(TheRealDeal) – James and Laura Glen envisioned an easy payday when they mentioned their three-bed room condo in a purple-hot Hamptons market place with Brown Harris Stevens final spring.
But listing agents Christopher Burnside and Aubri Peele had other employs for the device in head, the pair claimed.
In a lawsuit submitted previous December, the Glens alleged that fairly than soliciting features for the residence, the agents utilized the guise of an open property to engage in a “sex-capade” in its most important bedroom.
The lawsuit, which alleged that Burnside and Peele breached their contractual and fiduciary responsibilities in addition to inflicting psychological trauma on their shoppers, sought $100,000 in damages. Burnside, Peele and Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons ended up named as defendants.
“The full deficiency of desire by defendants to act in the appropriate fashion for the exceptional agent listing was compounded by the absolute disregard for another’s privacy and flagrant disrespect for another’s property,” the complaint read through.
The circumstance was settled confidentially in February, at which position the events signed a non-disclosure agreement. The defendants and their attorney declined to remark and the plaintiff’s attorney did not answer to requests for comment. A Brown Harris Stevens representative also declined to comment.
In accordance to the complaint, James and Laura Glen gave Christopher Burnside unique rights to provide their apartment on May perhaps 15. Burnside allegedly explained to the pair their waterfront Southampton apartment, entire with a personal dock, would be an effortless sell.
Soon following entrusting the listing to Burnside in May possibly 2021, the Glens departed for Florida, according to the criticism. Burnside educated them that a brokers’ open home was scheduled for May possibly 25 and a public open up home for Could 27, the go well with alleges.
But alternatively than an open residence, security cameras on May 25 allegedly captured Peele and a shirtless Burnside getting into the unit’s bed room just before rising 39 minutes later.
Confronted with this data, the lawsuit claims, Burnside confessed to using the bed room for a sexual face and supplied to go on the listing with zero fee and fulfill his fiduciary obligations less than the exclusive contract. He also allegedly supplied to rent the condo individually to offset the defendants’ monetary damages.
Sensation “violated” by the revelation, plaintiff Laura Glen refused to slumber in the bed room, the grievance alleged, and “wants almost nothing to do with the house.”
In September, the Glens attained out to Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freeman to converse their “total frustration” that their unit had been given zero delivers, irrespective of a neighboring unit receiving three that summer, according to the grievance. The pair sued a few months later on.
Burnside has been a “top producer” for BHS considering that 1999, in accordance to his web-site, which promises he is “consistently ranked in the top rated 10 by gross sales quantity in the Hamptons.”
Amongst his notable listings was the estate at 30 Spaeth Lane in East Hampton, which strike the marketplace for $72 million in 2020 and closed for $60 million last 12 months, according to appraiser Miller Samuel.