The infamous rip-off artist generally known as the Hollywood Con Queen has preyed upon aspiring members of the Hollywood group who’ve been drawn to Jakarta the place they’re separated from their financial savings. The scammer who has used the identities of revered Hollywood executives won’t be capable to function beneath the cloak of deception for much longer. Tonight in its ninth and subsequent to final episode, the podcast Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen divulges the identification of an individual the makers name a major suspect.
We’ll depart it to the podcast to expose the identification of the alleged perpetrator, however it’s not an excessive amount of of a spoiler alert to reveal that the alleged wrongdoer, the “Queen,” is definitely a person who’s of Indonesian descent, dwelling within the UK. A grasp of accents with a capability to disguise his voice to sound male or feminine, the particular person has up to now efficiently pretended to be certainly one of a coterie of feminine Hollywood moguls, and others female and male who truly work within the enterprise. The scammer has hooked aspiring filmmakers, safety consultants, bodily trainers and hair and make-up personnel, who have been coerced into touring to Jakarta with guarantees of employment. There, they ended up fronting cash for issues, with a promise of reimbursement that by no means materialized. It seems like a tough hook to swallow on the floor, however if you happen to have a look at one of many first items on the rip-off that was revealed in 2018 by Deadline and featured first hand testimony from victims and close to victims, the rip-off appear believable and merciless in the best way it preyed upon the hopes and ambitions of people that noticed an opportunity to take a step up within the Hollywood meals chain. Worse, victims led the scammer to others of their circle, when belief was constructed, resulting in new victims. It was a rip-off made all of the extra believable by the polished supply of the particular person claiming to be a strong Hollywood girl like Amy Pascal, Sherry Lansing, Stacey Snider or Gigi Pritzker. The precise girls have been horrified to be taught their identities had been used for nefarious functions. Victims have been requested to signal NDAs and they also didn’t attain out to the actual movie of us to search out out if the chance they’d been bought was legit.
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Podcast hosts Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis turned obsessive about discovering the perpetrator who, in the event that they’ve bought the correct one, appears a quite unhappy one that was spurned by a household that’s concerned within the film enterprise in Indonesia. Here’s a snippet of the rip-off artist pretending to be the director Doug Liman that makers of the podcast shared with Deadline, as he tries to sink the hook into an actor who cooperated with the podcast in making an attempt to attract out the suspect. Finally, these efforts labored. The podcast collection is nicely price a pay attention, and in line with the producers, the FBI and worldwide regulation enforcement can be closing in quickly on the suspect.
If Tiger King made for appointment viewing, can a Con Queen collection additionally thrive? Atlas Leisure’s Andy Horwitz and Circle of Confusion’s Charles Mastropietro, who’ve helped with the sleuthing that went into exposing the suspect, will quickly check the waters. “Because the podcast got here out, there was large noise with the election and with COVID,” Horwitz mentioned. ” We didn’t need to attempt packaging a TV present at a time everybody was distracted and so we let the podcast roll out, and create viewers.”
The podcast has constructed its personal momentum and has over 1,000,000 downloads.
“We’ve gotten an incredible quantity of incoming calls from showrunner brokers and author’s reps, asking had we thought of turning this right into a collection,” Horwitz mentioned. “We’re simply beginning preliminary conversations with writers about what that may appear like. We expect there must be a documentary collection as nicely and our objective is to attempt to discover a residence for each and in an ideal world it could be the identical purchaser and the identical platform. Netflix did Tiger King and Amazon bought the scripted collection and if I’m a purchaser I might take each, with a documentary creating an enormous viewers for a scripted present that may come six months later.”
The tenth and remaining episode will drop December 3, including no matter chaos is created by naming the suspect. The hope of these concerned is that among the individuals who have been scammed and misplaced cash and hope can participate within the collection. Whereas the rip-off artist has hatched quite a lot of bogus productions that weren’t actual and produced solely heartache, damaged goals and empty wallets, it could be an irony if the scammer turned the catalyst for actual initiatives populated by victims who may make again among the cash they misplaced.