Group skinny-dip just one tale from NY’s ‘nastiest’ multimillion-dollar divorce

It was Fourth of July weekend, but the fireworks were going off inside David and Libbie Mugrabi’s $3.75 million home in Water Mill, LI. According to a female houseguest, Libbie barged into a bedroom where the woman was packing up her belongings. “She said, ‘I am Mrs. Mugrabi,’ ” recalled the houseguest. “I said, ‘I … Continue reading “Group skinny-dip just one tale from NY’s ‘nastiest’ multimillion-dollar divorce”

It was Fourth of July weekend, but the fireworks were going off inside David and Libbie Mugrabi’s $3.75 million home in Water Mill, LI.

According to a female houseguest, Libbie barged into a bedroom where the woman was packing up her belongings.

“She said, ‘I am Mrs. Mugrabi,’ ” recalled the houseguest.

“I said, ‘I know you’re Mrs. Mugrabi. I’m not trying to be Mrs. Mugrabi.’ ” Behind Libbie, her nanny stood filming the encounter.

The tension had been brewing since the night before, when Libbie, 39, and her husband, art mogul David, 47 — whose family owns a $5 billion art collection — hosted a dinner party at their 7,000-square-foot home. At the end of the evening, according to the houseguest, six individuals, including David, decided to frolic nude in the outdoor swimming pool while Libbie slept upstairs.

“It was fun. It was nothing sexual. As if we were teenagers,” said the houseguest, an art-world associate of the Mugrabis’.

“The next morning, everyone was hung over. We were saying, ‘Wow, that was crazy last night,” she continued.

“It was fun. It was nothing sexual. As if we were teenagers. The next morning, everyone was hung over. We were saying, ‘Wow, that was crazy last night.’ ”

— Houseguest of the divorcing Mugrabis

The houseguest said Libbie didn’t appear bothered by the skinny-dipping at first, but then suddenly turned on her.

“I honestly think she used me as a tool . . . to get leverage in [her] divorce,” said the houseguest. “She was like, ‘What’s your relationship [with my husband]?’ She was putting words in my mouth, and I was really scared because she started to threaten me with my job and a community of collectors I work with.”

It’s just one more incendiary story in what is now NYC’s nastiest divorce.

So far, Libbie has accused David — her husband of 14 years and father of their two children — of physically assaulting her when he caught her trying to move a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture out of their home. Meanwhile, to Libbie’s surprise, David had transferred ownership of their $72 million Upper East Side town house into an LLC controlled by his older brother, Alberto.

The Manhattan Supreme Court proceedings, which began in September, have been a circus, with Libbie screaming at one October court date that David was going to kill her. She also lugged in the 25-pound Haring sculpture, which the couple had “wrestled” over, according to a witness who also claimed David repeatedly pushed a door into Libbie.

Shockingly, for a couple said to have spent $3.5 million annually, they had no prenup in place.

Rumors of infidelity have been swirling around both husband and wife, including allegations, reported in the Jewish Voice, of David having a 26-year-old mistress.

“I think it is certainly the nastiest divorce of my group,” said one NYC socialite. “I didn’t know people like us did this.”

“I think it is certainly the nastiest divorce of my group. I didn’t know people like us did this.”

— New York City socialite

The Mugrabis’ marriage wasn’t supposed to end this way.

The two were fixed up after Libbie’s mother, who works as a nurse at SkinTight MedSpa in Manhattan, met David on a flight to Aspen. At the time, Libbie was 21 and in culinary school.

“[Libbie and David] met in Aspen and six months later they got engaged,” said a family friend. The wedding was a 600-person affair at The Pierre hotel, with arat bigwig guests including art gallerist Larry Gagosian.

“In those days, she was the sweetest, so nice,” said the socialite.

But as Libbie — who grew up in Ocean Township, NJ, with her mother, plastic-surgeon father and sister — became more comfortable in the super-moneyed world she married into, insiders say she changed.

“[David’s family] tried to take her in and . . . [make her] forget she had her own family,” said the family friend.

