Milano, 44, has filed a lawsuit against accountant Kenneth Hellie and his firm, Hellie, Hoffer & Co.
Actress Alyssa Milano has filed a $10 million lawsuit accusing her former business manager of severe misconduct which ruined her financially. Milano, 44, has filed a lawsuit against accountant Kenneth Hellie and his firm, Hellie, Hoffer & Co.
The Whos the Boss? actress says that she and her husband, talent agent David Bugliari, were left “with millions of dollars in debt and their credit in ruins” because of the firm, reported Variety. “I’d like to say something,” Hellie said. “Obviously a lot of it’s like the Johnny Depp situation. I can’t say anything just yet.”
The suit was filed Friday in LA Superior Court in Van Nuys. “We anticipated this defense. Nothing could be further from reality. Alyssa and David live a relatively modest lifestyle centered on their family. It is unfortunate that Mr Hellie finds it appropriate to blame the clients who trusted him rather than take responsibility for his own negligence and misconduct,” said Milano’s attorney, Ellyn Garofalo, a partner at Liner LLP. The 44-year-old actress alleges that her financial woes began with a “home improvement debacle”.
Milano says that Hellie’s poor oversight of the remodeling job caused costs to spiral. She ended up spending $5 million, though the home is worth no more than $3 million. She also says her accountants failed to notify her of Ventura County building code violations.