A woman who starred on ITV television show The Real Housewives Of Cheshire owes almost £1million after becoming embroiled in a family court battle after her marriage failed, a judge has been told.
Auren Simon had borrowed a loan to pay for solicitors to represent her during a money dispute with Paul Simon, Deputy High Court Judge Nicholas Cusworth heard.
But she subsequently settled out of court, “which jeopardizes all her financial claims”.
A litigation loan firm called Integro Funding, trading as Level, had given her a number of loans which now total nearly £1million with interest, the judge was told.
Judge Cusworth has now concluded that Level should be a party in an ongoing litigation involving Simon and Mr Simon.
The judge has set out details in a ruling on the final phase of the legal battle, which began in 2016 after a recent hearing at a family court in London.
He named both Simon and Mr Simon in the judgment.
Another judge ruled in 2018 that Simon should receive a £3million payout.
The judges of the Court of Appeal overturned this verdict.
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It has been brought to our attention that she may be trying to reach an agreement with the husband to give up her total, which would prevent her from fulfilling her obligations under the loan agreementStep
Judge Cusworth said Simon and Mr Simon then settled out of court that she would receive a property but “no additional liquid capital”.
He said Simon reached an agreement “the effect of which was to jeopardize all her financial claims” after she parted ways with her lawyers.
Level wrote to the court days after the settlement, stating that Simon was “a party to a loan agreement in respect of a substantial sum” and asked to “be involved in the proceedings,” the judge said.
A letter from the company said: “It has been brought to our attention that she may be attempting to reach an agreement with the husband to give up her total, which would prevent her from fulfilling her obligations under the loan agreement.”
Judge Cusworth said it was “desirable” that Level be part of the process so that “clearly related issues” between the company and Simon, and between Simon and Mr. Simon, could be “fairly and expeditiously resolved”.
Judge Cusworth said the out-of-court settlement gave Simon “the right to reside in property” owned by Mr Simon’s trust company for the rest of her life.
He said the legal battle between Simon and Mr Simon had raised issues other than money.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/real-housewives-star-owes-nearly-1m-after-marriage-breakdown-judge-told-41535140.html The Real Housewives star owes almost £1million after the marriage failed, the judge said