Wife Locks Herself In Deceased Hubby's $25M Beachfront Mansion In Effort To Stall Estate Sale; Executors: We Need The Cash To Pay Down Debt On Dead Magnate's Heavily Mortgaged $70M Empire
In Southampton, Long Island, the New York Post reports:
- A 1970s TV actress has locked herself in her late husband’s Southampton beachfront mansion and refuses to leave — even though a potential buyer is scheduled to close  on the $25 million home, court documents charge.
Tara Kulukundis, 51, who had minor roles in “Charlie’s Angels” and “Starsky and Hutch,” has allegedly changed the locks at the home and blocked efforts to boot her for more than six weeks, say executors of the will of her Greek shipping-magnate hubby, M. Michael Kulukundis.
Her husband didn’t leave any of the property to her, but she was allowed to live in his “magnificent apartment” at The Pierre hotel on Fifth Avenue in Midtown.
Executors for the estate said they need to sell off the Hamptons property to pay down debt.
But Tara won’t let go of the beach house, executor Barbara de Mare wrote in Monday’s filing in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court.
She “purposefully left her sumptuous estate-provided actual residence at The Pierre hotel and is now illegally ‘occupying’ the Southampton property,” de Mare wrote.
The executors got a court order forcing Kulukundis to fork over the keys to the house last October. She relented and agreed to cooperate and allow movers to pack up the home’s furnishings.
But she allegedly blocked the movers from getting into a second-floor room and changed the locks so the broker could not enter the house.
Her husband’s heavily mortgaged $70 million real-estate empire included the Pierre apartment, as well as a second Southampton home and a townhouse on East 67th Street. Both were sold after his death.
In 2011, she blocked Sotheby’s from coming into the Murray Place house to appraise artwork, and she pulled a similar stunt the next year at her Pierre pad, documents allege.
The lawyers said they needed to raise funds to support her “lavish lifestyle.”
Her lawyer declined to comment.
Tara Kulukundis, who went by the screen name Tara Tyson, also acted in a 1989 movie called “Eden is Burning” and won two awards for her acting in the off-Broadway shows “Foreplay” and “Porno Stars at Home,” according to the film site IMDb, which says she was a fashion model as well.