Serial filer of bizarre lawsuits adds Drew Peterson to list of targets
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org October 17, 2012 2:50PM
Updated: November 19, 2012 3:12PM
A man claiming to have been Drew Peterson’s lover — who also claims Peterson made him go dancing against his will at a bar where they did karaoke with Tom Cruise, “before he was a top gun (sic) pilot” — would like an audience with a Will County judge.
Jonathan Lee Riches, of West Chester, Pa., has filed thousands of lawsuits and motions against celebrities, athletes, criminals and companies — even Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.
As of Oct. 9, Peterson can count himself among Riches’ targets.
In a motion for “right to be heard under the crime victims act,” filed in Peterson’s murder case in Will County Court, Riches claims he and Peterson were in a sexual relationship in the late 1990s.
“I used a stolen visa capital one no hassel (sic) card to buy Drew Peterson a sex outfit from adam & eve of officer friendly and Drew forced me to wear it for him while we watched the 1980’s police academy series,” he wrote.
He also claims he has pictures of Peterson burying Jimmy Hoffa’s body in Lake Michigan, that Peterson is pen pals with Jerry Sandusky and that Peterson was a New Orleans officer who looted Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for funds to pay for his criminal defense.
Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky, who had not seen the filing Wednesday afternoon, laughed when told of the allegations.
“Obviously, Jonathan Riches must have consulted with John Paul Carroll and Michelle Gonzalez before filing his complaint,” Peterson said, referring to the two attorneys who filed a motion for a new trial on Peterson’s behalf last week based on allegations Brodsky screwed up Peterson’s case.
Peterson later told a judge he did not want Carroll and Gonzalez as his lawyers, though a hearing on a motion for a new trial for Peterson is set for the end of this month.
Riches was released April 30 from federal prison, where he spent about eight years for a wire fraud conviction.
He kept busy filing court documents, even while imprisoned.
In 2007, Riches sued Dan Rather for $75 million in a California federal court, claiming the newsman was “harassing his life” and broadcasting his copyrighted material. He also sued the television talent show “American Idol,” claiming Paula Abdul and U.S. Marshals were plotting to kidnap him from prison and force him to perform for inmates at the abandoned Alcatraz prison.
In 2009, Riches filed a lawsuit to stop the Guinness Book of World Records from including him in the 2010 edition as having filed the most lawsuits in history.