“liar and A Fraud,” Says Julia Haart in $257 Million Lawsuit Against Her Estranged Husband and Co-Star
Julia Haart is suing her ex-husband Silvio Scaglia for more than $257 million in their divorce proceedings. She filed a complaint Friday against her former husband, business partner, and costar, 63-year-old Scaglia, claiming that he is swindling her out of their enterprises after she filed for divorce in February.
The documents obtained by PEOPLE name Elite World Group CEO Paolo Barbieri and DDK & Company CFO Jeffrey Feinman as defendants, and Haart details an alleged plot on Scaglia’s behalf to defraud her of significant stock and earnings from their fashion talent management banner Elite World Group (EWG) and parent company Freedom Holding, Inc. (FHI).
Her attorney refuted her allegations in a statement to PEOPLE, saying that Haart’s claims of 50 percent ownership have previously been dismissed by one court. Representatives for Feinman and Barbieri did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment.
The 45-page lawsuit, which was filed in New York State Supreme Court, claims Scaglia “begged” his then-fiancee Haart to serve as EWG’s CEO in June 2019. She claims he persuaded her to accept a management fee of 2% of EWG’s yearly sales instead of a salary from the company, in which they would be equal partners.
It was reasonable for Haart to rely on Scaglia’s statements. In addition to working together for a long period, the two were engaged to be married at the time.
“Heart agreed to this arrangement partly because she loved her fiancé and understood he needed money on a daily basis, but also because Scaglia represented that the shares he was transferring would make her a complete 50% owner of FHI.
Julia Haart is suing her ex-husband Silvio Scaglia for more than $257 million in their divorce proceedings. ‘Heart wouldn’t have accepted to this arrangement if she’d known that Scaglia would subsequently claim entire authority over the money in FHI’s account.
The heart has now realized that Scaglia’s claims to her regarding her ownership and control of FHI were all lies and that he never intended for Haart to be his equal partner or to share equal ownership and control of FHI,” it goes on to say.
Scaglia, according to Hart, deceptively amended FHI’s articles of incorporation to issue himself preferred shares of the company’s stock before transferring 50% to Haart, making her control “pure illusion” and giving her “no ability to prevent Scaglia from taking all of the money paid by EWG for Haart’s valuable services as CEO for himself.”
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