|City News Service: Dita Von Teese|
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Burlesque Queen Dita Von Teese was awarded nearly
$80,000 in a default judgment against her former landlord, whom she alleged
subjected her to a "Mel Gibson-like anti-Semitic'' attack.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer signed the judgment
Thursday against Lallubhai Patel, who was accused by Von Teese of launching
vicious tirades after she said she was moving out of her Hollywood apartment
and wanted a return of her $5,000 deposit.
The $78,000 award consists primarily of attorneys' fees, plus a doubling
of her $5,000 security deposit. Her attorneys allege Patel repeatedly failed
to respond to court-ordered exchanges of information between the parties.
"I don't know the news, so thank you,'' Patel replied when contacted to
comment on the judgment.
In her lawsuit filed in August 2010, Von Teese, whose real name is
Heather Sweet, alleged Patel "repeatedly went on Mel Gibson-like anti-Semitic
tangents, personally attacking (her) Jewish managers and business partners''
who asked him for the deposit money.
Von Teese moved out over a dispute about accounting of repairs to the
She also alleges in a sworn declaration that Patel told her she should
"beware of Jews. In your business no one can do anything without them. Just a
reminder to be cautious" and "Jews they have shucks (sic) the whole world and
still more to come.''
The 39-year-old Von Teese married goth rocker Marilyn Manson in 2005 and
filed for divorce the next year.
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