Tony Parker wasn’t the only partner “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria split up with in 2010. She also parted ways with business partners, including, Mali Nachum. Based on a slew of Nachum’s court pleadings, Mali appears to be the partner who feels the most slighted in all of Longoria’s 2010 break-ups.
First, in June 2010, Mali and her husband sued Longoria and Beso, LLC, a company in which Longoria has an interest, for $10,000 for breach of contract, abuse of process and civil conspiracy. Ronan and Mali Nachum claim that Longoria used scare tactics to push them out of their jobs and their share of the restaurant. They also claim that Eva and the other owners sent out a document falsely accusing the Nachums of stealing money, assaulting a server, and even punching a female patron.
Now, Mali is taking at Beso and Eva Longoria directly. Beso, in which Eva Longoria is a 32.33 percent investor, has filed for bankruptcy in Nevada. Beso had a gross profit of over $14 million in 2010 has entered bankruptcy with $2.5 million in assets, and $5.68 million in liabilities, according to bankruptcy filing.
Beso lists Eva as one of the largest creditors in the bankruptcy case, having unsecured claims in excess of $1.4 million. Eva’s claim is based on money for attorneys’ fees and a $1 million loan she provided to keep the restaurant open. The loan required Beso to pay Eva Longoria 8 percent on the loan, plus a 23.33 percent stake in the full company. The managers of Beso agreed to these terms at the time of the loan. It is not clear whether either of the Nachums agreed to the loan although at the time of the loan they were involved with the company.
Mali seeks to takes aim at this loan and the bankruptcy case. Mali has just filed a motion to dismiss Beso’s bankruptcy case on the grounds that the filing was in bad faith and improper and that the bankruptcy case is simply a way to avoid her state court case. She alleges that when she and her husband were involved in the restaurant, the company operated at a huge profit and the new operators ran it into the ground.
The motion in the bankruptcy case was followed closely by Mali filing a lawsuit against Eva Longoria for usury. Yes, usury. Usury is the charging of oppressive interest and usually makes one think of loan sharks and payday lenders. Mali apparently discovered in December, 2010 that the loan to keep the company afloat violated California usury laws regarding excess interest. She alleges that Eva Longoria has received over $4.6 million from the company since making the loan.
In essence, Mali has basically alleges in her new lawsuit and pleadings that Eva Longoria caused her company’s bankruptcy by stripping out the profits through the exorbitant interest on her loan that she had given to the company to keep it afloat. The divorce proceedings with Tony Parker may seem like a walk in the park compared with what is being thrown at her by ex-partner, Mali Nachum.