New RHONY Star Barbara Kavovit Filed for $1 Million Bankruptcy and Was Once Sued for $600,000

by Lindsay Cronin

RHONY Star Barbara Kavovit Bankruptcy

Did Barbara Kavovit join the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City because she needed the Bravo TV paycheck?

According to a new report, Barbara, who was brought to the reality show to replace Carole Radziwill, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2015 as she faced a $1,178,350 debt to creditors, including a $63,000 tax bill, a $25,000 American Express bill, and $86,000 in unpaid rent.

Barbara also owed a whopping $747,900 in legal bills.

On September 20, Radar Online shared details of Barbara’s court documents with readers, revealing that while Barbara was bringing in $20,000 in income each month, she had monthly expenses totaling nearly $13,000.

In the latest development in her bankruptcy case on February 8 of this year, Barbara filed a notice of appeal and the case was transferred to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Amid her $1 million bankruptcy case, Pryor Cashman, a creditor of Barbara, filed a lawsuit against her for what was described as “determination of non-dischargeability of debts, denial of entitlement to discharge and declaratory judgment.”

In her bankruptcy filing, Barbara listed Pryor as a creditor she owed $673,000.

According to Pryor, he began working with Barbara in 2002 but terminated his legal services to her years later due to her “habitual non-payment” of his invoices.

“Pryor Cashman’s outstanding invoices to Kavovit covered $441,581.20 in legal services and $36,106.99 in disbursements, for a total of $477,688.19,” his complaint read. “Although Kavovit paid $54,524.91 toward certain invoices, the balance of Pryor Cashman’s bills was not paid.”

In May 2009, Pryor sued Barbara in hopes of receiving payment for the services rendered and after a three-day trial, Barbara was found liable in the amount of $420,145.43 plus interest, costs and disbursements, which made for a grand total of $673,247.88. However, Barbara “failed and refused to make any payment to Pryor Cashman,” the report explained.

Following the three-day trial, Pryor served Barbara with an Information Subpoena and a Restraining Notice.

“The Information Subpoena directed that Kavovit timely provide various information covering 36 months preceding the service of the Information Subpoena,” the filing read. “Kavovit responded to all of the foregoing requests and specifications for information either with a single word “none” or by referring Pryor Cashman to her tax returns from 2010, 2011 and 2012.”

In the notice, Pryor claimed Barbara failed to produce the documents requested by his subpoena. He then asked the court to hold Barbara in contempt of his court order and to be awarded with a judgment in his favor. He also requested Barbara be restricted from being granted a dismissal of her bankruptcy.

The Real Housewives of New York City season 11 will air next year on Bravo TV.

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