‘My Unorthodox Life’ star Julia Haart files lawsuit against ex Silvio Scaglia, claiming she’s owed millions

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‘My Unorthodox Life’ star Julia Haart files lawsuit against ex Silvio Scaglia, claiming she’s owed millions

“My Unorthodox Life” star Julia Haart has filed a lawsuit against ex Silvio Scaglia in the latest legal salvo in the pair’s bitter b

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“My Unorthodox Life” star Julia Haart has filed a lawsuit against ex Silvio Scaglia in the latest legal salvo in the pair’s bitter business and romantic break-up, new court papers show.

The former “ultra Orthodox” Jew-turned-businesswoman claims that Scaglia — with whom she is embroiled in a bombshell divorce — owes her hundreds of millions of dollars for helming modeling company Elite World Group and for her shares of the company, which she says she helped grow at least 10-fold, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Friday.

The 51-year-old Netflix reality star claims that her estranged Italian businessman husband is a “liar and a fraud” and isn’t a really a billionaire, her suit alleges.

“Scaglia’s so-called wealth is nothing more than smoke and mirrors,” the filing charges.

In fact, Haart claims that when she married him in 2019 he “had lost” all of the roughly $711 million he made from his investment in Italian telecom company Fastweb, the suit claims. And “all of his other companies since 2011 have failed,” the court documents allege.

Then before they married, “Scaglia begged Haart” to become the CEO of EWG, which she steered toward success increasing its value from $70 million to between $700 million to $1.1 billion, the court papers say.

La Perla owner Silvio Scaglia and Creative Director, La Perla Julia Haart pose for a photo backstage during La Perla Fall/Winter 2017 RTW Show at SIR Stage 37 on February 9, 2017 in New York City.
Reality TV star Julia Haart accused her ex-husband Silvio Scaglia of never paying her as CEO of modeling company Elite World Group.
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Scaglia, 63, was struggling financially while trying to keep up his lavish lifestyle so he took out a second mortgage on their $65 million Manhattan pad for $10 million — on top of the original mortgage for $30 million, the suit claims.

And Scaglia asked Haart to give up a pay check in her role as CEO and instead he would make her 50% owner of EWG’s parent company Freedom Holding, Inc. and she would be paid a 2% fee for her work, the filing claims.

Julia Haart stars in the hit Netflix show, “My Unorthodox Life.”
Julia Haart stars in the hit Netflix show, “My Unorthodox Life.”
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Julia Haart and Silvio Scaglia attend as Elite World Group and Julia Haart celebrate the premiere of Netflix's "My Unorthodox Life" at Hudson Yards on July 15, 2021 in New York City.
Silvio Scaglia asserts Julia Haart allegedly used Elite World Group as “her personal pocketbook.”
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Haart claims she discovered this agreement “was a pack of lies,” and she was never paid for her work as CEO — which now totals $7.3 million – and Scaglia created a backdoor in their 50% partnership cutting her out of it, according to the suit.

Amid their divorce, Scaglia ousted Haart as CEO and then sued her claiming she stole $850,000 from EWG, and also accusing her of charging hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses to the company — including on a boob job.

Haart’s suit says all of his allegations against her are “smear tactics” and he’s the one who stole from her and pilfered company money.

“In a transparent ploy to deflect attention from his own fraudulent conduct, Scaglia has painted a false and highly defamatory portrait of Haart in the media as a woman who has looted the company to pay for her personal expenses and then finally misappropriated $850,000 in cash on her way out,” the suit charges. “The true facts are, however, that it was Scaglia, not Haart, who was directing that EWG funds be used to pay for personal expenses and to prop up Scaglia’s other failing ventures.”

My Unorthodox Life star Julia Haart has a lot to celebrate at the CrazyShake by Black Tap pop-up at The Clubhouse in East Hampton.
Attorney Lanny Davis, representing Silvio Scaglia and Elite World Group blasted Julia Haart for her fraud allegations.
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Julia Haart speaks as Elite World Group and Julia Haart celebrate the premiere of Netflix's "My Unorthodox Life" at The Public Square and Gardens at The Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards on July 15, 2021 in New York City.
Julia Haart is demanding $7.3 million in salary for working as CEO of modeling company Elite World Group.
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Haart says she discovered on Feb. 3 that Scaglia took $1.5 million out of an FHI account without her permission and he transferred another company’s ownership out of their joint FHI partnership, the suit claims.

Haart says that Scaglia’s alleged fraud against her is playing out in a Delaware lawsuit between the pair.

In May, a Delaware judge found in an interim decision that Haart doesn’t own 50% of the preferred shares of FHI.

Silvio Scaglia attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebration of "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" at The Plaza Hotel presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, Stella Artois, FUJIFILM and SWAROVSKI on September 8, 2017 in New York City.
Julia Haart argues her ex-husband Silvio Scaglia is trying to smear her.
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Silvio Scaglia said his business ventures were failing, according to Julia Haart.
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“If the Delaware decision is rendered as expected, Scaglia’s fraud will be perfected,” Haart’s suit claims.

Haart says she is owed for her management fee and for her 50% share of the company – the worth of which must be determined at trial. She is also suing Scaglia’s business partners for another $257 million.

Lawyer Lanny Davis, who represents Scaglia, EWG and FHI, fired back that, “Ms. Haart’s motto is ‘fake it until you make it’ which she promotes in her own book.”

Julia Haart claims ex-husband Silvio Scaglia took away $1.5 million from their Freedom Holding, Inc. account.
Julia Haart claims ex-husband Silvio Scaglia took away $1.5 million from their Freedom Holding, Inc. account.
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“So now she is ignoring the Delaware court decision that has already been decided against her allegations in this latest lawsuit. Fake it ’til you make it won’t make it in a court of law – as she has discovered.”

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