If you’ve been following the year-long efforts by the National Arts Club to expel its former president O. Aldon James from the club premises, under allegations that he misused club finances and carved out sweetheart rent agreements for himself, a friend, and his twin brother, you breathed a sigh of relief last month when the board, after jumping through a few hoops for the Manhattan Supreme Court, successfully voted to evict Mr. James and his cohorts. Not that you had any stake in the whole thing but it was just getting pretty ugly—Mr. James, during a tense board meeting, told the new president that he hoped she’d get cancer!
Yesterday Judge Carol Edmead ruled that they must do it again.
DNAInfo reports that Judge Edmead found a conflict of interest since the board has countersued Mr. James for some $3 million in damages. The judge ruled that if the club wants to evict Mr. James, it’s going to have to try again and in a more neutral fashion.
“We will have our opportunity to demonstrate to the world, in front of a neutral arbiter, that we are not the people the club describes us as being,” James lawyer Adam Gilbert told DNAInfo. Grab a seat everyone! We’re going to be here for a while.
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