A judge Thursday approved a settlement agreement in which the estate of the slain wife of a former “Survivor” producer will pay $42,500 to settle a dispute that began over delinquent rent payments at the Brazilian restaurant she once owned.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maria Stratton gave her nod to the resolution of the dispute between the estate of Monica Beresford-Redmond and Lorraine Morgan, the owner of the building that was formerly the location of the Zabumba Bar & Restaurant on Venice Boulevard in Palms.
Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former “Survivor” producer, is serving a 12-year prison sentence imposed on him in March 2015 in Mexico for the death of his 41-year-old wife, whose body was found in April 2010 in a sewer at the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun, where the couple was vacationing.
Shortly after their sister’s death, Monica Beresford-Redmond’s sisters, Jeane Burgos and Carla Van Bastelaar, were named special administrators of their sister’s estate with limited powers to continue operations at Zabumba.
Morgan filed a lawsuit against Burgos, Van Bastelaar and the estate in April 2011 for non-payment of rent. Burgos and Van Bastelaar entered into a proposed agreement to resolve the dispute in July 2011 for $38,000.
Burgos and Van Bastelaar asked the probate court to approve their agreement on behalf of the estate, but the probate court denied the request and appointed attorney Alex Borden, a neutral administrator, instead. While Burgos and Van Bastelaar’s request was pending, Morgan obtained a default judgment in the unlawful detainer action based upon her agreement with Burgos and Van Bastelaar.
Morgan sought to recover the judgment from the estate, contending that it was bound by Burgos and Van Bastelaar’s agreement. However, Borden filed a petition in September 2014 arguing that the judgment did not bind the estate because the probate court never gave Burgos and Van Bastelaar the authority to represent the estate and had rejected their agreement. The settlement was then reached on Jan. 4 that required approval by a judge.
After the eatery closed, Van Bastellar continued to operate another Brazilian restaurant for a while at the same site, said attorney Richard Petty, who has represented both of Monica Beresford-Redmond’s sisters.
—City News Service