“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards and her co-stars are about to be put in the middle of her husband's massive legal battle over the sale of a $32 million Malibu mansion.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the man suing Mauricio Umansky and his company has informed the court he is after "communications with any of the performed, producers, directors, writers, or any other persons affiliated with the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' television show related to the property or this action."
It turns out that the home at the center of the lawsuit – which Umansky was the realtor for – was used on the show while still being listed. It was the location of a massive party during Season 7 of "RHOBH."
The “Great Gatsby” party was thrown by Kyle and Mauricio and Dorit Kemsley, Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi and Lisa Vanderpump were all guests ... meaning they could now find themselves in the middle of this legal mess.
The man suing Umansky believes the cast, producers, writers may have information relevant to his fraud case against the real estate agent. He also wants Umansky to turn over all "documents and information related to Defendant’s use of the property including for parties and television."
The mansion in question had been seized by the United States government from Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who allegedly used funds stolen from his home country Equatorial Guinea (Mangue is the son of the president).
Umansky sold the home to a man named Mauricio Oberfeld for $32.5 million. The sale was approved by the United States Government. However, the seller accused Umansky of failing to inform him that prior to the sale, Umansky received much higher side-offers. Umansky also allegedly never disclosed he had partnered with the buyer to purchase the property.
Umansky sold the home for $69.9 million a year later, at a profit of $37 million.
Sweetwater Malibu, which is run by Teodoro Mangue, accused Umansky in their lawsuit of breaching his duties as a real estate agent and believed he did self-dealing and earned secret profits.
In his motion to dismiss, Umansky denied all allegations of fraud and calls out Mangue. He says the home was taken from Mangue after the U.S. government found his hundreds of millions came from criminal activity.
He claims Mangue’s lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to take back the proceeds he forfeited to the United States.
Back in October 2018, Umansky and The Agency — and his insurance company, Western World Insurance — dismissed a separate lawsuit over the $32 million home sale.
Umansky was sued by his insurance company, Western World, who wanted the court to order they didn’t have to pay for his legal bills relating to the dispute between Umansky and the seller of the Malibu home (aka Sweetwater Malibu), claiming he had breached their contract.
Kyle Richards’ husband then counter-sued the insurance company and accused them of taking the side of the seller in the dispute over the sale. He denied all allegations of wrongdoing or that he breached their deal. He demanded Western World’s lawsuit against him not move forward until the outcome of the issue with the seller.
Umansky denied all allegations of wrongdoing and said the entire transaction was subject to terms of a settlement agreement between the seller and the United States Government.