Well here’s a weird one that will likely dash a few childhood hopes and dreams. According to Courthouse News, Todd White, the former lead artist of the cartoon series SpongeBob Squarepants is being sued for $5.5 million by a woman who claims he hired a group of men to rob her and take over her art gallery in Huntington Beach.
The woman, Margaret Howell, shows Mr. White’s work in her gallery. She claims a group of men entered the business interested in buying some of Mr. White’s pieces and proceeded to “attack and rob” her. Strangest of all? The men she says were involved in the incident are members of Mr. White’s professional circle. And, uh, they’re all martial arts experts. Courthouse News writes:
She says that White’s attorney Keith Davidson, and his “agent and martial arts sparring partner” Bryce Eddy were there too, along with other martial arts experts. “The other men were ‘hired muscles,’ martial arts experts retained by White or his representatives, whose purpose was to physically assault and intimidate Ms. Howell,” the complaint states.
We are as surprised as you are to hear that the former head artist of a hit children’s television show knows such a vast circle of martial arts experts.
She says the men were acting on behalf of Mr. White. Ms. Howell claims they assaulted her, “emotionally traumatized” her and locked her in her office while they stole “more than one million dollar’s worth” of Mr. White’s art. They also stole the gallery’s customer list “so [Mr.] White could bypass [Ms. Howell] and sell his art directly to collectors.”
Ms. Howell says she was then told she had until August 16 to vacate the gallery entirely so that Mr. White could take over. She says they threatened her life and the life of her family if she called the police.
Whether these claims are true or not, this really casts SpongeBob Squarepants in a much darker light.