Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s socialite daughters Petra and Tamara, like their father, are also embroiled in headline grabbing court cases.
Last month Tamara lost a custody battle with ex-boyfriend Omar Khyami over a $500,000 Lamborghini Aventador, after a judge ruled she was wrong to try to reclaim the supercar which she had given to him for his 38th birthday in 2012.
Khyami later used the gift to pay the outstanding balance on a Bentley he had bought for Tamara.
The BBC reports that aspokesman for the socialite said that she was “disappointed by the verdict” and maintained that the car was “never intended to be a gift”.
“The judge was correct when he said the car had been more trouble than its worth and this has been a difficult time for Tamara and her family,” he said.
Justice Dingemans added, “Ecclestone’s conduct was wrongful and interfered with the title and possession by Elite and Ansol by interfering with sales made by Elite and Ansol, and by removing the car, and by preventing dealings with the proceeds of the sale of the car.”
More recently Petra Stunt (nee Ecclestone) is suing a once trusted friend who was in charge of restoring her $125 million Chelsea mansion, claiming he pilfered nearly $2 million into his private bank accounts.
In February 2012, 25 year old Petra bought one of London’s most magnificent townhouses, Sloane House, for $85 million, allocating a budget of $30 million to renovate the property and appointed friend Paul Fleury to oversee lavish renovations.
The BBC reported that last year it had been discovered that Fleury – a friend who had worked for them for the past seven years and was paid $8,500 a month to manage the renovation work – was allegedly forging invoices from companies that did not exist and paying them into bank accounts controlled by him.
Fleury says that his payments had been verbally agreed with Petra and that they were “commissions” – a claim denied by the Ecclestones.
Fleury helped to renovate and restore eight family properties, he said, including one in Switzerland. He told The Mail on Sunday that he had considered himself a “family friend” and had attended Petra’s wedding.
He added, “It’s a complicated story. I am surprised the Ecclestone family want this coming to court.”
A spokesman for Petra said, “As this is before the courts at present, we cannot comment.”
Meanwhile Papa Ecclestone, who is 83, has been ordered to stand trial in Germany in a case relating to the sale of a stake in Formula 1 in 2005-06. He has denied wrongdoing in a complex case that has seen a German banker jailed for tax evasion. (GP247)
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