Jul 9, 2022 4:07 p.m
Julia Haart, star of Netflix reality show My Unorthodox Life, has filed a lawsuit seeking a whopping $257 million from her estranged husband Silvio Scaglia amid their divorce.
As persons Haart, 51, reportedly claims Scaglia, 63, cheated her out of millions from her businesses after she filed for divorce in February.
According to court records obtained by personsHaart blasts Scaglia as “a liar and a cheat” who enacted a scheme to cheat her out of stock and profits from Elite World Group (EWG), her fashion talent management firm, and her parent company Freedom Holding, Inc. (FHI) .
Haart’s lawsuit alleges that prior to her marriage to Scaglia, he “begged” her to become the company’s CEO in 2019; Rather than being paid a salary, Haart claims Scaglia convinced her to agree to a “management fee” of two percent of the company’s annual sales instead.
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“Haart reasonably relied on Scaglia’s accounts,” the lawsuit states. “Not only had they worked together for a number of years, but the two were engaged to be married at the time. Haart agreed to this arrangement in part out of love for her fiancé, who she knew needed cash on a daily basis, but also because of Scaglia’s representation that the shares he transferred would make her 50 percent owner of FHI.”
The lawsuit continues: “Haart would not have agreed to this arrangement had she known that Scaglia would later take the position that he has complete control over the money in FHI’s account. Haart has since learned that Scaglia’s statements to her regarding her ownership and control of FHI were all a bunch of lies and that he never intended Haart to become his equal partner or share equal ownership and control of FHI.
Haart’s lawsuit goes on to allege that Scaglia “deceptively amended FHI’s Articles of Association to issue itself preferred shares of the company’s stock prior to transferring 50 percent to Haart,” rendering her control of the company “purely illusory” and hers “no ability to prevent Scaglia from taking for herself all the money paid by the EWG for Haart’s valuable services as CEO.”
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The lawsuit states: “Haart’s compulsory servitude must be abolished. There’s no way a man can convince his wife to give up millions of dollars in salary and benefits and a contract at the peak of her career (along with the security and independence that comes with it) and then leave her nothing when his Bait and switch is revealed.”
However, Scaglia’s attorney said persons that Haart’s claim to own 50 percent of the company has already been shot down in court.
“She has refiled claims that have already been decided by a Delaware judge who denied them – [who ruled] that she does not own 50 percent of Mr. Scaglia, Freedom or any of the Company’s assets,” Scaglia’s attorney Lanny J. Davis of Davis Goldberg & Galper PLLC said in a statement.