AceShowbiz - Frank Sinatra's longtime manager and estate executor Eliot Weisman has taken aim at a new book by a man claiming to have served as the crooner's representative, insisting it's full of "multiple falsehoods."
Tony Oppedisano has been promoting his new release, "Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours", alleging he was a close friend of Ol' Blue Eyes and worked as his personal manager.
However, Weisman insists Oppedisano never actually held the top role, and instead began his career in Sinatra's employ as a valet - on Weisman's recommendation, before being promoted to road manager, and eventually personal attendant, although his responsibilities did not include making any business decisions on the entertainer's behalf.
A statement issued to WENN by Weisman's spokesperson reads, "While over the years, there have been many colorful stories & outrageous claims about Sinatra, never before has Weisman felt the need to speak out until he became aware of the multiple falsehoods being made by Tony Oppedisano in his new book, Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours."
"After reading the flap of the book along with getting a sneak peak (sic) of the manuscript, Weisman is flabbergasted by the multiple 'false claims' (in) the pages of this so-called 'tell-all' tale."
Among the Oppedisano stories challenged by Weisman, who worked in various capacities for Sinatra from 1978, include his reported involvement in the development of the singer's classic 1993 album "Duets".
"In fact, he wasn't even allowed in the recording studio, nor was he ever involved in any meetings to discuss such matters," Weisman's representative insists.
Oppedisano has yet to respond to the remarks.
His memoir, published by officials at Simon & Schuster, was released on Tuesday (08Jun21).