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EXCLUSIVE: Richard Heene Stealing Credit For Theme Songs Says Former Partner

Oct. 23 2009, Published 5:35 a.m. ET

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The trouble keeps mounting for Richard Heene. After gaining notoriety for allegedly orchestrating a hoax using his son, a former business colleague has slammed Heene for claiming the credit for theme songs used in ill fated television shows.

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Cult performer Count Smokula - who also goes under the performance name of Smokey Miles – told exclusively that he sang and wrote the lyrics to The Psyience Detective, The Contractor and for Box Time Playhouse.

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“We shared an office and studio together for seven years at Westside Casting in Los Angeles,” reveals Smokula. “Richard started living at the studio with his family and he was desperate to make a living for them. He begged me to save his life, so, I came up with the music for his projects and I would like to get some recognition for that."

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The duo did write one song together: Create A Dream. "He had some creative input and we wrote the lyrics together.” The music was copyrighted by Smokula and registered with his label Meson Music BMI and he claims the only input that Heene had was to play some drums on The Psyience Detectives.


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“Heene was a unique, eccentric and troubled individual at times and he was always making rockets and other weird inventions," he adds. “He definitely wanted to become famous and after appearing on Wife Swap his ego seemed to get out of control a little." As for Heene's wife Mayumi who recently hired her own attorney: "she was a very hard working person who could edit really well." While the children were "chaotic" at times, they were "basically good kids."

While Smokula wants credit for the songs, he feels pity for his former colleague:  “I feel a little sorry for Richard because the whole world seems to want to stick it to the guy when he just wanted to make money and feed his family."



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