Actress Alyssa Milano has filed a lawsuit against her former accountant, alleging that the man and his firm did not pay bills and taxes on time, forged her signature on checks and advised her to invest in a company without disclosing a conflict of interest.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and the actress and her husband state that they are “millions of dollars in debt” and that “their credit [is] in ruins.”
One of the allegations brought forth in the complaint is that there were building code violations in Ventura County, where a home improvement project was being completed. That, according to the lawsuit, led to $377,000 in fines and a lien on the property. The house is worth $3 million, but the project allegedly cost $5 million.
The accountant was fired in 2016, but Milano also alleged that he didn’t pay her mortgage payments or taxes. In addition, she claimed that the man used her money to make his investments.
The lawsuit seeks $10 million. The accountant says that the situation with Milano is similar to a “Johnny Depp situation.” Depp is currently suing his former management company, alleging negligence, fraud and mishandling of his finances. Depp, in the meantime, has been served with a lawsuit from the management company, which states that Depp lived too lavishly and that is what has caused his money troubles.
Milano’s attorney said, “We anticipated this defense. Nothing could be further from reality. Alyssa and David live a relatively modest lifestyle centered on their family. It is unfortunate that [the accountant] finds it appropriate to blame the clients who trusted him rather than take responsibility for his own negligence and misconduct.”
If you believe that a licensed professional that you have trusted as misled, defrauded or otherwise did not do as expected, you may have a case for professional negligence. An attorney experienced in these types of cases can provide you with additional information on how you can proceed and hold the person or entity accountable.