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This week, I spoke to David Boies about his crusade to hold celebrities like Tom Brady legally accountable for luring consumers to FTX and other bankrupt crypto platforms. His next target is Mark Cuban, who Boies will depose on Thursday. Also in this week’s email: James Dolan, Yashar Ali, Vince McMahon, Everyone vs. Google, and a wild end to that OMG dolls trial featuring rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris.
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“If you made this into a movie, people wouldn’t believe it,” David Boies told me last week, marveling at the collapse of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried before stepping onto his 184-foot sailboat en route to St. Barths. “It’d be interesting even if you took three zeroes off of what happened.” Boies, the ubiquitous lawyer who has represented Elizabeth Holmes, Al Gore, Harvey Weinstein, and the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, should know. He has, after all,executive produced 15 movies. (He was also engaged by the current WaPo C.E.O. Fred Ryan in a messy bygone D.C. media exit that ended up going nowhere, as my partner Dylan Byersrecently reported.) The S.B.F. saga, he told me, is one of the most fascinating cases of his career...