David’s father, Jose, who was born in Israel, made his fortune in the textile business while living in Colombia. When he moved to New York in 1982, he began buying art, amassing the largest Warhol collection in the world. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Alberto and David.

David, who now buys and sells his family’s artwork, attended Babson College in Boston before heading to Wall Street as a broker. While David is considered the more reserved of the two brothers, all the Mugrabis live well — and large. Alberto’s lavish South of France wedding in September 2016 is rumored to have cost up to $20 million, with guests including the Olsen twins, Owen Wilson and Aby Rosen. Members of the Mugrabi family have reportedly been painted by artists such as Richard Prince, whose work goes for millions.

“They were living the highest life you can imagine,” said the family friend of David and Libbie. “A lot of staff. A lot of nannies, a lot of cleaning people and chefs. Two homes, a lot of drivers and the ­[Mugrabi] family airplane.”

“They were living the highest life you can imagine. A lot of staff. A lot of nannies, a lot of cleaning people and chefs. Two homes, a lot of drivers and the ­[Mugrabi] family airplane.”

— Family friend

When the socialite learned that Libbie had employed a personal secretary, she was flabbergasted.

“What? Little Libbie who doesn’t even know her way around Bergdorf’s? I think [David] created a monster,” she said.

During an Oct. 9 court appearance, ­David’s lawyer claimed that Libbie spent “$6,000 to $7,000 for a personal trainer” during her last vacation.

“Libbie is a big fashionista,” the family friend said. “He didn’t like paying for that.”

According to the family friend, David ran a tight ship when it came to finances — and familial matters.

“He controls everything,” said the family friend, claiming that Libbie’s own mother was instructed to make an appointment to visit the couple and their children, 11 and 9, at the three-bedroom Upper East Side condo they lived in while the townhouse underwent renovations.

“It was David’s rule,” said the family friend. “He set these boundaries.” (David did not return requests for comment. )

Libbie apparently was blindsided when she learned that David had cut her out of the ownership of the townhouse, which they purchased together in 2013 for $15 million — and which they spent a whopping $57 million renovating.

In August, the judge declared that David cannot be blocked from selling the lavish townhouse, or 50 works of art, because they are owned by LLCs.

Libbie retaliated, filing a lawsuit against David, the Mugrabi Family Trust and Alberto earlier this month arguing that her husband surreptitiously gave his brother sole ownership of the townhouse’s LLC as a “fraudulent scheme to deprive her of her marital interest in the home,” according to the lawsuit.

“She had no idea,” said the family friend. “She was fixing the house up for five years, every day, working on that townhouse. It was just a sneaky maneuver. That was her home.”

Libbie’s world as she knew it began to fall apart on July 10.

She was dining at Bilboquet on the Upper East Side with her sister, Mia Rowe, and friend Lauren Amar when she received a call mid-meal from someone at her Hamptons house.

“[Libbie] said, ‘What do you mean everything’s gone?’ and she started to grab her things and she kept saying, ‘I don’t understand, I don’t understand,’ ” Amar testified in court.

“We asked if everything was okay and she said, ‘No,’ and proceeded to say that all of her artwork was gone, and she left,” said Amar.

The previous morning, David had arranged for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art to be removed from their Hamptons house when Libbie was off the premises.

After Libbie fled Bilboquet, Amar and Rowe followed her to her Upper East Side apartment where they found their friend sprawled on a couch in her dressing room, crying.

“This is real; this divorce is clearly happening,” Amar recalled her saying. “I don’t know how I’m going to support myself or pay an attorney. He’s taken everything out of the house.”

According to Amar, Libbie collected valuable items from around the apartment, including a Basquiat plate she and David received as a wedding gift, jewelry and the Keith Haring sculpture, which Rowe advised her to snatch.

“She should take what’s hers,” Rowe said on the stand.

When David returned home, he and Libbie ended up wrestling over the Haring sculpture, Amar testified.

David shouted: “You’re taking my things!” Libbie was pushed to the floor and yelled for Rowe to call 911, according to the testimony.

