OK get this (and bear with us): A woman is suing Neiman Marcus after she found out that her then-husband, who had recently been lavishing her with 1.4 million worth of expensive gifts from the luxury retailer, was having an affair…with their Neiman Marcus personal shopper. And he was doing it all on her dime.
Let us explain.
It all started in 2007 in Dallas, Texas when Patricia Walker was injured in a traffic accident that kept her bedridden for three years, Above the Law is reporting. During that span of time, her ‘doting’ husband Robert Tennison bought her gift after expensive gift from the luxury retailer, spending a whopping $1.4 million, with the help of the couple’s personal shopper, Favi Lo.
Fast forward three years later, when a recovered Walker and Tennison are getting a divorce and it comes out that Tennison was having an affair with–you guessed it–Lo. What’s more, it turned out that Walker had been footing the million-dollar-plus Neiman’s bill all along, meaning her cheating husband was allegedly buying her gifts with her account, making his mistress thousands of dollars in commissions in the process. To make matters worse, Walker’s lawyer, Mark Ticer, told ABC News the gifts weren’t even Walker’s taste–she didn’t use them.
So when Walker figured out what was going on she allegedly went to Neiman’s and demanded they let her return the $1.4 million worth of “gifts.” Despite the fact that Neiman Marcus is known for their generous return policy, the retailer allegedly refused to take the goods back and didn’t offer Walker an explanation. Lo is also apparently still working for Neiman Marcus.
For Walker, it was the final straw. She is now suing the retailer for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and a conspiracy to defraud her. Her official complaint reads: “Lo and Tennison, in fact, conspired on these purchases to both enable Tennison to live a lavish lifestyle that he could not afford on his own and permit Lo to receive large commission and/or wages.” Though we sort of preferred her lawyer’s words when he called it a “sex for merchandise” scheme.
According to the public court record, Neiman Marcus is denying all allegations of misconduct, though a company spokesperson declined to elaborate saying, “Company policy prohibits us from commenting while a case is ongoing.”
Our jaws are still hanging open.