German-born Emel Dilek has won the right to sue the former owner of the luxury auto dealership two years after her married lover and boss, Ronald Pecunies, passed away.
While on a business trip to Germany in 2004, Pecunies, the former co-owner of Mercedes-Benz on West Putnam Avenue, became smitten with the brunette and after getting her a working visa he flew her to the U.S. and gave her a job with luxury car dealership as the business development and marketing manager, a job that paid $120,000 a year.
After Pecunies died in May 2010 at the age of 80 from pancreatic cancer, his business partner Arthur “Kitt” Watson fired her claiming her only duty at the company was to sleep with her boss and since he was no longer alive, she was no longer needed.
Thirty-something year old Dilek who had signed a-four year employment contract with Pecunies in 2009, filed a lawsuit against Watson and his company Watson Enterprises last year for breach of contract.
Watson tried to have the lawsuit dismissed saying that Dilek’s responsibilities at the company was to be his partner’s mistress, in addition, he said Dilek was handsomely rewarded when Pecunies was alive by living with him in a Central Park South apartment and after his death she received a $3million payout from his estate.
Watson also filed a countersuit against Dilek on grounds of unjust enrichment and civil theft, claiming she spent her time shopping in Manhattan with a company credit card and globe-trotting with Pecunies.
Yesterday, Manhattan Federal Judge Paul Oetken said Dilek’s can move forward with her lawsuit noting “that while the circumstances surrounding this contract are unusual in theatrical sense, indeed they are worthy of a made-for television movie, the contract itself is not so unusual in the relevant legal sense.”
Judge Oetken then tossed out Watson’s countersuit saying it “voluntarily” paid her wages while her “absenteeism, poor job performance and relationship with Pecunies were on full and open display.”
The judge said while Dilek “may have been getting away with highway robbery in a figurative sense, plaintiff was not committing civil theft.”
In addition to the $3million payout, Dilek also was given the contents of the apartment she shared Pecunies before his death, and she was allowed the keep $1million he left her in a bank account.
Last November, Dilek sued her and Pecunies’ former neighbors and their lawyer claiming they cheated her out of an additional $1.58 million from the sale of the Central Park apartment.
Pecunies’ 85-year-old widow, Gertrude, had challenged all payments made to Dilek but she eventually settled.
Last year, Watson sold the Greenwich dealership to Penske Automotive.
I see a reality show here “How to become rich in America”, a reality show about for gold diggers!!
Check out Dilek below…notice, she claims to have studied at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001, but she did come to America until 2004.
AME: EMEL DILEK
Marketing and advertising professional in the luxury goods/lifestyle sector
* Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, 2005-2010
Business development center and marketing manager
Responsible for marketing activities; implemented customer relationship management software
* BMW Group, 2005
Responsible for event marketing, including press-drive and dealer events
* Siemens, 2004
Served as assistant to the vice president of human resources
* Mercedes-Benz USA, 2003-2004
Worked closely with general manager on corporate communications business plan
* University of Applied Sciences, Landshut, Germany; bachelor’s in business administration, 2004
* University of California Los Angeles; communications studies, 2001