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Bruce Willis was exploited by Lala Kent’s former Randall Emmett: report

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A new report claims that Bruce Willis was exploited by film producers who continued to cast him in films despite being unable to remember his lines or act due to aphasia.

A Los Angeles Times exposé of film producer Randall Emmett accused the 51-year-old of defrauding investors, rampant drug use, stalking his ex-fiancee — Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent, 31 — and offering acting roles for sexual favors.

Sources also said that Emmett was happy to continue putting Willis’ name in films even when the action hero stumbled.

In September 2020, Emmett was filming Willis, now 67, in Midnight in the Millet and couldn’t get the actor to kick down the door — even with the help of a stunt coordinator, according to several crew members. Desperate, he left the set, and a confused Willis asked, “Did I do something wrong?”

Randall Emmett and Bruce Willis on set.
Instagram / Randall Emmett

“You have to be blind not to see him struggle,” said Alicia Haverland, the film’s property manager.

That evening, Emmett allegedly called his then-fiancee Kent in tears. “I can’t do this anymore,” Kent told her. “This is so sad. Bruce can’t remember any of his lines. He doesn’t know where he is.”

But he did not stop working with the Die Hard star. After that phone call, he made five more Willis action films and allegedly used the big-name star as a cash cow for Emmett/Furla Oasis, his former production company with partner George Furla.

poster for "Midnight in millet" where Emmett reportedly noticed that Willis was ill.
Poster for the film “Midnight in the millet”. During filming, Emmett reportedly noticed that Willis was ill.
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When the couple needs an infusion of cash to pay off their debts, former assistant Anna Szymanskaya said they will discuss making “another bullish Bruce Willis movie.”

Emmett denied numerous allegations in an LA Times article. He said that there was no tearful conversation with Kent and that he was unaware of Willis’s deteriorating health. In a statement provided to The Post, his spokeswoman Sally Hofmeister said: “Randall is very proud of the work he and Bruce Willis have done over the past 15 years. In every film they worked on together, Bruce enjoyed being on set, playing golf, going out to dinner and interacting with the crew. If Bruce didn’t want to be on set, he wouldn’t be there. Willis is one of the greatest actors of his time and was sought after by several production companies until his recent retirement. Randall considers him one of his closest friends.

Emmett carved his niche in Tinseltown, producing bad films with aging action stars like Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino and Willis, the latter of which reportedly made $2 million in two days of work. While domestically they were a flop straight to DVD, the films were financial successes in international markets.

Randall Emmett and Lala Kent at a film screening "Midnight in millet" in July 2021.
Randall Emmett and Lala Kent at the screening of Midnight in the Millet in July 2021.
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The Miami native rose through the ranks with a pure hustle, first becoming part of Mark Wahlberg’s real-life entourage as an assistant, then continuing to work on the Lone Survivor hit with his old boss. As his production credentials grew, so did his lavish lifestyle, which included flying private jets and driving a Rolls-Royce, both of which he flaunted in The Vanderpump Rules.

Then in 2019 there was a conflict with 50 Cent, who loaned Emmett, the producer of his show Power, $1 million. The rapper said he was late in paying off the debt and roasted Emmett and Kent on social media. The couple soon reconciled, but the Candy Shop artist made fun of his old adversary on Instagram after high-profile claims of Emmett’s exploitation of Bruce Willis were posted.

Willis poses with his family, including ex-wife Demi Moore.
Willis with his family, including ex-wife Demi Moore.

Since 2006, Willis has appeared in two dozen EFO films, even as his health declined. In Wrong Way, one of the last films of the Sixth Sense star, he spent two days on set in Alabama, where he was given lines through an earpiece.

Shimanskaya recalled that there was always an assistant next to Willis. However, she added, “When no one from Bruce’s crew was around, the production crew said how sad we are to see him in this state.”

Willis’ lawyer Marty Singer declined to be interviewed on behalf of the star.

Randall Emmett and Bruce Willis in Park City, Utah, 2012
Randall Emmett and Bruce Willis in Park City, Utah, 2012
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But the lawyer defended Willis’ work with Emmett. “My client continued to work after being medically diagnosed because he wanted to work and was able to do so, as did many other people diagnosed with aphasia who were able to continue working,” Singer said, adding that the actor gave people work during a pandemic.

In a statement to the LA Times, Emmett accused Kent, with whom he is in a custody battle over their one-year-old daughter Ocean, of lewd allegations.

Through his spokesman, he described Kent’s allegations as “false and part of a now-familiar smear campaign organized by [his] ex-fiancee to influence their custody dispute.” The couple broke up last October, with Kent later saying the reason for this was that Emmett was dating the 23-year-old shortly after she gave birth.

In an LA Times article, Kent claimed that when she confronted her ex about her suspicions of cheating and tried to grab his phone, he grabbed her. Emmett and his longtime nanny disputed this account, stating that the fight was not physical.

“I used every ounce of strength to rip him away from me as he tried to pry him out of my hands,” Kent said, adding, “That’s when I knew for a fact that he was hiding a lot.”

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