Italian director claims lover dumped him to steal UWS condo

New York /
Aug.August 07, 2012 09:30 AM

A 73-year-old Italian theater director has sued a 27-year-old Manhattan dancer for allegedly seducing him into buying her an Upper West Side apartment. Citing court papers filed yesterday in Manhattan Supreme Court, the New York Daily News reported that Antonio Calenda is alleging Natasha Diamond-Walker took advantage of an interest-free loan he provided her to buy a $775,000 Condominium On West End Avenue, only for her to disappear immediately upon closing on the unit.

Calenda admits that at the start of their affair last year, he bought her lavish gifts — but the apartment was not one of them. Instead, Diamond-Walker asked for help in paying for the apartment, and Calenda and her signed an agreement for a loan which helped her close on the condo last September. She suddenly ended the relationship months later and said she would never repay Calenda for the apartment, which she considered a gift.

Diamond-Walker is not on the hook for any payments until December 2018, but as part of the suit Calenda has withdrawn the interest-free offer. He now wants the courts to declare the loan a mortgage, which she would have to repay for $800,000, and an additional $1 million in damages.

The pair met working together in Italy on “Cercando Picasso,” a show that translates in English to “Looking for Picasso.” [NYDN]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Sergey Ryback, founder, principal, Ryback Development (Google Maps, Ryback Development)
Bad vibes threaten Rybak’s Upper East Side project
Bad vibes threaten Rybak’s Upper East Side project
After 17 years, Ossining stops project on technicality: lawsuit
After 17 years, Ossining stops project on technicality: lawsuit
After 17 years, Ossining stops project on technicality: lawsuit
WeWork, Neumann join forces against Sapir in lease dispute
WeWork, Neumann join forces against Sapir in lease dispute
WeWork, Neumann join forces against Sapir in lease dispute
Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman (Redfin, iStock)
Service divide at forefront of Redfin discrimination suit
Service divide at forefront of Redfin discrimination suit
Eric Adams, mayor of New York City (Getty Images, iStock/Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
Staten Island real estate firm sues city over vaccine mandate
Staten Island real estate firm sues city over vaccine mandate
HFZ's Ziel Feldman, The Chatsworth at  344 West 72nd Street and Nir Meir (Getty, Google Maps/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal) 
Chaos at the Chatsworth: Co-op says HFZ plundered reserves
Chaos at the Chatsworth: Co-op says HFZ plundered reserves
From left: RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos, KW CEO Carl Liebert, Home Services of America CEO Gina Blefari, Realogy Holdings' Ryan M. Schneider (Photos via Facebook, KW, Home Services)
Judge denies motion to dismiss broker commissions lawsuit
Judge denies motion to dismiss broker commissions lawsuit
Strulovitch lender Marvin Azrak of Maguire Capital with three of the landlord's buildings
Chaskiel Strulovitch saves 18 of his 31 buildings with costly loan
Chaskiel Strulovitch saves 18 of his 31 buildings with costly loan
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...