A bankrupt novelist dealing with eviction from her London residence over almost £1m in unpaid lease has been hit by additional lurid allegations after it emerged was concerned in an identical dispute over a phenomenal property on the Côte d’Azur.
Former Metropolis dealer Samantha Phillips, 55, whose explosive semi-autobiographical story of intercourse and skulduggery, Blonde Ambition, rocked the Metropolis of London, has been ordered to depart her £35m Fulham townhouse, by tomorrow alongside along with her husband Mehmet Sozbilir, 59.
The authorized wrangle hit the headlines after it emerged that the pair supplied a ‘Titian’ portray supposedly value £20m, as safety, just for an skilled commissioned by their landlord to conclude it was ‘most unlikely’ to be a Titian — and was value solely £30,000.
However now MailOnline has discovered that the couple left France two years in the past following a authorized combat which left them dealing with a debt of £350,000 over unpaid lease, damages and authorized charges, owed to widower Simon Sladen, 77.
Samantha Phillips (left and proper in 1994) has been declared bankrupt and faces eviction from her £35m Fulham residence. She can also be accused of staying at a property in France with out paying
Ms Phillips, a former Lloyds stockbroker whose explosive 1996 bestseller ‘Blonde Ambition’ rocked Metropolis of London is seen along with her Turkish businessman companion Mehmet Sozbilir (left)
Regardless of successful a scathing French courtroom order in his favour in 2019, Mr Sladen’s makes an attempt to assert again the money have been in useless as a result of investigations by debt restoration specialists reported that neither Ms Phillips nor Mr Sozbilir have any substantial property in France or the UK.
Retired designer Mr Sladen, from Gloucestershire, mentioned the couple ‘clearly know each authorized ruse, and have needed to be evicted twice’
‘It is all been fairly disagreeable with an enormous quantity of stress,’ mentioned Mr Sladen, who had three daughters, considered one of whom, Olivia, is the Duchess of Grafton, married to Henry FitzRoy, the twelfth Duke.
Phillips, 55, wrote Blonde Ambition in 1996
The Sozbilirs, with Ms Phillips’ daughter Siana, 25, from a earlier relationship, first moved into the idyllic hillside property in 2012.
‘I knew Ms Phillips domestically,’ recalled Mr Sladen, ‘and round 2012, after two weeks after my spouse Jill died of leukaemia, she approached me within the village of La Garde-Freinet, close to St Tropez, the place I personal a property.
The home, referred to as Mas de la Chapelle, has 4 en-suite bedrooms, a swimming pool and is ready in three acres of backyard overlooking the sleepy hills of Provence.
‘She mentioned she’d met the love of her life,’ mentioned Simon, ‘and so they needed to lease the home with the choice to purchase on the finish of the yr. They paid a yr’s lease up entrance of €65,000 (£56,000) and on the finish of that yr they agreed to purchase it for €1.75m (£1.5m) and we exchanged contracts.
Nonetheless on the finish of 2014 that they mentioned they did wish to full the acquisition.
‘So there was an enormous assembly organized in January 2015 with attorneys and interpreters, however their cash did not come by means of and so the entire sale fell by means of. After that it was a case of attempting to get them out of the home.’
Ms Phillips and her companion started renting this property within the south of France (pictured) in 2012 with an choice to purchase it on the finish of the primary yr, in response to its proprietor Simon Sladen
The sale of the property within the south of France (pictured) dragged on for seven years with out ever going by means of of Ms Phillips pay any additional lease past the €65,000 she initially paid
Retired British designer Mr Sladen, a widower, has spent a lot of years attempting to get novelist Ms Phillips and her companion out of his property (pictured) within the south of France
Mr Sladen gained his civil case in opposition to the couple, on the Tribunal d’Occasion, within the close by city of Fréjus and pressure their eviction from the house (above) that he has owned for years
However by then the couple had sought to depend on France’s advanced squatters’ rights legal guidelines, that are slanted closely in the direction of the squatters, as Ms Phillips and her husband had then successfully grow to be.
It took an extra 4 and a half years earlier than Simon was in a position to win his civil case in opposition to the couple, on the Tribunal d’Occasion, within the close by city of Fréjus and pressure their eviction.
Simon Sladen (above) took Phillips by means of the French courts to attempt to declare his cash
When the decide thought-about the case in July 2019, arguments of Sozbilir and Ms Phillips have been dismissed by the decide. They claimed that the home had ‘defects’ as they tried to argue the value down, however a ‘report’ they produced was thrown out because it ‘was not produced by a property skilled.’
The couple have been ordered to vacate instantly on ache of €500 for each additional day they stayed and ordered to pay again lease of almost €270,000, plus damages of €50,000, and a €500 a day additional penalty for day-after-day they remained within the property following the judgement.
‘It is all been very disagreeable,’ mentioned Simon. ‘It appears as if it was a well-worn path for them, and so they knew precisely what they have been as much as.
‘I do not maintain out a lot hope of ever being paid again as they do not appear to have property in France or the UK. To analyze additional afield prices extra money and it’s a must to weigh that in opposition to the prospect you may by no means get it again.’
Mr Sladen’s daughter Olivia, 42, mentioned the entire expertise had been ‘devastating’ for her father.
‘They found out all of the methods to make use of the French regulation of their favour for years. With my father’s case and the one in London, it seems that they solely paid lease for less than two out of the final 9 years.’
Ms Phillips, who wrote Blonde Ambition in 1996, and her Turkish companion lived on the property in France from 2012 till 2019 and solely paid a yr of lease, it’s claimed by proprietor Mr Sladen
Ms Phillips (left) is pictured in London along with her companion of almost ten years, Mr Sozbilir (proper)
Ms Phillips informed MailOnline that the case was nonetheless ‘ongoing’ so she couldn’t remark, however declined to offer particulars on which courtroom any case was nonetheless reside.
She identified that earlier hearings had present in her favour, including: ‘Consequently we’re nonetheless in search of to recuperate damages from the plaintiff.’
She mentioned: ‘As soon as the case has reached its conclusion I will probably be more than pleased to remark additional.
‘I fail to spot any similarity between the 2 circumstances. The comparability just isn’t useful for anybody’s understanding of the problems we’re dealing with in London.’