Heather Thomson’s fashion brand is not so “yummie” after she was forced to file a lawsuit against her business partner.
Thomson, who recently quit The Real Housewives of New York to focus on running her company Yummie by Heather Thomson, filed suit against the company’s manager for refusing to step down per the terms of his contract.
According to the suit, Eric Rothfeld owns a 49 percent stake per the terms of a $1 million loan his firm REI Capital made to Thomson — a loan her legal team says has since been repaid. Per the terms of the financial deal, Rothfeld was supposed to step down when repayment was completed, and he is now refusing to do so.
According to Women’s Wear Daily (via Jezebel), Rothfeld’s behavior has escalated into making Thomson’s professional life a living hell, including “Rothfeld being unqualified to be manager, his fraudulently marking down inventory, blocking factory orders and failing to submit financial statements to Wells Fargo.”
It’s no secret that Rothfeld hated Thomson’s affiliation with RHONY. Back in October, Entertainment Tonight reported that he sent out a blistering email to employees demanding that no one cooperate with Thomson or her reality TV cameras.
“Effective immediately, under no circumstances are you to spend any time discussing or working with Heather on Rhony,” [sic] Rothfeld wrote. “No samples should be provided to Heather for Rhony and Rhony is not authorized to film in our offices. Also, there is to be no Company money to be spent for Rhony.” [sic]
And according to new reports, Thomson claims Rothfeld created a toxic work environment and “has made decisions which are harmful to the company based upon his personal animus toward Thomson and her husband.”
Thomson announced she was leaving RHONY last summer and cited her responsibilities with Yummie as a deciding factor. Sources say she has not been paid by Yummie for 18 months, and is now considering a return to the show for a cash infusion.
“We are confident that ultimately, we are going to prevail in court, if there is not a settlement,” Thomson’s attorney told WWD. “But we are concerned that by the time the court rules, the company could be irreparably damaged by Rothfeld’s management.”
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