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Eatery’s bean count short, Mustang sued

The L’Orangerie restaurant has sued Mustang Films, Hollywood Network, Marie-Jocelyn Rousseau and Carlos deAbreau for allegedly stiffing the popular restaurant for a private party tab of more than $35,000.

The dispute stems from a party at the restaurant Oct. 15 that was orchestrated by Rousseau on behalf of Mustang Films, deAbreau and Hollywood Network, which was partially paid for by a $35,000 check that would not be honored by the bank.

The complaint, filed Monday in L.A. Superior Court, alleges breach of contract and deceit among its causes, and asserts Rousseau “knew that there were not sufficient funds in the account” and that she planned to deceive the restaurant into providing goods and services.

Part of that plan, the lawsuit suggests, was the presentation to L’Orangerie execs of invitations that listed a who’s who of the town’s top players, such as Sherry Lansing, Mike Medavoy, Mark Rydell and Rob Reiner, among others, as having “some significant affiliation with HNI.”

“Most of them … were not hosts of the evening and had, and have had, nothing to do with HNI.” None of the alleged hosts was named in the complaint.

The lawsuit claims Rousseau provided L’Orangerie with one of the invitations because “she knew and intended that (L’Orangerie) would be impressed with the list of hosts and sponsors of the event and feel assured … that payment would not be a problem.”

Numerous attempts to obtain payment have failed, with the most recent try logged Oct. 22.

Rousseau and deAbreau could not be reached for comment.

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