A Vietnam vet has filed a federal breach-of-implied-contract lawsuit in New Jersey federal court against Miami Beach entertainment mogul Emilio Estefan.
John Jacobs, 64, a Trenton, N.J., handyman, says he hoped to sell a bilingual reality TV show concept to Estefan,Â pop singer GloriaÂ Estefan‘s hubby,Â as early as 1999.
â€œIt combined singing and acting and 40 other tasks all over Miami Beach,â€ Jacobs said.
But, Jacobs says, Estefan strung him along for 12 years, and that for that,Â Jacobs claims heÂ deserves $5 million!
â€œI couldâ€™ve sold it to someone else, but they kept saying they wanted it,â€ Jacobs said.
Jacobs says he followed instructions from Estefan staffers when he traveled to Miami at his own expense 13 times to meet the creator of the Miami sound. Every time, something supposedly came up at the last minute, andÂ JacobsÂ was never able toÂ meet Estefan face-to-face.
â€œThey used to comp me at Bongos for my trouble,â€ Jacobs said.
One employee at Estefan Enterprises who didnâ€™t want to be named called Jacobs â€œa nutty stalker.â€
“I’ve been working here for 10 years, and everybody knows that guy,” the employee said.
Emilio Estefan could not be reached for comment.