Amar said David shoved his estranged wife out of the apartment. Once Libbie, Amar and Rowe were in the hallway, David opened the door twice and called the women “lowlifes” and “gold diggers.”

Some sources say Libbie is distraught by the separation. During visiting weekend at her children’s two camps in Maine, she was moaning to her well-heeled friends about the divorce.

“She told anyone who listened about it,” said the socialite.

Despite her heartache, insiders said Libbie has been seen around town with advertising executive and television personality Donny Deutsch.

Libbie denied the relationship is, or was, romantic.

“We’re friends, at best. We’re not even friends,” she told The Post. “I’ve never had an affair on my husband. I don’t believe in adultery. I’m a religious Jew.”

A rep for Deutsch told The Post: “Mr. Deutsch has been friends with Ms. Mugrabi for a long time. They’ve never had any other kind of relationship.”

According to the family friend, “It’s a friendship. [Libbie and Deutsch] never had sex and that is it. And they never had an affair, although David Mugrabi would like to think they did.”

The houseguest, for one, believes the stresses of the divorce are wearing Libbie down. “I think she’s totally f–king crazy at this point,” said the houseguest. “I know the divorce is probably hitting her hard, but the way she’s acting at this point is unbelievable.”

In August, Page Six reported that the judge ordered David to pony up $25,000 a monthin spousal support to Libbie — a downgrade from the $3.5 million-a-year lifestyle she claimed to be accustomed to in court papers.

Friends of the couple just want to see the duo hash things out, quickly and quietly. “I’d tell both of them to get this thing over with as soon as possible,” said attorney Perry Weitz, a friend of the estranged couple.

“David is sick about it also. He’s absolutely sick about it. He’s sick about everything about it. What it’s doing to the kids, what it’s doing to them. He’s going to see her the rest of his life, he wants to have a nice relationship with her.”

Additional reporting by Julia Marsh

Avenatti to lose cash, artwork, Ferrari in divorce settlement with wife: report

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels and an anti-Trump activist, has been having a bad month.

On Wednesday, the 47-year-old lawyer reached a divorce settlement with his estranged wife that will require him to hand over thousands of dollars and other assets for liquidation, according to court filings.

The court filings in Orange County, Calif., as reported by TMZ, indicate a judge has ordered Avenatti to pay his wife Lisa Storie-Avenatti $162,295 per month in child and spousal support retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. The combined total amounts to more than $1.9 million upfront.

In addition, the judge ordered Avenatti to fork over his assets for liquidation including five luxury wristwatches – some worth $50,000 – a Frank Gehry sculpture, several pricey works of art, and a 2017 Ferrari 488 GT Spider worth about $300,000, according to the report. The judge also mandated that Avenatti’s law firm, Avenatti & Associates, transfer its interest in a 2016 Honda private jet.

The couple married in May 2011 and separated last December, the New York Daily News reported.

HOW AVENATTI'S 2020 ASPIRATIONS FIZZLED: 'SKELETONS CAME TO LIGHT'

Avenatti had been laying the groundwork for a possible 2020 presidential run, having visited early voting states. But after a spate of setbacks, including his recent arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence, Avenatti canned those ambitions.

"After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020," Avenatti said in a statement released on Tuesday. "I do not make this decision lightly – I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run."

In November, Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence after an alleged altercation with a 24-year-old actress in Los Angeles.

Avenatti denied the accusations against him and wrote on Twitter that he was looking forward "to a full clearing of my name."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

Brigitte Nielsen and Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Creed II’ reunion was ‘incredibly emotional’

Sylvester Stallone's ex-wife, Brigitte Nielsen, was overcome with emotion when she reunited with the blockbuster star for "Creed II."

"My heart was beating very fast," Nielsen, 55, told People. "In 1985 I was married to Sylvester and this time I am the ex-wife. But it was wonderful to have half of the cast there 32 years later. Who could have ever dreamed that you pick up the same roles many years after?"

