TapouT Co-Founder Charles 'Mask' Lewis Jr.'s Ashes at Center of Lawsuit
Will this dude ever get to rest in peace?
Lewis, a 45-year-old Huntington Beach resident at the time of his death, was killed in a high-speed crash on PCH in Newport Beach on March 11, 2009, that cut his Ferrari in half. Porshe driver Jeffrey David Kirby, 53, of Costa Mesa, was later convicted of drunken- driving vehicular manslaughter and sentenced in February to nine years in state prison.
Part of the reason Orange County Public Administrator/Public Guardian John Williams was run out of office was his despicable handling of the Lewis estate, which rightly belonged to the late businessman's children.
In exhaustive fashion, Richard K. De Atley presents the latest court twist in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
|Better days for (from left) "Mask," "Punkass" and "Skyscrape."|
How did the Tapoutskis get the ashes from the family in the first place? The suit claims that the day after her brother died, Carla Lewis was asked by TapouT co-founders Daniel "Punkass" Caldwell and Timothy "SkySkrape" Katz to sign over to them power to control Mask's body and remains. She claims that when she refused, Caldwell threw water bottles and other items around the room. She says she left so Caldwell could calm down and later returned, agreeing only to loan them the urn filled with her brother's ashes for the April 14, 2009, public memorial service at Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.
Carla Lewis, who also goes by "Kaya," says she attended the service that featured booths with TapouT merchandise and memorial mementos. She claims she was horrified to discover a shoebox-sized container holding necklaces with miniature vials attached and supposedly filled with Mask's ashes. She says that she asked a vendor about the vials and was told they were to be given only to "special people" identified on a list. Carla Lewis, who was not on the list, estimated 50 to 100 vials were given away that day.