'Law & Order' Star Diane Neal Tells All About Magician Ex Who "Defrauded Her Of Millions" And "Inflicted Emotional Distress" On Her

November 18, 2019 12:54

Diane Neal's role on Law And Order: Special Victims Unit shot her to the limelight. She has captured the hearts of fans thanks to her portrayal of the character Casey Noval on the hit show.

In addition to this, Diane also has a notable role as Abigail Borin on NCIS: New Orleans.

There's hardly any doubt that she's a successful and talented actress. But it's her personal life that's been putting her in the spotlight lately. She met and fell in love with close-up magician JB Benn but things soon went sour.

According to Heavy, Benn began his magician career at age 16 when he began doing coin and card tricks at a restaurant. He soon became well-known in his field.

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Diane Neal's ex's 2019 arrest

Diane and Benn met for the first time at a fundraiser. He approached her and according to TheDailyBeast, she felt an instant attraction.

Diane was newly dating at the time and in the middle of a divorce, but she decided to give the magician a chance. However, their love wasn't to last.

According to court records obtained by the publication, Benn turned out to be a dangerous con artist who targeted the actress on purpose, abused her and tried to ruin her career.

In the records, the 43-year-old actress described the magician as a "manipulative and maniacal fraudster" and claimed that he "defrauded her of millions" and "violently inflicted emotional distress."

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Diane accused Benn of impersonating her and sending messages to people she knew including some of her contacts in the entertainment industry. In the complaint, she also accused him of causing physical harm to her pets.

The couple broke up in March 2018, but Benn was arrested in April 2019 on charges of stalking her. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct recently and was asked to pay up to $200 in fines and fees.


Diane's saga with her magician ex-boyfriend caused her to receive some sympathy from online users.


The moral of the story is don't rush into a new relationship when you haven't extricated yourself from the old one.

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So sad I really liked her on L&O but this has happened to women in Hollywood since its inception women picking the wrong guy and losing everything I hope she gets back some life good luck Diane

@Zee Chen:

I like her. She is great whenever she has a guest spot on NCIS and I liked her on Law and Order too. Good luck Diane.

Diane's case against Neal remains an ongoing matter but based on her reports, it's heartbreaking that she fell victim to the magician's dishonesty and criminal tendencies. Nevertheless, despite Benn's attempt, Diane still enjoys a thriving career and her fans continue to show support.

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