Bankrupt ‘Catwoman’ is on the prowl for ‘a top lawyer’
Jocelyn Wildenstein filed for bankruptcy on Thursday — but she tells Page Six that it wasn’t because of overspending.
In fact, Wildenstein says that it’s all a big mix-up involving a forged Velázquez. Naturally.
The colorful socialite, sometimes known as Catwoman because of her dramatic cosmetic surgery, says that she’s short of funds just because the multimillion-dollar trust she got in her 1999 divorce from late billionaire Alec Wildenstein was “guaranteed” via a painting by Diego Velázquez, which turned out to be a forgery, and a Cézanne that turned out to be worth much less than expected. Now Wildenstein says she’s planning on “suing the trust” to dig herself out of the red.
“I was as surprised as anyone because there’s a lot of things involved,” Wildenstein told us of her Chapter 11 filing.
The Swiss-born former model — who speaks English as a second language — says that after her divorce was finalized, “I was extremely happy. I got a lifetime trust with millions in it. And that trust now is in default.” Part of the trouble is the aforementioned bum masterpiece. “It was a false painting,” she told us. “When I put it up for auction at Sotheby’s, it was false. And another painting who was false of its evaluation during the divorce.
“The other one was a Cézanne, who was supposed to be $35 million, it went for $4.7 million.”
Wildenstein, who has recently been arrested with her boyfriend Lloyd Klein after domestic disputes allegedly got out of hand, added, “Now I am looking for a top lawyer — a top, top lawyer — to represent me, to defend me, and get back what I am supposed to have for my lifetime. So, for the next 30 years, maybe!”
Wildenstein is famed for her lavish spending.
During her marriage to Alec, she told Vanity Fair, they spent around $1 million a month. During their divorce, he claimed her phone bill alone was $5,000 a month.
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