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Taylor Swift defeats Douglas Elliman in broker commission case

Judge James Furman said the brokerage never had “any formal agreement” with the pop star
January 25, 2019 08:38AM

Taylor Swift and 153 Franklin Street (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)

She really shook it off this time.

Judge Jesse Furman thew out a lawsuit brought against pop star Taylor Swift by a Douglas Elliman broker who claimed Swift owed a $1.08 million commission for the purchase of a Tribeca townhouse.

Andrew Azoulay

Andrew Azoulay, the Elliman broker, showed the three-story property at 153 Franklin Street to a representative of Swift’s Firefly Entertainment in February 2017, according to the New York Post.

The four-bedroom townhouse, converted by architect Leopoldo Rosati, was previously rented by French politician Dominique Strauss Kahn while he was under investigation over charges he raped a maid in a Midtown hotel (he was later acquitted of the charges).

Swift bought the property for $18 million in October, 2017, but the Elliman broker did not receive a commission. The brokerage sued, claiming they had been “wrongfully excluded” from the deal and the $1.08 million commission.

In his ruling, Judge Furman said an “informal email” between Elliman and Swift’s company didn’t constitute a “formal agreement.”

“The e-mail lacks most, if not all, of the material terms of a real estate brokerage agreement, including the scope and duration of the relationship and the fee,” he wrote.

Swift also owns two apartments at a neighboring building, 155 Franklin Street. [NYP] – Decca Muldowney