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'Real Housewives of New York City' Star Sonja Morgan Ordered to Pay $7 Million

by Chris Harnick, posted May 23rd 2011 12:00PM
Sonja MorganSonja Morgan has been ordered to pay $7 million after a failed movie venture. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the United States Court of Appeals has upheld the $7 million judgment against the 'Real Housewives of New York City' star.

The ruling alleges Morgan is liable for fraudulent conduct because the potential John Travolta film, 'Fast Flash to Bang Time,' didn't get made. Morgan was ordered to pay Richard Rionda del Castro and his company, Hannibal Pictures, $7 million.

"With the confirmation by one of the highest Courts of our country, the masks are falling and there is no longer any doubt that we were defrauded and severely damaged," Rionda del Castro said in a statement. "We are now going to collect to the fullest extent of the law."

In November, Morgan filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In her petition, the reality star listed $19.8 million in debt with $13.5 million in assets. Morgan, who is behind Sonja Productions, entered an agreement to work with Hannibal Pictures on the 'Fast Flash' film, but the deal went sour when, according to Morgan, Travolta started making demands the the two companies could not meet.

After the film deal fell apart, Hannibal Pictures took Morgan to court and won a $7 million judgment.

However, Morgan told AOL TV that she does not have $19 million in debt.

"I had a movie deal go south and I have a $7 million-plus judgment against me," Morgan told us in April. "I have an appeal and we're going to see how that works out. But I don't have $19 million in debt. Everybody is like, 'Oh, she spent money that she didn't have.' That hurts my feelings because I'm not like that. I'm very frugal. I pay my credit card bills every month."

Now she's being ordered to pay up.

Hannibal Pictures distributes has several films in the pipeline -- 'Casino Jack,' starring Kevin Spacey, 'Son of No One' with Channing Tatum and Al Pacino, and 'Things Fall Apart' starring 50 Cent.

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These shows are hilarious.....comedy...don't you enjoy comedy. You know they are somewhat scripted don't you? I love the way Alex thinks she is gorgeous and model material. Do any of you think she reminds you of a fish? She has a fish mouth....don't you think? And Kelly seems like she is either nuts or on somethint all the time...and OMG that body of her's...ODD ODD ODD.......it looks as tho is has been liposuctioned too many times. She also looks like she lays in the tanning bed too long...looks like a carrot. I find them all amusing in their little make believe world they live in. I don't miss Bethenny tho, I thought she was boring and the only reason she was so mouthy and mean was because she was scared.....yes, scared.....she must have been bullied and picked on as a kid,....the last one picked for any games at school....the one who always ate lunch by herself.....the one who never got asked to the school dances....the one who walked to school by herself...the one who had to put on the *big bad attitude* to make herself look tough. Also, I think she needs to take her baby to a pediatric specialist....she seems to show very early signs of autism to me....just saying. I saw it when I worked as a nurse...and see some signs in her baby. They called it "failure to thrive" back then....now they call it early sighs of autism.

May 25 2011 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the movie fell through and wasn't made why does she have to pay. or did they already pay her and they didn't say that in the statement.

May 24 2011 at 5:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No that was LuAnne being called out as a 'Thug'

May 24 2011 at 5:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Poor Sonja, she's a talented villian. I wonder what the differences were regarding the movie she backed out of?
Was she going to be in the movie with Travolta? Maybe she can come up with something else.There are a lot of projects out there for anyone who knows how to grab it. Most of that Bling seen on the show is either...fake..or the jewelry is donated to be used on the show for bling bling reasons. I don't believe for a moment that bling around her neck is real. Sonja, sorry rough times appear in the horizon, but keep the smile and do what you have to do. Stay frisky and keep the pecking to a miminum.

May 24 2011 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alex was right when she called her a "thug in a cocktail dress"

May 24 2011 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the show isnt the same as it used to be. They need to bring back the origanal cast, Bethany made the show. It seems like they are replacing the old people with these old cougers. And I agree, wouldnt it be great if they had some real housewives in it. The ones who are actually married and have money troubles, kids, and work for a living

May 24 2011 at 3:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Karma? Maybe your pecking order got PECKED?

May 24 2011 at 2:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are you missing something in your life? Yes, you are missing out on me, Whitney! Delivering spicy scandals, galvanizing gossip, and more mayhem.
Love Whitney,

May 24 2011 at 2:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oh dear


May 24 2011 at 2:39 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I can't stand that woman (Sonja). She has no class and now no money ! Karma..

May 24 2011 at 2:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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