7 Stars Who Were Innocently Ripped Off

John Mayer

Exclusive... John Mayer Skips The AMA's36-year old singer John Mayer, is suing celebrity watch dealer Robert Maron for selling him counterfeit Rolex timepieces.

Reportedly, Mayer bought $5 million worth of timepieces from the broker -- who was a friend.

After sending one of the watches to Rolex for servicing, Mayer was informed the watch he sent "was not authentic in all respects" and later would discover another watch containing a bezel and dial was not authentic either.

The lawsuit states that a total of seven watches sold to Mayer were allegedly counterfeit, and Mayer is seeking $646,000 -- a refund, interest, and damages.


Steven Spielberg

The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - Opening Ceremony And "The Great Gatsby" PremiereSteven Spielberg's charity, The Wunderkinder Foundation, was swindled by Bernie Madoff -- it's been reported that 70 percent of the dividend income and interest of the foundation was managed by Madoff's security firm.



Sting Drops By BBC Radio 4 StudiosSting's financial advisor of 15 years, Keith Moore, was discovered to have stolen $9.8 million from the rockstar in 1995.

Moore reportedly used a complex financial system to funnel the money from over 100 accounts, which he spent on a series of poor investments and his own use. Moore was sentenced to six years in prison.


Billy Joel

Stone Music Festival - Media CallBilly Joel went through a long spell of financial trouble starting in 1989, when Joel filed a $90 million lawsuit alleging that his ex-manager (who was also his ex-brother-in-law) had stolen millions.

Joel also sued his expensive lawyers and an accounting firm. When all was said and done, and the appeals and countersuits had been resolved, Joel was awarded $8 million.


Ben Stiller

"The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" New York ScreeningDana Ginacchetto, a financial advisor to multiple stars including Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ben Stiller, stole $10 million collectively from his clients. $250,000 was swindled from actor Ben Stiller, but luckily, it was returned to him. Others weren't so lucky.

Giacchetto served three years in prison for his financial misdeeds.


Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

George Clooney and Stacy Keibler at The The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild AwardsKevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick were one of the biggest losers in Bernie Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Their publicist wouldn't comment on the exact amount, but some estimates price the loss somewhere around $50 million. Others speculated that Sedgwick and Bacon lost everything in their checking account.

Kyra Sedgwick went on the record, calling Madoff a sick man, and saying that while they lost a lot, they didn't lose everything.



Uma Thurman

Celebrities Attend The BAFTA Awards In LondonUma Thurman was yet another victim to financial fiasco at the hands of her financial advisor, Kenneth Starr.

Starr stole a seven-figure amount from Thurman, and when it was discovered, she confronted him and he repaid Thurman the very next day, with money he took from other clients.

Starr was sentenced to 90 months in prison.