NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – It has been 18 many years given that Marlin Gusman essential a new working day position. But in one particular of the to start with indications of how the outgoing Orleans Parish sheriff programs to shell out time following his replacement is sworn in up coming month, Gusman has enrolled as an lawyer associated in the possession struggle for the historic Carver Theater.

Court docket documents demonstrate Gusman has signed on to signify Kristen “Weezie” Melancon, a New Orleans-born producer and screenwriter who is one particular of three central figures locked in a authorized struggle for control of the Treme landmark theater at 2101 Orleans Ave.

Already representing Melancon’s passions is the nearby Rodrigue & Arcuri Law Team, whose principal attorneys Laura Rodrigue and Blake Arcuri have served as in-dwelling counsel to Gusman’s OPSO.

The tug-of-war for possession of the historic theater has been just about deadlocked for much more than three a long time, until Orleans Parish Civil District Courtroom Choose Kern Reese late past 7 days purchased the functions to settle their dispute by arbitration. Gusman will be associated in that ongoing energy.

Melancon headed a revival task involving the Crest Theater in Los Angeles, and envisioned a identical foreseeable future in Treme that would revamp the 72-yr-outdated Carver Theater and acquire 6 encompassing houses into a cultural center with eating, creative studios and places of work.

In 2018, Melancon brought jointly longtime Carver residence owner Eugene Oppman and Hollywood film producer Bob Yari, with whom she experienced worked in Los Angeles on the Crest Theater challenge. The trio agreed on a joint undertaking on the Treme residence, but the partnership soon devolved into dueling lawsuits.

Yari has sought to foreclose on the assets just after obtaining additional than $5.5 million in loans on which Oppman allegedly defaulted. Oppman has countersued, accusing his previous companions of breach of contract.

Gusman, who was defeated in a re-election bid past December by former impartial police watch Susan Hutson, has just 4 months remaining in his fourth phrase as sheriff. Hutson is to be sworn in on May 2.

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