RHONY’s new star Elyse Slaine’s troubled past includes a battle with her late boyfriend’s children over a $4M apartment and her ex-husband’s infamous fraud case.
The new brunette on the block may not yet be holding an apple in the Bravo show’s new season, but she’s expected to play a big role as Ramona Singer’s best friend and is featured heavily in the explosive trailer.
The show’s fans may not know that Elyse’s financier ex-husband, David Slaine, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud in 2009.
He reportedly avoided prison time by becoming a government informant for a big insider-trading case.
After splitting from legally-embattled David in 2013, she dated hedge fund manager Donald Drapkin.
That year, the couple bought an approximately $4M apartment on the Upper East Side.
After they broke up, the pair remained amicable, according to Page Six, and she kept the luxury Park Avenue three-bedroom duplex.
But following Donald’s tragic death in a skiing accident, she filed suit against his children in 2017, claiming they were trying to keep her from taking over the apartment.
The Sun can confirm the case was dismissed two months later, and she appears to still live in the palatial pad now.
In another legal case, Elyse’s housekeeper and nanny of 15 years sued her.
Marichu De Sesto alleged in the lawsuit that she was fired for requesting time off for doctor appointments.
A spokesperson for Elyse argued “Ms. De Sesto quit — she was not fired — after being told that she could not take off a weekend that she had previously agreed to work.”
The case was dismissed in 2017.
It seems Elyse has moved on from all the legal drama, and married new man Reinhold Gebert this past October.
She and ex David share daughter, Nicole.
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