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Socialite Libbie Mugrabi arrested for ‘threatening ex-housekeeper with knife and mop handle’

Wealthy socialite Libbie Mugrabi, 43, was arrested for allegedly ‘breaking her ex-housekeeper’s phone and threatening her with a knife and the handle of a mop’ when asked for the money she owed her used to be.

The 43-year-old, ex-wife of billionaire Andy Warhol art collector David Mugrabi, was arrested at her home in Sag Harbor and charged with “endangerment, 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 Mugrabi owed her.

Southampton Town police said the fight ended when Mugrabi evicted the now ex-employee “forcibly and unlawfully”.

Mugrabi was released without bail following her arraignment at 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 the handle of a mop’ when asked for the money she owed her used to be

The fight allegedly broke out on July 31 after her housekeeper complained about money Mugrabi owed her.

The fight allegedly broke out on July 31 after her housekeeper complained about money Mugrabi owed her.

The fight allegedly broke out on July 31 after her housekeeper complained about money Mugrabi owed her.

A source close to Libbie, whose acrimonious divorce was labeled New York City’s “meanest” divorce, 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 case being settled in its entirety soon.”

Friends of Mugrabi said she denies the allegations, while a friend of Hamptons sniffed, “Libbie is innocent of the allegations 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 have never been disclosed and the Mugrabi family, which owns the largest private Andy Warhols collection in the world, is worth an estimated $5 billion.

Mugrabi settled her divorce from 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 April 2018 in New York City.  They were married for 13 years before separating in December 2020.

The couple is seen above in April 2018 in New York City.  They were married for 13 years before separating in December 2020.

The couple is seen above in April 2018 in New York City. They were married for 13 years before separating 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) from their home

Libbie has accused David of physically assaulting her when he caught her trying to move a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture (above) from their home

Libbie has accused David of physically assaulting her when he caught her trying to move a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture (above) from their home

After the divorce, Mugrabi said she would use part of her settlement to sponsor London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, in support of their Fashion in Motion program, which would be shut down due to cost-cutting measures from the pandemic.

Mugrabi told Tatler that the program’s entertainment would make the “perfect partner” for a divorced woman after marriage.

Mugrabi said her dream for Fashion in Motion is to turn it into something akin to New York’s annual Met Gala, 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 failing to pay her rent.

Mugrabi also claimed that antidepressants had affected her judgment during the divorce settlement and that she hadn’t realized she had agreed to “only $79,000 a month in child support.”

Mugrabi said 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 they’re used to.

In July this year, Mugrabi claimed that her hotel suite in Ibiza had been ransacked, with thieves making off with $500,000 worth of jewelry, designer bikinis and hats.

Born to a plastic surgeon mother and father, Mugrabi grew up between New Jersey and Florida, where her parents owned a house a few doors down from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

In July this year, Mugrabi claimed that her hotel suite in Ibiza had been ransacked, with thieves making off with $500,000 worth of jewelry, designer bikinis and hats.

In July this year, Mugrabi claimed that her hotel suite in Ibiza had been ransacked, with thieves making off with $500,000 worth of jewelry, designer bikinis and hats.

In July this year, Mugrabi claimed that her hotel suite in Ibiza had been ransacked, with thieves making off with $500,000 worth of jewelry, designer bikinis and hats.

The Mugrabi's daughter poses in front of one of the family's many Andy Warhol paintings, said to be the largest collection of the pop artist's work in the world

The Mugrabi's daughter poses in front of one of the family's many Andy Warhol paintings, said to be the largest collection of the pop artist's work in the world

Mugrabi's son stands in front of Christopher Wool's coveted 1988 piece Apocalypse Now, which last sold at auction in 2013 for just over $26 million

Mugrabi's son stands in front of Christopher Wool's coveted 1988 piece Apocalypse Now, which last sold at auction in 2013 for just over $26 million

The mother-of-two, whose 13-year marriage to art world scion David Mugrabi collapsed in July 2018, wanted to stay in the marriage until her kids were 18, but David filed papers

She was 22 and vacationing in Aspen, Colorado, when she met David, the youngest son of Israeli business magnate Jose Mugrabi and his wife Mary.

The couple enjoyed the good life together, and at one point owned “a huge mansion in New York City…a big mansion in the Hamptons, cars coming out of my nose.”

A cook, a driver, three nannies, three cleaners and probably 30 vacations a year,” she said earlier.

The morning after a July 4 party in 2018, Mugrabi claimed she woke up to find her husband naked and sleeping on top of a brunette houseguest, who was also naked. The houseguest later claimed that “nothing sexual” happened.

Divorce papers were filed, ending their 13-year marriage. Mugrabi claimed that the couple spent about $3 million a 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 house. The New York Supreme Court heard that the incident was reported to police, but David was never arrested.

The bitter exchanges between the couple — who married in 2005, a year after meeting at The St Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado — led to the tussle being dubbed “the dirtiest divorce in NYC.”

The couple have two children together, Mary and Joseph, who are believed to be around 15 and 13 years old.

David’s Syrian family is worth an estimated $5 billion and is a legend in the art world, with the world’s largest private collection of works by Andy Warhol.

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