Saturday, May 17, 2008

Bianca Jagger - Moral Compass

October 19, 2007 -- It's exile on Park Avenue for Bianca Jagger.
A state appeals court has given the go ahead to Katz Park Ave. Corp. to boot the ex-wife of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger from her rent-stabilized, $4,600-a-month apartment.
The state Appellate Division granted the landlord's bid to eject Jagger after finding that her home of 20 years couldn't be considered her "primary residence" because the British citizen has been staying in the United States on a visa that says she "intends to leave the United States at the end of [a] stay."
Jagger lawyer Ryan Goldstein said he was "disappointed" with the decision and was weighing an appeal. He said the decision does not affect Jagger's $20 million lawsuit against Katz.
Katz lawyer Todd Soloway said Jagger was the one playing games.
"While we appreciate the fact that 530 Park Avenue is a highly desirable address, that does not change the fact" that Jagger "offered the court no evidence
whatsoever" that she used the apartment as her primary residence, Soloway said.
Bianca Jagger Kicked Out of Park Avenue Apartment, Mold Gets to Stay
Poor Bianca Jagger. She's losing the lease on the Park Avenue apartment she's had for twenty years. After lawyers for her landlord, Katz Park Ave. Corp., pointed out to a judge that Jagger was only staying in the United States on a temporary visa, it was impossible for her to claim that the rent-stabilized apartment was her permanent residence. Jagger paid $4,600 a month in rent for the home at the tony 530 Park building. According to reports, the market rent of her apartment would be upwards of $8,000. Not that it really matters, since she stopped paying in 2003, claiming that "toxic mildew" in the walls made it impossible for her to live there. She and Katz are still embroiled in a $20 million lawsuit over the mold. It's so confusing; is Bianca a victim? We can't tell. Really, the whole thing just brings us back to the age-old New York conundrum: Why the hell does someone like Bianca Jagger get to have a rent-stabilized apartment, anyway?
What is called when you obtain something under false pretenses? Oh yes, fraud! It fits!

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