Binman Benji sues jewellery empire heir - 2001-05-06
He is best known for rummaging through the dustbins of the rich and famous. But Benjamin Pell has betrayed an appetite for Hollywood glory in a bizarre legal action launched against John Mappin, an heir to the Mappin and Webb jewellery empire.
'Benji the binman' has been a legend in Fleet Street since the Sunday Times and other papers began to base exclusives on his smelly but newsworthy discoveries. And when the idea arose to make a movie about his life, he jumped at the chance.
But his dream has turned sour. Pell is accusing Mappin of hoodwinking him out of nearly £80,000 with empty promises to turn his story into 'the biggest movie of all time'.