Nielsen reprised her role as Ludmilla Drago in "Creed II," mother of Adonis Johnson's rival Viktor Drago (and wife of Rocky Balboa's onscreen nemesis, Ivan Drago).

The 6'1" stunner said working with Stallone, 72, was "amazing" despite their dramatic divorce in 1987.

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"We are two professionals and we kept it that way. He stayed in the American corner and I stayed in the Russian corner," she said. "We were on opposite sides but it was pleasant."

Despite their past, Nielsen actually came to the "Expendables" star's defense in November 2017 when a woman accused Stallone of sexually assaulting her in 1986 while he filmed "Over the Top."

"During the summer of 1986 we were newlyweds," Nielsen said in a statement at the time. "I was inseparable with Sylvester when 'Over the Top' was being shot in Las Vegas. The story claims that at approximately 8:30 in the evening during the shoot of the movie the person claims she was in our suite at the Hilton Hotel."

Stallone also vehemently denied the allegation.

Part of why Nielsen was so emotional on set is because she was seven months pregnant, which she attempted to keep secret from the cast and crew of the boxing blockbuster.

"I was so nervous and I was trying to hide it in my ivory suit, which we did," she confessed. "It was a very first big day."

Nielsen says she wasn't able to hide her baby bump for too long, at which point director Steven Caple Jr. used "movie magic" to hide the bun in her oven.

The Danish actress and her fifth husband Mattia Dessi welcomed their daughter, Frieda, in June.

"We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives," the couple said in a statement at the time. "It's been a long road, and so worth it. We've never been more in love."

NYPD looking to return engagement ring found in Times Square

Police in New York City had good news Saturday for a couple who lost an engagement ring down a utility grate in Manhattan’s Times Square.

“WE HAVE YOUR RING!” the NYPD’s Midtown North Precinct tweeted, after the jewelry was recovered.

Trouble is, police didn’t have the names or contact information for the couple.

Police say the man was proposing to his girlfriend just before midnight Friday when he dropped the ring and it fell about 8 feet down the grate, one of many that are familiar potential hazards to pedestrians in Manhattan.

When the couple asked police for help, emergency service officers could not immediately find the ring – but continued looking after the couple left.

Eventually, police found it but had no way of contacting the couple.

Fortunately, photos of the couple were captured by nearby security cameras, so police released the images in hopes that they will help them make sure the ring gets back to its rightful owners.

Anyone who knows the couple’s whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Wedding guests cover eyes in support of blind bride: ‘Everyone really loved it,’ she says

They say that love is blind. But nowhere was that more true than at a recent wedding in Queensland, Australia.

Many of the guests at the wedding of Steph Agnew, 32, and Robbie Campbell, 49, wore black blindfolds as a gesture of solidarity with Agnew, because the bride is blind.

“It was a joint idea about how we could be more tactile for me and how we could raise awareness about visual impairment,” Agnew told website Nine.com.au.

“Everyone really loved it, it was definitely a bit different for everyone,” she said.

Agnew has not been able to see for four years because of a genetic condition called Cone-Rod Dystrophy, in which the cells in one's retina slowly deteriorate, MamaMia.com.au reported.

Her mother Linda closed her eyes during the ceremony because she too lost her eyesight to the same condition, the report said.

"We wanted our guests to be able to really be present and hear our vows the same way my mum and I did, everyone loved it and gave such great feedback about how special the day was."

— Steph Agnew, bride

“We wanted our guests to be able to really be present and hear our vows the same way my mum and I did. Everyone loved it and gave such great feedback about how special the day was," she said, according to the report.

Agnew is a massage therapist from South Melbourne, while Campbell is a police officer, Nine.com.au reported.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

Kate Upton, Justin Verlander announce birth of baby

It’s official: Supermodel Kate Upton and Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander are parents.

The couple announced Saturday via Instagram that Upton had given birth to a baby daughter, whose name is Genevieve Upton Verlander.

“Welcome to the world Genevieve Upton Verlander. You stole my (heart) the first second I met you!!!” the proud father wrote, adding Wednesday’s date to the message – suggesting that the child was born three days before the announcement.

