Retired basketball star Magic Johnson has been called to testify against the president of a speakers agency, Alan Walker, who allegedly cheated him out of $30,000. Johnson was the latest celebrity to take the stand in federal court in White Plains against Walker, who is accused of 68 counts of fraud for failing to pay the people he booked through his Program Corporation of America.
On court Friday April 15, 2005, Johnson testified that Walker's firm booked him to speak on November 19, 2002, at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. He was paid $5,000 up front, with $30,000 more to come. Later the athlete realized that he's been cheated as he hadn't been paid, even though the booking firm had been paid by the university, instead of being given a variety of excuses.
Previous witnesses claiming losses have included CBS newsman Andy Rooney, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and poet Nikki Giovanni. Still to come are James Earl Jones and Erin Brockovich.