SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A television consultant claims that former Vice President Al Gore and others at Current TV stole his idea to sell the struggling network to Al Jazeera.
Los Angeles resident John Terenzio is demanding more than $5 million in a lawsuit quietly filed in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges that Terenzio brought the idea of approaching Al Jazeera to Current TV board member Richard Blum in July. The lawsuit says Blum agreed to present Terenzio's plan to other board members and Gore.
Terenzio says he believes Gore turned down the proposal at that time.
Al Jazeera announced on Jan. 3 that it planned to buy Current TV for $500 million. Terenzio said that was the first he heard of the sale and alleges he is entitled to compensation.