Real Estate Maven, 60, Sues Matchmaker After Dates With Guys Who Wanted To Bed Her, Not Wed Her - And Some Who Were Simply \actors\
When it came to finding a soulmate one woman from New York was prepared to pay big bucks to find 'the one'.Soimagine the shock and despair Audrey Ruden faced when after paying a matchmaker to do Cupid's work, she only met men who wanted one-night stands, instead of something a little more permanent.Now the top Manhattan broker who has sold more than $500 million dollars of Manhattan real estate, wants her money back and she's prepared to fight for it. Ms Ruden, who has been married before and is now 61, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan civil court Thursday saying Richard Easton, who runs a matchmaking service, is a fraud.Mr Easton, who has appeared on Real Housewives of New York, offers 'personalized, sophisticated, thoughtful matchmaking services provided by highly trained experts.'
Ms Ruden, who is a top broker for Douglas Elliman, claims that Mr Easton's claims are 'a lie'. Instead, she claims, her six-figure fee saw her sent off on two dates with bachelors who only had an interest in short-term flings. One of the dates even questioned 'why she was pursuing marriage,' the suit says.The legal papers go onto claim that Ms Ruden realized Mr Easton 'had taken advantage of her intense desire to be in a committed relationship' and demanded her money back, but he refused, according to the New York Post. She alleges that the $100,000 fee also violates the state's Dating Services Law preventing 'purveyors of social referral services' from charging above $1,000 per client. Under New York state law, any dating service charging more than $25 must provide a minimum number of referrals per month.If the service does not deliver for two successive months, the client is entitled to cancel the contract with a full refund minus a cancellation fee.She even accuses the'international playboy' of hiring men to 'create a false impression of performing the contracted-for services.'
It's not the only lawsuit on Mr. Easton's plate. Earlier this month, his landlord sued him for a host of offenses, including commanding the building's employees to call him 'Prince,' ordering that a maid give him oral sex and letting his dog relieve himself on his West Village Perry Street building's rooftop deck. RichardEaston is being sued by real estate broker Audrey RudenRuden said in court papers that the celebrity matchmaker made pairups 'wholly and categorically disregarded plaintiff’s stated desires,'Easton says, 'Ms. Ruden simply wants the process to move quicker than the challenges of matching a 60s-year-old woman warrant'