Behind the hedges of Palm Beach, rich families are often known for their not-so-good history, and the clan of big-deal builder Llwyd Ecclestone is no exception.
Multimillionaire Ecclestone, 81, who built homes on large swaths of South Florida land but will be remembered for developing PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens into one of the country’s premier golf destinations, is getting sued by a son-in-law, Joshua Mendelsohn.
Investor Mendelsohn has been married for more than 20 years to Ecclestone’s youngest daughter, Wendy Mendelsohn. Together, they have three children.
But after all these years, Joshua is suing the family’s patriarch over his treatment of Wendy.
Ecclestone has “repeatedly engaged in mean-spirited, cruel and outrageous behavior toward Wendy in the presence of Josh,” the complaint reads, “and acted intentionally to isolate Wendy” from her family.
Other allegations included that Ecclestone’s behavior was designed to inflict “emotional distress.”
Ecclestone was a member of the 2016 Donald Trump Victory leadership team, launched during the primary campaign.
Mendelsohn lawyer isn’t returning calls and emails for comment, but Ecclestone’s guy, high-profile Miami attorney Stuart Grossman, didn’t mince his words when asked about the court action.
“It’s a shake-down of the first order,” Grossman said. “Obviously, Llwyd has helped this guy over the years, and now he wants another payday.”
Grossman points out Wendy isn’t even a party to the lawsuit, and he filed a motion to dismiss the action.
“I have no idea why they would file a lawsuit like this without the alleged victim as a plaintiff.”
While Mendelsohn isn’t telling the court how much he wants, he is apparently still sore Ecclestone doesn’t think Mendelsohn and his daughter should be married.
Ecclestone stated “in front of others that Josh should not have married Wendy because of events that occurred when Wendy was a child less than 12 years old,” the complaint reads.