Wealthy socialite Libbie Mugrabi, 43, was arrested for allegedly ‘breaking her ex-housekeeper’s phone and threatening her with a knife and mop handle’ when asked for the money she owed her.
The 43-year-old, is the ex-wife of billionaire Andy Warhol art collector David Mugrabi and was arrested at her Sag Harbor home and charged with ‘menacing, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon,’ police told the New York Post.
The fight allegedly broke out on July 31 after her housekeeper complained about money that she had been owed by Mugrabi.
Southampton Town Police said that the fight ended when Mugrabi ‘forcefully and unlawfully’ evicted the now ex-employee.
Mugrabi was released without bail following her arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court, a source told the outlet.
‘Libbie Mugrabi is a pillar of our community and a law abiding citizen,’ Marianne Bertuna, of Aidala Bertuna & Kamins, said in a statement.
Wealthy socialite Libbie Mugrabi, 43, was arrested for allegedly ‘breaking her ex-housekeeper’s phone and threatening her with a knife and mop handle’ when asked for the money she owed her
The fight allegedly broke out on July 31 after her housekeeper complained about money that she had been owed by Mugrabi
A source close to Libbie, who’s acrimonious divorce was branded New York City’s ‘nastiest’ split, said her ex-husband David (pictured) stopped paying her bills
‘The evidence will show that she is innocent of all these charges. We look forward to this matter being swiftly dismissed in its entirety.’
Friends of Mugrabi said she denies the charges, with one Hamptons pal huffing, ‘Libbie is innocent of the claims she is accused of.’
The mother of two, whose 13-year marriage to art world scion David Mugrabi collapsed in July 2018 after she caught him naked with another woman, is currently reinventing herself as a philanthropist and designer.
Her acrimonious divorce reportedly saw her walk away with $100 million.
Exact details of the settlement were never disclosed, and the Mugrabi family, which owns the largest private collection of Andy Warhols in the world, is worth an estimated $5 billion.
Mugrabi settled her divorce with her art collecting ex-husband in December 2020, but compared herself to the late Princess of Wales during the tumultuous split.
‘I had the same thing as her — I got married young,’ Mugrabi said in a 2021 interview with The New York Post.
‘She was told what to do and wear,’ she said.
The couple is seen above in New York City in April 2018. They had been married for 13 years before the bitter split in December 2020
Libbie has accused David of physically assaulting her when he caught her trying to move a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture (above) out of their home
Following the divorce, Mugrabi said she would use some of her settlement to sponsor the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, supporting their Fashion in Motion program, which was due to be axed because of cost-cutting following the pandemic.
Mugrabi told Tatler the program’s entertainment would be the ‘perfect partner’ for a divorcee post marriage.
Mugrabi said her dream for Fashion in Motion is to turn it into something similar to the annual Met Gala in New York, which raises millions for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In September 2020, it was reported that Mugrabi’s billionaire husband had stopped paying her bills resulting in the socialite not paying her rent.
Mugrabi also claimed that she had antidepressants had affected her judgement during the divorce settlement and that she had not realized that she had agreed to ‘only $79,000 a month in child support.’
Mugrabi said that she needed the full $98,000 a month she was receiving before the settlement was agreed, to keep her and her estranged husband’s children in the lifestyle to which they are accustomed.
In July this year, Mugrabi claimed that her Ibiza hotel suite was ransacked, with thieves making off with $500,000 worth of jewelry, designer bikinis and hats.
Born to a plastic surgeon mother and father, Mugrabi was raised between New Jersey and Florida, where her parents had a home a few doors down from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
In July this year, Mugrabi claimed that her Ibiza hotel suite was ransacked, with thieves making off with $500,000 worth of jewelry, designer bikinis and hats
The mother of two, whose 13-year marriage to art world scion David Mugrabi collapsed in July 2018 wanted to stay in the marriage till her children were 18, but David filed papers
She was 22 and on holiday in Aspen, Colorado, when she met David, the youngest son of Israeli business mogul Jose Mugrabi and his wife Mary.
The couple enjoyed the high life together and at one point had ‘a huge mansion in New York City… a big mansion in the Hamptons, cars coming out of my nose.
A chef, a driver, three nannies, three cleaners and probably 30 vacations a year’, she said previously.
The morning after a Fourth of July party in 2018, Mugrabi claimed she woke to find her husband naked and asleep on top of a brunette house guest, who was also naked. The house guest later claimed ‘nothing sexual’ happened.
Divorce papers were filed, bringing their 13-year marriage to an end. Mugrabi claimed the couple spent some $3 million per year.
Mugrabi also accused David of physically assaulting her when he caught her trying to move a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture out of their home. The New York Supreme Court heard the incident was reported to the police but David was never arrested.
The bitter exchanges between the pair – who got married in 2005, a year after meeting at The St Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado – led to the tussle being dubbed ‘the nastiest divorce in NYC.’
The pair have two children together, Mary and Joseph, who are believed to be around 15 and 13.
David’s Syrian family are worth an estimated $5 billion and are legends in the art world, with the world’s largest private collection of works by Andy Warhol.