HUFF SMASH! Huffington sued for allegedly trashing NYC loft
The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington allegedly balled so hard in her rented New York City pad that she is getting sued for $275,000 in damages.
According to court papers obtained by the New York Post, Huffington caused a quarter of a million dollars in damages to the $27,000 – $32,000 per month loft including “gouged, stained and otherwise damaged walls,” scratched floors and left-behind bloodied mattresses in the fully-furnished Chelsea apartment.
“Huffington was using the apartment for large parties and business functions in breach of the sublease and Huffington’s promises,” according to papers filed in the Manhattan Superior Court.
Eric Steel, the owner of the tony loft, complained that, “[d]ishwasher racks, stove knobs and a refrigerator drawer were broken and had to be replaced.”
Huffington also reportedly ruined an “irreplaceable” dining room table designed by the renowned architect who renovated the Guggenheim Museum in 1992.
“The Gwathmey designed, custom made dining room table was damaged and scratched and the finish compromised,” the papers allege. “It had to be crated, hoisted out of the apartment and repaired by the original manufacturer.
While Huffington was the sole renter of the apartment, her daughters often crashed at the loft, according to the documents.
For her part, the media mogul denies all the charges and accused Steel of keeping $93,000 worth of deposits.
“Every single claim in this suit is false except the square footage and the address,” Huffington said in a statement. “Eric Steel, who happily renewed the lease twice and visited the apartment multiple times, is holding onto $93,000 dollars in deposits, which he has refused to return.”