The New York Post is reporting that Nicole Mitchell may have some ammunition in her divorce battle with actor Eddie Murphy if she decides to fight their prenuptial agreement.
Sources tell the newspaper that Mitchell’s divorce attorney, Glenn Buzard, may argue that Murphy breached the prenup due to allegations stemming from his 1997 incident with a transgender.
Police in West Hollywood questioned the comedian for driving in his car with a Samoan transgender named Atisone Suiuli. Murphy claimed he was only giving her/him a ride as a Good Samaritan.
In Essence magazine, Mitchell recently said of the incident, "[Murphy] told me there was this person on the corner crying, so he stopped to help. But I’m thinking, ‘Well, why the hell did you let them get in the car?’"
The incident spawned a number of transgenders to come forward with claims of having sexual encounters with the actor.
Paul Barresi, a private detective who claims he was hired for damage control by Murphy when the scandal broke, tells the Post’s Page Six: "I called [Murphy attorney] Marty ‘Bull Dog’ Singer and told him I could round up all the transsexuals alleging sexual dalliances with Murphy." And they would all recant their stories.
"In less than 10 days," Barresi says, "I got them all to sign sworn, videotaped depositions, stating it wasn’t Murphy himself, but rather a look-alike, who they’d encountered – with the exception of Suiuli." (Suiuli died in 1998 after falling from her L.A. roof.)
Asked to comment about Barresi, Singer told Page Six, "I’m not going to comment on what we did on that case. I can’t comment on whether [Barresi] was retained or not. If I hire a private investigator, it is privileged information. One way or the other, the matter was resolved to our satisfaction. We sued the tabloids and a couple of the transvestites who allegedly made up these stories. And they did recant their stories."