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Businessman Says ‘Fashion Model' He Dated Was Part of Fraudulent Matchmaking Scheme

In a court declaration filed after the first legal volley, the woman says she was the one who was fooled.


A woman sued by a businessman who alleges she duped him for financial reasons into thinking he was dating a fashion model has been ordered by a judge to stay away from the woman, who said he will stop at nothing to get her back into a relationship.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Swift on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of Stefanie Gurzanski, directing Stephen J. Cloobeck not to come within 100 yards of her, her home, workplace, vehicle and 54-year-old mother, Sandra Gurzanski.

“Stephen has made it very clear that unless I return to our relationship, he will continue to threaten and harass me and attempt to ruin my life,'' Gurzanski said in a sworn declaration. “I feel he is acting in an irrational manner.''

Cloobeck, 59, filed the first legal volley when he brought his suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, naming as defendants matchmaker Katherine Abigail Le, the 23-year-old Gurzanski and Gurzanski's friend, Adrianna Suchor.

Cloobeck alleges fraud, theft, unjust enrichment and invasion of privacy.

According to the suit, Cloobeck is a “single, successful businessman'' to whom Le represented herself as a matchmaker for men like him.

“Le told Cloobeck that she could find him a woman that would take care, love and cherish him for the rest of his life,'' the suit states.


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Cloobeck accepted Le's invitation and last summer Le introduced Cloobeck to Gurzanski, telling him she was “a prominent fashion model,'' a “good girl'' and a “woman of his dreams that would be with him forever,'' the suit states.

“Instead, she (Gurzanski) is a grifter, looking for her next mark from whom she could take as much property as possible while pretending to be in love,'' the suit states.

“As the result of Gurzanski's fraud, Cloobeck's heart was broken and he was duped out of significant assets.''

Gurzanski said in her declaration she was the one fooled by Cloobeck after they met July 30 at his home.

“I told him about my successful modeling career and businesses in which I was engaged,'' she said. “Stephen also talked about his life.

“I felt Stephen and I had chemistry and I grew interested in spending more time with him. At the end of the night, Stephen invited me to go out with him the next day.''

Early in the relationship, Cloobeck gave Gurzanski a credit card and told her she could buy whatever she wanted, she said. He also began buying gifts for her and said, “Now you can never leave me'' and “You're going to be dealing with me forever'' and “I will haunt you for the next 10 to 20 years,'' according to Gurzanski.

“These statements made me feel uncomfortable,'' Gurzanski said.

Cloobeck began harassing Gurzanski about her modeling career on Christmas Eve, she said.

“He started telling me that I was no longer allowed to publish pictures on Onlyfans.com,'' she said, referring to the content subscription service. “I told him that I was going to keep doing my work as it is a source of income.''

On Christmas Day, Cloobeck asked her to marry him, but she declined and told him she wanted to end their relationship, Gurzanski said.

“Starting the day after I told Stephen that I no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him, he became unhinged and began abusing and harassing me,'' Gurzanski said.

“He began attacking me and everyone around me with the intent of hurting me, isolating me from my friends and family, and he also began to try and destroy my financial independence.''

Gurzanski said she hired a security guard “because I am scared of being harmed.''

A hearing is scheduled Feb. 2 on whether to extend the temporary restraining order.

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