Longoria to be quizzed by Las Vegas restaurant investors
28 July 2011
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Nevada today ordered actress Eva Longoria to appear in Las Vegas on Aug. 30 to be examined about the finances of her bankrupt Beso restaurant.
The court’s clerk granted a request for the examination at a court reporting agency. The request was submitted by attorneys for disgruntled Beso investor Mali Nachum.
Nachum and her husband Ronen have been litigating against Longoria and other Beso investors in multiple courts over charges the Nachums invested in and loaned money to the restaurant company, Beso LLC, but were then wrongfully pushed out of the business and are still owed more than $710,000. That number is based on Ronen Nachum’s updated claim against the Beso bankruptcy estate.
Attorneys for Beso have countered with allegations that Ronen Nachum may have mismanaged and skimmed cash from the business – charges promptly denied by his attorneys.
Attorneys for Mali Nachum with the Las Vegas law firm Callister + Associates LLC said in their request to examine Longoria that they want to ask her about issues relating to the following:
"The acts, conduct or property of the debtor (Beso LLC); to the liabilities and financial condition of the debtor; and to any matter which may affect the debtor’s estate, including such relevant information regarding entities related to the debtor."
In an earlier dustup between the Nachums’ attorneys and Beso, the Nachums asked the court to appoint a trustee to supervise the restaurant business.
The Nachums were alarmed about the closure this month of Beso's Eve nightclub, a closure that left the Beso restaurant portion of the business open.
Bankruptcy Judge Mike Nakagawa on July 18 denied the request that a trustee be appointed on an emergency basis, but left the door open for the Nachums to resubmit their request on a normal basis.
That was after attorneys for Beso said they were negotiating with various parties, including landlord the Crystals shopping center and a potential investor, on a financial reorganization plan.
Crystals is at MGM Resorts International’s CityCenter casino resort complex on the Strip.
Separately, Beso filed a new financial report showing it lost $394,000 in June, up sharply from May’s loss of about $65,000.
Revenue in June of about $704,000 was down from $1 million in May.
Through June, the business had lost about $669,000 since filing for bankruptcy on Jan. 6 with $5.68 million in debt and liabilities.
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