Arianna Huffington Being Sued for Trashing NY Apartment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The owner of a tony New York apartment building is suing liberal media queen Arianna Huffington for what he claims is wide spread damage to a loft she rented in Chelsea. Huffington rented the showy space to give parties and entertain business partners and guests visiting the Big Apple.

Building owner Eric Steel claims that Huffington left the 4,400 square foot, seven-story apartment in rough shape causing $275,000 in damages and he is suing to recover his losses.

According to the lawsuit, destruction ranged from “gouged, stained and otherwise damaged” walls, “scratched, punctured” wood floors, bloodied mattresses and broken appliances.

The Chelsea loft was designed by noted architect Charles Gwathmey and featured an “irreplaceable” dining room table he designed. It, too, was damaged Steel claimed in his suit.

Huffington denies all claims made by the apartment owner.

Huffington said, “Every single claim in this suit is false except the square footage and the address,” in a statement. “Eric Steel, who happily renewed the lease twice and visited the apartment multiple times, is holding onto $93,000 dollars in deposits, which he has refused to return,” she added.

The AOL-Huffington Post boss reportedly paid between $27,000 and $32,000 a month to rent the place for her parties and renewed the lease on the place at least two times.

In 2011 Huffington came under fire from her own bloggers when she sold Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million. HuffPo writers had been toiling for years without making a penny from their work even as Arrianna realized a personal pay day of up to $18 million when she sold out to AOL.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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