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Eastern Consolidated wants $1M from broker who allegedly sent dirty video to intern

Brokerage and ex-agent Robert Khodadadian have traded salvos in court

August 14, 2013 03:30PM
By Adam Pincus

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From left: Eastern CEO Peter Hauspurg, Robert Khodadadian

The commercial brokerage firm Eastern Consolidated sued former agent Robert Khodadadian, claiming he sent a sexually explicit video to an intern, violating company policy.

The Midtown firm is seeking $1 million for breaching a provision in his independent contractor agreement that prohibits sexual harassment, and is asking a judge to block his use of allegedly confidential trade secrets, according to the suit filed today in New York State Supreme Court.

Khodadadian allegedly texted a video to one of Eastern’s female interns that showed him masturbating, though his face is not on camera — a charge that recalls the actions of New York City mayoral candidate and former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

The suit comes a day after Khodadadian filed his own lawsuit against Eastern in Nassau County, asking a judge to enforce payment of what he says he is due in commissions, the court filing says.

Khodadadian declined to comment on either lawsuit, but said he believed the firm owed him money, “and this is the first time they responded to me, so I am assuming this is their way of countering.”

The 31-year-old mid-level broker launched his own Great Neck, L.I.-based firm Skyline Properties in 2006, after working for two years at Massey Knakal Realty Services. Then in March 2012, Eastern hired him as an associate broker.

He took the position at Eastern to work with one of the city’s most influential women real estate professionals, Adelaide Polsinelli, who moved to Eastern from Marcus & Millichap in March 2012.

Eastern said in court papers that it fired Khodadadian on April 26 because the firm considered the video a form of sexual harassment. He would neither confirm nor deny that he sent the video.

At the time, he was told to return company materials, such as customer lists and deal information, that were considered trade secrets and, therefore, Eastern’s property, the suit says. Despite that warning, he took such information for his own use, the complaint alleges.

In June, he told The Real Deal that he had restarted Skyline.

Khodadadian’s suit, which The Real Deal reviewed, said there were two deals in Manhattan on which he is owed commissions, based on Eastern’s policy governing former agents. The firm had not responded to his queries about his fees, despite his and his attorney’s efforts to contact them, the suit says.

Eastern is placing an unspecified amount of money into escrow that may be due Khodadadian in commissions, said Howard Rubin, a partner at the law firm Goetz Fitzpatrick, who is representing Eastern.

“Ordinarily, our policy is that a broker who was terminated would be entitled to a percent of commissions, but in this case, because of the wrongdoing, we think our damages are more than what he is owed in commissions,” Rubin said.

Eastern declined to comment.

  • Unknown

    Most influential women in real estate? Oh please! Polsinelli loves press and clearly this time she has stooped to a whole to level.

  • Damn

    Now thats publicity. Imagine a client googling your name and up pops, well figure of speach.

    • jeff

      im pretty sure he left cuz they suck and nobody makes $$ there except bobbo

  • Not Shocked

    Didn’t this guy get fired from Massey for beating up a former intern over a camera?

  • Bobby

    Bobby!

  • Hal

    This is beyond awesome. You’d think think Eastern having a video of him doing this would encourage him to not file a suit. Better lose commissions than a whole career.

    • sam

      so wheres the video? if this video does in fact exist would they file when he left 5 months ago? wouldnt the intern file a lawsuit also? it says “though his face is not on camera” what does that mean?

      • GQ

        it means it was just a lewd video with no proof it was him so basically he sent a form of porn to a co-worker which is a huge no no but there is no proof it was him and with this article he can also sue for slander.

        • Graveshift

          Sue who for slander? TRD? This article doesnt say Eastern put out a release, but that TRD read the lawsuit which is public information and inquired. Not a good PR piece for either side

          • samantha

            ya but if they end up losing the case, it would be considered defamation of character. Meanwhile, why the heck would they want such bad publicity when they claim that this alleged video he sent doesnt even show a face?? they gonna make him pull his pants down in court?

  • Damn

    Someone might have taken his phone and sent it. This way the recipient will think it came from him. Just saying that it could of happened that way.

  • Unknown

    This article is bs if they did have a video y would they wait till he filed to act? More importantly Why would they be willing to put the commissions in a escrow account if they have this “video”. Allegedly basically means they had not nothing else to say.

  • How Could you

    Momma should be so proud. “Son, what are you doing in there?” “Going Blind!”

  • Graveshift

    Thats called getting beat on a deal

  • haters

    polsinelli is behind this whole thing, not the first time shes been in a lawsuit for commission. I cant imagine this kid putting himself through this unless its a huge commission hes going after

  • Pyramid

    Wouldn’t be the first time Eastern screwed the newer brokers out of their fees. They run that shop like a pyramid scheme.

  • dontpissmeoff

    Sounds like a job for, “Carlos Dangerous”!

  • Women

    “one of the city’s most influential women real estate professionals, Adelaide Polsinelli,” – was it necessary to point out that she is a “women” real estate professional Pincus? You didn’t even use correct grammar. How about saying, one of the city’s most influential real estate professionals.

  • Funny

    There animals…the poor kid is asking for his commission nothing more, nothing less.

  • john

    Finally TRD got comments back!

  • bull

    for a company thats been around for such a long time to use such poor judgement with the press only leads me to believe that these 30 year vets. are scared of him. Fact is that majority of the brokers that left these guys became twice as successful

  • sam

    what is pincus trying to get the next big story on the retail market, lol “one of the citys most influential women in real estate” give me a break

  • whatafool

    Hauspurg looks like a fool in that pic…what is he thinking? Why would he start such a circus act? guess their not doing as well as they make it seem if there gonna go through all this to stiff this guy on a couple of bucks.

  • Damn

    I wonder if the heads, pardon the pun, the heads at EC watch this video over and over and over again.

  • APPLE

    I just wanted to say this is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard. Adelaide Polsinelli is a crook, scumbag and will literally do anything for a penny on the floor. The company is even more disgusting for putting such an article. This was very bad for eastern. Its clear Adelaide wants to skew rob, its clear that its a big commission. WHY WOULD THEY WAIT 4 MONTHS! EASTERN IS A CROOK WORST OF ALL THE BIGGEST MISTAKE FOR HIRING ADELAIDE!! BUT KARMA IS A BITCH THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT.

  • HughGass

    Seems the probably didn’t care about a stupid video until somebody came looking for a commission. Seems easier to destroy the kid rather than pay him what he’s due.

  • liar

    meanwhile polsinelli carries a half naked 21 year old with her everywhere she goes, i saw them at icsc in vegas doing there rounds.

  • Zenster

    Adelaide learned how to steal commissions from the best of them – that Super Crook Debbie Charatan

  • ADELAIDEISACROOK

    ADELAIDE IS A CROOK!ADELAIDE IS A CROOK! SHE WILL DO ANYTHING FOR A PENNY! EASTERN EVEN MORE OF A CROOK FOR A HAVING HER!

    • EASTERNISACROOK

      PAY THAT MAN HIS MONEY!

  • ADELAIDEISJEALOUS

    ADELAIDE IS A CROOK

  • SW

    I know Robert vet well and he may be a flirt, but I know he did not do what he is being accused of. Robert is a kind, generous and smart business man. I have worked with him on many deals and he has always stayed a gentleman.

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