A 92-year-old Manhattan woman has filed a lawsuit against her 58-year-old son asking a judge to evict him from her two-bedroom Sutton Place apartment and pay for damages he made to the home.
In paperwork that was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Katherine Gregori accused her son, Michael Gregori, of refusing to give her access to her own apartment and refusing to make any financial contributions to the maintenance of the East 56th Street co-op.
In addition to wanting her son out of her home, Katherine Gregori would like him to pay at least $400,000 for damages he made to the apartment.
The suit comes after the elderly woman was forced to relocate to Maryland to live with other relatives after she became ill and her son, whom she had invited to live with her, refused to take care of her.
The claim says that in 2006 Katherine Gregori invited her son and his wife, renowned ballerina Eva Evdokimova, to move in with her after Evdokimova became ill and needed to be in the city for medical reasons.
In 2009, Evdokimova died of cancer at the age of 60 and right around that time Katherine became ill. After being hospitalized several times the elderly woman was forced to move into a convalescence nursing home. While in the facility, her son continued to live rent free in the apartment.
The suit says in June 2011 when Katherine was released from the hospital it was evident that her son was “both unwilling and incapable of providing the necessary care” for his mother and she was forced to “relocate outside of New York with other family members.”
While in Maryland, Katherine Gregori asked other relatives to check in on the apartment but Michael Gregori refused to allow them in and ordered the doorman not to allow anyone other than himself into the apartment. He also changed the lock on the door and took out restraining orders against any relative who sought admission to the apartment.
Michael Gregori has denied the allegations saying that his mother suffers from dementia and he believes that his relatives are behind the lawsuit and not his mother.