The Associated Press reported Friday that a Star Trek fan who paid $6,000 for what he believed to be a poker visor worn by the android "Data" on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is now suing, claiming it is a fake. Ted Moustakis of Towaco, New Jersey, filed suit in New York state court against Christie’s auction house, demanding a refund for the visor as well as a table ($6,600) and uniform ($11,400) that he bought in the same auction.
Surprisingly, Moustakis is also demanding millions in punitive damages.
Moustakis claims that he brought the visor to a Star Trek convention in August to have it autographed by Brent Spiner, who played Data in the TV show. Spiner allegedly then told Moustakis that the visor could not be the real thing because he (Spiner) had sold the real one years ago. Moustakis said he felt "humiliated" after the android’s revelation and that the pride he felt for getting such a "great piece of memorabilia" was dissipated.
Upon close examination, Moustakis said, the table and uniform did not seem authentic to him, either.
In a post reprinted on the excellent stupid-news blog SNAFU-ed, Wil Wheaton (who played "Wesley Crusher" on the show), said that Moustakis’s story did not ring true in some ways based on his experience in the show (such as the fact that they did not have "one-of-a-kind" costumes as Moustakis apparently alleges). In another post, "James Tiberius Kirk" comments that, if Moustakis has $24,000 to spend on Star Trek props, maybe he can afford to go ahead and move out of his mom’s basement.