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Ex-wife of tycoon Preston Haskell IV could be kicked out of London £3m home over unpaid divorce bill

The ex-wife of a party-loving tycoon claims his unpaid divorce bills could see her kicked out of her £3.3million London home. 

Preston Haskell IV, 52, married personal style consultant Alesia Vladimirovna in 2008 but the couple split after 10 years.

He carved a £160million fortune in real estate, restaurants and vineyards and threw parties attended by the likes of Elton John, Madonna and Cheryl Cole, a court heard. 

Pictured: £160million tycoon Preston Haskell IV

Preston Haskell IV (right outside court), 52, married personal style consultant Alesia Vladimirovna (left) in 2008 but the couple split after 10 years

The 52-year-old Texan has been hauled in front of a judge by his ex over £176,195 in unpaid divorce payments. 

Mrs Haskell told London’s High Court she has been left in ‘dire circumstances’ by her ex-husband, but he insists he has ‘no money’. 

She claims she could be chucked out of her multi million pound apartment in Sloane Street, south west London.   

But Mr Haskell, whose father Preston Haskell III built a construction empire in the US in the 1960s, insists he simply has no ready cash to meet his obligations, and told Mr Justice Francis: ‘I have no money at all.’ 

Mrs Haskell told London's High Court she has been left in 'dire circumstances' by her ex-husband

But he insists he has 'no money'

Mrs Haskell (left and right) told London’s High Court she has been left in ‘dire circumstances’ by her ex-husband, but he insists he has ‘no money’

Mr Haskell (left), whose father Preston Haskell III built a construction empire in the US in the 1960s, insists he simply has no ready cash to meet his obligations, and told Mr Justice Francis: 'I have no money at all'

Mr Haskell (left), whose father Preston Haskell III built a construction empire in the US in the 1960s, insists he simply has no ready cash to meet his obligations, and told Mr Justice Francis: ‘I have no money at all’

Mrs Vladimirovna Haskell describes herself online as a personal style consultant and artist, while Mr Haskell came to the attention of the British public in 2013 when he was linked with a buyout bid for Coventry City FC and their stadium, the Ricoh Arena.

Local media reports at the time described him owning vineyards in an area known as Golden Triangle and a mansion in Cape Town, and having spent nearly £1million on a New Years Eve party in 2012 and the same again on a piece of land next to his house in the exclusive suburb of Fresnaye so the party could stretch out.

A 1920’s-themed ‘Casino Haskell’ was reportedly mocked up at the party for guests.

At another party, celebrity guests including Cheryl Cole were said to have been issued with coded gold wristbands, especially made in Moscow as entry passes.

Other famous faces to have attended his parties include Elton John and Madonna and sources claim Princess Caroline and Prince Albert of Monaco are also among his closest friends. 

Mrs Haskell claims she could be chucked out of her multi million pound apartment in Sloane Street, south west London (pictured)

Mrs Haskell claims she could be chucked out of her multi million pound apartment in Sloane Street, south west London (pictured) 

But he told London’s High Court he now has ‘liabilities’ of £55million and is being bailed out by his multi-millionaire father.

Mr Haskell accepted he owes the outstanding cash to his ex in line with court orders, but said he has done his best to comply.

He said: ‘She has failed to discharge the burden of proof that I have had the means to pay all the amounts ordered.’

He claimed much of the financial information about him being cited in the court case is out of date. 

Many of the assets his ex claims are held by him are either tied up in trusts or beyond his reach, he claimed, adding: ‘She makes selective references to investments… but there is no evidence that these assets are realisable.

‘She has also failed to mention my liabilities which exceed £55m. I don’t have the means to pay. 

The wife’s barrister, Alexander Knight, told the judge Mr Haskell still has access to ‘substantial sums’, including a trust fund valued at around £22m.

Mrs Vladimirovna Haskell describes herself online as a personal style consultant and artist, while Mr Haskell came to the attention of the British public in 2013 when he was linked with a buyout bid for Coventry City FC and their stadium, the Ricoh Arena

Mrs Vladimirovna Haskell describes herself online as a personal style consultant and artist, while Mr Haskell came to the attention of the British public in 2013 when he was linked with a buyout bid for Coventry City FC and their stadium, the Ricoh Arena

But Mr Haskell said: ‘In relation to the trust, she has ignored the fact that it is discretionary and the assets are not available to me.

‘I have done my best to comply with the court’s orders, but I’ve not been able to pay all the sums ordered.

‘I have taken substantial loans from my father, which have helped me keep afloat. She is aware of this.

‘She has failed to demonstrate to the criminal standard that I have – or have had – the means to pay,’ he concluded.

Mr Knight however told the judge that the wife faces losing her home if her ex does not pay up.

Mrs Haskell

Her barrister, Alexander Knight, told the judge Mr Haskell still has access to 'substantial sums', including a trust fund valued at around £22m

The wife’s (left and right) barrister, Alexander Knight, told the judge Mr Haskell still has access to ‘substantial sums’, including a trust fund valued at around £22m

He said: ‘We are faced with a dire situation. Mr Haskell’s father is a very rich individual and up to date he has given his son financial support.’

And although Mr Haskell has made some payments to his ex, the barrister said she is in ‘dire financial circumstances’.

Mrs Haskell has been forced to borrow cash from friends to pay her bills, the court heard, and faces the threat of eviction.

Mrs Haskell's (pictured in an Instagram post) rent is over two months in arrears and 'she is struggling,' the barrister added

Mrs Haskell’s (pictured in an Instagram post) rent is over two months in arrears and ‘she is struggling,’ the barrister added

‘I believe eviction proceedings are now looming over her,’ the barrister said claiming that if thrown out of her home she will have ‘nowhere to go’.

Mrs Haskell’s rent is over two months in arrears and ‘she is struggling,’ the barrister added.

‘Some payments have been made by Mr Haskell to date, but certainly she is in dire financial circumstances and struggling.

‘She has borrowed money from friends whom she has been forced to rely on.’

At the end of a short hearing, Mr Justice Francis said the extent to which Mr Haskell could liquidate his assets was still unclear.

Mr Haskell now wants an opportunity to give evidence in court and justify his claims – as well as cross-examine his ex.

Given the threat of jail hanging over him Mr Haskell, ‘natural justice’ called for him to have a chance to fully present his case, said the judge.

He dismissed Mrs Haskell’s claim for an immediate judgment summons against her ex, saying the case needed far more time to enable full evidence to be prepared and heard.

But she now has the option of relaunching it, the court heard.

The judge said: ‘I cannot be more sympathetic to her circumstances,’ the judge said, but concluded ‘with considerable reluctance I have no choice but to dismiss this judgment summons. She must reissue with a proper time estimate.’

The case is now likely to return to court for a longer hearing at a later date.

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