Developer and convicted scammer Adam Hochfelder claims actual property information website the Actual Deal tried to strong-arm him into shopping for promoting and giving them scoops — after which “spreading false allegations towards him” as a result of he refused.
On Tuesday, Web page Six reported that Hochfelder had confirmed up on the Actual Deal’s workplace in an try to get them to kill an exposé about him. However, on Wednesday, Philippe Chow proprietor Hochfelder advised us that the location was solely working up the tell-all — and spreading gossip about him — as revenge for snubbing their “aggressive” promoting advances.
He claimed that “The Actual Deal” writer Amir Korangy despatched an advert rep “to my workplace to aggressively pitch us to spend cash” and that Korangy himself “additionally requested me to lunch 3 times and invited me to the Miami Actual Deal occasion to talk and promote.”
He additionally claimed that Korangy “gave me the cell [numbers of] three writers and requested us to name them earlier than the NY Publish and earlier than the [real estate news site] Industrial Observer once we closed offers.”
Hochfelder — who beforehand served jail time for scamming banks, family and friends out of greater than $20 million — advised us that “once we refused all of their aggressive calls for, they began a marketing campaign of false allegations.”
Hochfelder’s common counsel and accomplice of Retailers Hospitality, Richard Cohn, added, “the underside line is that the Actual Deal was upset that we might not promote with them, and we continued to offer … The Publish all of our unique actual property tales. It appears like [Page Six] bought used, and we bought damage.”
Korangy advised us: “To recommend that the Actual Deal would fee a essential piece about somebody who refused to do enterprise with us or give us scoops is completely disingenuous, and our 17-year monitor file speaks for itself.” He stated that the corporate retains “a strict divide between our journalism and promoting” and that the exposé will “communicate for itself.”