According to a new lawsuit, Arianna Huffington left quite the mess behind when she moved out of a rented loft in Chelsea. The 4,400 square foot, $27,000-a-month apartment was left in such bad shape that its owner, Eric Steel, is suing Huffington for $275,000 in damages.
Walls were allegedly "gouged, stained and otherwise damaged," wood floors were "scratched" and "punctured," and, perhaps most curiously, mattresses were allegedly left bloodied, according to the New York Post's report on the lawsuit.
"Huffington was using the apartment for large parties and business functions in breach of the sublease and Huffington's promises," court papers allege.
"Dishwasher racks, stove knobs and a refrigerator drawer were broken and had to be replaced," the loft's owner Eric Steel gripes in the complaint.
The lawsuit also alleges Huffington damaged an "irreplaceable" dining room table designed by famed architect Charles Gwathmey, Steel's stepfather. "The Gwathmey designed, custom made dining room table was damaged and scratched and the finish compromised," the legal papers say. "It had to be crated, hoisted out of the apartment and repaired by the original manufacturer."
Steel also accused Huffington of letting her daughters stay in the apartment, despite agreeing to be the apartment's sole occupant.
Huffington is denying the allegations. From a statement she issued to the Daily Intelligencer:
"Every single claim in this suit is false except the square footage and the address. 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. He is obviously trying to extort more money from me by making ludicrous claims to the NY Post. It won't work."
No word on damages to any of the apartment's bathrooms.
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