David Geffen's Alleged Ex-Lover to Face Stalking Charge In Court
Jamie Kuntz's attorneys claim the mogul's accusations are untrue
A man who claims to have had a sexual relationship with David Geffen is facing charges of stalking the mogul, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Jamie Kuntz, 21, was arrested in October for allegedly trespassing on the 71-year-old Geffen's property. He's facing a felony stalking charge as well as five misdemeanor charges, each for allegedly violating a restraining order Geffen obtained against him in September.
Kuntz will appear in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday. He's represented by Wallin & Klarich's David Wohl.
Kuntz's connection to Geffen is in dispute. Wohl tells THR that Kuntz claims to have had a physical relationship with the mogul, but a source close to Geffen's investigators of the matter says there is no relationship of any kind between Kuntz and Geffen.
Wohl says there's nothing to the stalking charge. "In order to make a stalking charge stick, there has to be a credible threat with the intent to place the other person in fear for their safety. That just didn't happen," he says. "The stalking charge, in our view, cannot possibly be sustained." But the misdemeanor charges might stand, he says.
The firm's senior partner, Paul Wallin, tells THR he believes Geffen's accusations are untrue. "There are statements in the police report from the complaining victim, and those statements do not appear to be accurate," he says.
Kuntz made headlines in 2012 when he was kicked off his college football team after kissing a 65-year-old man in the press box during a game.
His dismissal led to accusations of homophobia against his school, the North Dakota College of Science, though his coach reportedly told Kuntz he'd been removed for lying about the incident.
Geffen dated Kuntz after his relationship with Jeremy Lingvall, then 28, reportedly ended in 2012. Lingvall and the billionaire executive were partnered for six years.
TMZ first reported the charges against Kuntz.
Dec. 30, 2:13 p.m. Updated to clarify Kuntz and Geffen's alleged relationship.
Jan. 2, 9:40 a.m. Updated with Geffen source's denial of a relationship between the men.