Julia Haart has revealed she was once detained at JFK airport after bringing in $153,000 worth of designer clothes.
The ‘My Unorthodox Life’ star told a court how she was detained by US Customs and Border Protection in October 2020 upon returning from a shopping spree in France.
Haart admitted there were 37 items of clothing – including an $11,000 black leather Valentino cape, a $21,000 white leather Louis Vuitton handbag and another $26,000 Louis Vuitton bag. – in her basket when she returns from Paris Fashion Week.
She confirmed that none of the items had tags on them and were seized by customs when she landed.
Haart, 51, was cross-examined by her ex-husband Silvio Scaglia’s attorney, Lisa Simpson, in a Delaware court last week when Simpson asked him, “You even tried to fool the US government, didn’t you?” to which Haart replied, “Excuse me?”
The lawyer continued: “You were detained at JFK airport in New York in October 2020, were you not?”
“I think so,” Haart replied.
She then admitted to having done “a lot of shopping” in Paris.
In the court transcript seen by Page Six, Simpson asked, “And you had several hundred thousand dollars worth of merchandise in your bags with you at the time?” Haart replied, “No.”
“Didn’t you have several hundred thousand dollars worth of merchandise in your bags?” Simpson repeated, to which Haart doubled down, “I didn’t. … I think the amount was 150, not several hundred thousand.
When Simpson clarified, “$153,000 worth of goods?” Haart replied, “Something like that, yes.”
When asked if she failed to declare the goods, Haart replied, “I declared goods; but at that time I had sent many things instead of bringing them with me. So I had forgotten that two of the orders were with me instead of having been sent. And a lot of things ended up being sent.
She acknowledged there were a total of 37 items she had not disclosed to customs, according to the transcript.
“And that included an $11,000 black leather Valentino cape, a $21,000 Louis Vuitton white handbag, and a $26,000 Louis Vuitton leather bag, right?” said Scaglia’s attorney, to which Haart replied, “Sounds good.”
Haart said there were no tags on the clothes because they had been altered and the bags had no tags.
A list of items seen by Page Six from a customs document revealed that the shipment also included a $2,000 Valentino dress, a $1,900 Valeni think tino sweater, a $5,851 Valentino coat, a jacket black leather Valentino $3,723, Valentino blazer $6,915, Louis $3,427. Vuitton silver leather skirt and a $4,727 Louis Vuitton biker leather dress.
The total value of all seized luxury goods was $153,532.00. Haart then had to pay the full value of the goods to return them to his possession.
A source told Page Six on Tuesday, “Silvio approved all clothing purchases as business expenses. He also ordered EWG’s chief financial officer to pay attorneys and fines which he also considered business expenses. Julia may have been alone at the airport but Silvio was directly involved before, during and after.
Scaglia, 63, and Haart are in court as she claims she owns half of her company, Elite World Group, and her $65 Million Tribeca Apartment. He denies that she is entitled to it.
Haart was also accused in court papers of taking $850,000 from company funds hours after he was fired in February. As reported by Page Six, it’s alleged in the lawsuit that she also spent millions of dollars in corporate funds on cosmetic surgery, travel and designer clothes. Haart has denied any wrongdoing.
Amid their ugly legal battle, Haart accused Scaglia of abuse during their two-year marriage and demanded a standing order of protection. Scaglia denied the allegations.
Scaglia’s attorney, Lanny Davis, declined to comment on the clothes, telling Page Six: “It’s a public record, with sworn testimony at a public trial. Miss Haart’s words speak for themselves. themselves.
Haart’s attorney did not immediately respond.