Kerfuffle at the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis black-tie fundraiser the other day.
After the well-heeled crowd was serenaded by Pitbull at the Bal Harbour Shops, an altercation between high-profile Realtor Kevin Tomlinson and the husband of competitor Jill Eber of The Jills marred the otherwise silk-smooth shindig.
It took three police officers to break it up, but no one was arrested because the cops did not witness the incident last Saturday night.
A report filed with Bal Harbour Police shows Tomlinson was standing near the Prada store with his date, socialite Trudy Courey, when the couple was approached by Seth Nachman, 52, Eber’s husband.
Tomlinson, 48, told police Nachman grabbed one of his hands in an extra-firm handshake and threatened to “get him.”
“He had this crazed look in his eyes,” Tomlinson said. “He was grabbing my hand real hard and kept saying ‘we’re friends, right, we’re good friends now, right.’
“Then he grabbed my other arm. I kept backing up until I bumped against the koi pond, but he kept talking.”
At one point, Tomlinson said, Nachman told him he’d regret going after The Jills in a Miami Association of Realtors complaint.
While Courey tried to intervene, according to the report, Nachman allegedly pushed her back “roughly” and stepped on her foot. She screamed “help!” until police materialized.
Tomlinson and Eber, along with her business partner Jill Hertzberg, have quite a history.
Last year, Tomlinson was arrested and charged with trying to extort $800,000 from The Jills. Authorities claim Tomlinson threatened to go public with claims that The Jills were manipulating MLS records.
The case is still pending in a Miami-Dade County criminal court.
Tomlinson, meanwhile, went to the Realtors association with allegations that The Jills hid certain listings from the market for more than a year.
The case is still under review, but The Jills could face stiff fines.
When reached on his cellphone, Nachman disputed the police report then hung up without commenting.
Tomlinson, meanwhile, says he wants a restraining order to add legal teeth to friendly advice from the judge assigned to his criminal case.
“The judge told all of us to stay away from each other,” Tomlinson said. “I’m not interested in pressing charges. I just want a restraining order.”