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Limo Driver Sues Mariah Carey

June 9, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ A limousine driver sued singer Mariah Carey for $1.5 million for allegedly firing him without paying her $40,000 bill or reimbursing him for several other major expenses.

Franco D’Onofrio, owner of New Jersey-based Showcase Limousine, said in court papers Monday that Carey began using his service in 1993. By 1994, D’Onofrio became her personal driver and hired other drivers for other clients.

In exchange for Carey’s promise to use Showcase’s limo services exclusively, D’Onofrio says that in 1995 he leased new stretch limos that only she and her entourage could use.

D’Onofrio, of Elmwood Park, N.J., also said that in 1997, he agreed at Carey’s request to buy a GMC Suburban 4x4 for her personal use. About a month later, D’Onofrio says in court papers, Carey said she no longer needed the Suburban and that Showcase was responsible for its payments and upkeep.

D’Onofrio’s attorney, Terence Scheurer, said he has been trying to settle the dispute in discussions with Carey’s attorney, Donald Passman of Beverly Hills, Calif. People at Passman’s law offices said he was out of town.

D’Onofrio’s lawsuit asks for $500,000 on each of three claims _ breach of contract, unjust enrichment and fraud, and $40,000 for the unpaid limo bill.

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