EXCLUSIVE: Emails allege ‘fraud’ by My Unorthodox Life star Julia Haart’s billionaire ex as couple’s lavish life – including $65M NYC penthouse, his and hers $340k Bentleys, and $53k private flight to Mexico – is laid bare
- My Unorthodox Life’s Julia Haart is suing estranged husband Silvio Scaglia for allegedly defrauding her out of half of $700million modeling agency business
- Photos and documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal alleged business backstabbing and the couple’s fights over lavish properties and luxury cars
- Haart has accused Scaglia of tricking her out of ownership of Elite World Group (EWG), which she claims she helped transform into a global media company
- In a lawsuit filed last week, she called her estranged husband a ‘liar and a fraud’, describing his purported wealth as ‘smoke and mirrors’
- She claims Scaglia tried to mortgage their $65million Tribeca penthouse for $40million to prop up his allegedly ailing companies
- She also accuses him of using company funds for personal expenses such as his $53,000 private flight to Mexico in October 2021, claimed as a business trip
- An email from July 2020 also shows Scaglia allegedly asking EWG’s CFO to ‘take care of’ a $14,000 bill for ‘household staffing’
- Haart, 51, broke away from an ‘ultra-orthodox’ Jewish community in 2013 and made a popular Netflix documentary about it: My Unorthodox Life
- She became a successful fashion designer and in 2019 married billionaire Scaglia, 63, who originally made his fortune through telecom company Fastweb
The extravagant life of Netflix star Julia Haart and her estranged mega-rich husband is laid bare in new photos and documents obtained by DailyMail.com amid the bitter legal battle between the former couple.
My Unorthodox Life star Haart is divorcing Swiss one-time billionaire Silvio Scaglia and suing him for allegedly defrauding her out of half of their $700million company.
Photos and documents exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com expose alleged business backstabbing and the couple’s fights over lavish properties and luxury cars, including a $65million New York penthouse, a $53,000 private jet trip to Mexico, his and hers Bentley luxury autos and $14,000 household cleaning bills.
In a lawsuit filed last week, Haart called her estranged husband a ‘liar and a fraud’, describing his purported wealth as ‘smoke and mirrors’ and claiming he subjected her to ‘indentured servitude’ by allegedly tricking her out of ownership of their company.
Haart’s legal complaint says Scaglia tried to mortgage their home for $40million to prop up his allegedly ailing companies, fired her from their firm in ‘romantic retaliation’, and even claims the Swiss entrepreneur filed a false police report during their bitter dispute saying his wife stole her own Bentley.
My Unorthodox Life’s Julia Haart is suing estranged husband Silvio Scaglia, claiming he defrauded her out of half of their $700million modeling agency business
Photos and documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal alleged business backstabbing and the couple’s fights over lavish properties and luxury cars, including Haart’s $340,000 custom Bentley Mulsanne
The Netflix star also claims Scaglia tried to mortgage their $65million Tribeca penthouse, which overlooks the Hudson River, for $40million to prop up his allegedly ailing companies
Photographs obtained by DailyMail.com show the luxury car and penthouse apartment which the couple are now fighting over, and emails, texts, and documents reveal the couple’s communications that led to their courtroom spat.
Haart, 51, broke away from the ‘ultra-orthodox’ Haredi Jewish community in 2013 and made a popular Netflix documentary about it: My Unorthodox Life.
She became a successful fashion designer and married Scaglia, 63, in 2019.
Scaglia, who originally made his fortune through telecom company Fastweb, bought modeling agency Elite World Group (EWG) in 2011.
Haart says in her lawsuit that Scaglia had lost nearly all his money by the time they married, but that she ‘transformed EWG from a failing modeling agency to a global media company’, taking its valuation from $70million in 2018 to between $700million and $1.1billion, according to a 2021 investment bank assessment.
Instead of paying her a salary as CEO of the agency, Haart claims her husband promised her half the shares in EWG’s parent company, Freedom Holding, Inc (FHI), and said the couple would receive 2 per cent of EWGs revenues each year.
Emails and messages obtained by DailyMail.com appear to show Scaglia confirming those promises.
On May 4, 2021 Scaglia wrote to an investment banker valuing EWG: ‘Julia and I own an equal share of EWG through own common holding company. Julia is the CEO and the real force behind EWG success and stature in the industry. I am the non executive Chairman.’
The modeling agency’s global CFO wrote an email, copying Scaglia and Haart, on January 7, 2022 saying: ‘Freedom Holdings is owned 50/50 by Silvio and Julia and in turn Freedom owns EWG.’
And the company’s accountant, Jeffrey Feinman, who Haart is also suing, wrote in an email to a mortgage broker on February 3, 2022: ‘Freedom is owned by Julia and Silvio equally.’
