After Carole Radziwill announced her departure in July, Barbara Kavovit has joined the cast of the Real Housewives of New York City, and we are starting to learn more details about the newest Housewife. The Bronx-born businesswoman is friends with co-star LuAnn de Lesseps, has a college-age son, has worked as an author, and also designed a line of tools for women. But, according to a new report, we have also learned that Kavovit filed for bankruptcy three years ago.
On March 16, 2015, Kavovit filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy because she owed over $1.1 million to creditors. Some of her debt included $63,000 in income taxes, a $25,000 American Express bill, $86,000 in unpaid rent, and over $747,000 legal fees.
At the time of her filing, Kavovit had a monthly income of $20,000 and monthly expenses of $12,670.
#RHONY Bethenny, Luann and Sonja spotted filming with possible new HW, Barbara Kavovit. You may remember her when her private conversation with Carole about Luann and Tom was picked up by Carole’s microphone. Kavovit tried to get an injunction against Bravo. pic.twitter.com/9oDyqzmEaD
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Then, in January 2016, the law firm of Pryor Cashman — one of Kavovit’s creditors — filed a lawsuit against her to deny entitlement of discharge of the debt she owed him. In her filing, Kavovit listed Pryor Cashman as a creditor who held an unsecured claim in the amount of $673,000.
According to the law firm, they started providing legal services to Kavovit back in 2002. However, they ended up terminating their services because Kavovit had a habit of non-payment.
“Pryor Cashman’s outstanding invoices to Kavovit covered $441,581.20 in legal services and $36,106.99 in disbursements, for a total of $477,688.19,” the complaint read. “Although Kavovit paid $54,524.91 toward certain invoices, the balance of Pryor Cashman’s bills was not paid.”
Pryor Cashman sued Kavovit in 2009 in an attempt to recover some of her unpaid legal fees, and after a three-day bench trial, a judge found Kavovit liable for the amount of $420,145.43 plus interest, costs, and disbursements. Altogether, Kavovit owed the law firm $673,247.88.
However, Kavovit refused to make any payments on the money she owed, so they served her with an information subpoena and restraining notice. And, when she filed bankruptcy, Pryor Cashman asked the court not to discharge her debt to them in her bankruptcy.
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The Evergreen Construction CEO filed a notice of appeal in February 2018, and the case is now in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has demanded that the court dismiss Pryor Cashman’s complaint.
Barbara Kavovit has been filming with her RHONY co-starts in recent weeks, and Us Weekly is reporting that she will possibly have a full-time role.
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