Public relations diva Lizzie Grubman, who notoriously plowed her Mercedes SUV into a crowd of Hamptons party goers, is being sued by the man who has kept her away from a steering wheel ever since. Her chauffeur claims she stiffed him out of overtime—$1 million worth.
Tomas Gonzalez, Grubman's driver since the incident, quit on Memorial Day and now claims that he regularly worked over 60 hours a week chauffeuring the publicist to parties by the likes of Jay-Z and Britney Spears, but was only paid straight time.
"He quit because he hadn't received his wages in a couple weeks—overtime or regular pay," Neil Greenberg, Gonzalez's lawyer tells Adweek. "He's got bills to pay."
Grubman, whose Hamptons accident earned the flack a lot of the wrong kind of press in 2001, declined to comment, but her lawyer says the lawsuit is frivolous.
“My client views these claims, brought against her by a disgruntled employee, to be extremely without merit and she is fully confident that she will prevail in court,” says John Rosenberg, her lawyer.
On July 7, 2001, after being told to move out of a fire lane by the bouncer of the Conscious Point Inn, Grubman allegedly called the man “white trash” and backed her SUV into the queue of people trying to get into the club.
Grubman was whisked away from the scene by friends before the police could get there. Prosecutors believed that Grubman was drunk, despite the fact that police never gave her a breathalyzer test.
She faced serious jail time after she was charged with 26 felony crimes ranging from DWI to reckless endangerment, but only served a month in jail after taking a plea deal.