Alec Baldwin's fraudulent art lawsuit heading to trial

21st Apr 17 | Entertainment News

Alec Baldwin has been granted permission to proceed with his lawsuit against an art gallery owner accused of selling the actor a fake painting.

Alec Baldwin and his pregnant wife Hilaria Baldwin seen arriving with their children at the ABC stud

The 30 Rock star purchased what he thought was the original Sea and Mirror artwork by Ross Bleckner for $190,000 (149,000) from Mary Boone's New York gallery several years ago, but he recently began to question the 1996 piece's authenticity amid claims the colours appeared brighter than expected.

He had the painting examined by an art expert at Sotheby's, who determined it was just a copy, and he filed suit against Boone in September (16), accusing her of going to great lengths to make the work seem real, including stamping the back with the inventory number of the original.

Boone refused to address whether the counterfeit claims are legitimate in her lawsuit response, and instead argued the actor had waited too long to sue.

However, her request for a dismissal has since been shot down by a Manhattan judge, after Baldwin's attorney, Steven Feldman, insisted the star had been tricked into buying the copy and wouldn't have known what to look for to identify it as the real thing.

"He's a non-collector (and) she's one of the most prominent art dealers in the world," Feldman said during a hearing this week (ends21Apr17).

The judge sided with the plaintiff and ruled the fraud case can continue to trial, reports the New York Post.

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