The accompanying photo shows the hands of the new parents holding the tiny left hand of their new family member.

The new mom also posted to Instagram, with a photo of part of the baby’s face and her left hand.

Upton, 26, and Verlander, 35, announced in July that they were expecting a child. Verlander wrote on Instagram at the time: “You’re going to be the most amazing Mom!! I can’t wait to start this new journey with you! You’re the most thoughtful, loving, caring, and strong woman I’ve ever met! I’m so proud that our little one is going to be raised in this world by a woman like you! I love you so much.”

The couple, who began dating in 2014, were married in Tuscany, Italy, last November.

Upton is best known for several appearances in Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual swimsuit issue, and for movie and television roles.

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She drew attention from baseball fans during this year’s American League Championship Series between the Astros and Boston Red Sox when she commented online about a fan-interference play. The Red Sox went on to defeat her husband’s team and deny it of a World Series repeat.

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Right-handed starting pitcher Verlander is best known for leading the Astros to the team’s first World Series title in 2017, and for winning the American League’s MVP and Cy Young Awards in 2011, while a member of the Detroit Tigers.

The couple live in Florida during baseball’s off-season, but it was unclear Saturday exactly where their new daughter was born.

Miss Moscow 2015 converts to Islam, marries King of Malaysia

A former Miss Moscow has become the new "Queen of Malaysia" after she converted to Islam and married the country's King Muhammad V of Kelantan.

Oksana Voevodina, 25, is 24 years younger than her new husband who has been on the throne since 2016.

Voevodina wed the Malaysian monarch at a lavish royal wedding ceremony in Moscow.

The 49-year-old king was dressed in Malaysian national dress and the bride wore a white wedding gown. The reception was alcohol-free and all food was halal.

Before becoming a royal bride she said: "When I was at school I was a kind of bandit. I liked some skaters, bikes, BMX, guys who took part in competitions."

Miss Moscow 2015 Oksana Voevodina poses for a photo.

But she later commented: "I think that the man must be the head of the family and of course shall not earn less than a woman."

Little is known about Voevodina apart from her victory in the Miss Moscow contest three years ago when her vital statistics were given as 33-23-35.

It is not known how the pair met and it is unclear whether she has been married before.

Doctor’s daughter Voevodina was 22 in 2015 when she won the title of Miss Moscow.

Her dad Andrey Gorbatenko is an orthopedic surgeon from Rostov-on-Don believed to be in his late 50s.

He is seen hugging her in a picture taken on a boat near the Kremlin as she wears her beauty crown.

Miss Moscow 2015 Oksana Voevodina with her father Andrey Gorbatenko. (East2West News)

She claimed she only realized the power of her looks when she went to university.

Voevodina said: "I was the tallest in my class (at school) and the most slim, and I was a bit worried about that.

"Only when I was at university, did I realize that this was my strong side.

"Young guys started to pay attention and I realized that they looked at me more often than at fat and not very tall girls."

(East2West News)

Her mother was a beauty contestant in a local contest in Penza in the early 1990s soon after the collapse of the USSR.

The Malaysian head of state was educated at Oakham School in Rutland, England, and St. Cross College, Oxford University.

Later he attended the European Business School in London.

His heir is currently his younger brother Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

Kate Upton, Justin Verlander announce birth of baby

It’s official: Supermodel Kate Upton and Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander are parents.

The couple announced Saturday via Instagram that Upton had given birth to a baby daughter, whose name is Genevieve Upton Verlander.

“Welcome to the world Genevieve Upton Verlander. You stole my (heart) the first second I met you!!!” the proud father wrote, adding Wednesday’s date to the message – suggesting that the child was born three days before the announcement.

The accompanying photo shows the hands of the new parents holding the tiny left hand of their new family member.

The new mom also posted to Instagram, with a photo of part of the baby’s face and her left hand.

