My Unorthodox Lifeit is Julia Haart suing her ex-husband Silvio Scaglia for $257 million and accused him of forcing her into “indentured servitude.”
The former reality TV star, 51, filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court on Thursday, July 8, claiming Scaglia, 63, committed multiple crimes in an apparent attempt to retain his wealth.
“Silvio Scaglia is a liar and a crook”, the scathing dossier, obtained by We Weekly, bed. “While he presents himself to the media and others as a billionaire, in truth Scaglia’s so-called wealth is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Although Scaglia made a profit of more than 700 million euros through his investment in the Italian telecommunications company Fastweb, by the time he married Julia Haart, Scaglia had lost all that money and then some in businesses and investments that subsequently failed.
The problem isn’t that Scaglia didn’t have the money, but that he reportedly kept the former creative director of La Perla’s salary from his time as CEO of the modeling and talent agency, Elite World Group LLC (EWG), of which they are co-owners. “Scaglia begged Haart that instead of taking a salary from EWG as CEO, EWG should pay its parent company FHI [Freedom Holding, Inc.] high management fees as a reward for Haart’s services.
The couple were engaged at the time and Haart believed her future husband when he said she would own 50% of FHI. Haart’s lawyers now allege it was all just a “pack of lies” so Scaglia could have more cash. “Unbeknownst to Haart, prior to transferring 50% of FHI’s stock to Haart, Scaglia surreptitiously amended FHI’s articles of association to permit him to have FHI issue preferred shares of FHI stock, which gave Scaglia sole control of FHI,” the documents claim. After that, he transferred 50% of his shares to Haart, allegedly without telling him that the preferred stock essentially gave him all the power.
“His ownership and control over FHI was purely illusory and he had no ability to prevent Scaglia from taking all of the money paid by EWG for Haart’s valuable services as CEO for himself,” the docs claim.
Haart’s team said she grew EWG’s value “from around $70 million in 2018 to between $700 million and $1.1 billion” during her tenure as CEO.
While her salary was paid into an FHI account, Haart accused Scaglia of taking $1.5 million from her earnings and excluding her from the co-ownership account.
The lawsuit portrays Scaglia as “desperate for money to fund his lifestyle” as he reportedly struggled to keep his business endeavors afloat. “As recently as last year, with the exception of Elite World Group LLC…all of Scaglia’s business ventures were failing,” the docs claim. “Scaglia was so in need of money for his failing businesses and to support his lifestyle, which remained lavish despite his financial shortcomings, that he applied for a $10 million mortgage to add to the existing $30 million mortgage. dollars on the house he shared with Haart.”
The lawsuit says the Fastweb founder “presents himself to the media and others as a billionaire, [but] in truth, Scaglia’s so-called wealth is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Haart’s indentured easement must be repaired. There’s no way a man could convince his wife to give up millions of dollars in salary and benefits, plus a job contract at the peak of her career (and the security and independence that come with those things) and then leave her with nothing when her bait and switch is revealed.
Haart lawyers also blame Paolo Barbier (an executive who replaced Haart as managing director) and Jeffrey Feinmann (external FHI accountant), who are named accused alongside the reality TV star’s ex-spouse, of allowing Scaglia to allegedly charge personal expenses to his companies as business expenses and firing his ex as CEO. “As a result of the actions of Barbieri and Feinman, Haart suffered damages in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to exceed $257 million,” the court documents allege.
It’s just the latest in a series of legal filings since the couple split in February. Days after Haart filed for divorce in February, she filed a restraining order against her ex-husband. “In January 2022, I faced [Silvio] about his abusive behavior and told him that if anyone ever heard how he was acting and talked to me, they would think he was a horrible person. In response, [he] threatened me, saying, “If you ever talk to the press about how I treat you or the kids, I’ll kill you,” the reality star recalled.
A representative for Silvio responded in a statement to We at the time: “It’s just another day in the life of an aspiring reality TV star, aiming to distract from the factual misappropriation lawsuit just filed against her. “
Silvio accused his estranged wife of using company assets as a ‘personal piggy bank’ in court documents obtained by We in February, claiming that she had spent more than $2 million of the company’s money in 2021. The complaint accused her of making “illegal withdrawals” from the EWG’s bank account after being informed of the council’s plan to dismiss her. The move allegedly “violated a January 19, 2022 agreement between her and Silvio Scaglia,” under which the duo signed a $250,000 limit on withdrawals “other than to cover a mortgage, rent, and living expenses.”
The businesswoman called Silvio’s claims “ridiculous” during an April interview with entertainment tonight. She added: “Honestly what I can say is that these are really ridiculous allegations. I’ve never taken a penny that isn’t mine, and the beauty of knowing the truth is that you know the truth, and for me, it’s just another battle I have to face to fight for my freedom. Obviously, I can’t go into detail. All I can say is [that] I have prevailed so far. I will keep fighting until I win, and I hope there is a purpose in all this suffering. Hopefully, I become stronger and more independent, and realize that I don’t need men. It would be nice to do this. I’m not there yet, I have to get there.