A lawsuit brought by a man who alleges a Palos Verdes Estates psychic falsely promised him in 2021 that she could remove a curse put in place by the man’s ex-girlfriend for $5,100 should be reclassified to limit the plaintiff’s potential damages, an attorney says the psychic in new court documents.
Attorney Gary Kurtz, on behalf of psychic Sophia Adams and several other defendants, says in court documents filed Wednesday in Torrance Superior Court that a reclassification is necessary even assuming plaintiff Mauro Restrepo’s allegations are true. If granted, Restrepo would be entitled to a maximum of $25,000, but Kurtz maintains in his court documents that the entire dispute involves a claim not exceeding $1,000.
“It’s really an example of the adage that anyone can be sued for anything in California, no matter how stupid the complaint,” Kurtz says in his court documents.
No one forced Restrepo to seek psychic services or pay a deposit, according to Kurtz’s court documents.
“To make matters worse, the plaintiff never asked for a refund, which would have been granted,” according to Kurtz’s court documents.
Kurtz previously filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing in his court papers that none of Restrepo’s causes of action are viable.
“This whole legal action is absurd and it would add insult to injury to allow him to continue,” Kurtz says in his earlier court documents, citing Restrepo’s cause of action for fraud as an example.
“Without attempting to insult the psychic industry and the legitimate work of psychic healers, it may not be possible for plaintiff to plead justifiable reliance in this case,” Kurtz says.
Restrepo filed the lawsuit Oct. 1 in Torrance Superior Court against Adams and his company, Psychic Love Specialist by Sophia; the medium’s husband, George Adams; his daughter, Tiffany Winston – also known as Tiffany Johnson and Tiffany Adams – and the seer’s owners, Christ and Polly Koutroumbis. His other causes of action include civil conspiracy, negligence, and the willful and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Restrepo says Adams read his tarot cards and told him he had “mala suerte”, or “bad luck” placed on him by a witch hired by his ex-girlfriend. Adams told Restrepo that unless Adams removes the curse, Restrepo and his family would be “disgruntled and in danger,” the suit states.
Restrepo seeks a minimum of $25,000 in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages.
However, Adams denies telling Restrepo anything about a curse. She had previously told City News Service that he had made an appointment last September 17 and had indeed received a tarot card reading, and then said he had not had a luck in love and that he was looking for some type of healing or meditation.
Adams said she gave him a crystal for $5,100. Crystals are commonly used in tarot practice.
Restrepo couldn’t pay the full balance, so he gave Sophia a $1,000 cash advance and the two agreed the crystal wouldn’t be ordered until the full balance was paid, according to Adams.
Despite the strong language of Restrepo’s complaint, the facts as stated “make it a legal certainty that plaintiff’s maximum recovery would be $1,000,” according to Kurtz’s new court documents.
Adams could have sued Restrepo for the outstanding balance based on the oral agreement that the complaint “tacitly admits,” but she didn’t want to add to the court’s wasted time, Kurtz says in her court documents.
Hearings on the dismissal and reclassification motions are scheduled for September 20 and 21, respectively, before Judge Gary Tanaka.