NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - It's a story about sex, money and a major falling out. Tomisue Hilbert, wife of Carmel businessman Stephen Hilbert is suing billionaire John Menard Jr., claiming when she didn't give in to his sexual advances, he tried to ruin her financially.
A lawsuit filed in Hamilton Superior Court reads more like a soap opera than a complaint, filled with accusations of sexual extortion, financial misconduct, and broken friendships.
Tomisue Hilbert is suing Wisconsin billionaire hardware store owner, John Menard Junior - a former friend and business partner.
According to the lawsuit, the allegations began in May 2011, when on multiple occasions, Hilbert says Menard touched her and demanded she engage in sexual activities with him and his spouse. She says he threatened severe financial consequences if she refused.
Hilbert did refuse and according to the lawsuit, Menard "made good on his threat."
The complaint says Menard retaliated financially, suing Stephen Hilbert for mismanaging more than $400 million of Menard's investments.
When Stephen Hilbert asked Menard why, after over two decades of friendship, he had filed a lawsuit, the complaint says Menard responded in a tirade of insults, expletives and threats and said he was going to "crush" him.
But Menard's attorney says Hilbert's lawsuit is simply a reaction to terrible money management. In a statement he said, "John Menard categorically denies the inappropriate conduct Ms. Hilbert alleges in her complaint...The Hilberts mismanaged the assets and resources entrusted to them, and incurred wildly inappropriate expenditures."
According to Tomisue's attorney, it's not about money but about courage to file such a lawsuit, saying it's time John Menard Junior's history of demeaning women is stopped.
Tomisue Hilbert is claiming severe economic and emotional damages and harm and is asking for substantial compensatory punitive damages.
Menard's attorney says they will vigorously defend against the unfounded allegations and are currently evaluating what further action may be appropriate..
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