milotic2 (milotic2) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

André Leon Talley facing eviction

Vogue figure André Leon Talley is being dragged out of a $1 million New York home by former CEO of Manolo Blahnik alleging Talley is $500,000 behind in rent.

Talley has fallen out with his former close friend, high-powered exec George Malkemus — who expanded Manolo Blahnik in the US. Malkemus launched legal action against Talley to get him out of the White Plains property.

Talley has long insisted that the historic 11-room colonial home, with sumptuous gardens at 75 Worthington Road, is his own. But court papers allege that the real owners are Malkemus and his business partner and husband Anthony Yurgaitis, who bought the home in 2004 for just over $1 million.

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oh lordy....
Oop. I'm interested.
He could always use Emily Ratajowski's "artist" defense
Uh-oh. Hopefully no one ends up in a chandelier high above a terrazzo floor.
Somewhat reminds me of Dorinda making a deal with her apartment building to get a free apartment by advertising it during RHONY.
Or tavi doing Instagram sponcon in exchange for free rent in her Williamsburg apartment
omg i forgot all about that
I wonder if she's moved to Blue Stone Manor full-time since she's not on RHONY anymore. Like not just because of covid but because of the sponsor deal probably not continuing anymore
omg I would expect that from Ramona lol
it's sad that someone of his stature ended up like this. he spent all that time next to rich white folk and for what.
yeah. there's something to be said to black folks who don't stop and think for a second that those white people you surround yourself with will drop you in a second if it means saving their own ass.
i'm reading Andre's book right now and he actually kind of acknowledges that. it's a cautionary tale about what happens when you spend your whole life trying to be accepted by white society. he sees to have a lot of regrets.


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being rich/connected to the rich is nuts. i always know that but i'm still shocked sometimes. how rich do you have to be that your friend being late with over $500k of rent for your MANSION isn't something you give a shit about until you have a falling out??
I wonder if they didn't have a written agreement and they let him use it as a friend, but now with a falling out they are trying to collect backrent or reference a verbal agreement. $500k in rent seems like A LOT.

I know it's a mansion and it's 2006 prices, but if it was only bought for $1 million, it seems like they are saying he owes YEARS worth of rent. It seems like he probably never paid, or stopped paying based on an agreement between them, but now they are going after all of it because of the falling out.

I know rent is "throwing money away" (although that's not necessarily true, depending on the home and investments), but it seems crazy that he'd owe half the price of the purchase cost. Why wouldn't he just have bought his own place if he could afford that high of rent? I just have a feeling they weren't making him pay.
That makes a lot of sense.
If there was a written agreement and they didn’t decide to act on it until there was a falling out, under the legal theory of laches, Talley could raise the defense that the owners could have brought an action for nonpayment of rent at the time he first, allegedly, stopped paying rent. Since the owners had a legal remedy and chose not to pursue it for whatever reason, they should be precluded from being able to collect all but the most recent 6 months of rent arrears.


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He claims the pair, who were “long-time, trusted friends,” agreed to buy the home for him and transfer the title once he had repaid them the $1,020,000 purchase price.

He claims that he has lived at the home since and paid back more than the purchase price, totaling $1,075,588, as of January 2020, with his court papers stating: “He has also paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to third parties to maintain and improve the home.”

So, he basically stopped paying "rent" when he reached the cost of the property as per their agreement and because Andre is on the outs in the fashion world they are going back on their verbal agreement and coming to collect.

Sounds like a case for Judge Judy tbh.


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February 22 2021, 18:03:06 UTC 1 month ago Edited:  February 22 2021, 20:28:58 UTC

Oh wow. This is sad to see, and I think his life is a true cautionary tale and also the story of many black "legends". He's spent the majority of his life ingratiating himself to all these powerful, rich white people and he has little to show for it.
Damn. I don't even know what to say.
Talley's biggest sin was thinking these people were his friend when the only reason they even wanted to know him was because he was a bigwig at American Vogue for so long.
He's talked about losing a lot friends since retiring from the mag and seemed shit-shocked by it, in interviews. I can't believe he really thought it would be different.
I thought that was his own home. I'm really really shocked that after a lifetime career in the business, he doesn't even have a home of his own.
Always get it in writing tbh
this just feels extremely sad to me tbh


February 22 2021, 18:15:41 UTC 1 month ago Edited:  February 22 2021, 18:18:27 UTC

He needs to downsize. NY real estate is a nightmare and fascinating at the same time.

The fashion industry is toxic as hell and I have no problem believing Andre thought it was his home or that the agreement was different. Because 500K is insane. His falling out with Anna was like only one part of his blacklisting. And I'm sure being a bigger gay black man in the industry didn't help.

"who bought the home in 2004 for just over $1 million"

For an 11-room home in NYC, that is practically a steal.
It's not in NYC. It's in White plains. So like a half an hr away. Not far. Still a great price I think.
Actually, a lot of homes in that area are not that expensive. The ones nearby that are for sale with similar beds/baths are less than a million, so I think this is price is pretty normal. Which is why it seems insane that he apparently owes them half a million. They were either way overcharging him in rent, or, as I suspect, never charged him and now they are trying to go back for years worth of rent. He could have bought his own place if he was expecting to pay that much!


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Doesnt he state that he is straight?


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I’ll never understand rich people mismanaging their money to the point of ending up this much in debt. Owing $500k just in housing, who knows what else he owes if he’s not paying for him home, is staggering to me.
Bro, you don't need 11 rooms.
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