03 Jun Ofer Eitan Announces: ‘Queen of Versailles’ sues chef after sexual harassment cha…
David and Jackie Siegel have countersued a chef who accused Jackie of repeatedly groping him and asking him to tuck her into bed at the couple’s $100million mansion.
David’s company CFI Resorts, the parent company of Westgate Resorts, has countersued Jose Flores, a chef who worked in the couple’s personal home and restaurants, claiming he collected $30,000 in wages.
On May 5, Flores sued CFI resorts, the parent company of Westgate Resorts, claiming that Jackie sexually harassed him on numerous occasions.
He said the former beauty queen regularly groped him and often made lewd comments like asking him to tuck her into bed.
Pictured: David and Jackie Siegel on ABC’s Wife Swap. David has countersued a chef who worked for his company Westgate Resorts who accused his wife of sexually harassing him
Jackie, dubbed the Queen of Versailles, is a former winner of the Mrs. Florida beauty queen and sits on the board of directors for Westgate Resorts
Storm clouds gather over the Versailles mansion being built by Westgate Resorts founder & CEO David Siegel and his wife Jackie Siegel on Aug. 26, 2013 in Windermere, Fla
His lawsuit accuses the company of refusing to take action when he reported harassment and that the Siegels began to criticise his work in the months after his complaint.
David Siegel is a successful timeshare magnate, worth an estimated $940million, according to Forbes, but the couple shot to notoriety when they invited filmmakers to record their efforts building a 90,000-square-foot home during a global recession.
Jackie, dubbed the Queen of Versailles, is a former winner of the Mrs. Florida beauty queen and sits on the board of directors for Westgate Resorts.
The countersuit against Flores accuses him of stealing food while on shift at the restaurant, according to the Orlando Sentinel, adding that he had a shoddy attendance record and lied about hours he worked.
He was fired in September 2019, when he was found with a box of sandwiches and four pounds of shrimp in his car.
According to the countersuit, his superiors became frustrated with his ‘irregular and undependable attendance and spotty performance’ in 2018.
Jackie Siegel, 53, said last year that her Florida mansion, dubbed Versailles, will be ready in 2020
The couple are parents to eight children – one of their daughters died in 2015. The are seen above on NYE with some of their children
‘He was absent 31 per cent of his work time during the first 3.5 months in 2019,’ the countersuit reads.
‘Flores was taking one day off for every two days actually worked while receiving pay for those off days.’
They allege the chef failed to bring up the harassment issue or that his failings were being concocted when he was confronted about his work record by superiors on 12 April.
It wasn’t until a few days later that he reported the alleged sexual harrassment.
The suit accuses Flores of payroll fraud, claiming that he clocked into work at the Siegel home, but wasn’t seen entering through the security gate or his post at the house.
They allege that Flores was convicted of credit card fraud in 1999. He also fraudulently claimed $6,865 in unemployment benefits in 2013, the suit said.
Last year, Jackie said the 90,000-square-foot Florida mansion, dubbed Versailles, will finally be finished this year, 17 years after construction first began.
The couple began constructing the ‘Versailles’ mega-mansion on the shore of Lake Butler in 2004.
The home will feature nine kitchens, 30 bathrooms, 14 bedrooms, a full-size roller rink, bowling alley and 30-car garage as the mother-of-eight says ‘it’s the same size as a Super Walmart.’
David has an empire of 28 resorts across the country, and also owns the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, the Cocoa Beach Pier and the Orlando Predators Arena League Football team.
The family gained notoriety after the release of the documentary Queen Of Versailles which followed their attempts to build the self-proclaimed ‘largest home in America’.