During this season of The Real Housewives of New York we’ve been watching J.P Morgan heir John Morgan‘s ex-wife Sonja Tremont-Morgan start to unravel as she tries to stay financially afloat almost six years after their 2006 divorce.
Sonja’s been living with their daughter Quincy in the East 63rd St. New York home they once shared with her ex John Morgan, but Sonja started finding it difficult to survive in the fancy apartment.
On top of that, Sonja has a $7 million judgment against her in a failed movie deal. She has debts to pay and a daughter to raise, and on tonight’s episode she broke down after a settlement meeting with her husband’s lawyers went bad. She vowed to sue him:
“I’m not asking for anything that we didn’t discuss together. I’m not making excuses for him anymore because if he cared, he would do the right thing. He would divvy up those assets, he would make sure we were secure so his daughter could stay in her childhood home, and to sleep well at night.
“If he’s not gonna do it, I’m moving on. I’m going to sell this house. I’m going to pay my debt. I’m gonna get every friggin’ penny he owes me liquid, and I’m gonna SUE MY EX’S ASS!”
And she did sue him last August. Her lawyers filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan simulatenously with a lawsuit against her octogenarian ex John Adams Morgan, claiming he blocked certain assets to be sold so she could pay off her debts.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Tremont-Morgan wants the court to give her the authority to sell her stake in a 35-acre Colorado ranch. Separately, she accused her former husband of blocking real-estate appraisers from a French property that she wants to sell but that he has aimed to keep after their 2006 divorce.
An attorney for John Morgan, whom Tremont-Morgan has described as a descendant of J.P. Morgan and John Adams, declined to comment.
Tremont-Morgan would also add the $3 million she received from her prenuptial agreement to the pool of $8 million her attorneys said should be enough to pay off the settlement with movie producer Hannibal Pictures Inc. The proposal allows her to keep her home on East 63rd Street.
“Indeed, the lynchpin of the plan is the establishment of a well-defined hierarchy for the liquidation of assets, leaving the Manhattan residence to the very end as may be necessary.”
On Watch What Happens Live September 24, 2012, Sonja reported that things were better between herself and her ex, hinting that they may reach some sort of settlement.
“What you saw tonight was a disappointing moment, but we are talking now and we’re trying to work things out, and that’s the good news.”
UPDATE - Sonja addressed the episode in her most recent blog on BravoTV.com:
I was so angry because I wanted closure with my ex above all else and was willing to give up a lot in my settlement financially to keep my daughter in her childhood home.
When I didn’t get my face-to-face with him, and a fair way to do that (not even close, according to my lawyers), I was angry. It’s been so long that I have been working and supporting so much on my own beyond what child support can do. My assets and cash are tied up in this divorce and I want what is rightfully mine, and to be independent again so I can move on. If it means losing our home and a lot of what I have worked my whole life for, then I would have to continue in court to fight, in other words sue, for cold cash. It’s not what I want to do. . .It takes time, energy, and money away from my daughter.
We were married 10 years and knew each other for seven years before. It’s a large chunk of my existence! As the woman who loved her man dearly, I think I deserve that respect as the mother of such an amazing little girl. I was a good mom and wife.
She later explains why she feels she deserves the settlement:
I was independent and owned my homes before I was married. I had security in the bank, a stock account, and a career — and I will still have that if the power is mine and God wants that. I filed the Chapter 11 to restructure my assets to satisfy my movie business judgment and to move on with what’s left after hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, in all cases being paid by myself.