The estranged wife of a former Letterman show producer is suing her husband and her longtime business managers, alleging that $4 million of her separate assets were wrongfully placed in joint accounts or those controlled by her spouse.

Robert Morton. Photo via thepartnerstrust.com

Jennifer Rush filed the lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Robert Morton, who filed for divorce from Rush in July 2015, and the New York City-based accounting firm of Shedler & Cohen.

She is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages on allegations of fraud, negligent misrepresentation and professional malpractice.

A representative for Morton could not be immediately reached. He was the co-executive producer of NBC’s “Late Night with David Letterman” and later with CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” through 1996.

Managers at Shedler & Cohen told the restaurateur, who married Morton in July 2001, that she had as much money as him and “needed a business manager who would properly advise her about and protect certain of her separate and all of her community assets,” her suit states.

She alleges Morton and Shedler & Cohen subsequently conspired to “manipulate plaintiff into contributing and delivering to (the company) millions of dollars of her separate pre- and post-marital assets and income to pay family expenses, including the mortgage, renovation and upkeep on two pieces of property” in Santa Monica and Malibu.

“In total, Shedler placed over $4 million of plaintiff’s separate assets and income into joint accounts or accounts in Morton’s name only,” a practice that went on for 14 years, the suit alleges.

Morton and the business managers “fraudulently represented” to Rush that she had a 50 percent ownership in the two properties, according to her lawsuit.

Shedler & Cohen “falsely represented” to Rush that they would protect her interests and provide proper advice, but Morton also was one of their clients and they put his interests above hers, the suit alleges.

The company failed to disclose to Rush that Morton also was their client and they also did not ask her to sign a waiver agreeing to the dual representation, according to her lawsuit.

Morton is asking for $10,000 in monthly spousal support from Rush, even though he advertises himself as a successful real estate agent, according to her lawsuit.

— City News Service

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