James Marden, a financier with SK Capital Partners, is suing his ex-girlfriend, former portfolio manager Anne Marie Gagnon in a dispute over furniture and art.
The heir to the Odd Lot Trading Company fortune went to the court to complain that his ex girlfriend was a “bitter” ingrate who swiped furniture and art when they split last year.
James Marden, a financier with SK Capital Partners, is suing former portfolio manager Anne Marie Gagnon to get back $80,000 worth of items including two wooden hemp chairs, a marble topped dining table and a rattan chaise lounge.
“This is a case about a bitter exgirlfriend taking what does not belong to her,” Marden’s lawyer, Sarah Bell, says in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Bell said that 2010, Marden gave Gagnon her own credit card tied to his American Express account because she “had no money of her own” and she was buying items to furnish his newly purchased $4 million West Village townhouse.
Even though the card had her name on it, Bell states, Marden paid the bills and understood that all the items purchased were for his townhouse at 39 Barrow St.
When they broke up last year, according to court papers, Marden paid Gagnon a lump sum of $240,000 in a written agreement that “settled matters relating to the end of their romantic relationship.” It did not mention furniture.
Last month, when Marden started calling vendors to arrange to pick up items held for him, he “learned that (Gagnon) had been going to the stores surreptitiously” to get the items and “keeping them for herself.” Two other items came from his Sag Harbor home.
Lawyers for Marden, whose late father Bernard lost millions by investing with ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, declined to discuss the case. Gagnon could not be reached for comment.