Miami Billionaire Killed My Husband: Lawsuit
Jeff Soffer sued over helicopter crash that killed his best friend
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2013 9:29 AM CST
Real estate developer Jeff Soffer looks at artwork on display during the Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage in Miami Beach, Fla. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – Jeff Soffer, the Miami billionaire who was rumored to be the subject of the Gwyneth Paltrow Vanity Fair takedown, has much bigger troubles than that. Dasha Valdez, wife of Soffer's best friend Lance Valdez, filed a lawsuit last night alleging Soffer is responsible for Lance Valdez's death in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas last year. Dasha Valdez says Soffer does not have a helicopter pilot license and is not an experienced pilot, but was at the controls when the chopper crashed on Nov. 22, 2012, and never told her he was flying the aircraft (a pilot was onboard at the time).

The suit further accuses Soffer, who is married to Elle Macpherson, of convincing Dasha Valdez to take $2 million in insurance money and sign a release so that he could avoid larger damages and being held liable for the crash in the future, Page Six reports. It accuses two of Soffer's employees, who were also onboard, as well as Soffer's COO of "conspiring" together to hide the truth from Dasha Valdez. She wants $100 million, the Daily Mail reports. Soffer "denies all the allegations," his attorney says.
 

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