Larry King picked up a cool quarter of a million dollars and he barely had to lift a legal finger.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the talk show legend won a default judgment for $250,000 against a guy named Nate Holzapfel. In addition, King picked up $8,600 to cover his legal fees.
As The Blast first reported, King sued Holzapfel last year over a “mock” interview King did with Holzapfel several years ago.
King claimed he did the interview as a favor for a friend so Holzapfel (who once appeared on “Shark Tank”) could show it to a few television producers in hopes he would get hired for a show. He says the interview was never supposed to see the light of day.
But according to King, Holzapfel “began using footage from the Mock Interview, as well as still images of Larry King taken from the Mock Interview and elsewhere, and combining those images with words falsely attributed to Mr. King, to make it appear that Mr. King endorsed Holzapfel.”
King claimed Holzapfel’s website made up a quote saying “Larry King…loves Nate because Nate makes everyone feel like they are the most important person in the room,” which King says he has never said.
In addition to the money, the judge ordered Holzapfel to cease using King’s name and likeness and destroy any materials he made featuring King.