Police disrupt ‘psychic healing’ event in Tulsipur

The event was organised by alleged conman Bharat Bhattarai aka Simanta KC, who identifies himself as astrologer and claims to possess magical powers to cure serious diseases.

The Kathmandu Post/May 24, 2023

By Durgalal KC

Inglewood, California — Just over a month after filing an amended complaint, a man has dropped his lawsuit against a Palos Verdes Estates psychic who he alleged had falsely promised him in 2021 that she could remove a curse put in place by the man’s ex-girlfriend in exchange for $5,100.

An attorney for plaintiff Mauro Restrepo filed court papers on Monday with Inglewood Superior Court Judge Ronald F. Frank asking that the plaintiff’s case be dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning Restrepo is not barred from refiling the case.

On May 9, Frank put the entire case on hold pending the next court hearing that was scheduled June 8.

Restrepo, 37, originally brought the suit in October 2021 against psychic Sophia Adams and her business, Psychic Love Specialist by Sophia; the psychic’s husband, George Adams; her daughter, Tiffany Winston — also known as Tiffany Johnson and Tiffany Adams — and Adams’ landlords, Christ and Polly Koutroumbis. He initially alleged fraud, negligence, emotional distress and civil conspiracy.

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The complaint underwent three revisions. The latest amended complaint was filed April 11, alleging a single cause of action for unfair competition as a violation of the state Business and Professions Code.

According to Restrepo, Adams read his tarot cards during the September 2021 session and told him he had “mala suerte,” or “bad luck” that was placed on him by a witch hired by his ex-girlfriend. Adams told Restrepo that unless Adams removed the curse, Restrepo and his family would be “unhappy and in danger,” the suit states.

However, Adams denied saying anything to Restrepo about a curse. She previously told City News Service that he made an appointment on Sept. 17, 2021, and was indeed given a tarot card reading, and that afterward he said he was unlucky in love and was looking for some type of healing or meditation.

Adams said she offered him a crystal for $5,100. Crystals are commonly used in tarot practice.

Restrepo could not afford the full balance, so he gave Sophia a $1,000 cash advance, and the two agreed the crystal would not be ordered until the full balance was paid, according to Adams.

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