2:14pm PT by Ashley Cullins
Sumner Redstone's Ex Details "Lurid" Relationships in Reply to Elder Abuse Suit
Sumner Redstone's ex-fiance Sydney Holland is not only firing back at an elder abuse lawsuit filed against her by the 93-year-old mogul, but also is filing a suit of her own — which seeks half of his fortune at his death.
Holland claims Redstone gave millions to other women during the course of their relationship and his suit against her breaches an oral contract between the two, according to documents filed Monday in L.A. County Superior Court.
In October, the mogul sued Holland and Manuela Herzer, claiming the two used their influence over him to control his life and garner more than $150 million in cash and gifts for themselves. After discovering Holland was having an affair last year, Redstone kicked her out of his mansion; Herzer's ouster followed and launched a flurry of litigation surrounding the mogul and whether he's susceptible to undue influence.
Holland is claiming that it was Redstone who controlled her and his "lurid" relationships with multiple women also resulted in significant financial gifts — and it makes no sense that only she and Herzer are named as defendants in the elder abuse suit.
"Redstone gave tens of millions of dollars to various other women — who he had no intention of marrying and was not in love with — at the time he was engaged to marry Sydney," states the reply. "Women who did nothing more than provide sexual favors."
Holland claims those "gifts" included paying $18 million to a flight attendant on the CBS corporate jet, $6 million to a friend of his grandson's girlfriend and $10 million to $11 million to a woman who he met through Millionaire Matchmaker star Patti Stanger. Herzer warned that she intends to call on Redstone's Hollywood friends and colleagues as witnesses to the affairs. (Read the reply in full here.)
Redstone’s legal team issued a statement Monday in response to the filings: "Ms. Holland’s cross-complaint is a work of fiction punctuated by not-so-subtle threats of extortion and an overwhelming stench of greed. The critical witnesses will not be Mr. Redstone’s 'celebrity friends' but instead the nurses and household staff members who, unlike Ms. Holland, were by his side day and night. It will be for the jury to weigh the contemporaneous notes and trial testimony of those disinterested witnesses against Ms. Holland’s narcissistic false narrative. In the end, we are confident that justice will be done."
Her cross-complaint for breach of contract centers on an alleged 2010 oral agreement between Holland and Redstone. She claims she was to be his companion, confidante and personal assistant, and in exchange he would provide financial security for the rest of her life — including the cost of legal fees incurred if any member of the Redstone family were to sue her.
"As was his habit, Redstone was always extremely generous to Sydney, albeit not without a certain amount of self-interest," states the complaint. "He wanted her attention solely on him, and, early on, he undertook to support her financially to encourage her dependence on him."
Holland now claims Redstone is breaching their oral agreement because he has failed to provide financial support for her since their break-up and changed his estate plan to remove her as a beneficiary. She's seeking damages and monthly financial support, and is asking the court to order Redstone to amend his trust to make her a beneficiary of half of his Beverly Park mansion and half of all of his cash, stock and other non-real property.
Holland is represented by Mark Holscher and Sierra Elizabeth of Kirkland & Ellis.