While Coral Gables superstar Realtor William P.D. Pierce’s business life is going strong, with $150 million in listings, the local Coldwell Banker’s No. 1 real estate salesman’s private life is in shambles.
The physically imposing Pierce, who once had the listing of a $139 million house in Hillsboro Beach, is facing charges of domestic violence involving two women in two counties.
In Broward, his former girlfriend says he beat her in his Ferrari, then left her on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.
In Miami, complaints from his soon-to-be-ex-wife Penelope Pierce have him charged with eight counts of violating a court order that he stay away from her.
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“It’s all about money,” Pierce said. “I’m going through a very bad divorce, and my wife is using the system to better her position.
“My girlfriend called the police at a time when I told her I’d stop paying her bills.”
Pierce, whose listings currently include the $47.5 million historic Coconut Grove property La Brisa, is scheduled for a Jan. 27 court hearing in downtown Fort Lauderdale in connection with an August incident on West Oakland Park Boulevard.
He and the woman, who is not identified in court papers because of the nature of the incident, got into an argument while riding home from a wedding, according to a Broward County Sheriff’s Office report.
She reported to police that she had to drive the Ferrari because he was drunk but she had to pull over. She said he hit her several times before taking off without her.
“It’s hard to dispute the fact that she had a black eye when deputies arrived to help her,” said Bradford Cohen, the woman’s lawyer.
In Miami, Pierce has a court date Jan. 20 on charges that he violated a court order not to contact the woman he married in 2011. He says the charges stem from the time he tried to return calls he received from her at 4 a.m.
No comment from Penelope’s attorney.
Remember Rielle Hunter?
Hunter was a staffer in the presidential campaign of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards in 2007. And she ultimately cost Edwards a real shot at the Democratic nomination when she delivered his baby girl.
Edwards’ wife Elizabeth was dying of cancer at the time, and voters didn’t take kindly to Edwards’ cheating and his attempt to cover it up.
Well, Hunter’s now one of ours. She just moved into a tidy little house in the posh Palm Beach Polo country club in Wellington.
A blind trust based in Edwards’ law office in Raleigh, North Carolina, just paid $518,000 cash for the crib, according to records.
Edwards didn’t reply to a call for comment.
Speaking of presidential politics, Miami Beach campaign strategist Roger Stone announced he is launching a super PAC in support of Donald Trump.
Wait: Didn’t Stone famously quit The Donald’s campaign over the summer?
He sure did, but Stone tells The Wall Street Journal the purpose of the PAC, which doesn’t have Trump’s blessing, is to produce attack ads against Sen. Marco Rubio.
Stone says The Committee to Restore America’s Greatness will be seeking small contributions from average folks.
Trump’s campaign says it’s a scam.