A referee has ordered the ex-wife of Rolling Stones icon Mick Jagger to pay more than $700,000 in back rent and attorney fees to her former landlords after she lost a bitter five-year battle to keep her rent-stabilized apartment. Special referee Howard G. Leventhal ordered Bianca Jagger to pay the landlords, Katz Park Avenue Corp. and Diamond 530 Park Avenue Owner LLC, $246,468 for the “fair market use and occupancy” of the apartment, plus 9 percent annual interest from 2005. Leventhal also ordered her to cover the legal bills of the landlords’ lawyers: $206,276 for Pryor Cashman’s fees and $137,550 for Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman’s.
The July 22 ruling followed a 2008 decision by the New York Court of Appeals holding that Jagger and other foreign nationals in the country on tourist visas were not eligible for rent-stabilized units. Jagger had been fighting since 2005 to keep her $4,600-a-month Park Avenue apartment. Jagger, who moved out temporarily years ago complaining of mold, has a separate personal injury suit against Katz Park pending in Manhattan Supreme Court.
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