Upton, 26, and Verlander, 35, announced in July that they were expecting a child. Verlander wrote on Instagram at the time: “You’re going to be the most amazing Mom!! I can’t wait to start this new journey with you! You’re the most thoughtful, loving, caring, and strong woman I’ve ever met! I’m so proud that our little one is going to be raised in this world by a woman like you! I love you so much.”

The couple, who began dating in 2014, were married in Tuscany, Italy, last November.

Upton is best known for several appearances in Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual swimsuit issue, and for movie and television roles.

Video

She drew attention from baseball fans during this year’s American League Championship Series between the Astros and Boston Red Sox when she commented online about a fan-interference play. The Red Sox went on to defeat her husband’s team and deny it of a World Series repeat.

Video

Right-handed starting pitcher Verlander is best known for leading the Astros to the team’s first World Series title in 2017, and for winning the American League’s MVP and Cy Young Awards in 2011, while a member of the Detroit Tigers.

The couple live in Florida during baseball’s off-season, but it was unclear Saturday exactly where their new daughter was born.

Miss Moscow 2015 converts to Islam, marries King of Malaysia

A former Miss Moscow has become the new "Queen of Malaysia" after she converted to Islam and married the country's King Muhammad V of Kelantan.

Oksana Voevodina, 25, is 24 years younger than her new husband who has been on the throne since 2016.

Voevodina wed the Malaysian monarch at a lavish royal wedding ceremony in Moscow.

The 49-year-old king was dressed in Malaysian national dress and the bride wore a white wedding gown. The reception was alcohol-free and all food was halal.

Before becoming a royal bride she said: "When I was at school I was a kind of bandit. I liked some skaters, bikes, BMX, guys who took part in competitions."

Miss Moscow 2015 Oksana Voevodina poses for a photo.

But she later commented: "I think that the man must be the head of the family and of course shall not earn less than a woman."

Little is known about Voevodina apart from her victory in the Miss Moscow contest three years ago when her vital statistics were given as 33-23-35.

It is not known how the pair met and it is unclear whether she has been married before.

Doctor’s daughter Voevodina was 22 in 2015 when she won the title of Miss Moscow.

Her dad Andrey Gorbatenko is an orthopedic surgeon from Rostov-on-Don believed to be in his late 50s.

He is seen hugging her in a picture taken on a boat near the Kremlin as she wears her beauty crown.

Miss Moscow 2015 Oksana Voevodina with her father Andrey Gorbatenko. (East2West News)

She claimed she only realized the power of her looks when she went to university.

Voevodina said: "I was the tallest in my class (at school) and the most slim, and I was a bit worried about that.

"Only when I was at university, did I realize that this was my strong side.

"Young guys started to pay attention and I realized that they looked at me more often than at fat and not very tall girls."

(East2West News)

Her mother was a beauty contestant in a local contest in Penza in the early 1990s soon after the collapse of the USSR.

The Malaysian head of state was educated at Oakham School in Rutland, England, and St. Cross College, Oxford University.

Later he attended the European Business School in London.

His heir is currently his younger brother Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

Paris Hilton praises parents’ marriage after calling off her own engagement

Paris Hilton is not giving up on true love!

Following her recent split from Chris Zylka, the socialite has been taking to social media to embrace the single life. But her most recent post, shared via Instagram over the weekend, praises the longlasting romance between her parents, Kathy and Richard Hilton.

Paris Hilton All Smiles Without Engagement Ring Following Chris Zylka Split

"Happy Anniversary to my mother & father," Paris captioned a pic of her parents on their wedding day in November 1979. "You together are a beautiful love story out of a fairytale. Love you both so much & so lucky to have you as my parents."

Paris Hilton Seemingly Addresses Chris Zylka Split by Quoting Marilyn Monroe

The post came just a few days after Paris was spotted at the airport in Melbourne, Australia. Though she was all smiles, her $2 million engagement ring from Chris was noticeably absent.

Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka Call Off Engagement

A source told ET earlier this month that Paris, 37, and Chris, 33, broke up and called off their engagement several weeks ago. The source added that the relationship moved too fast, and Paris realized over time that the actor wasn't the one for her, and their relationship just wasn't meant to be.