Former Revel Owner Glenn Straub Engaged in Bitter Lawsuit with Ex-Girlfriend 38-Years Younger, Slams #MeToo Movement
Straub, 72, described by local news outlets as a billionaire, claims in court that his company Palm Beach Polo is owed $77,000 from Jessica Nicodemo for home improvements. Attorneys for the 34-year-old woman say the real estate developer is simply bitter from her ending their romantic relationship in 2017.
Straub’s company reportedly performed excavation work and other home improvements at two of Nicodemo’s properties. Her attorneys say Palm Beach Polo placed liens on the residences, which is restricting her ability to sell them.
I’m not a romanticist. I’m a business person. You do something, I charge you for it. You do not pay your bills, I send you a bill and my people know how to put liens on things because we do it all the time,” Straub told the Press of Atlantic City.
“This ‘me too’ thing, that’s pretty much what this case is around, and it’s not right,” Straub declared.
Straub acquired the former Revel in 2015 for $82 million, an Atlantic City Boardwalk resort that cost $2.4 billion to construct. The Floridian’s business dealings in New Jersey came with plenty of controversy.
Straub was all over the map in trying to decide the shuttered casino’s future. He talked about a waterpark and indoor cycling course, then suggested he might turn the property into a condominium complex. He later proposed a health-themed spa resort, but later said it could also being a housing space for Syrian refugees.
In dealing with local and state officials, Straub made few friends. He claimed he didn’t need to own a casino license, and was accused of failing to pay appropriate taxes and fees. Straub concluded that New Jersey laws are designed to “rape businesses.”
Less than three years after buying the Revel, Straub sold the property to Colorado developer Bruce Deifik for $200 million, who renovated the building and reopened it as Ocean Resort Casino in June.
Law of Attraction
Nicodemo isn’t alone in being a former companion of Straub who he’s sued. The Press of Atlantic City reports that four other women have been named in lawsuits filed by attorneys representing the businessman.
Lacy Bridges, 24, says she too was sued after breaking up with the 72-year-old. The news outlet alleges that three other young women who he’s been romantically involved, one being a former Mrs. Florida, have been named defendants in court filings by Palm Beach Polo.
He will loan money to vulnerable women. And if they cross him, if they won’t date him or won’t have sex with him, if they break up with him, that’s when he takes legal action,” Nicodemo’s attorney Elizabeth Parker claims. “It’s stalking through the courts.”
Straub has been divorced since 2007, and has two adult daughters.