When John Mayer put out an album called "Battle Studies," this probably wasn't what he had in mind.
The singer/songwriter filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Charlie Sheen's sometime digital manager Bob Maron, claiming that Maron sold him $5 million worth of what he believed were authentic, vintage Rolex watches but later discovered several had counterfeit parts.
According to the suit, Mayer describes Maron — who is also a co-executive producer on Sheen's FX show "Anger Management" — as "a self-described preeminent expert on wristwatches and person of impeccable integrity, and was, plaintiff believed, plaintiff's trusted friend."
Maron's been wheeling and dealing timepieces to celeb-types since 1982, according to a 2012 profile by Businessweek. "He has incredible taste," Sheen told the publication about his friend. "He's the most astute player in the game. He truly is, in my opinion, the market maker." Other clients of Maron's include Mayer's ex Jennifer Aniston, as well as Orlando Bloom and Richie Sambora.
The "Who You Love" singer turned to Maron in 2007 to help him build a vintage watch collection. Over the years, Mayer claims that Maron, 54, advised him as to the authenticity of certain watches. However, Mayer claims that he was defrauded by Sheen's pal.
Mayer first learned that something was wrong in 2010 when he sent a Rolex that he had acquired through Maron back to Rolex for servicing and was told that the watch "wasn't entirely authentic." Maron assured Mayer that it was a one-time mistake. According to Mayer, it wasn't.
In 2011, Rolex informed Mayer that another watch he had gotten through Maron wasn't authentic. As of Tuesday's filing, Mayer claims that Rolex confirmed to him that at least seven of the watches he purchased via Maron were in fact "counterfeit," which is why the singer is looking for a refund.
Mayer is suing to get $656,000 for the seven inauthentic timepieces back plus compensatory damages and attorney's fees.
Yahoo has reached out to Maron for comment but hasn't yet received a response.
Sounds like it's time for everyone to lawyer up!
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