Silvio Scalia, a former executive assistant to fashion modeling, became so disgusted with his attempts to discredit his wife, reality star and executive Julia Hart, in court that she testified against him, according to court papers.
Whistleblower Tanya Cohen stated in a sworn statement that Scalia was intent on “destroying [an] an innocent woman”, and that he had Cohen’s company accounts to search for any trace of shady dealings by the “My Unconventional Life” star – but found none.
In fact, Cohen says in the court filing, all she uncovered was evidence that Scalia himself was using company accounts to buy expensive gifts for his new fiancée and pay for lavish vacations.
Scalia and Hart married in 2019, and he appointed her as CEO of his model management business Elite World Group. But he allegedly “surprised” her by firing her on the same day in February 2022 that she filed for divorce.
Since then, the businessman has claimed in court documents that Hart misused company funds, and even “stolen” a Bentley.
But Cohen says in the papers that the luxury car was fair and square to Haart, and that Scalia knew it when he made his shocking claims.
She even says that Scalia only tried to get the car away from her because he knew she liked it and “wanted it.”
In a sworn affidavit filed this month in New York Supreme Court by Hart’s powerful attorney Lani Davis, Cohen said: “I’m coming forward because after realizing that Mr. Scalia was not honest, while trying to destroy an innocent woman (Ms. Hart), I felt he It was the right thing to come forward and tell the truth.”
Cohen — who worked for the modeling company, Elite World Group, from January 2022, a month after Haart filed for divorce, until last month — said Scaglia had been “engaging in excessive spending of EWG funds for his own personal use,” and he had “continually tried to paint a picture Hart as a villain who misused company funds and caused financial turmoil at EWG.”
She said Scalia gave her the job of sifting through the company’s records “to try to find any money Ms. Hart had taken illegally.”
“I spent several months looking through emails, documents, bank statements and credit cards, only to find that not a single dollar had been taken inappropriately by Ms. Hart,” she said, adding, “All of Ms. Hart’s expenses were transparent and readily available to me to sum it up.”
In the affidavit, she said that although Scalia was largely uninvolved in running the company and was a “blank suit,” he used company money to purchase a $342,000 engagement ring for his new fiancée, and spent $132,000 on renting a luxury yacht. in Tahiti, plus $16,000 for business class flights to the island of Polynesia for the couple. She also said that he had set aside $400,000 for a luxury yacht cruise in Italy.
Meanwhile, she said that while Scalia had publicly accused Hart, a former ultra-Orthodox Jew who left the community and became a high-powered business executive, of stealing a Bentley, he knew the car belonged to her all along.
She said the car was rented from a dealership, SW Vestry Cars, which is jointly owned by both Haart and Scaglia, and that she had “discovered documents showing that…. Haart’s personal Range Rover SV Autobiography” which was valued at US$112,000.
“I also learned that after Mr. Scalia ended Ms. Hart’s position as CEO of EWG, Ms. Haart attempted to continue making lease payments on the Bentley on her own,” it said in the filing. “Only because the lease was in the name of SW Vestry Cars, LLC and not in Ms. Haart’s name personally, was Mr. Scaglia able to terminate the lease and return the car to the Bentley dealership despite Ms. Haart’s attempt to continue to make lease payments personally.”
She said he asked SW Vestry Cars to cancel the lease “only out of a grudge because he knew and expressed to me that Mrs. Haart had a strong personal attachment to Bentley and wanted to punish/harm her by having the car taken away from her.”