Pugach to Klores: Pay Up
Burt Pugach is the Queens man who hired a man to blind his girlfriend Linda by throwing acid in her face, went to prison for 14 years for his crime, and then remarried her after he was released. Dan Klores (left) is the PR titan-turned-filmmaker who secured rights to the couple's story and made the 2007 documentary Crazy Love, which earned critical acclaim and a slew of awards. It seems the mutually beneficial Pugach-Klores relationship has ended: Last week, Pugach—a disbarred ex-attorney—had his lawyers serve Klores with a $15 million lawsuit. The reason? Klores recently signed a deal with HBO to turn the documentary into a feature film. Pugach, naturally, wants a much bigger check for handing over the rights to his story. The entire lawsuit—including Pugach's claim that Klores attempted to woo him by shlepping Linda Fiorentino to their first meeting at the Shalimar Diner in Rego Park!—after the jump.