It’s a divorce fit for reality television.
The bitter battle between a former “Real Housewives of New York” star and her estranged husband escalated Thursday, with wild new allegations that he attempted to intimidate his own brother out of testifying.
Former reality show star Jules Wainstein is locked in a contentious divorce from Michael Wainstein.
In a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday, Daniel Wainstein claims his brother, Michael, is attempting to prevent him from testifying in the divorce case. Michael even went so far as to call 911 on his own brother, falsely claiming that Daniel was suicidal, the suit claims.
The bitter sibling beef is rooted in their ownership interests in an Indiana housing development that has become entangled in the divorce, according to the suit.
On Aug. 10, 2017 the two brothers battled over potential purchasers of the development, the suit says.
Michael Wainstein is divorcing his “Real Housewife” Jules Wainstein.
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The dispute became so heated that Michael Wainstein twice made late night 911 calls, falsely claiming Daniel was emotionally disturbed.
“Michael again called 911 and on information and belief falsely reported that Daniel was suicidal, had a history of mental illness, and was known to be violent,” the suit says.
The NYPD took Daniel Wainstein to a hospital after the second call, where he underwent a mental evaluation and was quickly released, the suit says.
“Michael had maliciously concocted the whole thing,” the suit reads.
In October, Daniel received a subpoena from Jules Wainstein’s lawyers regarding the Indiana development.
Michael tried to interfere with Daniel’s ability to comply with the subpoena by obtaining an order of protection against his brother, according to the suit.
“Michael’s conduct was undertaken with the intent of impacting Daniel’s compliance with the subpoena and his testimony in the divorce action,” the suit says.
“Michael verbally threatened Daniel and made derogatory comments about Daniel.”
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The divorce case has featured allegations of tax trickery and other efforts to hide Michael Wainstein’s worth. The couple has two children.
Jules Wainstein spent only one season on the popular reality TV show.
Daniel Wainstein seeks damages to be determined from his brother for false arrest, abuse of process and other claims.
Michael Wainstein’s attorney Morghan Richardson said he denied the allegations.
“(Wainstein) is saddened that his brother has a taken a private family matter to the courts and the media,” she said.
Daniel Wainstein’s lawyer declined to comment.