Models walk during a fashion show. Photo from Pixabay.
Models walk during a fashion show. Photo from Pixabay.

An Australian model — who is an ex-girlfriend of Russell Simmons — was sued Wednesday by a businessman who alleges she tried to extort money from him with false claims that he was physically abusive.

Nightclub entrepreneur Mark Houston’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against Lucy McIntosh also alleges fraud, defamation, interference with prospective economic advantage and theft. He seeks unspecified damages.

A representative for McIntosh could not be immediately reached.

The suit states Houston was in a relationship with McIntosh in 2016, the same year she was reported to be romantically involved with Simmons.

McIntosh came to the U.S. in 2011 with her then-boyfriend, identified in the lawsuit only as a “successful musician,” who she also later accused of domestic violence, the suit states.

Telling Houston that she was coming out of a bad relationship with a wealthy boyfriend who had been “sexually abusive,” Houston allowed her to live in his home, where he didn’t charge rent and covered the majority of her living expenses, the suit states.

In September of this year, McIntosh sent Houston photos of her bloodied face, told him he had “done this to her” and claimed she might have a broken nose, the suit states. The model sent the same photos to others and said Houston had “sucker-punched” her, the suit states.

McIntosh sent text messages to Houston with “clearly implied threats” to pay her substantial money or she would go to the police, the suit states. Houston later received a demand from McIntosh’s attorney for $657,900, the suit states.

Houston agreed to pay about $9,000 for McIntosh’s surgery on her face to repair the injuries she falsely claimed he inflicted on her, according to the suit, but security footage from Houston’s home recorded before the surgery shows she was “looking flawless.”

McIntosh continues to make untruthful abuse allegations against him in retaliation for not paying her the $657,900 she demanded, the suit alleges.

–City News Service

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