Elliman did nothing to justify a $1M commission, Taylor Swift’s company says in response to lawsuit

Pop star's reps say brokerage had "little to no involvement" in townhouse deal

TRD New York /
Mar.March 07, 2018 03:35 PM
Taylor Swift and 153 Franklin Street (Credit: Getty Images and Town Residential)

Taylor Swift and 153 Franklin Street (Credit: Getty Images and Town Residential)

Taylor Swift’s management company wants Douglas Elliman to shake it off.

The pop star’s Firefly Entertainment filed a motion for a judge to dismiss the brokerage’s $1 million suit, in which it claimed it was owed commission on Swift’s $18 million townhouse purchase at 153 Franklin Street.

In the March 6 filing, Firefly claims the lawsuit is “the latest in a long line of lawsuits” brought by Elliman, which had “little to no involvement” in the townhouse deal, reported celebrity website the Blast.

Douglas Elliman sued the pop star’s LLC in January, claiming it was “wrongfully excluded” it from her purchase of an $18 million townhouse at 153 Franklin Street. According to the suit, Elliman’s Andrew Azoulay showed Swift representatives the house, but another broker took the commission. Elliman claims it is owed $1.1 million.

But in court documents, Firefly is claiming Elliman had nothing to do with the deal. Instead, Azoulay arranged one showing and provided basic information about the property. After that, he had no more contact with Swift or her company, Swift’s reps said in the motion.

Nine months later, Swift purchased the townhouse with another agent. Elliman was not part of those negotiations, court documents said. [The Blast] — E.B. Solomont

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