Netflix star Julia Haart has “dirt” on her hands, according to a judge who ruled that she is not an equal owner of her estranged husband’s company.
The star of the reality show “My Unorthodox Life” had argued that she owned half of Elite World Group’s parent company, Freedom Holding Inc. — and therefore her firing as EWG CEO was invalid.
Haart, the former creative director of La Perla, filed for divorce from Italian billionaire Silvio Scaglia hours after her firing in February, and later called him a “liar and a fraud” who owed her millions from her share of Freedom.
The full behind-the-scenes battle is detailed in a newly released 52-page opinion by vice chancellor Morgan T. Zurn from Delaware’s Chancery Court, in which Zurn details Scaglia’s bid to maintain control of Elite World Group — despite saying publicly that he and Haart were equal partners. In fact, according to the opinion, Scaglia had transferred just 49.9995957% — or one half share less than 50% — of the company’s preferred stock, and therefore retained control of EWG.
Responding to Haart’s initial claims that Scaglia has “unclean hands” – a legal argument that he has engaged in wrongful behavior that should bar him from winning the suit — Zurn wrote that “the exercise of looking at the litigants’ hands reveals dirt on Haart’s.”
Ultimately, the court found that: “Haart did not and does not own fifty percent of Freedom’s preferred stock” and that she was “powerless” to stop Freedom from firing her.
The TV star’s attorney Christopher Milito told Page Six Monday: “If Julia Haart has dirt on her hands, it’s from her years of work improving the company her husband is trying to steal from her.”
In April, Haart, 51, said on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” that her estranged husband, 63, was not “allowed” to sack her.
“He wasn’t allowed to fire me because we co-own the company together,” she said.
But despite the 51-year-old brunette claiming to be blindsided by Scaglia’s actions, the judge added that, “Haart knew no later than January 2021 that she held less than 50% of Freedom’s preferred shares,” because she had gathered corporate documents together for a potential divorce.
Zurn also pointed out Haart’s efforts to pressure Scaglia’s corporate accountant Jeffrey Fineman to “parrot that she owned half of Freedom.”
“Haart continued leaning on Feinman after this litigation began,” added Zurn. “When Feinman complained about unpaid bills Haart owed, Haart responded: ‘You want to get paid? Plz help me help you! I cannot pay you without the truth first coming out and being acknowledged as a 50% owner which you know better than anyone that I am.’”
Peter A. Bicks, of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and lead counsel for Scaglia, told Page Six: “We are pleased that the judge, after seeing Mr. Scaglia testify live, found him credible and that, in sharp contrast, Ms. Haart was determined to have ‘dirt on her hands’ because she fabricated the truth in open court about her stock ownership in Freedom. We are grateful that the court has made clear that Mr. Scaglia controls Freedom, the owner of EWG, and that the termination of Ms. Haart was entirely lawful.”
Marty Singer, another attorney for Haart, said that the judge’s ruling acknowledges “the existence of a document signed by Mr. Scalia confirming his agreement to transfer 49.9995957% of the preferred or voting shares to Ms. Haart.”
While Milito added: “Ms. Haart disagrees with the ultimate decision and will appeal it. But in the event it stands, it will be the final piece of evidence proving Scaglia’s fraud against his wife, fraud for which Ms. Haart is already seeking redress in New York State Supreme Court.”
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