Last month, Seth Green’s NFT collection was missing several pieces after a phishing scam, including Bored Ape #8398. However, the “kidnapped” ape has recently been returned to him after a month-long headache for the actor.
Fred Simian, a Bored Ape #8398, was in pseudonymous NFT collector’s hands Mr. Cheese or DarkWing84’s wallet.
On Tuesday, blockchain transaction records showed that Fred Simian was transferred from Cheese’s NFT wallet to one of Green’s wallets. The actor confirmed the return to Buzzfeed, saying, “Fred is home.”
The records showed that Seth Green transferred $297,000 worth of Ether or (165 ETH) to DarkWing84’s wallet. This would indicate he repurchased NFT for nearly $100k more than it was initially bought, indicating he abandoned his plan of suing the collector.
Fred Simian’s return to OpenSea hasn’t dimmed his suspicious activity label, which is still present on the marketplace. However, the NFT can still be transacted on other services.
The entire debacle is seemingly reaching its conclusion after more than a month of controversy.
The entire event started in early May when Seth Green’s NFT collection was looted after falling into a phishing scam. The show White House Tavern, which featured characters from his collection and particularly Fred Simian, had to be suspended because of this unfortunate occurrence with its development halted.
“I bought that ape in July 2021 and have spent the last several months developing and exploiting the IP to make it into the star of this show,” said Green last month. “Then days before – his name is Fred, by the way – days before he’s set to make his world debut, he’s literally kidnapped.”
Seth Green maintained he never lost the IP rights to Fred despite the NFT theft. However, without any legal precedence with this new technology, the actor was left in a gray legal area.
Fred Simian is back home, which means Seth Green can finally return to working on his show without having to deal with any legal headaches.