An Upper East Side shipping magnate tried to shortchange his wife in their scorched-earth divorce battle by lying that his father-in-law hired a hit man to kill him, the woman alleges in new court papers.
“In my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined the lengths he would go to and the lies he would tell in order to keep his assets hidden,” socialite Ronit Mitnik says in the filing, referring to estranged husband Oleg Mitnik.
Ronit’s father, Anatoly Potik, had been charged with the supposed murder-for-hire in 2016. But the feds dropped the charges.
Oleg contends in court papers that prosecutors let Potik off the hook only because he has Russian and Italian mob ties and they want to use him as a government informant in other cases.
Oleg, 47, ended up suing Ronit, 45, and her father in state civil court in March for $20 million, citing emotional distress after the charges were dropped — insisting his father-in-law still wants him taken out.
Ronit and her father shoot back in their latest court filing that his claims are nothing but lies.
Their filing also says Oleg’s suit brings up the fact that he has been “scattering hundreds of millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts.” The papers allege that he sent their teenage son a copy of his mom’s divorce deposition and told their kids she tried to have him killed.
She recalls how their family “lived a life of luxury” before the divorce — yachting through the south of France, buying designer clothes each season and dining at “high-end restaurants” in Manhattan and the Hamptons.
“Unfortunately, as carefree as our lives looked from the outside, my marriage was far from perfect,” Ronit says in the eight-page filing.
The Mitniks have been waging their divorce battle since 2014, when Oleg allegedly vowed “I will f–king destroy you and your family” when his wife ended the marriage. They’re currently in settlement negotiations to finalized the split.
“This instant action is nothing more than a frivolous lawsuit to give him even more financial leverage over me and to break me down and force me into an unfair settlement,” Ronit says in court papers.
Her lawyer, Daniel Szalkiewicz, added, “This lawsuit is nothing more than an abuse of the judicial system.’’ They’re asking a judge to fine Oleg $10,000 for allegedly bringing a bogus case.
But Oleg’s lawyer, Dimitry Joffe, shot back, “Defendant Ronit Mitnik’s affidavit is a testament to the bitter nature of the parties’ divorce proceedings, with its mélange of stale accusations, much of which I understand have since been refuted in those proceedings.
“We stand by our allegations made in the verified complaint,” Joffe added.
Source: New York Post