Berman was my first office job.

  2. Shirley Ruisla says:

    I worked for Mr Berman for 5 years as his legal administrator. I don’t believe that he did it. He was an extremely mellow man even on his worst days at the office. Foul play!!!

  3. John Urzua says:

    Lester was a good frend and he wouldn’t. Hurt any one at all he was so Mellow.we miss him very much.

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