André Leon Talley Fights Eviction, Allegedly Owes $500,000 In Back Rent
André Leon Talley is facing eviction on his $1 million home in New York City.
George Malkemus, the ex CEO of luxury shoe line Manolo Blahnik USA, has accused André Leon Talley of owing $500,000 in back rent.
André Leon Talley has argued that he owns the 11-bedroom home at 75 Worthington Road. He told The New York Times back in 2018,
“It is my sanctuary.”
Still, according to court documents obtained by Page Six, Malkemus owns the property with his business partner and husband, Anthony Yurgaitis, after purchasing it for a little more than $1 million in 2004. The two had a falling out with Andre Leon Talley and in November 2020, Malkemus
“Commenced a summary non-payment proceeding in White Plains City Court … seeking to evict Talley from the home and for a money judgement against Talley in the amount of $515,872,97 representing alleged arrears.”
Talley has since taken legal action himself. He sued Malkemus and Yurgaitis in Westchester Supreme Court on Jan. 25, 2021. He said they were “long-time, trusted friends” and that the plaintiffs said they would purchase the home for him and transfer the title after he repaid them $1,020,000.
He said in court documents,
“This action arises out of the Defendant’s improper attempt to evict Talley from a home … that is rightfully his, so that they may sell the property.”
He added that he has repaid the $1,075,588 as of January of last year. Court documents add,
“He has also paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to third parties to maintain and improve the home.”
Talley accuses Malkemus and Yurgaitis of now wanting to
“invoke a never-operative “lease” agreement in order to enrich themselves by forcing Talley from the home, seeking an additional $515,872.97 from Talley as alleged “arrears.”
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