Francis' suit against Ralph T. Haenisch and his Trip Haenisch & Associates Inc. alleges that the designer did not have a contractor's license and charged as much as ten times the normal rate for decorating his Bel Air house. Francis wants a refund.
Haenisch had already filed suit against Francis seeking at least $285,000 for the furnishing and decoration of the home, which Francis wanted to make a "showpiece to the world," according to the case file.
The action also accuses Francis of defaming the decorator and intimidating him via email after Haenisch appeared on a witness list for a federal tax evasion case against the video guru. Francis, ever sue-happy (or countersuit-happy), denies the claims.
It's not clear, however, if he'll proceed: His lawyers in the countersuit have withdrawn from the case, Haenisch's lawyer told the judge.
-With reporting from Weekly wire services. Got news? Email us.
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