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Financial adviser to the stars is indicted

By Laurie Bennett

June 11, 2010 at 3:34pm

You have to believe that comedian Kathy Griffin desperately wanted to become a client of Kenneth I. Starr.

For if ever there were an A List, it was the roster of celebs who trusted Starr with their money.

The investment adviser has been indicted on fraud charges for allegedly stealing at least $59 million from his clients.

Although the victims aren’t named in the indictment, press coverage has revealed a dazzling list of of former clients, including Sylvester Stallone, Carole Kennedy, Henry Kissinger and Al Pacino.

Carly Simon
Carly Simon

Stallone sued Starr eight years ago, claiming the financier caused him to lose $10 million on the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain.

Another alleged victim was 99-year-old Bunny Mellon, widow of philanthropist Paul Mellon.

Singer Carly Simon told the New York Observer the she lost millions. Although she still has her estate on Martha’s Vineyard, she said, “If I sold this house, which is our family compound, if I sold that and lived in a trailer we would have money.”

Prosecutors say Starr used his access to some clients’ personal bank accounts to steal at least $28 million. He is accused of using client funds to buy a $7.5 million condo on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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