My Unorthodox Life's Julia Haart Sued by Estranged Husband for Allegedly Misappropriating $850,000

In a lawsuit filed amid their divorce, Julia Haart's estranged husband Silvio Scaglia Haart alleged that the reality star "illegally transferred $850,000" from a company he founded, Freedom Holding.

By Gabrielle Chung Feb 12, 2022 2:18 AMTags
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Julia Haart's life just got a little more complicated.

Just days after E! News reported that she filed for divorce from Silvio Scaglia Haart following nearly three years of marriage, the My Unorthodox Life star is being sued by her estranged husband, according to court documents obtained by E! News. 

Silvio alleges that she took $850,000 from an account owned by Freedom Holding—a company he founded that controls Elite World Group, where Julia had been employed since 2019 as its chief executive officer—after receiving notice that she was going to be dismissed from her position.

The complaint claims that Julia "illegally transferred" the money to another account she controls on Feb. 8, a day after Silvio, the chairman of EWG, sent her an email informing her of the dismissal. It also alleges that the transfer violated an agreement Julia and Silvio previously made on Jan. 19 to not make any withdrawals over $250,000 from the Freedom Holding account.

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Julia's attorney, Marty Singer, tells E! News on Friday, Feb. 11, that the claims in the lawsuit "are not based in fact" and the account in question "is a jointly owned account." He added that Julia has filed an action in the Delaware Court of Chancery to address her termination from the company.

In a copy of Silvio's email that was attached to the lawsuit, the businessman told Julia that he was moving forward with plans of her dismissal because, in part, "targets which led to your appointment as CEO have not been met and that no visible progress was made in that direction, despite almost $50M costs incurred in the effort."


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Silvio also said in the letter that he and his deputy director "don't see any other option" but to submit her dismissal to the company board and "immediately appoint a new CEO, who shall implement and execute an immediate and severe cost-cutting exercise at the corporate level, while protecting the traditional model management business as well as the agencies and their staff all around the world, so to rapidly restore the company's financial stability."

Attorneys for Silvio claim in the complaint that Julia "transferred the funds to enrich herself at the expense of Freedom Holding and of its co-owner Mr. Scaglia."

She filed for divorce the next day, Feb. 9, according the court docket obtained by E! News.

Silvio is seeking the return of the $850,000, as well as any compensatory damages and attorney fees.

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The former couple first met in 2015 when Julia's namesake shoe brand collaborated with fashion label La Perla, which Silvio owned. They got married in 2019, the same year Julia was named the CEO of EWG.

Their relationship was documented on the first season of My Unorthodox Life, which centers around Julia and her children—Batsheva, Shlomo, Miriam and Aron—navigating the secular world after leaving an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

The Netflix show, which premiered last summer, has been renewed for a second season.

E! News has reached out reps for Julia and Silvio for comment.