‘Smack­lowe’ by fed-up di­vorce judge

New York Post - - NEWS - Ju­lia Marsh

The judge hear­ing Harry and Linda Mack­lowe’s nasty di­vorce bat­tle threat­ened to haul their ac­coun­tants to court — for tes­ti­mony that could wind on so long that it would leave them mar­ried sev­eral more years — if they don’t start agree­ing on how to set­tle their debts.

Linda’s lawyer, John Teitler, spent hours grilling Harry about why he never listed $300 mil­lion in de­ferred cap­i­tal-gains taxes owed from the 2008 sale of the Gen­eral Mo­tors Build­ing on mul­ti­ple fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures to lenders.

The ex­as­per­ated judge sug­gested the Mack­lowes — who haven’t paid taxes since 1983 — agree to split the debt since they both ben­e­fited from it. Oth­er­wise, she threat­ened to call their army of ac­coun­tants to the wit­ness stand.

“This is go­ing to drag on for two or three more years,” Judge Laura Drager warned.

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