We see a lot of employee drama and inappropriate behavior on Vanderpump Rules which is filmed primarily at SUR and occasionally at the Vanderpump’s other restaurants PUMP and Villa Blanca. But there is a lot of real drama we don’t see, especially when it comes to Villa Blanca.
I followed a case over the course of two years where a woman named Karina Bustillos sued Villa Blanca claiming sexual harassment in the workplace. I was pretty much the only site reporting on this case as I had a source inside the court room that kept me up to date. After the court ruled in favor of Bustillos, Lisa Vanderpump went on Twitter and TMZ claiming victory. That must be a housewife disorder. a particular housewife that I wound up in court with seemed to think she won as well. It’s odd to watch people blatantly lying about a provable fact. Some idiot even tweeted my reporting on the story to Lisa pointing out she was lying which resulted in her blocking me on Twitter. Thanks, asshole. But I digress.
Today it seems the Vanderpumps are prepared to admit they lost the case. Bustillos was awarded $100,000 by a jury in actual damages and the judge added another $1.49 million in attorney fees . EDITED: The 1.49 was for the plantiff’s attorney fees (the case lasted two years) I regret the misstatement, the title of the post I linked to should have clued me in. The judge also made both Lisa and Ken personally and individual liable for the damages. So now, over a year later, the Vanderpumps are suing their defense attorney claiming malpractice. If they did not begin the proceedings within a year of the court’s final ruling it will be thrown out because the statute of limitations has expired. Assuming they did begin the filing in time the malpractice attorney will generally take half of the judgment, presuming they prove their case, a much higher percentage than in regular civil actions.
Based on information from my sources, the Vanderpumps do not have a case. They had their day in court and both a jury and a judge ruled in favor of Bustillos. The most damning testimony in the case involved Ken’s comments and actions as well as the fact that the video surveillance of the alleged sexual behavior disappeared. I believe someone testified that Ken told them to destroy the tape “so that it would not get out into the media.” In fact, this case was barely mentioned in the media and TMZ never reported on the huge monetary award the judge assigned to Bustillos. I believe today is the first time TMZ as acknowledge that the Vanderpumps lost the case.
Shortly after the verdict, Villa Blanca was quietly put on the market in a pocket listing. As far as I know, no buyers were found.
I’ll keep you updated on any further developments. I seriously doubt this case is going to go anywhere.
Fun act: Scheana Marie testified on behalf of Villa Blanca and denied any sort of hostile work environment. She was married on Vanderpump Rules with much pomp and circumstance the following season.