“Rabbi Mintz has caused tremendous monetary costs to Joey Bishop’s estate and to myself, and may have a lot of explaining to do in the future,” Garibotti said in the statement. “Sadly, Rabbi Mintz probably caused Chabad, which is an organization that involves itself in good deeds, to pursue what I believe to have been a wrongful course of litigation without a proper basis, which was likely at significant expense to them.”
Garibotti went on to claim that Rabbi Bernie King, who is retired from Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot in Irvine, was Bishop’s rabbi in his last years, not Mintz.
“Rabbi King was a wonderful human being to both of us, good hearted, with no motives, and genuinely there for Joey. Rabbi Bernie King visited us at our home, was there for Joey when he became ill, visited him at the hospital regularly, gave Joey his last rites in the last hour of his life, and conducted his funeral services for a private gathering,” Garibotti said in the statement. “I want to make clear that Rabbi Reuven Mintz, in my opinion, was adverse and hostile to Joey’s trust and estate and to me. He does not deserve to have his name associated with Joey Bishop in my opinion.”