Rihanna’s former accountant fires back in lawsuit
Rihanna’s former accountant Peter Gounis of Berdon LLP wants the lawsuit she has launched against him thrown out, according to a new report.
It was revealed last month that the singer was suing her former accountant after she claims he advised her to make a string of bad financial decisions which lost the star $9million in one year.
However court documents filed by Gounis this week suggest that Rihanna’s loss of money was her own fault, New York Daily News reports.
Rihanna, real name Robyn Fenty, claims it is her accountant’s fault for failing to warn her that her Last Girl On Earth tour would not turn a profit. She quit the tour to film flop movie Battleship.
But the publication states that a document filed in Manhattan Federal Court: ‘Peter Gounis did not leave the tour to go act in a movie, Fenty did.’
The Barbadian star, who is suing Gounis for gross mismanagement, claims she was ‘effectively bankrupt’ at the end of 2009 after advice from the accountant, according to legal documents.
Rihanna says in the lawsuit that she had $11million in cash in January 2009 but just $2million left at the end of the year – and claims much of this was because her accountant told her to buy a Beverly Hills mansion for $7.5million which turned out to be moldy and leaking.
The singer also saw her expenses double at this time, according to recent documents filed as part of the 2012 lawsuit, the Daily News reported.
The 26-year-old, who is now worth $43million, said that Gounis told her she could afford to purchase the home when she was actually running out of cash.
The trouble-ridden mansion ended up having to be sold at a $2million loss. Rihanna fired Berdon LLP in 2010.
The court papers said: ‘Mr Gounis was fully apprised of Ms Fenty’s financial condition, yet, nonetheless, failed to advise her that the purchase would be unwise.’
Thomas Manisero, a lawyer for Berdon LLP, told the Daily News at the time that the allegations were false.
It was reported last month that the Rihanna settled the lawsuit out of court for $10million, but the new filings this week would suggest otherwise.
Mail Online has contacted a representative for Rihanna for comment.
Gounis said that the singer squandered huge amounts of money on designer clothes and jewellery.
According to the Daily News, he wrote: ‘At the core of her claim is this belief: someone else is responsible for her conduct and its consequences.’
Rocky financials was not Rihanna’s only problem in 2009. Her money worries came around the time she was dating rapper Chris Brown.
In February 2009, Brown assaulted Rihanna, leaving her unconscious after he choked her. A leaked photograph from the LAPD showed the extent of her brutal injuries.
Four months later, Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault and received five years along with a restraining order which was later lifted. (Daily Mail)