But Haart alleges Scaglia created a secret back-door clause allowing him to issue new, higher-ranked shares that gave him control of the company.
Haart was fired as CEO of Elite World Group in February, hours before she filed for divorce from her estranged husband after nearly three years of marriage
A May 4, 2021 email appears to show Scaglia confirming Haart claims that her husband had promised her half the shares in EWG’s parent company, Freedom Holding, Inc (FHI) and that the two own an ‘equal share’
In an email from to a mortgage broker on February 3, 2022, the company’s accountant states that Freedom Holding ‘is owned by Julia and Silvio equally’
She claims that when she found out about the alleged scheme in 2020, he gave her nearly 50 per cent of the new shares, but still secretly kept just enough for himself to maintain sole control.
‘As a result, when Scaglia transferred 50 per cent of the stock in FHI to Haart, her ownership and control of FHI was purely illusory and she had no ability to prevent Scaglia from taking all of the money paid by EWG for Haart’s valuable services as CEO for himself,’ her New York legal complaint said.
‘Haart has since learned that Scaglia’s representations to her concerning her ownership and control of FHI were all a pack of lies and that he never intended for Haart to be his equal partner or to share equal ownership and control of FHI.’
Haart claims that in February this year she discovered Scaglia had taken $1.5million from the FHI ‘joint’ account for himself without her permission, and had also severed his hedge fund, SHS Asset Management, from their allegedly jointly owned company.
She claims the alleged trickery amounts to ‘fraud’.
‘It cannot be that a man can convince his wife to give up millions in dollars in salary and benefits, plus an employment contract at the peak of her career (along with the security and independence that come with those things) and then leave her with nothing when his bait-and-switch is revealed,’ her lawyer, Christopher Milito, wrote in the legal complaint.
Haart even claimed her estranged husband filed ‘a false police report against Haart, claiming Haart had stolen her own Bentley from EWG’.
A copy of a February 3, 2019 text message from Scaglia obtained by DailyMail.com appears to refer to the vehicle as belonging to his wife.
‘Kenny will pick up Julia upstate, than (sic) drop Julia’s car to Bentley (she is selling it to them),’ the text said.
Photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the inside of their $65million New York penthouse apartment, decked out for a 2021 Thanksgiving dinner party, as well as the former EWG CEO working at the modeling firm’s office
Haart working at her penthouse. The luxury apartment boasts five bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms
Both Haart and Scaglia owned luxury Bentley Mulsannes, which were discontinued in 2020. The car model had started at around $340,000. Pictured: Scaglia’s black Bentley pictured in storage with New York plates
A photograph shows Haart’s gleaming luxury car, a Bentley Mulsanne, decked out with a custom black and red paint job.
The model was discontinued in 2020 by Bentley and replaced with the Flying Spur. Mulsanne MSRPs started at around $340,000.
Scaglia also has his own black Mulsanne, pictured in storage with New York plates.
Other photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the inside of their swank $65million New York penthouse apartment, decked out for a 2021 Thanksgiving dinner party, as well as the former EWG CEO working at the modeling firm’s office.
The luxury pad, between Tribeca and Hudson Square in New York, is 14 floors up with ’40 feet of unobstructed river views’ according to a Compass property listing.
It boasts five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, a wet bar, a second ‘entertaining kitchen’, private gallery, walk in closets, a giant living room with a fireplace, a 2,000 sq. ft. roof deck and its own private elevator.
Haart’s office, like their penthouse, is decked out with chic modern furnishings including $368-a-roll Fornasetti designer wallpaper.
The building was designed by famous architect Robert A.M. Stern, with interiors by AD100 designer Daniel Romualdez.
Haart claims it was Scaglia who was using company funds for personal expenses. And an email from July 2020 shows Scaglia asked his EWG’s CFO to ‘take care of’ a $14,000 bill for ‘household staffing’
An invoice obtained by DailyMail.com shows a $53,000 bill for Scaglia’s private jet flight to Mexico on October 15, 2021, accounted as a business trip
Building residents have included Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen.
Haart claims in her lawsuit that Scaglia tried to get an extra $10million loan on the property on top of its already existing $30million mortgage, to fund another of his troubled business ventures – a move that would have saddled them both with monthly payments ‘up to $266,000’.
The allegations were filed as part of a civil lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court on July 8.
But the latest suit is just one front in the couple’s legal war that erupted in the past seven months.
The two announced in December that they were splitting.
Scaglia fired Haart as CEO of EWG on February 6 and she filed for divorce a few hours later.
She described the firing as ‘romantic retaliation for her no longer wanting to remain his business partner.’
