Cantor Fitzgerald executive accused of exploiting pandemic protections to avoid eviction from $ 5 million Hamptons mansion claims he and his wife were harassed and humiliated in an attempt to force them to leave – including through the use of “slanderous memes” sent to his bosses.
In court documents filed Wednesday, Paul Pion alleged that landowner Damian Krause and potential buyer Aaron Appel plotted to portray his family as “squatters” and “hoarders” in a lawsuit filed in court last month. Suffolk County Supreme calling for their “immediate eviction” from the four-bedroom house at Water Mill.
In an affidavit filed by Pion, the chief executive and managing director of the financial services firm also accused Krause and Appel of being “behind a series of defamatory memes that were sent to the media and to Cantor Fitzgerald’s executive management,” questioning my ethics, in a blatant effort to damage my reputation.
The memes are not attached as exhibits or even described in the affidavit.
But an image sent to The Post – following his exclusive report on the lawsuit against Pawn and his wife, Stephanie, last month – mercilessly pokes fun at him in a take-off of the TV commercial of “The Most Interesting Man.” of the world ”of Dos Equis beer.
The meme features the Pawn face imposed on commercial star actor Jonathan Goldsmith and the “HURRICANE PAUL PION SEZ” installation line.
“I DON’T ALWAYS LAND IN THE HAMPTONS – BUT WHEN I DO, I STAY FOR YEARS UNTIL SUFFOLK COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT SUSTS ME! Adds the punchline.
Pion also claimed in the affidavit that his family had seen his privacy invaded by a campaign of harassment allegedly “orchestrated by Appel, possibly through a private investigative firm he owns.”
“In addition to a secret video of the house where my wife and children live that was leaked on the Internet, a few days after this filing, my wife’s personal cell phone number and email address were subscribed to dozens, if not hundreds, of “spam.” advertising lists and newsletters (which caused him to receive hundreds of unsolicited text messages and emails), and numerous appointments with the doctor were caught in his name, forcing us to change his cell phone number, ”he said in the court file.
“Perhaps most loathsome: My wife’s ex-husband and ex-father-in-law were recently contacted by someone who asked them to ‘dirt’ on my wife; we think it was Krause, Appel, or one of their agents, apparently trying to cause us more embarrassment.
Pion added, “This is not idle harassment, and we fully intend to seek legal redress for these and other issues in due course.”
Lawsuit filed against the Pawns by Krause Estates LLC accuses them of exploiting anti-eviction measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic to stay in the gated ‘Bauhaus-inspired’ mansion after their 10,000 lease expires $ per month on May 31. even though they would have an apartment in Manhattan.
A source familiar with the matter told The Post that the house looked like “an episode of ‘Hoarders'” – the reality show about people who obsessively fill their homes with goods – and a video showed its interior cluttered with mounds of clothing and a hallway partially blocked by a rolling rack.
In his affidavit, Paul Pion said the video “was taken when my wife was literally packing bags for herself and our two young children, for a trip to visit me while I was working at the foreigner during the holidays; indeed, our luggage can be seen in the video.
He also said his family did not “maintain a residence in Manhattan or elsewhere” and that they had planned to buy the house in Krause before negotiations broke down.
In separate court documents, Pion and his wife demand that the lawsuit be dismissed on the grounds that they were never formally informed that their lease was not renewed.
After the complaint was filed, Stephanie Pion broke down in tears when approached by a reporter, saying: “I’m not crouching, I’m just trying to keep my children with a roof over their heads. . “
Neither Krause nor his lawyers immediately returned requests for comment on Friday.
Appel, a commercial real estate banker, said only, “I have no comment. I have nothing to do with it other than closing a house.