Sumner Redstone’s ex-girlfriend will not be moving into the billionaire’s $3.75 million apartment he promised her upon his death.
Justice Erika Edwards ruled Wednesday that Manuela Herzer, 54, ‘has no ownership rights in the apartment’.
‘Redstone paid all the money to purchase and maintain the apartment,’ the judge added.
Sumner, 94, signed an agreement in 2015 giving Herzer the rights to his Carlyle apartment on the Upper East Side in New York City, according to the New York Daily News.
Sumner Redstone’s ex-girlfriend, Manuela Herzer (left), 54, will not be moving into the billionaire’s $3.75 million apartment he promised her upon his death. Justice Erika Edwards ruled Wednesday that Herzer ‘has no ownership rights in the apartment’
Sumner, 94, signed an agreement in 2015 giving Herzer the rights to his Carlyle apartment (building pictured) on the Upper East Side in New York City
But when the couple became estranged, Sumner sued, seeking to void her claim on the residence.
Just last week, Herzer filed a lawsuit against the media mogul’s estranged daughter, Shari Redstone.
Herzer, 53, sued Shari under the RICO Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, claiming she spied on her and ‘methodically hatched a criminal scheme’ to take over the billionaire’s life in a bid to gain control of CBS and Viacom.
Redstone served as the executive chairman of both media companies until 2016, when he resigned due to his health.
In court papers filed on October 16 and obtained by DailyMail.com, Herzer accused Shari and her two adult sons of ‘aiding and abetting’ with the ailing media magnate’s nurses to eavesdrop on her private conversations, steal documents from her computer, and manipulate security cameras to spy on her and Redstone.
But when the couple became estranged, Sumner sued, seeking to void her claim on the residence
‘To accomplish her scheme, she knew that she needed to forcibly separate Sumner Redstone from those whom he cared about, loved, and trusted, including especially plaintiff Manuela Herzer,’ the complaint read.
‘Shari and her adult children formed this illicit enterprise to destroy all of the historical relationships that Sumner Redstone had built up over the course of his career, in direct contravention of his documented wishes.’
Herzer claimed Shari and her children paid monetary bribes to Redstone’s caretakers, nurses Jeremy Jagiello, Joseph Octaviano, Igor Franco, and Faleolo Toia, and even his personal secretary at Viacom, to encourage them to make the false statements to Sumner.
At one point, Herzer had been the appointed co-agent in Redstone’s Advance Health Care Directive with Power of Attorney, making her a ‘target’ for Shari.
Shari, who currently serves as vice-chairwoman of CBS and Viacom, has had a strained relationship with her father, and was snubbed from becoming his successor after the company’s board of directors named Philippe Dauman as the new chairman.
Herzer has claimed that Shari has been trying to drive her out of Redstone’s life, despite the fact that the billionaire allegedly did not want his daughter involved in his affairs.
Court papers show an email excerpt that Shari allegedly sent to her son reading: ‘why would I ever give [Sumner] his dying wish of peace when he never gave me any peace during my whole life.’
Another excerpt showed Shari allegedly telling her children: ‘I have come to the conclusion that there is absolutely nothing that I can do. . . . We would not win a lawsuit to get rid of S[yndey Holland] and M[anuela Herzer]. And that would not necessarily be the right thing to do. . . . [U]ltimately your grandfather made the decisions that he made. I just called . . . and all he kept saying was leave Sydney and Manuella [sic] alone. he said it 100 times.’
Herzer’s suit comes a year after the 94-year-old sued her and his other companion, Sydney Holland for $150million, accusing them of elder abuse.
Just last week, Herzer (pictured in October) filed a lawsuit against the media mogul’s estranged daughter, Shari Redstone, claiming she spied on her and ‘methodically hatched a criminal scheme’ to take over the billionaire’s life in a bid to gain control of CBS and Viacom
That lawsuit alleged that both women convinced Redstone to sell his vested stocks in 2014 and then had him deposit $45million into each of their bank accounts, an allegation that Herzer called a ‘flat out lie’.
Herzer had been living in Redstone’s mansion after he reportedly invited her and her children to move in 2014, but was kicked out of the home a year and a half later.
At the time, Herzer claimed Redstone was not capable of acting in his ‘own rational self-interest’.
In fact, she claimed Shari took advantage of Redstone’s health, by putting her scheme ‘into motion’ after illness affected his ability to speak.
‘By using the information and knowledge that they had unlawfully obtained, beginning in September 2014 and through 2015, as Sumner’s physical health began to decline, Shari Redstone and her family co-conspirators incentivized and directed the nurses to defame and discredit Herzer by presenting Sumner on a daily basis, with a litany of lies and falsehoods about her and her actions.
‘Their goal was to brainwash and cause him in his weakened mental state to believe (falsely) that Herzer had lied to him,’ court papers state.
After Herzer was evicted from Redstone’s home, Shari became his healthcare directive and power of attorney, and removed Herzer from his estate plan and the Board of the Sumner Redstone Charitable Foundation, according to the suit.
Herzer asked for $100 million in damages as well as ‘treble damages as provided for under RICO.’