Three weeks ago, a $100 million wrongful-death lawsuit was filed accusing Australian supermodel Elle MacPherson's billionaire husband, Jeffrey Soffer, of illegally piloting a helicopter on Thanksgiving Day, 2012, when the helicopter crashed and killed one person. That lawsuit was abruptly and mysteriously withdrawn this week with no explanation.
Yahoo! reported on Jan. 3 that the lawsuit was dropped on Tuesday.
Soffer was also injured in that helicopter crash that claimed the life of wealthy tax attorney Lance Valdez when the chopper went down in the Bahamas. Valdez’s wife, Daria Gogoleva, was the one responsible for filing the lawsuit about three weeks ago.
“We were not surprised by the decision to withdraw this lawsuit, which was riddled with factual errors and unfounded accusations,” Soffer lawyer Bob Martinez said in a statement issued Thursday.
“The case collapsed ... before we even had a chance to respond, confirming that it was a frivolous lawsuit.”
In the lawsuit, according to Mail Online, in addition to Soffer piloting the helicopter without a license when it crashed, Valdez’s wife alleges that she “was forced to take hush money to conceal Mr. Soffer's involvement.”
The suit also alleged that Elle Macpherson worked toward persuading Valez’s wife to take $2 million in hush money to keep quiet about Soffer being the pilot.
The suit also claimed that Soffer fled the scene following the helicopter crash, “to conceal his involvement.”
“It's unclear why the suit has now been withdrawn.”
Jeff Soffer is the son of Donald Soffer, founder of the real estate empire Turnberry Associates in Fla. The younger Soffer has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, according to Celebrity Networth.
Elle Macpherson, now 49-years-old, appeared on the cover of the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” five times beginning in the 1980s, and is currently executive producer of TV’s “Fashion Star.”
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