Scaglia then sued her, claiming she ‘illegally’ withdrew $850,000 from a company account, with insiders claiming she spent money on private jet flights, luxury hotels, drivers, a rental in the Hamptons – and even a boob job.
The couple jointly used the account for mortgage payments and living expenses, Scaglia’s lawsuit said.
Haart’s office, like their penthouse, is decked out with chic modern furnishings including $368-a-roll Fornasetti designer wallpaper
Haart, 51, broke away from an ‘ultra-orthodox’ Jewish community in 2013 and made a popular Netflix documentary series about it: My Unorthodox Life. She is pictured at the premiere of the show with (from left to right) son Aron Hendler, daughter Miriam, son Shlomo Hendler, son-in-law Ben Weinstein and eldest daughter Batsheva
Haart starred in the popular Netflix series last year, which focused on her rise in the fashion industry after she left her strict religious household at age 42
Haart claims it was Scaglia who was using company funds for personal expenses.
An invoice obtained by DailyMail.com shows a $53,000 bill for Scaglia’s private jet flight to Mexico on October 15, 2021, accounted as a business trip.
Over the next month he posted photographs of himself on the beach in Baja California Sur, Mexico, diving with sea lions and kitesurfing with his son.
The private charter invoice from Vincent Jets shows his flight from Teterboro, New Jersey, to La Pax, Mexico, in a Challenger 604 jet cost $53,000.
On November 7 that year Scaglia posted a photo on Instagram of himself underwater with full diving gear looking up at a sea lion swimming above him.
He shared another photo from a roof of a moonlit beach-side cabana with a jacuzzi on October 22, and on November 26 a picture of himself and his son kitesurfing.
And in an email from July 2020, Scaglia asked his EWG’s CFO to ‘take care of’ a $14,000 bill for ‘household staffing’.
Haart first sued her husband in Delaware, the state where FHI is registered, over his alleged ‘bait and switch’ of company shares he promised to her.
Haart said Scaglia made a series of arguments to a Delaware court that she claims were false: first that he never gave her any preferred shares; then when she produced share documents, that she forged the signatures; and finally that the shares were not given in a proper legal manner.
But on May 26 the judge in the Delaware case found in Scaglia’s favor that ‘Haart does not own fifty per cent of Freedom’s preferred stock’.
Scaglia’s representatives say the decision is proof Haart does not have a valid case, while the estranged wife argues that the ruling shows Scaglia failed to follow through on his promise to make her a 50 per cent owner of their company – which she describes as ‘fraud’.
An invoice obtained by DailyMail.com shows a $53,000 bill for Scaglia’s private jet flight to Mexico on October 15, 2021, accounted as a business trip
On November 7 that year Scaglia posted a photo on Instagram of himself underwater with full diving gear looking up at a sea lion swimming above him
He shared another photo from a roof of a moonlit beach-side cabana with a jacuzzi on October 22, and on November 26 a picture of himself and his son kitesurfing
‘The [Delaware judge’s] preliminary ruling indicates she is likely to find that Silvio did not complete the proper paperwork to deliver the full 50 per cent of the preferred shares to Julia,’ her attorney Milito said.
‘Our lawsuit is based on the concept that he was required to do so and acted to all the world as if Julia was a full 50 per cent owner at all times.’
Scaglia’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, had a scathing response.
‘The case she just filed is similar to claims that she made in a Delaware court. After a full trial, the court ruled in April against her on all counts – ie, that she does not own 50% of the parent company or any of the companies that are owned and controlled by Mr. Scaglia,’ Davis told DailyMail.com.
‘Moreover, her own testimony and documents in that trial proved she knew before she filed the case that she did not own 50% of Mr. Scaglia’s parent company assets.
‘She forgot to include that fact in this latest lawsuit. She apparently thinks she can mislead the media. Again. She can’t.
‘Ms. Haart has touted in her book her mantra, “Fake it till you make it,” added Davis added. ‘By her latest lawsuit filing, she proves she believes this works in a court of law. It does not.
‘Maybe it is time for Ms. Haart to stop lying in court and to the media about Mr. Scalia and his companies and start accepting facts and the truth.’
Haart’s lawsuit also contains references to Scaglia’s previous divorce of his ex wife, Monica Aschei, who claimed he lost all their money with bad business decisions.
‘Fastweb was, of course, a huge success but (putting it simply) since then Silvio has lost a staggering proportion of our family wealth by making decisions which were just as bad as his Fastweb decisions were good,’ Aschei wrote in a legal declaration for their 2018 divorce.
The ex claimed that though his net profit from Fastweb was €718million, his losses from other business in the following years totaled ‘at least €725m.’