The former Goldman Sachs personal assistant accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of wine from his boss leaped to his death from a Manhattan hotel Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Nicolas De-Meyer had been scheduled to appear in federal court at 2:30pm that day on a criminal charge related to the alleged theft from David M. Solomon, his former boss and the chief executive of the investment firm since July. Instead, police responded to a call about someone jumping from the 33rd floor of the Carlyle at 2:38pm and found the 41-year-old dead; he'd been staying at the Upper East Side luxury hotel. The NYPD says De-Meyer's sister got in touch with the hotel after he sent her suicidal texts, and that hotel security found him sitting on the window ledge in his room but couldn't stop him from jumping, USA Today reports.
De-Meyer was Solomon's personal assistant from 2008 to 2016, and he was accused of stealing hundreds of bottles from Solomon's collection of rare, high-end wine. He allegedly sold the bottles to a North Carolina wine dealer instead of delivering them to Solomon's East Hampton wine cellar as he was supposed to. De-Meyer, who was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in January, was living at his mother's house in Ohio before traveling to New York Friday for the hearing the following week. He faced up to 10 years behind bars on one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, but he was expected to plead guilty, per the New York Post. "Mary and I are deeply saddened to hear that Nicolas took his own life," Solomon said in a statement. "He was close to our family for several years, and we are all heartbroken to hear of his tragic end."