A lawsuit filed by a man who alleges that a Palos Verdes Estates psychic falsely promised him that she could remove a curse put in place by the man’s ex-girlfriend for $5,100 is “a non- meaning” and should be dismissed, an attorney for the medium said in a new court paper.
Attorney Gary Kurtz, on behalf of psychic Sophia Adams and several other defendants, says in his court documents filed Monday that none of plaintiff Mauro Restrepo’s causes of action are viable.
“This whole legal action is absurd and it would add insult to injury to allow him to continue,” Kurtz says, using Restrepo’s cause of action for fraud as an example.
“Without attempting to insult the psychic industry and the legitimate work of psychic healers, it may not be possible for plaintiff to plead justifiable reliance in this case,” Kurtz says.
Restrepo filed the lawsuit Oct. 1 in Torrance Superior Court against Adams and his company, Psychic Love Specialist by Sophia; the medium’s husband, George Adams; his daughter, Tiffany Winston – also known as Tiffany Johnson and Tiffany Adams – and the seer’s owners, Christ and Polly Koutroumbis. His other causes of action include civil conspiracy, negligence, and the willful and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Restrepo says Adams read his tarot cards and told him he had “mala suerte” or “bad luck” placed on him by a witch hired by his ex-girlfriend. Adams told Restrepo that unless Adams removes the curse, Restrepo and his family would be “disgruntled and in danger,” the lawsuit states.
Restrepo seeks at least $25,000 in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages.
However, Adams denies telling Restrepo anything about a curse. She had previously told City News Service that he had made an appointment on September 17 and had indeed received a tarot card reading, and then said he had been unlucky in love and was looking for some type of healing or meditation.
Adams said she gave him a crystal for $5,100. Crystals are commonly used in tarot practice.
Restrepo couldn’t pay the full balance, so he gave Sophia a $1,000 cash advance and the two agreed the crystal wouldn’t be ordered until the full balance was paid, according to Adams.
According to Kurtz’s court documents, Restrepo does not allege that he paid the balance or that he returned or received other psychic services.
“The complaint does not even allege that the plaintiff sought reimbursement after apparently deciding not to proceed and receive further psychic services,” Kurtz states in his court documents.
A hearing on the motion to dismiss is scheduled for September 20 before Judge Gary Tanaka.
Adams told CNS that she believed Restrepo had been hired by another psychic to get the reading from her and record the session. She thinks Restrepo videotaped the reading without her permission.
She says that the day after the session with Restrepo, someone contacted her and told her that her rival – whom she did not identify by name – had hired Restrepo and that if she did not close her business within 24 hours and left town, the video would be used to permanently shut her down no matter where she went.
Rival’s entire family is made up of psychics who want to rule the South Bay, including cities such as Long Beach, San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Gardena, says Adams.
“They ruined my 35-year-old business,” Adams told CNS. “I lost my clientele because of their misrepresentation because they want my locations.”