It’s time to check in on Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd’s legal woes again. If you remember last summer, our darling Lisa was flitting about assuring everyone that her legal matter with Karina Bustillos was resolved in her favor. But as I told you at the time, nothing could be further from the truth. And today things got even worse. As you may recall, Bustillos was one of a few people who sued Lisa, Ken and Villa Blanca for sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. Despite Lisa publicly denying it on Twitter left and right, a jury found in favor of Bustillos. She was awarded $6,250 in compensatory damages plus attorneys’ fees. For the past several months, we’ve waited to see what the judge would award in regard to attoney’s fees. And today we found out.
A former server at a Beverly Hills restaurant owned by “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband was awarded nearly $1.5 million today in attorney’s fees.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Linfield said he disagreed with defense attorney Marianne Zakarian’s claims that the $1.49 million in fees sought on behalf of plaintiff Karina Bustillos was excessive.
Lisa Maki, one of Bustillos’ lawyers, praised the ruling.
“We believe it is important to award ample fees in civil rights cases such as this so that plaintiffs will be encouraged to come forward,” Maki said.
This is highly problematic for Lisa and Ken because they are quietly trying to unload Villa Blanca. And it was released in court that the value of the restaurant is $1.4 million dollars. It seems like the judge wanted to him them in their personal pocketbook as he agreed that they should each be held personally responsible. Based on Lisa and Ken’s own testimony, jury found that Villa Blanca was liable for the hostile work environment and that it acted with malice. The judge later ruled that Lisa and Ken were also individually liable.
Lisa is not having a good day today. And It seems she is not happy with me reporting the actual news on her legal situation, as she has blocked me on Twitter! Just like Phaedra. Go figure. Perhaps if she doesn’t see the news, it will not exist? Do you think they will get enough out of the Villa Blanca sale to cover Bustillos’ legal fees? I suppose we will find out soon.
It’s very interesting that this news is breaking on the night of the RHOBH premier…