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Abramoff's Tailor-Made (Law) Suit

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Monday, September 24, 2007

Like a lot of people in this town, Eza Sabatini thought he was lucky to meet Jack Abramoff. The tailor made several custom-made suits for the high-profile lobbyist, and gave him a deep discount because Abramoff promised to introduce Sabatini to his VIP friends -- even showing the tailor a photo of his family with President Bush, according to Sabatini's lawyer, Tarek Maassarani. (Bet a lot of people would love to see that pic.)

Now the two are headed for court in a complicated, four-year riches-to-rags squabble. On Friday, Maassarani filed a motion asking D.C. Superior Court to order Abramoff to sit down for a deposition in a lawsuit to determine who owes whom for the duds.

In 2003, Sabatini created four 52-long suits for the weight-challenged Abramoff, then (eager to please) took them back and made leaner suits when the lobbyist lost 40 pounds. When Abramoff ballooned again, he demanded his original fat suits; Sabatini refused, claiming he never got the promised referrals and was never fully paid for his work. In an attempt to partially recoup his losses, he sold some of the oversize, custom clothing.

In April, Abramoff -- now in Club Fed for fraud, tax evasion and bribing public officials -- sued Sabatini for $6,142.50, money he paid the tailor. Sabatini countersued, asking for an unpaid balance of more than $17,000, plus $10,000 in lost income. After months of missed deadlines and delays, Abramoff's attorney, Jon van Horne, offered a settlement last week: An exchange of "conciliatory statements." No go, said Sabatini, who asked for $15K to end the matter. Now Maassarani has asked a judge to make inmate Abramoff sit down for a deposition and says a trial is becoming more likely.

Van Horne did not respond to repeated calls for comment.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, buying D.C. souvenirs just like regular tourists! The movie stars capped off their Washington visit (he researching a movie role in The Post newsroom, she meeting with Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice) Saturday afternoon at a sidewalk T-shirt vendor at New York Avenue and 17th Street NW. They paid $44 cash for a black CIA cap, a camouflage FBI cap, a camouflage FBI T-shirt and two blue Beanie Baby teddy bears. Pitt, munching on an apple, sauntered over to a nearby hot dog stand and bought a drink.

Dick Cheney at Friday's private dinner for outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace at Cafe Milano. Georgetown's Prospect Street was closed for three hours for all the black SUVs, but passersby could see the 30 VIP guests including Secretary of State Rice, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. After everyone ate roasted veal chops, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo sang for the supper.

SURREAL ESTATE

Renters: Pamela Brown, Quinn Bradlee, Stephen Ball and Lindsey Volckmann

Price: Such a deal

Details: The four 20-something roomies scored one of the year's best real estate deals, moving into a historic Georgetown home instead of cramped starter apartments in the burbs. The spacious N Street brick home -- built by Robert Todd Lincoln (yes, Abe's son) for his daughter -- is owned by Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn; their 25-year-old filmmaker son talked his parents into leasing the place to him and best friend Ball, WJLA reporter Brown, and National Cancer Institute liaison Volckman. The quartet showed off their new digs Saturday night with a housewarming dinner dance on the tennis court for 200 tanned and toned pals; guests included Bradlee, Quinn and Brown's parents, Phyllis George and former Kentucky governor John Brown.

THIS JUST IN

Theodore Roosevelt ended his second season of presidential races at Nationals games with zero wins, 120 consecutive losses. The lovable giant-headed mascot was a no-show yesterday for the final fourth-inning race of the year-- turns out he "mistakenly" went to the Nats' new baseball stadium instead of the last game at RFK. The crowd chanted "We want Teddy, we want Teddy!" and erupted into cheers when he showed up in the sixth inning.

Dan Snyder and his wife, Tanya, hosted the usual suspects in the owner's box at FedEx Field yesterday: Bob Novak, Bernie Shaw, Jack Kemp, Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff, Sam Donaldson and -- fresh from his book-tour appearance on "Meet the Press" -- Alan Greenspan, with wife Andrea Mitchell.

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