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Former Versace Mansion owner Peter Loftin arrested

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Peter Loftin, the flamboyant former owner of the historic Versace Mansion, was arrested on Mother’s Day.

Loftin, 56, was charged with aggravated assault in a domestic violence incident involving ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader Kaire Hall, the 32-year-old mother of their two sons.

A telecom millionaire whose ownership of the famous Ocean Drive mansion was rocked by lawsuits and controversies, Loftin was nabbed after the incident outside his home in North Miami Beach.

According to the police report, he allegedly waved a gun at Hall when she came to pick up their two boys for Mother’s Day.

According to the police report, Hall pulled up at Loftin’s $2 million canal-front mansion. And as he walked toward her, he allegedly lifted his shirt and took a semiautomatic Glock out of his waistband, vowing to “shoot her in the face.”

She told police he was upset over her picking up the boys late.

“I didn’t even have a gun,” Loftin said when reached for comment.

Police did confiscate a Glock, according to the arrest report.

“I can’t comment about this whole thing, but I have custody of the children,” Loftin said. “That’s all you need to know.”

When asked about his life now that he lost the Versace Mansion in foreclosure, Loftin told Gossip Extra, he’s just “a mother and a father all at once.”

Hall did not return several calls seeking comment.

Loftin spent $19 million in 2000 to buy the mansion made famous by the 1997 assassination of clothier Gianni Versace. It was sold in a bankruptcy auction last year for $41.5 million.

charges dropped

Speaking of domestic violence: A well-known attorney with a North Miami Beach practice dodged a legal bullet earlier this month.

Business law attorney Daniel Lenghea, who counts South Beach’s Bamboo nightclub among his clients, won’t serve time in jail after his wife, socialite Ortansa Lenghea, asked prosecutors to drop two charges against him.

Lenghea, 40, was arrested in April after his wife told authorities he nearly strangled her in their home in Boca Raton.

She said he wrapped her bathrobe around her neck and squeezed until she couldn’t breathe during an argument over a party.

Deputies noted in their reports that Ortansa still talked with difficulty three days after the alleged incident.

“I love my wife,” Daniel Lenghea told Gossip Extra. “We’ve reconciled and the charges have been dropped.”


Interesting chat with publicity seeking Bal Harbour plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer the other day.

Salzhauer says he and many colleagues have seen a 20 percent uptick in business from older teenagers and young adults — and he says social media are to blame.

Selfies posted online, he says, are making young people much more self-conscious about their bodies.

“Teenagers post photos of themselves all over the place,” Salzhauer says. “A lot of photos, from all angles. Unlike a mirror, photos show bodies in three dimensions — making folks more self-conscious.”

It’s not rare for potential patients to walk into his office and pull out Facebook and Instagram photos appearing to show flawed physical characteristics, Salzhauer says.

“Sometimes, they’re simply showing me a bad photo. Sometimes, it’s such a minute flaw that no surgery should be needed.

“I’ve come to refuse surgery to one in five of those young people,” he added.

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