Jose Lambiet

Socialite finally pays up $60,000 after being sued by Best Buddies

Artist Romero Britto (a longtime Best Buddies donor) and Alina and Anthony Kennedy Shriver at an event in 2012.
Artist Romero Britto (a longtime Best Buddies donor) and Alina and Anthony Kennedy Shriver at an event in 2012. El Nuevo Herald File

In a battle of the elites played out in a Miami courthouse, Kennedy clan standout Anthony Shriver won over Ryan Brant, stepson of former Victoria’s Secret supermodel Stephanie Seymour and son of New York society darling and polo team owner Peter M. Brant.

Miami Beach resident Shriver, 52, the son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Shriver and Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, got Palm Beacher Ryan Brant to cough up $60,000 out of $70,000 that he had promised to pay Shriver’s Best Buddies International when he bought a painting at an auction.

And the check that the nonprofit recently received closes the breach of contract lawsuit filed against Brant last year.

“The amount owed was paid in full,” said Best Buddies’ Nicole Maddox when asked to confirm the lawsuit was settled.

Shriver, a nephew to John F. and Robert F. Kennedy, and Brant were entangled in a lawsuit over an abstract painting of palm trees.

The 45-year-old Brant was at the Best Buddies’ annual Art Basel-related auction in December 2013 when he got into a short bidding war for the green-and-yellow piece by painter Josh Smith.

Brant entered the $70,000 winning bid and took the painting home.

He was supposed to pay the charity for the developmentally disabled within days, but days turned to weeks, months and years.

After several reminders two years later, the charity received Brant’s check for $10,000 and another for $25,000. Both bounced.

Brant sent two more checks for the same amounts, and the one for $10,000 cleared. The other bounced again.

The Brants, after all, were having a hard time.

A one-time billionaire who lost nearly half of his fortune, dad Peter Brant is known for his attempt to divorce ex-model Seymour, a case that unveiled allegations of drug use, domestic violence, infidelity and unbridled spending. The lovebirds eventually reconciled.

Ryan Brant, too, made news, as the founder of the company that made the wildly successful Grand Theft Auto video game.

In 2007, according to news archives, Ryan Brant was sentenced to five years’ probation and $1 million in fines in a stock-option backdating scandal.

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