Lisa Vanderpump might be a fan favorite among “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” viewers, but the professional housewife and restaurateur is facing some serious allegations in a law suit recently filed against her and her husband, Ken Todd.
According to Radar Online, the British transplants are being sued for “millions” by Ryan Carillo and Andrew Gruver, two businessmen who allege that a deal they brokered to open a gay sports bar fell through because Vanderpump and Todd intentionally sabotaged it. Carillo and Gruver, who formerly worked together at the Abbey nightclub, intended to turn the former West Hollywood coffeeshop Java Detour into a sports-themed gay club called Bar Varsity, and had received an investment offer of $500,000 from the property’s owner, Elie Samaha.
That’s when, according to Carillo and Gruver, the “Real Housewives” stars snuck in and made a counteroffer to Samaha to build another bar/restaurant called P.U.M.P. According to a legal complaint filed by Carillo and Gruver, Vanderpump and Todd formulated a plan “intended to disrupt the performance of the (existing) agreement.”
Todd and Vanderpump claim that no such agreement was ever made, and that they were oblivious to Carillo and Gruver’s deal until after they had signed the lease on the property. “I consider this to be defamatory and I’m talking to my lawyer,” Vanderpump told RumorFix.
“We had no prior knowledge of Ryan Carillo and Andrew Gruver or their claim,” Vanderpump told the Daily Mail. “We took the lease in good faith seven months ago and all of our applications and notices have been posted publicly. Any issue will be between them and the property owner.”
Joe Adams, an attorney representing Carrilo and Gruver, shot back at Vanderpump’s claim, calling it untrue. “That statement as it pertains to the alleged lack of Ms. Vanderpump’s ’prior knowledge of Ryan Carillo and Andrew Gruver’ is false and misleading,” Adams told RadarOnline.com. “The underlying fact is that Ms. Vanderpump has had extensive ‘prior knowledge’ of Mr. Carillo and Mr. Gruver prior to their filing of the above-referenced legal claim.”
Adams said that Gruver had had “extensive” contact with Vanderpump, and had previously hosted parties she had thrown. Gruver supplied RadarOnline with photographs of the two posing together at the White Party in Palm Springs.
Carillo and Gruver are asking compensatory damages and seeking an emergency temporary restraining order that would halt construction on the Java Detour location.