Claim: Bolaris traded threatening texts with biz partner

A recent complaint filed by businessman Dan Herman alleges that former Philly weatherman John Bolaris threatened to attack Herman during a heated text-message exchange over a movie deal gone awry.
A recent complaint filed by businessman Dan Herman alleges that former Philly weatherman John Bolaris threatened to attack Herman during a heated text-message exchange over a movie deal gone awry.
Posted: June 07, 2013

FORMER Lenny Dykstra business manager, Dan Herman, has filed a complaint against former Fox 29 weatherman John Bolaris, after a text-message battle between the two resulted in Herman going to the Pennsylvania State Police.

The dispute began when Herman, the owner of Chinga Chang Records, pitched a documentary called "Race in the Ring," about the 1982 fight between boxers Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney.

On June 28, 2012, Herman says he entered into a contract with Bolaris to narrate the documentary, in exchange for a one-fifth ownership of the film. Bolaris and his lawyer, Jeffrey Campolongo, deny that Bolaris was contractually obligated to narrate, simply that they entered into a partnership.

Bolaris said he was never given a script or status updates on the film, which Herman denies, saying the film is complete except for Bolaris' narration.

When Herman asked to schedule studio time for Bolaris' narration, Bolaris said he could not give a definite date because of an impending move to New York. Herman then claims Bolaris wanted $15,000 before his narration was completed and $15,000 after the film came out. Bolaris denied asking for money.

The argument escalated into a text-message battle between the two, with Herman sending Bolaris texts about his job status and his 9-year-old daughter, saying she looked like an anteater. Herman claimed this was an inside joke between the two, referring to the cartoon character Arthur, an aardvark.

Bolaris did not take it this way. "I was enraged inside," he told me.

"If you mention my daughter again, I will personally kick your loser ass," Bolaris texted, claiming that Herman continued to antagonize him.

Bolaris texted back to Herman, "I don't know when or where but I will see you and you won't even see it coming when I snap your neck !! Now lose my number."

This sent Herman to the police.

Bolaris, meanwhile, recanted the threat ("Snapping your neck is too good for you. it would put you out of your pathetic life") and told Herman he would refer everything to his lawyer, Campolongo. Bolaris says Herman continued to harass him via text.

Bolaris has yet to be contacted by law enforcement.

Phew! Got that all, kids?

Reality bites

Jackie Jennings, of Bristol's Tru Blu Tatu, will be on season 3 of Spike's "Ink Masters." Jennings will compete against 15 other tattooers in the Dave Navarro-hosted reality competition premiering July 15 at 10 p.m. Jennings isn't the first area tattooer on "Master Ink." Shane O'Neill of Shane O'Neill Infamous Tattoo shops, with locations in Middletown, Del., and Willow Grove, won the first season.

J. Alexander Martin, one of the founders of mega-popular urban streetwear brand FUBU, will be at Moore College of Art and Design for the next couple of weeks filming a new fashion competition reality show. The show could potentially feature Moore grads. Shooting, which will take place all around Moore's campus, starts tomorrow and continues through June 21.

Screw cancer

* John's Roast Pork owner John Bucci will celebrate the fifth anniversary of his successful bone-marrow transplant by holding his own marrow registry drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at his South Philly shop. Can't make it down there? Bucci wants to raise $50,000 to help get more people on the bone marrow registry. Donate by going to ph.ly/johnspork.

* The Dude Hates Cancer, an annual "The Big Lebowski"-themed charity campaign benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, kicks off June 12 at Tir Na Nog (1600 Arch St.) from 5 to 8 p.m. with food and drink (White Russians?) specials, and a Lebowski-themed costume contest. Founded by Timothy Maxwell in 2006, the annual campaign has raised more than $295,000. The goal this year is to net an additional $100,000. Every year, the event culminates in a massive bowling tournament. It will take place Sept. 21 at North Bowl.

Basketball jones

Lower Merion High School grad and former ESPN personality Bobbito Garcia will host a screening of his film "Doin' it at the Park," at his alma mater on Sunday at 7 p.m. The documentary looks at playground basketball culture in New York. Get tickets at ph.ly/Cj2XS.

Today on PhillyDailyNews.com : Read about the marriage of a pizzeria and a bakery.


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